At the 2017 FEI European Junior and Young Rider Championships, Dressage took centre stage on thursday. While Thursday was a fine day, Friday had shocking weather, so some had to compete in the downpours. Thankfully the rain cleared Friday night, and the sun shone for Saturday’s Cross Country in Drishane, with the rain helping to make ground conditions excellent. There were a number of fallers, but no serious injuries, only bumps and bruises.
After Wednesday morning’s rain, Noel C. got onto the man above and asked for sunshine for the evening, and as is normal he duly obliged. Just in time, the clouds parted and suddenly we had a lovely sunny evening for what has now become a tradition – the Parade of Nations through Millstreet, bringing a slice of colour and fun to town.
Led by the Millstreet Pipe Band the sixteen nations dressed in their finery and national colours, paraded up through the town, and back down to the Green Glens where the official opening of the Championships took place, followed by a concert and entertainment.
Today is a day of horse inspections, walking the courses, and final preperations before the action start in earnest at the 2017 FEI European Championships J&YR tomorrow
Don’t forget the big parade through town at 6:30pm this evening. The rain is due to have passed off at that stage for what will hopefully be another big bright and colourful occasion. More photos below: [read more …] “Horse Inspections and the Big Parade this evening”
It’s been a really lovely warm and sunny day as many of the teams arrived for the sixteen countries in the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors, which are being held in Green Glens and Drishane from Wednesday to Sunday.
Full show details can be found at Millstreet.horse/eu2017, or just click on the logo for the logo for the show which will be on the on the top of right of the sidebar all week.
Not many hurling medals make their way to this part of Cork, so when there’s two on one day, it is something to special, as Conor O’Callaghan won a Minor medal, and Mark Ellis a Senior medal. On top of that Jack O’Riordan threw over a point in the primary game 🙂 Below are some photos from the day:
All roads lead to Thurles today for the Munster Hurling Finals where three local lads are playing for Cork. First up is Conor O’Callaghan at corner back (#2) for the Cork Minors (2pm). Then it’s the turn of Jack O’Riordan in the Primary Game. Finally Mark Ellis lines up at centre back (#6) for the Seniors against Clare (4pm). The best of luck to them all, and have a great day everyone that’s lucky enough to have tickets.
It follows on from a day when four local lads were representing Cork footballers underage: Francis Cronin, captain of the U16s; Darragh Cashman & Luke Murphy, U15s; and Eoin Sheahan, U14. [read more …] “Our Thurles Trio”
Humphrey Kelleher was undoubtedly one of the most under-rated full backs to play for Cork. He did not play inter-county minor or under-21, but once he broke into the Cork senior football team, he made the full back position his own. Although Humphrey was renowned for his great strength and fearless tackling he was also an excellent footballer. He was the perfect foil for any slick moving attack and he only had to look west from his home in Millstreet and the whole of Kerry shook with fright – Diarmuid O’Donovan
INTER-COUNTY: By the late 1960’s Kelleher had joined the Cork senior team, however, the team was forced to play second fiddle to Kerry. In 1971 Cork were back. A 0–25 to 0–14 trouncing of back-to-back All-Ireland champions Kerry gave Kelleher a coveted Munster winners’ medal. Cork, however, were later defeated by eventual champions Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Two years later Kelleher secured his second Munster winners’ medal. The 5–12 to 1–15 defeat of arch-rivals Kerry showed the traditional football powers that Cork were coming. The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Cork against Galway. Teenager Jimmy Barry-Murphy scored the first of his two goals after just two minutes before scored a third for Cork after switching to left wing-forward. At full-time Cork were the champions by 3–17 to 2–13. This victory gave Kelleher a coveted All-Ireland winners’ medal. [read more …] “Humphrey Kelleher the Footballer”
Best of luck to Darragh Cashman and the Cork u15 footballers who are playing in the Humphrey Kelleher memorial this weekend, and to Luke Murphy, Cullen (Duarigle Gaels) who will also line out with one of the Cork U15 teams. See the fixtures below:
Cork’s nine year wait for a Munster Minor Hurling Championship final appearance is over as they produced a hugely impressive performance to down the reigning champions Tipperary in this evening’s semi-final replay on a scoreline of 2-22 to 2-19. Starring at corner back (#2) was Conor O’Callaghan from Kilcorney, who plays his hurling with Keale Gaels (Dromtarriffe & Millstreet).
In the first game Conor came in for special mention for an excellent display at corner back, and similarly in the replay: “Conor O’Callaghan again impressive”. The final is on next Sunday in Thurles at 2pm and precedes the Senior final in which Mark Ellis will most likely be playing also.
The best of luck to Kevin Crowley who has been picked at win back (#7) on the Cork team to play Kerry in the Munster Senior Football Championship Final tomorrow Sunday 2nd July in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney @ 2pm has been announced as follows. Don’t expect him to stay there though. Most see him moving to the full back line.
Also, it will be ‘extra special‘ for the Millstreet Pipe Band who will lead out the teams in the pre match parade at Fitzgerald Stadium for the first time in many years.
Millstreet Vintage and Classic Car Club held a highly successful Car Run and Barbecue last weekend, the 40km Car Run started out from Millstreet last Saturday Evening at 7.00 pm, travelled firstly down through the lovely Grounds of Drishane Castle. Then it moved on to some scenic countryside as it made its way to Knocknakilla, Saint John’s Well, the Kerryman’s Table, on to a short stop in Kilcorney, from there it headed to the Eagle’s Nest, where another brief stop was had in stunning countryside with the Run finally winding its way on to the Event finish at Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar, where a lovely barbecue with some refreshments were enjoyed by all. The weather was perfect for what was a lovely drive and the event was well received by everyone who took part.
Event Organiser John P. Kelleher and Millstreet Classic and Vintage Car Club would like to thank the following: Noel C. Duggan Hardware for the use of their yard to park and display all the beautiful cars, the Bush Bar for the use of their premises for event sign-on and registration, O’Leary’s Butchers for the lovely barbecue which was provided, Herlihy’s Centra and O`Keeffe’s Super Valu Millstreet for supplying some refreshments, Matthew and Noreen Sheehan of Moll Carthy’s Bridge Bar for providing and managing a great Venue for the barbecue and to Tom of TMC Photography, Matthew Twomey Photography, Sean Radley,Shane O`Leary of Munster Drone Services and John Tarrant for covering the Event and taking some great Photos. Also many thanks to the hardworking marshals who helped along the route to keep the event running smoothly and safely and finally to all the people who brought out their lovely motors and took part. We say a Big Thank You to Each and Everyone of You. Without your support this Event would not have been the success that it was, and hopefully we will do it all again in the not too distant future.
“A commanding defensive display from Ellis was instrumental in Cork’s victory today – catching many of the opposing puck-outs in a wonderful show of aerial ability. Although Pauric Mahony did enjoy the odd score, there is no denying that Ellis won the battle with his marker for the most part. There was simply no getting past the Millstreet man today, and he complemented a fine individual performance with a superb score in what was arguably one of his best displays in a Rebels jersey.” – Pundit Arena
Mark was interview after the game by Mark Dinan of Red FM. Listen to it here from the Big Red Bench podcast (41:35-44:15)