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. Continue reading “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 millstreet.ie.

Mary Buckley, Rathcoole. Continue reading “Coffee Day – Thank You”

DVD’s and more for BUMBLEance

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I would like to update you all on my appeal for dvd’s for BUMBLEance. To date you have donated 250 dvd’s to this great cause and it doesent stop there.

My appeal now is for Consoles, working or not, plus all games would be greatly appreciated. Playstation, Wii, Xbox, Nintendo, any games would be greatefully received.
Also any old phones, which can be recycled for cash.

Thank You,
Eileen O’ Sullivan 0872403947

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club

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Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club handed over proceeds from the Tour of Sliabh Luachra 2015 to the matron of Millstreet Community Hospital, Margaret Collins.  The money will be used to purchase beds, mattresses and a garden bench.  We were treated to a delicious raspberry roulade, cakes and a welcome cup of tea during our visit to the hospital.

Pictured  at the front of the hospital are Sineád McCarthy, Margaret Collins, Hannelie O’Connor and Joan Collins.

Sharon getting ready for the Cork Big Heart Fight Night

2016-02-09 Sharon O'Keeffe (right) training for the Big Heart Fight Night, under the watchful eye of Dan Lane, RylaneThe best of luck to Sharon O’Keeffe who is taking part in the Cork Big Heart Fight Night-  a fundraising white collar boxing challenge for the Irish Heart Foundation.

The boxers are made up of big-hearted women and men who have volunteered to take part in the high adrenalin sport of boxing in a safe, comfortable environment. For the past 8-weeks they have been learning the basics of boxing while getting super fit and are now ready to step into the ring for the ultimate challenge (Sharon is pictured on the right above, training for the fight, under the watchful eye of Dan Lane of Rylane Boxing Club)

It’s taking place on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at 7pm in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, and you can get your tickets for the night here, before they’re all sold out.

Help raise money for Sharon’s Charity on her JustGiving page

Continue reading “Sharon getting ready for the Cork Big Heart Fight Night”

Family Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall – Sun. 14th Feb. 12 noon until 4pm

2016-02-14 Family Find Day in GAA Hall - IHCPT - posterThe Family Fun Day is the next fundraising effort for the four 5th year students of Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers.

Admission for children is €5, free for adults, and free for the teddies who need to visit the Teddy Bear Doctor:

Teddies waiting for the doctor.

Continue reading “Family Fun Day in Millstreet GAA Hall – Sun. 14th Feb. 12 noon until 4pm”

Table Quiz for Lourdes volunteers – thank you!

The table quiz that took place in the Wallis Arms on Friday 5th February was a great success.  The purpose of the event was to raise funds to help cover the travel accommodation costs of four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who’ll be going to Lourdes as helpers at Easter with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  Special thanks go to the management and staff of the Wallis Arms, John Tarrant for providing the questions for an excellent quiz, the staff of Millstreet Community School and all those who attended.  A total of €1372.50 was raised from the night.  Thank you!

Table quiz – (Tomorrow) 5th Feb. for student helpers going to Lourdes at Easter 2016

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This has become an annual event and a great night for all involved.  Everyone is welcome!  Please contact John Magee at the Community School (029 70087) if you need more details.

Clothes collection in aid of students going to Lourdes as helpers at Easter

A clothes collection will take place on Friday 22nd January 2016 from 9am-12 noon in Millstreet Community School Bus Park and 1pm-6pm in the GAA Car Park. The aim of this event is to raise money to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of the four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who will be going to Lourdes for a week at Easter as helpers with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.  The students are Caroline Murphy, Bridelle Cronin, Darragh McSweeney and Jasper Eastwood Lennon.

Things allowed for the collection:

Trousers, jeans, sports wear, suits, jumpers, footwear in pairs, jackets, coats, dresses, tracksuits, scarves, summer wear, handbags, pyjamas

Things NOT allowed:

Work overalls, duvets, pillows, dirty clothes, mats/carpets, wet clothes, towels, table clothes, uniforms, work shoes

for more information, contact Lilly on 085 8371444

Presentation of Superb Boeing Swim 2016 Cheque to Aid Cancer Treatment

We thank Noreen McSweeney, Rathcoole for the four splendid pictures of the presentation at McCarthy’s Bar, The Square, Millstreet of the Boeing Swim 2016 Cheque to “Aid Cancer Treatment”.   A hugely impressive cheque for an amazing €4,100.00 plus an extra €40.00 from ticket sales of a much sought after Sports Jersey won by Helena Cooney.   Sincere congratulations to the supremely dedicated Coordinators and the brave Participants.  (S.R.)2Boeing Swim Cheque Presentation 2016 -6003Boeing Swim Cheque Presentation 2016 -6001Boeing Swim Cheque Presentation 2016 -6004Boeing Swim Cheque Presentation 2016 -600

Thanks for supporting the Bake Sale for student helpers travelling to Lourdes

Thank you to everyone who supported the Bake Sale that took place on Saturday 12th Dec after 6.30pm Mass in Millstreet Parish Centre, and on Sunday 13th Dec after 11.30pm Mass.  A total of €749 was raised.  Thanks to everyone who baked and all those who bought! Congratulations to Kevin McSweeney who won the raffle for the wonderful Christmas cake made by Lilly Murphy.  A reminder that the purpose of this fundraiser was to help pay the travel and accommodation costs (€650/person) of the four 5th year students from Millstreet Community School who’ll be travelling as student helpers to Lourdes with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust for a week during their Easter holidays 2016.  The students are: Darragh McSweeney, Jasper Eastwood Lennon, Caroline Murphy and Bridelle Cronin.

‘North Stars’ Children’s Choir – Christmas CD

‘North Stars’ children’s choir from Cullen along with Sarah Dennehy, from Millstreet, have recorded a seven track CD for women and children who are homeless. The CD is for sale locally for only €5 in the following shops; Colemans Millstreet, Flynns Cullen, Guerin’s shop Ballydaly and SuperValu Boherbue. All proceeds from the sale of this CD will go to EDEL HOUSE, Cork. Please support this very genuine cause.

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Food parcels for the Homeless at Christmas

That time of year again, lets share the spirit of Christmas

 

Cork’s Maureen O Sullivan and her Hamper Packers

  Community Christmas Appeal 2015

Running now for approx 38 years

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Food parcels for the Homeless at Christma

 

Essential foods – for example easy to open tins

Tea

Coffee- small jars

Sugar

Jars of jam/marmalade

Small 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.

Always needed  –  Socks, scarf’s or gloves  or good quality warm jumpers, coats

Sleeping bags

Drop in centre –  Millstreet –  Millstreet Mills office ask for Hannah

                             Boherbue  –  Educare Centre – ask for  Abina Mc Carthy

Any Volunteer’s  to travel to Cork for the sorting out of foods will be kindly appreciated.

Margaret Crean will collect on Thursday 17th  and take items to Cork

on Friday 18th December.

Volunteer pupils from secondary schools and adults will make out food parcels for the homeless, and families in need in Cork city, young and old. Later that night the food parcels will be handed out to the needy by volunteer known to these people.

Margaret Crean  087   2212864 (local person)

Maureen 087   7950325

Penny Dinners Food Collection

Cork Penny Dinners - logoThe aim of Cork Penny Dinners is to give everyone who calls to their Centre a hot nourishing midday meal. In addition, clients get sandwiches and fruit to take away as an evening meal. Penny Dinners is open 7 days a week all year, including Christmas Day.

We are doing a food collection in aid of Penny Dinners again this year. We got a fantastic response last Xmas so we are hoping to repeat that success this year. Guys & Dolls Hair Salon, Coleman’s Centra and SuperValu have very kindly agreed to facilitate our collection again and donation boxes are in place in their premises.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Any local businesses wishing to donate or get involved can contact 087 6886725. Anna, Stephen & Aida Costello.

ITEMS NEEDED:
Tinned Foods, Orange Squash, Easi-singles Cheese, Sugar, Coffee, Tea, Biscuits, Salt, Tea Towels, Cleaning Products.

Tesco Community Funding: Presentation NS

2015-12-03 Presentation NS Tesco Blue TokensWe (Presentation National School Millstreet) are delighted to announce that we are currently one of the three recipients for the ‘Community Funding‘ at Tesco Killarney (Deer Park).

It all starts with the blue tokens that you get in the shop when you’re paying for your weekly shop. At the end of each eight week period, the tokens are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three good causes on display according to the number of tokens.

Please tell everyone you know to support our school by popping their tokens into the container displaying ‘Presentation N.S …… Every Little Helps!

Don’t forget to check out our school website for regular updates: millpresns.weebly.com

Millstreet Community School Christmas Draw in aid of Cork Simon Community

IMG_2006-800The Transition Year students of Millstreet Community School have decided to support the valuable work of  Cork Simon Community in the run-up to Christmas by holding a MONSTER CHRISTMAS DRAW. From Monday 30th November students from all year groups in the school will be able to collect cards from which you can purchase a line (or as many as you’d like) for €0.50/line. Students who return fully filled sheets will receive a selection box.

“The Simon Communities throughout Ireland provide care, accommodation and support for people experiencing homelessness and those at risk. Together, with people who are homeless, Simon tackles the root causes, promotes innovative responses and urges the government to fulfill their commitments. Simon delivers support and service to over 5,000 individuals and families who experience – or are at risk of – homelessness on an annual basis.

The Cork Simon Outreach Team met 89 people sleeping rough on the streets of Cork in October 2015. An average of over 12 people per night were sleeping rough.

From street to home, Cork Simon Community stays with people for as long as they need support. Simon’s Homeless Emergency Support Services work with people one-to-one, responding to all of their needs with the aim of housing people as quickly as possible. Their Housing and Support Services work with people to maintain their tenancies in housing appropriate to their needs, and to support them to reconnect with family and the wider community.” (see www.simon.ie & www.corksimon.ie)

IMG_1988-800The draw to find the winner will take place on Wednesday 16th December. The top prizes are beautiful pieces of pottery created by Millstreet Community School’s art teacher, Mr. Barry Fraser (see photograph). Other prizes include tubs of chocolates.

Penny Dinners appeal for winter clothing

Cork Penny Dinners are looking for warm winter clothes for men, women and children of all ages. Blankets etc. are also required. Many of us have items at home that we no longer use. Donate them and spread the warmth this festive season.

Millstreet Parent & Toddler Group will be a collection point for the next two Tuesdays. You may drop your unwanted WINTER clothing into the GAA Hall from 9.45-12.45 on Tue 24th Nov and Tue 1st Dec. Thank you all in advance.

Read more on the appeal in the Evening Echo

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There was a superb response. See more at: Link 1, Link 2

 

Generous donations to Team Hope’s Shoebox Appeal

IMG_1905-Copy1-1000Thanks to everyone for their efforts with regards to the Team Hope Shoebox appeal. Over 300 boxes were brought to Millstreet Community School from Rathcoole National School, Millstreet Boys National School, Presentation Convent National School Millstreet, Knocknagree National School and by pupils of Millstreet Community School. Thanks also go to the members of the Transition Year ‘youth for justice’ group in the Community School for sorting all the boxes and getting them ready for collection.