Transition Year Students studying Barn Owls and Kestrels

2016-03 Millstreet Tidy Towns - Transition Year Project 2016 with Tony Keneally, Wildlife BiologistMillstreet Tidy Town Association are delighted to announce that this year again Tony Keneally, Wildlife Biologist will be running a project with the Transition Year Students of Millstreet Community School. The Transition Year Students have made Nest Boxes for Barn Owls and Kestrels and the Transition Year Students will endeavour to study these magnificent birds. [read more on the project] | @millstreettidyt | Facebook:Millstreet Tidy Town
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March By The Finnow

RobbirtreeOn a budding birch tree the male robin on song
Near where old Finnow river goes babbling along
Though the wind from the high country by Clara Hill
Does blow with a touch of a wintry chill
In mid March in the earlier days of the Spring
When the early nesting birds are commencing to sing
The swallows not yet back on their breeding ground
And the chill of the Winter it is still around
And the old Finnow River in flood waters of brown
Babbles through the fields and bogs by Millstreet Town
Though in shady places by ditch and hedgerow
The wildflowers of Nature in the blustery winds blow
Where Finnow from the high country the Cails does meet
Just west of the Duhallow Town of Millstreet.

[read more …] “March By The Finnow”

Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden have seven upcoming gardening classes between now and June, on the topics of pruning, propogation, vegetables, maintainance, flowers, and bees. They’ve listed them all below:

Intensive Pruning Workshop – Saturday 27th February  10-3pm.

Price €40 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout).

Spring is a busy pruning time in the garden. This intensive one-day workshop will teach you the theory and techniques for general pruning. Specific pruning groups will include roses, fruit trees & bushes, ornamental trees & shrubs, climbers. This class will take place outside, so warm clothing and footwear is essential. This course will be run by Alan Pitcher, who has over three decades experience of gardening and teaching.

Propagation for Beginners Saturday 5th March  10-3pm.

Price: €45 (Includes light lunch, refreshments, handout & materials)

Fill your garden for less! Learn how to propagate your own plants  – you’ll do your own cuttings on the day, as well as sowing seed, all to take home with you.  You’ll also learn how to divide perennials and grasses. Thrifty gardening at its best! [read more …] “Upcoming Classes at the Secret Garden”

Since The Last Time I Saw Clara

On the last time i saw Clara it wore a hat of snow
And Finnow bank high in the rushy fields with a loud babble did flow
On towards the great Blackwater on that bleak December day
And the hungry cattle in the farmyard sheds were bellowing for silage or hay
As i boarded the bus for Rosslare in the Square of Millstreet Town
From the gray sky of early evening the rain was drizzling down
I was just one of the many in Duhallow back then not rare
Who took the migrant ferry for Fishguard at the harbor of Rosslare
Unlike the migratory swallow i did not return in Spring
Though often in my [read more …] “Since The Last Time I Saw Clara”

Mairead is the new President of Veterinary Ireland

Mairead Wallace-PigottCongratulations to Mairead Wallace-Pigott of Millstreet Veterinary Group who today took over the Presidency of Veterinary Ireland, from outgoing President John O’Rourke.

In the Veterinary Ireland press release she: said that as a profession, vets need to promote prudent use of antibiotics. “To this end, we need to be diligent in prescribing or supplying antibiotics only to our own bona fide clients, where we have full in-depth knowledge of the animals and their environment and an ongoing working relationship with the owners.”
Need to Sustain Rural Practice: The incoming President said that as a mixed practitioner, she would like to work towards finding ways to sustain rural practice and the veterinary infrastructure (both human and capital) necessary to serve our communities.
“The sustainability of these practices impact not only on the services we can provide for our farmer clients and pet owners in rural areas, but also on the provision of jobs for our new graduates so that we can retain the professions greatest asset, our young well educated vets. These young vets need support, mentoring, a good work /life balance and a realistic salary when starting out. To this end I would like to see co-operation between neighbouring practices and/or amalgamation of practices to provide a better working environment, economies of scale and life balance for all. I have personal experience of being part of a practice amalgamation in 2000 and it was one of the best things we ever did.”
“Veterinary Ireland represents vets involved in all aspects and areas of veterinary medicine as well as those involved in the various streams of clinical practice. As President, I would like to see better recognition of the vets’ role in food safety, animal welfare, public health, research, academia and business,” said Ms. Wallace-Pigott. [read more …] “Mairead is the new President of Veterinary Ireland”

People’s Climate Change March in Cork, Sunday 29th Nov. starting at 2pm

climate change march posterA number of organisations, including Trocaire have organised a march to mark the beginning of the Climate Change Conference (COP 21) which will begin at the start of December 2015 in Paris.  It will be the largest gathering of world leaders for such a gathering.  Among the aims of the conference is the agreement on legally binding targets for all countries to adhere to with regards the level of carbon emissions they are responsible for.  Marches will be taking place in Dublin, Belfast as well as Cork on Sunday 29th November to show the leaders attending the conference that ordinary people want them to set these targets and to take meaningful steps towards counteracting the causes of global warming, the effects of which have a particularly devastating impact on poor communities in developing countries.

This is a reminder that the People’s Climate March in Cork City will begin at 2pm on Sunday 29th November where the Grand Parade and Oliver Plunkett Street intersect.  It’s an event for all ages.

National Dairy Show 2015

National Dairy Show 2015

Saturday 17th October in Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

20 pedigree Holstein & Jersey classes
Finals National YMA Showmanship League
Live demo/discussion on Herd Health
Automative bedding trial
120 Trade displays
Great family Day out:  Model Farm Displays   Bouncy Castle / Face Painting
2015 Judge: Harold Sweetnam, Manitobe, Canada

Lifetime achievement Award
2015 Innovation Award

Saturday 17th October ‘15
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Super Blood Moon in our Skies tonight

Night owls and amateur astronomers will be looking to the skies in the middle of tonight to see the moon turn red during the total lunar eclipse. The full “super blood moon” is due to last over an hour for us, and thankfully it looks like we may have clear skies :-).

Partial Eclipse starts at: 2:07am
Full Eclipse starts at: 3:11am
Max Eclipse is at: 3:47am
Full Eclipse ends at: 4:23am
Partial Eclipse ends at: 5:27

The next total lunar eclipse for Ireland will be in 2019, while the next total solar eclipse will be in 2027 🙁

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Millstreet Country Park’s Wildlife, Food and Foraging Weekend

Gourmet Evening Cancelled – Full range of events for the Wildlife Day and Foraging Day

We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Bat Walk and Talk

There will be a Bat walk and talk in Millstreet Country Park with guest speaker and bat specialist Conor Kelleher on Thursday the 13th of August at 7.30pm. The talk will be held in the Visitor Centre and walk leaves from visitor centre. This talk is aimed at adults, but children accompanied by adults are welcome.

This promises to be a very interesting evening. Contact Lorna at the Park on 029-70810 for further information. Booking required for this event.

Your Dog Matters Murphy, is a dog trainer and behaviourist, new to the Millstreet area.

“I’m a dog behaviourist, and I’m here to help you and your dog to live in a harmonious way. I’m here to help you to resolve any and all problems that you encounter along the way. Please read through my website for helpful information, and if you need my help on a particular matter just call me…”

The website is My phone number is 0872583784, and my
email address is <email>

Tubrid Holy Well Rhododendron Features in Prestigious Garden Magazine

A purple and red Rhododendron which is beautifully located on the Grounds of Tubrid |Holy Well has featured as a prize-winning photograph in the May 2015 issue of "The Irish Garden".  We thank James O'Sullivan for alerting us to this very interesting feature.  Pictured from left beside the very special Rhododendron - John O'Sullivan, Rathduane, James O'Sullivan and Pat O'Keeffe from Garryvoe.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
A purple and red Rhododendron which is beautifully located on the Grounds of Tubrid Holy Well has featured as a prize-winning photograph in the May 2015 issue of “The Irish Garden”. We thank James O’Sullivan for alerting us to this very interesting feature. Pictured on Friday, 19th June 2015 – from left beside the very special Rhododendron – John Anthony O’Sullivan, Rathduane, James O’Sullivan, Claraghatlea and Pat O’Keeffe from Garryvoe. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

2Tubrid Holy Well 19th June 2015 -8001Tubrid Holy Well 19th June 2015 -800Tubrid Holy Well is wonderfully enhanced by the landscaping surrounding the Well adding further to the exquisite ambience of [read more …] “Tubrid Holy Well Rhododendron Features in Prestigious Garden Magazine”

Wild Summer Camp 2015 at Millstreet Country Park

We thank Orlaith for the Poster.  Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Orlaith for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge.   (S.R.)
Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
10am Arrive Arrive Arrive
10.10am Stone Circle Crannog Fullacht Fia
11am Duck Race Scavenger Hunt Nature Colour Code
11.30am Letter Hunt Obstacle Course Sensory Garden Game
12pm Lunch (Ham or Cheese Sandwich and unlimited Juice + Treat) Lunch (Ham or cheese sandwich with unlimited juice + Treat + flower ice cubes) Lunch (Chicken Nuggets and chips with unlimited juice and edible arts and crafts cookies)
12.30pm Collect Edible Flowers to make Ice Cubes Clay Habitat Animals Pond Dipping
1pm Mont Des Art and Deer Mini Beast Hunt Orienteering
1.30pm Park Rover / Butterfly Walk in Meadow Egg and Spoon Race Decorate Pots and Pot up Pollinator Friendly plants to take home
2pm Edible Arts and Crafts(Cookies Cut out in shapes of animals and leaves) Edible Arts and Crafts (Cookies get iced) Duck Race / Park Rover
2.30pm Eco Web Game Nature Table Certificate Ceremony and hand out goody bags
3pm Depart Depart Depart

Farmers have Hearts

2015-05-20 Conor Sheahan on the TV3 NewsBalinatona farmer Conor Sheahan appeared on the TV3 news yesterday revealing his shock at how a free health check at a mart revealed he was obese and at risk of a heart attack. He heeded the advice, changed his diet and lost a stone in a few months.

See the video on the TV3 Player (from 14:35 to 16:10)

The piece is on the back of a survey reporting that farmers are seven times more likely than normal to die from heart disease – see this article on the Irish Independent. [read more …] “Farmers have Hearts”

Shutterbug Finalists

2015-05 Jack O' Riordan Adam Keane - through to the finals of ShutterbugsCongratulations to two local boys, Jack O’ Riordan aged 6 from Boherbue NS and Adam Keane aged 9 from Lismire NS, who are through to the finals on RTE’s bug-finding series Shutterbugs!

Jack and Adam produced a video reel for the final over the weekend at Duarriglewoods, Brookpark Kilcorney and Millstreet Country Park. Earthworms, Ants and Red Deers was their challenge which they completed and recorded findings at Millstreet Country Park’s lab with Philip Cremin their tour guide on the day.

Producer from RTE Ciara Baker congratulated the boys on their fantastic production.

The  Shutterbugs page with videos is located at

May In Annagloor

With such wonderful memories how could anyone feel poor
Of the nesting songbirds singing in the groves of Annagloor
And the hawthorns looking resplendent in their white blossoms of the May
And the old fields in their wildflowers green and beautiful today
And the dark brown birds of the waterways of breast as white as snow
The dipper he is singing where the babbling Cails does flow
Where i first grew to love Nature years ago as a young boy
And today learning of her ways is a thing i do enjoy [read more …] “May In Annagloor”

Jobs: Dairy Farm Worker wanted

SNB10625-600A dairy farm close to Millstreet is looking for an employee to do the day to day work on farm – milking cows, feeding calves, cleaning, repairing, tractor work, fencing, observing animals etc.
Experience with cows necessary.

Contact: 086-3644208 or <email>

9th May:the position has been filled

“Future of Farming” Meeting

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, has announced a public meeting entitled “The Future of Farming”, to be held in Millstreet, Cork on Thursday, 30th April. The meeting will take place in the Wallis Arms Hotel at 8pm.

“I encourage Cork farmers to attend this public meeting and I am delighted that the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney will join us on the night.

“The meeting will discuss the future of farming and the Minister will lay out his plans for the Irish agriculture sector. I look forward to a constructive discussion for all concerned.

“This is a really important time for Irish farming. The dairy sector, so crucial to the Cork agriculture sector, is on the [read more …] ““Future of Farming” Meeting”

Golden Eagles nesting on Church Spire

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A young male golden eagle

The last few weeks have seen a pair of large birds appear to be nesting just under the bell on the spire of St.Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. We are delighted to reveal now that they are none other than a pair of Golden Eagles.

It’s very unusual to see them, as outlines – “Currently being re-introduced into Donegal (since 2001). Wandering birds from this project have been observed in upland areas throughout Ireland.”

Ornithologist Seán O’Connor of Birdwatch Ireland visited yesterday and was thrilled because it looks like the birds are nesting which is very rare in Ireland. The male was seen returning to the nest a few times during the day, presumably bringing food to the female who would be incubating the eggs in the nest. For now, people have been asked not to go near or disturb the nest in any way, and we’ll have to wait and see if chicks will appear in a few weeks.

The hope is that we will be able to link a webcam of the nest to [read more …] “Golden Eagles nesting on Church Spire”

Kilcorney NS Bird Boxes

2015-03-27 Kilcorney NS Bird Boxes-800The pupils of Kilcorney N.S. are always very aware of the tough lives our little bird friends lead throughout the winter season. In order for them to settle comfortably into the breeding season, and to entice our migratory birds back home, we built and painted 36 bird boxes.
We really enjoyed hammering the nails into the sides of each box and couldn’t wait to get our hands dirty with the paint. Luckily for us the sun shone all day and so we got to complete our manual labour outside!
At the end of the day we each got to bring our bird box home. We couldn’t wait to hang them up and wait for some visitors to call.

To see more photos of the bird-boxes and other happenings at Kilcorney NS, go to the Kilcorney NS website ( ), where they love to share their stories and photos.

Nel – the Brown Rescue Horse

2015-03-26 Mícheál O Muirthile entry into the NY  Equus Film Festival_Mícheál O Muirthile’s painting of Nel the Brown Rescue Horse with Andy and Sue in Kilmeedy Lodge is competing to become the flagship publicity poster for the Equus Film Festival in New York later in the year.

Outside that, the top 12 artist will be featured in the Equus Film Festival Official 2016 Calendar

To help it, they are asking us all to simply ‘like’ the photo on facebook.

The competition is by invite only and all pieces must be have an Equine theme. Micheál’s piece “Nel – The Brown Mare”, which he painted especially for this, was [read more …] “Nel – the Brown Rescue Horse”

Woodland Habitat Study

2015-03-24 Our Tidy Towns and Community School have started a Woodland Habitat StudyYesterday afternoon the Transition Year students of Millstreet Community School started a woodland habitat study in the woodland at the back of the Community school.
The Millstreet Tidy Town Association have organised in conjunction with Mr. Derry Morley, for a Wildlife Biologist, Mr. Tony Keneally to come and facilitate this study to be done. This will be happening for the next 3 to 5 weeks with the Transition Year Students.
Their work will involve mapping the woodland habitat and ecological experiments and activities. Their aim is to map and setup a management plan for the woodland area. The best plan will be presented to Millstreet Tidy Town committee for submission with this year’s entry. We wish them luck.
Pictured is [read more …] “Woodland Habitat Study”

New Nest Boxes by our Men’s Shed

20150310_200459- Men's Shed Nest Boxes10th March 2015, the Millstreet Mens Shed presented members of Millstreet Tidy Town association with 12 nest boxes.

The nest boxes which were beautifully built by the Men’s Shed  and will be strategically located around the greener parts of Millstreet. Mainly the Town park, Clara Rd, Community school and perhaps even across from the Men’s Shed so the lads can observe their handy work.

There are 3 different types of nest boxes involved and a huge amount of effort and craftsmanship was placed into the creation of these nest boxes.

More information will be available on nest boxes on Millstreet Tidy Town website, which will be up and running in the coming weeks.

Many thanks to all involved. Pictured are Bertie Buckley and members of Mens Shed and Derry Sheehan and Kieran Murphy of Millstreet Tidy Town.

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