The Pupils and Staff of Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS presented a magnificent Bouquet of Flowers to Librarian Supreme, Grace Tangney in the Library on Friday, 28th Feb. 2020. As we reflect on the wonderful dedication which Grace has so clearly demonstrated over the past three and a half years we extend our heartfelt thanks and very best wishes to Grace in her upcoming inspiring role at Mallow Library. Today at 11:30 a.m. (Sat. 29th Feb.) Grace presents a wonderful story telling event on her final day as our superb Librarian in Millstreet Library. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The death has occurred of Sr. Margaret (Sr. Callistus) Corkery, Presentation Convent, Killarney, Kerry, and formerly of Coomlogane, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Unexpectedly on February 26th, 2020.
Sadly missed by her loving family, sisters Eileen (Ryan) and Tessie (Buckley), brother Tom, sisters-in-law Joan and Nellie, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, her Presentation Sisters and her many dear friends. Predeceased by her sister Hannah (Shelley) and brothers Jerry and Michael. “May She Rest In Peace”.
Reposing at the Presentation Convent Chapel, Killarney on Friday February 28th from 4.00pm to 6.30pm, followed by removal to St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Requiem Mass on Saturday morning at 10.30am. Burial afterwards in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a-h-anam. [rip] 1
Superb Author Ann Linehan introduced her beautifully illustrated book entitled “Sam & Sue Learn About Cybersafety“ to Siobhán O’Leary’s enthusiastic Class from Presentation N.S. on Wednesday, 26th Feb. 2020 in Millstreet Library at the invitation of Librarian Grace Tangney. And there was even a special Draw with many winners. Ann is scheduled to publish a number of other excellent Safety Books in the series in time to come. Here we share a selection of images from Wednesday’s inspiring occasion. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Just tap the highlighted Presentation N.S. Link to access updates on News from Presentation N.S., Millstreet which presently includes video footage of the superb singing and music in preparation for Feis Maitiú Corcaigh. (S.R.)
The death has occurred of Margaret (Tessie) McAuliffe (née Lee)
Murphys Tce., Millstreet. On February 25th 2020, peacefully in the loving care of the wonderful staff at Carechoice Nursing Home, Macroom. Beloved wife of the late Florrie Mc Auliffe, loving mother of Mary (Buckley), Dromcollogher and Ann (Cullinane), Millstreet, sisters Sheila and Pauline, sisters-in-law Liz and Celia, sons-in-law, Mossie and Tony, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, her extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. “May she rest in Peace”.
Lying in repose at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Wednesday evening, Rosary at 8pm. Reposing on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm followed by removal to St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon; burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery. [rip] 1
Tonight’s “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station (Tuesday, 25th Feb. 2020) we listen at 10 pm to an interview with Director of Nursing, Margaret Collins and Gerard Cleary of Hospital, Co. Limerick on the occasion of a most memorable visit of a delightful Mobile Farm (from Co. Limerick) to St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Millstreet in July 2018. And we also hear a brief section of an historic interview recorded in Derrinagree in 1979. All this and more plus references to the images illustrated below. And of course lots of songs, musings and music. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
Shrove Tuesday and don’t we all love the pancakes. The custom is as old as the hill behind the house and is greeted with glee every time. Like everything else in the kitchen the job of making them gets easier all the time and the pancake today can be so varied. Gone are the days when you shook a bit of sugar on them and rolled them up. First of all, the mix. The old ritual of making the batter by beating flour, eggs and milk is gone. The mix can now be bought in powder form, mix with milk and pour. Or they can even be bought made, stacks of them ready to be warmed and add your own flavouring, sweet or savory. Either way the humble crepe was always with us and is here to stay.
In a way I suppose it acts as the last laugh before we immerse ourselves in the penance of Lent. Tomorrow Ash Wednesday is one of the only two days of Fast and Abstinence that we have left in the Church Calendar year, the other is Good Friday. I have often wondered how having fish instead of meat could be called a penance. I love fish and with the variety of it that is available today it’s a treat. In ways it has passed out meat, even in name. All the best places refer to it now as seafood, which elevates it to a very lofty status. It wasn’t like that long ago when the choice of fish for Lent was confined to salted hake or ling. It came to town heavily salted, dried and in the shape of the whole fish flattened out, like you’d see a sheepskin . Shops displayed it hanging outside the door, regardless of wind or weather and cut it to the required amount for the customer. Wednesday and Fridays were the fast days all through Lent so hake was in great demand with some people buying the whole piece rather than bit by bit. But even then many people relished this fish, because it was cheap, portions were big and there was a great feeling of reiche (plenty) about it. It had to be steeped in water overnight, sometimes changing the water a few times to get the extra salt removed. Then into the pot and boiled. It was turned into a feast when dressed with oceans of creamy buttery white sauce with loads of onions, and flowery spuds to crown it.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to Brandy-Hall on the eastern side of Castletownbere.
We thank John for advance information regarding this Sunday Evening’s programme. (S.R.)
We visit the monument to Timothy Harrington MP on the western side of the Millbrook Bar on Brandy-Hall Bridge. In 1884, Harrington dismantled the Crown Prosecution’s case against the eight men accused of the Maamtrasna murders in 1882. His investigation led to the end of Gladstone’s Government.
We visit a monument on nearby Dinish Island which was erected to those who lost their lives at sea on the Beara Peninsula.
And we’re back in the Millbrook Bar for more music, song and story. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”
The boys and girls of Junior Infants (R4) were thrilled to be invited by members of the Millstreet Town Park Committee to be the first children to play in the newly renovated playground.
We thank the committee for their Trojan efforts over the past few months to ensure our town has a state of the art playground and we also thank the people of Millstreet for getting involved and supporting the many fundraising events. We are delighted that the €900 we raised from our ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ here in our school helped make this dream playground a reality.
Well done to all members of Millstreet Town Park Committee!
The death has occurred of Sheila O’Connell, Murphy’s Tce., Millstreet. On 19th of February, passed away unexpectedly at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Deeply regretted by her husband Dan Joe (Barney), daughter Sheila, sons John, Donal and Richie, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives, neighbours and friends. “May she rest in Peace”.
Lying in Repose at her residence on Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm. Reception into St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Friday for 12 Noon Mass, burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only please donations if desired to CUH. [rip]
The regular “Sing Along” event at Millstreet Day Care Centre this Wednesday (19th Feb. 2020) evening was most enjoyable and a true credit to Helen, Petra and their dedicated Team. In a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and with the aid of background music everyone participated in the group singing and we also had some uplifting individual presentations. Splendid refreshments were provided at half-time. Everyone is very welcome and we would encourage attendance at the next event. Here we share some 7 images to illustrate the relaxed setting and atmosphere. Numbers attending were influenced this evening by the coinciding of two other events elsewhere. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Very Successful “Sing Along” Event Most Enjoyable”
The death has occurred of Maureen McCarthy (née O’Sullivan), Toremore, Kilcummin, Killarney, Kerry / Millstreet, Cork. Late of Ballydaly, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Peacefully at home in the tender care of her family, Maureen. Dearly loved wife of Tim and much loved mother of Denis, Ann and Julie. Very sadly missed by her loving family, sons-in-law Shane O’Neill and Johnny Hoare, her grandchildren Emily, Lily-Mai, Eoghan and Timmy, brothers Jimmy (Ballincollig) and D.J. (Ballydaly, Millstreet), sisters Eileen (Riney, Sneem) and Ann (Murray, Roscrea), brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives, neighbours and her many dear friends. “May She Rest In Peace”
Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Cathedral Place, Killarney on Thursday evening from 5.30 pm to 7.30pm. Removal at 7.30 pm to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kilcummin. Requiem Mass on Friday morning at 11.00am, burial afterwards in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kilcummin, Killarney. [RIP]
Radio Treasures tonight (Tues. 18th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special feature at 10pm when we recall meeting musician supreme Sharon Shannon and her Band including Jim Murray Jnr. plus five times world Dance Champion David Geaney from Dingle…Listen to the amazing music and picture the mighty dance steps. We reflect on the success of the recent two broadcasts from “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy. We hear a wonderful song from Sarah Dennehy . And we refer to the many happenings illustrated below. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
In Millstreet, St. Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated starting off on Friday and continuing right through the weekend. Our flower and chocolate outlets did a roaring trade as did our jewelry and perfume shops, the food outlets and the all-important cards that say the tender words that any lad or lass would be loathe to utter. The business people of the Town have to be commended for their efforts in dressings their premises in a wide range of brightly coloured decorations which didn’t go unnoticed. It all helped to distract our minds away from the approach of the demon “Denis” the Hurricane. All things considered, I think that we didn’t fare too badly around here.No flooded homes or power cuts and no road blocks due to fallen trees. By and large our people are good at listening to the warnings and obeying the rules which is vitally important. We did have a few claps of thunder and when I hear that I of course reach for the Holy Water and sprinkle it around and pray that all will be safe. But the very next thing for me at any rate is to think of the dogs. I don’t own a dog, much as I’d love to, but dogs are terrified of thunder and if at all possible, should never be left unattended during a thunder storm. I think that the bold “Denis” is staying around for a little while longer,so remain on your guard.
Millstreet Town Park Committee wishes to thank Jerry Collins of Collins Tyre Centre & Filling Station for his very generous donation to the Playground Project. The Playground is now open during daylight hours and is a hive of activity with the fun levels through the roof! We send a huge thank you to Jerry and all our local businesses, clubs, schools, Creches and individual Sráiders who have contributed in anyway to date. Please continue to support our local entities as they have helped to make this dream Playground become a reality. We are still accepting donations to make us debt free and we would be delighted to receive any and all amounts.
TO DONATE: You may
(1) lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account: BIC-BOFIIE2D; IBAN-IE61BOFI90580332105069
(2) lodge cash or cheque in person at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account
(3) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym, Millstreet
If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at millstreettownpark @gmail.com
The AGM of Millstreet Pitch & Putt will take place this Friday, 21st Feb. 2020 at 8pm in the Parish Centre. All are welcome. Tap on the image below to enlarge. (S.R.)
Stray cat found in Rathduane. Please contact 0876680265. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
St. Valentine’s Day 2020 at Millstreet Museum where we received a bequest from the estate of the late Mary Gahan of Minor Row in the form of a splendid knitted name feature. When you look at it you either see a series of lines …. or the name “Jesus”. Millstreet Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Wednesday, 12th Feb. 2020 at Millstreet Town Park on an initial visit to Millstreet New Children’s Playground delighted children from Junior Infants, Presentation N.S., Millstreet and the children from “Curious Minds” Creche gave their 100% approval to what could easily be described as our very own “Disneyland”. While all the amazing units impressed it was the High Web Net which attracted the most attention! And we encourage you to experience the state-of-the-art very safe bouncy floor. We met with many members of the Coordinating Committee on the bright morning and we received a wonderful guided tour from Geraldine (née O’Leary) O’Sullivan of all the magical area of this truly magnificent facility which is going to be such a superb benefit for present and future generations of young children here in Millstreet and beyond. The very generous support received has made this possible. While the official opening is still in the future the Playground is presently open daily during daylight hours. Contractors Browne Brothers of Carrigadrohid must take a huge bow on completing such a fascinating facility to the very highest standards. Here we share 22 images from our visit to this magical location on Wednesday morning. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Dedicated Committee Member Geraldine explains:
“The Contractors have finished the playground, our insurance is arranged and I’m delighted to share with you that we passed and are in receipt of our safety certificate 2 weeks ahead of time. In fact the completed project is some 2 months ahead of the original finish date. It’s great that on this Wednesday morning we are open . So very exciting for the children. We have a few remaining thank you notes to issue. The IRD Duhallow representative visited us on Friday and advised that they had been closely following the Playground Project on Millstreet.ie. He commented on the fantastic community forum that you and your team host and support for the people of Millstreet.
He also commented on the widespread backing from the overall community was really uplifting – from the volunteers running fundraising, the variety and number of events taking place , the involvement of children, clubs, businesses and the communication updates via our community website to the public was a perfect example of the community working together for the rural development that IRD stands and strives for. He also commented that this was some of the fastest fundraising efforts for a community of our size and with the €120,000 spend we now really have a top class playground.” Below we share 13 more images. [read more …] “Millstreet’s Very Own “Disneyland” Children’s Playground Totally Delights All”
The following email and map have been submitted to our website which we now share. Tap on the map to enlarge. (S.R.)
Ballinagree Wind Farm
Some of you might have heard “something” about the proposed development being referred to as The Ballinagree Wind Farm. Many people have heard nothing about it and those that have probably think that it has nothing to do with us as it is outside our area. However the perimeter of the windfarm comes to within ¾ of a mile of St. John’s Well and within a mile of The Kerryman’s Table. It also crosses the Millstreet / Rylane road at the car park –see map attached. The area highlighted in yellow is the proposed site and approximately 60% of this area is owned by Coillte.
This means that this development should be of serious concern to the people of Kilcorney, Aubane, Tullig and Millstreet and all surrounding areas.
These wind-turbines can be heard from in excess of a mile away on a calm or frosty day yet the developers can get planning permission to site them as close as 500 meters from a dwelling house – this is less than a third of a mile. This does not even begin to take into account the desecration of an area of great natural beauty or their detrimental effect on people with certain medical conditions.
Everyone needs to make themselves aware of what is planned and make an informed decision regarding whether or not they want this development to proceed in our area.
Details of an information evening / meeting will be posted at a later date.
On a broader level the Government is currently conducting a public consultation on the “Revised Wind Energy Development Guidelines” which will close on Wednesday Feb. 19th. 2020. This is an opportunity to have your say regarding Wind Energy and how it impacts on local communities. You can make your submissions by email to the following – <WEDGReview@housing.gov.ie>; or by writing to the following address:
WEDG Review Submissions,
Planning Policy and Legislation Section
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
From 6am next Monday the February 17th 2020, the Gardaí are rolling out new go safe speed van locations. Millstreet is now included in this and the road concerned is from The Square up to the top of Drishane Hill (see the map below). The reason it has been included seems to be that there has recently been one serious and two minor accidents on that stretch of road (R583). It’s not a big change because it has been for good reason a favourite spot for the Gardaí to check for speeding. The message now would seem to be that if people are consistently speeding and accidents are a problem on a road, the speed vans will arrive. It’s a good thing if it gets people to slow down.