Maureen O Sullivan and her Hamper Packers Community Christmas Appeal 2016

Cork’s Maureen O Sullivan and her Hamper Packers

Community Christmas Appeal 2016

Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas

We have locally helped with this appeal for many years now, a few items from everyone goes along way. Just drop off a item or two to the drop in centres below.

Essential foods – for example:

  • easy to open tins of Tea, Coffee- small jars, Sugar, jam/marmalade, Tins of fruit, Cartons of Rice, Cereal bars, Spaghetti/beans, Pot Noodles, Cup a Soup, Biscuits/crackers, Tinned – fish, Meat’s, Stew’s, Cornbeef, Chicken, etc.
  • Razors, toothpaste deodorants etc
  • Always needed – Socks, scarf’s or gloves or good quality warm jumpers, coats, Sleeping bag

Drop in centres

  • Millstreet – Regan’s Mills office
  • Dromagh –  Angland’s Petrol Station
  • Boherbue – Educare Centre

Any Volunteer’s to travel to Cork for the sorting out of foods will be kindly appreciated.
Margaret Crean will collect on Thursday 15th and take items to Cork on Friday 16th December.

Clothes Collection Millstreet Set Dancers


Millstreet Set Dancers are holding a fundraising CLOTHES COLLECTION in association with  BAG IT FOR BLINDNESS

NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland)
Collections in Millstreet GAA Hall

Thursday 1st Dec 5-7pm
Saturday 3rd Dec 9am- 12pm

We accept Clothing, linen, curtains, belts, handbags and shoes (paired)


Thanks to all who supported Team Hope Shoebox Appeal 2016


Thanks to everyone for their efforts with regards to the Team Hope Shoebox appeal 2016

Over 450 boxes were brought to Millstreet Community School from Rathcoole National School, Millstreet Boys National School, Presentation Convent National School Millstreet, Knocknagree National School, Kilcorney National School and by pupils of Millstreet Community School.

Additional thanks go to members of the local community who also brought boxes down to the school in support of the appeal. Thanks also go to the members of the Millstreet Community School Transition Year ‘Young SVP’ group and their teacher Mrs Mary Randles for co-ordinating the whole enterprise so successfully.

Christmas 2016 Shoebox Appeal

The Primary Schools and Community School were today finalising their Team Hope Christmas Shoeboxes, making a huge difference for so many less fortunate children this Christmas. Well done to all the children, parents and teachers who all did a fantastic job:

Kilcorney N.S. donated 42 shoeboxes to the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal !
St.Brendan’s N.S. responded in astounding fashion, receiving a total of 80 boxes ! (more photos)
Over 130 shoeboxes were collected at Presentation NS [see article on the Pres NS website]

Charity Christmas Open House

BrideParkCottage_largeIt that time of year again when Bridepark Cottage, Killumney, Ovens Co. Cork opens its doors to the People of Ireland for two weekends commencing on the 17th November 2016. This is the 20th anniversary of the Christmas Open House. This year’s beneficiaries are Our Lady’s Crumlin Children’s Hospital and the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital.

The house is privately own by DJ. Murphy, who without hesitation is opening his house on Thursday 17th November from 6pm – 10pm, Friday 18th November from 6pm – 10pm, Saturday 19th November 4pm – 10pm and Sunday 20th November 12nd – 8pm and the following weekend Thursday 24th November from 6pm – 10pm, Friday 25th November from 6pm – 10pm, Saturday 26th November 4pm – 10pm and Sunday 27th November 12nd – 8pm. [read more …] “Charity Christmas Open House”

Trad for Trocaire at Millstreet Community School – thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Trad for Trocaire event that took place on Friday 7th October 2016 in Millstreet Community School.  It was an evening of fine traditional music, song and dance.  Well done to all the students who participated.  A total of €297 was raised to support Trocaire’s work.  Thanks for your generosity.

Trad for Trocaire – Millstreet Community School, Fri. 7th Oct. 2016 (TONIGHT) @7.30pm

A Trad for Trocaire event will take place in Millstreet Community School library on Friday 7th October 2016, starting at 7.30pm.  This will be a chance for students from all year groups to share their traditional Irish music, song and dance skills with the wider community.  It will also be a chance to raise money to support Trocaire’s work among some of the poorest communities in the world.  Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be a collection for Trocaire during the event.

Cork Fire Fighters Ladder Climb


Contribute to the fantastic Cork Firefighters Ladder Climb

In aid of Cork City Hospitals Childsren’s Club

A ladder will be set up outside Supervalu, Millstreet

.Firefighters from  from the Cork city Fire Service will be climbing.

The date and times are as follows:

Saturday 3rd September at 11.45am to 12.45pm

This is happening in all 21 fire stations in County Cork and in the City stations.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

All contributions appreciated.

Good Home for Unwanted Musical Instruments

musi_instrSome of you may have seen the programme on the Higher Hopes choir which was repeated on RTE last week. Never ones to rest on their laurels, our friends in Cork Penny Dinners have now started music lessons as an outlet for their clients and are looking for musical instruments in good condition. They are particularly interested in guitars, violins, keyboards, flutes, drums, amps, mics.

If you have any of these musical instruments, in good condition, which you are no longer using and would like to donate, please contact Aida Costello on 087 6886725.

The Clonbanin Ambush Play

1921-03-07 Front Page of the New York Times - Report on Clonbanin AmbushSteven O’ Riordan is fundraising to help him complete a newly discovered but unfinished play on the Clonbanin Ambush that has been found in an attic twenty five years after the writer’s death.

The Clonbanin Ambush was written by Cork native Bill Cody, also known as Patrick Vaughan contributor to the Corkman and the initial seeds for this play were sown almost 70 years ago through his encounter with an IRA veteran. It examines the circumstances surrounding a famous IRA ambush of the War of Independence where a large party of Volunteers from Cork and Kerry ambushed a party of British army soldiers in 1921 resulting in the death of the decorated British Brigadier-General Hanway Robert Cumming.

Discovered among Bill’s papers were two copybooks of fascinating historical, dramatic and poetic material dealing with the ambush that lay incomplete at the time of Bill’s death. In this time of seismic Irish revolutionary centenaries the play deserves and demands to be finished to do justice not just to the playwright but to the men who fought and died that day at Clonbanin. [read more …] “The Clonbanin Ambush Play”

Coffee Day – Thank You

6Mercy Hospital Fundraising Day at Rathcoole 2016 -600A huge thank you to all who supported my Coffee Day on Monday 2nd May in aid of the Mercy Hospital Cancer Appeal in remembrance of my late husband John.  A total of €5,389 was raised for this worthy cause.  Thank you to one and all.

A big Thank You to Seanie for covering the event with lovely photographs on

Mary Buckley, Rathcoole. [read more …] “Coffee Day – Thank You”