Regional Report 1030 – 14th September 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1030 from Millstreet

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this wet and soft Autumn  morning.

We got a great psychological boost here this past week when an Australian film company came to make a documentary on the history of the EuroVision Song Contest and the places that hosted it. Niamh Kavanagh herself came too. They all stayed locally in Michael & Pam Thorntons beautiful new B ‘n B at Drishanebeg. They told us that there is more positive talk about Millstreet around the world than any other place that hosted it. It was different, it was great, and it was their reason for coming back to recall it all again. Cameras rolled  as  volumes of memorabilia  so lovingly preserved, were brought to light and stories of the whole euphoria were told again. Niamh wanted to meet everybody, shake every hand, hug everybody. It was as she said, like coming home. All too soon their three days were gone and they had to leave, but the memories and friendships live on. Lots of their visit was captured for LTV2, so you’ll see them in time. Look up our website also and in time we will get a copy of their entire documentary.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1030 – 14th September 2010”

Breaking News! – Cork’s 2010 Official Song Chosen – “A Rebel’s Cry”

We are delighted to share the wonderful news,  just phoned in by Seán Moylan,  that his Band’s superb Cork supporting song “A Rebel’s Cry” has just won the competition making it now Cork’s Official Song for the 2010 Season – perfect timing for Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park – Cork v. Down.    Sincere congratulations to Seán & all the splendidly enthusiastic members of “Loose Connection”.   One can listen to the song and view the video on:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHszrnhKhtk .   Undoubtedly the excellent song will be played on many radio stations and television channels during the coming week….and, who knows, perhaps an appearance on “Up for the Match” might well become reality.   What a mighty achievement for the superbly talented song writers, musicians and musical arrangers!   Every success to All the members of “Loose Connection” –  Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.     (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )
[read more …] “Breaking News! – Cork’s 2010 Official Song Chosen – “A Rebel’s Cry””

Niamh Kavanagh & Television Crew Visit Presentation N.S., Millstreet

Eurovision 1993 Winner Supreme, Niamh Kavanagh and the Australian Television Crew are accorded a royal and true Irish welcome at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Friday, 10th September 2010. (Seán)

Australian Television Crew & Niamh in Millstreet

Stephen (Director), Ashley (Sound), Jim (Camera) - The highly presigious Australian Television Crew presently in Millstreet filming important footage for a major Documentary on Eurovision. The renowned Niamh Kavanagh is also in Millstreet to participate in this hugely significant event. (Seán)

Regional report 1029 – 7th September 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1029 from Millstreet.

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

An Australian Film Crew are making a documentary on the history of the Eurovision Song Contest and as we were one of the hosts, they will be coming to Millstreet this week to do some footage. Niamh Kavanagh will also be here and we hope that they will have both a successful and enjoyable stay.

The first issue of Clara News following the Summer break, is in the shops.

[read more …] “Regional report 1029 – 7th September 2010”

Sports Ability Day at Banteer

IRD Duhallow in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership will hold a Sports Ability Day on Saturday 25th September from 10am – 12pm in Banteer Community Centre.  The Sports Ability Day aims to promote Sport & Physical Activity to people with a disability in Duhallow.  On the day IRD Duhallow in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership will demonstrate the sports available to people with any type of disability.  This event will provide people with the opportunity to try out a wide variety of sports and physical activities.  The Sports Ability Day will be open to everyone including people with a disability, coaches, special needs assistants, parents, youth club leaders, carers, facility managers and anyone with an interest in promoting sport and physical activity for people with a disability.  From this Sports Ability Day, it is hoped to demonstrate that there is a sport out there for everyone to participate in and we would hope to set up some new clubs and make existing clubs within the Duhallow area more inclusive.

Death Notice: Sr Gertrude (Dympna) Finn, Drishane

The death has occurred on Monday, September 06, 2010 of Sr Gertrude (Dympna) FINN of The Infant Jesus Sisters, Drishane, Millstreet, Cork. At St Joseph’s, Model Farm Road, Cork. Late of Lower Cork Street, Mitchelstown, Malaysia, Weybridge, Surrey and Tralee. Reception Prayers at 7pm this Tuesday evening in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehys Cross. Requiem Mass at 11am tomorrow, Wednesday. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

Death Notice: Denny Walsh

The death has occurred on Monday, September 06, 2010 of Denis (Denny) WALSH of Lackabawn, Millstreet and late of Derragh, Cullen, Cork. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Rosary this Tuesday evening at 9pm. Removal tomorrow, Wednesday, at 8pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12.30pm, followed by burial in Cullen Cemetery.

“A Rebel’s Cry” – Cork All-Ireland Song by “Loose Connection”

The superby talented Duhallow based “Loose Connection” Band have just released a truly fantastic song entitled “A Rebel’s Cry” in honour of Cork’s All-Ireland Football Championship Match with Down at Croke Park on Sunday, 19th September 2010.    This is a splendidly lively and hugely appropriate song with Seán Moylan as main vocalist.   It is performed with mighty enthusiasm by the very popular Band.    Hopefully it could very well feature on RTE’s “Up for the Match”.   Judge for yourself as you can now view the excellent video and hear the brilliant song. Now available on YouTube on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHszrnhKhtk (Google YouTube Music and search for A Rebel’s Cry by Loose Connection.)   “A Rebel’s Cry” is written by Seán Moylan, produced by Neil Moylan at EQUINOX STUDIOS and performed by “Loose Connection”.   Members of the Band: Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.  Having viewed the video and heard the song it’s surely a case of “Up Cork!” … and… “Every Success on 19th September”.   (Seán)

Noel Collins, Clara Road, Millstreet (a true Kerryman) is supporting Cork in this year's All-Ireland.

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)

Shannon Cruise – Part One

Beautiful Killaloe Harbour from where we began our River Shannon Cruise

We invite you to join us for Part One of a recent  Darren Kealy’s Coaches day tour to the River Shannon and beyond.  Here we share images of our arrival at Ballina, Co. Tipperary where some 51 people enjoyed a very warm welcome at the Lakeside Hotel from Manager, Eoin Little and his very friendly Staff who served delicious scones with coffee and tea.   With William Fitzgerald as Driver of our coach and Charlie Drake as a very helpful Guide/Co-ordinator we then proceeded to the nearby very scenic Killaloe Harbour, Co. Clare where

[read more …] “Shannon Cruise – Part One”

Death Notice: Sr. Brendan Cronin

The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 of Sr. Brendan CRONIN of Scartaglin, Co. Kerry and Drishane, Millstreet. At St Joseph’s Convent, Model Farm Road. Reception prayers this Wednesday evening at 7pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

Regional Report 1028 – 31st August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1028 from Millstreet.

Fondest greeting dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this beautiful Tuesday morning the last day of August.

The beautiful weather continues to make work and play very enjoyable for everyone. For the past couple of weeks people are out picking blackberries, some for the very first time and seeking advice from the more experienced about how to make jam, the proper sugar to use, how to freeze them and so on. On the wider scale the grain harvesting is almost complete with returns as were seldom seen as good  before, and prices up 50%, because of the drought in other countries. Everything else like silage, potatoes, vegetables etc.  falls into the same  line. The fine weather brought young and old out in the great out of doors to enjoy country walks, trips to the sea, or just messing around at home.

The schools are re-opening this week and for once the children have a fine summer to their backs as they face the confines of the classroom. And please be on the lookout for the extra traffic ,especially around schools, school buses and so on.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1028 – 31st August 2010”

Death Notice: Sr. Joan Scannell

SCANNELL (Cork) Aug. 29, 2010, (peacefully) at St. Joseph’s, Model Farm Road, Cork, Sr. Joan (Infant Jesus Sisters Drishane), (late of Rathcormac and Dromcollogher); deeply regretted by her sisters Sr. Maureen and Sr. Réidín, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and Community. Reception Prayers at 6 o’c. today (Monday) inhe Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross Cork. Requiem Mass tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 o’c. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

Author Tom in Millstreet


Meeting with author Tom Grainger (on right) at the Wallis Arms  Hotel today.   Tom’s excellent book “A War Baby – Rags to Riches” (See Tom’s splendid website  www.tomgraingerbooks.com ) is now in its second edition and will soon be available at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, The Square, Millstreet.   Tom has many wonderful connections [read more …] “Author Tom in Millstreet”

Death Notice: Nora Coleman

The death has occurred on Friday 27th August 2010 of Nora Coleman of Murphy’s Terrace. Unexpectedly, at her daughter’s residence, Tullig, Millstreet. Rosary at her daughter’s residence, Tullig, this Saturday evening at 9pm. Removal tomorrow, Sunday, to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, followed by Funeral Mass at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Regional Report 1027 – 24th August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1027 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely Tuesday morning with an air of Autumn.

Our first word this morning will have to go to our victorious Cork team on their nail biting win against Dublin on Sunday. They did us proud, well done also to our own Set dancing team on coming second at the All Ireland finals of Fleadh na h-Eireann, which were held in Cavan town at the weekend.

Our Pipe Band was very busy attending key events, The Rose of Tralee parade on Saturday evening and the Michael Collins Memorial service at Beal na Blath on Sunday. and well done to them also.

Notes for Clara News went in at the Weekend and the next copy is due out on Sunday, September 5th.

This is Heritage Week with lots of special events planned to celebrate it. Our lovely Country Park is celebrating the first year of their magnificent water falls, Mont des Arts. With a full program to mark it. Look up their Web Page.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1027 – 24th August 2010”

Death Notice: Dan O’Connor

The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 of Dan O’CONNOR of Dodsboro Road, Lucan, Dublin, and Cloughoulabeg, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of Hazel Hall Nursing Home, Clane. Dan, beloved husband of the late Jane (née Tarrant). Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Maura, sons Donal and Val, daughters-in-law Mary and Bridie, grandchildren Sinead, Paul, Valerie, Donal, Katie and Morgan, relatives and friends.
Rest In Peace. Removal tomorrow, Wednesday evening, from the Nursing Home to St. Patrick’s Church, Esker arriving at 7pm. Funeral on Thursday, after 12 noon Mass, to Esker Cemetery.
“Our Lady of Tubrid pray for him”.

Lilies Galore!

Planted by Noel Collins these supremely amazing Lilies have grown at his home in Clara Road, Millstreet. Here we meet (from left) Noel's wife, Eileen with Breeda Tarrant and Anna Enright (Eileen's sister from Cork). Eileen and Anna are natives of Ballydesmond and are thrilled with Donncha O'Connor's sporting performance in Croke Park yesterday when Cork qualified for the All-Ireland Football Final on 19th Sept. 2010. We thank Eily Buckley for alerting us to the truly gigantic beautiful Lilies still in magnificent bloom at Clara Road. (Seán)

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth

Millstreet Pipe Band not only featured in the main RTE news bulletins on Sunday but also in many of today's national newspapers including this picture in the "Irish Daily Star". The Band has dedicatedly been attending the annual Béal na mBláth commemoration for many years and adds enormously to the atmosphere of the national historic event. We thank Patsy McAuliffe for alerting us to the above picture and to "Centra" for acquiring a copy for us before closing time. (Seán)

[read more …] “Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth”

New lights on Mullaghanish

Work is ongoing on the the new digital TV transmitting mast on Mullaghanish which is beside the old analogue transmitter.  Signal testing has been taking place over the last while, and last week they turned on the beacon lights for aircraft etc … but they are so much stronger than the old lights, as to actually hurt the eyes if you look at them, and Millstreet is six miles away! The masts are easily visible from parts of Millstreet, and several locals have complained about how bright and intrusive they are (you can even see the lights during the day).

Lots of people were ringing into C103 radio station last Friday complaining about them, and there was a also this letter in the Examiner:

Mast light blots out the sky and pierces the eyes

AND so they have finally wiped out the sky. Stargazers lament. The strobe-like light atop the new TV mast at Mullaghanish in Co Cork must be the worst case of light pollution I have ever witnessed. [read more …] “New lights on Mullaghanish”

Death Notice: Edward Byrne, Ahane

The death has occurred on Sunday, August 22, 2010 of Edward (Ned) BYRNE of Ahane, Cullen, Cork, formerly of Garryadeen, Grenagh. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal this Monday evening at 8pm to the Church of the Nativity, Cullen. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Twinning Twirl

Not so much a dancing but a talking "twirl" by members of Millstreet Twinning Association who had a very pleasant get together at McCarthy's Bar, The Square, Millstreet on this Sunday evening (22nd August) in the knowledge that Cork are now in the All-Ireland Football Final. Our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte will be arriving in Millstreet on 18th September 2010 marking the 25th Anniversary of the official twinning of our two communities. (Seán)

Fr. Con’s Presentation in Ballydaly

Fr. Con Kiely is presented on Friday, 20th August 2010 at Ballydaly Community Hall with a cheque in excess of €10,000.00 in support of his wonderfully dedicated missionary work in Ecuador, South America. Included with Fr. Con and Josephine Kiely who is presenting the money which is the result of a recent fund-raising project within Millstreet Parish are Fr. Con's sisters (from left) - Mary Dillon, Mairéad Sherlock and Sr. Agnes Kiely. More pics. to follow later during the week. (Seán)

Bernard’s Splendid Choices

Bernard O'Donoghue, Cullen & Oxford (centre back row) with just some of the large attendance at his presentation of this month's Millstreet Gramophone Circle's meeting in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet on Friday, 20th August 2010. Bernard's Classical and Irish musical choices were universally applauded. Maurice Linehan expressed splendid words of thanks and appreciation. (Seán)

“Hot Country” on Sky 201

A reminder that the “Hot Country” music programme is transmitted on the Showcase Channel (Sky 201).     Hugh O’Brien,  Co-ordinator of this wonderfully popular Country and Western broadcast which includes  lots of  Irish inputs , indicates that the weekly one hour programme may be seen on Sundays (8-9pm), Mondays (8-9pm), Tuesdays (2-3pm) and Saturdays (2-3pm)(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)