Eily’s Report – 19th March

 

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

Whichever way you look at it we had a wonderful St. Patrick’s weekend here in Millstreet. It had something for everyone and the weather was good.

 

Saturday a convoy of double decker buses, went through our town ferrying over 5000 revelers to the annual Tech Works Festival at the Green Glens Arena.

 

On Saturday night our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí group played in the Church at the 6.30 Mass. Then on St. Patrick’s Day our wonderful Pipe band played at the church grounds as people were going in to the 11.30 Mass which was conselebrated by three local men, Fr. Paddy O Byrne, Fr. Billy Radley and Fr. Sean Tucker.  Then the band played while entering the church and took part in many parts of the mass. The Church Choir attended and their combined grand finale literally lifted the roof, when they joined our lovely organist Jane to play a rousing recital of Highland Cathedral. No words of mine could do justice to the joy it brought to all in the church on St. Patrick’s Day. Spellbound, is the best way to describe it.

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Eily’s Report 12th March

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

Storm Gareth is venting its feeling on the world outside as I sit to write my weekly account of local happenings.  So far the weekend  weather has seen wild winds, heavy sleety downpours and the thunder and lightening  left many without power. So the yellow warning still exits and it would be advisable to heed its message. But there’s always hope and the sight on our web today of a mother sheep and her two woolly lambs enjoying new life in Carriganima would give rise to anybodies spirits. Buíochas le Dia.

 

The people of Rathmore were lucky with the weather on Sunday when they went ahead at 1.30 with their St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We will be asking for clemency in the weather also on Sunday next when its our turn to pull out all the stops in honour of our Patron Saint Patrick himself. The organising committee are working hard on their preparations but it takes  every man, woman and child to give the annual event the support that it deserves.

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Eily’s Report 5th March

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

The mini blizzard of snow caught us all unawares on Sunday. Going from 14 degrees on Saturday to zero next day was a shock to the system to say the least.

This is Shrove Tuesday. Pancake day and our last chance to pamper ourselves before giving up something for Lent which starts tomorrow March 6th and ends on Easter Sunday April 22nd. Tomorrow Is Ash Wednesday and Holy Ashes will be distributed  at 10 am Mass and again at 7.30 pm Mass. Just to remind us that we are made of dust and into dust we shall return.

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Eily’s Report 26th February

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

Spring is on our doorstep, I think that Friday March 1st, is the first day of Spring. Though sometimes you’d wonder. Anyway the Daffodils tell us that it is. I haven’t seen any baby lambs yet but  when they come, then it will be Spring in earnest.  We are all urged to plant things this year. One notice says to plant potatoes by St. Patrick’s Day, as we did in the past. I like to watch out for Good Friday every year to plant something because they say that anything that you set on Good Friday will grow.   It would be nice to plant a few things in a box and give it to someone who can’t do it themselves.

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Eily’s Report – 19th February

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

The Spring like weather continues and the golden daffodils showing up all over the place are helping to put a little spring in our step as we make our way through 2019. I just saw a little line in something that I was reading that said that 10% accounts for what happens to us and 90% accounts for how we handle it. So let us be positive in our approach to the future.

 

The AGM of the Community Council was held on Tuesday night at the Wallis Arms Hotel. It was very well attended with many items up for discussion. The Treasurers report was very encouraging showing the healthy state that the Community Council is in financially, copies can be got on request from any member. Plans for the future include upgrading of the adult gym, the creche, and other amenities in that area. Garda Paul Lynch attended and he gave a detailed account of things around the area from a garda point of view. He complimented the Council on the great work that they are doing, thanked Dan Collins and Michele O’Keeffe for their great work in taking care of the Personal Alarms project and Marie Twomey  and Pat Murphy who take  care of the Text Alert scheme. In return the chairman Noel Buckley thanked Garda Paul for his contribution to the meeting adding that  the Garda presence around the town is deeply appreciated as well as around the schools, meeting the children and parent ,also at funeral times and keeping a welcome eye on things in general.  Garda Paul oversaw the election of officers. The committee was re-elected in block, in the interest of the continuation of the many projects that they are engaged in at the moment.  A Non-national man, with a business in the town was welcomed into the Community Council at the AGM.

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Eily’s Report -12th February

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

The AGM of the Community Council will be held tonight (Tuesday)at the Wallis Arms Hotel starting at 8 sharp. Everybody is welcome to attend the AGM and a special invitation is extended to people who would like to become members.

 

The Community Council is a very powerful body and has achieved countless successes since its inception in 1977.  In 1977 the government issued a directive to all communities around the country to set up a local council in their own area. The order was taken seriously here in Millstreet and meetings were held not only in the town but also in country schools or halls outside of it. Each area proposed candidates and elections were held with a representative for each area chosen, so as to ensure a balanced  say for all.  Dr. Pat Casey was the first Chairman and he was faced with the daunting  task of setting up the foundation of a new venture that was to guide Millstreet through the future. From humble beginnings and many years of hard work and dedication the achievements of our Community Council are countless.

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Eily’s Report – 5th February

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

Despite the weather warnings of many colours, we have come to the first week in February relatively unscathed by any adverse weather conditions.

And the Wheel of Millstreet keeps on turning, with the likes of O’Flynn Medical being awarded the Cork Chamber SME Company of the Year 2019 .

Young Ciarán O Sullivan, from Cullen, making waves in the field of Soccer.

We have news of a new business starting up in the Square, and some vacant premises being snapped up. It all helps to put us in a positive mood for the year ahead.

The AGM of our Community Council will be held on Tuesday night February, 12th), of next week. New members welcome to come to this meeting and become members. It starts at the Wallis Arms Hotel at 8 pm, and all are welcome.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report – 5th February”

Eily’s Report 29th January

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

The month of January is ending in a flurry of group socials, A.G.M.’s and fundraisers for good causes and it looks like the month of February is about to start  on the same theme. The A.G.M. of our Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday February 12th, starting at 8pm sharp.  New members welcome.

Last Tuesday nights meeting  of the Community Council was attended by representatives from the Men’s Shed and the Active Retired Group who are in the process of installing a Bowls Rick in the town. To start them off  the Council presented them with a cheque for  €1,500.  It will be a first for Millstreet and the organisers are inviting opinions and advise from the public to help them on their way.  Contact Bertie at 087 6793841. Or Kit at 087 2989450

The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of The Day Care Centre will be held this weekend February 2/3 rd. Please support it well. And be reminded of all the great services that the Centre has to offer every day. Meals in or delivered, nursing care, physiotherapy, entertainment, to name just a few. Please give them a call at 029 70926 for full details of their wonderful services.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report 29th January”

Eily’s Report – 22nd January

 

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

A million congratulations to our brilliant Scór Sinsir team on winning the County Final which was held in Ovens. Team members were, Jerry Doody, John Tarrant, Con and Mary Meade.

Congrats also to the wonderful Cullen Ballad Group on winning the Munster Final. And we wish them every success at the All-Ireland final which will be held at Castlebar on February 16th.

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Eily’s Report – 15th January

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my first report of 2019. I trust you are all well after the highs and lows of the Festive Season, and ready to meet the New Year with lots of hope and new resolutions.

Its starting off well here in Millstreet with the mighty Spring Farm Machinery Show at the Green Glens tomorrow Wednesday January 16th, and continuing on Thursday 17th, running each day from 12 noon to 10pm. All services at the venue will be up and running, and car parking  free.

Equestrian events for 2019  at the Green Glens include:

  • the Millstreet  International Welcome Tour April 3rd-7th,
  • the I.M.C.A European Individual Championships July 7th-13th,
  • the International Horse Show August 14th-18th,
  • the International Horse Trials, August.21st -25th , and
  • the Pony Owners Show October 25th -27th .

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Lotto results

The weekly lotto draw was held at Corkery’s Bar on Sunday night December 22nd. Numbers drawn were  8,20,23,32 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Denis Murphy, St Josephs Gardens.

The seller was Margaret Murphy and she got €50 sellers prize.

€50 went to Jerry O’Sullivan, Keale. €20 each to Mairead McCormac, Longford, Joan Twomey c/o Graces Salon. Danny O’Mahony, c/o Patsy Mac, Tadg O Flynn Drishane, Eily, c/o Eily.

Margaret Casserly c/o the Camogie Club. Fr. James McSweeney ,c/o Eily, and Stephen Kelleher, Moulnahorna also c/o Eily.

Next Lotto Draw will be at the Mal Passo Bar on January 13th with a Jackpot on €11,400.

Eily’s Report – 18th December

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

The howling winds and driving rains, which have continued all day are still  are at work outside as I settle down to write my last report before Christmas.  And pray that all will be safe.

This is  my last chance to remind you, to please shop at home. Please give our local stores and services one last push, to help them to survive into 2019 against all the pressures of on-line shopping and big department  stores.

The good work in aid of the needy goes on. And ‘Work’ parties are the order of the day as the days wear down to the wonderful festival of Christmas.

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Eily’s Report – 11th December

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

The year flies by and then when December comes it feels as long as the whole of the past year put together for little children checking the special calendar, where they open a door every day and wish the days would go a lot faster. Very often its a way for the parents too to check on the passage of time, but unlike the little ones their days go too fast as they try to remain abreast of all that has to be done before Santa comes.

The turning on of our Christmas lights in the town square on Friday night was a wonderful occasion. The design was in total contrast to that of former years. The plain white snowdrop decorations,  coupled with the delicate blue lights on the street trees, worked very well. The blustery weather calmed down just on time for the Pipe Band to do their part and the Community Singers gave recitals both at the opening and the closing of the ceremony. A very large crowd braved the cold to bring out the children and there was a real carnival atmosphere with people from many lands joining the fun as well as Santa Claus.

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Eily’s Report – 4th December

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

Our local branch of St. Vincent de Paul will hold their annual church gate collections this weekend   Saturday/Sunday December 8/9, before all Masses at Ballydaly, Cullen, Dromtarriffe, Dromagh Kilcorney and Millstreet. Please give generously to this important collection and with your help our volunteers will make Christmas better for many needy people in our community.

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Eily’s Report – 27th November

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chaired and welcome to my last report in November.

This week we congratulate one of our great employers Alps Electric on their 30th anniversary. For all those years they have given work to hundreds and I’m sure thousands of our people. Sitting in picturesque Mount Leader, they continue in their own quiet way to send their products to many parts of the world. And how proud some of our people out abroad are to see that the appliance that they are working on was made in Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Their weekend was filled with great celebration and with a lot of looking back on hopeful beginnings  in 1988 when Millstreet held its breath in anticipation, hardly allowing ourselves to believe that this fine employer was coming to stay. The world has changed a lot since then.

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Eily’s Report 20th November

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

The year is moving on at a very fast rate and the many worries and concerns that we had during the  drought seem far behind. Christmas is only a matter of a few weeks away and during the long hot summer with its scorched lands and water scarcity, did we ever think that by December we’d have enjoyed bumper crops of fruit and vegetables and an abundant supply of grain and silage and hay. As well as the all important shed of turf. The fields are still a lush green and lots of cattle still out, and even at this late stage on our 2018 calendar there is still little need for home heating. And now,we can’t but thank the ONE who governs all, for such wonderful gifts. Buíochas le Dia.

The new drink driving laws of course are biting hard into the lives of  our people. Every day we hear of yet another victim of its cruel laws. with even more of our friendly local pubs closing their doors. The huge amount of depression and isolation, that it has caused already is only the tip of the iceberg, to what it will bring as more and more people will be confined to loneliness. Gone are the times when a family member or friend can give a friendly call to an elderly person and share a friendly glass with them, if they do they cant drive home. These laws resemble the Penal Laws of old. Made with the stroke of a pen,with no thought of the consequences . It has only led to home drinking, which can be a massive problem in itself. And we all know that the joy of a social drink is in the company. Move on Eily.

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Eily’s Report – 13th November

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

The Monthly Meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms tonight, starting at 8.30 sharp.

The  Annual Millstreet Calendar organised by the Community Council, is in the making and will be in the shops in the coming weeks. Please support it well. Proceeds this year will go to our brilliant Tidy Towns Committee.

Those wishing to renew their membership of the Text Alert Scheme are advised to go to Wordsworth Book Store or Guerin’s Shop in Ballydaly where they can sign the forms and pay the annual fee of €10. Closing date November 30th. Please pass the word.  Perhaps help someone to join for the first time.

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Eily’s Report – 6th November

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

The only thing that’s  worse than a pub with no beer is a pub without customers, and that’s what was  like here at the weekend following the further restrictions on the drink driving ban. Hard working honest people in need of a little enjoyment and relaxation at the weekends, are now deprived of meeting up with friends and enjoying some well deserved break.  More and more people who live alone condemned to solitary confinement because they cant get out to meet their friends. OK for those to make the rules from their homes in Dublin with every kind of public transport on his doostep. They should be dragged down the country and forced to live in remotest rural Ireland for at least a year.Then they might pay heed to what the Healy Rays are trying to say and do.  Mark my words there will be a further upsurge in the number of people suffering from depression, and even  committing suicide. I had to get that off my chest.

 

But it shouldn’t stop there, people should rise up against it, fight to get something back ,for instance free rural  door to door transport for a start. I’m really worried about what it will lead to if something isn’t done to compensate our country for this great injustice. I have to leave it there.

 

The Aubane social Club held their first fundraising Tea Dance on Sunday afternoon and it was a great success.  The funds go to the upkeep of their Community Centre. They plan to host another in the Spring.

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Local Lotto Results

The results of this weeks Lotto Draw which was held at the Bush Bar on Tuesday Night.

Numbers drawn were 3,8,20,21 ,and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Gary O’Brien, Macroom. The seller was Colemans and they got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Martin Murphy,

Pound Hill, €20 each to Josie Walsh c/o The Mal Passo, Donagh Tarrant, Australia, More Flutes than 12th of July, C/O the Mal Passo, Daragh OSullivan, Minor Row, Siobhan Curtin, Kilcorney, Healy Family, Keale. Mary O Mahony, Inchleigh House.Shane Tarrant ,Dooneen.

Jackpot for next week €9,800 the Draw at Corkerys Bar on Sunday night.

Eily’s Report – 31st October

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

The last Bank Holiday of the year passed off in great glee with the lovely weather and a countless number of both, indoor and outdoor pursuits there to be enjoyed by the young and the not so young, and to crown it all, the clocks went back an hour, thus adding another precious sixty minutes to the fun. The air was crisp and chilly giving it an almost Christmassy feeling.

 

We had the Pony Owners Show at the Green Glens Arena for three days and Halloween parties were held at different venues, each with  the view of raising lots of funds for different good causes, as well as hours of enjoyment for all those who supported them.Other  events  like football matches, stag parties, and even a wedding were also crammed into the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Eily’s Report – 23rd October

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

First things first and today I must extend out heartiest congratulations to our wonderful U12 Camogie Team on winning the County Final on Saturday in Blackrock beating St Fanahan’s in an exciting finish. They came home to a wonderful welcome, and I want to say well done to them and all  those associated with the team. They can justly take a bow.

The Dairy Show which has been running here every year since 1982 was again an outstanding success at the Green Glens Arena last Saturday. The annual event brings great business to the town and the crowds come from many parts of the world to compete with the cream of livestock or just to just to see and to meet and to learn. And above all to enjoy. The meeting of like minded people is very important where they can thrash out the pros and cons of the challenges that they meet in a changing world.

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Eily’s Report – 16th October

Oh dear, the common cold has caught up with me. They say there is no cure for it, so i’m determined to make myself as comfortable as I can while it takes its course.

 

The town and a lot of the surrounding countryside was rocking to the boom boom of the Work Shop music fest which was held at the Green Glens Arena on Saturday with fans being bused in from many parts and bused out again when it was over.

 

On this coming Saturday October 20th, the pleasant lowing  of the country’s prize livestock will fill the air at the same venue for the National Dairy Show. The previous day will see them arriving in their beautiful  wagons  and brought inside where they will be put through rigorous preparation to make them look their best on the parade ring next day. It’s an interesting sight to watch them being prepared. It involves a full body shower followed by a full body blow dry and then a hair trim, making every rib of hair play its part in the final result which could lead to a rapturous win or a disheartening defeat.Specialists are often brought from abroad to carry out this work, and tail extensions are often used to enhance the final appearance. And at the end of the day they are carefully returned to their box to be ready for the next show. And devoted owners often lay down beside  their beloved animals for the night. All very interesting.

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Eily’s Report – 9th October

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

October, it’s the month that we are all  asked to say the Rosery very often, every day if possible,or any prayer for that matter I suppose. And there is extra emphasis on prayer this year following the visit of Pope Francis. He needs our help more than ever, now as he tries to wade through the mountain of problems that surrounds our Church today. See what you can do.

And looking back on 2018 so far, we have a lot to be thankful for. The long wet winter and spring, followed by the long hot dry summer had us worried out of our minds, about food production for man and beast, and then  came the change. Rain, sun, hope and we were bourne aloft with the joy of seeing lush crops, fresh home grown fruit and vegatables in the shops. Farmers cutting second crops of silage and much more.  Surely good reason to thank the Good Lord for his great gifts.

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Eily’s Report – 2nd October

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

My apologies for not being on the radio web last week. I was in fact enjoying a wonderful bus trip to Carlow. The Castlemagner singing group invite some of our singing group every year to join them on their annual trip. And nine of us went along. The 50 seater coach was full to capacity and new friends were made and existing ones renewed. We were taken to see the Curragh Army Camp, The National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Historic  Boulavogue, the wonderful Glendalaugh and many places in between. The sun shone all the way, there were stops for refreshments and some shopping and our nights after 7 o’clock dinner were whiled away to music and dancing and even a game of forty five. I promised the crowd that I would give the trip a mention on my weekly report, and let them know how I enjoyed the precious four days in their company. One lady, who was obviously delighted to be there said to me, I think Eily, our time has come. There was nothing like this for the elderly in the past. So well done to the organisers.

It’s the month of October and there are a few items coming up at the Green Glens this month.  The 13th. Will see the return of a one day music fest entitled Houseworks, where DJ’s will entertain the crowd for hours. October 20th we will have the mighty National Dairy Show. And from 26th to 28th the annual Pony Owners Show. This show is run every year for charity. And voluntary groups can apply for funding, Contact the Office at the Green Glens for details. 02970800.

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Eily’s Report – 25th September

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

Last Friday was National Culture Day and here in Millstreet it received a reaction from almost every section of our community in some shape and form, and to cap it all there was a grand farewell ball held at the Wallis Arms Hotel in honour of our visitors from our Twin Town in Brittany Pommerit-Le-Vicompte. Well done to all those who put in the effort and gave us a wonderful night to remember.

And now we have some uplifting news coming on stream, not least among them the Air Ambulance Service to be centered at Rathcoole Airfield. And is due to be up and running within weeks rather than ‘at sometime in the future’.

There are plans to install a bowls rink  at the GAA Hall and Kickboxing is starting at the same venue and we even have a Dog Walking Service for a mere €5 a walk,  ready to take your call. Details are on the website.

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Eily’s Report – 18th September

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

The weather was kind over the weekend to allow all the many outdoor events to go ahead, while the tail end of Hurricane Helena made her presence felt on Monday evening. The darker evenings fill us now with thoughts of night classes and hobbies and cosy chats and discussions. As well as places where you can work out, keep fit and stay healthy.

Last night our Active Retired group held their annual registration meeting at the Parish Centre and it was very well attended.  It was followed by Mass at 7.30 celebrated by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne. Their Chairperson is Mary McSweeney, Kit O’Sullivan Secretary, and Eileen O’Riordan Treasurers.

On Tuesday of next week, September 25th some members of our Active Group will join the Castlemagner Group for a four day conducted  trip to Carlow.

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Eily’s Report – 11th September

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

Millstreet Community Council will hold their first monthly meeting following the summer break, at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight starting at 8.30 sharp.  All members please attend, the meeting will deal exclusively with our plans for Culture Day September 21st.

Our popular Pipe Band will hold their annual church gate collection on September 15/16 and your support would be gratefully appreciated.

I have a note from Anne Keane to say that 12 of our friends from our Twin Town in Brittany Pommerit le Vicompte will arrive here on  next Saturday Septwmber 15th and stay till September 22nd. On arrival they will be treated to a warm welcome and refreshments at McCarthys Bar. Please drop in and give them a real Millstreet welcome.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report – 11th September”

Eily’s Report – 4th September

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

The Month of September is on its way and the diverse effects of this year’s drought are perhaps not too bad after all. Thanks to some sporadic rainfalls the fields have greened up again and even second cuts of the precious winter feed for the cattle are being gathered in. Wild fruits are there in abundance. We are seeing apple trees bending under the weight of their crop and the old reliable blackberries are there for the taking. And I’m still getting one solitary mushroom in my garden every day. Baoichas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 28th August

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

Well it’s all over, the long awaited Pope’s visit came and went and now that all the scandals are out in the open the work of solving the problems is only beginning. When Pope Francis was first elected I asked my brother (late), who was a missionary in the Far East at the time, what he thought of our new Pope, and he said, “I think he is what the World needs today”  And it didn’t take until now for me to believe him. I am amazed at the interest that was shown in his visit. So many people wanting to belong to the Catholic Church, but held back by the underlying badness at its base. Strict rules that were pounded into us in our Catechism, and from the pulpit, being disobeyed by some of the people who were preaching them.

 

I suppose the greatest shock we got during his visit was to learn that he knew nothing about the case of the babies in Tuam. And to hear him say Caca(shit), was evidence of how shocked he was when he heard. That alone endeared him to us and among other things, paved the way for change and accountability, and on the broader spectrum So now we are praying with a different mind. A mind that is all about fair play and Justice.

 

So pray on, we’re getting there. DV.

 

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Eily’s Report – 21st August

 

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde and welcome.

So much has been happening,it’s hard to know where to start.

Even though we all need some rain right now, we were delighted that all of our activities were blessed with fine weather over the weekend. Here in Millstreet our Summer Horse Show held precedent over everything else. The mighty Green Glens was bursting at the seams to cater for the increased numbers of entries for this year’s event. Hundreds of extra stabling was added to the existing 1600 places, and extra space had to be provided in the grounds to accommodate the huge horse carriers that brought the influx of beautiful horses that came. The facility was ablaze with colour, multicoloured fences and literally thousands of flower boxes and pots of every ilk. The crowds matched the scene and competitions went on almost around the clock in order to cope with the huge entries. And the real climax came on Sunday evening when the Grand Priz was won by a little lady called Susan FitzPatrick beating her nearest rival  Michael Pender by a mere percentage of a second and secured  for herself the grand prize of €25,000.

 

But don’t go away there is more equestrian entertainment this week by way of the Cross/Country Eventing in Drishane (Millstreet InternationalHorse Trials ) to be precise and will run from Wednesday to Sunday this week August 22 to 26.

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