IN SUPPORT OF JERRY SHEEHAN

Subject: LETTER TO THE EDITOR, THE CORKMAN —

Aubane

Millstreet

Co. Cork

29 August 2008

Dear Sir,

IN SUPPORT OF JERRY SHEEHAN

I agree totally with Jerry Sheehan’s critique of official tourist bodies and their lack of support and appreciation for the tourist potential of areas outside the ‘honey pots’ such as Blarney and Killarney (Corkman, 28/8/08).

What makes Jerry’s case even stronger is that the unique Country Park he has created lies exactly halfway between both these tourist spots and all are directly connected by the first tourist project ever created in Ireland – the Cork-Killarney Turnpike road opened on 1st May 1748. His Park could, quite literally, be the centre of a new tourist product.

This road was built by John Murphy of Castleisleand who first saw the tourist potential of Killarney’s lakes and Blarney castle and created a road that joined them – which it still does – for those who know it. That road later thrived as the historic Butter Road for well over a century;

This road connects historic and cultural centres such as Shandon, Blarney, Tower, Mathey, Rylane, Mushera and Sliabh Luachra. There is a myriad historic and archaeological site along its route as well as new attractions such as the new International Golf Course at Tower, the Millstreet Country Park itself and the Green Glens in Millstreet.

The road and environs is also ideal for environmental friendly tourism and activities such as road, hill and mountain walking as well as appreciating the wildlife or simply enjoying the sheer scenic beauty.

It is a perfect introduction, and is complementary, to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Its development and promotion could add a new dimension to tourism in the South West and add to the variety available.

Fáilte Ireland and others have indicated the potential of adding the Butter Road and what it has to offer to the tourist products available to visitors but it has yet to even appear on any tourist map or brochure. Why? Surely that would not be too difficult or expensive to arrange? The Butter Museum in Shandon is rightly promoted – so why not the Butter Road?

Yours sincerely,

Jack Lane

Ministerial Visit to Aubane Commuity Centre to Launch 2 Publications

Aubane 1975 – 2008

On Tuesday 26th August 2008 the Aubane Social Club & Aubane Historical Society was very privileged to have Batt O’Keeffe Minister for Education visit Aubane Community Centre for a very historical event. The Minister was welcomed by Jack Lane Aubane Historical Society and John F. Kelleher Secretary of the Aubane Social Club. He was then introduced personally to each of Aubane Social Club Committee Members. It is the Ministers third visit to Aubane as his first visit was in April 2005, then he came for Jack Lane’s last Launch in May 2007 and now his present visit. The proceedings got under way by the President of the Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane who welcomed everyone as there was huge attendance. IRD Duhallow was represented by its Vice Chairperson Jack Roche. Apologies were sent by Michael Creed TD, Eily Buckley, Fr Gerard O’Leary, Canon Declan O’Connor, Maura Walsh IRD Duhallow, John Sheehan, , Michael Moynihan TD and Don Crowley V Chairman of IRD whom were unable to attend the function. Two publications

Books were launched on the night. The first book is written by Mr. Dan Cronin from Shrone entitled Around the Cork Kerry Border, recalling the Rambling House. In this book Dan presents in collection of stories and historical Sketches from his native shrone and surrounding areas. It is a tribute to the people of his area, their knowledge, culture and resilience in face of many difficulties. They are stories and experiences that impressed and entertained him, and many others and they give a real glimpse into bygone age by someone who lived in it and became one of its narrators. Unfortunately Mr Dan Cronin was unable to attend the launch but his wife Margaret Cronin deputized on his behalf. The second book was written by Ballydaly native Fr Sean Tucker entitled the origins development of the Parish of Millstreet. In this publication Fr Sean Tucker traces the history of Millstreet Parish across nearly a thousand years. It is the first such record of the parish. It is based on detailed analyses of church records using primary resources and is the result of years of original research by Fr Sean Tucker – truly a labour of love. On the platform was Batt O’Keeffe Minister for Education, President of the Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane and Fr Sean Tucker.

Jack Lane in his opening speech said that it was very symbolic to have a launch in Aubane this week as it is National Heritage Week and these two books are a great contribution.

He also said that the Millstreet Area is steeped in local history and urged that the present generation should read and learn about all about the happenings of long ago. He said this history should be thought to second level students at school. Fr Tucker then spoke, he first said that we have a lot of wonderful local heritage even in the Millstreet area. Fr Tucker in his address said he went for a drive the other day around the circuit of Clara which is about 15km. On this route there are many historical sites such as the Old Workhouse at Millstreet Hospital, the old Georgian house at Mountleader and Kilmeedy Castle. Fr Tucker went to college in Waterford and the first Minister he met was Sean Moylan who was the Minister for Education at that era. He paid tributes to Sean Radley Curator of Millstreet Museum on his publication Picture Millstreet, Fr James Mc Sweeney on his recent publication A year in Reflections and Canon Michael Mannings writings on the history of the Stain glass windows of St Patrick’s Church Millstreet. Fr Tucker was truly delighted to have Cullen native and a Minister to launch his publication.

Minister Batt O’Keeffe then made his speech. Batt said it was a hounour and a great pleasure to come to Aubane to celebrate the publications of two great authors who enjoy writing. He praised the Aubane Social Club as it is a club which thrives in a small community by the hard work the club members put in. The Minister then said it was great to see Fr James as he is now the new chaplain in Colaiste Cholim Ballincollig which is just down the road from where the Minister resides, Tom Meaney who was previously a Minister of State and whom he always looked up to. From the Ministers reading of the books he found the two books were written in a picturesque language, interesting and very educational. He said that his 26 year old daughter asked him to give her the two books also to read as after a few pages she too found them interesting to read. He also thanked the two authors for an outstanding contribution to local history and also praised the Aubane Historical Society highly. From his reading of Dan Cronins Book he said it brought back many old memories to him such as the Stations in the local area, the whitewashing of the house, threshing days, the pig and the making of the puddings. He said Dan portrayed these happenings of long ago very well.

In Fr Sean Tuckers book he found that the spirit of hope was very evident. He then declared the two publications officially launched. Jack Lane in his final speech said he could n’t have asked for better launch and praised the Minister. Jack Lane thanked all those who helped in the organising of the launch. Jack Lane then presented the Minister with a hand painted slate which was specially commissioned by Artist Kate O’Keeffe from Ballydesmond.

Tea and Refreshments were served afterwards. Entertainment was then provided by local singers, among them was the very popular Annmarie O’Riordan. Local Musican James Buckley played the Concertina. MC was myself John Kelleher

Article written by

John Kelleher

Secretary/PRO

Aubane Social Club

27th August 2008

Death Notice: Fr.Jack Roche, Carriganima

Fr. Jack Roche CarriganimaThe death has occurred on Monday 22nd September 2008 of Fr. Jack Roche, Carriganima, Cork. Columban Fathers, late of Korea and Bweeng. Reposing at Tarrants Funeral Home, Millstreet today, Wednesday evening, from 5.30pm with removal at 8pm to St. John’s Church, Carriganima. Concelebrated Requiem Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 2pm in St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath, followed by burial in the Community Cemetery. Family flowers only, please.

[read more …] “Death Notice: Fr.Jack Roche, Carriganima”

Tsar of Russia

An article from August 2008 headed, “OVER HALF OF ALL IRISH CREDIT UNIONS UNABLE TO PAY INTEREST ON SAVERS FUNDS” there is a letter from Millstreet Credit Union on the voluntary Consumer Protection Code for Credit Unions defending themselves from over regulation:

Sir,

As regards the above proposed code, we think it is unnecessary
and unwarranted. There are, already, more than enough rules and regulations
governing credit unions. We are aware that this new code is being pushed by the
EU.

EU thinking is driven by the Liberal-Left, who want to control everything. These people are the heirs to the so-called “Enlightenment” of the 18th Century.

[read more …] “Tsar of Russia”

Sherkin Island Trip

On Saturday 12th of August, Aubane Social Club headed off on tour to Sherkin Island, located just off the south west coast of Ireland. A bus load of people headed off early on Saturday morning in great anticipation of a wonderful day out. We were blessed with wonderful weather, where the sun was splitting the rocks all day on Sherkin Island. On the return journey we sampled the wonderful views of Glengarriff and surrounding areas. See attached photos for a sample of the views and scenery we experienced on and around the island. Everyone enjoyed the day greatly. A special word of thanks to our coach driver Seamus Buckley, who drove us around all day till late at night. His patience and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated by all.

Church Panorama – Part Two

On 1st August 2008 I again joined Foreman, Kieran O’Riordan to obtain even more extensive views from the very top of St. Patrick’s Church having climbed the nine levels of excellently constructed scaffolding. Also we had Pat O’Sullivan on video camera and Denis O’Shea on digital still camera recording the historic occasion from the first floor of Carnegie Hall …… really proving that we did reach the impressive heights including getting to ring the Bell of our Parish Church. The complete event was also recorded for LTV2. Our thanks to All who made this special occasion possible. (Seán Radley reporting for www.millstreet.ie from on high over St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet)

Millstreet Panorama from Church…Part One

We bring you on a visit to view the excellent ongoing work presently being carried out at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Thanks to the very kind co-operation of Buckley Brothers of Ballydesmond …especially Tadhg Buckley… we join the ever obliging Foreman, Kieran O’Riordan (a native of Killowen, Millstreet) having donned my hard hat and hi-viz jacket to comply with health and safety rules. On this first visit on 9th July 2008 Kieran takes us to the top of the Church where some wonderful parnoramic views are experienced. We also note the splendid new developement next to the Church…the new Respond! Housing Association building programme at St. Joseph’s Gardens ( formerly Presentation Convent). On the various scaffolding levels of the Church we get a close-up of the highly skillful
work being undertaken especially on the roof of this hugely important building. The original Church was built in 1840 and reconstructed in the early 1930s. Our second trip on high took place on 1st August 2008 when some nine levels of scaffolding brought up to the very top of the cross and allowed us to ring the bell! The images of that trip will follow in Part
Two in a few days time. (Seán Radley reporting from the roof of St. Patrick’s Church)

Derinagree National School win First Rural Schools Hurling Final

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Derinagree National School boys won the schools first ever rural schools hurling final Friday June 13th in Castlemagner.  The previous week they played Knocknagree, Boherbue and Kilbrin in a blitz and won all three matches. Derinagree  went on to play Ballyhass in the semi final and Dromagh
played Kilbrin in the their  semi final. Derinagree and Dromagh then went on to play each other in a very exciting final. The first half of the final was fairly even but Derinagree were a stronger team in the second half.  Final score Derinagree 5-10  Dromagh 3-4. Derinagree team were Michael O Brien (Capt), Paul Sheehan, Beircheart O Connor, Mark O Connor, Gavin Downey, Peadar Duggan, Tadgh O Sullivan,
Jack Buckley. Subs: Dylan O Leary, Daniel Vaughan, Sean Guerin. Trainer/Teacher Andrias O  Sullivan

U14 footballers capture county féile title

Magnificent Millstreet were crowned Cork U14 B Feile Football champions after edging Killeagh/Itas in a titanic struggle in Mayfield last Sunday evening.
Millstreet supporters in the large attendance enthusiastically voiced their appreciation as Millstreet took the spoils on a narrow 3-5 to 2-7 triumph. From a marvellous encounter adorned by brilliant passages in play, Millstreet weathered a late Killeagh offensive to land the spoils.
Millstreet tore into the fray from the first whistle and seized the initiative from a well worked goal netted by Kevin Sheehan. Killeagh attempted to find their feet yet poor shooting limited their progress.
Wind assisted Millstreet were sharper and drove home their dominance on a goal netted by substitute Thomas Sheehan for Millstreet to enjoy a 2-4 to 0-3 grip at the interval. Though Killeagh attempted to pick up their game, Millstreet held their own and maintained a two goal grip at the three quarter stage.
Killeagh proved themselves battlers and a goal threw the issue wide open. Back came Millstreet and a defence splitting move saw Kevin Sheehan blast home a terrific goal.
Victory appeared to be safely in Millstreet’s hands but Killeagh weren’t done yet and a second goal rose their spirits. In the concluding minutes, Killeagh tried desperately to rescue the situation and two additional points left the minimum between the sides.
Time ran out and Millstreet stood firm to enjoy a narrow but deserved win, team captain Kevin Crowley accepting the trophy from County Juvenile GAA Chairman Tony O’Mahony. The successful Millstreet panel included Kevin Crowley, Eoin O Callaghan, Eoghan Daly, Alan Murphy, Robert Kelleher, Paul Sheehan, Donal Linehan, Diarmuid Fraser, Len Murphy, Kevin Sheehan, Beircheart O’Connor, Mark O’Donovan, Daniel O’Brien, Frank Dineen, Cian Dennehy, Rory O’Connor, Liam Cronin, Tadgh O’Callaghan, Stephen Crowley, Shane Dineen, Darragh Murphy, Donough Murphy, Donal O’Connor, Andrew Roche, Kevin Linehan and Padraig McCarthy.
On their return to Millstreet, the victorious panel were paraded through the town led by Millstreet Pipe Band.

Aubane Notes May 2008

Death:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of the following Christy Maddigan who died recently

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Marriage:

Congratulations to Lynette O’Donoghue Aubane & Ted Linehan Aubane who got married on the 9th May at Fossa Church in Killarney.

Confirmation & Communion:

Congratulations to all those in the Aubane area who received their communion or confirmation recently.

Aubane Social Club Summer Day Trip :

The Aubane Social Club will hold their Summer Day Trip on the 23rd August. The destination is not yet decided. Anyone who interested in coming along on the day can contact myself at 029 – 70719 for more information.

The Aubane Website Link:

The Aubane Community Website was set up over four years ago consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The photographs of the Ice Cream Sunday are on the Website this month. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

HB Ice Cream Sunday:

Aubane hosted its third HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 25th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount €2,000 rose on the day for Down Sydrome Ireland. The main organisers of this event were Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher Chairman of the Aubane Social Clutb. The afternoon commenced at 2pm and finished at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. It was great to see such a large attendance on a beautiful summers day. A special word of thanks to John O’Sullivan Tullig of Duhallow Bouncing Castle who provided a bouncing castle inside free of charge. Of course there was more than enough ice cream to go around too. Thanks to all for supporting this worthy cause. Well Done to Kathleen & Jerry.

St John’s Well Mass

The Annual Mass will be celebrated at St John’s Well on Tueday 24th June at 8.30 pm. This year it is the 50th year since the first mass was celebrated at the well. All are welcome.

Cork City Marathon

Congratulations to all the local people who participated in this year’s Cork City Marathon on Monday 2nd June. Well Done.

Stops Sign and Road Markings:

I would like inform the public and the people living in the Aubane Community that Stops Signs and Road Markings have been put in place at Cross Roads at the Kerryman’s Table. These signs were put in place due to the poor vision from the Millstreet Side and failure of people to STOP at the both junctions when either coming from Kilcorney or Ballinagree. As signs are now erected at the Junction a life will be saved as numerous bad accidents have occurred in the past few years. I now ask road users to obey the Road Markings and stop signs as they are put in place for a reason. I would like to thank Councilor Noel Buckley and Michael Moynihan TD for their assistance in helping me as Secretary of the Aubane Social Club to put them in place. Thank you also to the staff at the Cork County Council Office in Millstreet for their quick response action in putting these Signs and Road Markings in place.

Set Dancing:

The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre concluded on the 12th May which was the last night. On the night there were nine sets on the floor dancing to the great music of the popular Abbey Ceili Band. The dancing will recommence again on Monday the 29th September. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm. A special thanks to you all who came to the dancing during the season and I hope ye enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you all again on the 29th September.

Fr James Mc Sweeney is the New Chaplain of Cholaiste Choilm

Congratulations and best wishes for the Future to Fr James Mc Swenney in his new parish Ballincollig where he is the new Full Time Chaplain of Colasite Choilm Secondary School. This is a great school, which has over One Thousand students attending. When I recently spoke with Fr James the day after he received the good news, he said it’s a challenge that im well ready for and as well it is a new beginning with many possibilities to look forward to. The real bonus Fr James though is that Ballincollig is so near to his homeland Toorenbawn as it is only over the hill. Best of Luck in your new Parish Fr James where I’m sure you will made very welcome by the students and staff of Colaiste Choilm and by the people living in Ballincollig.

Enjoy the summer until the Autumn its Goodbye from John F. Kelleher

Aubane Notes May 2008

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Sean Murphy Cloghoulabeg, Steven O’Leary Lissarda, Michael O’Herlihy Berrings, Kathleen Lane Kiseam, Julia Lucey Derrinagree, Margaret Kelleher Cloghoulabeg, May O’Connor Church St Millstreet, Michael O’Leary Clara Road.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Engagement

Congratulations to Una O’Mahoney Clonakilty and Tony Twomey Kilcorney who announced their engagement recently.

Set Dancing:

The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night until Monday 12th May, which is the last night. The dancing will recommence again on Monday the 29th September. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm.

Marriage:

Congratulations to Celine O’Riordan Millstreet & Tim Lehane who were married at St Patrick’s Church on Saturday 5th April.

Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting of the Aubane Social Club was held in the Aubane Community Centre on the 27th March. Gerard Mc Sweeney Chairman thanked the members for the their commitment to the Club during the past year. I John Kelleher (PRO) gave a summary of the different events and happenings that took place during the year and I now look forward to yet another busy year ahead. The Aubane Homepage has also been an tremendous success since it was set up four years ago as the different events that are staged at the Community Centre can be viewed by people Worldwide. This summary will be on the Aubane Homepage shortly for the publics viewing. The present Treasurer spoke very highly about the different events that were organised by the club during the past year. The Social Club now its 33nd year in existence and over the years has celebrated many events such as the Tops of the Town, Butter Road Commeration in May 1998 and their 30th Anniversary Social in November 2005 .

The Aubane Social Club consists of the following officers elected for the year 2008 – 2009

Chairperson – Mr Jerry Kelleher

Vice Chairperson – Mr Declan Kelleher.

Secretary / Public Relations Officer – Mr John F Kelleher

Assistant PRO – Sonya O’Riordan

Treasurer – Mr John Dineen.

Aubane Social Club members include: Kathleen Kelleher, Gerdie Buckley, Ned Lawlor, John W. Kelleher, Don O’ Riordan, John Sheehan, Michael O’Riordon, John Twomey, Michael Cashman, Denny Lane, Shane O’Donoghue & Con Murphy

Mr Gerard Mc Sweeney ended the Annual General Meeting by expressing a word of thanks to everyone for their continuous help and support they gave us during the year 2007-2008. Gerard wished Jerry Kelleher the very best of luck in the year ahead as the new chairman of Aubane Social Club. New Members are always very welcome.

Easter Table Quiz:

The biggest crowd ever of 27 Tables participated this year in our Good Friday Night Table Quiz with the dancing room full to the brim. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan. There were questions for everyone from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge. Many thanks to our sponsors on the night: Colemans of Millstreet, Dennehy’s Centra, The Country Park, Pomeroy’s Clara Inn, William Kelleher Kitchens, Jerry Kelleher Aubane, Michael O’ Sullivan Electrical, Carrig Mill Carriginimma, Alan Burton Drawing & Planning Services, The Wallis Arms Hotel, Super Valu and JK Cutters who sponsored the 1st Prize of 150 euros. A special Thanks to Sean A. O’Sullivan for the use of his sound equipment, to Millstreet GAA for the use of the tables and to anyone else who helped us in anyway.

HB Ice Cream Sunday In Aid of Down Syndrome Ireland:

Aubane will host its third HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 25th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success last year with a considerable amount raised on the day that was donated to Down Syndrome Irealand. The main organisers of this event are Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher. The afternoon will commence at 2pm and finish at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. An excellent afternoon of entertainment is promised for young and old. Please give it your best support.

Winning Streak:

Congratulations to Noreen Cashman Youghal and originally from Tullig who appeared on the National Lottery Winning Streak game show on Saturday the 2nd March. It was great to see a local woman win a tremendous amount of money. Well Done Noreen!!

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher (Secretary /PRO).or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Diamond Sisters Launches New CD:

Congratulations to the Diamond Sisters Breeda & Marie Moynihan Lackdota on the recent launch of their second fifteen track CD which was held at Darby O’Gill’s on Friday 28th March. Singing on this excellent CD also is their brother Donal and father Peter Moynihan. The CD entitled Love Can Build a Bridge is now for sale from the Diamond Sisters Management and from the usual outlets at €15. I believe the launch was excellent success and on behalf of Aubane Social Club I would wish the Diamond Sisters the very Best of Luck for the future.

Fr James Person of the Month Award:

Congratulations to Fr James Mc Sweeney who was awarded The Cork Person of the Month in March. Fr. James McSweeney was based in St.Oliver’s Church, Ballyvolane and had been working in the Ballyvolane/Dublin Hill area since 2001. Prior to that Fr. James was in Ballinlough parish for six years. Fr. James has brought a youthful approach to all we believe in. James has a simple down to earth faith that is rooted in his love of nature and the countryside. He has always believed in nurturing, sharing and promoting good news. This is the heart of the gospel message and is at the heart of his work as a priest. He believes strongly in teamwork and nurturing peoples many different talents particularly young people. James works quietly away but with great energy and determination. Such energy and enthusiasm can only come from a man who is close to God and someone who believes in the great goodness, love and potential of each person in his community. He is a man who never leaves the camera out of sight and always has it to hand to capture that perfect moment. His charity work and his devotion to the parishioners has seen him organize numerous of themed masses and raise thousands of euro for worthy causes through his yearly Calendar and live animal crib at Christmas time. This year Fr James launched his first book entitled A year in Reflections which was an outstanding success and is now a collectors item. Recently Fr James´ work saw the Mercy University Hospital Foundation receive more than €40,000 through his photographic calendar and live animal crib. On Easter Sunday at St Oliver’s Church it was packed to capacity as parishioners said farewell to their popular Parish Priest. Fr James said “The past seven years have been truly special, it has been an absolute honour and privelage working as a priest in this area”. During the mass the teachers and students of Scoil Olibhear preformed a specially commissioned piece “The Mushera Reel” by Richard Daly. I would like to wish Fr James on behalf of the Aubane Social Club the very best of Luck for the Future in his new parish in June. Don’t forget to log on Fr James’s Thought for the day on the net by logging to www.todayismygifttoyou or www.2u.ie

Millstreet Country Park:

It was a delight to read the Examiner on Saturday 5th April and see our own Millstreet Country Park being praised highly by the well know Journalist Mary Leland. Mary is truly right is saying that Millstreet Country Park has Natures bounty in all its glory. In this article it was great to see words the Aubane River, Mushera Mor and the Butter Road being used as it shows that Aubane area has tourism potential by having such a beautiful Country Park near by. So this summer why not pay a visit to this beautiful local hidden gem that is Millstreet Country Park.

Paris City Marathon:

Congratulations to Seanie Barrett Aubane & Brian O’Connor Cloghoula who participated in the Paris City Marathon recently.

Aubane Notes May 2008

Death:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family, relatives and friends of the following Christy Maddigan who died recently

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Marriage:

Congratulations to Lynette O’Donoghue Aubane & Ted Linehan Dublin who got married on the 9th May at Fossa Church in Killarney.

Confirmation & Communion:

Congratulations to all those in the Aubane area who received their communion or confirmation recently.

Aubane Social Club Summer Day Trip :

The Aubane Social Club will hold their Summer Day Trip on the 23rd August. The destination is not yet decided. Anyone who interested in coming along on the day can contact myself at 029 – 70719 for more information.

The Aubane Website Link:

The Aubane Community Website was set up over four years ago consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The photographs of the Ice Cream Sunday are on the Website this month. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

HB Ice Cream Sunday:

Aubane hosted its third HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 25th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount €2,000 rose on the day for Down Sydrome Ireland. The main organisers of this event were Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher Chairman of the Aubane Social Clutb. The afternoon commenced at 2pm and finished at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. It was great to see such a large attendance on a beautiful summers day. A special word of thanks to John O’Sullivan Tullig of Duhallow Bouncing Castle who provided a bouncing castle inside free of charge. Of course there was more than enough ice cream to go around too. Thanks to all for supporting this worthy cause. Well Done to Kathleen & Jerry.

St John’s Well Mass

The Annual Mass will be celebrated at St John’s Well on Tueday 24th June at 8.30 pm. This year it is the 50th year since the first mass was celebrated at the well. All are welcome.

Cork City Marathon

Congratulations to all the local people who participated in this year’s Cork City Marathon on Monday 2nd June. Well Done.

Stops Sign and Road Markings:

I would like inform the public and the people living in the Aubane Community that Stops Signs and Road Markings have been put in place at Cross Roads at the Kerryman’s Table. These signs were put in place due to the poor vision from the Millstreet Side and failure of people to STOP at the both junctions when either coming from Kilcorney or Ballinagree. As signs are now erected at the Junction a life will be saved as numerous bad accidents have occurred in the past few years. I now ask road users to obey the Road Markings and stop signs as they are put in place for a reason. I would like to thank Councilor Noel Buckley and Michael Moynihan TD for their assistance in helping me as Secretary of the Aubane Social Club to put them in place. Thank you also to the staff at the Cork County Council Office in Millstreet for their quick response action in putting these Signs and Road Markings in place.

Set Dancing:

The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre concluded on the 12th May which was the last night. On the night there were nine sets on the floor dancing to the great music of the popular Abbey Ceili Band. The dancing will recommence again on Monday the 29th September. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm. A special thanks to you all who came to the dancing during the season and I hope ye enjoyed yourselves. We hope to see you all again on the 29th September.

Fr James Mc Sweeney is the New Chaplain of Cholaiste Choilm

Congratulations and best wishes for the Future to Fr James Mc Swenney in his new parish Ballincollig where he is the new Full Time Chaplain of Colasite Choilm Secondary School. This is a great school, which has over One Thousand students attending. When I recently spoke with Fr James the day after he received the good news, he said it’s a challenge that im well ready for and as well it is a new beginning with many possibilities to look forward to. The real bonus Fr James though is that Ballincollig is so near to his homeland Toorenbawn as it is only over the hill. Best of Luck in your new Parish Fr James where I’m sure you will made very welcome by the students and staff of Colaiste Choilm and by the people living in Ballincollig.

Enjoy the summer until the Autumn its Goodbye from John F. Kelleher

Millstreet claim u16 hurling title

Millstreet enjoyed a merited 1-11 to 0-4 triumph over Croke Rovers to capture the Duhallow U16B Hurling Championship title in Millstreet.
In fairness, both sides made a concerted effort in the glue like underfoot conditions to serve up a competitive hour’s hurling in the deplorable weather.
However, once Millstreet asserted their authority midway through the second half, there was never a doubt about the outcome and it allowed Millstreet take the inaugural Dave Hallahan Memorial Cup.
At times, both sides performed best against the elements, evident from Millstreet dictating much of the opening half and highlighted on points from David McCaul and Barry O’Reilly.
Rovers attempted to retrieve the situation but it failed to halt Millstreet from gaining a 0-5 to 0-2 interval advantage.
Matters looked ominous for Rovers upon the resumption as Millstreet restarted with the strong elements behind their backs. However as a sleet shower descended on the proceedings, Crokes rose to the challenge.
And their hopes were raised on a pair of points that cut the deficit to the minimum. Millstreet had the facility to raise the momentum and the game turned in the 42nd min on a delivery by the outstanding Michael Vaughan from outfield deceived the Rovers cover to find the net.
That score helped Millstreet take control, boosted by the industrious efforts of Darren Sheehan, Barry O’Reilly, McCaul and Vaughan. And Millstreet finished at a gallop, both Vaughan and McCaul confirming their accuracy to shoot three points apiece that put the icing on the cake.

Millstreet lined out as Pa Rohan,
Jamie Kelleher, Alan O’Connor, John Buckley,
John O’Mahony, Darren Sheehan,
Muiris O’Connor, Barry O’Reilly,
Michael Vaughan, Kieran Sheehan,
David McCaul, Tony Cronin,
Kieran Fraser, M Murphy,
S Cronin. Subs. Andrew Crean,
Donough Tarrant,
Patrick Looney, Michéal Buckley

Minor football team land league title

Millstreet gathered a deserved 4-10 to 2-6 victory over Knocknagree in the Duhallow Minor B Football League Final played in Knocknagree.
Despite the lateness of the season, both sides requested the game go ahead. And all credit to the pair who battled through a biting cold wind to serve up an appealing encounter for the enthusiastic attendance present.
At the end of the hour, the sharper and better balanced Millstreet landed the spoils to gather compensation for a county final defeat to Donoughmore a few days previously.
Early on, Knocknagree appeared the more hungrier side and confirmed on shooting a run of points.
Both teams proceeded to miss a plethora of chances before Millstreet’s game got up and running to snatch the initiative thanks to a goal from David McCaul. Knocknagree answered positively and regained the lead temporally thanks on a goal netted.
Matters improved considerably for Millstreet, boosted by the influencial play generated by Darren Sheehan, Darren Murphy, McCaul and Mark Ellis. And Knocknagree were rocked on the concession of two quick fire goals from John Buckley that helped Millstreet to a 3-4 to 1-4 interval advantage.
Knocknagree threw down the gauntlet for the restart and their hopes brightened on a goal. But that was as close as Knocknagree got for Millstreet held key personal in the key departments to sway the outcome.
And Millstreet finished strongly, a run of points was completed by a neatly taken goal from Mark Ellis that effectively wrapped up matters.
Millstreet lined out as Denny Twomey, Dean Desmond, Barry O’Reilly, Conor Lane, Darren Sheehan, Kieran Cotter, David McCaul, Darren Murphy, Brian G Murphy, John Buckley, Mark Ellis, Garry Buicke, Michael Murphy. Sub. Tim Fitzgerald.

Train Station Award

The Twelve Counties Railtour MkII at Millstreet Train Station. Picture: (c) Finbarr O'Neill

At the 16th annual Waterford Crystal-sponsored Iarnród Éireann Best Station Awards (2008)  [1], held in Croke Park recently, Millstreet Train Station has been awarded second place in the Intercity Halts Category.

It is a credit to those that work there that it is so well kept.

Mallow won the Best Major Station, Kent Station (Cork) received a conservation award, and Fota won the most improved unmanned station, while the best overall station went to Greystones (Wicklow). [read more …] “Train Station Award”

Aubane Notes March 2008

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Aubane Social Club AGM – Thursday 27th March 2008

Events Report

The Social Club once again another busy year

The Set Dancing continues every month night and during 2007 the Social Club held Dancing Classes which finished in Late March of 2007.

March 2007

Car Treasure Hunt:

The Aubane Social hosted a Car Treasure Hunt on Sunday 25th March which was a very enjoyable event.

April 2007

Easter Table Quiz:

Another big crowd participated last year in our Good Friday Night Table Quiz with the dancing room full to the brim. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan. There were questions for everyone from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge

May 2007

HB Ice Cream Sunday:

Aubane hosted its second HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 27th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount €1050.00 rose on the day for Down Sydrome Ireland. The main organisers of this event were Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher. The afternoon commenced at 2pm and finished at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. It was great to see such a large attendance on a beautiful summers day.

Fr James Sweeney receives the Lord Mayor’s Civic Award

The Mc Sweeney Family Toorenbawn received a very prestigious Award from Bothar.

Batt O’Keeffe TD in Aubane for Presention

The Aubane Historical Society (AHS) organised a local launch of its latest publication and presented a copy to Minister of State, Batt O’Keeffe TD on Saturday 12th May 2007. It is called “Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford and is dedicated to Jack Roche

June:

The Lane family Aubane donated a beautiful pine seat to the Aubane Social Club & St John’s Well Committee at St John’s Well in memory of their late parents Hannie & Jackie Lane Aubane. The Aubane Social Club in June hsted a very special mass for the late Hannie Lane who passed away in May 2007 and she also left the Aubane Social Club a generous sum of money in our will. May she rest in Peace. Hannie was a member of the Social Club for many years
Annual Mass at St John’s Well:

The Annual St John’s Well mass was celebrated on the 25 June 2007 as this year it was the 25th Anniversary of the erecting of the Stations of the Cross. . It was celebrated by Bishop Bill Murphy Bishop of Kerry, and assisted by Fr Declan O’Connor CC St Mary’s Cathedral Killarney. A large crowd attended the mass this year despite it being a rather cold overcast evening. During the mass Fr Declan O’Connor recited the well-known poem St John’s that was written by one of the founder members of the St John’s Well Committee

After the mass a reception was held in the Aubane Community Centre where people were treated to refreshments and entertainment. The Aubane Social Club and St John’s Well Committee also made two presentations to the Fr Bill Murphy Bishop Kerry for celebrating the mass. John W. Kelleher presented him with an engrave Slate Clock and Brendan Kelleher presented a framed photograph of St John’s Well. Fr Bill Murphy said that it was his first time to Aubane and was very impressed by its scenic beauty; he also said that the next time he would be travelling to Cork he would take the Butter Road Route. The celebrations went on till the early hours of the morning.

25th August 2007

Aubane Social Club amongst other local people enjoyed a day trip around the Beara Peninsula and stopped off for an enjoyable night of entertainment the Lansdowne Arms in Kenmare.

October 2007

Annual Fancy Dress:

The Annual fancy dress took place on Friday (26th October) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The annual event raises money for charity each year. This year the money raised went to the Cullen & District Special Needs Association & The Aubane Social Club. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes.. During the past 7 years Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey have raised an incredible amount of over €25,000 for different charities. On Friday 9th November Jerry and Tony presented the two cheques to representatives of both the Aubane Social Club and the Cullen & District Special Needs Association. On the night also a beautiful hand painted slate clock was presented to Tony Twomey for the great the work he did in organising the event for the past 7 years. Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey both said on the night that they would not be organising the event anymore and that it was there last, but the good news is that the members of the Aubane Social Club will now continue role in organising the Annual Fancy Dress for next year and the years to come. Like every other year the money will be donated to different charities. On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to wish Tony and Jerry every success for the future and thank you both for such a generous contribution, which will be put towards the Aubane Community Centre Roof Fund.

November 2007

On Friday the 7th December Fr Sean Tucker gave an interesting lecture on History of Drishane Estate. The lecture was officially opened by the President of Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane. The lecture was very well attended.

In November a number of people from the Aubane Area and from the Social Club participated in Defibrillator and Occupational First Aid Training which took place over three Saturday’s. This was very intensive training.

The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Thursday 13th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Michael Manning and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 9th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre.

The Social Club enjoyed their Christmas Party at Killarney Heights.

Fr James Relaunches New Book in his homeland:

Aubane’s own Fr James Mc Sweeney launched his new book titled “A year in Reflections in Aubane Community Centre in the presence of a large attendance on Tuesday 18 December. “ A year in Reflections features a thought for each day of the year with a focus written by Fr James. Accompanying the text is a photograph for each day of the year. Mr Sean Radley launched the book and described publication as very special and a treasure. The book is dedicated to his parents Con & Nora Mc Sweeney. Supporting the publication were The Evening Echo newspaper and present at the launch were Dan Linehan CEO, and Diarmuid O’Donovan Circulation Manager. The book has now gone nationwide and remains on sale at bookshops and usual outlets.

Around The Fireside
On December 28th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost seventy people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling.

Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was over One Hundred or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner.

January 2008

Aubane Climb supports St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice

The Aubane Social Club took time to acknowledge a fundraising venture from one of its familiar hostings. All the participants in the club’s annual sponsored Mountain Climb which took place on Christmas Day morning were applauded for venturing out in great numbers to support the traditional staging and helping the Marymount Hospice Fund.

Aubane Social Club Chairman Gerard Mc Sweeney commended the close on 150 participants who made it the most successful undertaking by the club. The brilliant weather added to the occasion in a venture growing in success supported by record numbers. This mountain climb on Christmas Morning has been ongoing now for over thirty years with a different charity benefiting each year. Marymount Hospice offers an invaluable service and it is vital cog to people in County Cork A €6,500 cheque was presented by club member John Kelleher Snr to Noreen Cahill Marymount Hospice. Ms Cahill said that she was no stranger to the Aubane Area as her relatives come from Ivale and was delighted to be back in Aubane again. Mary Cahill expressed gratitude for the generous contribution toward enchancing the working of Marymount Hospice and their plans for a new building which will be built on the Old Greyhound Track.

March 2008

The biggest crowd participated this year in our Good Friday Night Table Quiz with the dancing room full to the brim with over 25 Tables. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan. There were questions for everyone from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge. Congratulations to all involved.

Fr James Mc Sweeney is awarded Person of the Month.

John Kelleher

27th March 2008

Aubane Notes February 2008

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Mary O’Sullivan and Teddy Lucey Carrigimma.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Birth:

Congratulations to Ann & Billy Kelleher on the birth of their baby boy.

Easter Table Quiz:

A Table Quiz will be held in the Aubane Community Centre on Good Friday 21th March commencing at 8.30 p.m sharp. All are welcome to attend

Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting of the Aubane Social Club will be held in the Aubane Community Centre on the 27th March commencing at 8.45 p.m Sharp. New Members welcome to attend.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm

All – Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Millstreet Set Dancers whom were recently crowned All Ireland Champions in the All Ireland Scór na nOg Finals hosted in Athlone on Saturday 16th February The Set Dancers fulfilled their promise to collect a Munster title for the first time in January which allowed Millstreet and a Cork team enter new ground on representing the province in an All Ireland final at set dancing. But then on Saturday the 16th February their dream came through when their presentation of the Cavan Reel swept the boards much to the satisfaction of all concerned. The Set Dancing team involved were Allanah Barry, Leanne Daly, Kayleigh Sheahan, Aideen Buckley, Emer Twomey, Muireann Murphy, Orla Kiely and Regina Lane. The Aubane Social Club would also like to Congratulate their Team Coach Breeda Cremin, the lady who has been the person promoting and teaching set dancing in Millstreet over the years. Well Done to you all.

Congratulations to the Boherbue Instrumental Music Group who also won the All – Ireland Title in their Catergory in Athlone on the 16th February. Well Done to their mentors Mgt Kiely Nee Collins originally from Rathchoole and Alan Finn Buttevant who put a lot of work and time into tutoring the group on the run up to the finals.

Monument Unveiled honour World Champion Ploughman

On Saturday 16th February at Banteer Road, Kanturk a beautiful monument was unveiled to honour Tadhy Kelleher, the World Champion Ploughman. Denis Kelleher brother of Thady unveiled the monument and I have have told by many people that when the covers were taken off that the first thing that struck everyone was the true likeness of Tadhy down to the way he wore his cap. I would like to congratulate the Kelleher Family on unveiling such a beautiful sculpture in the memory of their brother Tadhy.

Aubane Climb supports St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice

The Aubane Social Club took time to acknowledge a fundraising venture from one of its familiar hostings. All the participants in the club’s annual sponsored Mountain Climb which took place on Christmas Day morning were applauded for venturing out in great numbers to support the traditional staging and helping the Marymount Hospice Fund.

Aubane Social Club Chairman Gerard Mc Sweeney commended the close on 150 participants who made it the most successful undertaking by the club. The brilliant weather added to the occasion in a venture growing in success supported by record numbers. This mountain climb on Christmas Morning has been ongoing now for over thirty years with a different charity benefiting each year. Marymount Hospice offers an invaluable service and it is vital cog to people in County Cork A €6,500 cheque was presented by club member John Kelleher Snr to Noreen Cahill Marymount Hospice. Ms Cahill said that she was no stranger to the Aubane Area as her relatives come from Ivale and was delighted to be back in Aubane again. Mary Cahill expressed gratitude for the generous contribution toward enchancing the working of Marymount Hospice and their plans for a new building which will be built on the Old Greyhound Track. A special thank you to all who climbed on the day and to those who donated their money so generously to the fund.

Aubane Notes January 2008

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Eileen O’Connor Fermoy, John Murphy West End, Oliver O’Connell Rathcoole, Paul Fitzgearld Clara Road, Paddy Healy Murphy’s Tce Millstreet and Eileen Murphy Killowen.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Engagement

Congratulations to Noreen Lane Newmarket and Shane O’Donoghue Aubane who announced their engagement recently.

Birth:

Congratulations to Ann & John O’Sullivan on the birth of their baby girl.

Annual Christmas Party
The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Thursday 13th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Michael Manning and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs. To end the night Santa made a guest appearance. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night especially The Millstreet Choir, John A. O’Sullivan, Ceolthois Ceoltoiri Eireann and to all the Aubane Social members who helped out on the night.

Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City. At 10:30am the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by the Millstreet Country Park. It was a beautiful fresh morning, but we could see what lay ahead of us, the dense fog on top of the mountain. A small flock of sheep seemed the only other things moving. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was over One Hundred or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner. A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy who filmed the climb which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night and also

Thanks to each and everyone of you who climbed the Mountain on the day.

Christmas Crib
Well done to Fr. James McSweeney on the beautiful crib, which he erected near his home in Ballyvolane, Cork over the Christmas period. People admired it from near and far. This year the proceeds of the crib are going directly to the Mercy Hospital Fund. I also invite you to check out www.todayismygifttoyou.ie. The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day.
The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. On behalf of Aubane Social club, we would like to thank him for attending the various functions in Aubane over the Christmas period.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 9th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre. Santa arrived in great syle in a chauffeur driven Ford Cortina after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane. He received a warm reception from the crowd. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
There was also an bouncy castle and biscuits and teas for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped and to our Club Member Jerry Kelleher and his wife Kathleen who put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours. Also Thanks to the local Businesses who sponsored the day – William Kelleher Kitchens, Sean Kelleher Electrical, Sean Barrett Electrical, John O’Sullivan Bouncing Castles, C&D Plastering Contractors and Tim Lehane Roofing Contractor.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm. On the 23rd January the music will be provided the popular Ger Murphy, and on the 4h February 08 James Kelleher will provided the music

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. During the Christmas Season a number of pictures were added so don’t forget to log on. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email> Also a special word of Thanks to Hannalee O’Connor and Michael Cashman for their help with the Aubane Homepage during the past year.

Around The Fireside
On December 28th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost seventy people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all.

Fr James Relaunches New Book in his homeland:

Aubane’s own Fr James Mc Sweeney launched his new book titled “A year in Reflections in Aubane Community Centre in the presence of a large attendance on Tuesday 18 December. “ A year in Reflections features a thought for each day of the year with a focus written by Fr James. Accompanying the text is a photograph for each day of the year. Mr Sean Radley launched the book and described publication as very special and a treasure. The book is dedicated to his parents Con & Nora Mc Sweeney. Supporting the publication were The Evening Echo newspaper and present at the launch were Dan Linehan CEO, and Diarmuid O’Donovan Circulation Manager. The book has now gone nationwide and remains on sale at bookshops and usual outlets.

Senior Student of the Year Award:

Congratulations to Cait Buckley daughter of Seamus & Maureen Buckley who was designated Senior Student of the Year by the County Cork School of Music and was award the Pilib O’Laoighre Perpetual Trophy.

Happy New Year to you All!!

Aubane Notes December 2007

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently David Murphy Curraraigue, Magaret Murphy Watergrashill and Ted Corkery Shinnagh, Rathmore.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Marriage:

Congratulations to Dermot Golden Tullig & Mairead Byrne Wicklow who were married recently.

Marathon:

Congratulations to Con Twomey who participated in the Dublin City Marathon during the October Bank Holiday.

Around the Fireside:

On Friday 28th December a night of stories and songs around the fireside will take place in the Aubane Community Centre commencing at 8.30 pm sharp. Everybody is welcome.

Santa Claus is visiting Aubane:

On Sunday December Santa Claus will pay a visit to the boys and girls in the Aubane Community Centre on Sunday 9th December commencing at 2.00 pm. All are welcome.

Annual Christmas Party for Aubane & the Surrounding Areas:

The Annual Mass and Christmas Party for the Aubane community and surrouding area takes place in the Aubane Community Centre on Thursday 13th December at 7.30 p.m. A great night of food and entertainment is guaranteed.

Annual Christmas Morning Climb:

The Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place on Tueday 25th December at 10.30 am and the meeting place is the St John’s Well Car park not the Millstreet Country Park Entrance as we this year would like to get everyone starting from the same venue. The sponsorship cards will be available from myself by contacting me at 086 1942161 or from any Social Club member. This year the proceeds of the climb will be in aid of St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City.

Annual Fancy Dress:

The Annual fancy dress took place on Friday (26th October) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The annual event raises money for charity each year. This year the money raised went to the Cullen & District Special Needs Association & The Aubane Social Club. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes. The variety, the colour and the great effort that everybody went to in dressing up makes this night, one of the best in Millstreet. The winners for the best dressed this year went to Anita Sherlock and James Healy who both received fantastic prizes. During the past 7 years Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey have raised an incredible amount of over €25,000 for different charities. On Friday 9th November Jerry and Tony presented the two cheques to representatives of both the Aubane Social Club and the Cullen & District Special Needs Association. On the night also a beautiful hand painted slate clock was presented to Tony Twomey for the great the work he did in organising the event for the past 7 years. Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey both said on the night that they would not be organising the event anymore and that it was there last, but the good news is that the members of the Aubane Social Club will now continue role in organising the Annual Fancy Dress for next year and the years to come. Like every other year the money will be donated to different charities. On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to wish Tony and Jerry every success for the future and thank you both for such a generous contribution, which will be put towards the Aubane Community Centre Roof Fund.

On Holidays:

It was great to see many people visiting the area since the last edition of the Clara News. My good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart from Reims in France gave a trip home as also did Cisily Cashman from California to see her family in Tullig. The Long Family Aubane, Mamie Martin and Her Husband Ray from Chicago, Judy and Ann who reside now reside in London were also holidaying the area. I know Mamie is a regular reader of the Aubane Notes.

Accountancy Awards:

Congratulations to Noreen Lane Aubane on being the recipient of two awards from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her excellent achievement in Accountancy. Noreen came 1st in Ireland in Professional Auditing 1 & 2nd in Ireland in Professional 1 Strategic Management Accounting. She was also presented with another award from the Cork Institute of Technology in recognition of her great achievement at Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig recently.

Set Dancing:

The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The set dancing has now gone from strength to strength with the dance floor full evey Monday Night and it is a credit due to the organisers so take a bow. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm sharp. On the 17 th December Set Dancing Christmas Party Night the music will be provided the popular Ger Murphy, and on the 7th January 08 Kevin Lynch & Marie Twomey will provided the music.

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over three years consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie/aubane under the Aubane Community News. During the month of December many events will take and so photographs will be taken and then put on the Aubane Webpage showing all the happenings. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Calendar in Aid of the Mercy Hospital Cork Pastoral Care

An ideal Christmas present this year is Fr James Mc Sweeney’s Calendar for 2008. Last year’s Calendar was an outstanding success raising over €30,000 for St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund. This year Fr James hopes to do as good with all the money going to the Mercy Hospital Cork Pastoral Care to mark the 150th Anniversary of its Foundation. The Calendar is €5 and you will be glad to know that your contribution will be going directly to the Mercy Hospital. Pastoral Care Fund. You can also get the calendar posted to anywhere in the world for €7.00 (Includes Postage and Packaging) or send a cheque to Fr. James Mc Sweeney, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane, Cork. Fr James’s Christmas Crib at 1 Kilmorna Heights in Ballyvolane, Cork City. will be open to the public on the 8th December. I also invite to check out www.mythoughtismygifttoyou.ie The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated everyday with a short reflection for the day.

Fr James Launch New Book:

Congratulations to Fr James Mc Sweeney on the recent launch of his new book titled “A year of Reflections”. Which has 365 reflections one for every day of the year accompanied by a different picture. This is available at all Bookstores in Cork City.

Apprenticeships:

Congratulations to Declan Kelleher Aubane, who recently received his Apprenticeship Award in Bricklaying & Stone Masoning and to John Lehane Aubane who received his Apprentice Award in Carpentry & Joinery.

Aubane Historical Society:

On Friday the 9th December Fr Sean Tucker gave an interesting lecture on History of Drishane Estate. The lecture was officially opened by the President of Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane. The lecture was very well attented. It was also nice to hear Jack Lane speak on Joe Duffy’s RTE Radio 1 programme about the 1916 Rising recently.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at home and abroad a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2008!

John F. Kelleher

December 2007

Santa Visits Aubane 2007

by John F. Kelleher

Santy was back in Aubane last Sunday the 8th December. A big crowd filled with anticipation and trepidation gathered to greet Santa who arrived a little later.
He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
Thanks to all the people that helped to put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours.

Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest

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This window was in the old church. It consists of two sections which coalesce to form one scene – the Ordination of a priest. The window is in remembrance of Rev. Jerome Harding who died on 16 Nov. 1876, aged only 28 years. He was curate in Cahirciveen but his people were from Millstreet. His remains were brought to Millstreet for burial and it was a massive funeral. The inscription at the foot of the window reads: “in memoriam reverendi jeremiae harding: obiit die novembris decimasexta mdccclxxvi” (“In memory of Rev. Jerome Harding; he died 16th Nov. 1876”). [read more …] “Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest”

Brief Updates for December

BOOK LAUNCH

Fr. James McSweeney contributes a splendid Thought for Reflection on page four of the daily Cork “Evening Echo”. Many of Fr. James’s magnificent pictures also feature on that popular newspaper….as well as on his globally popular website www.todayismygifttoyou.ie . On Thursday, 22nd November 2007 a wonderful book of these reflections and pictures entitled “A Year in Reflection” was launched in Ballyvolane in Cork. An ideal Christmas present! Fr. James’s annual Calendar was also recently launched. Do look out for both the Book and the Calendar on sale locally in many local outlets.

[read more …] “Brief Updates for December”

Aubane December Notes

Marriage:Congratulations to Dermot Golden Tullig & Mairead Byrne Wicklow who were married recently.

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently David Murphy Curraraigue, Magaret Murphy Watergrashill and Ted Corkery Shinnagh, Rathmore.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis [read more …] “Aubane December Notes”

New Clara aerials have arrived

Our local television channel continues to provide an increasing variety of features. Those yet to be broadcast include the production of a typical “Cork Evening Echo”, a special sequence from the recent 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned Seán Moylan. During that historic day in Kiskeam we got to meet and interview the Minster for Justice, Equality and Law Reform – Mr. Brian Linehan, T.D… as well as many members of the Moylan Family. We shall be recording a Christmas special within a family home for transmission over the festive season. We were delighted to join the celebrations for the All-Ireland winning Céilί Band …the Allow …. in Freemount. World Snooker Champion, Ken Doherty, was given a royal welcome to Rathmore Community Centre on Thursday, 15th November where this very approachable national sports hero also gave LTV2 an uplifting interview with Brendan Murphy on camera.

[read more …] “New Clara aerials have arrived”