During this Covid-19 pandemic, it has often been compared to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918/1919. We were wondering how it affected this area, so we delved into the records to try to figure it out.
Surprisingly, what we found was that there was no big spike in deaths locally at that time compared to the surrounding years (see the graph below **). So we though that maybe it didn’t affect the Millstreet area at all … but we were wrong.
When we looked at the case by case influenza and pneumonia figures (flu was often misdiagnosed as pneumonia) in the death registers, we saw that around March 1919, there was a big jump in numbers when about 20 died from flu and pneumonia. This coincided with what was referred to as the third wave of that pandemic in Ireland, and is easily seen by the yellow spike in the graph below. The smaller orange spike (November 1918) also coincided with the second wave of the pandemic in Ireland.
In total, we think about 30 people died locally died from it over the duration of that pandemic.
Some families here got destroyed by it … Twomeys of Islandhill lost 3 in a week, Sullivans of Umeraboy lost three in a month, Butlers of Liscahane lost two in a fortnight. The one very surprising thing though is that most of the deaths were people that died locally were in their 20’s and 30’s, which we were unaware of but was a feature of that disease.
If that many died in the spring of 1919, then about 1,000 must have been infected locally at the time. That’s a lot of sick people.
Below we first look at the disease in Ireland, and also we break down the death registers to see those that died from it locally, when they got it, and where they were from: [read more …] “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 – How it affected Millstreet”
I am delighted to announce I will be reopening my clinic on Monday 18th of May. I will be taking all the necessary precautions and following HSE guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. I will be triaging my patients and only taking necessary patients at the moment. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. My number us 086-2660068. Thank you, and I looking forward to seeing you 💛 – Kathleen
In light of recent developments in relation to COVID-19 the final of our Weigh-In for Monday has been cancelled and postponed until further notice. We wish to thank you for your continued support in our Fundraising efforts in our Annual Weigh-In.
Millstreet C.V. Support Group
We are a volunteer community group set up to help people who fear being exposed to the COVID-19 virus or who may have to self-isolate. They may have the virus or have been in close contact and as a result are confined to their homes.
The group consists of almost 20 volunteers so far. We have two vans and a array of personal skills. We can provide assistance by organising shopping and delivery of groceries, firing etc. All our services are totally free to the community.
If the pandemic develops and the requests for assistance change the group will evolve to meet these new demands where possible. We will be organising a mail drop of this information to every home in our area in the next few days. More volunteers would be extremely welcome.
For more information contact: Jeremiah Keating at 087 7932736 or Liam Flynn at 087 6380053.
Covid-19 Support Group meeting tonight, Thursday March 12th, in the GAA Hall at 7pm. Anyone who would like to be involved in a group to help those who cannot leave their home because of Covid-19 please come along.
Stack O’Brien Opticians next clinic at Reen’s Pharmacy Millstreet is Tuesday March 3rd. Appointments available, call 0646636477 for more information or to book an appointment.
Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to thank Catherine Pomeroy of Pomeroy Auctioneers for her very generous donation to the Playground Project. We are hugely appreciative to Catherine and for every financial contribution that we have received to date. Millstreet, you have really got behind the Town Park on this project, thank you. The Playground is open daily and despite the poor weather the place is packed! Please continue to support our local entities as they are they heart of our great little town. We are still accepting donations to make us debt free and we would be delighted to receive any and all amounts. [read more …] “Playground Donation Thank You”
Did you ever notice that when your gut is healthy, your overall health and vitality improves? And when you eat the wrong food you feel awful? We have too much choice these days and we can lose track of ourselves with processed foods that destroy our gut health. The good news is that you are in charge of what you eat and your food choices are in your own hands. And in Ireland, we have wonderful food choices that are really healthy and increase our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. As the wise person said “Food is Medicine” – or not!
In this one hour talk you will learn:
• Which foods cause inflammation and illness in the body and which foods help it.
• How when we absorb our food fully, it dictates how well we are nourished.
• How taking a break from food can have a great healing effect.
• The new science of food and gut health.
Please join us at Capabu Health Food Shop in Millstreet
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6-7 pm
Speaker: Aidan O Sullivan.
The “Lost/Stolen Panniers” has been found and safely returned to it’s owner. Delighted that she can continue on her adventures with her bicycle and panniers in and around the Country.
She sometimes writes a blog when she goes cycling but wouldn’t normally write one when it was as short a trip as yesterday, but the kindness which was shown to her prompted her to highlight Millstreet with Cork’s Old Butter Road .
The community-funded Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) air ambulance service based in Rathcoole is at risk of being grounded within a week due to a funding shortfall. – “We’ve done approaching 250 missions for the National Ambulance Service. We’ve been busier than we initially anticipated,” pilot John Murray told C103’s Cork Today.
The air ambulance has flown 17 missions more each month than anticipated since its launch five months ago. “We might not save lives every day but we do several times a week,” Mr Murray said.
The air ambulance, pilots, fuel and insurance are mainly funded through charitable donations while the National Ambulance Service provides an advanced paramedic and an emergency medical technician on board as well as medical supplies. [read more …] “Air Ambulance at risk of temporary grounding due to funding shortfall”
Get your 2020 off to a great start!!
We are looking forward to getting into the swing of our Annual Weigh In.
This year we have a **NEW** Weight Loss Consultant – Local Lady Marie Hickey.
What? Annual Weigh In
Date? Monday 13th January
Where? Cullen Community Centre
Happy New Year! May 2020 bring happiness and abundance to all! Here is the new term classes schedule:
Monday’s ( from Jan 20th 5 weeks)
10am – Level 1
6pm – Level 1
8pm – Level 1 ( Kilcorney) [read more …] “New Term Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation Classes”
Millstreet Town Park Committee are delighted to share the publication below by IRD Duhallow officially announcing the signing of contracts for EU Leader funding of €55,455.41 towards the Playground Project.
Our shortfall is ever reducing and we have now crossed the €100,000 mark of the €120,000 required. Please continue to support the ongoing fundraising happening locally so that we can ensure the new Playground is in place for Summer 2020
TO DONATE: If you wish to make a personal or business donation you may
(1) lodge Online to Millstreet Town Park bank account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2
(2) lodge cash or cheque in person at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account
(3) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym, Millstreet
If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at [email@example.com]
Listen below to Jerry O’Sullivan of Radio Kerry bringing you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at the base of Ireland’s first charity air ambulance, the Irish Community Rapid Response service. Jerry visited the base in Rathcoole, Millstreet, where spoke to Ruth Bruton and John Murray where he learned that they actually have two helicopters in Rathcoole, and about the technical goings on behind the scene, and how they are funded:
Our Fire Brigade’s recent fire safety week was a great success in the Millstreet area. The five winners of our smoke detector give away are as follows:
All winners have been contacted but some are yet to collect their prize, if they remaining winners could make contact please and we will present your prize.
Health and Wellness Day in Millstreet GAA Hall
– Mindfulness, Tai Chi, Chi Kung classes
– Healthy snacks & juices
– Nutrition – The Foundation of Health
– Acupuncture – energetic therapy
– Aromatherapy – holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being.
FREE Admission. DONATIONS are welcomed In aid of Millstreet town New Playground [read more …] “Health and Wellness Day in Millstreet GAA Hall”
Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to express their sincere gratitude and thank Kevin & Ronan Lucey of Lucey Motors Charleville for their substantial donation towards the new Playground. It’s great to see Millstreet businesses now supporting the Playground Project for all our little Sráiders.
Come on Millstreet let’s get behind this and make a brand new Playground happen for Summer 2020.
TO DONATE: If you are in business locally and wish to make a financial contribution to the Playground Project, you may: [read more …] “Playground Funding: Thank you “
On behalf of The Irish Blood Transfusion Service, please pass on our thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Millstreet Clinic.
127 Donors attended our Blood Donor Clinic in Millstreet GAA Hall, yesterday, November 19th.
This generosity and commitment to helping others is very much appreciated. The precious gift of Blood brings life and hope to our hospital patients and their communities – Monica Bell, Donor Services, The Irish Blood Transfusion Service. [read more …] “Blood Donor Clinic – Millstreet”