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

[read more …] “Schools closed tomorrow January 15th”

A Snowy Morning – wind, rain, and cold to come

2015-01-13 Snow on Mushera this morning - traditionally the coldest day of the year - Hillary's Day - photo by Donal Cashman
Snow on Mushera this morning – photo by Donal Cashman

Today is St. Hilary’s feast day, traditionally the coldest day of the year. So it was not unexpected that we awoke to a blanket of snow in town as well as the hills around us (it’s the second snowy morning this winter). We may get a few more flurries as the day goes on, but it could also be rain :-/.

But please be aware that the forecast for the next few days isn’t great. Tomorrow afternoon until Thursday is going to be very windy and wet too, and after that it will get cold barely getting above freezing during the day, and getting even colder at the weekend. More details below:

[read more …] “A Snowy Morning – wind, rain, and cold to come”

First Snowman of the Winter !

The first snows arrived about 6:30 on Thursday morning. There wasn’t much in town, but there was a nice bit on the hills. One of our braver readers made a snowman and took some nice photos in the morning sunshine on his way to work at the top of Togher. Click the images for full size

2014-12-11 Snow on Mushera Butter Road - IMG3173


[read more …] “First Snowman of the Winter !”

Stormy weather this evening

2014-10-05 High winds for this eveningThe first storm of the winter is coming towards us this evening. The winds have started to pick up already, but by tonight the gusts will be very strong. Be careful and tie down anything that could fly … like trampolines 😉

Put into context, devastating storm of last February had gusts of 65mph around here,so it’s not going to be terrible.

Details on IrishWeatherOnline

Large Funnel Cloud / Tornado Sweeps past Clara

From 5:10 to 5:25pm yesterday evening (Sunday April 27th 2014) , there was incessant thunder and lightening coming from the Ballydaly/Clara direction. It was really scary for many but out of the thunderstorm appeared a large funnel cloud, which wasn’t far from touching the ground and becoming a tornado. It was captured on camera by a few, and these are shown below. We’d like to hear your experience of the storm, and if you have reports of any damage or more photos if you have them by leaving a comment below, or by email: <email> )

2014-04-27 Funnel over Clara Mountain - by Ola Cashman - taken from Millstreet Country Park 02 - darker sky
The Funnel Cloud as it passed over the Bealach (the shoulder of Clara Mountain) at 17:27hr before slowly dispersing – photo taken by Aleksandra Cashman from the fountain beside the main building at Millstreet Country Park
2014-04-27 Funnel Cloud over Clara - by Áine O'Neill - taken from Minor Row
The funnel cloud as it passed behind Clara mountain – photo taken from Minor Row by photographer Áine O’Neill on her phone [see her photography website ainesphotography.com]
2014-04-27 Clara Funnel Cloud - James Cronin's photo 01
Funnel cloud over Clara probably when it was dispersing – taken from Cloghoulabeg by James Cronin

[read more …] “Large Funnel Cloud / Tornado Sweeps past Clara”

Record Rainfall over Winter

In an article in today’s Examiner, stats are given for the rain that fell on us this winter:

– Records were broken during the last three months when 216% more rainfall than average fell at a monitoring station in Millstreet, Co Cork.
– A total of 998.4 mm fell (3ft 3.31) during December, January and February.
– The monitoring station has been in operation there since 1986.

On average we’d get about 1500mm of rain in Millstreet Town every year, and higher still the closer you get to [read more …] “Record Rainfall over Winter”

Weather Makes Such a Difference!

People were most generous towards our church gate collection this weekend in aid of The Friends of Mallow Hospital Special Equipment Fund.  Here we see Mary Kelleher and Breeda O'Leary who very kindly helped to coordinate the collection on both days.  Here on Saturday night we were blessed but just look (below) at the effect the high winds and rain had on us on this morning!   Weather certainly makes a big difference.   The Los Zarcos Car Boot Sale was also affected by this morning's challenging weather.   Later in the week we shall report on the full amount collected for the praiseworthy cause.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
People were most generous towards our church gate collection this weekend in aid of The Friends of Mallow Hospital Special Equipment Fund. Here we see Mary Kelleher and Breeda O’Leary who very kindly helped to coordinate the collection on both days. Here on Saturday night we were blessed with excellent weather but just look (below) at the effect the high winds and rain had on us this morning! Weather certainly makes a big difference. The Los Zarcos Car Boot Sale was also affected by this morning’s challenging weather. We wish to also extend thanks to Mary Healy and John Randles who assisted us in our collection.  Later in the week we shall report on the full amount collected for the praiseworthy cause. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

Church gate Collection on 15th Sept. 2013

“Divine Painting” over Millstreet Skies by Fr. James McSweeney

What an amazing skyscape has been captured by Fr. James McSweeney (www.2u.ie) over Clara Mountain and Millstreet yesterday evening.   I must say that lots of people were commenting on the magnificent sky over the area yesterday evening.  Many thanks, Fr. James.   Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)
What an amazing skyscape has been captured by Fr. James McSweeney (www.2u.ie) over Clara Mountain and Millstreet yesterday evening. I must say that lots of people were commenting on the magnificent sky over the area yesterday evening. Many thanks, Fr. James. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Amazing Summer Temperatures in Millstreet This Evening!

Soaring Summer Temperatures 2013! Soaring Summer Temperatures 2013!

This 31degrees centigrade was the amazing street recording at Reen's Pharmacy just before 6pm this Monday evening - 8th July 2013!  (S.R.)
This 31 degrees centigrade was the amazing and very rare street recording observed at Reen’s Pharmacy just before 6pm this Monday evening – 8th July 2013!  Click on images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

Updated July 9th: it went a little higher today – 32C – photo from the Reens Pharmacy facebook page

Two Superb Pictures from Fr. James McSweeney

First snow of winter up on Mushera (Butter Road) looking down across Millstreet and Duhallow I took the picture earlier this morning. We thank Fr. James for this wonderfully atmospheric picture. (S.R.)
Gerard McSweeney (Tooreenbawn) who got married recently to Karen White (Clondrohid) in St.Colman’s Church Macroom. Picture was taken next to Bealick Mill, Macroom. Gerard is of course Fr. James’s brother. Every happiness to the Happy Couple and many thanks, Fr. James for the splendid picture. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Two Superb Pictures from Fr. James McSweeney”

Flooding on Friday in Macroom

Following extremely heavy rain in the Macroom area on Friday evening a temporary flood resulted and traffic stopped until the main roadway leading to Cork was quickly cleared.  The road was cleared with the excellent assistance of the Gardaí, road authorities and residents.  (S.R.)

[read more …] “Flooding on Friday in Macroom”

The River Finnow in the Current Wet Weather Conditions

The usually gentle-flowing River Finnow assumed a much wider and fast-flowing appearance following the significant amounts of recent rain falling. (S.R.)

Our pictures were taken from the Bridge at Clara Road on Wednesday, 15th August showing both sides where the sound of fast-flowing water was very much in evidence.  (S.R.)

She’d be a lovely little country if you could only roof it!

Well there went our summer! Listening to Radio 1 this morning, weatherman Gerard Fleming forecast about 100mm of rain up to tomorrow (friday) afternoon on the Cork / Kerry border. We had about 30mm last night, so we’ve a bit to go yet, and add in some high winds tonight too … but it seems to be just coming and coming! To put it into perspective, in the very bad flooding in June 2009, we got 92mm, though in the space of a few hours.

All the same, look the video below which might give you a laugh, and make you forget about it … for a short while 😉 … [read more …] “She’d be a lovely little country if you could only roof it!”

Heavy Clouds in Ballydaly – in the final of the RTE weather competition


Congratulations to Geraldine Dennehy on her picture taken across the road from her house. A scene that greeted her from her kitchen window last winter! RTE weather will feature the different pictures that made it to the final over the coming weeks.  [read more …] “Heavy Clouds in Ballydaly – in the final of the RTE weather competition”

There’s a Brrrrrr in the Air over Millstreet Today….It’s no (Snow) Joke!

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Millstreet experienced snow, ice and very cold temperatures this Friday morning (16/12/2011). Here we view Cashman's Park in the distance covered in snow as viewed from Mount Leader Estate, Clara Road.

Thankfully weather forcasters indicate that while we have very cold temperatures at the moment it is totally unlike the arctic conditions we all experienced last Christmas.    It is to become milder during next week.   Here we share some images taken at [read more …] “There’s a Brrrrrr in the Air over Millstreet Today….It’s no (Snow) Joke!”