Millstreet Pipe Band Church Gate Collection This Weekend, 24th & 25th Sept.

Millstreet Pipe Band will be holding their Church Gate Collection this forthcoming weekend, 24th and 25th September 2011.   Established over 60 years this is one voluntary group which deserves the most generous of supports when one considers how privileged we are in Millstreet to have such a musical treasure which always adds so much and gives such a sense of occasion to a huge variety of events on such a very regular and consistent basis.   And we have also just become aware that the ladies in the Pipe Band will be taking part in the Cork Mini Marathon where they will be  fundraising for different charities  including COPE,  The Irish Heart Foundation,  Motor Neuron & The Lifeboat Association.    Your generous support to this weekend’s collection would be greatly appreciated.

Millstreet Pipe Band’s Night to Remember at 60th Celebrations in Killarney

It certainly was a wonderful night to remember at the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney on Saturday, 26th March 2011 when Millstreet Pipe Band celebrated its 60th Anniversary in a truly grand style.   The occasion was superbly co-ordinated by various members of the renowned Band.   Marie Twomey had prepared a magnificent audio-visual presentation on the history of the famous Band.    Here we invite you to view a selection of images we took on the splendid occasion when [read more …] “Millstreet Pipe Band’s Night to Remember at 60th Celebrations in Killarney”

Millstreet Pipe Band 60th Anniversary Function – An Outstanding Success

Liam Coffey & Tim O'Shea cut the special Millstreet Pipe Band 60th Anniversary Cake at the hugely successful Function held at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Saturday, 26th March 2011. Tim and Liam are the two longest serving members of the renowned Band. Lots more pictures to follow later.

Pipe Band 60th Celebrations

Millstreet Pipe Band will be having a 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry on March 26th 2011, with music on the night by the Kelt.

This is an opportunity for the Millstreet Community & for past members to join in with the celebrations of the band.

This Patrick’s Day marks 60 years playing in the Millstreet St.Patricks Day Parade, and that 60 years is a huge achievement because it is 60 years of unbroken service, the kind of which is rarely seen these days.

There are two members of the first Se.Patricks Day Parade still playing in the band for the 60th Parade this year. Is this a record, for 60 years of unbroken service?

(click on the poster on the left for the details in full)

Millstreet Pipe Band’s 60th St. Patrick’s Day Parade – What a Record!

What a truly magnificent record for Millstreet Pipe Band which today led the Millstreet St. Patrick's Day Parade for the amazing 60th time! Sincere congratulations from everyone with special mention to Tim O'Shea and Liam Coffey who have been with the renowned Band all through those six decades!

Kennelly Archives

The Kennelly Archive represents a lifetime of work by Padraig Kennelly and his wife Joan, bore out of a passion for photography, that has culminated in an in-depth pictorial record of Co. Kerry. They have now digitized the negatives of the photography which appear on their website kennedyarchives.com.

Fortunately, he visited Millstreet a few times in the late 50s and 60s, attend a dance in the Star Ballroom, The Pipe Band Festival of 1958 and a few more visits. In total there are 143 photos in the collection which were taken in Millstreet, and amongst them some wonderful photos of people from the time. Many are still with us, some are no longer

All the photos are available for purchase on KennellyArchives.com and we would recommend that you would purchase those ones that are relevant to you as these kinds of photos only turn up once in a blue moon. However, all photos are available for previewing and details on how to view all the photos are given below: [read more …] “Kennelly Archives”

Millstreet Pipe Band Welcomes 2011 – Happy New Year to Everyone!

Upholding a wonderful tradition in welcoming the New Year here we meet some of the members of Millstreet Pipe Band who at 8.00 p.m. tonight gave a wonderful recital at the Square beside the very colourful Christmas Tree ... and no snow! We dedicate this uplifting image to people like Ted Barrett in Wales, to the McSweeney Family in Cobh and to All our wonderfully loyal Millstreet Website Visitors. A very Happy New Year to Everyone and may a very Bright 2011 bring much Happiness and Joy.

IRD Duhallow Information Meeting at Wallis Arms Hotel

Helen O'Sullivan (with book) of IRD Duhallow was at the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet on Wednesday, 17th Nov. 2010 where she gave a very interesting and most informative presentation to a representative audience from the overall Millstreet area on the regulations governing the availability of grants from IRD Duhallow funding. The audience (some of whom are pictured here) were able to explore a whole range of relevant questions following Helen's very useful talk to which concrete answers were given. (Seán)

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth

Millstreet Pipe Band not only featured in the main RTE news bulletins on Sunday but also in many of today's national newspapers including this picture in the "Irish Daily Star". The Band has dedicatedly been attending the annual Béal na mBláth commemoration for many years and adds enormously to the atmosphere of the national historic event. We thank Patsy McAuliffe for alerting us to the above picture and to "Centra" for acquiring a copy for us before closing time. (Seán)

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St.Patrick’s Day Parade by Air Take Photography

Scenes from the Millstreet St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2010, taken by Air Take Photography (based in Meelin) with their revolutionary way to take top quality, low altitude aerial photography for a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial photography. You can visit their new website, and see all the photos from our St.Patricks Day Parade.
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Rent Increase for Museum and Pipe Band slashed

The newly revamped Carnegie Hall
The newly revamped Carnegie Hall

Last weeks Corkman newspaper reported on Cork County Council backing down from a huge 10,000% rent increase for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Pipe Band in the newly refurbished Carnegie Hall. The article can be read here, but below is an extract:

THERE was a slice of very welcome news” at the Kanturk Area meeting this week when senior official Aidan Weir said that Millstreet Pipe Band and the Millstreet Museum could remain in situ at the revamped Carnegie Hall for a “nominal rent”.

At a previous meeting in September, Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) lamented an increase being put on both voluntary organisations and said the rental asking price of €6,400 was just not a reality.

Despite Mr Weir dishing out bagloads of disappointing news to councillors who wanted potholes fixed and lighting put in place, he was able to deliver a slice of very welcome news.

He said he met with other officials and it was unanimously decided that both groups do Trojan work in their community and they would now only have to pay a nominal rent.

“At last, some good news,” said the chairman of Kanturk Area Meeting Cllr Noel Buckley.

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth 2009

Millstreet Pipe Band attending the 2009 Commemoration Ceremony at Béal na mBláth where this year the weather was so very wet
Millstreet Pipe Band attending the 2009 Commemoration Ceremony at Béal na mBláth where this year the weather was so very wet (All pics by Seán Radley)

Video: Mary Robinson at Michael Collins Oration Beal Na Blath 2009

The Millstreet pipe band can  be heard and seen playing at the start of this video

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Rent Reduction sought for Museum and Pipe Band

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Noel Buckley

Councilor Noel Buckley last week was asking county council officials to reduce the rents for our Museum and our Pipe Band who both have rooms in the Carnegie Hall. Apparently the rent for these rooms is €6,500 each per year which seems like an exorbitant amount for local groups that have given so much to the community for such a long time.

It would be a great relief to both organisations to have that burden off their backs. The move was thankfully supported by other councilors from the Kanturk region. But why this was not sought in the last few years when it would more than likely have been granted remains a mystery. update 9 Oct: Found out that the increase was only upped from a nominal fee once they had been moved out of the Carnegie Hall for the year because of refurbishments.

You can read the full article on the Corkman newspaper.