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.
“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.)
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.
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
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”
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>
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.)
On these short days with long dark evenings, we all like to visit each other and tell an odd story. Eamonn Kelly who hailed from Gneeveguilla (not a million miles from Millstreet) knew in the how to tell a story, captivate an audience, and make them laugh. Hope you enjoy the video below:
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