International Dimension to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association

International Volunteers with members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association at the Square on 2nd July 2012 in advance of a Monday Evening Town Project.   The wonderfully energetic Volunteers contributed greatly to Monday evening’s Clean-up project.   (S.R.)

CCC Litter League Tables 2012

After two weeks of the Cork County Council Litter Challenge 2012, we find ourselves languishing down the table for our category with only one week remaining. Top score for the second week was unable to detract from the worst score in week 1 🙁 …  but at least it was a big improvement where most other towns dropped points in week 2.

Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge 2012 League Table – Category A

Dunmanway 985.7 969.3 0.0 1955.0
Blarney 987.0 954.1 0.0 1941.1
Skibbereen 953.3 973.6 0.0 1926.9
Millstreet 938.3 979.5 0.0 1917.8
Castletownbere 964.9 951.0 0.0 1915.9
Youghal 953.6 958.9 0.0 1912.5

See all the scores for the competing Cork towns

Millstreet Community School Second Year Students Help Tidy Towns Association in Afternoon Clean-up Project

Millstreet Community School Second Year Students help Millstreet Tidy Towns Association on Tuesday, 22/05/2012 by participating in an afternoon clean-up project within the town and suburbs. (S.R.)

Painting of Tubs on Monday Evening – Volunteers Most Welcome

During the recent Millstreet Tidy Towns in association with Millstreet Community School Project several bags of rubbish were collected by the inspiring groups of enthusiastic workers. Here we view that great spirit at Clara Road. (S.R.)

As we share a selection of images taken on Tuesday, 8th May when this excellent project was taking place, Millstreet Tidy Towns would very much appreciate help on this coming Monday, 14th May when at 7.00 p.m. the members will assemble in The Square, Millstreet before painting the many tubs which contain the very colourful floral arrangements throughout the town. [read more …] “Painting of Tubs on Monday Evening – Volunteers Most Welcome”

Students at MCS Assist Tidy Towns Association in a Very Practical Manner

Pictured at Millstreet Community School on Tuesday - Transition Year Students with members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association in advance of an afternoon of practical clean up activity throughout the town and suburbs. More pics. of this inspiring project later. (S.R.)

Tidy Towns Association Encourages Further Volunteers to Join their April Clean-up

Assembling on Tuesday evening at The Square, Millstreet, inspiring members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association prepare for April Clean-up 2012. Included from left: Patsy Corcoran, Donal Guiney, Mary Kelleher, Colman Culhane, Noreen Dennehy and Denis Hickey. A further clean-up project takes place this evening (Thursday). Further volunteers are always more than welcome. (S.R.)

Millstreet’s April 2012 Tidy Towns Clean Up

April has been designated National Clean Up month.   Millstreet Tidy Towns Association has organised a major clean up on Tuesday 10th April and Thursday  12th  April. Meeting point will be at the Monument at 7:00pm on both nights.   Gloves,pickers,visors and bags will be provided each night.
Your support would be greatly appreciated.

A Talk on Wednesday Relating to Environment and Waste by Dr. Mary Stack

Co-ordinated by Millstreet Tidy Town and Tourism Association Dr. Mary Stack, Environement Awareness Officer Cork Co. Council,  will present a talk on Environment and Waste at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Wednesday, 30th November at 8.00 p.m. sharp.   All invited.

Tidy Towns Association Presented with Litter Challenge Award in Cork

Members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association receiving their presigious Litter Challenge Award 2011 in County Hall, Cork on Thursday, 8th Sept. 2011. From left: Pauline Lyons, Patsy Corcoran, Noreen Dennehy, Pat Randles, Official Presenter, Colman Culhane with Rebecca Enright & James Kelleher of Millstreet Macra na Feirme. We thank Noreen Dennehy for providing us with the picture.

Together with many representatives from various Co. Cork communities, Millstreet Tidy Towns Association were thrilled to be among the winners in their category in the Litter Challenge Competition 2011.   Here we share images from [read more …] “Tidy Towns Association Presented with Litter Challenge Award in Cork”

Even More Success for Millstreet Tidy Towns Association Tonight!

Millstreet has just been awarded €1,750.00 for having come First in CategoryB1 of the Cork Co. Anti-Litter Competition.   Members of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association are in Cork Co. Hall tonight receiving the prestigious award.    What wonderfully uplifting encouragement for the superbly dedicated Association.  All this on a week when Millstreet has shone so brightly in the National Tidy Towns Awards winning a Bronze Medal.   Sincere and heartfelt congratulations to all involved.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Tidy Towns Association Celebrates Success & Acknowledges Help

Noreen Dennehy, as one of the principal co-ordinators in Millstreet Tidy Towns Association, is presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight (5th Sept.) on the occasion of a celebratory function when members of the dedicated Association marked the fact they wished to acknowledge the help accorded on the many Thursday night clean-up projects. And purely coincidentally, Millstreet was awarded not only a national bronze medal in category D but also a number of financial awards announced earlier today in Dublin at the National Tidy Towns Awards 2011 ceremony. Noreen in her address very especially expressed sincere thanks to Millstreet Macra na Feirme for their much appreciated help over the past number of months. With a hugely impressive mark of 291 Millstreet is only 19 marks behind Ireland's 2011 Tidiest Town, Killarney. Congratulations to both Killarney and Millstreet. Tonight's get together involved a group who assembled and worked together every Thursday night for the clean-up project over the past season. The overall Millstreet Tidy Towns Association will celebrate today's national award at a later point. (S.R.)

Tidy Town Results 2011

News today that Millstreet have again done well in the National tidy Towns Competition. We have improved our score by another 4 points from 287 to 291, and in the process won a National Bronze Medal for Category D (population of 2,500 to 5,000), come in second (and highly commended) in Cork North behind the village of Coolagown, and won the Category D section for North Cork.

On concluding the report, the adjudicator had this to say:

Millstreet is a vibrant, exciting town to visit and it has used its history and topography to excellent effect. Few towns have the advantage of such pleasant walks so readily to hand. Well done to all involved in this delightful presentation.

Well done and a big thank you to everyone involved the local Tidy Towns in any shape or form towards trying to make Millstreet a nicer place to live.


[read more …] “Tidy Town Results 2011”

Uplifting Tidy Towns News

Killarney has won the overall award today in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition.   And we’ve just heard from Dublin that Millstreet has won a medal and a financial award in one of the national award categories also.   More about this uplifting news later when it comes to hand.   Sincere congratulations to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association on this very encouraging recognition of their inspiring dedication in constantly helping to make Millstreet look more and more beautiful.  (S.R.)

Helping to Keep Millstreet Clean

Millstreet is looking good!

Sincere thanks to all those who are helping us to gain points in this year’s Tidy Towns competition….

by cleaning, painting and maintaining your home, shops etc.;

by displaying window boxes, hanging baskets and by planting flowers;

by not dropping litter and cigarette butts on our streets.

Now we ask you to go one step further – by cleaning/brushing outside your home, apartment or business premises each day.

We are aiming to win our category this year.

It can happen with your help.

Show your pride …. Keep Millstreet clean!


Window Display by Tidy Towns at Main Street, Millstreet

Mary O'Connor of Minor Row admires the very impressive window display at Justice's in Main Street. The window shows a selection of the many prestigious awards won by Millstreet Tidy Towns Association over the years. The perfect window setting has become famous when Justice's Bakery used to place the most delicious confectionary and bread on both windows. Gladly we still note that Geraldine still displays the wonderful "Hot Cross" buns at Lent and Easter annually. (S.R.)

Best Frontage Competition

Best Frontage Competition

Paddy & Helen Sheahan, Margaret Smyth, Reen’s Pharmacy and Clara Inn – all did our town proud in last year’s Best Frontage Competition – along with several others in Minor Row, Woodlands Drive, Murphy’s Terrace, Station Road and Killarney Road.

This year Clara Inn and Murphy’s Terrace are setting the pace so far.

Will your Frontage catch up and possibly overtake?!

The poor weather has been a factor in this year’s slow start.

But don’t give up!

Millstreet needs you.

Judging has now commenced.


Cork Inter Town Litter Challenge 2011 first set of results (26th May – 8th June) from the Cork Inter-Town Litter Challenge 2011 have come to Millstreet Tidy Town Committee. Millstreet scored a very good 90 points, and lie in second position behind Charleville (92 points), and ahead of Blarney, Bantry, Bandon, Kinsale, Macroom, and Ballincollig. The challenge is ongoing and judging will finish on July 7th, so please get out and pick up any bits of rubbish you see lying around if we are to come out on top this year. A summary of the initial results are given below, with the full scorecard at the bottom of this article:

Description of Area From To No. of Pieces of Litter (10 butts = 1 piece) Marks
(max 10)
Town Centre Carton House Chinese Restaurant McCarthy Bar 4.6 9
Town Centre Mlulchys Pharmacy Millwheel Take away 7.9 9
Town Centre Garda Station Reens Pharmacy 9.7 9
Town Center Razor Sharp Barbers Cream House 1.8 9
Town Centre Corkery Bar Door of John Moyhihans Rallying 6.4 9
Town Centre Nibbles Restaurant Tarrants- The Bridge Bar 3.1 9
Residential Area Murphys Terrence, House #1 Pier of House no 7 0 10
Residential Area House No 1 of Old Coach Drive ( Down from Murphys Start of wall of House No 7 3 9
Service/School Esso Centra- Entrance from the Town Raiding where tractors are parked 13.3 8
Green Glens Area Picnic Area at the start of the town – Seat before the Tree 4 9
Total: 90

[read more …] “Cork Inter Town Litter Challenge 2011”

Inspiring Tidy Towns Association Seeks More Volunteers

Dedicated Millstreet Tidy Towns Association Volunteers on an impressive painting project at Drishane Road on Thursday, 5th May 2011.

Many visitors to Millstreet remark on how well our town and its environs look.    Millstreet Tidy Towns Association must take much of the credit for these uplifting visitor comments when one considers the Trojan work consistently carried out by truly dedicated members.   But they need lots more Volunteers to continue such [read more …] “Inspiring Tidy Towns Association Seeks More Volunteers”

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)

Drishane Region Project Ltd. A.G.M. 2010 & Hugely Important FÁS Input

Pictured in the Canon O'Donovan Centre tonight at the Annual General Meeting of Drishane Region Project Ltd. supported by FÁS - Seated (from left): Sharon Lane (Acting Secretary & G.A.A.), Gordon O'Keeffe (Chairman & Tidy Town Association), Pat Breen (Treasurer & Millstreet Pitch & Putt). Back row (from left): Gerry McGrath (FÁS Senior Development Officer), Denis Hickey (FÁS Supervisor, Millstreet), Cllr. Noel Buckley (Millstreet Community Council), Jerry Lehane (Millstreet Town Park Committee) and Sheila Murphy (representing Mary Feeley, Canon O'Donovan Centre Projects). Behind the camera - Seán Radley (Millstreet Museum/Tourist Information Centre).

Tidy Towns – Best Frontage Awards

Last night (Wednesday 29th September) we had our prize giving for the annual best frontage in Millstreet. The prizes were presented by our chairman Mr. John O’Keeffe, Margaret Moynihan and Kathleen Crowley. The prize winners were:

  • in the Commercial Category – Reen’s Pharmacy, Main Street, and
  • in the Residential Category: Mrs. Mgt Smith Murphy’s Terrace.

The following were highly commended: Noel & Eileen Collins, Clara road; Paddy & Helen Sheehan, Murphy’s tce; Joan Wall, Station Road, Mary Murray O’Callaghan, Woodlawn Drive.

with thanks to Millstreet Tidy Towns for the above article

Tidy Towns 2010

The results of the Tidy Towns are out today, with the overall winners being Tallanstown from County Louth. Millstreet got 287 points (up 3 from last year) and are winners of North Cork Category C, and finished second across all of North Cork behind the village of Coolagown (which is on the border with Waterford)

CATEGORY C: Millstreet 287, Newmarket 259, Kanturk 221, Rathcormac 210

Read the full report below, or on
Read the overall scores for all competing towns in Ireland
Visit the Millstreet Tidy Towns website, and get involved!

[read more …] “Tidy Towns 2010”

Eurovision Memories Recalled

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Millstreet Eurovision a very impressive Street Display Unit was put in place at West End, Millstreet in 2003. Lots of Eurovision memories will be evoked on this forthcoming Thursday and Friday when a prestigious Australian Television Crew will be filming in the area. Winner of Eurovision 1993, Niamh Kavanagh, will visit Millstreet on Friday, 10th September to participate in this highly significant Documentary which deals with the History of Europe from the First Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and onwards to 2010. (Seán)

284 Points for Tidy Towns in 2009

Millstreet Tidy Towns members at work
Millstreet Tidy Towns members relaxing at work

THE enthusiastic Millstreet Tidy Town Association delved into an analysis of its 2009 submission that earned a rewarding nine mark increase in the national competition. Jumping from 275 to 284 points it follows a 53 mark increase over the previous six years.

The positive reaction from the Tidy Towns adjudicator together with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline augurs well for the future. Some eighty five towns and villages entered the tidy towns within County Cork, Millstreet maintaining its high ranking position.

The positive feedback from the Adjudicator gives a dedicated Millstreet Tidy Towns Association the impetus to continue with a series of projects to enhance the town’s image…

The article can be read in the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman newspaper this week which also contains  other news from Millstreet

The Full Adjudicators Report can be read below

[read more …] “284 Points for Tidy Towns in 2009”

Tidy Towns 2004

The Corkman THURSDAY, DECEMBER9, 2004 writes:

Millstreet Tidy Town Tourism Association can look back on 2004 with a great deal of satisfaction, after many positive developments on the ground and winning several competition plaudits.

In the national tidy towns competition, a county award and a cash prize of €500 gave the committee “the impetus to carry on further in the knowledge that Millstreet is making progress and that all the years of dedicated work have not been in vain.”

Millstreet rose to the top ten best towns and villages in County Cork.

While Millstreet came second to Castletownroche in the North Cork Division, it came first among all the towns of the county in its own category (town with a population of under 1500)

The town picked up an additional nine marks this year, up an additional nine marks this year, making a total of 243.  Over the past two years, Millstreet gained nineteen marks, which is quite remarkable.

At a more local level, Millstreet came first in the Muintir Na Tire “Litter Free Roadside” competition earning €380 and a framed certificate.

Apart from the annual flower planting, the maintenance of grassed areas and the pruning of trees and shrubs the Association erected a wildlife information board on the Drishane Road, prompted by the remarks of several judges over the years, in their annual reports on the town.

The number of planted tubs around the town was also reduced before the summer and painted with a new uniform colour scheme.

A successful meeting with officials in Cork County Council, recently, also brought the welcome news that two of the town’s eyesores were to be finally removed.

One one section of the site, the eagerly-anticipated civic amenity site is already taking shape and this will open  to the public in May 2005.

Another part of the extensive site will provide a home for Millstreet’s proposed new fire station, while the Council is to use the remainder of the old mart property to house its vehicles, machinery and materials – with roadside landscaping.

Another exiting development in the town is the building of a footpath, “long overdue” on the Clara Road from the sheltered housing to the new home in Mountleader.

The Association’s members are grateful to the many business people who sponsored their fundraising efforts in the past year, and to those who contributed to our annual church gate collection.”

Without this support, much of the work undertaken in the last year could not have been accomplished.

Plans are afoot for next year’s activities, with the emphasis on maintaining litter free streets.

It is also hoped that an application for a grant under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme will prove successful and allow us run utility cables underground in the West End.

This would be the second stage in ridding the streetscape of these unsightly cables.