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.

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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.

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Eily’s Report 26th March

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

It’s the last week of March, the third week of the Season of Lent. It was a very exciting week in Millstreet with the Sacrament of Confirmation been given to 97 young boys and girls representing Millstreet, Cloghoula and Cullen  schools. Our big church was packed to capacity and the sunny day outside added to the wonder of it all. The Girls from the Presentation Convent School sang the hymns through the ceremony with His Lordship Bishop Ray Browne as Chief Celebrant. Families and extended family members came from many parts of Ireland as well as from many other countries to join their loved ones in the Holy Celebration.

 

Following the ceremony the Bishop and Priests traveled to Dromagh  to impart the Sacrament of Confirmation on a number of Children there, and we would to thank the Clergy for the wonderful ceremonies and congratulate all the boys and girls who were Confirmed and wish them God’s Blessing in the future.

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Eily’s Report – 19th March

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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Eily’s Report 12th March

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

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

 

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

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Eily’s Report 5th March

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

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

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

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Eily’s Report 26th February

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

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

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Eily’s Report – 19th February

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

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

 

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

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Eily’s Report -12th February

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

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

 

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

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Eily’s Report – 5th February

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eily’s Report 29th January

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

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

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

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

Eily’s Report – 22nd January

 

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

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

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

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Eily’s Report – 15th January

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

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

Equestrian events for 2019  at the Green Glens include:

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

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Lotto results

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

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

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

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

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

Eily’s Report – 18th December

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

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

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

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

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Eily’s Report – 11th December

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

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

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

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Eily’s Report – 4th December

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

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

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Eily’s Report – 27th November

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

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

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

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Eily’s Report 20th November

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

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

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

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