Switch on Culture Night in Cullen

All roads lead to Switch on Culture Night in Cullen Hall on Friday 22nd Sep. at 8p.m. Celebrate the 2017 All-Ireland and World prizes won by the Cullen Pipe Band at the All Ireland and World Piping Championships, and the outstanding achievements of the local 2017 All-Ireland winners at the Comhaltas Fleadh Cheoil. The night will include some lovely local performances, a display of the prizes plus a sample of the All-Ireland winning performances from the following:

Cullen Pipe Band
Diarmuid Cronin, English Story Telling Age 12-15
Katie O’Sullivan, English Singing Age U12 supported by her mentor Elle
Marie O’ Dwyer
Rena Lynch, English Story Telling Age O18
Cian Broderick, Rince ar an Sean-Nós Age 12 to 15
Crossfields Céilí Band Age 12 to 15, Crossfields Céilí Band Age 15 to 18 and winning for the third consecutive year in a row, the Seandrum Céilí Band Over 18. These three separate céilí bands under the musical genius of their mentor Alan Finn, won in their various age groups. There will also be a performance by some of the outstanding musicians involved.

Set Dancing Classes with Five Time All-Ireland Champion

Patrick O’Callaghan will be holding set dancing classes in Dromtarriffe Hall from 10-11 am on Saturday mornings. He will teach various steps and sets for both fun and competition level. Ages from 5-18 welcome. REGISTRATION will take place for ALL previous and new members on Saturday the 9th of September at 10 am in Dromtarriffe Hall.
For further information contact Patrick on 0873174561.

Success for Daragh Twomey and Crossfields Ceili Band at All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis


Congratulations to Darragh Twomey (second from left in the back row)  Son of John & Maire Twomey who plays with the Crossfields Ceili Band who were winners of the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis. Well deserved. Best wishes on this great achievement from the Aubane Social Club.

John Kelleher of Aubane Social Club has also indicated that The Monday Night Set Dancing recommences for the 2017/2018 season at Aubane Community Centre on Monday 18th September at 9.15 pm.

All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil English Singing Winner

Congratulations to Caít Ní Shúilleabháin Millstreet Comhaltas who won 1st in English singing at the All Ireland Fleadh last weekend pictured with her teacher Elle Marie O’Dwyer.

[read more …] “All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil English Singing Winner”

Superb Local Successes at Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis

Anne Maria Lyons has kindly informed us of just some of the splendid success stories from this year’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis over the weekend.  We also thank Anne Maria for the attached pictures taken in Ennis.  Patrick Buckley (pictured holding the winning cup on left) and Claire Lyons (pictured at centre front) were in the Under-15 Céilí Band who won the All-Ireland while Darragh Twomey was in the winning Under-18 Band.  Music Teacher Alan Finn is pictured in front.  We shall later feature the amazingly successful Shandrum Céilí Band who made history in winning the All-Ireland Senior Band Event for the Third TimeSincere congratulations to all the wonderfully talented musicians.  This also includes Katie O’Sullivan of Cullen winning in the Under-12 English Singing and Diarmuid Cronin of Laught, Rathcoole who won the Under-15 Story Telling Competition.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Superb Local Successes at Fleadh Cheoil 2017 in Ennis”

Auditions coming up for Exciting Local Shows!

Auditions for Grease Lightning: Due to over whelming demand for the return of Youth Theatre in Macroom, Lee Valley Enterprise Board are delighted to invite all youths over 12 years of age from the Lee Valley region to participate in our specially created song and dance production of Grease Lightning, directed by Margo Carlisle of Carlisle Stage School, Cork  with musical director, Macroom’s own Ann Buckley. This will  be an amazing opportunity for young people to develop their artistic skills as they enjoy vocal training, acting, choreography as well as socialise and work as a team on and off the stage. Auditions (12 years of age plus) will take place on Sunday 20th August at 5:00pm at Riverside Park Hotel. You will be required to sing any song of your own choice from a musical and may be required to read lines for character parts. Performacnes will take place on October 6th, 7th & 8th.

Auditions for ‘Sir Henry’Auditions for the exciting new musical ‘Sir Henry’, written by Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly & directed by Cathal MacCabe (RTE), will take place on August 27th at 5:00pm in Riverside Park Hotel Macroom. All are welcome to attend, please spread the word!! Based on true events, this show tells the farcical story of the misadventures of Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the notorious play boy who sought to gain the hand of the young heiress Mary Pike as a sure cure to his financial woes, this story caused scandal throughout the British Empire in 1797. Performance will take place on October 27th,October 28th, October 29thNovember 4th & November 5th.

All queries to Ann Dunne at <email>.

Any profits the Lee Valley Enterprise Board make from these shows will go back into local projects, including the restoration of the Church of Ireland in Macroom to create a cultural & tourism amenity.

 

The Glen Theatre Drama Group performing “Second Honeymoon” this Friday 14th July at 8pm in The Everyman Theatre Cork

The Glen Theatre Drama Group are doing a performance of “Second Honeymoon“, a hilarious Comedy written by Sam Cree and directed by Tadhg O Keeffe on this Friday 14th July at 8pm in the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Please come along and support this great Group on the Night which promises loads and loads of Laughter and Fun. The Glen Theatre Group are also appearing at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght Dublin on next Sunday Night July 16 and the Group are back on the Road again when they will line out at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Sunday September 3rd. You can get a taste of the Show on the Video clip here at https://youtu.be/xangUJCat_0
[read more …] “The Glen Theatre Drama Group performing “Second Honeymoon” this Friday 14th July at 8pm in The Everyman Theatre Cork”

Pearl Jam in Millstreet

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam fame plays in Marquee in Cork tonight, but do know the last time he played in Cork was that fantastic concert in Green Glens ?

Well now you can listen back to the entire concert!

Click here to listen to it on archive.com

We’ve added below their rendition of ‘Alive’ from the night.

[read more …] “Pearl Jam in Millstreet”

‘Summer Nights’ weekly dance at the Riveside Park

Lee Valley Enterprise Board Presents ‘Summer Nights’, Weekly Dance Nights this June at Riverside Park Hotel featuring your favourite Local Acts!!

Friday 9th June & Friday 23rd June- Breakaway:  Breakaway are a three-piece band consisting of Derry Kennedy, his daughter Fidelma & Colum Cronin. All three are very experienced in the music scene and they cover a broad range of music styles inc Country and Irish, ceilí/trad, pop, Rock ‘n Roll etc. They have built up a strong following throughout the social dancing scene all over Co Cork, Kerry, Waterford and across the Midlands. They look forward to meeting old friends and making some new ones at the Riverside.

Friday 16th June  –  Finbarr Dennehy and his Band: Finbarr Dennehy is a real favourite in the Cork area where he entertains the masses with his lively style of music. Finbarr has released a number of very popular albums and is often joined on stage now by his daughter Chloe, especially during school holidays. A night of great entertainment and dancing is in store where all the favourites will be played!

Friday 30th June  –  Lee Sound: Dance the night away with one of the areas most loved bands, The Lee Sound, who play all the Irish favourites with a Country flavour! A very enjoyable night is in store in the comfortable surroundings of the Riverside Park Hotel where you can catch up with friends from near and far. The Lee Sound will not disappoint, don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes for plenty of waltzing & jiving!

Tickets €10 will be available on the door each night from 9:15pm. Dances will run from 9.30 to 12 midnight! We look forward to seeing you all!  [read more …] “‘Summer Nights’ weekly dance at the Riveside Park”

Brian’s Magnificent “Guns ‘n Roses” Memorabilia Collection

Millstreet’s Brian O’Leary recently shared part of his truly amazing “Guns ‘n Roses” memorabilia collection display. For decades Brian (who is such an accomplished Artist) has been collecting what must now be one of the world’s most complete collections of items associated with the world famous Band. Brian’s interest began decades ago and he attributes such an absorbing interest as being of great importance to him as he bravely coped with health procedures for many years.   “Guns ‘n Roses” appear at Slane this weekend and we sincerely hope that the great Band become aware of this magnificent Fan and that they will arrange to meet with Brian considering that he must be one of their most ardent and most loyal Fan ever.   We wish all attending this weekend’s Concert every enjoyment and safety.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Lord Henry Mountcharles was in Millstreet 24 years ago attending the 1993 Eurovision Contest on 15th May that year.  Now in 2017 quite a number of Millstreet music Fans will be in Lord Henry’s Castle Estate in Slane. Brian hopes to present his Flag (seen at the top of the display) to the Band this weekend.   It would be a dream come true if they arranged to meet.  We wish them all success and a fulfilling music experience. [read more …] “Brian’s Magnificent “Guns ‘n Roses” Memorabilia Collection”

Blue Grass & Country Music Delight at Millstreet Library

The wonderfully talented Blue Grass/Country Music Group from USA and Canada “Thunder & Rain” truly brought sunshine (!) to the enthusiastic audience at Millstreet Library on Friday morning (19th May 2017). Coordinator John from Mallow annually introduces such superb Groups to many audiences during the Bealtaine Festival. Click on the images to enlarge. Lots more images to follow later.  Many thanks to Librarian Grace for making such a splendid venue available.   The Group later visited Presentation N.S..  (S.R.)

Update (2017-06-14): Thunder and Rain have added two videos from Millstreet Library

 

 

 

Below: footage from their concert in the Presentation NS [from Presentation NS: Thunder & Rain]

Cullen N.S. Awarded Two Prestigious School Flags

Special Guest GAA Celebrity Donncha O’Connor raises the prestigious Green Flag recently awarded to Cullen N.S. on Wednesday morning (17th May 2017) in the School Grounds. Pictured with the pupils, teachers and parents Donncha also raised a second flag which was also awarded for Safety Awareness. Following the impressive ceremony a wonderful musical recital by the pupils was presented after which refreshments were served.  Lots more pictures to follow later in a special feature.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

24th Anniversary of the Eurovision in Millstreet

Let’s have look back at this day twenty four years ago, May 15th 1993, and we’ll never forget the XXXVIII Edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took part in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet. Watch the videos below with the voting (with Terry Wogan of the BBC), and the full show (Norwegian commentary), or look at some of our other memories from the 1993 Eurovision.

[read more …] “24th Anniversary of the Eurovision in Millstreet”

Aubane Cross Monument Upgrades

John F Kelleher of Aubane Social Club has informed us of upgrades that have been completed to the Monument at Aubane Cross,new Plants have been added as has new state of the Art lighting which looks very impressive by night,check out the Photos below,also tonight Monday May 15th is the Final Night of Set Dancing in Aubane Community Centre and performing there Tonight is the Donie Nolan Ceili Band,Kick Off is at 9.15,Dancing will resume on Monday Nights in Mid September.

The Legendary Paddy O’Brien Returns to Macroom

This year Paddy O’ Brien celebrates 30 years in Country music. Throughout his career he has recorded 32 albums all of which are available on CD with 16 also on DVD. He has had numerous hits including Marion’s Rose, Louisiana, Keep On The Sunnyside, Heaven Won’t Be Heaven, Never Grow Old, Out To California and You Seldom Come To See Me Anymore. [read more …] “The Legendary Paddy O’Brien Returns to Macroom”

Bringing Eurovision to Millstreet 1993


The 1993 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Millstreet, Co. Cork on 15 May. The above RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly and Tom McSweeney shows the preparations under way in Millstreet, Co. Cork in the week leading up to the event.  [read more …] “Bringing Eurovision to Millstreet 1993”