A Night at the Castle – update

The organisers of the concert ‘A Night at the Castle’ in Drishane on Friday December 3rd have contacted us to say that “It seems that some people are waiting for the release of a concert for the Sunday afternoon – like last year.  There will NOT be a Sunday Concert and please buy your tickets before they are sold out !

The concert is in support of Children’s projects. Tickets are available at :

  • O’Leary’s Family Butchers,
  • Justyna’s Polish Shop Millstreet,
  • Green Glens Arena 029 70800, or
  • if you cannot pick up tickets beforehand, send an email to <email: Green Glens> and they will help you out.

Full details are available in the previous posts:

Launch of Fr. James McSweeney’s New Book

Fr. James McSweeney pictured at the official Book Launch of his magnificent new book “A Year to Remember”  in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig with Family & Friends on Tuesday, 23rd Nov. 2010.    More images of the hugely successful event in a few days time. (Seán)

Also, Fr. James’ photo made the front page of yesterday’s Evening Echo newspaper. photo below: [read more …] “Launch of Fr. James McSweeney’s New Book”

A Lot of Men

A lot of men in my young years in Millstreet did like their sports and did enjoy their grog
And they shlauned peat to warm their family homes in Winter in early Summer in Gneeves mountain bog
Around their fire grates on nights in the depths of Winter current affairs were discussed and other things they did recall
Such as politics and sporting greats and of great teams and games of hurling and gaelic football
They told stories of the War of Independence in Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow such as the ambush at Tureengarriffe Glen
Of a battle celebrated and often written about of the bravery of Sean Moylan and his men [read more …] “A Lot of Men”

Regional Report 1040 – 23rd December 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1040 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this cold and frosty Tuesday morning.

The Feast of the Presentation was celebrated over the weekend, and  in it’s honour a special Mass was concelebrated in our Church on Friday with all the pupils, teachers and staff of our Presentation National school attending. The Children performed a lovely pageant depicting the life of the Foundress of the Presentation Order, Nano Nagle, and their music and singing filled the air with lovely sounds. Sean Radley was there to film it and I will be screened on LTV2 in the near future.

All  during  last week our shops had offers galore for our special Shopping Week, with many people taking advantage of the occasion to stock up on certain items.  Next up will be the Christmas Art Fair which will be held in the GAA Hall from December 3 to 5th.

Women’s Health and Well Being Information Evening will be held at the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket on tomorrow Wednesday Evening, starting at 8pm.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1040 – 23rd December 2010”

How we vote

… Cork NW is a very split constituency. There is a respectable Labour vote in Macroom town and Ballincollig/Ovens has a lot of swing voters who will occasionally go Labour. However, the north of the constituency around Millstreet and Kanturk votes as though the civil war is still on…

Taken from the the discussion boards of the Peoples Republic of Cork website, where the discussion is warming up with all the current political turmoil in the country.

Indeed the ability to laugh at ourselves may be the only thing that can save us from losing our minds this time around!

Ray Ryan Honoured in Mallow

Journalist supreme and superb Correspondent in the "Irish Examiner" and "Evening Echo" Ray Ryan (seated 4th from left) was given a magnificent retirement reception at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Sat. 20th Nov. 2010 by a very large group of colleagues from the world of newspapers, radio and television. Ray, in the presence of his wife, Maura and his son, Raymond, received a beautiful framed painting on an equestrian theme. Donal Hickey was M.C. for the occasion where some truly brilliant and witty speeches were delivered. Highlights of the evening will be seen on LTV2 Millstreet at a later point. (Seán)

Parish Newsletter – 21st November 2010


Our lord Jesus Christ, universal king – 21st November, 2010

Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P. Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  / Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  <email> www.dioceseofkerry.ie


MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY 10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

Mass Intentions this Week-end:

Saturday 20th November:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                  Cormac Dineen, Mill Road   [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 21st November 2010”

Millstreet I.N.T.O. Function in Killarney

To mark his recent retirement from Primary Teaching a special Millstreet I.N.T.O. function was held in Randles Court Hotel, Killarney on Friday, 19th Nov. 2010 where Seán Radley was presented with the official I.N.T.O. framed certificate by I.N.T.O. Central Executive Council President Mr. Jim Higgins in the presence of I.N.T.O. Members, Regional I.N.T.O. Officials and Retired Teachers. (Pic.: John Tynan, Banteer)

Marina sings for Children in the Chapel of the Little Flower

Harpist and singer Marina Cassidy will launch the 2010 Festive Season as part of a full line up of performers in a special benefit evening for children to take place in the recently restored Drishane Castle Chapel, Millstreet on 8 pm Friday December 3rd next.

Called “ A Night at the Castle” – 2009 was the inaugural year of this Concert which was an outstanding success.
Well known Flautist Miriam O’ Sullivan and Accompanist Declan Walsh will complement Marina to make this a truly memorable evening of music and song, in the beautiful setting of the Chapel of the Little Flower.

Also performing on the evening are:

  • Millstreet Church Choir,
  • St Augustinian’s Church Polish Choir,
  • Ms. Louise Bourke Soprano,
  • Drishane Castle African Gospel Choir and many more.

It will be followed by a Mulled Wine Reception in the adjacent assembly hall, all of which is [read more …] “Marina sings for Children in the Chapel of the Little Flower”

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)

Millstreet’s Aileen Hickie on TV3’s “Midday”

Aileen Hickie, daughter of Andrew & Mary Hickie, The Square, Millstreet, wife of Matt Cooper of "The Last Word" (Today FM), and Barrister by trade - features on a very regular basis in the hugely popular TV3's "Midday" programme (broadcast weekdays from 11.50 a.m. to 12.50 p.m). On one of the panel discussions the very professional and consistently cheerful Aileen highly praised Millstreet's Tubrid Holy Well - Thank you for being such a wonderful Millstreet Ambassador in Dublin, Aileen. (Seán)

You can see her in the video of Monday’s ‘Midday’ programme on TV3.ie

Prayerful November Balloon Release at Millstreet Community School

A most impressive Balloon Release took place today, Tuesday 16th November at 12noon in Millstreet Community School bus park. It involved the release of about 300 black or white balloons filled with helium.  The idea of this event came from a group of Transition Years who wanted to find a different and memorable way to remember loved ones who had passed away.  Each Student and member of Staff was asked to write names of loved ones on a small piece of paper and these were inserted into the balloons.  All the balloons were collected in a net and a short prayer service with all the school participating with Fr. Paddy O’Byrne and co-ordinator, John Magee, School Chaplain as well as [read more …] “Prayerful November Balloon Release at Millstreet Community School”

Millstreet Shopping Week

Millstreet Development Group are holding their second Millstreet Shopping Week this week (15th-20th November). It proved a wonderful success last year with a noted increase in activity in the town. There are great bargains available in the shops, so take advantage of them while also supporting our own this week.

A brochure was circulated by post to all the households last week, so we’ve added it below if you haven’t received yours. And, don’t forget that you can buy gift vouchers that you can use in all Millstreet shops in Millstreet Credit Union.
[read more …] “Millstreet Shopping Week”

Regional Report 1039 – 16th November 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1039 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this cold and very seasonal Tuesday morning.

Our vibrant Town Development Group held a very successful Bazaar at the Community Hall on Sunday afternoon. It was a first for them and it showed great co-operation and strength in the manner in which they all put their shoulders to the wheel for the common good.

The Bazaar was the Groups way to kick-start their special shopping week which will run until next Monday  November 22nd. Our shops and Stores are offering big reductions right across the board.  So don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a bargain.

In December they will have a repeat of last years Christmas Market. But indoors in the Community GAA Hall instead of on the streets. It will run on the weekend of  December  3rd-5th. They also have new plans for our Christmas Lighting of the Town.

In the New Year le conamh De, they will hold a special Welcome Home Festival, also a Walking weekend, now that they have developed some new Loop walks in the area, thus opening up the best of our spectacular scenery.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1039 – 16th November 2010”

Des O Grady selected to stand for Sinn Féin

At a well attended convention last Sunday in Millstreet, Ballincollig based Des O Grady was selected as the Sinn Féin candidate to contest the next general election in Cork NW.

Afterwards, he told the convention: “I am proud and honoured to be chosen to represent Sinn Féin in the next general election. The majority of this constituency was represented by Terence MacSwiney in the first Dáil established in 1918. I hope we can summon up some of the courage and principle that animated his generation as we struggle to overcome our difficulties today. The country faces a deep economic crisis, made worse by the [read more …] “Des O Grady selected to stand for Sinn Féin”

Preparing Programme 168 for LTV2 Millstreet

Members of the LTV2 Millstreet team in Studio preparing Programme 168 - Mary, Brendan, Jerry, Eily and Seán M.. Seated are William (who is editing this week's programme which features an interview with Crystal Swing and with Jim O'Malley who walked from the source of the River Blackwater to Youghal) and Michael (on Sound). (Seán R. for LTV2 Millstreet)

Garda Speed Cameras

Map of the new speed cameras around Millstreet

The Garda website has a page showing of all the areas  being targeted by the new mobile speed cameras which go into effect from tonight. Unfortunately, it has been down due to the demand to see where the speed cameras will be located.

It appears that there will be none in the vicinity of Millstreet, but if you are travelling further afield, you’d be advised to slow down and drive with due care becuase they will be covering the Macroom to Cork, Rathmore to Killarney, and Banteer to Mallow roads

Of course the Garda will still have their speed traps as normal wherever they choose, so don’t be fooled into thinking that the above areas are the only places being checked …. but then again you won’t need to look at the above map if you normally stay within the rules of the road! Of course anything that will make our roads safer will be welcomed. Full story and Map from Journal.ie

Results & Fixtures: 15th Nov 2010

Athletics: Desmond Casey of Millstreet AC has been named on the Cork team to participate in the National Inter-County Senior Cross Country Championships (10k) in Gransha Grounds, Derry on Sunday, 28/11/2010:

Cork Camogie Junior B Plate Final:  Millstreet 6-5  Glen Rovers 3-4, in Cloghduv, Sunday 14th 🙂
Duhallow Junior B League Final: St.Johns 1-5 Lyre 4-13 in Knocknagree @ 8pm, Friday 12th
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Nevin Cup Millstreet v St Johns, Millstreet 8pm

Soccer: (13th/14th November)
Lucozade Sport Munster Junior Cup 2nd Round: Millstreet Celtic 2 Killumney Utd 10
AUL 1A: Greenmount Rangers v Rathcoole Rovers (called off)
AUL 3A: Ballinhassig 3 Rathcoole Rovers 2
U16 National Cup: St. Mary’s 2 – 4 Rathcoole Rovers

[read more …] “Results & Fixtures: 15th Nov 2010”

Rock ‘n Roll In Millstreet

We are told that the now is all that matters though on memory lane i often take a stroll
The moment has me in the Town of Millstreet back in the heady days of rock and roll
It was a time of change the nineteen fifties Bill Haley had them rocking round the clock
The new dance craze was spreading in the World and young people to it everywhere did flock
At a dance in the famous Star Ballroom rock and roll was introduced to Millstreet Town
By two young locals Jim Cashman and Fiona Hickey they did enjoy their moment of renown
It was i believe an impromptu performance of a new dance craze started on a distant shore
During a quick step tune the young dance goers of Millstreet witnessed something they had never seen before.

[read more …] “Rock ‘n Roll In Millstreet”

Bazaar Success at GAA Community Hall

Organised by Millstreet Development Group the Grand Bazaar held at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Sunday, 14th Nov. 2010 was a great success. Here we view Rita Buckley (on right) accepting the superb prize of a television kindly sponsored by McCarthy T.V. & Electrical of the Square, Millstreet from Áine of the Development Group. Sandra Buckley of Rathcoole won the prize which was accepted on her behalf by her mother, Rita.

St.Johns Football Club Inaugural Social

St. Johns  Football Club held their inaugural Social last night at the Killarney Heights Hotel. A very enjoyable night for all,  and a big crowd too. The club finished up their first years of football the night before in the league semi-final, having also played in two other Duhallow finals. Onwards and upwards for next year. Pictured above are the players and management from 2010:

Front Row (from left): Gerdie Buckley, Jack Barrett, Declan Buckley, Tim Lehane, Shane Kelleher, Joe Hayes, Brian Kelleher.

Standing (l-r): Michael O’Riordan, Don O’Riordan, Hugh Sheehan, Denis Kelleher, Jerry Kelleher, John O’Sullivan, Neil Corkery, Matthew O’Riordan, Liam Dennehy, Conor Kelleher, Donal Kelleher, Donal Corkery, Seanie Barrett, Alan Burton, Paddy O’Keeffe, Brian O’Sullivan, Declan Kelleher, Diarmuid Corkery (hidden), Tim Cashman, John Twomey, Gerard McSweeney, John Murphy, Denis O’Keeffe.

There were awards on the night for those that excelled during the year (pictured below) and these went  to:

  • Paddy O’Keeffe – Most dedicated player
  • Jerry Kelleher – Clubman of the year
  • Donal Kelleher – Most improved player
  • Seanie Barrett – Players player of the year

[read more …] “St.Johns Football Club Inaugural Social”

November Remembrance Features for Holy Souls

Within St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet a number of very impressive features of Remembrance for the Holy Souls have been put in place.   Many have visited the Remembrance Garden feature where all those who have died over the past year are especially remembered.   Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P. and Sharon Lane, Parish Secretary,  remind us of the following:


We invite the families of all of those who have died during the past twelve months and whom we have remembered in our November Gardens in Cullen & Millstreet to a special Mass of Remembrance.  These will be in Cullen on Thursday 25th at 7.30 p.m. and Millstreet on Monday 29th at 7.30 p.m..    Here we share a
[read more …] “November Remembrance Features for Holy Souls”

Parish Newsletter – 14th Nov 2010


Thirty third SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 14th November, 2010

Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P. Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  / Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  <email> www.dioceseofkerry.ie


MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY 10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

Mass Intentions this Week-end:

Saturday 13th November:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                  Patrick Buckley, Ballyvouskil  

Sunday 14th November: [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 14th Nov 2010”

Organic Horticulture Course

BTEI are currently enrolling for their FETAC Level 5 part-time Organic Horticulture course which runs in Mallow Return To Education Centre on Mondays from 10am to 3pm and starts in February 2011.

This course is offered to those who left school early, medical card holders or those receiving a social welfare payment.  Contact Brendan Glynn on 022 55452 for further information.

Christmas Party at Millstreet Country Park

Have you booked your Christmas Party Venue yet?

Are you looking for a new and exciting venue?

Looking for a venue with a difference?

Looking for a Party with a twist?

Looking for an all Inclusive Package (with no hidden extras)

Looking for Excellent Value for money?

Then look no further?

Millstreet Country Park is again hosting ‘Afternoon Festivities’ for Senior Groups and Coach Parties. Despite phenomenal demand dates are subject to strict availability. Remaining dates available include 8th 15th and 16th December. Sunday 12th December can be made available by demand. [read more …] “Christmas Party at Millstreet Country Park”

Death Notice: John E. Doody Sr.

John (Jack) Edward Doody, Sr., 92, of Gainesville, passed away November 9, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Doody was born to John Doody and Margaret Driscoll Doody in Corinth, NY and moved to Gainesville in 1970 from Great Barrington, MA. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anita, children John E. Doody, Jr., Susan Chase, Patricia Emprimo, Christopher Doody, Gerard Doody, Andrea Walker, Annette Doody, Timothy Doody, Matthew Doody, 17 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. [read more …] “Death Notice: John E. Doody Sr.”