Taking a Stand for Mallow Hospital

Thanks be to God someone is standing up for our services and our local  hospital which of course is Mallow. In an article in the Irish Examiner today, Dr Pat  Casey is one of a number of doctors who are standing up in defense of Mallow Hospital:

Millstreet GP Dr Patrick Casey questioned the motives behind the investigation: “I am a senior GP in the area and have worked for 45 years and always referred patients to Mallow and they have always been more than satisfied with the service.

“Furthermore, I have been a patient there myself and so have members of my family and we have been very satisfied.

“I wonder if this is a back door message, certain agreements were made around reconfiguration, that some services would transfer to Cork but that emergency services would be kept at MGH.”

Dr Casey said emergency services were vital for the large rural areas around Mallow.

Regional Report 1025 – 10th August 2010



Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1025 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely calm and sunny,Tuesday morning.

And a very fond hello to Betty Carroll of Liscarroll, who listens in every Tuesday morning, nice to have you along Betty.

Well this is the week that we’ve all been waiting for, The Millstreet Summer Horse Show. It’s had a fairly rough ride but  now its all systems go. Entries are flowing in and the venue looks a picture with all the new improvements that have been added plus a host of flowers and shrubs in full bloom. On site stabling for hundreds of horses. Self service Restaurant, plus shops and trade stands. Admission is free all week, and prize money on €130,000 up for grabs, sponsored entirely by the Duggans.

It will run from to-day to Sunday. Starting off quietly to-day and building up over the  coming days to the  mighty Grand Prix on Sunday with prize money on €30,000.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1025 – 10th August 2010”

Death Notice: Margaret O’Callaghan, (née Cremin)

The death has occurred on Saturday, August 07, 2010 of Margaret O’CALLAGHAN, (née Cremin) of Rathduane, Rathmore, Kerry. Removal this Monday evening at 8pm from Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet, to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Drishane Cemetery.

Mid-Summer Barbeque Success

"Best Summer Outfit" Winner, Joseph Lawler, accepts his €100.00 prize from Tadhg O'Flynn (Sponsor) at the highly successful Mid-Summer Barbeque and Dance/Disco in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 6th August. Also included (from left) Connie Linehan ("The Kelt" member), Tony McCaul (Organising Committee member) and Tom Flahive ("The Kelt" member). More pictures to follow in coming days.

Regional Report 1024 – 3rd August 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1024 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely soft rich Tuesday morning.

On behalf of our community I’d like to say a fond céad míle fáilte (hundred thousand welcomes) to all those who are visiting us at the moment. We have lots to see and do and our mountain scenery is the best for walks or car-drives.

New loop walks are being signposted all the time, helping the walking enthusiast to enjoy their trip to the full. Further to that some beautiful new B ‘n  Bs have opened up close to the town, and some people in more remote areas along the Munster Way are beginning to show an interest. This would be a very welcome development. Anybody with an interest should contact IRD Duhallow at 029 60633.

And be reminded that our Town Park is a beautiful place to take a leisurely strole or a speedy run. The children’s playground there is state of the art, we have a double Tennis Court, Pitch ‘n Putt, as well as many ball game pitches.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1024 – 3rd August 2010”

Brendan heading to Afghanistan

LATE LAST year, Ranger Brendan O’Mahony from Millstreet, Co Cork had work as a carpenter on the few building sites still operating in west Cork. Next month, he will be in Nad-e-Ali in Afghanistan facing the Taliban.
Twenty-four-year-old O’Mahony, who signed up last November, is just one of 80-odd men born in the Republic and hundreds more from Northern Ireland who are now serving with the British army’s Royal Irish Regiment.
“The fall of the Celtic Tiger didn’t affect me. I was still working. That wasn’t why I joined. It was something I always wanted to do. My father did 22 years in the Irish Army. I thought the British army would be more of a challenge,” O’Mahony says.
“It’s challenging,” says O’Mahony. “My younger brother is jealous and my sister thinks it’s a bit mental.”

The above is an extract from an article in today’s Irish Times

[read more …] “Brendan heading to Afghanistan”

Drishane Drama Camp

Drishane Drama Camp Concert was held on Friday, 30th July 2010.   For the past two weeks a wonderful combination of international and local young people took part in the splendidly creative project.    The Concert presented a most enjoyable mixture of song, dance and drama.  There will be a full report with lots of pictures in next week’s “Corkman”.   Great credit is due to all who helped to co-ordinate the magnificent presentation.  Here we share the first of a number of images from this uplifting event at Drishane, Milllstreet.  (Seán)

Enjoying refreshments following the superb Drishane Drama Camp Concert on Friday, 30th July

Death Notice: Maria Healy, Curracahill

1989 Marie Healy of CurracahillThe death has occurred of Maria Healy (née O’Sullivan), late of Curracahill, Millstreet and formerly of Ballygrogan, Grenagh who passed away on July 30 at Cork University Hospital.
Lying in repose at Tarrants funeral home Millstreet. Rosary this Friday evening at 9pm. Removal takes place on Satuday at 8pm from Tarrents funeral home to St Patricks church Millstreet. Requiem mass takes place from Sunday at 11:30am. Followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Enquiries to Tarrants on 029-70176

Cullen Vintage Event 2010

Joining renowned poet, Bernard O'Donoghue (Oxford) at the annual Cullen Vintage Day - from left, wife Heather and sister Eileen (Manchester). Bernard, a native of Cullen, will be presenting his musical choices at the next Millstreet Gramophone Circle on Friday, 20th August 2010 at 8.15p.m. in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet.

A very successful Vintage and Threshing Event organised by Cullen & District Special Needs Association was held in Cullen on Sunday, 25th July to coincide with the Feast of St. Laitiaran.   One of the biggest attendances in recent years – and the number of participants also increased.  We recorded for our website and for LTV2.  We share just one of many pictures (more to follow in coming days) from this annual most enjoyable happening. (Seán)

Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1023 from Millstreet.

Fondest greeting dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely balmy Tuesday morning.

This weekend we welcomed our new Parish Priest Fr. John FitzGerald, he will have the daunting tack of presiding over the entire parish, with its three churches and a sprawling congregation. And as we welcome him in we assure him of our full support and co-operation. And may God bless his work.

And on the subject of people I want to say well done to the places who have started to hold ,”getting–to-know-the-neighbours” gatherings . In these days of doom ‘n gloom and uncertainty there is nothing more encouraging than to know the name of all those around you and be on friendly a familiar terms with them, I hope the idea grow and flourish in many other places.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010”

Death Notice: Seámus Maxwell

The death has occurred on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 of Seámus MAXWELL of Bearna Lodge, Oldtown, Templemore, Tipperary. Requiem Mass took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart Templemore on Saturday 17th at, and he was interred in Killea Cemetery afterwards.

Seamus was formerly an assistant bank manager in the Bank of Ireland in the 80s, an active member of the community, including Millstreet Tidy Towns Association and the Horse Show Committee, and was President of Millstreet Golf Society in 1984.

Town Park Flower Power

The wonderfully impressive work of the local FÁS Employment Scheme completing one of a number of splendid flower-beds at Millstreet Town Park. From left: Denis Hickey (Supervisor), Derry O'Connor, Pat Lane and Shane Browne.

Following on Hannelie’s recent uplifting feature on Millstreet Town Park we are preparing a series of pictures illustrating the magnificent amenity it truly is and we also focus on the dedicated team who continually maintain and develop the superb gem we have in Millstreet Town.   Here we focus on the excellent work of FÁS who on this very Monday morning added a further flower-bed feature further enhancing this hugely popular location. (Seán)

More photos below: [read more …] “Town Park Flower Power”

New P.P. Arrives

Very Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, the newly appointed Parish Priest of Millstreet Parish celebrated his first Mass in the Parish Church, Millstreet at 10.00 a.m. today (Thursday).   Fr. Jack, a native of Boherbue,  had previously been the P.P. of Abbeydorney in North Kerry.

Welcoming Very Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, P.P. after Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet this morning (Thursday) – from left: Mary Murphy, Ballydaly; Con McSweeney, Tooreenbawn & Annmarie Murphy, Ballydaly.

Death Notice: Angie Buckley, Aubane

The death has occurred this morning (21st July 2010) of Angie Buckley (nee Dineen) of Aubane.  Reposing from 6pm to 8pm at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet this Thursday evening, followed by removal at 8pm to St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Friday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only. Donations, in lieu, to St Mary’s Ward, Mercy University Hospital Foundation, Cork.

V. Rev. Jack Fitzgerald

Fr. Jack Fitzgerald

Today is the day the priests are officially reshuffling around the Kerry Diocese. We say goodbye to Cannon Declan O’Connor, Rev. David Gunn and the Rt. Rev. Mons. Michael Manning, and taking the Millstreet and Cullen parishes in their place will be the V. Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, a native of Boherbue, who has been stationed in Abbeydorney for the last number of years.

We wish him well in the Parish, especially as he is taking over the role of two priests before him, and that he receives a warm welcome in the parish.

Canon Declan Leaves for Listowel

Dan Duggan bids farewell to Canon Declan. Also included (from left) - Martin Cleary (Sacristan), Sharon Lane (Parish Secretary) and Fr. James McSweeney.

Canon Declan O’Connor who had spent seven years in Millstreet parish – firstly,  five years as Chaplain of Millstreet Community School in the 1980s – and the past two years as Parish Priest of Millstreet – takes up his new role as P.P. of Listowel on Wednesday, 21st July 2010. Canon Declan has been co-ordinating the hugely significant work relating to the restoration of St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet and has, with the Restoration Committee, achieved phenomenal success with the important project. We wish Canon Declan every happiness in the years ahead and wish to express our sincere thanks for all that has been accomplished.

Regional Report 1022 – 20th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1022 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely summery Tuesday morning.

A million congratulations to our brilliant Traditional Irish musicians and dancers on doing so well at the Munster Fleadh which was held in Kenmare at the weekend. Both set-dancing teams qualified as did no less than three of the Linehan Family, Jamie, and her brothers Donal and James. They will all compete in the All Ireland Finals to be held in Cavan on August 20th –22nd.

Please look our Website for the exciting news of the return of our Summer Horse Show from August 10th to 15th. According to the Website ,entries are well up on former years ,entry fees are down and prize money is conciderably increased. This is such welcome news for our town and our people. So please get ready to give it your full support.

Hundreds of children from various parts of America have been entertained at the Green Glens over the past weeks and months , as part of the world wide, People to People project.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1022 – 20th July 2010”

Popular website returns

Fr James McSweeney’s popular website   http://www.2u.ie/ is back and is bigger and better than before.

This website recently celebrated its 6th birthday. Two weeks ago so many were logging on together that it simply crashed. During the past few weeks it has been rebuilt.  The website became part of our daily lives and was missed by so many people.

Welcome back!

Regional Report 1021 – 13th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1021 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this nice rich,calm Tuesday morning.

The people of Cullen enjoyed great celebrations recently when Arch Bishop Raymond Leo Burke of St Louis, came to visit. His forebears came from the Cullen area and his cousins the Cremin, Burke, and McSweeney still live there and came to meet him. He was appointed Prefect  of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, by his Holiness the Pope, which is equal to Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Archbishop Burke could very well be in line for Pope at some future point. LTV2 cameraman Wm FitzGerald attended the celebrations and filmed it for your viewing when programs return in September and there’s a full report on our website.

Last week the West Coast of Clare resounded to the sound of music at the Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay, with many fans from the South making the journey for their annual feast of traditional entertainment. And to continue the trend I have a note from Jack Roche to say that the weekly sessions have resumed at Bruaic na Carraige,Rockchapel, on  Tuesday nights for July and August starting at  9pm.  Great  nights not to be missed, great place to take visitors and tourists.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1021 – 13th July 2010”