Snow People Invade

Yesterday evening as the sun was going down, the snow returned again. After December, people were not delighted to see it. But, we got another decent fall of it this time (4 1/2 inches), but this time real Irish snow … not the powdery stuff that blows around the place, but nice damp stuff that you can have snowball fights with. With the snow saw the appearance of some weird and wonderful Snowmen (or snowpeople in this case), which are shown above, but which seemed strangely absent in the snow before Christmas.

Conor Visits Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party

Conor Counihan was a very popular Guest of Honour at the Cullen & District Special Needs Association's Annual Christmas Party on 11th Dec. 2010.

The Annual Christmas Party at Cullen Community Centre was a wonderful success.   Beginning with the celebration of Mass by Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P.  and Martin Goggin as Altar Server, the many guests were treated to a delicious meal followed by [read more …] “Conor Visits Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party”

Brian Dennehy on the Late Late this evening

Irish-American Acting legend Brian Dennehy whose grandfather originally came from Church Street in Millstreet, will be appearing on the Late Late Show on RTE 1 this evening at 9:30pm.

He is currently in Ireland as he is playing The Bull McCabe in Field at the Olympia Theatre Dublin until Feb 12th. If you’re unable to see the interview tonight, you’ll still be able to see it on RTE Player for the next two weeks.

Read a previous article on Brian  Dennehy
With thanks to Padraig for the heads up

Herlihy’s Centra

Staff at Herlihy's Centra

From the Cork Independent:  The Herlihy Group continues to expand with the announcement this week of its acquisition of the Centra store in Millstreet, formally known as Dennehy’s Centra. The store, which has been providing for the people of Millstreet for over 20 years, now becomes the sixth store in the Herlihy Group and will see a significant investment programme over the coming months to develop the store in line with the rest of the Herlihy stores. [read more …] “Herlihy’s Centra”

Revisiting Millstreet

Rev. Patrick Comerford had a few words on his visit to Millstreet in his review of the year 2010:

After many years of absence, I also briefly visited Millstreet, my mother’s home village in north Co. Cork. This is a charming village, and I regret that I never got to know it properly. I’m very aware of my family history on the Comerford and Lynders sides of the family, but know little about the stories of the Murphy and Crowley families in Millstreet.

from Rev. Patrick Comerford’s blog

Ice Hockey in Kanturk

Photos taken by Jim Mc Sweeney on Christmas Morning whilst James Mc Sweeney (in red), and Willam Mullane (in blue) were Ice Skating, playing Hockey on the river Dallow in Kanturk Town Park. Before the lads went on the ice we drilled a pilot test hole first and verified that the ice was 4″ thick. The two lads have played In Line Hockey for 10 years and have represented Ireland in the under 16 Team. The temperature was -15C at the time. The last time [read more …] “Ice Hockey in Kanturk”

Regional Report 1045 – 4th January 2011


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to News report 1045 from Millstreet.

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

A special New Year Greeting to William Foley, Cork city Busman and his wife Phil, they listen in to the repeats of C103 programs at night when he comes in from work and never misses my news report.

And now I want to wish you all a very Happy and prosperous New Year.

It was indeed a Christmas with a difference, right throughout Europe and beyond. And leaving many people, never wanting  to see a white Christmas again. The happenings were well published, so there is no need for me to go down that road, but it has to be said that merit due to all those involved in the travel business, who bore the stresses and strains of it all, without one loss of life or even an injury.

But the worst of situations always brings out a lot of good and it was great to hear of all the acts of kindness that came to the fore. People looked after needy neighbours, etc. and the feeding of the birds was a pastime in itself.  A thrush feeding off the window sill can add joy to  even the worst of days. Frozen water systems brought their own difficulties and for the first time ever when people were invited to a party, they were asked to please bring water as well as the customary bottle of wine.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1045 – 4th January 2011”

Even The Thought Of Such Things

These are things that one would not do in a whim
The Mushera Hill Christmas Day climb or the Boeing New Year’s Day swim
Even the thought of such things leaves me feeling cold
Suppose this is what happens when one is unfit and feeling old
When bracken clad Mushera is covered in snow
In five or more degrees below zero the harsh Winter winds blow
Across the unsheltered face of old Mushera Hill
Brave men and women, boys and girls climb together in the cold morning chill
[read more …] “Even The Thought Of Such Things”

Big Con

When I was young I heard him speak in Millstreet
You might say then his better days were gone
But to the Millstreet Fianna Fail supporters
Their hero was the man known as Big Con.
And though he hailed from Derrinagree Con Meaney
They claimed him for their own in Millstreet Town
In Duhallow the man became a legend
And he was well worthy of his renown.

[read more …] “Big Con”

New Years Day swim at the Boeing


All  showed  the real spirit of the community  and Christmas when our local people, young and not so old ventured into the Blackwater on New years day to raise awareness and money for the Alzheimers Society North Cork Branch.

This is our third New Years swim and we had two parts to the swim this year. Some swimmers jumped in on New Years Eve as they had a wedding to go to. Thanks lads.

Thanks to all the supporters that cheered us on. A very relaxed and enjoyable time sipping hot punch or lemonade was had by all after the swim.

The Alzheimers Society here in North Cork (Mallow Base) offers Home Care, respite care as well as a Day Care to families in need of this specialist care.

St Mary Day Care Centre in Mallow, is a dementia – specific home from home day unit for people with Alziheimers and time for families to do other  things. The environment were people with dementia feel comfortable and are stimulated.

THANKS  to all the sponsers and for all whom supported the swimmers on the day.

Thanks to Joe, from  our local Supervalue  for sponsoring the hot punch and lemonade.

Thanks to The Bridge Bar and the Bush Bar for sponsoring the Tee- shirts that were proudly worn by the swimmers on completing their task.

Thanks to Davy Tarrant and Timmy for the use of the microphone system.

All Moneys raised will stay local

[read more …] “New Years Day swim at the Boeing”

Parish Newsletter – 2nd January 2011


Second Sunday after Christmas, 2nd January, 2011

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

Email:  <email>


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 1st January:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                  Bill, Lizzie & Billy O’Sullivan, Coalpits   [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 2nd January 2011”

Coursing Results

2010 North Cork Cup winner: "Party Jay Cee"

THERE was a thrilling finish to the North Cork Cup at Millstreet, Co. Cork yesterday when Party Jay Cee came racing through to narrowly take the opening turn against Millbridge Eoin and capture the prize.
The winner had put out the overnight favourite, Blazing Serpent in the semi-final. He was away smartly from slips and although Blazing Serpent closed as they neared the hare he had to give best by a length. Millbridge Eoin saw off Tubbermartin Lad in his semi-final, taking the opening turn by three lengths. [read more …] “Coursing Results”

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

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

Preparing for New Year’s Day Sponsored Swim

Reminding us of the Annual Sponsored New Year's Day Swim at the Boeing in the River Blackwater setting - Eileen & the two Margarets.

Four energetic gentlemen have already completed the Sponsored Swim today – the final day of 2010 but on 01/01/’11 – assembling at 12.00 noon with the actual swim taking place at 12.30 p.m. – the large group of enthusiasts will [read more …] “Preparing for New Year’s Day Sponsored Swim”

The Man From Gortavehy

If you’re Irish and in Melbourne and live up the Preston way
Give a call on Johnny Tarrant it will help to make his day
And he’ll give you a huge welcome as he has a heart of gold
That great man from Gortavehy a few with two score years old.
He’s worked hard throughout Australia for fifteen long years or more
And he’s still the same John Tarrant as I knew in days of yore
He still speaks with Irish accent and he hasn’t changed one bit
And at heart he’s still a youngster with a mighty sense of wit.

[read more …] “The Man From Gortavehy”

Coursing Continues

The Second and last day of the Annual Coursing continues in the town Park in Millstreet. Left standing after the first day yesterday and in the final rounds today are:

Millridge Eoin, Cillowen Bandit, Big Man Down, Sound Pistol, Pay Me,Foundation Stone Gael, force Wind, Cousin Denny.

Boomting Lucy, Ballymac Rudi, Ducie Shore, Latest Action, Aghaburren Becky, Why Tanyardpenny, Cheryl, Smile Enough

Brazing Serpent, Shandrum Bar, Clon Allstar, Party Jay Cee, Tubbermartin Lad, Bluebird Boyo, Millbridge Eoin, Enjoythesunshine