Victory Parade Brings Cheer to Millstreet

Cllr. Noel Buckley addresses the large gathering in the Square on Sunday night during the Victory Parade for newly elected Fine Gael T.D., Áine Collins.

As Millstreet Pipe Band led the Victory Parade for Deputy Áine Collins, the newly elected Fine Gael T.D., through Millstreet town on Sunday night, 27th Feb. 2011 an uplifting cheerful spirit was very much in evidence.   Here we share [read more …] “Victory Parade Brings Cheer to Millstreet”

Victory Parade for Áine Collins, T.D. at 7 p.m.

Áine is deemed Elected at the Macroom Count Centre

Beginning at Michael O’Sullivan’s in Drishane Road,  Millstreet this evening at 7.00 a Victory Parade honouring the newly elected Fine Gael T.D. , Deputy Áine Collins will take place.   Speakers will make an address at the Monument in the Square and the Parade will also travel to West End.   All are very welcome.   We extend heartfelt congratulations to Áine, to Michael Creed and to Michael Moynihan on being elected to the new Dáil.

Cork NW Election Count

If you’re not in the count centre in Macroom tonight, you can follow the up to the minute Cork North West Election General Election 2011 count on RTE’s website, and see how your candidate is getting on.

Final Results are in. Congrats to Áine Collins who is the first TD from Millstreet since Tom Meaney retired in 1982. (full results below)

http://www.rte.ie/news/election2011/results/cork-north-west.html

[read more …] “Cork NW Election Count”

Enda Kenny Visits Millstreet On Election Campaign Trail Today – Greeted by a Warm Welcome from Supporters – Coverage on LTV2 Tonight

"Gael Force" in earnest when Enda Kenny was joined this afternoon at the Square, Millstreet by Fine Gael's Aine Collins, Michael Creed and Derry Canty.

With lots of national media present, Enda Kenny, Fine Gael Leader, delivered a rousing speech in front of the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet where a large group of supporters warmly applauded his inspiring words.   Enda shook hands with many people adding lots of witty and wise comments.   Joanne O’Riordan asked a number of [read more …] “Enda Kenny Visits Millstreet On Election Campaign Trail Today – Greeted by a Warm Welcome from Supporters – Coverage on LTV2 Tonight”

RedFM Profile Áine Collins

Áine Collins is profiled on Cork’s RedFM 104-106Fm under Meet the Candidates.

Aine brings a distinctive voice in her quest to take a second seat for Fine Gael in Cork North-West. Married to Paul, they have three children and live in Laught, Rathcoole — about four miles from Millstreet. Aine is a qualified accountant and auditor with 20 years experience in business development and management consultancy having run her own practice and worked with start up and established companies. [read more …] “RedFM Profile Áine Collins”

General Election 2011 – LTV Broadcast on 21st, 22nd & 23rd February

One of the many election posters on display in the Millstreet area. This poster for Michael Moynihan, T. D. (Fianna Fáil) is at the Square, Millstreet. LTV Local Television will broadcast a special Gerneral Election 2011 Programme on Monday, 21st February at 7.30 p.m. (time yet to be fully confirmed) where all participating Candidates who wish to share their thoughts will be given equal time opportunity on the transmission. The very same recorded programme will be repeated on the following two nights at the same time. Programme Co-ordinator is LTV's Dan Joe Kelleher.

Áine Collins (Fine Gael) Campaign Launched by Seán Kelly, M.E.P.

Pictured at the official launch of Fine Gael's Áine Collins Campaign in the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet on Monday, 31st Jan. 2011 where a very large audience was in attendance. From left: Gerry Kelly, Seán Kelly (MEP), Áine Collins, Gerard Murphy, Noel Buckley and Patrick Buckley.

[read more …] “Áine Collins (Fine Gael) Campaign Launched by Seán Kelly, M.E.P.”

Áine Collins Campaign Launch

Local FG candidate Áine Collins is launching her campaign next Monday night 31st January at 8pm in the Wallis Arms. MEP Seán Kelly will be in attendance. All are welcome to go along and  find out more about her and what she stands for.

On Twitter she asks: “what issues are important to you, the people of Cork North West?“. Contact Áine on Twitter, Facebook, by email:<email>

What a difference a day makes

It’s been a strange day on the politics front. This morning out sitting TD and Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe was being praised in the Irish Independent as being top dog in Munster, and quoted in today’s Examiner that he was going to contest the coming election. By lunch time news broke that he was quitting politics altogether after yesterday denying that he was considering quitting. (Locals knew there was something up when the Fianna Fáil convention in Millstreet last Monday to select candidates was cancelled at short notice).

Maybe he realised like the rest of the cabinet that since the chance of him getting into office the next time around was getting slimmer as the days went by and [read more …] “What a difference a day makes”

Cork North West Candidate: People Before Profit Alliance

Ann Foley, a single mother of one and a postgraduate student in International Relations at UCC, from Newmarket, will be officially announced this week as a People Before Profit candidate for the Cork North West constituency.

The newly formed United Left Alliance (ULA) will hold a meeting in Cork this week to launch its pre-election policies, in the Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm.  The Alliance is set to contest more than 20 constituencies in the upcoming general election.  (The United Left Alliance is an amalgamation of the Socialist Party, People Before Profit Alliance, and Workers and Unemployed Action Group)

Ms Foley said the alternative being offered by Fine Gael, and Labour is the same as what Fianna Fail have been pursuing, and she believes [read more …] “Cork North West Candidate: People Before Profit Alliance”

Big Con

When I was young I heard him speak in Millstreet
You might say then his better days were gone
But to the Millstreet Fianna Fail supporters
Their hero was the man known as Big Con.
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And though he hailed from Derrinagree Con Meaney
They claimed him for their own in Millstreet Town
In Duhallow the man became a legend
And he was well worthy of his renown.

[read more …] “Big Con”

Áine Collins – Cork N.W. General Election Candidate for Fine Gael

Campaigning for the forthcoming General Election, Áine Collins, Cork N.W. Fine Gael Candidate visits J.J. O'Sullivan in his "J.J.'s Appliances" Shop in Percival Street, Kanturk. Also supporting the campaign is Michael Breen. Campaigning by Áine and Friends took place in Millstreet this Saturday morning, 27th Nov. 2010.

A Lot of Men

A lot of men in my young years in Millstreet did like their sports and did enjoy their grog
And they shlauned peat to warm their family homes in Winter in early Summer in Gneeves mountain bog
Around their fire grates on nights in the depths of Winter current affairs were discussed and other things they did recall
Such as politics and sporting greats and of great teams and games of hurling and gaelic football
They told stories of the War of Independence in Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow such as the ambush at Tureengarriffe Glen
Of a battle celebrated and often written about of the bravery of Sean Moylan and his men [read more …] “A Lot of Men”

How we vote

… Cork NW is a very split constituency. There is a respectable Labour vote in Macroom town and Ballincollig/Ovens has a lot of swing voters who will occasionally go Labour. However, the north of the constituency around Millstreet and Kanturk votes as though the civil war is still on…

Taken from the the discussion boards of the Peoples Republic of Cork website, where the discussion is warming up with all the current political turmoil in the country.

Indeed the ability to laugh at ourselves may be the only thing that can save us from losing our minds this time around!

Des O Grady selected to stand for Sinn Féin

At a well attended convention last Sunday in Millstreet, Ballincollig based Des O Grady was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate to contest the next general election in Cork NW.

Afterwards, he told the convention: “I am proud and honoured to be chosen to represent Sinn Féin in the next general election. The majority of this constituency was represented by Terence MacSwiney in the first Dáil established in 1918. I hope we can summon up some of the courage and principle that animated his generation as we struggle to overcome our difficulties today. The country faces a deep economic crisis, made worse by the [read more …] “Des O Grady selected to stand for Sinn Féin”

Paddy McCarthy 90th Anniversary Commemoration

Volunteer Paddy McCarthy
90th Anniversary Commemoration

Assemble: Clara Road, Millstreet.
Parade up Main Street and return to Mill Lane
MacCurtain/McSwiney RFB In Attendance
2.00pm Sunday 31st Oct.
Speaker: Bandon Sinn Féin Cllr. Rachel McCarthy
Fáilte Roimh Cách / All Welcome

Paddy McCarthy

Paddy McCarthy (8/Feb/1896-22/Nov/1920)

The late Paddy McCarthy was born in Meelin and reared in Freemount, not far from Millstreet. He became an active member of Óglaigh na hÉireann following the 1916 Easter Rising.
On May 8, 1918 he was charged with a gun offence and imprisoned for 18 months.
He was held in Belfast and in Manchester where he managed to escape in October 1919.
He took part in the capture of Mallow Barracks in September [read more …] “Paddy McCarthy 90th Anniversary Commemoration”

Áine for FG ticket?

Áine Collins

God only knows when the next General Election may happen, but the papers are saying that Áine Collins will be on the voting card for FG in the next election and looks like getting in at the expense of FF:

Newmarket-based Gerard Murphy, who contested the 2007 election for Fine Gael in the north of the constituency, has already withdrawn his name from the race. Áine Collins, who runs a financial services company in Millstreet, is the front-runner to win the party’s nomination for a candidate in the north of the constituency. A Fine Gael insider said that she would offer voters a fresh perspective.” – Evening Echo

With just under 50 per cent of the vote, the FG team of Michael Creed and Áine Collins are sure of two seats.” – Irish Independent

Standing up for the local Hospitals

Michael Creed TD warned the Minister for Health Mary Harney of the dire consequences of closing Community Hospitals in Macroom, Kanturk, Millstreet and Dunmanway.  Speaking during a Dáil debate on Health Deputy Creed said:

Community-based medical services can thwart the onward march to acute hospital facilities if properly structured and delivered. A key component of that is community nursing facilities – the district hospitals. In my constituency, there is Kanturk, Millstreet and Macroom District Hospitals and on the fringes of my constituency, there is Dunmanway District Hospital. I see a threat hanging over those district hospitals. When concluding the debate, I would like the Minister to reassure me about their future.

read the full speech on Michael Creed’s blog

Cullen to be twinned with Tokyo?

… Tuesday was one hell of a day for Minister Batt O’Keeffe. First, he got promoted in the Cabinet reshuffle. Then he was buttonholed by the irate wife of a snubbed back-bencher. And finally, he attended a dinner organised by the class of 1963 from St Brendan’s College, Killarney.

Some people might remember 1963 as the year JFK was assassinated. But in Batt’s eyes, 1963 will forever be remembered as the year St Brendan’s lost the All-Ireland schools’ final by a point to St Mel’s of Longford.

Despite being the only Corkman on the team, Batt was the captain, displaying early leadership skills.

“I’m in the diocese of Kerry, but from the village of Cullen, which is near Millstreet on the Cork border,” he explains.

I tried to twin Cullen with Tokyo when I was in Japan last week.

Tuesday’s knees-up was arranged long ago and it was pure coincidence that it fell on the night of Batt’s promotion. His classmates and team-mates …

this is an extract from an article in todays Irish Times

Fine Gael Cork NW AGM tonight

representative
Brian Hayes TD, Fine Gael Education Spokesman

The Fine Gael Cork North West Constituency AGM takes place in Millstreet this evening. Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD will deliver a speech on why there needs to be a new deal between teachers and the Government.

If I had a fiver for everyone who told me that the Department of Education HQ was a downtown office of the Irish teachers’ unions, I would be a very wealthy man. The common perception is that the unions simply click their fingers in Marlborough Street and get everything they want.

It is true that we have seen some dreadful deals down the years where educational outcomes were not the priority. But can it be said after the effective reduction of between 15% to 19% of teachers take home pay over a twelve month period that the teacher unions still dominate the agenda? Any objective observer would have to say that this is not the case.

The full speech is available on the Fine Gael website
See also an article on todays Irish Examiner

MEMBERS REPORTS

April 2005

Jamie Hooper, Millstreet Youth Club Candidate, Dáil na Nog 2005 writes:

Dáil na nOg Elections

On the 16th of March, I attended the Comhairle na nóg in the Tralee Youth Centre.  This was an evening event where four speakers from three areas of Kerry had to speak for two minutes about two issues which affect Young People today, either Facilities for young people, or acohol and drug misuse.
From each area one candidate was to be elected by the other people there and there was also a “Wild Card” vote which I think the Jundges elected which could be from any area.
The people elected would then go to Dáil na nOg on the following Saturday in Dublin.  Two candidates from Gaeltacht areas had been pre-elected.
We each had to have an election slogan.  Mine was “Mol an óige agus tiocfidh si”
The judges included two people from Kerry who had gone there before, Fr Jerry Godly, Director of KDYS and a journalist from “Kerryman”.
I was one of the candidates to have to speak but first there was a social meeting in which we had Pizza and drinks in the Youth Café and then we were split into two groups to discuss and debate the topics.
In these groups the teenagers decided what we would like to see being done in our areas.  Ideas ranged from Drop-in-Centres to Swimming Pools and even a Roller-Disco.
Then came the time when we had to speak.  The Killarney group (my group) was first to speak, and I was third to speak.  I had never spoken in public before.  My speech was mainly about how the lack of good facilities for young people results in alcohol and substance abuse.  Well my turn came around after listening to two okay speeches.  I read it as best I could, but I hafe to habit of looking down at the sheet and not into the crowd.  When I had finishes Fr Godly congratulated me.
Next up was Shirley Somers from Killarney who did a brilliant speech not having it al written down and mostly in her head.  Then it was time for people from the other areas to vote on a ballot card which one from Killarney would go to Dublin.  I had a fear that my speech didn’t revolve around the issues enough and that all the others would be far more in depth than mine.  My fears were not realised however as candidate after candidate came to the microphone and talked about themselves for two minutes straight.
On and on about why they deserved to have a free trip to Dublin and I thought damn I didn’t sell myself enough. But then I thought sureley with speeches like that they don’t have a chance but one person frim each area had to be elected.
Then the results came out.
From my group, as predicted, Shirley Somers was elected, I was pleased because she had put a lot of work into it.
I was annoyed that the one other person who did speak about the issues did not get elected and I had hoped that if not me, he would get the “Wild Card” but it was neither.  Just another one of the people who spoke about himself got the “Wild Card”.
So I left the thing thoroughly disappointed but the man from the Kerryman did day he was happy that some people spoke about the issues.
I am not sure if I’ll try again next year but I suppose it can’t be hard to write a speech about myself, can it?

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January 2005

Hi

Just and update on what we have been up to at the youth club.  We have been busy since we came back from our Christmas break.  Every year KDYS organise inter club competitions.  We had two soccer teams, one under18 and under15.  We also have a quiz team and there is a chess and drafts day coming up.

All our members did us proud and a good time was had by all.  We also attended a disco held be Cordal Youth Club Co Kerry, which was a great night.  The next disco is being held by Dromtariffe Youth Club in March.  So we are really looking forward to that.

There was a training day held in Tralee.  Sox pf us went.  There were arts and crafts, computers, drama, out-door sports and co-operative games.  It was absolutely a fantastic day.

We learnt lots and I thought you might like to try some of the games. We had some laugh doing them.  ENJOY!!!!!!

EILEEN MURPHY

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