Eily’s Report – 31st March

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

And so ends our two weeks of self isolation,  only to be followed by two more. Looking back it hasn’t been so bad. I heard an old man saying one time that  “to look ahead, forty years is a very long long stint, but believe me when I tell you that it’s nothing when its spent”. I think we can say the same but at a much lower scale about the past two weeks.  Looking back I can’t help wondering  where did they go?  What have I got to show for it. A lot of what we do in life, is determined by the way we handle it.  It’s really down to our attitude. A long time ago I came across the following piece  never read it more than once but put it into my scrapbook to be taken out and read again  “When I’d Have Time”Now I have weeks of time and if I share with you, you have weeks of time to read it. I  quote. “The longer I live the more I realise the impact of Attitude on Life.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes,than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness  or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that other people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have and that’s our Attitude. The writer is convinced that life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we react to it .We are all in charge of our own Attitudes’. Unquote. Sound advice.

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Eily’s Report – 24th March

 

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

Another week on and we are still to the good, Buíochas le Dia. If there is anything good  to say about this present crisis, it has to be the weather. As they say  it is like the doctor ordered it. The whole world is in turmoil and new needs come on stream by the minute and new methods have to be found to try and meet them. For instance  test centres. They are popping up all over the place, in football pitches and other open areas.  The mild weather is playing it’s part. If we were getting wind and rain the temporary structures wouldn’t stand up to the pressure of elements and the important work of testing could not be held in such large numbers and by all accounts early detection is vital.

It is regrettable that we still have some people who  haven’t grasped the importance of isolation  and personal cleansing. You’d wish they would spare a thought for all our doctors, nurses, medical staff and volunteers who put their own lives in danger to save the rest of us. My heart goes out to them and to our medical people who are working abroad  and can’t ignore the call of home and come to help. They surely must be inspired by some super power that motivates them to turn a blind eye on their own safety to look after others. The whole world is in   their debt.                                                   At local level we are still trying to get used to the life-changing situation that we have found ourselves in. But we are getting there. Did we ever think that we would confine ourselves to a space of four feet in every direction. St. Patrick’s Day was different from anything that we have ever seen before. But to keep the custom alive in our hearts, families, who had no public parade to dress up for or watch, held their own ritual at home. Thanks to modern media the little  home-made parades were whisked off  to family and friends, on line where they could be watched over and over. Tri-colours were hung out and shamrock worn with pride. Letting the world know,            ‘that we shall overcome’.

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Eily’s Report – 16th March

The Virus.

Cancelled, cancelled, cancelled, is all we ever see and hear at the moment. We are indeed living in strange times. Did we ever think we’d see a time when we are all told to keep three feet away from each other.  Everything around us closed down and wash our hands umpteen times every day. Well it has happened and we are on a two week lockdown as a result of this world-wide virus called Corona. A new word in our vocabulary  and as there is no way backwards, we will have to go forward and find ways to cope.

One redeeming feature has to be that it is not a danger to the young for which we are all deeply grateful. But as the finger points at those of us in the senior bracket  we will have to find ways to mind ourselves and pass the time.  Two weeks seems a long time to be more or less  confined to barracks, most of us on our own .Thank God for our phones and laptops, they will keep us in touch with family and friends from near and far. But there is need for more. Used right, the time can be both enjoyable and time consuming. Personally it will give me an opportunity to look again at all the lovely videos that are waiting year after year to get another spin, The Student Prince, The Sound of Music, videos from EuroVision  to mention just a few, as well as  family weddings and local happenings.   All the time in the world to watch them. No checking the clock to see if I should be somewhere else, and am I already late. There will be time to take a leisurely stroll in the garden, if there is a fine day and even if there isn’t. I can plant some seeds in boxes in the shed and have them ready to place outside when the time is right. D.V. Then there is that jigsaw of a thousand pieces that I got as a present and is still in the box. I can spill it out on the counter and take all the space  I like, because I won’t be having anybody to tea. That of course is the upside. Aside of that there will be times when time will hang heavy, times when I’d love to hop into the car and visit family of friend but  have to put down the keys again and ask myself is it safe for these people if I go.  A chance not worth taking.

  St. Patrick’s Day will be very different, no parade, no meeting of friends and supporters that we only see once a year. Personally I’m determined to hang out my tri-colour and wear a sprig of Shamrock ,not that anybody will see it, but it will make me feel that I am at one with all the other St. Patrick lovers all over the world and  we will all ask him to protect his Emerald Isle.

Thanks to the  modern media  which will enable us to attend Mass on the telly, and our mobile phones etc will keep us talking and talking . Those of us who have gardens and a yen for pottering in them can busy ourselves gathering up all of last seasons pots and emptying them and washing them, planting them up again, giving us faith in the future. But do what you like, I know we’ll never get through this without the Help of God. The days of looking or treating prayer as a joke are gone, gone.  It’s going on for a long time now and it hasn’t  worked, so let us go forward to the past if we want to succeed. My generation in the main never gave up the faith. All our lives, through our belief in God we prayed for everything, and never forgot to say thanks, and even when the world around us found that it was no longer fashionable to believe, we soldiered on. Still asking God to help a world that no longer believed in him.  But we can’t do it alone anymore, and now  we need help. Corona Virus seems to be a threat to the elderly. By no means do we look upon it as though God has deserted us, but as a wake up call to the unbelieving multitudes that we need them to pray for us and  with us now.   Masses on TV might be a good place to start, for those who are too shy or embarrassed to be seen going to Mass or prayers again.   Who knows by the time this crisis is over, they will be as proud as we are to be called soldiers of Christ.

Its not all bad, some days are bright and sunny, so we can get out and about.   The price of oil has plummeted and we can fill our tanks for less than ever. Always look on the bright side.

Please keep up your spirits, greet everybody  with a smile and a word of encouragement.   Honey gathers than vinegar.

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day.    And wash your hands.

Eily’s Report – 10th March

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

Fondest greetings everybody and I hope you are all well. It isn’t easy to open any conversation now without mentioning the Corona Virus so how can I be any different. The power of the media today is making the whole world  feel as small and as intimate as any parish or even a town land of old. In olden times, the spread of bad news should wait till after the morning trip to the creamery or on arriving at work, passing it on to people who would waste no time in bringing it out to the fields and scrioctering houses of rural areas. And the Cork Examiner was a must, bought at the local shop and taken home, from the creamery to where the whole family gathered around the boss of the house and listened with the utmost attention as he revealed the latest scoop. Reading done the paper put down and then a detailed discussion took place  weighing the pros and cons of the matter  before returning to the work of the day. If the subject was tragic or scary and worrying, there was time to tease it all out and find another angle and find strength and support in one another.  On the other hand if it was something lighthearted and funny the whole clan enjoyed the moment and had a wholesome laugh together.

Today if there is some incident be it good or bad in many cases the first place you’ll hear it from is Australia. There is always someone faster than you on the button and before you have time to press yours  the message will hit your screen from down under with maybe more on the story than you had. There is no doubt, it’s great but there is always a BUT, the family unit, as we knew it is gone and with it is the wonderful family support. Lots of people live on their own now. Every door is locked.  Bad news and upsetting messages are not easy to take  when there is no one to share it with, no one  to lean on, or thrash it out with.  The Corona virus is a case in point. Once the first account of it hit the media, it went viral. Having digested to initial shock, the fear of scarcities set in, sending the multitudes off to stock-pile. Emptying shelves  of whatever it was that they thought, they couldn’t live without, leaving others frustrated. People are creatures of habit and as such they’re frightened they’ll run out of something. It happens at Christmas, at Easter or any time we have a Bank Holiday weekend. I’ve seen it happen over and over and every time I see these wagons of food stuff leaving the Supermarket, I can’t help telling myself that they’ll never eat all that in two or three days.  The thought of wasting food scares me.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report – 10th March”

Eily’s Report – 3rd March

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

We have come through some of the most varied and powerful weather in recent times. And even though we didn’t suffer any major damage around here it did give everything and every one had a sense of uncertainty. Planned events having to be cancelled or going ahead and being badly attended. And our March Fair was no different on Sunday. Nobody fixes it but it’s a traditional thing that it goes ahead on the Sunday nearest to the first of the month and this year it struck it head on. The weather was exceptionally bad for the last few days of February which cast a doubt over the annual Fair. Every other year the vendors would come into town the previous evening and mark their territory by putting the iron frames for their tents lying by the curb and guard them jealously till time to get everything ship shape and open for business next morning. None of that happened this year.

Horses are not allowed on the streets of the town anymore. They are confined to what used to be our Fair Field, but now a modern car park. So our Garda did what they always do on March Fair Day. They put up lots of traffic signs and barricades, letting all and sundry know where to go and where not to go.  Anyway the first day of March dawned  and with it came bright sunshine and blue skies, heavenly calm, which continued all day long. There were only a few horses, few standings and very few people on the finest March Day Fair that we had seen for years. Oh dear.

International Women’s Day is on our doorstep. The experts say that women hold up half of the sky and I suppose having said that we’ll have to say that the men hold up the other half. That’s a nice rounded statement. Very fair and very balanced. Half for them and half for us. I just wonder when did it happen? At what stage did women begin to take another look at themselves and say  “I’m better than this”. God knows that and many others like me, have seen some mega changes in our time. Some you forget, others stand out. But the one that sticks with me is that women were always seen as the underdog and not just grown women. Girls of the family had to polish their brothers boots, iron their shirts, etc. Saturday night would find them doing these menial tasks while the lads played ball or some other boyhood games. There was a definite line between men’s work and women’s work. A man wouldn’t be seen hanging out the washing, cooking ,baking, making the beds, brushing the floor. Even in name she was Mrs Paddy Smith, not Mrs Mary Smith. A man was free to treat his wife  in any way he liked, he was The Boss and there was no law in the land nor the Church to protect her. Women rarely,very rarely had their names  included in any  property and if her husband happened to die, she could be put out in the road along her children. In the early part of the Century, women couldn’t vote, they had no say in the running of church  or state.                                                                              This paints a very sad and morbid picture of the life of women back then. The truth of the matter is that they were very happy and content and they shared their lives and difficulties with the other women around them. But that in itself was not a good thing. Thinking as they did like their mothers before them and coping with the same old problems, being prepared to go that same old  road again stopped them from taking another look at themselves and asking, ‘Is there another way’?        And as soon as they became aware of their own strengths and dreams and self worth, there was no stopping them. They came out of the shadows, built themselves up and proved to the World that  they had the power. In the early days of the 1900’s they made history by forming  one of the first Women’s wartime bodies which they called Cumann na mBan and helped the men to gain freedom for our country. They did it for us all and that’s why we can hold up Half of the Sky Today.

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Eily’s Report – 25th February

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

Shrove Tuesday and don’t we all love the pancakes. The custom is as old as the hill behind the house and is greeted with glee every time. Like everything else in the kitchen the job of making them gets easier all the time and the pancake today can be so varied. Gone are the days when you shook a bit of sugar on them and rolled them up. First of all, the mix. The old ritual of making the batter by beating  flour, eggs and milk is gone. The mix can now be bought in powder form, mix with milk and pour. Or they can even be bought made, stacks of them ready to be warmed and add your own flavouring, sweet or savory. Either way the humble crepe was always with us and is here to stay.

In a way I suppose it acts as the last laugh before we immerse ourselves in the penance of Lent. Tomorrow Ash Wednesday is one of the only two days of Fast and Abstinence that we have left in the Church Calendar year, the other is Good Friday. I have often wondered how having fish instead of meat could  be called a penance. I love fish  and  with the variety of it that is available today it’s a treat. In ways it has passed out meat, even in name. All the best places refer to it now as seafood, which elevates it to a very lofty status. It wasn’t like that long ago when the choice of fish for Lent was confined to salted hake or ling. It came to town heavily salted, dried and in the shape of the whole fish flattened out, like you’d see a sheepskin . Shops displayed it hanging outside the  door, regardless of wind or weather and cut it to the required amount for the customer.  Wednesday and Fridays were the fast days all through Lent so hake was in great demand  with some people buying the whole piece  rather than bit by bit. But even then  many people relished this fish, because it was cheap, portions were big and there was a great feeling of reiche (plenty) about it. It had to be steeped in water  overnight, sometimes changing the water a few times to get the extra salt removed.  Then into the pot and boiled. It was turned into a feast when dressed with oceans of creamy buttery white sauce with loads of onions, and flowery spuds to crown it.

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Eily’s Report – 18th February

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

In Millstreet, St. Valentine’s Day was widely celebrated starting off on Friday and continuing right through the weekend. Our flower and chocolate outlets did a roaring trade  as did our jewelry and perfume shops, the food outlets and the all-important cards that  say the tender words that any lad or lass would be loathe to utter. The business people of the Town have to be commended for their efforts in dressings their premises in a wide range of brightly coloured decorations which didn’t go unnoticed.  It all helped to distract our minds away from the approach of the demon “Denis”  the Hurricane. All things considered, I think that we didn’t fare too badly around here.No flooded homes or power cuts and no road blocks due to fallen trees. By and large our people are good at listening to the warnings and obeying the rules which is vitally important. We did have a few claps of thunder and when I hear that I of course reach for the Holy Water and sprinkle it around and pray that all will be safe. But the very next thing  for me at any rate is to think of the dogs. I don’t own a dog, much as I’d love to, but dogs are terrified of thunder and if at all possible, should never be left unattended during a thunder storm. I think that the bold “Denis” is staying around for a little while longer,so remain on your guard.

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Eily’s Report – 11th February

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

The severe weather warnings at the weekend painted a pretty solemn picture of what  we were to expect and we were well advised to pay attention.  The elements didn’t make it easy for us to cast our votes on Saturday but the howling winds and heavy rains  did nothing to dampen the determination of the multitudes to come out and avail of their just right to have their say at the ballot box. The outcome was to say the least dramatic and you’d wonder if our elections were always held on a Saturday would the response be as great.  I was talking to two university students the other day. The first lad hardly knew what I was talking about and didn’t bother to register while the other  had secured his paperwork and was all set to cast his first ever  vote when he got home at the weekend. I don’t know what that proves but it’s nice to know what the young people think because they are our future.

I don’t know about you or what you thought of the Election. The winners and the losers and so on  but I’m going to tell you that I’m glad to see the back of Minister Shane Ross. His handling of the drink/driving laws was nothing short of a criminal act. With the stroke of a pen he penalised our elderly rural dwellers and subjected them to a life of loneliness that sent them to their graves.  Alright maybe to say you can’t drink and drive but give something instead. Provide a reliable rural transport system that they could avail of to bring them to town to meet their friends for a drink and chat. It was such a beautiful social thing, which kept them clean, tidy and happy. To go to town they should shave, change into clean clothes and in some cases just wash the wellingtons. I always thought they looked great.  They kept the stories and folklore of old alive but when the new laws came in, we lost all of that.    To see them growing lonely, unkempt and sad   before our very eyes was painful to see.   The trend is still there today which caused the closing down of so many rural pubs and they were important to rural Ireland.

Can you blame me for not being sorry to see the last of Shane Ross?

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Eily’s Report – 4th February

 

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

The Month of February has dawned and Spring has sprung and  the countryside is taking on the look of Spring itself. La le Breeda, Candlemas Day and the Feast of St. Blaise with the Blessing of the Throats are all annual reminders.   We look forward to the lovely St. Bridget’s Crosses every time and make sure to secure a new one to replace the old rather tired looking model that has kept us safe from all harm during the past twelve months. At Masses on Sunday, which was Candlemas Day the Priest blessed the candles which will be used on the alter for the coming year and people were free to bring their own for the blessing  if they wanted them in their own homes. In Blessing the candles Canon John extended a special blessing to the entire congregation. The Feast of St. Blaise synonymous with the Blessing of the throats always draws a big crowd with many people saying they never suffer any throat problems because of it and last night was no exception in our parish church.  It’s sad to say that there isn’t much interest on holy things today, but in the past the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water were vital in every home. Especially in the Spring at calving time, the Holy Water was brought out to be sprinkled on any new born animal, on the crops in the fields and people were not ashamed to thank God for his blessings.  Worried mothers shook the Holy Water on their boys and girls going out to dances or on himself taking a cow to the Fair so that she’d make a good price. There was very little guarantee with anything that time. No fixed price for eggs, livestock or any farm produce, so the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water seemed to have given people the confidence that all will be well. And if it didn’t it gave them the strength to fight on and to cope anyway. That inner ingredient is missing in a lot of things now and it’s a pity. ‘It’s not what matters to you but how you react to what matters that counts.’(A borrowed quote)

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Eily’s Report – 28th January

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

Not everybody likes the month of January so I suppose it is with a certain amount of relief that they see it coming close to an end. It’s a month that sees the effects of  many of  the over  indulgences of Christmas, not least among them the unpaid bills or indeed many extra pounds on the body that does no good for the mood. It’s a month that sees many loved ones returning to other places, some to the other end of the world and facing a long wait before they can spare up enough cash to come again. But January isn’t all bad. The evenings get longer and Mother Nature  begins to push up the daffodils and many other little plants from their winter bed and it never ceases to amaze me how a spud, forgotten in a bag, be it at the bottom of the press or in the shed, can send out strong healthy shoots as soon as the month of January dawns. Looking at it how can you say there is no God?  We all need to be reminded of things to do, but Mother Nature gets her work done unaided and moves in mysterious ways.

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Eily’s Report – 21st January 2020

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
With the huge volume of traffic on our roads today there is danger lurking at every moment which I found out to my peril in the past few weeks. Travelling to Macroom for the NCT on my little 12C Renault Clio  which was fully serviced to give it every chance of passing. The morning was very wet with lots of surface water on the roads. About two miles from journey’s end I met a driver who swerved from the water on his side of the road and hit my wing mirror (never stopped) sending it flying out of its cosy nest. Luckily it held on by the wires at the back and I was able to pull in at a lay-by and press the mirror back into place, and continued on my way to the test which I passed. It was my lucky day, buíochas le Dia. Those who  rose early on Monday morning were met by a surprising blanket of snow in places. It was light and those who didn’t leave the warm valley between the sheets until ten missed the show. By then the snow was all gone but left some hidden danger spots in the way of unwary motorists. Sporadic snow and ice pose the greatest danger to road users, it can give them a false sense of security until they hit a bad patch and all of a sudden their plans for the day takes a sharp turn for the worse.

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Eily’s Report – 14th January

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my first report of 2020.

Not only have we a New Year, but we have a new decade. Going forward from today I feel ill- prepared to give an account of the happenings of past number of weeks  because of a long spell of flu, I missed out on Christmas completely. The lovely closing down parties before it where the many things I’m involved in around the parish, where everybody will recap on the past year, revamp friendships and plan for more of the same ‘after Christmas’. I missed all the lovely church services and the Women’s Little Christmas party etc.

Mind you I didn’t spend my time out, saying “why me”. It does us a lot of good sometimes to take a step back. Take time to think over  what you’re missing and how much we miss them. The involvement, the companionship and the support of such things become all the more important and  worthwhile when you are separated from them for a little while. Buíochas le Dia, all is well again.

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Eily’s Report – 23rd December 2019

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my report.

With only a matter of hours to go to the Magic Fest. It’s great to see the weather being mild and safe for travel as people rush around some to airports, trains, buses, cars, using every means of transport to be where they want to be for Christmas. Some of us don’t know what the feeling is like to be home for Christmas because we were never away but judging by the efforts that I’ve seen people making to be home with the family,it  must be pretty special.

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Eily’s Report – 17th December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my report.

They said it wouldn’t catch them all and they were right. Yes i’m living proof that the Flu jab doesn’t guarantee and flu free winter.  My watering eyes and pain filled  joints and a palate devoid of any taste leaves no doubt in my mind that I have  the flu.  It reminds me of the flu that we used to get many many years ago  always after Christmas or early Spring. Never worse than  when the calving season was in full swing. Nearly everyone in the house used to get it but sick or no sick the animals had to be taken care of. After calving each cow had to be give a warm bran drink for three days, multiply that three or four cows calving at the same time. Water had to be fetched from the stream, turf from the shed and the big pot put on the range or over the open fire. With a long wait for the water to heat up and then take it to the cows in their stalls.  Meanwhile the sick people in their beds would be pleading for something to soothe their own misery.

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Eily’s Report – 10th December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

The lashing  snowy rain and high winds and thunder and lightening didn’t  deter our St.Vincent de Paul committee from hosting their annual church gate collection at the weekend. They took refuge in the church porch which gave them a degree of shelter but it was still a trying task. And now that the collection is over, their work is only beginning. We are indeed indebted to this dedicated group who carry out this work every year. They work tirelessly to bring  help to many in accordance with the various  needs. And their work goes on right up to the last minute on Christmas Night. Their main concern is that some people might be left out, so they are asking those who are in need to let them know. Every case will be dealt with in strictest privacy and respect.

Congratulations to Betty Corbett, Gurrane who won €1000 on the Maura and Daithi  Show on Monday.

Christmas Parties are being held at a great rate all over the place and I havn’t a hope of keeping pace with them all. The people of Aubane held theirs on Friday night.  The Mass was said by Canon John, the Church choir attended and the readings were done by the people of the locality. In his homily the Canon praised the efforts of the local committee for the great work they do in keeping rural Ireland and its customs and folklore alive and well. A large crowd attended and there were a few newcomers, some from other lands and the closeness of the event gave rise to new friendships and conversation. Following the mouthwatering refreshments, the Colmhaltas Group took the stage and played some lilting music that set some toes a-tapping. Following that we had local beauty, Breda Moynihan ,better known as a Diamond Sister and she had us all joining in at a rousing sing-song. We had young children and some bordering 90, all enjoying the same entertainment in a close and friendly setting, how could you ask for more. Many thanks to the people of Aubane and long may their Social Centre continue to flourish.

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Eily’s Report – 3rd December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

Our Christmas Lights were turned on with great gusto on Friday evening. Great crowds, including many from other countries and creeds.  All wearing Santa hats and sparkly gear adding a real carnival atmosphere to the occasion. If the evening was cold, nobody felt it. We had the pipe band, the community singers and the event was presided over by Community Council Chairman Noel Buckley.  There were no shortage of politicians for turning on the lights. Warming cups of tea were passed around. Thanks to a friendly Garda presence who saw  that all went well and passing traffic was not held up or delayed.
I have to compliment the hard working ladies who spearheaded it all and the many hands on people who worked so hard to made our Town Centre a bright and cheerful place in the run up to the Festive Season.

And now that the Christmas Season is on please shop at home. We need our shops and they need us. Our shops are always full of gift ideas at Christmas time. And they will all give vouchers which is the easiest way of all to shop.  There are many of us who neither want to wade into the masses in the big stores nor know what to get, so a voucher from a local store is a winner every time. Be it a beauty product, hairdressing, clothing, heating fuel , cutting hedges, paint a wall , trim the grass , the list is endless. Good luck to those who love to rummage through the big places, but there are many who almost  faint at the thought,  and the idea of a voucher says it all. I know it does for me.  So please shop at home.

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Eily’s Report – 26th November

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

We are into the last week of November, the month of the Holy Souls and still a few days left to gain an indulgence for the Holy Souls by dropping into any graveyard and saying a prayer for them.  We are also into the fourth week of the month when we are asked to pray for the souls of Faiths who do not believe in Purgatory.

This is the final week to sign up for Millstreet Text Alert for 2020. It costs just €10 and application forms are available at Wordsworth Book Store in the Town and at Gueren’s Shop in Ballydaly where you can sign up and pay and fill in the form. Please help others to avail of this great service if they are unable to do so themselves.

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Eily’s Report – 19th November 2019

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

The monthly meeting of the Community Council was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday night. It was well attended and many important items were discussed. In union with our Gardaí we are asked to renew our Text Alert accounts for the coming year. The project is proving very successful all over the country, bringing a sense of security to all those who have registered. Happy in the knowledge that our Gardaí are watching out for us at all times and letting us know by phone if something suspicious presents itself. For those who didn’t register at Tuesday’s  nights meeting please know that forms are available at both Wordsworth book shop in town and at Guerin’s Shop in Ballydaly where you will get help if needed. Cost €10. But please bear in mind that the opportunity closes on  November Saturday 30th.

The Millstreet Calendar for 2020 will be in the shops in the near future and proceeds this time will go to cost of the new children’s playground in the Town Park.

There will be no Christmas Party/Market in Millstreet this year.

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Eily’s Report – 12th November

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

‘Oh the cold wind doth blow and we shall have snow, and what will the Robin do then, poor thing’. What will any of us do for that matter, except to take heed of the warnings and take every measure  to deal with it.  For a long time now we’ve been blessed with  very mild weather which has left us in a  false sense of complacency and assurance that it ain’t going to rain no more.  Then all of a sudden the warnings spring up telling us that we are in line for a spell of frost and snow and wind and rain. If we are wise we will pay heed. But if it never happens well so be it but we are prepared.

So many things have to be considered, care of people ,and stock of course, also family pets. Some in cages in the garden, others such as donkeys or ponies. The cold snap hits them the same as it effects ourselves. Bird feeders also must come into action and the crow that I saw burying a nut some months ago, I hope he will find his stash in good nick to tide him over the bad spell.

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Eily’s Report – 5th November

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

Hannelie OConnor is getting friendly messages from all quarters to congratulate her that her native South Africa are World Rugby Champions.   Its not often that we have only one person  to send our cheers to at global level, so Dear Hannelie on behalf of our community,  please accept our heartiest congratulations, on what must have been an ultra proud moment for you.

The Month of the Holy Souls is moving on and our Church services continue. This year we are asked  to pray for different things each week for the month. Week one,  Pray for the Souls of  family and ancestors.

On Saturday night November 9th the Church Choir will attend the 6.30 Mass which will be said for all those who have died in Millstreet and Ballydaly in the past year. All the names are displayed at the beautiful  November Garden which can be visited at the end of the church.

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Eily’s Report – 29th October

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

 This  week we welcome the repair work done by the County Council at the West End of the town. The crossing at the Church and car park have all been treated to a brand new surface . And what a difference it has made.  So smooth and so safe now,  we have to say a very sincere word of thanks to our County Council and to anybody who brought this welcome development to fruition.

 The dark evenings have crept up on us with the change of time at the weekend. And the touch of frost put manners on our lovely begonias and dahlias,  sending them back to bed until the Spring. I had waited with bated breath for my late flowering Crimson Dahlia to give me a blast of  late season colour and it strutted its stuff but for one night only before Jack Frost applied his wily ways. Aaah.

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Eily’s Report – 22nd October

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

The first frosts of winter were crisp on everything when we got up on Monday morning. The sudden drop in temperatures sent us  reaching for our warm boots and scarves. But the noon sun came out and melted it all away.

On Sunday last which was Mission Sunday, some fruits of the earth were placed on the Alter for all Masses and the Priest thanked the Lord for the abundance food for both man and beast which the land produced over the past number of months and prayed for the hands that worked on them.  The choir sang hymns appropriate for the occasion.”All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all”.   Buíochas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 15th October

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

In spite of the unpredictable weather and being force-fed on the do’s and don’ts of Brexit we are keeping the wheels of Millstreet turning all the time. There was something for everyone this past weekend and we must congratulate the Healy twins John and Paudie on celebrating their 60th birthday.  Family and friends joined them at a lavish party in Killarney on Saturday which spilled over into Millstreet next day. We wish the popular pair many more years of health and happiness.

Over the weekend Cullen held their Harvest Thanksgiving Mass and large crowds of parents accompanied their children for  the vigil mass in Millstreet in preparation for their First Holy Communion which they will receive in the Spring. The Community Singers also attended.

The K&L Depot at Mount Leader, was alive to the sounds of every kind of machine and toy  and Game at the Model Toy Show which was hosted there on Sunday in brilliant weather, by Our Millstreet Vintage Club.

On the same afternoon many people attended the Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith at our Holy Tubrid Well.

There were many games both of GAA and Camogie, with the weekly lotto Draw bringing the weekend to a close.

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Eily’s Report – 8th October

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

The Autumn chill is in the air but as we escaped the ravages of the hurricane, we can easily put on extra clothes to keep warm. Some people complained about the media saying that they over did the prediction of what was to come but it was some record that not one life was lost by the monster wind. It’s comforting to know that we have such a broad based array of advisory bodies to warn us in such detail of impending  forces of Nature. And we can only say a heartfelt word of thanks to all those who showed such an interest in our welfare.

Fire Safety Week starts on this Friday October 11th  and members of our local Brigade will be at our  shops  in the town to meet the public and chat with them about their work. It will give us all the  chance  to meet the people who are on call at all times in case  of fire outbreaks  or other  disasters.                    So please take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Many congratulations to Linda McAuliffe, daughter of Patsy and Angela who was among the students of Kerry ETB Radio, Broadcasting and Digital Journalism Course who won Gold and Bronze featuring the Sounds and Soundscapes of Kerry, entitled Clauis Ciarraí, Millstreet.

An important meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight,starting at 8.30.   All members please attend.

Our Tidy Towns Committee want to thank all those who helped them to gain six more points in this years National Event and they are asking everybody to row in behind them in their effort to win silver next time round.   The time to start preparing is now. So please their goal, your goal for 2020.

A date for your diary – a mock wedding will take place in the Bush Bar on Saturday the 19th October  at 8 pm in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Invitations €10  Music by the Kelts, a good night assured.

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Eily’s Report – 1st October

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

October the first, it seems only like a few days ago since we had the start of September. But the month did give us some nice sunny days and gave us a chance to enjoy the great out of doors and admire the beauty of nature. Land owners got on with harvesting their crops and storing up the precious winter feed both for man and beast.  The lovely Mountain Ash, (Rowan Tree) excelled itself this year with the amount of berries it produced, the limbs were weighted down with its mega crop of bright red produce. Blackberries were also there in abundance but the hazel nuts and wild damsons exceeded them all. I don’t know how many people collect these fruits nowadays, but having known them since youth  harvesting them every year brings back vivid memories of carefree happy days of climbing trees and devouring the fruits of nature long into the Winter months.

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Eily’s Report – 24th September

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

Our busy weekend went according to plan.  The careful planning for our Culture Day paid off in every way, with people of all ages taking part and doing their bit. Little children were delighted to support the painting competition with many winning prizes. They also took part in the free Traditional Concert which was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel. At 6.30 the Pipe band gave a wonderful recital at the Town Square where the Millstreet Vintage Club were lined up in colourful array. All the pubs put on various entertainment and our members of our Garda force paid a visit to Drishane where they gave a very friendly and informative talk to the many different nationalities who live there. Members of the Community Council also attended.  The weather was fine which made it pleasant for the crowds to venture from one venue to another. So well done to our Community Council and all helped in any way to make our Culture Day a day to be proud of.

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Eily’s Report 17th September

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

I’m not into sport as such but I do know that Kerry got beaten by Dublin on Saturday. The old saying was that, ‘If we had Kerry bate (beaten) and the hay saved, then the rest of the year was our own’. I’m loathe to take sides, but I have to say if the Cup came to Kerry, it would have raise the spirits of the entire South.

But with the All Ireland Final over, we have plenty to celebrate at home, before the week is out.  First Culture Night on Friday September20th. Our Community Council have been working hard over the past number of months to make sure that Millstreet Town will be up there with the best of them.   There is something for everyone and we are asking every one to play their part. Come into town and swell the crowd. The list of things to enjoy is long and varied. Sean Radley will have a special display at the Museum and extend the open hours to about 8. A special display of Arts Crafts and old photos will be held at the E-Centre by kind permission of the Duggan Brothers. The Pipe band will give a recital at the Town Square and a free night of entertainment will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel. All the Pubs in the town are holding various events, Bingo at the Bush, Trad nights at McCarthy’s and The Bridge Bars. Board Games at the Clara Inn etc.

The Vintage Club will be there with their own spectacular display. The list goes on and it all kicks off at 6. So see you there. In Cullen, they will celebrate Culture Day with a grand Concert at the Community Hall plus refreshments. From 7 pm.

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Eily’s Report – 10th September

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

Fondest greetings dear friends, on this glorious Tuesday Morning. At  the moment the air is calm and the sun is warm and bright with some lovely fluffy clouds dangling around the blue sky.  A joy to behold, if ever there was one. It may all change in a short time but like all the good things in life, catch them while they’re flying.

Our Active Retired held their annual Mass and registration event last night. The Mass was celebrated by Canon John FitzGerald and in his homily he dwelt on the importance of helping people to grow old happily and with dignity. A large crowd attended following the Mass some welcome refreshments were enjoyed at the Parish Centre. Registration was held both before and after and for €35 members are entitled to take part in the activities of the Group for the coming year and be covered by their insurance. Mary McSweeney, Killarney Road is chairperson and Mary Sheahan, Ballinatona, secretary. Each member was given a list of the everyday activities of the group,which included a list the Entertainment/Events that they have planned for the coming months.  The Active Retired Association is open the both men and women ,and it is regrettable that men do not avail of the opportunity of being part of a friendly  and open group.

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Eily’s Report 3rd September

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

The new Irish Community Rapid Response(ICRR) Service was launched this week by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Simon Coveney with many other local politicians  present as well as the management crew of the new service.  We are indeed delighted to have this service centered on our doorstep. How fortunate we were to have an Aerodrome complete with hanger etc  in the locality ready made to receive the helicopter and staff and all that goes with it.

Those of us who have lived in the area all our lives can recall when the McCarthy family who ran a popular and much needed pipe and tile business in Rathcoole built the Aerodrome. It was at a time when air travel was in its infancy and the development created quite a stir in the locality. Times changed and the sound of local planes faded from our skies and from our minds. Little did we think that the site would come to life again in 2019 and become the base for a life-saving service which can fly any casualty from the catchment area to our best hospitals in a matter of minutes.

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Eily’s Report – 27th August

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

And a fond hello to all those from faraway places who let us know that our website is helping them to stay close to Millstreet and the folks at home.

Well the last of our Equestrian events for 2019 are over for another season. Except for the Pony Owners Show on late October. The planes of Drishane did the business again last week when the cream of the worlds bloodstock took part in the challenging events on our World Class course which is Drishane. The weather was kind and the grounds held up well under the pressure of the galloping hooves.

Well done once again to Noel C  and the Duggan Family .

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