“A spectacular new water feature will be uneveiled at Millstreet Country Park on Sunday with Belgian Ambassador to Ireland Mr Robert Devriese performing the official duties.
The showpiece is a replica of the original Mont des Arts, built in the central square of Brussels in the early years of the 20th century.
The showcase square was created for the Universal Exposition held in the city in 1910. It featured a Park and a monumental staircase with cascading waterfalls descending the gentle slope from the Place Royal down to Emperor Boulevard”
Read the full article as well as other Millstreet news here: http://www.corkman.ie/local-notes/millstreet-matters-belgian-ambassador-to-unveil-water-feature-1871278.html (print edition 27th August 2009)
Millstreet Matters by John Tarrant appears in the Corkman Newspaper every week.
(A special thanks to Dan Casey, Carrigacooleen)
Taken in front of the AIB. Spot anyone you know? I can see Maurice Murphy.
Don’t forget that the September Fair day is on this coming Sunday!
(pic. Seán Radley)
Lots more photos from the cycling below, (just click on the small pictures to see bigger ones)
Millstreet Debs 2009 took place on 25th August 2009. A full report on this occasion later, pictures are by Elaine Kelleher. A special mention to Ava and Clodagh two little girls who dressed up for the occasion.
fron the Corkman:
Millstreet Community School pupils replaced school uniforms with glittering ball gowns and dapper tuxedos for their debs ball.
The Millstreet school pupils and friends were out in force at their hosting in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire.
A distinct air of glamour surrounded the event as beautiful young ladies accompanied by handsome young men had a night to remember as they dined in style and danced to the beat on their big social event of the year.
This was taken as Kilmeedy Bridge Millstreet of the Tour of Ireland cycle race, 22nd of August 2009.(Saturday) – sent in by John Casey Carrigacooleen
Lance Armstrong pictured second from right during the recent Tour of Ireland cycling race approaching the pass over Musheramore (known locally as Togher). The race later passed through Millstreet Town twice on its way to Killarney (pic. Andreas Zenker)
Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 976 from Millstreet.
Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this bright ‘n sunny Tuesday morning.
Here are the results of this weeks parish lotto draw which was held at the Bush Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 7, 12, 16, 25, and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Helen Murphy, Killarney Rd, the seller was her brother Pat and he got €50 sellers prize, €50 went to Dan Crowley, Mnr Row, €20 each to Con. O Connor, Rathrue, Mary and Jenny Corkery, Ballydaly, Tom O Sullivan, Ballydaly, Kate Dennehy, Dromahoe, Julia Mary O Sullivan, Fairfield Rise, John FitzGerald, Minor Row, Mike Healy Clara Rd. and Andrew Buckley c/o Marie Twomey. Jackpot for next week €13,200 , the draw at Corkery’s Bar on Sunday night. [read more …] “Regional Report 976”
Members of the Buckley Family outside their native home and pointing out the location of the very first Feis in Kilcorney. In memory of the late Seán Buckley the Vintage Tractor Group stopped as a mark of respect outside the Buckley homestead. (pic. Seán Radley)
Congrats to the Millstreet competitors that won medals in the Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann 2009 held in Tullamore over the weekend:
U12 One Row Melodeon: 3rd James Linehan
U15 One Row Melodeon: 3rd Donal Linehan
U15 All Girls Set Dancing: 2nd Millstreet CCE
(Spots of beauty and historical interest)
The Millers Bridge
Mount Leader Lodge
Less than one kilometer from Millstreet town just off the road on the left stands one of the finest examples of a medieval Fort. A similar one was excavated a short distance from here in the sixties and was found to contain several passage-ways and cavities or small rooms, also an oghan stone bearing one of the oldest forms of writing in Europe. The stone is housed in the local museum as well as pictures of the interior of the Fort. Legend has it that this fort was at the top this the field on which it now stands and that it moved to it’s present location over-night, and also the in years gone when a ploughman was ploughing this field, the plough hit a stone and it was heard dropping away down underground, frightening both horses and ploughman. A fine view of Mount Leader house (now in ruins) can be seen from this point. [read more …] “Macroom Road”
The St.Patrick’s Church Restoration Committee published a flier at mass on Sunday 22nd August with an appeal for help with the ongoing restoration of the church.
From the middle ages to modern times, from the tiny structure in a remote hamlet to the soaring Cathedral in a great city, the Church has been the focal poing in our lives. It has been the place of a sanctuary for the outlaw, the place of refuge for the troubled and the place of peace for all. It is here we bring our babies to be baptised, where our young people are married and from where our loved ones leave to be buried.
Now in Millstreet, St.Patricks Church needs us.We make this restoration Appeal to those near and far. You may have family members nationwide or abroad who would welcome the chance to contribute. Send this leaflet to them, giving them the opportunity to join with us in ensuring that our church will be handed on the the next generation in good condition and a fitting place or worship.
Above is a selection of what is on the leaflet, which you can see below (front and back) below, and which can be seen in better detail by clicking on the pictures:
RTE are showing highlights of the Tour of Ireland are showing highlights from each day in the evenings. They are also putting the highlights programs onto their website. The one from yesterday (Saturday) is here: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1054085. For the parts of the highlights around Millstreet, the times are outlined below:
Pictures from the Kiskeam and Millstreet participated Great Walk along the mountain top from Killarney to Kenmare in aid of Jerry Pat O’Leary’s Haven Project. More about the project on an earlier report http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2009/08/22/millstreet-butcher-heading-to-haiti-on-aid-trip/
(pictures by Geraldine Dennehy)
The video shows Dennis van Winden in first position followed by Mark Cassidy and finally the main group. with thanks to Bernard Crowley
As we approached the category two climb at Musheramore at 133km, the dynamic of the race began to change irrevocably. Astana hit the front of the peloton and began to peg back the leading duo. The gap was reduced to 6 minutes 57 seconds.
Here van Winden made a dash for it, dropping Cassidy on the ascent. On the way down the other side of the hill, van Winden had a two minute lead. An Post Sean Kelly Team Niko Eeckhout abandoned here; the climb just too much for the veteran Belgian.
Cassidy did hold on to second going over the summit at Musheramore, with Matt Wilson, last year’s King of the Mountains taking third place, adding crucial points in his hunt to retain his jersey this year.
Jay Thomson was fourth adding more points to his impressive ride in the Tour overall.
Van Winden took maximum points at the sprint at Millstreet followed by Cassidy, Andrey Grivko of ISD – Neri and Jason McCartney of Team Saxo Bank.
More Pictures and videos of the Tour of Ireland in the next few days.
Millstreet butcher Jerry Pat O’Leary is amongst 250 people planning to travel to Haiti in October to start work on up to 5,000 houses. HAVEN (Hope, Aid, Vision, Education and New Life) was established in late 2008 by Leslie Buckley, one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs and businessmen. Its vision is to tackle poverty and improve the quality of life of impoverished people in Haiti ravaged by hurricanes …
Read the full article here: http://www.corkman.ie/local-notes/much-enjoyed-night-out-for-haven-project-1866189.html (print edition 20th August 2009)
Millstreet Matters by John Tarrant appears in the Corkman Newspaper every week.
For me ’tis a sad thing for to have to say
That I would feel a stranger in Millstreet today
A stranger to those even I once did know
Apart in my ways from them I seem to grow
Though with great fondness memories of them I do recall
In my physical prime with them I played football
And though absence makes the heart grow fonder some are known to say
To them I might seem like a stranger today
Even in Claraghatlea and the Town of Millstreet
A stranger to most people that I would meet
The praises of Millstreet I often do sing
And memories of old friendships joy to me does bring
But I’ve not been there for years and from there live far away
And I would feel a stranger in Millstreet today.
There’s some very beautiful photography of the stone circle in the Millstreet Country Park by Ken Williams at this site , where he has this to say:
Every once in a while you come across a place that puts your head in a spin and in all the confusion you just want to laugh. This is a very odd place. Very, very odd. After seeing a handful of pics in a picture library of a stone circle with some unusual looking arrangements around it, there was nothing else to be done only track this strange place down and see it for myself …
You can read the rest of his article here: http://cianmcliam.smugmug.com/gallery/1537658
With due regard for frightening away prospective visitors to Millstreet, I came across a very interesting article on the Summer Rainfall of 2008 published by Met Eireann that contains rainfall information for Millstreet (amongst towns all over the country). Now, we all know that summer 2008 was very very bad, and there were two days in particular when the heavens opened and flooded parts of the town (June 22nd & July 31st), but it’s worth the inclusion anyhow.
Below are some of the ‘highlights’ for Millstreet.
CO. PREMIER 2 MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Millstreet 3-12 Aghada 2-9. MILLSTREET built upon a flying start to overcome Aghada in the third round to the Ulster Bank Co. Premier 2 Minor Football Championship played at Mourneabbey.
Victory was fully deserved for Millstreet given their industry and whose dominance was rewarded to set up a quarter final against Bantry Blues. Aghada battled gamely during the second half yet the deficit proved all too much to surmount….
Read the full report from the corkman here: http://www.corkman.ie/sport/gaelic-football/first-half-flourish-lays-groundwork-for-millstreet-win-1866259.html
BEFORE jetting off to the New York Film Academy, Millstreet film maker Steven O’Riordan will host a special three-night screening of his documentary, ‘The Forgotten Maggies’, this weekend at The Glen Theatre in Banteer.
This searing documentary will be screened on national TV in September but has only been shown in public once before — in Galway during their recent film festival. Since then, however, it has received waves of interest nationally and internationally.
‘The Forgotten Maggies’ tells the stories of Kathleen Legg, Maureen O’Sullivan, Mary King and Mary Collins; four women indelibly marked by Ireland’s Magdalene laundries …
The above is a stub from an article published on Thursday August 13th the Corkman newspaper. The full article can be read here: http://www.corkman.ie/entertainment/special-screening-of-forgotten-maggies-in-banteer-1858763.html
Trailer for the film “The Forgotten Maggies”
On Saturday the 15th August 2009 the Cullen Pipe Band under the Pipe Major of Con Houlihan took part in the World Pipe Band Championships 2009 held in Glasgow Scotland. The band competed against 29 other bands from all over the World in Grade 3A. All members competed brilliantly and the band was rewarded with 6th place and was presented with the Corby Cup. Most members had been in Glasgow since the previous Wednesday the 12th of August in preparation for the weekend. Members took part in twice daily practices and this takes up a lot of dedication and effort so we thank all members for their great dedication and effort.
We also wish to thank all those who traveled over with the band to support them during the week. We also wish to thank those members who did not compete on Saturday but were present in other major completions during the year
Maybe a few miles outside Millstreet, but Dan O’Connells pub Knocknagree, in the middle of Sliabh Luchra region was frequented by many Millstreet people for their sessions. Unfortunately now Dan and some of the musicians are no longer with us, and the sessions are fewer, but last Wednesday night (12th August) on RTE1 Radio: The Rolling Wave, they played a session from Dan’s from October 1992. Follow this link where you can listen to an hour of traditional music and song:
Note: the 9pm news is played first, and the music from Dans starts after 4 minutes.
The second part of the session is on the radio tonight (Wednesday 19th August 2009) at 9pm. I will put a link to it here when it becomes available.
Update (20-Aug-09): The second part of the session is here: http://dynamic.rte.ie/quickaxs/209-rte-radio1musiccollection-rmc-2009-08-19.smil
We return to Dan O’Connell’s pub in Knocknagree for the finish of the 1992 session and also hear music and speech from accordion player Jacky Daly and fiddle player Séamus Creagh recorded at the Cork Folk Festival of that year.
Again, The session starts after 4 mins 10 seconds of the clip.
Nowadays, the building above of course is the Bank of Ireland in the square.
Regional Report 975.
Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to news report 975 from Millstreet.
Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this pleasant Tuesday morning.
Here are the results of this weeks parish lotto draw which was held at Tarrants Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 3, 8,11, 26 … and the jackpot was not won. €100 went to Kevin O’Connor, Rathrue, the seller was Reens Pharmacy. They got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Tadgh Collins, Dooneen. €20 each to Cissy Kelleher, Aubane, Cliona Coughlan, Killarney, Mary Gahan, Minor Row, Margaret O Callaghan,Clara Rd. Patsy Corcoran, Pound Hill, Breda Broderick, Clara Rd, Joe Moynihan, Killarney, and Mary Corcoran, Cullen. Jackpot for next, the magic figure of €13,000 . The draw at the Bush Bar on Sunday night.