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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Eily’s Report – 20th August

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

A very import meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight. To continue with their plans for Countrywide Heritage Day on September 20.  All interested parties please attend. Meeting starts at 8 pm.

When the Millstreet Summer Horse Show is over it’s a sign that the year is moving on in earnest. The end of summer school holidays is drawing near and the ‘back to school’ drive is on to buy school uniforms and all the other gear that goes with this great annual  occurrence. Family holidays also become a memory and spirits can take a little dive if we allow it to happen. But life is always full of people to meet and things to do.

Having put our biggest ever Summer Horse Show behind us in the past week, the Wheel of Millstreet still keeps on turning as we welcome the International Horse Show Trials this week starting on Thursday.  As I said our Summer Horse Show was the biggest ever, with a twenty per increase in entries over past years. Competitions went on from early morning to well into the night and there was something for everyone. Even discos at the end of the day. The all-weather courses coped well with the heavy rains which thankfully  happened mostly at night-time. And the extra stabling  met the challenge of the  extra demand. Following in the wake of the mighty Dublin Show its great to hear  how Millstreet compares so favourably to the event in the capital. Its well known now for its relaxed atmosphere, free audience entry, personal attention, attention to detail and lots more. The indoor Arena was packed each night where the crowds enjoyed the various competitions in comfort and intimacy. New friends and connections were made in the closeness of the excitement and the banter.  Stuff that can only be found in Millstreet and rural Ireland.

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Eily’s Report – 13th August

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

Its all systems go here in Millstreet today as we head  into a feast of equestrian events. Starting tomorrow Wednesday, August 14 to 18 with the Millstreet International Horse Show (cs12) Followed close behind by the Millstreet International Horse Trials.starting three days later. And we’ve already had a head start with our Nick Pomeroy winning a first at the Dublin Show last week, with Clara Alala.

Entries for this weeks event are up 20 percent on last year and will bring contestants from New Zealand, Canada ,USA, Great Britain and Ireland,to name but a few. Already the mega Horse Carriers are thundering into town on their way to the mighty Green Glens where there is stabling for up to two thousand horses and  hundreds of places for their carriers. Many of them comprising of luxury accommodation for their owners.

So please get ready to give them the customary Millstreet welcome. Hang out your flags to greet the visiting countries . Well done to those who have already painted their places and put up window boxes and keep the town litter free.The extra seating around the town adds an air of hospitality and ease  to the whole scene.

There is great need for accommodation so please if you have some to offer ring the office at the Green Glens 029 70800 or stick up a B&B sign for all to see.

And be ready for more of the same when the Millstreet International Horse Trials kicks off the Wednesday of next week.The World Class Events Course at Drishane will swing into action for this prestigious event. Please go along to these International events and as usual. Admission is free throughout.

We wish the Duggan Family God’s Blessing,  fair weather and every success with this mega undertaking.

So go along and give this great venture your full support and the good news is that admission is free throughout.

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Eily’s Report – 6th August

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

Already the first week of August has passed us by and I hope it left you well and happy. The weather over the weekend was rather challenging with heavy downpours playing havoc with many outdoor events. But the sun was quick to come out in most cases brightening spirits again. I was lucky enough to enjoy a family break  in Bearra ,with lots of young and not so young to add variety to the trip. The heavy rains turned the giant waterfall at Hungry Hill into a raging torrent and at the same time turn lesser streams into busy cascades running down  from the high rocky mountains. Well worth driving out to see. Sadly an outdoor fundraiser by the local GAA Club was a washout, as were many others.  But rain or no rain, the crowds were immense,and with lots of modern day facilities our weather poses no great problem. The organisers of the Platform at Mushera planned well in advance and held their popular dance at the indoors at nearby Ballinagree, on Sunday, where a great time was had by all. There are many more events planned for the next few weeks before the end of the school holidays.

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Eily’s Report – 30th July

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.   There was something for everyone in Millstreet again this past weekend. The weather was very kind for all our outdoor events, which makes all the difference. The Party in the Park on Saturday was varied to suit young and not so young. The Teddy Bear’s picnic, the games, the bouncy castle and the BBQ  being the main attractions.  Well done to all concerned with this enjoyable venture which is bound to be repeated by the Community Council in years to come.

The Vintage Club’s “Sponsored Truck Run”  on Sunday was an event for the big boys.  And all in aid of the mighty Air Ambulance Service  which will not be cheap to run but will be available to serve the country from its base at nearby Rathcoole. For those wishing to become regular supporters there is a way, it can be done through the Bank or Building Society.

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Eily’s Report – 23rd July

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

The mixed weather, had mixed effects on both sporting and farming events over the past week. The dedicated Cullen Special Needs association got the full brunt of the rain on Sunday for their 31st annual event in aid of their worthy cause.  It was also the Feast Day of their local Patron St. Laitiarnan.  Thank you to their many supporters the financial outcome was on par with former years which means that their annual Christmas Mass and party will be as good as ever.

Well done to all concerned.

Millstreet Community Council are hoping for better conditions for their Party in the Park on Sunday this coming Saturday July 27th . The fun starts at 12 noon with the Teddy Bears Picnic and will go on to an afternoon tea at 3 pm, with live music and lots more followed with a BBQ.  Its open to all ages, so do come along and be part of our great Millstreet Party in the Park.

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Eily’s Report – 16th July

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
Following the parade the presenting of prizes to former winners was held at the podium outside the Wallis Arms Hotel, and then the real fun began when the visitors joined in with the locals, for food, drinks and music which set the precedent for the following five days. And ended with a gala banquet at the Green Glens on Saturday night. During the week they climbed our mountains, visited our beauty spots and shopped in the town. Many promising to come back .The International  Mounted Games Championships, lived up to all that was expected of them from July 8th to 14th here in Millstreet. The opening parade through the town on Tuesday evening was a truly wonderful sight. Riders  as young as twelve years of age and adults from 17 European countries on spirited ponies prancing through our streets each displaying the flags of the homelands and wearing many coloured outfits . They were led by our much admired pipe band. Public Safety was all important and the streets were lined on both sides with interlinked fencing. The crowds came in their hundreds and enjoyed the spectacle in brilliant sunshine. Our friendly Garda members on hand to see that all went well.

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Eily’s Report – 9th July

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

Millstreet is on a high at the moment with all the lovely things that are happening. The annual Stretcher race was held on Sunday and it created much needed merriment and laughter. This year it was in aid of Luke O’Donoghue whom will represent Ireland in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Czechoslovakia.  Starting out from the Bush Bar up to 10 stretchers took part.  The variety of colour and regalia only went to prove the efforts that people will go to in the name of homegrown entertainment. The merriment went on and on after the race was over with the warm sunshine adding to the happy scene. Well done to all concerned.

But the best is still to come with the mighty International Mounted Games Championships  rolling into the Green Glens from July 8th to 14th.

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Eily’s Report – 25th June

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

The lashing rain all day on Sunday put paid to lots of  well  planned outdoor events. For the first time in many many years our Corpus Christi Procession had to be cancelled on Sunday. But to avoid disappointment, Canon John adopted Plan B. At the last minute and when he had finished the 11.30 Mass  he dressed himself in the heavy brocade vestments and  exposed the Blessed Sacrament for Benediction. The First Holy Communion Children who were dressed up for the procession through the town went in formation within the church led by Canon John carrying the Blessed Sacrament . The quick thinking of the  organist & choir provided the customary hymns. Following the blessing our pastor recited the Blessed be God prayer and the choir brought the Benediction to an end with their rendering of Tantum Ergo. Everybody agreed that it was a beautiful inpromtu ceremony.  Baoichas le Dia.

The Church Choir is now off for the Summer.

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Eily’s Report – 18th June

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.A very important meeting of our Bowling Club will be held at the Men’s Shed tonight starting at 7.30.  The bowling club is organised by the Active Retired Group and members of the Men’s Shed. All are welcome to tonight’s meeting. Please give it your best support .Mass will be said at Drishane Cemetery this evening commencing at 7:30 pm. Mass in Cullen Cemetery on Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. Mass at St. John’s Well June 24th at 8 pm.

A very successful two day pony show was held at the Green Glens Complex at the weekend. And from July 8 -14 inclusive we will see the return of the I.M.G.A Mounted Games Championships. As confirmed by their representative Conor O Leary in the following message –

“Mounted Games are again coming to Millstreet this year, this time with a larger competition than before. This time we will host the European Team Championships, from Sunday the 7th to Sunday the 14th of July, which will include over 350 riders from right across Europe, ranging in age from U12 to adult. The memories of Millstreet 2016 have created a huge expectation and excitement towards this years competition, and any competition abroad we go to all they talk about is coming to Millstreet.”    The website for the competition can be found at  https://imgaeuros2019.com/

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Eily’s Report – 4th June

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

We have to be thankful that our  Bank Holiday weekend went off with no injuries nor traffic accidents to report, in spite of heavy traffic and the silage season in full swing. Buíochas le Dia.

The highlight of the weekend of course was the landing of

Irish Community Rapid Response(ICRR)

Air Ambulance Helicopter in our Town Park on Sunday afternoon.  Members of the service were on hand to explain details of the service and all were invited into the grounds to get a closer look at the beautiful shiny yellow bird which will be based at Rathcoole as soon as the Government gives  it their final sanction.And we are all asked to lobby the Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris and urge him to give the service the official go-ahead as soon as possible.

The landing was backed up by a convoy of HDV, which formed a semi circle around the helicopter. There was a lively question and answer session and details of every aspect of  the interior of the craft were explained as well as running costs etc.

Based at Rathcoole Aerodrome ICRR are a charity committed to providing safe, effective and timely emergency medical care to those seriously ill or injured in Ireland through the provision of a network of Volunteer Doctors, RR Vehicles and a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical  Service (HEMS)that are tasked through the 999/112 call system .

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Eily’s Report – 28th May

 

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

Many congratulations to our Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Group on reaching their fortieth anniversary. They celebrated the event at a gala ball at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Saturday night and while others reveled to the sounds of  Rod Steward at Pairc U Caoimh our youngsters thrilled us with beautiful Trad Music, dancing and singing , with a few All Ireland  Champions among them. People like the late Jerry Gleeson and Neil Healy were recalled as being amongst  founders of this great organisation which has done so much for our Irish Culture and for our young people over the years.  It’s in good hands now and long may it continue to flourish. Well done to all involved.

 

And to get back to Rod Stewart, it was an extra thrill for the fans to see the World winning  Cullen Pipe Band on stage with the great artiste. Heartiest congratulations to Connie Houlihan and his members on this great scoop.

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Eily’s Report – 21st May

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

There was a great attendance at the Community Council meeting on Tuesday night. The extension and refurbishment of our Youth Complex came up for discussion but as there was no reply from the Architect there was no new development.

A sub-committee has been formed by the council to take over the staging of a family Fun Day at the end of July, and some funding  was allotted to them to help get the project off the ground.

Our Tidy Towns Committee are looking for your help right now as the planting season is in full swing.  Contact Noreen Dennehy and Patricia Randals  on 087 617 67 22 if you are available to help.  Both men and women are needed.  So please give them a ring and be ready to get stuck in and don’t leave it all to Girl Power. They have added some permanent planting to their program which will improve or simplify their work in future.

Following a break last week our Bowls Club will resume again  at the Wallis Arms Hotel on tomorrow Wednesday from 10am to 1pm. Organised  jointly by the Active Retired Group and the Men’s Shed.  They invite everybody along but for Insurance reasons only those who are members of bowling clubs  can play. This problem can be overcome very easily by becoming a member. So do drop in and see if a game of Bowls is the hobby for you.

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Eily’s Report – 14th May

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

 

The fine spell goes on and  spirits are rising more with every sunny day .And all those who took part in the Darkness into Light walk were compensated for their efforts by the Heaven Sent Dawn of that day. Very few homes in the country were without a representative walking for this great cause in aid of suicide prevention and we pray that the outcome will bear fruit a hundred fold. The crowds get bigger every year and it’s becoming a fact that if you do it once you’ll never miss it again.

The Monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms tonight starting at nine, all members please attend.

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Eily’s Report – 7th May

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

Our weekend kicked off with a wonderful art exhibition, in honour of Feile na Bealtaine.  Organised by our Active Retired Group.  Maura Walshe of IRD Duhallow came to officially open the event. And the quality of the exhibits was tantamount to the great talents that are lying in people,until they are given the help to develop them. And Ms. Walshe had nothing but praise for the group leaders for their work not just in art but for their many other fulfilling  and worthwhile activities.The May Bank Holiday weekend was something of a record-breaker. The long hours of nonstop sunshine gave everybody the urge to make the most of their time off, in the wide open spaces.

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Eily’s Report – 30th April

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

Tomorrow Wednesday is the first of the Merry Month of May, and by all accounts it promises to be a scorcher. The year so far has been like the doctor ordered it. Early growth, sunny days and nights of welcome rain until  Hurricane Hannah hit the country  last Friday. The warnings of red and yellow, sent us all into a frenzy battering down the hatches and fixtures were cancelled all over the place.

 

And come it did just as severe as the experts said it would, but when we got up next morning it was as if it never happened. There was no great damage to be seen. We were so lucky around here, because in other places, they did suffer a lot of damage, trees down and thousands of people were without power for days, but  best all, there was no loss of life.   It only goes to show the quality of our homes and places today. In the past places would be strewn with debris after a storm and in some cases, roofs of houses, and sheds blown down. By and large, we are well prepared to stand up to the challenges of today’s weather.  Baoichas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 9th April

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome, on this beautiful crisp Spring day, giving us all the chance to go about the things we want to do including the birds to build their nests.

 

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight starting at 8 o’clock sharp. All members please attend.

 

A very successful Coffee fundraiser in aid of many needy causes was held at our Garda Barracks last week. It was very well attended and there was a real friendly atmosphere as members welcomed all  those who came between 10.30 am to 2.30 pm in the afternoon to support it. This has become an annual event by now and is helping good causes as well. It creates a great bond between the Gardai members and the general public.

 

A highly successful equestrian event entitled the International Welcome Tour, has just finished it’s five day stint at the Green Glens and there’s lots more to look forward to in the months ahead. So keep in touch with their website and don’t miss the exciting events on this world stage on our doorstep.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 9th April”

Eily’s Report – 2nd April

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

The Month of April is in with a bang, and a bit of a burrrr.

We didn’t expect to be donning the Winter woollies at such a fast rate. Going from 15/16 degrees to Zero almost overnight was a shock to the system but then April showers always brought bright May Flowers, and Hope Springs Eternal.

The monthly bulletin from IRD came as usual with the start of the new month and it makes good reading for all those who are in need of home improvement schemes. Their service is free to all those who are on receipt of Fuel Allowance, Working Family Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Care Allowance, One Parent Family Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance etc. Terms and conditions apply, and their Services include, Attic Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, External as well as Internal Wall Insulation, Heating Upgrade, Window Replacement, Lagging Jackets, Draught Proofing and Energy Efficient Lighting.

IRD Duhallow also has a host of courses and training opportunities to suit all ages and circumstances.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 2nd April”