Timothy Joe Kiely, Ballydaly

The death has occurred of Timothy Joe Kiely, Ballydaly, Millstreet, Cork. On January 8th 2021, peacefully, at Tralee University Hospital after a short illness. Loving husband of Mary, sadly missed by his sons Ray and John Paul, daughters Annette and Martina, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, brother, sisters and his late bother Fintan, relatives, good neighbours and friends. [rip]

In line with the current government restrictions Timothy Joe’s Funeral Mass will be private for family only on Monday at 10am in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet and burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on churchservices.tv/millstreet. Messages of condolence can be left on the RIP Conodoence Page. The Kiely family appreciates your support and sympathy and co-operation at this sad time.

Who Really Were the Three Wise Men? Fr. James Explores

Fr. James McSweeney has on this 6th January 2021 – the Feast of the Epiphany – shared his truly magnificent Video entitled “Who really were the Three Wise Men?” which includes reference to the famous Harry Clarke Stained Glass Window in St. Patrick’ Church, Millstreet.   We thank Fr. James for sharing such an inspiring presentation which may be viewed here.  (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00

“Radio Treasures” End of Year Show is on air tonight (Tues., 5th Jan. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Tim O’Shea with members of Millstreet Pipe Band at The Square.
Tim and Peg O’Shea
Liam Coffey & Tim O’Shea cut the special Millstreet Pipe Band 60th Anniversary Cake at the hugely successful Function held at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, 26th March 2011. 
What a truly magnificent record for Millstreet Pipe Band which today led the Millstreet St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the amazing 60th time! Sincere congratulations from everyone with special mention to Tim O’Shea and Liam Coffey who have been with the renowned Band all through those six decades!  This image taken in 2011.

On tonight’s first programme of 2021 we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the beginning of Millstreet Pipe Band when we chat with Tim O’Shea of Tullig, Millstreet who was present on 6th Jan. 1951 when William Quigley gave his very first bagpipe lesson to the first members of Millstreet Pipe Band.   At 10pm we listen to Tim’s fascinating history of the Band and we hear the great rendition of “Highland Cathedral”with pipes and organ in St. Patrick’s Church.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

At 9.45pm we chat with Jim Lyons of Knockalougha Rambling House in Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and hear some of his wonderful songs.

The many superb Local Publications on sale at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, Millstreet.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00″

Eily’s Report 5th January

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my weekly report.

Welcome to the year of 2021. In the past couple of weeks we have come through some very unusual and strange events we had to do without many of the age-old customs and rituals which have been part of our Christmases since the Birth of Christ. To say it was challenging would be an understatement but at the end of the day we can pat ourselves in the back and say I did it, I did it my way and came out stronger as a result. Full of new determination to take 2021 by the scruff of the neck, take it on with all our might and the help of God.

One of the main highlights of our Christmas was the return of our beloved parish priest Canon John FitzGerald to our alter following some heartfelt weeks without him and while we are deeply grateful to the other clerics who looked after us so well in his absence, there was something special about having ‘the Boss’ the Father figure home.  We wish Canon John all the best for the future. The streaming service in our Church made a huge difference to us over the Festive Season. There was a great attendance of those who were fortunate enough to be among the limited few who were allowed into the church on Christmas night, but for those of us who tuned in from home it was so special to be able to see the alter in all it’s splendour all lit up and the celebrant in full view, his words coming through as clear as crystal. Speaking for myself and I’m sure many more of my vintage I found it great to sit in the comfort of my own home for Mass and still feel a part of it all, joined by our people from all over the globe in one big celebration of the birth of Christ. The Christmas Crib all newly painted and surrounded by lush branches of green ivy was placed as usual at the bottom of the church where it is still intact and where people can pay homage any time as the church is open every day.   Hand sanitisers available the whole time.  There is a collection box at the Crib and the money raised there goes to good causes every year.  In ways I suppose we are seeing our Alter for the first time in many ways. Never before has it been held in our full gaze for so long and it looks so beautiful. The mosaic walls, the marble pulpit, altar and steps, the brass candle sticks and flower vases filled with a profusion of fresh flowers and the overhead lighting casting lustre on it all, the huge picture window at the back. Whenever you hear something praised to the hilt, there is nearly always a BUT. I suppose it’s an age thing with me and with all health and safety regulations being  drummed into us every day, I can’t but notice the absence of handrails on the steps of the altar to see the Padres negotiating them in their flowing robes makes me nervous. Every place we know that has steps even a couple has handrails. Our beloved clergy is going through very difficult times at the moment. It can’t be easy for them to come on the altar and minister to an empty house. We’ve heard of a flock without a shepherd, but a shepherd without a flock, can’t be easy .

[read more …] “Eily’s Report 5th January”

Recalling the 98th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall Attack on 4th Jan. 1923

We thank John P.Kelleher for reminding us of this important Anniversary which occurs on Monday, 4th Jan. 2021.  A full and excellent comprehensive account of this milestone event in the history of Millstreet may be viewed here:  http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2017/01/03/this-day-91-years-ago-today-in-millstreet

Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall 2020.
Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall in 1980s.

 

“Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 3rd Jan. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 3rd Jan. 2021) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast today from 12:30pm until 1.30pm.   This is our first Lunchtime programme of the New Year where our songs and music reflect the favourite songs and music of the past year .  Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Or check out the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  (S.R.)

Millstreet New Year Scene at Dusk.
One of the many uplifting festive signs viewed at Millstreet Town Park.

Millstreet Parish Newsletter 3rd January 2021

PARISH NEWSLETTER

BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

Second Sunday after Christmas

3rd January  2021

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie    www.dioceseofkerry.ie

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS (Behind Closed Doors)

MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS:  Julia Murphy, Gortavehy; Paddy O’Mahony, Meenagloherane.

ANNIVERSARIES: Martin Cleary, Clara Road; Paddy Healy, Murphy’s Terrace; Kathleen Cronin, The Rectory; Clement Kelleher, Toorenbawn; Dan Joe Kelleher, Tullig; Tim & Julia Kiely, Tubber; Michael Dineen, Cullen; Kevin Gardiner, Cullen; Bill Hickey, Kiskeam; Abina Sheehan, Knockbrack. 

AS WE HAVE RETURNTED TO LEVEL 5 RESTRICTIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19 THE FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD WHICH WILL BE CELEBRATED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS & STREAMED ON CHURCH SERVICES – churchservices.tv/millstreet

SATURDAY 2nd January at 6.30p.m:   Nono O’Keeffe, Ducon Road

SUNDAY 3rd January at 11.30a.m.: Pat O’Connell, Canon O’Donovan Centre & Toorenbawn

TUESDAY 5th January at 10.00a.m: Private Intention

WEDNESDAY 6th January:  Feast of the Epiphany Mass at 10.00a.m: Bertie & Kate Kelleher, Murphy’s Terrace

FRIDAY 8th January at 7.30p.m: Dan Joe & the deceased members of the  Kelleher Family, Tullig.

SATURDAY 9th January at 10.30a.m: Peggy Thornton, Drishanebeg (recently deceased)

SATURDAY 9th January at 6.30p.m: Ned Casey, Carrigacooleen;  Nell & Denis Hickey, Mill View

SUNDAY 10th January at 11.30a.m: Mary Cashman, Tullig [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter 3rd January 2021”

Millstreet Welcomes 2021

A dry bright day for the first day of 2021 – Millstreet welcomes the New Year with the celebration of Mass at 11.00 a.m. by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. viewed online on the excellent streaming serviceMillstreet’s beautiful Traditional Crib in the Church.

Evening time in Millstreet Town Park on New Year’s Day 2021. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Millstreet Welcomes 2021”

Gerard Withers, Liscarroll / Dromtariffe

The death has occurred on Tuesday 29th December 2020 of Gerard Withers Rossinarna, Liscarroll, Cork / Dromtariffe, Cork, following a Tragic accident.

Much loved husband of Maria (nee Tarrant) and adored Dad of Jack, Sarah and Jamie. Beloved son of Derry and Bernie and loving brother of Mick, Helena, Bernice and Mary T, extended family Taidgh and Molly, parents-in-law Éamon and Breeda Tarrant, brother-in-law Billy,sister-in-law Sinead and family, uncles, aunts, cousins and a wide circle of friends. May Gerard Rest In Peace. [rip]

Gerard’s Funeral Mass will be streamed live on churchservicelivestream.ie from St. John’s Church, Dromtarriffe at 1pm on Saturday 2nd January. Burial afterwards in Dromtarriffe New Cemetery. In accordance with H.S.E. guidelines Funeral Mass will be private. The family thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page [read more …] “Gerard Withers, Liscarroll / Dromtariffe”

Thanks from Patricia

Patricia Guerin wishes to thank the many people associated with R.O.C.S. (Reach Out Cancer Support) and with the COVID-19 Lockdown Support Group in Millstreet.   Also her own Family and many Friends who took her to her appointments.   In grateful appreciation Mass is offered for all your intentions.  Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

“Radio Treasures” End of Year Show 2020 On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00

“Radio Treasures” End of Year Show is on air tonight (Tues., 29th Dec. 2020) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Some of the MDCC Residents pictured by the exquisite Christmas Crib.

Tonight we feature at 10pm a special Reflection on the Years of Ones  from 1921…1931…1941…1951…1961….1971…1981…1991…2001…2011 up to the upcoming 2021.   We remember the great Julia Murphy who in her 106th year was laid to rest today.  R.I.P.. And we feature a wonderful selection of songs, music and musings as we invite André Rieu and Orchestra to bring the Year of 2020 to a close.  And we announce an important Milestone just reached in the history of Cork Music Station!  Every Blessing and Happiness to all our Loyal Listeners…and new Listeners…throughout a very Bright and Healthy New Year.  And we chat about the attached images.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Santa and Mrs. Claus on tour with Millstreet Fire Brigade!
The day Reporter Supreme – Eily Buckley – decided to join Millstreet Pipe Band for a day at a Cloghoula Sports Day of bygone days! (From Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives).
One of the many very impressive festive signs put in place at Millstreet Town Park by Cork Co. Council.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” End of Year Show 2020 On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00″

Geraldine Lucey, Kanturk (née Burton, Minehill)

The death has occurred of Geraldine Lucey (née Burton, Minehill)
Rathmaher, Kanturk, Cork. Peacefully, in the presence of her family, at her residence. Beloved wife of Albert and dear mother of Katharin, John, Albert, Conor and Damien, sister of the late Margo Hunt and grandmother of the late Anna-Mary Lucey. Sadly missed by her loving family, brothers Tim, Pat and John, grandchildren Darragh and Finn O’Connor, Jack and Ava-Grace Lucey, Diamonde Lucey, Aaron, Freya and Ada Lucey, Sean and Niamh Lucey, son in law Cathal, daughters in law Bridget, Mary and Claire, sisters in law Eileen, Eileen and Mary, aunts Geraldine Kenneally, Kanturk and Mary Howard, Springrove, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. Requiescat in Pace. [RIP]

In accordance with current guidelines, Geraldine’s Funeral Mass shall take place privately, for family only, on Wednesday at 2pm in St Mary’s Church, Cadtlemagner, which shall be live-streamed on mycondolences.ie. Burial afterwards in St Brigid’s Cemetery, Castlemagner. Family flowers only. Donations, in lieu, to COPE Foundation. Condolences may be added on the RIP Condolences Page.

Winners of MDCC Christmas Raffle 2020 Selected

The Winners of the 2020 Christmas Raffle in aid of Millstreet Day Care Centre were drawn at the Day Centre on Wednesday, 23rd Dec..  Gladly we were able to make contact with all the Winners within a brief period and arranged to photograph the presentations.  There was a wonderful response to the Annual Draw which is greatly appreciated by MDCC.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Eileen Tarrant made the delicious Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding for the Draw.
In the presence of (from left) Danny O’Mahony, Donal Bradley and Eileen Tarrant Mary Guerin O’Leary picks out one of the winning tickets in the Annual Draw.
First Prize Winner of the magnificent Hamper was Ann Harkin of Skibbereen whose father, Danny Murphy accepted the impressive prize for Ann.
Second Prize Winners Denis and Elizabeth Hickey of Clara Road accepted the Christmas Cake and the Christmas Pudding. Their dog, Daisy was also mentioned on the ticket! 
Third Prize Winner was Gerard Murphy of Coolikerane whose mother, Kathleen accepted the prize.

[read more …] “Winners of MDCC Christmas Raffle 2020 Selected”

Paddy O’Mahony, Meenagloherane, Cullen

O’Mahony, Meenagloherane, Cullen, on Sunday December 27th, peacefully at his residence and surrounded by his loving family, PADDY, having recently celebrated his 101st birthday. Predeceased by his wife Mary (nee Moynihan) and son Johnny. Dear father of sons Tade and Noel, daughters Bridie (Guerin) and Siobhan (Kelliher), daughters in law Anne and Kathleen, sons in law Gene & John. Cherished by his ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Much loved brother to Han, and the late Mary, Johnny and Donal. Sadly missed by his brother in law and sister in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, kind neighbours and wide circle of friends. [rip]

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Paddy’s funeral will be undertaken in accordance with current Government & HSE Guidelines. Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday, 29th December, at 1:30pm in Christ the King Church, Knocknagree, followed by burial in Cullen Cemetery. Funeral Mass can be viewed live by following this link https://www.ipcamlive.com/5f4127a47386c

Family flowers only, donations if desired can be made directly to the Medical Assessment Unit at Mallow General Hospital. Those wishing to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions are unable to do so, may leave a message of sympathy in the RIP condolence page. The family appreciate your sympathy, support and understanding at this difficult time.

Julia Murphy, Gortavehy, Millstreet

The death has occurred of Julia Murphy, Gortavehy, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Julia passed away peacefully in her 106th year on 26th of December 2020 in the loving care of the staff at Killarney Nursing Home. Sadly missed by her loving son Donie, Winnie, nephews, nieces, home helps, relatives, neighbours and friends.

“May she rest in Peace”

In accordance with the current guidelines, Julia’s Requiem Mass will be private for family and friends on Tuesday in St Patrick’s, Church, Millstreet at 12 noon and burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery. Julia’s Funeral Mass will be live streamed and can be viewed at www.churchservices.tv/millstreet Messages of Sympathy may be left on the Condolence link HERE.

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 27th Dec. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

The 2015 movie The Revenant, was known for more than its storyline,  with several actors and crew leaving the set because of the gruelling conditions,  the demands of its director and running unnecessarily over budget.

When stuntman and actor Glenn Ennis signed on,  he would never have realised that his three minute cameo in the film would bring him fame and be one of the main talking points of a movie that was not always historically accurate.

Playing the part of a grizzly bear protecting her cubs, the ferocity and horror of his attack on Di Caprio, made it the most talked about film piece of the year.  Questions were also asked if the bear had molested Di Caprio.

This week on Where the road takes me, Glenn Ennis talks to John Greene about how this gruelling scene was done,  the dangers of stuntwork and  – Tom Cruise – the only actor who does his own stunts. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

Patrick J. (Pat) Walsh, The Lough, Cork

The death has occurred of Patrick J. (Pat) Walsh, The Lough, Cork

Walsh (Pearse Road, The Lough) On December 25th 2020, peacefully in the tender care of the staff at Marymount and in the presence of his loving family, Patrick J. (Pat) (late of St Colman’s Community College, Midleton). Beloved husband of Breeda (née Hickey, Millstreet), loving father of Colin, dear brother of Liam, Bernard, Anne and the late Jean, Marian and Evelyn. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

In accordance with the current government guidelines on public gatherings Patrick’s funeral will be private.

Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Marymount or MS Ireland.

House strictly private

Patrick’s Requiem Mass will be streamed on Monday 28th at 12.30pm on www.churchservices.tv//thelough

To leave a message for Patrick’s family, please use the condolence link HERE.

Two Special Programmes on CMS – Tonight at 11 and Tomorrow at 12.30pm

If you get an opportunity you may wish to tune into a special hour-long programme tonight (Sat. 26th Dec. 2020) at 11.00 on Cork Music Station when we feature mainly the wonderful music of André Rieu and his Orchestra plus some other special songs.   And on Sunday from 12.30 to 1.30pm our usual “Lunchtime Favourites”.  Tap on the images to enlarge. Happy Listening! (S.R.)

Christmas Eve Mass 2020 in Millstreet.
This Marquee has now been safely dismantled following the effect of Storm Bella.
Christmas Magic at Drishane Road, Millstreet.
A traditional Killarney Christmas Crib.

John Murphy, Mallow and Kippagh

The death has occurred of John Murphy, late of Firhill, Mallow, and Kippagh, Millstreet.

John passed away on the 23rd of December 2020 unexpectedly at Cork University Hospital. Beloved Son of the late Patrick and Lucy Murphy. Sadly missed by his sister Mary (Lynch), brother in law Jim, niece Lucy, nephews James and Patrick, uncle Denny, cousins Brenda and Denis, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

Requiem Mass on St. Stephen’s Day at 11.30am in St. Mary’s Church, Mallow. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. [rip]

In accordance with H.S.E. guidelines John’s Funeral Mass will be private for family. The family thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this difficult time. Messages of sympathy may be left in the condolence page.

Cadbury’s Rathmore Present Magnificent Cheque to Temple Street Children’s ICU Dept. in Vivienne’s Name

The Murphy Family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the amazing donation of €7,050.00 Cadbury’s Rathmore made to Temple Street Children’s ICU Department in Vivienne’s name.

The site made a presentation of €7,050.00 to the parents of the late Vivienne Murphy (see photo below) in aid of Temple Street Children’s ICU Department.
Pictured from left:  Denis Collins (plant manager Cadbury), Billy O’Neill(Cadbury), John Murphy(Cadbury), David O’Sullivan(QEHS manager Cadbury), Lilly and Dermot Murphy (parents of the late Vivienne Murphy) and Bernard Murphy (Cadbury).
Vivienne

New Electronic Opening  and Closing System at Millstreet Playground in Town Park

Millstreet Town Park Committee wishes to advise that a new electronic opening  and closing system has been installed at the entrance to the playground. The opening time for the playground is 09:00 and the closing time will be 17:00 for the months of December and January. We would like to thank Cork County Council for the grant for this equipment.

We thank Denis Hickey for this important notice and image. Tap on the picture to enlarge. (S.R.)

Brilliant Conor O’Callaghan Captains Cork to Victory Today

What a night!  Kilcorney’s Conor O’Callaghan captains Cork to victory over Tipp in Under 20 Munster Hurling Final this Wednesday evening, 23rd Dec. 2020.  The exciting event was broadcast live on TG4.   Sincere congratulations to Conor and the entire Cork Team on such a magnificent sporting achievement.  

Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Christmas Show 2020 On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00

“Radio Treasures” Christmas Show is on air tonight (Tues., 22nd Dec. 2020) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Tonight we feature at 10pm a special Interview with True Expert in the world of Christmas Trees and we attempt getting in contact with The North Pole to chat with its most Famous Resident!

Dermot Twomey, Kilcorney pictured on his 18th year selling magnificent Christmas Trees at The Square, Millstreet. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
A special Santa Interview after 10pm!
Moira O’Keeffe’s very special Christmas Card for Cullen & District Special Needs Association.

Denis Murphy, Ballydaly received his Christmas haircut from Barber Supreme, Barry Lawlor at Main Street, Millstreet.
Live at the Millstreet Community School Marquee – Christmas 2020!

Christmas Issue of “Discover Duhallow” with lots of Millstreet interest – now available free of charge.

A very Happy Christmas and a wonderfully Bright and Healthy 2021 to all our much appreciated Loyal Listeners not only to “Radio Treasures” but also to Cork Music Station. Every Blessing to All. (S.R.)

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Christmas Show 2020 On Air Tonight on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00″

Eily’s Report – 22nd December

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my last report for 2020.

How we have longed for this Christmas to come in order  that we could put all our ability into making it a good one, so as to make up for all that we have endured during the year. They say be careful of what you wish for. Little did we know that our plans would be skewed at the eleventh hour. But like everything else in life, we’ll have to grin and bear it. As we’ve said so many times, we’re all in it together, when we have digested the situation and find that there is no way out of it.  We will move up another gear and make the best we can of it. The scary accounts they are giving us about how rapidly it can spread will drive us into a state of determination and self-survival that will give us new strengths that we never knew we had.  We will make sacrifices because we know we must. Being flippant or blaze about it will not do. So our last few days in the run up to Christmas Day on Friday, will be different in every sense of the word. How I can recall those heady days when my own children were small. It was not the same world then. Winter time on the farm was very demanding  cattle being housed during the long winter months had to be tended every day. Tended only by man power and indeed helped by woman power. There was no press button solution to anything  then. But the trip to Cork on Christmas Eve or maybe the day before it was a must, an annual day out .That morning the cows were left out to water earlier than usual and were given their daily supply of hay .Pigs ,Hens , and any other livestock all got an early breakfast while the children ,fussed around indoors ,getting their own things done ,by way of dressing and invading their piggy banks and their lists of   ‘Must Haves’ , from the big city. The last thing anybody wanted to hear was that there was a cow due to calve, or a sow due to farrow.  Devastation ,   utter devastation, panic, tears , tantrums. Disappointment if there was. In such case there was the inevitable delay, the waiting for the new life to make its way into the world, prayers, curses anything to hurry the process up. But eventually we’d all pack into the little Anglia and head off. Parking didn’t seem to be a problem in the 60s. And in a little over an hour our off springs were released to the wild which was Cork City on Christmas Eve. I find it hard to believe how primitive it all was ,compared to today. It was the early days of toys having movements, How we marvelled at them ourselves ,and gloried at the joy that the little children got out of staring at them. It was easy to impress ,children then, and indeed parents also. Sore feet were ignored as we traipsed from shop to shop, street to street, looking at all the wonders of the big city ,as the world prepared for the birth of Christ. We’d go into any chapel along the way, where the massive crib would be all at the ready . The children all amazed ,and asking countless questions about this and that. Finally after having some food on the hoof ,and seen all the lovely things, it was time to make our purchases, it was often hard to make a secret purchase , to have as a surprise ,or Santa Gift  for the stockings by the fire on Christmas morning. And then the spending of ‘their own’ money. The little something that made it for them . We never missed the trip down the Coal Quay, with its numerous bright stands ,and sales women shouting out the lists of their wares. How we loved their funny use of words, two-and –sixpence all the dolls. The last few boxes of train sets, give this free with it, holding up a rag doll or an orange–. The place would be packed ,and people in festive mood , saluting one another , shouting out bits of news and Christmas cheer. As night fell, a heavenly atmosphere fell down and gave  the Coal Quay an out of this world    feeling ,the darkness ,brightening every lamp and bulb ,reflecting   off  the shiny wrappings and toys  and boxes strewn around the place. As we all chewed on the wonderful goodies that were to be had in abundance in the stalls and the children drank their lemonade from the bottle which they held firmly by the neck , it was time to bid our annual Christmas Eve Day in Cork to a close. Children tired and maybe cranky with fatigue ,we once again piled into the reliable Anglia and headed out the Carrigrohane Straight. We all sang together, our Christmas songs with all ours hearts, Dan driving R.I.P.  me holding the youngest, John D, on my lap and the Girls Geraldine & Nora in the back.  No seatbelts .  In no time our tired little charges  were fast asleep, still clutching the favourite purchases.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 22nd December”

Magnificent Prizes for MDCC Annual Christmas Raffle

The official Draw takes place in the afternoon of this Wednesday, 23rd Dec. 2020 at Millstreet Day Care Centre for the truly magnificent prizes which are very kindly sponsored.   But there is still time to be involved in the superb Draw by visiting any one of the following outlets in Millstreet Town to purchase a line or more knowing that you are supporting the wonderful Millstreet Day Care Centre in Clara Road.

   The Local Outlets include:  Herlihy’s Centra, Aidan McCaul’s, Wordsworth, Mulcahy’s Pharmacy, O’Leary Butchers, Café Aroma, O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Colemans, Guys and Dolls, Reen’s Pharmacy, In-Style Salon and Millstreet Day Care Centre itself. (S.R.)

We thank Millstreet Day Care Centre Coordinator, Mary O’Leary for alerting us to this very popular Annual Fundraising Event. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Magnificent Prizes for MDCC Annual Christmas Raffle”