IRD Duhallow LIFE+ Project Officially Launched in Newmarket

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, raises the official flag to launch the IRD Duhallow LIFE+ Project at the James O'Keeffe Institute, Newmarket today (Friday, 8th July 2011). We shall be uploading a full feature on the historic occasion over the next few days. The event was also fully recorded by LTV2 Millstreet for later transmission in the Autumn schedule. (S.R.)

Lost Shetland Pony

Light brown shetland pony found wandering around in Laught since Saturday evening at approx. 7p.m. The pony is well used to people and still has bridle on so we are worried he/she escaped from somewhere. He/she is currently being minded in Laught by some concerned people!

Anyone who may know who owns him can contact 087 9492965 at any time. [read more …] “Lost Shetland Pony”

Gerard Captures the Beauty of Heaven’s Reflex – Killarney – Our Picture of the Day – Reminding Us of the Cork v. Kerry Match in Killarney on Sunday!

Our good friend, Gerard O'Meara from Mallow, renowned for excellent photography - has truly captured the beauty of Muckross Estate and its traditional means of transport. The lady in front near the driver reminds one of film star icon, Maureen O'Hara!

IRD Duhallow Information Seminar – Barn Owl Conservation in Duhallow

I n f o r m a t i o n    S e m i n a r

Barn Owl

Conservation in Duhallow

Date:              7th July 2011

Location:          James O’Keeffe Institute,

Newmarket, Co Cork.

Time:              7.30pm

Guest Speaker:   Mr John Lusby

Raptor Conservation Office BirdWatch Ireland.

Booking is advisable

To book your place or if you have any further queries please contact Katie Crowley 029 60633



Poultry Day at The Secret Garden Centre 12th June

Our third Poultry Day this year and it is a great opportunity to buy your hens, ducks etc as well as gain advice on all things poultry. This is a great event as there is no fee to attend and you can have a cuppa and a slice of cake in the tea room.

We also hope to have the owner of Newmarkets Champion Chick Selling her birds see the link for full details:

12th June 2011 2-5pm The Secret Garden Centre Newmarket

For more details phone 029 60084 or

IRD Duhallow Dawn Chorus Meeting on 15th May at 5.00 a.m.

IRD Duhallow’s Bird Watching Group are hosting a Dawn Chorus Meeting on Sunday the 15th May 2011

Date: Sunday the 15th May 2011, 5.00am

Meeting Point: James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork.

Duration 1.5-2 hours

Light Refreshments will be served                                             Admission is FREE of charge

Booking is essential for further information please contact Katie Crowley on 029 60633

All Welcome

Birds & Worms at The Secret Garden

Composting Information Afternoon

Saturday 14th May 1-4pm

In association with Cork County Council

Demonstrations & advice on all aspects of home composting, including wormeries.

No entry fee plus free prize draw to win one of three compost bins.

Poultry Day

Sunday 15th May 2-5pm

Advice on all aspects of poultry keeping.

Poultry, feeders and feeds for sale.

No entry fee [read more …] “Birds & Worms at The Secret Garden”

Poultry Day

Following on from our successful ‘Hen Party’ we are hosting our first Poultry Day.

This will be an opportunity to meet poultry keepers ask questions, do some poultry purchasing and buy your poultry essentials from Margaret of The Mobile Pet Shop.

Come along don’t be a chicken………….

Where possible please car share.
10th April · 14:00 – 17:00 at The Secret Garden Centre

Millstreet Country Park Re-opens on Sunday, 3rd April 2011



Hello All,

It’s that time of year again Spring is well and truly in the air, life has returned to the countryside, and we are fast approaching our new season here at Millstreet Country Park.

Millstreet Country Park will re-open for its 2011 season on Sunday 3rd April and for Mothers Day! To celebrate the beginning of our new season and Mothers everywhere Millstreet Country Park will host an Open Day and everyone from the community and surrounding areas are welcome and encouraged to visit!

A special Mothers Day Menu will be available from our Cafe / Restaurant; there will be Musical Entertainment in both the Visitor Centre and the Band Stand!  Guided Safari Tours of the Estate will be available throughout the day also.
Advanced Booking is Advised For Mothers Day Lunch to avoid disappointment and ensure seating at your preferred time!

So Bring your Mum! Bring a Friend! Tell a Friend! Everyone is welcome and there is NO ADMISSION FEE for this day! So try somewhere different for that Sunday Drive or for that Special Mothers Day Lunch!

Season Tickets.
Seasonal Tickets are also now due for renewal. Seasonal Tickets are available to all guests and are fantastic value at only €60.00.

Lots happening during the month of April! [read more …] “Millstreet Country Park Re-opens on Sunday, 3rd April 2011”

Picture of the Day – “Terns Taking Flight”

We have just received this truly magnificent picture of Terns Taking Flight from Gerard O'Meara, Mallow - the superbly gifted and renowned Photographer whose work over the years has featured in highly prestigious publications, numerous exhibitions and whose recent book of Mallow related pictures of past decades proved hugely popular. We thank Gerard for sharing this treasured image with our many visitors to our Millstreet website.

Christmas Eve 2010 Snow Tour – Part One of Two

The magical effect of freezing fog on snow covered trees near Keale Bridge, Millstreet on Christmas Eve 2010.

As promised, we are featuring part one of two sequences relating to the amazing weather related scenes in the Millstreet area on Christmas Eve 2010.   These scenes could not have been recorded had Brendan Murphy not very kindly provided his sturdy means of transport to the various points.   I could not even move onto Mount Leader Estate with my own ordinary car.   So we begin at Mount Leader, proceed into [read more …] “Christmas Eve 2010 Snow Tour – Part One of Two”

And Finally…”Tiger” the Cat is Ready to Enjoy Christmas!

For "Tiger" the cat who has become quite a website celebrity since appearing doing a "snow roll" behind Postman Supreme, John Twomey, we felt you might like an update!

As our picture shows he really likes his food and has even obliged us by giving a further “snow roll” – an exclusive for loyal visitors.     Such is his expertise in “snow rolls” that [read more …] “And Finally…”Tiger” the Cat is Ready to Enjoy Christmas!”

Identifying Garden Birds – Information Night at IRD Duhallow, Newmarket

IRD Duhallow are hosting an Information Night on “Identifying Garden Birds” the information night will take place on Tuesday the 19th Oct 2010 at 7.30pm in the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork. All are welcome and Admission is free of charge. For further information please contact Katie Crowley on 029 60633

Dairy Show 2010

The National Dairy Show is back in the Green Glens next Saturday the 16th. It promises to be a great show with Ireland’s best cows, a large number of trade exhibitors this year, star studded line-up to discuss the topic ‘Dairy Expansion inside and outside the Farm gate’, and lots of activities for all the family including cookery demonstrations, face-painting, bouncing castle, new exotic pets etc. Doors open at 9:30am

Keeping the Show on the Road
At the National Dairy Show, farmers will attend a discussion on how they can expand Irish milk production by 50%, and how the processing industry can cope with the extra supply, in the Irish Examiner Farming Forum. Ireland’s 18,000 or so dairy farmers can be confidently predicted to deliver on target, if the … Read the Full Article

For full details on the Show and all the news visit the National Dairy Show website

[read more …] “Dairy Show 2010”

Apple Day

Apple Day at the Secret Garden
Come and join in the celebrations of all things apple.
Sunday 17 October · 13:00 – 17:00.
A fun afternoon for all the family

-Apple foods to try and buy
-Apple specials in the Tea Room
-Ballyhoura Apple Farm try and buy fresh local grown apple juices.
-John McNamara Nurseryman and expert grafter on hand to give advice on choosing and growing trees.

The Secret Garden

‘Hen Party’ at the Secret Garden

Curious about chickens? This Sunday, 10th October, come along to The Secret Garden in Newmarket between 2 – 5pm to meet Margaret McGuire of Mobile Pet Shop. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions on choosing, feeding and general care of hens. She’ll have a range of organic and GM free feeds, as well as other pet accessories, to buy on the day. Come along and meet her friendly hens! For more information call 029-60084. This event is free.

September Newsletter from the Secret Garden

September and October are busy months, so there’s quite a bit to get through in this newsletter!

We have now taken delivery of our bulb collection for this autumn – loose top-size daffodil bulbs, tulips, dwarf daffodils, snowdrops, alliums, hyacinths for indoor preparation amongst others. There are bulbs for meadows, pots and rockeries – a bulb for any situation!  There are some lovely little gift items for under €5 including the bulb planter with bulbs inside.

There is a lot of confusion as to when you should plant bulbs – for your daffodils and snowdrops, you want to get them in as soon as possible. For tulips, although now is a good time to buy before all the best varieties sell out, the ideal thing is to hold on to them until November and plant them then. The golden rule of planting is plant the bulb at least 2 – 3 times the depth of the bulb, and if you’re not sure which way is up plant on its side – it’ll find its way up!

[read more …] “September Newsletter from the Secret Garden”

Millstreet Country Park Update

Summer is almost over and sadly Millstreet Country Park is fast approaching its end of season for 2010. End of season is Sunday 3rd October and we are calling on all seasonal ticket holders and general visitors to plan that final trip now! Millstreet Country Park will continue to open daily for September from 10am – 7pm, Restaurant and café hours for September are 12.30am – 6pm mon – Sat and 12.30am – 6.30pm sun. Visitor Centre and Restaurant will be closed from 3rd October. Grounds will however be available to those with annual membership.

(Joanie McAuliffe at Millstreet Country Park)

The Secret Garden – July Events

from the Secret Garden

What an amazing summer so far, almost makes up for the winter! We hope that you are making the most of your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labour.   Although this is a quiet time in the garden, remember to water, weed & feed. Keep deadheading roses and annuals to keep plants flowering for longer. This is also a good time to sow vegetable seeds for quick croping plants (beetroot, radish, salads, scallions,carrots, french beans) as well as winter-hardy crops such as kale, cabbage and winter lettuce.   We have three events coming up in July:

1)  Bee Day –  In association with The Duhallow Beekeepers Group   Come along to find out all you need to know about keeping bees. Practical demonstrations, advice and a chance to quiz the experts on all things Bee!

Local honey for sale.   Specials served in the Troom, including Cream Tea.

“if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein [read more …] “The Secret Garden – July Events”

Spring at Last

Spring has come at last, but it looks as if we have headed straight into Summer. The swallows have arrived over the weekend zipping around the place excited about the imminent nesting, and the long bright evenings have put a smile on most faces, and got them out and about. Below are some interesting photos from the last week from the Millstreet area.
[read more …] “Spring at Last”

The Animal Roadshow

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

Pets Corner

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


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

If you own an unusual pet or animal and would like to share a story please contact us.