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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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. Bíonn grásta Dé idir an diallait agus an talamh. 🙏

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Weather Warning: STATUS RED – Ex Hurricane Ophelia

Weather Warning: STATUS RED Wind Warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry. Ex-hurricane Ophelia is expected to bring severe winds and stormy conditions on Monday. Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 km/h and gusts in excess of 130km/h are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding. Valid from Monday 16 October 2017 09:00 to Tuesday 17 October 2017 03:00 – from Met Éireann

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Storm Ewan & March Fair 2017

Jerry Lehane (standing outside the very home of his childhood) points out the effect of Storm Ewan on March Fair 2017 in Millstreet on Sunday 26th Feb.. While some traders attempted to establish stalls on the street for the annual event the high winds and very heavy rain soon brought about the quick disappearance of the usual large number of popular outlets by 10.00 a.m.. There were quite a number of horses in the Fair Field but very soon the Fair ended there also. Here we share the quite unusual scenes from this year’s March Horse Fair in Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Recent Millstreet Winter Wonderland

The past week brought some splendid snowy scenes with Clara Mountain clothed in white and a full moon making night temperatures fall significantly. These scenes were all taken from Mount Leader Estate, Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Winter is Coming!

2016-11-18-hello-winter-snowman-on-mushera-800The Sun is shining bright,
there’s a chillness to the air,

I feel it everywhere,
All through the day and night;
Winter is coming!

(Alexander Byron)

After a lovely autumn, the temperatures dropped last night to give us the first real sign of winter with snows on the hills.

Donal stopped at Togher on the road over Mushera this morning to make this snowman.

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April Snow, Flooding, and Rainbows

We knew it was going to be bad yesterday, but few expected it to be that bad. Heavy snow in the morning, made things awkward, but it  turned to constant heavy rain at midday which washed away the snow, and the afternoon was just streams of water flowing in every direction. Sure, summer is coming, isn’t it …

2016-04-10 Snow - Ballydaly this morning - photo by Geraldine-800Blanket of snow in Ballydaly yesterday morning – photo Geraldine Dennehy

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Last Snow of the Winter ?

A week ago there was a sudden and unexpected heavy snowfall which blanketed the area, especially Mushera which got a good deep cover. While it’s lovely to look at, hopefully it will be the last one of the year, and that the weather will pick up, after what has been an awful winter. (With thanks to Paul/Noreen O’Connor who took the 30+ photos below at dawn last Sunday in the Mushera / Knocknakilla area).



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December Flowering Daffodil

2015-12-29 Flowering Daffodil (in December)It has been unseasonably warm this last two months, and our plants are confused. This daffodil from Dooneen is trying to get out before the snowdrops … only three months early! There have been reports from all over of plants flowering way out of season this December. Climate change perhaps, or a seasonal anomaly, who knows. What has been happening though is that ground temperatures have stayed up at 12 Celsius, which is a point where many plants start to grow at, and it might be an explanation of sorts. In the last few days, ground temperatures have fallen back to 7C, so that might put a stop to out of season flowers.

More Wind and Rain for the weekend

It’s safe to say that we’re pretty sick of all the bad weather at this stage, but with the arrival of Storm Desmond Met Eireann have issued a code red rain warning and a code orange wind warning for South Western counties, from this evening all through Saturday and into Sunday morning.

It might be a little dangerous at times, so we’d all be better off getting out the tiddlywinks and avoiding it if possible. [read more …] “More Wind and Rain for the weekend”

Rainfall Warning for Tomorrow

We’re coming to the end of the current dry weather, so to avoid doing things in halves, there’s a Code Orange Weather Warning in effect for tomorrow, with some flooding possible and up to 70mm of rain on higher ground 🙁 From the graphic below, it looks like it will begin raining during the night and get a bit heavier from the late morning on.

2015-09-10 Code Orange rain warning for the next dayAll in all, tomorrow won’t be the best day for hanging out the washing!

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From the top of Musheramore

Caherbarnagh, Clara, and the Brandon Mountains on the horizon in the haze. Taken from Musheramore, by William Glasgow Howe, a member of one of a number of group of walkers that passed this way over the Duhallow Way in the last few days. (16th April 2015). Click the photo to see more from their walk.

Speaking of being on the top mountains, the annual Clara Mountain Run is on tomorrow (Sunday) evening at 7pm starting at the West End. The race is open to all, and full race details are on IMRA.ie

Easter Monday – Sunshine and Showjumping

2015-04-06 Easter Monday Sunshine - Welcome Tour at Green GlensWall to wall sunshine this Bank Holiday Easter Monday for the first of the Eventing Ireland one day events – Cross Country gets underway in Drishane Castle from 1pm! The Welcome tour is on from April 2nd to 12th, taking a break tomorrow April 7th. Full details on millstreethorseshow.ie with updates and more on their facebook page.

Our own Gerladine Dennehy has been taking photos at the show for the last few days. Here are links to the photos from the first few days: Day 4 – Easter Sunday (52 photos); Day 3 – Easter Saturday (38 photos); Day 2 – Good Friday (19 photos); Day 1 – Holy Thursday (20 photos) [read more …] “Easter Monday – Sunshine and Showjumping”

Solar Eclipse Obscured

A light cloud cover that moved in overnight blocked most from seeing the partial solar eclipse in Millstreet this morning. While most of us saw nothing other than it geting a little dark, the photo below taken by Jordan at Drishane View shows that it did at least make a brief appearance.
2015-03-20 Solar Eclipse at Drishane VIew, Millstreet - photo by Jordan Cooney [read more …] “Solar Eclipse Obscured”

Lunar Halo in the night skies

2015-02-01 Lunar Halo_A rarely seen phenomena was seen in the skies tonight as the moon looked to have a huge ring around it.

Quite beautiful, it’s called a lunar halo and here’s the explanation:

“A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. As light passes through these hexagon-shaped ice crystals, it is bent at a 22 degree angle, creating a halo 22 degrees in radius (or 44 degrees in diameter).” – from Farmers Alamac

Our photo doesn’t do it justice, so have a look at lots of great photos of Lunar Halos

Schools closed tomorrow January 15th

PictureDue to a status Red and a status Yellow weather alerts for tomorrow, all Boards of Management of primary schools in the area have instructed us to remain closed tomorrow, January 15th. This is in the interest of pupil and public safety. We regret any inconvenience caused.

Millstreet Community School is also closed, as are the preschools: Little Treasures and Curious Minds:

— details —

STATUS REDWind Warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick – Mean speeds in excess of 80 km/h with gusts of 130 to 150km/h possible. The strongest winds will be along exposed coasts and mountainous areas. [info on status red]

Issued: Wed 14th Jan 2015 20:00 . Valid: Wed 14th Jan 8pm to Thurs 15th Jan 2pm

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