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On Sunday, February 20th, 2011, the coldest night of the winter thus far, Mary Grace Farrell died on the steps of St. Brigid’s Church in Tompkins Square Park, NY. This church was built by Irish Famine emigrants. Born in Ireland, she had gone to New
York at seventeen to pursue her dream of being an artist. She spent some time in an orphanage in Drogheda and a friend from that time describes her as “a sweet girl with a lovely smile and a heart of gold.” Mary Grace Farrell leaves behind a twelve-year old son named Oliver. The following is a short reflection on her life.
Featuring the best of Irish and American country music weekly. Broadcast at the following times:
Sky 201, Freesat 403 and Free to view, Monday 8 – 9 pm with repeats Tue, and Sat 2 -3 pm, and Sunday 8 – 9 pm
and now also on Chorus / NTL / UPC, Channel 107 City Channel (exclusive to City Channel and broadcasting to all of Ireland)
Monday 2 – 3 pm with repeats, Tue 9.30 – 10.30pm, Thur 3 – 4 pm, Sat 9 – 10 am, and Sun 2 – 3pm
Work is ongoing on the the new digital TV transmitting mast on Mullaghanish which is beside the old analogue transmitter. Signal testing has been taking place over the last while, and last week they turned on the beacon lights for aircraft etc … but they are so much stronger than the old lights, as to actually hurt the eyes if you look at them, and Millstreet is six miles away! The masts are easily visible from parts of Millstreet, and several locals have complained about how bright and intrusive they are (you can even see the lights during the day).
Lots of people were ringing into C103 radio station last Friday complaining about them, and there was a also this letter in the Examiner:
Mast light blots out the sky and pierces the eyes
AND so they have finally wiped out the sky. Stargazers lament. The strobe-like light atop the new TV mast at Mullaghanish in Co Cork must be the worst case of light pollution I have ever witnessed. continue reading…
“Hot Country” which has been transmitted on Rural TV (Sky 279) up to recently will be back on air again from June 7th, this time on the Showcase Channel (Sky 201). According to co-ordinator, Hugh O’Brien, the weekly one hour programme may be seen on Sundays (8-9pm), Mondays (8-9pm), Tuesdays (2-3pm) and Saturdays (2-3pm). (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)
Below is the brochure we received about the rescheduling: continue reading…
The North Cork Radio Group have just been awarded a Group call-sign EI1NC (echo India 1 November Charlie).
In celebration of gaining this call and also International Marconi day (commemorating the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi), the Group will be holding a field day event from the mountain of Musheramore at Millstreet north Co Cork today, 24th and weather permitting running through into Sun 25th.
Operation will start at approx 10:30am on most, if not all bands. Further info about our group and its future plans will be accessible via northcorkradiogroup.com.
To all the mothers out there, have a very happy Mother’s Day. Make himself put on the apron, and let mum put the feet up and relax. Thanks for eveything, though we don’t say it often enough.
This article is aimed at those that are out of Ireland (and there are more and more of ye these days) .
RTÉ Player which for the last six months has allowed viewing of TV programs online for three weeks after they have been aired on TV, but which was limited to Ireland, has now gone worldwide. So, if you’re in London, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong or Milan, you will be able to catch up with what is happening back in Ireland.
On millstreet.ie in the past it has been frustrating to point to a video on RTE, but those abroad have not been able to see it. Hopefully this now solves most of those problems
Obviously due to copyright issues it will not show foreign produced programmes, but will show most of the home produced programmes.
And, also new is the 24 hour online RTE News and current affairs channel.
Just a thimble from Millstreet Country Park which appeared on eBay UK recently for the princely sum of 75p.
Fares are as follow: Free for Travel Pass Holders. Adults: €3.50 up to 5 Miles, €6.00 thereafter, Students €2.50 return, Children ages 10 and over €2.00 return, Children ages 5-10 €1.00 accompanied by adult, children under 5 free accompanied by adult.
Special Trips and Outings: Special Trips and outings organised by your local community such as Bingo, Swimming, Matches, Social Outings during the day or night, out of school and summer camp activities etc. can be organised through DART where quotations are provided on request. Indicative subsidies are available from the HSE to Senior Citizens Groups. For further details please contact DART at 029-60648.
In the near future, IRD Duhallow will have the timetable on their website, but for the moment the latest timetables are listed below.
update (May 2010): IRD Duhallow have put the DART timetables on their website for everyone to read.
Today is Nollaig na mBan (also known as Womens Christmas, Little Christmas, and The Feast of the Ephipany) where the men get to take over the house and the women get to enjoy themselves.
After a long cold Christmas the women amongst us deserve to put up their feet for the day and enjoy themselves for once if they can … with the hope of not getting food poisoning!
For those that have never heard of it, the tradition of “Nollaig na mBan” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland (and indeed in Irish emigrant communities all over the world). It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld woman” by other men. No full blooded Irish man was prepared to risk that! I’m not really sure that it applies in these days where work is less well defined between the sexes, but it still a good tradition which celebrates the importance of the women amongst us.
There’s a nice article that you can read here on Womens Christmas
Based in Millstreet, they travel with their animals to schools and parties all over Ireland. Fantastic education program with loads of learning opportunities. They also offer arts workshops, face painting, balloon modeling and family fun days around Munster. Next one is in Dromtarriffe Community Centre (on the N72 Near the Sandpit House Pub) 26th October 09 12pm to 5pm.
Go visit the Animal Roadshow website
Jackass as we know it is a rip-off! We have unearthed the original from 1923…
Produced in Millstreet by Conor Hooper, Timmy Keane, Jamie Hooper, Alan O’Donovan, Jordan Cooney, Diaurmuid Murphy. Niall O’Sullivan, André McGowan and Martin Murphy.
Congratulations boys absolutely brilliant!!
Photos are at the bottom
Tabby befriending the Garden Gnome
Deer in Millstreet Country Park
Filmed by the crew of LTV2 for transmission during the next season.
Millstreet Country Park
EILY BUCKLEY’S HEN
The little hen lays green eggs (rare) and six little
chicks hatched. They are a lovely lavender colour.
Chelsea was born on the 15th March 2005.
It was the first day of Cheltemham, naming her Chelsea was suitable to the occasion.
She was born to the 12year old Jessie.
Chelsea is Jessie’s first foal.
This swan moved in at the lake, Drishane Castle on Christmas Eve. She befriended the staff and residents of the Castle. They became very fond of her and named her Sasperilla.
Mary Cahill, Tullig pictured with Sasperilla
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