In August 2018, after walking the gruelling 700 mile Ireland Way, Dermot Breen finally arrived at his late wife’s graveside in Ballycastle, honouring a solemn promise to complete the walk in her memory and also to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
The journey took Omagh born and Belfast based writer, Dermot, over nine weeks to complete – six weeks walking and over three weeks recovering from injury, and included a night in Millstreet along the way. He has now told his fascinating story in his latest book, ‘Exiles: A journey through Ireland from Beara to Ballycastle’….
“… standing in the River Blackwater at the Bowing crossing, cooling my feet after a long day’s walk. I stayed with the wonderful Eileen O’Riordan while in Millstreet”
Aubane Social Club are holding the 271 years Anniversary Butter Road Walk in association with the IRD Bealtaine Festival on next Sunday 26th May at 2.00pm,the Walk will start from The Aubane Community Centre where John Kelleher will be your Guide as the walk makes its way on to the Kerrymans Table and will then return back to the Community Centre for Refreshments,Everybody very Welcome to attend.
Michael Quinn passed through Millstreet last year when walking the Ireland Way. He has made a video of his day from Millstreet to John’s Bridge, which include some lovely words for the people of Millstreet, and interview with Eily Buckley, lots of praise for Eileen O’Riordan, and had a chat with Enda, Bella and Nicky … as well as some of the scenery along the way.
“Roads and country lanes dominate this section and you may think it a boring walk but the characters I met along the way truly made this part very interesting. You’ll not get landscapes that wow but you will get a wonderful taste of the friendly people that make up north west Cork. So please watch and enjoy my adventure on the link below.”
The Proceeds of the Annual Christmas Morning Climb will be presented to Representatives of the Irish Air Ambulance Group on Tonight Thursday Night Feb 7th at 8.00 pm sharp in Aubane Community Centre. To all those who climbed on Christmas Morning we would love to see you there and Everybody Welcome to come along on the Night.
“Come join in from Thursday 17th January when we light up the town park gaa pitch in conjunction with operation transformation- starting 7pm.” 
The walk up Clara is featured in The Times newspaper today. It’s a nice article and describes visiting the Cilín, the route up, the views from the top, and the burial of the priest on top. But what about the photo in the article, because that’s not Clara!
Tomorrow Wednesday evening August 1st, Duhallow IRD are hosting a walk around the Clara Loop, the first of five walks around Duhallow in August. Refreshments will be held at the end of the walk, which takes about two and a half hours to complete. Details in the poster below:
Last week Ellie and Carl were in Millstreet walking the Duhallow Way, the next day they started on the Slí Gaeltacht Mhuscraí (Millstreet to Kealkil), across the mountains. As they do, they have made a very interesting video from their hike, and the first few minutes are from Mount Leader, Clara, the Bealach, Gneeves …
Ellie and Carl are walking every National Way-marked Trail in Ireland. They make videos and photos about each trail and about the heritage of Ireland as they go. They were on the Duhallow Trail in the last couple of days, walking by Mushera, Millstreet, Clara, Lough Murtagh and and further back into Kerry. Unfortunately they had some showers to contend with, but those are the joys of spring and mountains. This morning they started the Slí Gaeltacht Muscaraí, from Millstreet going south towards Ballingeary.
Ellie is a landscape photographer, while Carl is a software developer. Find out more about them on their website ToughSoles.ie, but also check out some of their lovely videos and their photos on social media: facebook / twitter / instagram / youTube
A huge congratulations to Michael Thornton who has just completed the Beara Breifne Way this past Wednesday. He started the walk from Dursey Island on December 28th, and is pictured below with his son Michael at the monument to the Beara Breifne Way, beside the O’Rourke Castle in Leitrim, which marks the end of the walk. The Thorntons run Coolefield House, a B&B on the outskirts of Millstreet which is on the Beara Breifne Way!
Marc and Tom are two Austrian brothers who arrived in Millstreet yesterday evening on day 5 of a charity walk along the Ireland Way from Castletownbere to Ballycastle in County Antrim. They are walking in cooperation with Caritas for homeless people and are depending on the generosity and goodwill of people along the way for food and shelter. If you wish to donate here is the link breadlinewalking.com
“Everyone has mental health, however some of us are more aware of it than others. Most often, we become hyper-aware of our mental health after being diagnosed with a mental illness. From a young age I’ve struggled with my mental health. Anxiety, depression, and self harm are a part of me that I don’t remember ever being without. Yet for many years, I kept that fact to myself. The medical system and the world around me led me to believe that admitting to fighting a battle with my own mind made me weak and undesirable.
Mental Health Ireland is an organization that helps people such as myself. It is a national voluntary organisation which was established in 1966 as the Mental Health Association of Ireland. MHI’s aim is to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to all individuals and communities in Ireland. They have … ” [read her full article on EveryDayHero.com]
Maysen should be in Millstreet today. If you see her, say hello, and maybe give her a hand as others have already done in the last few days.
[read more …] “Hiking across Ireland, one anxious step at a time”
Hi to all our friends in the Millstreet area. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland Fermoy Branch (North & East Cork) walk the Galtee mountains yearly in aid of those living in our community with MS. It’s a fun day out for all the family, fully supported by the Red Cross & our many volunteers.
This year we are looking for a few more volunteers to help us with the event
We are looking for people with hill walking experience to join our stewarding group; this is split into two shifts (8am-12.30 & 12.30-5pm) If this is something you are interested in & perhaps help out with: please contact Mary on 087-6682834 asap for more information. If you want to see more feel free to pop over to our Facebook page.
Operation Transformation 2017 is well under way. The annual walk will start tomorrow evening at 7.30pm in Supervalu O’Keefe Millstreet car-park. This is being run by the Millstreet Athletics Club and a huge thanks to them. Refreshments afterwards. All recipes and weekly shopping list are all available in store. See https://supervalu.ie/operation-transformation for more details. Hope to see you all there.
We thank Rebecca Ambrose for updating us on Breifne’s progress.
Breifne Earley Walking the Beara Breifne Way Arrives in Millstreet Between 4 and 5pm today & everyone is welcome also to meet with him in Corkery’s Bar at 8pm. (S.R.)
In October 2010, stuck in a negative work environment, severely overweight, single, and feeling the world and would be better off without him, Breifne Earley made the decision to end his own life. But, less than five years later he was first across the finish line of the longest endurance sports event in the world, the 30,000km long World Cycle Race.
This is the extraordinary and inspirational story of how one man stepped back from the brink of suicide, redesigned his life and then spent sixteen months cycling through 27 countries on 5 continents with 3 robberies, 3 crashes and 44 flat tyres to become a living, breathing example of the life-saving message “It’s okay not to feel okay.”
It’s some story, but Breifne’s next challenge sees him pass through Millstreet in ten days time, as he walks the Beara-Breifne Way. Setting off on December 31st on from Glengarriffe, he will be staying in Millstreet January 2nd, and leaving first thing the following morning, to arrive in Leitrim on January 14th.
He deserves to be welcomed here, as well as elsewhere along his trip. (Breifne has added: “all offers of help (beds, meals, company, etc) greatly appreciated”. His progress can be tracked on his website, twitter, facebook etc. The best of luck to him. [read more …] “Breifne Walking the Beara Breifne Way Arrives in Millstreet Between 4 and 5pm Today. Everyone is Welcome Also to Meet With Him in Corkery’s at 8pm”
Denis O’Mahony the Inchaleigh mountain climber the man who has climbed to the summit of many a hill
In his early to his mid sixties as is said time does not stand still
He has a passion for hill climbing the steep heights he does not fear
He has been climbing mountains for many a year
One of the O’Mahonys of Clara he first climbed Clara mountain as a young boy
He has climbed many higher peaks since then the challenge of the climb he enjoy
The man who does love climbing mountains though his best days in the forever gone
But age does not weary brave Denis the man who does keep climbing on
Tom has uploaded a very nice video, looking at the O’ Sullivan Beara Walk over the New Footbridge at the Boeing, Dromsicane, Co Cork. (TMC Photography)
Millstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted once again this year to announce the annual Millstreet Walking Festival will be held on the weekend of the 23rd of April. As always 3 grades of walks, so there is a walk to suit all abilities. Please see attached leaflets for details. Also details can be gotten on millstreettidytown.ie, or keep an eye on the Millstreet Walking Festival page
With the current good weather, work has continued with the construction of the abutments for the new bridge over the Blackwater at the Boeing which is part of the Breifne Beara Way. Click on the photos below to see larger photos, which are thanks to Michelle, or click here to see all photos of the construction so far.