Last Night’s Sunset

The sunsets at the moment continue to amaze – Alan sent us this one of the sunlight from the setting sun hitting St.Mary’s graveyard, and the Deer Park above it. A few minutes earlier, Tom was in St. Mary’s taking this:

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Thunder and Lightening

We were warned about slow moving thundershowers with lightening, and that’s what we got. For two hours there was lots of noise, lots of flashes, and heavy showers, as cold air moved in on our lovely warmth. It feels like summer is rolling in 🙂 The picture below shows the lightening strikes from 4:30 – 5pm.

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Green Flash at Sunset over Mushera

A rare Green/Blue Flash is observed on the rim of the Sun, as it sets between Musherabeg and Musheramore on Monday evening April 13th 2020. The flash occurs only in specific conditions. It was captured by Denis Walsh with a zoom lens from near Cork Airport. (It is best seen on a large screen).  [read more …] “Green Flash at Sunset over Mushera”

The Moon and Venus over Millstreet

The Moon and the planet Venus shining in the sky this evening over Clara Mountain and Millstreet – taken from St. Mary’s Graveyard. Near record high pressures have settled over Ireland giving us cloudless skies, but cool days and cold nights, as well as the chance to escape the confines of our homes for a short while to get some exercise, fresh air, and a little sunshine on our skin.  [read more …] “The Moon and Venus over Millstreet”

Station Road Images of Unusual Cloud Formation

We thank EilĂ­n Kiely of Millstreet for sharing these three brilliant images of the recent “Flying Saucer” style cloud formation observed over Millstreet Parish.   This sequence of pictures was captured from Station Road, Millstreet.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Station Road Images of Unusual Cloud Formation”

Hottest Day in Millstreet Since 1976!

Yes, Thursday 28th June 2018 was officially the hottest day in Ireland … including Millstreet … since 1976.  And believe it or not but today (Friday, 29th June 2018) is beginning to look like it’s going to even surpass this with in-car temperatures displaying 33 and 34 degrees centigrade!  We shall certainly be referring in the future to the Long Hot Summer of 2018!  The following sixteen images records Thursday as we experienced it in Millstreet Town, at the Boeing near the River Blackwater in Dooneen,  Millstreet Railway Station, the River Finnow at Dooneen … and ending with a glorious sunset to which we have grown accustomed during this rare summer weather.  We noted the tar melting on roads and how warm it looked along the rail tracks.  Click on the many images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Clara as viewed from the River Finnow at Dooneen on our hottest day.
The River Blackwater at the Boeing where water safety is a priority.
Temperatures in excess of 30 degrees centigrade at Main Street.
Pat and John Randles amazed at the heat of a wall in Clara Road following a day of brilliant sunshine.
An Post delivers and collects the post on our hottest day.
Even the cyclists take a break!

We’ve been truly blessed with magnificent sunsets over the past week.

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Last Evening’s’ Thunderstorm

After a long hot sticky day, the heavens opened at about 7pm for an hour yesterday evening with such intense rain that hasn’t been seen in a good few years leading to some flooding and damage. Any flooding / damage in your area ?

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Evening Snow in St. Mary’s

Tom has been taking lots of photos of the snow, but this may be his best this week. It’s St. Mary’s Graveyard taken last evening from the top looking down towards the road. There’s something lovely about the connection between the graveyard, and the life across the road with smoke and lights, and evening colours. But the first thing we noticed in the photo was that the paving was distinctly similar to the outline of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Whatever you think, it is a magical photo. See more of his photos at his TMC Photography website.Below are some more of Tom‘s photos from this week:   [read more …] “Evening Snow in St. Mary’s”

The snow loves Ballydaly – it’s still hanging around !!!

Enough is enough! Please go away snow and let us get back to some sort of normality. Most other places are long clear of the snow, but lots of people around still have frozen pipes and numerous other problems because of the snow. – photos by Geraldine Dennehy

Clara and the Bealach from Ballydaly this morning Tuesday 6th March

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In Pictures: Snow Snow and more Snow

The last few days of snow have been enjoyable for many, and it was great to see so many people getting out and enjoying the novelty of so much snow … however, after three days  stuck inside, some are complaining about cabin fever! Now that the snow is disappearing, we thank all those that sent us photos and tagged millstreet.ie in photos and videos. We didn’t have time to put them all up individually, so they are all here together:

 

These lads built this ten foot monster was in the Town Park

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A Snow Day Tradition

It’s been a few years since we had a proper snow day in Millstreet, so when the opportunity arose on Friday there was a fine crowd, young and old, keeping up the tradition of tobogganing down the Deer Park.
They came early though. It started snowing about 10pm on Thursday, and by 1am there were a dozen or more already on the hill. And they came in big numbers on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the melt had begun, and only two were spotted on the hill, but only for a few minutes as they obviously discovered what sliding down on wet snow was like !

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Grit Locations and Roads to be Salted

Ahead of the severe weather this week, Cork County Council has made grit available at over 190 locations across the county for use by local communities. Council staff are currently replenishing stocks. Full locations can be found at corkcoco.ie/node/1475. Below are the locations in the Millstreet Engineers Area:

Glantane Cross, Knocknagree; Kiskeam Graveyard entrance; Kerryman’s Table, Kilcorney; opposite Keim Quarry, Millstreet; Crohig’s Cross, Ballydaly; Adjacent to New Housing Estate at Laharn Boherbue;  Knocknagree O Learys Yard ,Boherbue Road;  Fermoyle Ball Alley, Banteer; Lyre Village; Ballydesmond Church Rd, Opposite Council Estate [1]

And for those that have to drive, here are the roads that are scheduled to be salted [1]:
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Gravity Waves under a Supermoon

The recent super-moon on January 1st was exceptionally bright and the effect was even enhanced by some rare clound cover in the above photo taken from Altamount by Fr. James McSweeney. [2u.ie]

The super-moon is so called is when the moon is at its closest to Earth and thus at it’s brightest. We have one or more super-moons every year, but the clouds as shown above are much rarer and get no publicity because they are unpredictable and just appear. They are normal clouds, but the cloud is sitting on the highest point of a gravity wave,  thus appearing to be in straight lines.  [read more …] “Gravity Waves under a Supermoon”

A Windy Evening in Store

laStorm Eleanor will be passing over Ireland today, and it looks like we’re in the firing line again, thought probably not too bad this time, with gusts of over 100km/hr forecast for Millstreet in the afternoon.

Weather wise it was a strange new years day, with lovely sunshine in the morning, broken by fierce showers of hail. We had the brightest moon of the year (the ‘wolf super-moon’) early after dark, and then unusually the clouds all lined up  in parallel lines (what appear like roll clouds), a noted effect of an approaching storm 🌬️😨 [read more …] “A Windy Evening in Store”

Autumn Showers from Clara

Following the storms (Ophelia & Brian) we have had two weeks of nice autumn weather, interrupted this weekend as the wind has turned and is now coming from the north … so it has gotten cold, bringing with dark clouds, heavy showers, but still lovely sunshine. This beautiful photo which was taken yesterday about 12pm catches this, as the showers roll in into Millstreet, throwing up another rainbow over Tubrid photo: Instagram/Simon Duggan

Ophelia: Pat Sheehan interviewed about Kilcorney Church

Unfortunately St. Nicholas’ Church in Kilcorney lost part of its roof yesterday during Storm Ophelia, but thankfully no-one was hurt. Today, Pat Sheehan from Kilcorney NS Board of Management was interviewed on RTE Radio 1 by Evelyn O’Rourke about what happened, and what will happen. Listen to the interview from 2:25 in the RTE Podcast below:

Photo from the Irish Times

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Ophelia Wind Times for Tomorrow

It has been eerily calm all day. The animals and birds have hardly uttered a sound, like they know something is coming. Ophelia is nearly upon us, and tomorrow morning we’ll wake to the rising storm, possibly the strongest to hit us in over 50 years. If you haven’t tied everything loose down by now, it is probably too late. Above all stay safe and don’t do anything stupid like going out in it or driving. Things can be replaced, people can’t. In town, people have been asking what time the storm will be, well the answer is most of the daylight hours, the worst at lunchtime … below is the best current estimate for tomorrow. The best to everyone. BĂ­onn grásta DĂ© idir an diallait agus an talamh. 🙏

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