The Gathering – Launch Night

2013-03-15 The Millstreet Gathering Launch Night - poster

Millstreet Development Group is pleased to announce the launch of their ‘Gathering Program 2013’. The launch will take place on Friday the 15th March at 9pm in the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet Town. Refreshments will be served on the night. Guest Appearances on the night, Alan Shortt and Matt Cooper with special messages from friends and family abroad. We look forward to seeing you there.

See the list of events which will take place through the summer

Find out more at MillstreetDevelopment.ie

Brendan Honoured and “Pope” Arrives at Rathmore Parade 2013

With Michael John Dineen as the superb Grand Marshal at the excellent St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rathmore today Olympic Hero, Brendan O'Sullivan of Rathduane was especially honoured while one of the most popular winners of the Parade Participants was Michael Linehan of Scaraglen who arrived as "the newly elected Pope!"  Cullen and Millstreet Pipe Bands added greatly to the Parade atmosphere.   Despite the inclement weather a large attendance enjoyed the wonderful annual event.  Brendan Murphy and I for LTV2 recorded the proceedings.  (S.R.)
With Michael John Dineen as the superb Grand Marshal at the excellent St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rathmore today Olympic Hero, Brendan O’Sullivan of Rathduane was especially honoured while one of the most popular winners of the Parade Participants was Michael Linehan of Scartaglen who arrived as “the newly elected Pope”!  Cullen and Millstreet Pipe Bands added greatly to the Parade atmosphere. Despite the inclement weather a large attendance enjoyed the wonderful annual event. Brendan Murphy and I for LTV2 recorded the proceedings.   Lots more pictures to follow later.  Click on images to enlarge.     (S.R.)

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World Wide Welcome Multicultural Evening Mon. 11th March

World Wide Welcome

Multicultural evening

 Monday 11th March 2013 @ 7pm

Millstreet Community School library/canteen

 Admission: Free

 EVERYONE IS WELCOME

 A fun filled multicultural evening to celebrate  nationalities and cultures in the Millstreet area, through song, dance, stories and traditional dishes.

 This event will be filmed by a production company for use in a future edition of the  RTE 1 Nationwide programme

 For more details contact Millstreet Community School on 029 70087

A Musical Journey through the history of Ireland in Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel this Thursday, 3rd January 2013 at 8.00 p.m.

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra will present their show
“A Musical Journey through the History of Ireland”
in Bruach na Carraige,  Rockchapel this Thursday night – 3rd of January at 8pm.
This two hour show which is narrated throughout features some of the most ancient and forgotten traditional music and dance of Ireland – linked
with Irish History from the arrival of An Tuaithe Dé Danann to Easter 1916.
This is the only such show in Ireland or in the World.
(We thank Jack Roche for this important notice of such an interesting event – S.R.)

“A Musical Journey Through The History Of Ireland” in Rockchapel

Ceoltóirí Sliabh Luachra,  the Rockchapel based traditional group,  will present their Show “A Musical Journey Through The History Of Ireland” in Bruach Na Carraige,  Rockchapel on Thursday 3rd of January starting at 8pm.
This highly acclaimed traditional group are performing  some of Ireland’s oldest and rarely heard traditional music and dance. Their 2 hour show which is narrated throughout links our most ancient music and dance with the main events in the history of Ireland from the arrival of An Tuatha Dé Danann to Easter 1916. This is the only group doing such a show in Ireland or in the world.

Our thanks to Jack Roche for this notice.  (S.R.)

Dr. Mary Leader’s Book Launch in Boherbue on Saturday at 8.15 p.m.

The official launch by Eileen Linehan of IRD Duhallow of Dr. Mary Joyce Leader’s new Children’s Book “The Waiting Room Christmas Tree” (“Crann Nollag an Seomra Feithimh”) will take place in the Library of Boherbue Comprehensive School at 8.15 p.m. on this Saturday, 1st December 2012.   MC for the very special occasion is Frank O’Sullivan.   A night of music, dance, old Irish carols, mince pies and mulled wine!  (S.R.)

Strawing in Aubane

Super night in the Valley of Aubane Last night at Aubane Community Centre for the Monday night Dancing…Last night we had Visitors “The Strawboys” There are very few places where the tradition of strawing takes place. It seems to be confined now to parts of Cork and Kerry. In our photo today newly weds Gerard McSweeney and Karen White were welcomed home from their honeymoon by the strawboys.
The history of the tradition of strawing is that strawboys were uninvited guests who dressed up in suits made from straw and paid a visit to the wedding feast in the midst of the celebrations. The average number in the group was about a dozen and all the gang remained anonymous. The face especially had to be well covered in straw to nullify identification. The group last night was made up of ten people. Picture compliments of John F. Kelleher

Sun Shines on Annual September Horse Fair Today

Blessed with glorious sunshine Millstreet’s Annual September Horse Fair took place today, Sunday, 2nd September 2012. The wonderfully colourful standings extended further along the streets that ever before reaching the Church at West End and down to the end of Minor Row.  Here we view the busy scene at 2.35 p.m. in Main Street as photographed from the Bridge.   (S.R.)

Brendan Murphy and I travelled to the various parts of the town and the Fair Field to record this annual tradition for our website and LTV2.   We invite you to join us on our journey earlier this afternoon where we got to meet lots of cheerful people, saw one of the smallest ponies ever [read more …] “Sun Shines on Annual September Horse Fair Today”

Jack Lane Speaks at the Kerryman’s Table on 19th August 2012

Historian supreme, Jack Lane gave an outstanding address at the Kerryman’s Table, Mushera, Millstreet at noon on Sunday, 19th August 2012.   Jack emphasised the importance of the Butter Road and gave a very interesting history of the famous Road.   It was held during Heritage Week 2012 as well as on the very same Sunday as the celebration of the centenary of Aubane N.S..  (S.R.)

While it was raining for part of Jack’s address this did not dampen the spirits of all who attended on the Sunday at this wonderfully picturesque setting.   Jack also introduced [read more …] “Jack Lane Speaks at the Kerryman’s Table on 19th August 2012”

Launch of “The Bard” by Barry Keane in Millstreet on 18th Aug. 2012

Pictured at the official launch of “The Bard” in Millstreet G.A.A. Community Hall on Saturday, 18th August 2012.   Included is (from left) John Sheehan, Aubane Social Club, Barry Keane (Author supreme), Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City and his wife.   Also included are Barry’s mother and his aunts.  (S.R.)

It was one of the most uplifting book launches Millstreet has ever witnessed.   Author Barry Keane delivered an outstanding witty speech and the splendid words shared by his mother and aunts hugely impressed the capacity audience. Historian/author Jack Lane [read more …] “Launch of “The Bard” by Barry Keane in Millstreet on 18th Aug. 2012″

Kilcorney Community Feis Takes Place Today – Established 1910

What a truly wonderful tradition has been maintained since the establishment in 1910 of Kilcorney Feis by Liam Ó Buachalla and his dedicated Committee and afterwards continued by his son, Seán and Seán's Family and now by a more recent also very active and enthusiastic Committee. We wish this year's Community Feis every success. (S.R.)

Four Generations at Eurovision Wall in Minor Row, Millstreet on 24th May 2012 Recalling Millstreet’s Historic 1993 Eurovision Song Contest

How very appropriate during this 2012 Eurovision Week we recall the 1993 Eurovision in Millstreet before which Matthew Murphy creatively painted on his front wall at Minor Row truly superb flags of all 25 countries participating in the Song Contest in 1993. Here we meet this very evening (24th May) four generations of the Murphy Family standing in front of the now renowned wall which has been magnificently further upgraded by Millstreet Tidy Towns Tourism Association. From left: Martha Gaffney, Geraldine Goggin, Rachel Gaffney, Matthew Murphy and Seán Gaffney. (S.R.)

Matthew Murphy’s Eurovision Wall in Minor Row has been one of Millstreet’s most photographed features.   It has lasted so very well over the past 19 years and now with the new very colourful and attractive panels put in place its future is further guaranteed.    The flags are arranged in [read more …] “Four Generations at Eurovision Wall in Minor Row, Millstreet on 24th May 2012 Recalling Millstreet’s Historic 1993 Eurovision Song Contest”

Researching The City

Richard Scriven is a PhD student in UCC looking at pilgrimage in Ireland. He is seeking volunteers who would be willing to talk to him about The City, the rounds and traditions associated with it. Please do not feel you have to have any expertise, he is looking for people who have a devotion to the City and who care about it.

If you are interested please contact him at (021) 490 2709 (office hours) or <email>

St. Patrick’s Day in Millstreet – Part 2 (Catching Up!)

Millstreet Pipe Band pictured having participated at Mass and having given a recital in the Church Grounds on St. Patrick's Day 2012. (S.R.)

Finally we get a chance to catch up on the many images we’ve captured over the past few weeks.  Here we share the second part of our coverage of St. Patrick’s Day in Millstreet where we focus on [read more …] “St. Patrick’s Day in Millstreet – Part 2 (Catching Up!)”

Wonderful Evening of Storytelling, Music, Song and Chat at Men’s Shed

Enjoying a cuppa at the Men's Shed Centre, Pound Hill, Millstreet on Tuesday, 20th March before the start of a superb evening of great storytelling, music, song and chat open to everyone - men and women. It was such a success that future such enjoyable evenings are envisaged developing hopefully to the establishing of very regular get togethers where music and chat will feature big time. More pics to follow later. (S.R.)

Loretta O’Connor in Semi-final of Prestigious Over-60s Competition

Superbly singing “The Green Glens of Antrim” on Monday in Mallow, Loretto O’Connor, Knocknagurrane, Cullen has succeeded in winning through to the Semi-Final of the highly prestigious Over-60s Competition

in Cork on 15th April 2012.   Renowned Organiser, Paddy O’Brien was very impressed with Loretta’s rendition of this wonderful song and recalled how with his Aubane roots, fondly remembered attending Cullen Feis as a young person.    Paddy began the Over-60s Competition in 1977 and some years ago was chosen as the Cork Person of the Year for having developed this hugely popular annual event to the very impressive level which it has now successfully reached.    Having won the North Cork Section of this year’s Competition Loretta is guaranteed the full support of Millstreet Parish as she participates in the Semi-Final in Cork on 15th April.    She was given a splendidly warm reception when she brought the winning cup to the Canon O’Donovan Centre this week.    Sincere Congratulations, Loretta and every success in the Semi-Final.  (S.R.)

Scór Sinsear Duhallow

2012-01-27 St.Johns Set Dancers, who won the Duhallow Scor Sinsear - included are Anne Buckley, Donal Kelleher, Margaret Coakley, Michael Cashman, Karen White, Gerard McSweeney, Norma Buckley, and Dermot Golden

Congratulations to all from the Millstreet & St.John’s GAA Clubs who competed in and were successful at the Duhallow Scór Sinsear in Kanturk Golf Club last night.

Ballad Group: 1st Millstreet
Recitation: 2nd: St.Johns
Question Time: 1st Millstreet, (St. Johns lost out on a tiebreak for second)
Novelty Act: 1st Millstreet, 2nd St. Johns
Set Dancing: 1st St.Johns

As the first two in each category progress, together both clubs will be taking a large group to the County Semi-finals in Coachford on February 12th.

Duhallow Scór na nÓg Final

Millstreet took part in the Duhallow Scor na nOg finals held in Kanturk on Saturday night and among the winners were a Ballad Group made up of Muireann Buckley, Sarah Dennehy, Nadine Spillane, Leanne Smith and Bridelle Cronin. They sang The Boys of Barr na Sraide & Where the Blarney Roses Grow. Muireann Buckley also took 1st in the solo singing with Isle of Hope. In the Quiztime Niall Murphy, Bill Kelleher and Padraig Moynihan took the runners up spot. They all take part in the county simi final next Saturday night in Ovens. -with thanks to Geraldine Dennehy for the photos & details

“Ciorcal Chomhrá” Every Wednesday at Millstreet Library

Every Wednesday at Millstreet Library from 11.00 a.m. until 12.00 noon an enthusiastic group of people interested in the Irish Language assemble for an hour discussing and exploring different interesting issues of Irish culture and more. Others are more than welcome to join irrespective of one's standard of spoken Irish. Here we view four of the very dedicated members of the "Ciorcal Chomhrá" (Discussion Circle). From left: Cáit Ní Mhuimhneachán, Siobhán Uí Chorcorán, Peig Ní Éalaithe agus Della Uí Choileáin.