Eily’s report – 18th April

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

It was a very busy Easter weekend and the beautiful weather made it possible to enjoy many outdoor events.

Very large crowds attended the Easter ceremonies in the churches and we are so grateful to the members of our clergy who put in long hours to make it all so meaningful.

Following the three  o’clock ceremonies on Good Friday the Divine Mercy Novena was started, and will continue in the church at 3 o’clock every day until next Sunday. Those who cannot attend the church every day can pray the Novena at home. The closing ceremony will be held in the church on Sunday next at 3pm. Please try to attend.

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Eily’s Report – 11th April

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

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms hotel tonight starting at 9pm. All members please attend.

And let me remind you once again to tune in on tomorrow Wednesday night April 12, when RTEs Nationwide program will do  feature on the Barry Home at Lackabawn, which is part of the centenary celebrations by renowned the Ford Company, highlighting  100 years in Ireland, in both the car and tractor business.

The popular Nationwide program goes on air  just after the six o’clock news. Don’t miss it.

This is Holy Week the most solemn week in our religious calendar, remembering the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday,  and we are all urged to attend the many divine services.  Also pay  visits the church and saying the Stations of the Cross as often as possible.

  • On Holy Thursday devotions will be held in Cullen Church at 6.30 and in Millstreet at 8pm.
  • Good Friday in Cullen  at 6.30 and Millstreet 3pm.
  • Holy Saturday,  Polish Community Blessing of Food at 2pm and Easter Vigil at 9pm.
  • Confessions will be held after most ceremonies in the parish churches.
  • Easter Sunday remembering Christs resurrection from the dead is regarded by many as the most joyous and important occasion of  our religious year, when Christ triumphed over death itself.

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Eily’s Report – 4th April

Keep Easter Monday free for a fun for All day at Drishane Castle . Look out for information leaflets.

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

The organisers of the Daffodil Day collections would like to say many thanks who supported their venture in any way. This year the collectors were blessed with fine weather which was a welcome change from the adverse weather that they had to endure in previous years. In total € 5,162 were collected. Mary FitzGeralds Coffee Morning at the GAA Hall amounted to €1,000 and €5,162 was brought in by those volunteers who worked around the town. Well done to all who took part and they want to thank all those who enabled them to collect this fine figure for cancer research.

A very successful Table Quiz was held at McCarthys Bar on February 28th in aid of our local hospital  to name but a couple of the great work that continues to be done for good causes in our town.

On Saturday night our Community Singers gave a recital at the Green Glens in advance of the Fleadh Ceol which was organised by the local Comhaltas Group. It was a highly successful event, and a very large crowd attended.

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Eily’s Report – 28th March

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

Our weather lived up to its name in earnest this past week. The opening days brought a trinkling of snow on the fields and muct heavier in the far away hills. And the second half of the week was semi-tropical with hot sun giving us all a glow of warmth and good cheer. But the dry weather caused some forest fores in the area. On Sunday nght the night skys were lit up in flaming red as mountain sides blazed. Our Fire brigade was out to control fires which threatened forests in some places. Thankfully due to their great efforts, no serious damage was reported.

Mothers Day was celebrated like never before, with brilliant sunshine to allow outdoor parties, some on the beach and an air of wellbeing all around. Baoichas le Dia.

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Eily’s Report – 21st March

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

A light blanket of snow to surprise all this morning.

A very important meeting will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight. Organised by the Community Council. The theme for tonight’s meeting deals with the first phase of the writing of the History of Millstreet. Our Parish Church and O’Regan’s Mills to start with. Tonight’s meeting will give those present their last opportunity to read over the script of the two local features before they go to print.  This important meeting starts at 8.30 and All are welcome.

Millstreet Gramophone circle will hold the monthly meeting at the Canon O Donovan Centre on Friday night next March 24th, starting at 8.15. Presenter Seán Radley. And all are welcome.

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Eily’s Report – 14th March

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

This is a big Day in Millstreet with about 78 children receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. The celebrant being Bishop of Kerry Ray Brown. The ceremony starts at 3.30pm  and I want to send our sincere congratulations to all the children and their parents, teachers and guardians on this momentous occasion. All are welcome to attend.

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held tonight at the Wallis Arms Hotel Starting at 9 and all members please attend to finalise the plans for St.Patrick’s Day Parade, on Friday.

Everybody is asked to come out in honour of our Patron Saint. The Parade will start out from the Green Glens Yard Station Rd.at 5pm and proceed to the reviewing stand in the Town Square. All clubs, schools, groups pre-school and individuals are asked to take part. There will be prizes for the best float, commercial, industrial, vintage entries and a host of other features in the parade as well as best dressed window. The town will be adorned with colourful bunting. For the little ones, there will be face-painting at the E-Centre. The list goes on and we hope the weather will be kind.

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Eily’s Report – 7th March

Dia is mhuire diobh go léir a cáirde and welcome to my weekly report.  A very important meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight (Tuesday) March 7th  to finalise plans for this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade. All members and interested parties please attend.

Our Parade will be held at 5pm on March 17th and everybody is asked to come out and support it either by taking part or helping to swell the crowd.There will be prizes galore for the various categories as well as the best dressed window.

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Eily’s Report – 28th February

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

The wild a blustery hurricane Ewan left no doubt in our minds that our annual March Fair would be  a non-runner last Sunday. Never in living memory did we see our town so devoid of trade stands and people for this historical event. A few die-hards did brave the elements to bring some horses,mbut they were few to say the least. We can only hope for better luck next tear.

The Community Council held a special meeting on Tuesday night to draw up plans for this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The members were very enthusiastic  and all were at the ready to take on the running of  the event in honour of our Patron Saint. A further meeting will be held in advance of the Big Day. Meanwhile the public are asked to prepare well and be at the ready to take part in the Parade which will held at 5pm on Friday March 17th.

The next organisers meeting will be held on Tuesday March 7th.There are prizes for the best Float, the best Fleet, also a prize for the Best Dressed window and lots more.

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Eily’s Report – 21st February

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

Millstreet’s annual March Fair takes place this coming Sunday, 26th February 2017.

A special meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight to draw up plans for this years Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The meeting starts at 9 and all interested parties are invited to attend.

The AGM of our Active Retired Group will be held on tomorrow, Wednesday night February 22nd at the Canon O’ Donovan Centre starting at 7.30 and all are welcome.

This week it is with great regret that we learn the news that our beautiful Country Park will not be opening, this season. And on behalf of the Community Council I want to convey our deep feeling of regret to the Sheehan Family. However it is both pleasing and encouraging to read on the media that they are asking the public for help and advice as to how this state of the art facilty could be turned into a profitable and useful venture  for the years ahead.

It’s a bit away yet but already plans are afoot to hold a gala parade through the town in July to welcome in the European FEI Eventing Championships  which will run from July 19-23rd. We remember with pride the events of 2016 when  young riders from 30 countries paraded if full regalia through the Main Street of Millstreet.

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Eily’s Report – 14th February

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

The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight starting at 9 and all members please attend.


The AGM of the Millstreet Golf Society will be held at the Bridge Bar on Thursday night February 16th starting at 9.30.


The Millstreet Gramophone Circle will meet at the Canon O Donovan Centre this Friday night February 17th starting at 8.15,  Presenter is Margaret Moynihan, Killarney Rd.  All are welcome.


The AGM of the Millstreet and District Housing Association will be held  tomorrow Wednesday night at the Centre starting at 8pm and all are welcome.


We have a sincere word of thanks from the Canon O Donovan Centre, to all those who supported their recent Church Gate Collection.

The Cullen Special Needs Association continued their weekly WeighIn on Monday night.

The  weekly Jiving lessons at this event has proved very popular, with large crowds arriving every week to take part., and new arrivals still welcome.

This week 45 people weighed In and 49 pounds weight was lost. And Myra reminds me that there are only four nights left.

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Eily’s Report – 7th February

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

We are well into 2017 by now, with the first week in February behind us and the colds and flu’s still making their presence felt, but we must press on regardless.

Many of our National Schools are holding registration days inviting the new comers for next year, to sign in. It’s a common sight nowadays to see large notice boards outside, giving details of  the dates when registration can take place. God be with the days when children went to their own nearest school.

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Eily’s Report – 31 January

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

Today is Grandparents Day at our Catholic Schools.  At the 10am Mass the children sang their hymns and did their readings to the joy of all present, and  family members were invited to the school afterwards for refreshments and great interaction among the young and the not so young. Many thanks to the teachers and all those involved with the happy occasion.

Tomorrow Wednesday the first day of February and is the Feast Day of one of our great Irish saints, St.Bridget, and the first day of Spring. The morning Mass at ten will include the blessing of St.Bridget Crosses which can be hung up in homes  and many other places, to bring safety and blessings throughout the coming year.

Thursday is Candlemas Day.  Candles will be Blessed at the 10am Mass. The Candles to be used on the Alter for the coming year will be blessed and people are invited to bring their own Candles for the blessing which can be kept in the home for the coming year. In the past blessed candles were widely used in the home, in time of trouble and worry, during thunderstorms or other times of danger.

Friday is the Feast of St. Blaise. Mass at 7.30pm.  will be followed by the Blessing of the Throats. People are invited to come along for this very  important  feature of the first week of Spring.

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Eily’s Report – 24th January

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Last week the Machinery Show went on for two days at the Green Glens Arena was an outstanding success with entries coming from all parts of the country. Some from as far north as Co. Tyrone and Fermanagh.

And many of the local services benefitted from the influx of extra people into the area.

Well done to the people of Aubane who presented  the proceeds of their annual Christmas Day Climb of Mushera Mountain to representatives of the, Reach Out To Cancer Support Group, at a pleasant function which was  held at their Community Centre last week.

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Eily’s Report – 17th January

Dia is mhuire diobh go léir a chairde and welcome to my weekly report.

This week we welcome the return of the annual Machinery Show.  It will be held all indoors at the Green Glens Arena.

Running for two days Wednesday and Thursday. With entries coming from all parts of the Country.

The  community is well returned back to normal following the Christmas break. Many of our voluntary bodies holding their AGMs in preparation for the year ahead.

Millstreet Community Council will hold their AGM at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday January 31st.

Town Park AGM, Fri. January 27th at the Canon O’Donovan Centre. Both meetings starting  at 8.

A very successful Table Quiz was held by the Coursing Club at Corkerys Bar on Friday night. The Community Council provided a team.  And a great night was had by all.

On Friday night next a Table Quiz will be held at the Bush Bar, organised by the Transition year Students of the CommunitySchool to raise funds to send two students, namely Ciara FitzGerald and Katie Crowley to India  with the Hope Foundation  in March. Please give them your best support. continue reading the full article “Eily’s Report – 17th January”

Eily’s Report 10th January

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Fondest greetings dear friends and I wish you all the very best as we embark on the year of 2017.

We had a great Christmas, in that we were not hit by any fatal accidents or disasters since we last met. Baoichas le Dia. The flu did spoil the holidays for many and lots of our people are still battling the bug. And we wish them a speedy recovery. To those who made it home for Christmas, we hope they enjoyed their stay and had a safe return afterwards.

Our Church and the Community at large did all the Christmassy things and lots of money was raised for good causes before and during the holidays. In the Church our Christmas Crib looked amazing as did the three churches in the parish. Each one choosing their own unique way of celebrating the birth of Christ.


On the wider spectrum the program was wide and varied. The  Annual Christmas Day Climb of Mushera Mountain went ahead as planned, as did the New Years Day plunge in the freezing waters of the Blackwater. This year because of the new bridge many people from the other side came to partake. We had little children performing in school plays and once again the lovely Gillian Gilbourne  did us proud by receiving the Best Dressed Lady Award at the Leopardstown Races. Many Congratulations Gillian, her award winning outfit being made by a local Polish Lady.

Belated congratulations to Sean Radley who celebrated his 66th birthday on January 8th the same day as Elvis Presley, God Rest him. Further congrats to Sean on getting his free travel pass, long  may you live to enjoy it.

The 6th annual Womens Christmas Party which fell this year on January 6th was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel and it was a joy to be there. Many thanks to Mairead Daly who started it 6 years ago.  She is now bowing out with the hope that that this important feature, will continue far into the future.

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Eily’s Report – 20th December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to my final report of 2016.

The final countdown is on for the Birthday celebrations of Our Blessed Lord on Christmas Day, December 25th and everybody is making a  dash to get everything done, before time runs out. Please continue to shop at home. The list of gifts ideas in our town this Christmas is amazing, and the traders are pleased with the support they are getting.

So keep up the good work.

The 26th Edition of Seanchas  Duhalla was launched at the Credit Union during the week, adding yet another lovely book to the list of new books that a out for this Christmas, and they are all on sale at Wordsworth.

A very pleasant function was held at the Aubane Social Centre at 5pm on Sunday evening, at which a Plaque was unveiled in memory of all the local people who gave their lives for their country a hundred years ago.

All those involved in helping the poor, are very busy , to collect food, raise funds and find out who is in need,  in the closing days of this week.

Everybody is asked to keep an eye out for those who are in need in their area, to make sure that nobody is left out. People who are in need are asked to make their problem known to those in charge.

Our Members of St V de Paul are always at the ready to help.

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Eily’s Report – 13th December

Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly report from Millstreet.

Shopping days are going fast and by all accounts our shops and stores are pleased with the support that they are getting from our local people.  More people than ever are coming home for Christmas, some prepared to stay as the prospects of finding work at home is on the increase. And it all helps to boost the home trade.

The Christmas scene is brightening up as more and more people are putting up their Christmas lights, especially in country areas. Many people like to drive around after dark with the children on board, to enjoy the various luminations.

Here are the results of this weeks parish lotto Draw which was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on  Sun. night.

Numbers drawn were 9, 20, 23, 25 and the Jackpopt was not won. €100 went to  Catherine Cronin, Liscahane, The Seller was  Herlihys Centra and they got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Sharon Lane, Drishane Rd. €20 each to Fionnan Buckley, Liscahane, John McAulliffe Annagloor, Denis Murphy, Ballydaly,  Tommy Tucker, Ballydaly,Myra & Tim Lucey, Keale, Domnic O Riordan, Killowen, Kathleen Twomey, Macroom and Pa. Rohan, Liscahane.

Jackpot for next week €7.800 the draw at Tarrants Bar on Sunday night 18th December. This will be the final one before Christmas, and the Lotto Draw resumes on Sunday January 15th. 2017.

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Eily’a Report – 6th December


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

A very important meeting was held at the Wallis arms Hotel on last Tuesday night. Organised by the Community Council the meeting was called to renew the Text Alert System in the area. Three members of the Garda Siocana attended and addressed the meeting. Local Garda Paul Lynch gave a detailed account of  their work in the Millstreet area, first commenting  on how good the town looked to the visitor and praised the Community for the manner in which they take care of their town. He also said that Millstreet stands out as a place almost free of crime and bad behaviour. He went on to advise the meeting on the importance of having details of all their property. So that if stolen it can be returned to its owner. They have by  large stocks of goods which were recovered in many parts of the country but due to lack of identity, they cannot be reclaimed by the rightful owners.

Garda Inspector Brian Murphy, spoke and said that the Garda Siocana need the help of the community to carry out their work, and asked people to let them know if they see or experienced anything suspicious. Community Garda Johnnie Crowley, went on to advice the public on all aspects of security and gave out numbers to contact in case of emergency. But the best number to ring is 999, a number that is answered every time.

Everybody  paid €10 and signed up again  to Text Alert System, for the coming year. Before the meeting closed  there was time for  informal chat with the three Garda which plays a big part in breaking down the barriers.

A fundraising Coffee morning was held in the Garda Station a few weeks ago, and raised €1,500 for the Hospice.

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Eily’s Report – 29th November


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

These are the closing  days of November and the Christmas Spirit is already gearing up. Towns and villages all over the place are holding Christmas Markets and putting up the sparkling Christmas Lighting. And it all helps to curb the doom and gloom that  screams out to us from every every direction.

Our Christmas Market was held at the GAA Hall on Sunday and its an annual meeting place for old and young. A place to buy Christmas presents and to sit and have a friendly chat while the little ones were being entertained in another room.

This time of year also heralds the start of Advent when we are advised to pause in the middle of all the hype and remind ourselves that Christmas is really all about the Birth of Christ Our Saviour.

On Monday nights in the run up to Christmas  a reflection on the Sunday Gospels during the Advent Season is held at the Parish centre at 8 pm and all are welcome.


Further to that the Divine Mercy Advent Novena which started on Sunday last will continue each Sunday at 3pm.


A very important Public Meeting on Crime Prevention will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight  Nov.29th, Members of the Garda Siocana will attend and all those wishing to renew or join for the first time, the Millstreet Community Text alert System for 2017 are invited to attend. Please pass the word.  Meeting starts at 8.30.

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Eily’s Report 22nd November


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

The cold snap certainly caught us by surprise following the bout of lovely mild days of the previous weeks. As a result many people young and not so young have fallen victim of the flu. Baoichas le Dia it’s a fleeting thing and most people are back on their feet in a couple of days.

Our Christmas lights committee held a church gate collection in Millstreet and Ballydaly at the weekend and were delighted with the support that they got.

On next Sunday, November 27th the same group will hold the annual Christmas Market at the GAA Hall, from 12noon to five o clock. Please give them your best support as they are working very hard to ensure that our town will be brighter and more cheerful than ever this Christmas. The huge Christmas tree is already towering over the town Square.

The Market on Sunday is the place to go for many of your Christmas gifts and stocking fillers, the place to meet with friends and have a warming cup of tea and plenty of chat.

The 2017 calendar, which was organised by the Community Council has arrived from the printers and will be on sale at the Christmas Market and at the usual outlets around the town. The proceeds this time will be divided between the Mens Shed and the Pipe Band.

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Eily’s Report – 18th October

eily-report-small-imageDia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to my weekly Report .

This is National Dairy Show Week in Millstreet, The Great one day event will be held at the mighty Green Glens Arena on Saturday October 22, starting as early as 9am.  It’s a day out for all the Family. Bouncing castles and facepainting and games for the children. Trade stands with every kind of farm and home equipment on show, cookery section and most important of all the cream of the worlds livestock. All in doors in the comfort of the Green Glens arena. The resturaunt will be up and running offering the best of Irish beef on the menu. Free car parking on the adjacent grounds outside. We wish the organisers every success with this giant venture on their annual calendar.


And talking of calendars. Our Community Council are in the process of developing their calendar for 2018. The proceeds always goes to good local causes.


The Pony Owners Show will be held at the Green Glens on October 28,29.30. It’s a family show which is run every year for charity, very often for local causes.


At the Community Council Meeting which was held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday night it was decided that  the history of many  our local features will be explored and documented. No item is too big or too small to be included.

The outcome should be very interesting to us all, but especially to anyone visiting the town and it’s environs. Anybody interested in helping with  the venture or know of a feature that should be included please contact Chairman Noel Buckley or any Council Member.
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Eily’s Report – 11th October


Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report from Millstreet.

The County Council workers were repairing and renewing many of our footparts  in the town and preparing the way at the West End for a much needed Zebra crossing.

There is a marked increase in the number of our young people returning home from Australia and other foreign parts to settle at home,  which is pushing up the demand for housing. And many properties which have been on the market for some time are suddenly being bought up. Further to that a lot of old properties are being bought up and renovated and will be on the market in due course. And as the rising tide raises all craft, our shops and stores are also reaping  the benefit from this welcome upsurge in the market.

Alps Electric are now employing in the region of 800, with ancillaries in their wake also employing extra staff.

Please support your local services and stores, always try at home before going elsewhere to buy you requirements.


The monthly meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight at 9. All members please attend.


Our Tidy Towns committee held a very pleasant function at the Clara Inn on Wednesday night at which many of our local residents were lauded for their efforts in making Millstreet a better place. Best Frontage, Best Garden etc. It was an extra enjoyable event following their wonderful successes in this years Anti Litter Campain and the National Finals where they received a bronze medal plus 6 extra points. On behalf of our community I want to congratulate all involved.

And please be reminded that the battle goes on to keep our place clean and tidy. So do your bit, its great to be part of a winning team.

The Committee were happy recently to welcome the popular Roger Cresswell, who came specially from his home in England to celebrate their highly successful season.

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Eily’s Report – 4th October

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My apologies for not being with you last week. I was among some members of our Community Singers who joined up with our counterparts from Castlemagner who went on a four day trip to Donegal. Staying at Brian McNiffs great Northern Hotel in Bundoren, where we received the royal treatment during our stay.

We were bussed around the county to famous places like the Glen of Colm Cille and The Glenties and lots lots more. And following a grand evening dinner, we danced the nights away . In a true Active Retired Peoples style.


Returning to Millstreet soon made us forget any regrets that we may have had about the trip being over. Millstreet is a truly remarkable place . You feel the buzz right away,In the few days while we were away, there was the news that our Tidy Towns Committee had gained 6 points in the National finals plus a bronze medal. Add this to their all out success in the County Council Anti Litter Campain.

Then there was the great news that Jerry Pat and all at O Leary Family Butchers had scooped a further Gold at the Blas na hEireann finals with their Mushera Venisen Burgers.


Our Super Valu Store has received a whole new facelift with notices up to say that Chef Supreme Kevin Dundun is due there this Thursday  October 7th, from 3-5pm  to give an in store demonstration of his cooking expertise.

Next day Friday October 8th. All are invited there for a family fun day, face painting for the little ones plus food tasting for all , and great prizes to be won.


Even our little Grotto on the Macroom Rd. got a face lift in spite of the weather.

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Eily’s report – 20th September


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

The heavy rains in recent times left their mark on the outcome of the  all important harvesting of grain throughout the land and it was disturbing to say the least to see on the news, how grain farmers are faced with huge losses as a result. On a day out to the Clonakilty area, on a fine day recently, my gaze was drawn to the rolling plains of golden corn waving in the gentle breeze, and now to think that they have all been ruined by recent downpours. Our sympathy and prayers must surely go to all those who had their dreams of a bountiful harvest dashed.

But the Spirit of the farmers is never broken and this week many of them will be flocking to the National Ploughing Match and we wish them a happy outing.


The bad weather over the weekend did not dampen the spirits of the many people who took part in the fundraising events that were held in Carriganima .On Saturday their fun run /walk was very well supported, with the proceeds to be divided between the Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals.

Then on Sunday a spectacular tractor run was held. Not just Vintage but any tractor at all. Again with great results and all the efforts were in aid of the local bus service with they call CART. Well done to all concerned but chiefly to Seanie and Matt at the pub who spearheaded both events.


The monthly meetings of the Community Council resumed at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday night, following their Summer Break.

The Chairman Noel Buckley presided and was aided by  our wonderful secretary Maura Kiely.  Derry Sheehan, chairman of the Tidy Towns Committee attended. And he was asked by Noel Buckley to convey the best wishes of the Council to the Tidy Towns Committee on their wonderful success in the Co. Council Anti Litter Challenge. And he also wished them well at the National Final Results which will be held at the Helix in Dublin on Sept 26th.

It was suggested that in future that all the voluntary bodies in Millstreet would liase with oneanother  on now and then, on future plans for the town etc,for the common good.

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Eily’s Report – 13th September


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

The weather over the weekend did little to pave the way for some of our ourdoor events. But  there were many events planned which went ahead regardless. The O Keeffe Clan Gathering drew great crowds as did the O’Leary Clan gathering.

Some of the visitors took time out from the planned program to visit our local assets. And our parish Church came in for special mention. It’s beautiful stain glass windows, including no less than two by Harry Clarke. But rather surprisingly the statue of St.Bridget came in for special mention, the visitor saying how thrilled and indeed surprised , he was, to see that one still survives in a church.


And still with visitors ,the people who were here for the Mounted Games earlier this year are still sending messages of thanks to the people of Millstreet for the wonderful reception that they gave them when they came here from 30 countries from all parts of the world to compete at the Green Glens. Their Parade through the town can be seen on our website, and seeing it again brings back so many happy and proud memories.


This is Suicide Awareness week and it is very important that everybody should engage in a happy approach to their everyday lives. Many classes and hobbies are starting up now again in the run-up to the shorter days and longer evenings. The list of things to join is long and varied, and there is something for everyone.


On Monday night  our Active Retired Group held their registration meeting  and over 80 people  signed in ,some for the first time. There was a draw for an over night stay in a nice hotel and it was won by Mary Hickey, from Cullen.

So Congratulations to Mary.

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Eily’s Report – 6th September


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

The first week of September is already over and the Autumn feeling is in the air. Thankfully the weather is lovely and warm.

Over the weekend many outdoor events went ahead according to plan, they ranged from  two Vintage runs to the Country Park,  plus many country walks, the September Fair in Millstreet and sheepdog Trials at Caherdowney  to name but a few.

And the coming week looks just as busy. On this  Saturday, September10th our lovely  Country Park will host a wild-life Day.  Starting at 2pm. For details give them a call at 029 70810.

An OKeffee Clan Gathering will be held this weekend.  Starting with a banquet at the Wallis Arms hotel on Saturday night September 10th. It promises to bring large crowds who will travel throughout Duhallow in search of their roots and family connections and we wish them a wonderful time.


Our Community School will have a 20 year school reunion on September 24th to be held at the Coach-House  resturaunt in the Green Glens. For details ring the School 02970087.


I’ve a note to say that a registration day will be held at our Adult Learning Centre on our Main Street on This Thursday September, 8th. Classes available include, Internet Skills, Basic Computers, Advanced Computors, English Language Classes, Writing Skills, family Learning, plus Skills for work Improvement.

For more details give Marie a ring at 086 7707301.

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Eily’s Report – July 5th 2016

Eily report small imageEily’s Report July5th.

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a Chairde and welcome to my weekly Report from Millstreet .

Please give your best attention to the details of the World Class event that will be held at the Green Glens Arena next week. From July 12 to 16th inclusive. It is the World Team Mounted Games Championships with up to twenty countries from all over the world will be taking part.

It’s new to the Green Glens and it is exciting. That is why it is so important that we all play our part in making it a memorable event for all the right reasons. Participating countries include Ireland ,Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, England, Wales, Italy, New Zealand .

All those taking part will be installed at the Green Glens on Monday night July11th..Then  on Tuesday evening a Grand Parade will be held through the town. It will be very spectacular with Flags and music and colour and well over 100 horses & ponies each parading under their own flag . continue reading the full article “Eily’s Report – July 5th 2016”

Eily’s Report – 14th June


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

Our  Summer has taken a little  break. But the broken spell does give way for some outdoor events to go ahead. The thunderous cloudburst on Thursday evening last gave way to a reasonably dry hour, just long enough for the annual Mass to be held at St.Mary’s Cemetery. A fine crowd braved the elements and they were rewarded for their bravery. Five priests concelebrated the Mass, led by Canon John FitzGerald, and assisted by Frs. Paddy O Byrne, Sean Tucker, Dan O Riordan, Con Kiely.

Canon John thanked all those who helped in any way to prepare the cemetery for the annual Mass. Very soon after the ceremony had ended the rain resumed again.

The graveyard looked lovely and clean and trimmed for the occasion and there were notices  up by the Co. Council asking people to refrain from littering the place from now on. Please pay attention to their notices.

Cullen Feis was held in pleasant weather on Sunday, it was very attended, and well run, thanks to the help of their local community.

Out door Mass will be held at Drishane Cemetry to-night. (Tues) starting at 7.30. We hope the weather will be kind.

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Eily’s Report – 7th June

eily1Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

I hope that nothing prevented you from enjoying the wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. The whole world seemed to have been on the move, with everybody out in the great out of doors, soaking up the sunshine and the atmostphere. The number of people from other countries visiting, was very obvious and how great it was for once that we had some lovely weather for them to enjoy.

As always we welcome any visitors who are here at the moment and hope they have a nice time.

The countryside looks amazing with Mother Nature taking on her coat of many colours.

Look up the IRD Duhallow booklet which tells you of so many ways  that you can make use of the  wild flowers and berries as Summer  weeks and months go by. Exotic things like wild garlic syrup, purslane salad, elderflower champagne, to name but a few. Ring 02960633 for details of where to get  this lovely booklet.

The June issue of the new monthly magazine “Duhallow Today” is in the shops, and it is free.

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Eily’s Report 31st May


Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to Eily’s weekly Report.

A special Mass will be said in Millstreet Church this evening (Tuesday May 31st)for Eucharistic Adorers in Millstreet and  Cullen and for  people of the Parish. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.30 to 7.30, in the main church. Mass at 7.30. And all are welcome.


The lovely month of May is slipping away from us in the nicest possible way. Warm sunshine mixed with just the right amount of rain to boost all important growth. At the start of May the countryside still had that look of hurt, and damage following the awful weather of the winter months. But the man above who commands all things, didn’t let us down and in those four short weeks the picture has to be seen to be believed.

The explosion of green and colour and growth is on record levels, to my memory anyway. Baoichas le Dia.

Our past weekend saw crowds and crowds of people out enjoying the great out-of-doors. In our area at any rate the heavy rains of Sunday evening didn’t come until after six o’clock when events were over  and the Annual  Cloghoula School Pattern was a wonderful success. Well done to all the organisers.

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