Elizabeth sent us a little positivity this week with this view of Millstreet from Clara Mountain as many locals got out and enjoyed beautiful fresh air. A great way to lift the spirits in these days of social isolation which we are all asked to adhere to. It helps no end that the weather seems to have turned and though cool, little rain is forecast for the next week.
As well as the most popular up and down Clara, here in Millstreet we also have the Clara Loop, Mushera, Comeenatrush, The Duhallow Way (east to west), the Ireland Way (north to south), for the more adventurous, but lots of other areas to walk where it is gentle and safe, like the Town Park, Drishane Road, the Boeing, Tubrid, Donoure, St. John’s Well.
Millstreet Museum Society and Millstreet Website Team very much appreciate the wonderfully uplifting generous response to our recent Church Gate Collection in Millstreet. The €2, 275.98 + €50.00 will greatly permit us maintain the two important local resources….meeting the costs (re the website) of web server and domain name….and (re Museum) the costs of insurance, heating, lighting and ongoing development. Special thanks to Millstreet Community Council and Millstreet Local Lottery for splendid support. And to those who contributed from abroad and who have direct Millstreet links – grateful thanks to All. One may assist anytime throughout the year by using our dedicated Bank Account the number of which is: IBAN – IE22 BOFI 9058 0334 0531 43 & BIC – BOFIIE2D.
And so to our most recent delving into our Visual Archive of Millstreet Museum. The date is 21st May 2000 when hundreds of people climbed (or were transported on the back of Tony Healy’s Tractor!) Clara Mountain marking the 50th Anniversary of the placement of the original Cross on Clara Mountain in 1950. Mass was concelebrated in the presence of Millstreet Pipe Band and a wide cross section of people from near and far. It was Tadhg O’Driscoll who unveiled the official stone plaque. Here we share some 24 images from the truly historic occasion. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling”
Irish Mountain Runners Association Millstreet was the true focal point for numerous energetic Athletes from 6:00 am until Sat. Night when no less that three highly regarded Mountain Races took place. The first group of Athletes were transported to Kealkil in West Cork where at 8am they began their journey to Millstreet. Gavin Byrne of Dublin was the first to reach the finishing flag just before 3pm. A second group were transported to Ballyvourney from where they set off for Millstreet. Official tracking was provided where one could follow on a special phone app at what stage the various participants were. And at 1pm a group of almost one hundred climbed Clara Mountain. Here we share some 24 images from what was a wonderfully sporting occasion in Millstreet. Splendid refreshments were provided in Millstreet GAA Community Hall. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Correction: The poster below should read “Saturday 9th February”, and not “Sunday 9th February” [read more …] “Clara Mountain Run”
The walk up Clara is featured in The Times newspaper today. It’s a nice article and describes visiting the Cilín, the route up, the views from the top, and the burial of the priest on top. But what about the photo in the article, because that’s not Clara!
We share four images of Autumn scenes recorded yesterday and today in Millstreet. Later we shall include further colourful images of this year’s harvest season. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Tomorrow Wednesday evening August 1st, Duhallow IRD are hosting a walk around the Clara Loop, the first of five walks around Duhallow in August. Refreshments will be held at the end of the walk, which takes about two and a half hours to complete. Details in the poster below:
After all the excitement in Millstreet yesterday, today we welcome the Annual Clara Mountain Run which kicks off at the earlier time of 1:30pm from the West End (not to be confused with yesterday’s Ultra Marathon), and also the Techworks Dance Music Festival in the Green Glens where a sold out crowd of over 4,000 revellers will take in some of the best DJ’s from around Europe.
Pictures by Michelle O’Keeffe
After a mild and damp Christmas Day, the rain got heavier on St. Stephen’s Morning, only to turn to snow in the afternoon, missing out on a white Christmas by just a day. John was up on Clara this afternoon, and took these photos:
Following the storms (Ophelia & Brian) we have had two weeks of nice autumn weather, interrupted this weekend as the wind has turned and is now coming from the north … so it has gotten cold, bringing with dark clouds, heavy showers, but still lovely sunshine. This beautiful photo which was taken yesterday about 12pm catches this, as the showers roll in into Millstreet, throwing up another rainbow over Tubrid – photo: Instagram/Simon Duggan
Thanks to Josef for sending us these nice scenery photos of Millstreet. With the weekend showers and sun, saw rainbows lots of rainbows. The photos were taken from the Boeing Bridge, the Clara Loop, and more
Good morning, I’m just contacting you on the off chance that you might be able to help. Is it possible to get to the top of Clara mountain without walking? My mum is from Millstreet and we are bringing her home to celebrate her 80th birthday. Whilst we ourselves are planning on doing the climb, unfortunately sprightly for her years, mum will not be able to do the climb herself. I she would dearly love to touch the cross again, as will we. Is there anyway you can think of that we can get her up there? Many thanks.
Admin: I’m not sure who would be able to do this. At the Mass on top of Clara in 2000, a double wheeled tractor ferried people to the top in a modified transport box. Maybe there’s another way. The lady is back in Millstreet from the 5th to the 11th of August, and would be extremely grateful if someone could help her.
Clara the old hill that ever looks down
On Duhallow and Sliabh Luachra and Millstreet Town
Inspired long deceased writers over decades of time
To idolize it in their stories and rhyme
Long before the first people to Hibernia came
Clara the old hill was without a name
Bracken and heather on it’s face did grow
Just like the Clara today that we know
In the prime of Summer in sunny July
When larks over Clara do sing in the sky
People climb the old hill whortleberries to eat
The tiny blue berries to the taste buds a treat
[read more …] “Clara The Old Hill”
Following a recent hugely successful fundraising Coffee Day at the home of Anne Marie and Jerry O’Mahony of Clara a truly magnificent cheque for an amazing €5,450.00 was presented to Ann Kelly of Irish Community Air Ambulance. The very special event in memory of Eimear O’Mahony was enormously supported by so many people whose memory of Eimear is of great significance in their lives. Here we share images of the Coffee Day, Eimear’s Garden, the Tree planted by Jerry and Derry and the official presentation of the marvellously impressive cheque. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) We share 19 more images below:
[read more …] “Magnificent Cheque in Memory of Eimear Presented to Irish Community Air Ambulance”
Locals Matt, Donal, and Kevin flying Clara in the frost last Monday. Taking off from the top, and landing near O’Connor’s Kilmeedy
The cattle in the farmyard sheds bellowing for silage or hay
It is cold and wet by the Mountain of Clara today
The weather temperature a chilly minus three degrees
And the cold wind is soughing in bare deciduous trees
In the old rushy fields west of Millstreet Town
Every waterway bank high in flood waters of brown
Where grass growth is dormant not any wildflowers
And nothing does grow in cold January showers
[read more …] “By The Mountain Of Clara Today”
Andrzej may have gone a little extreme on burning off a few extra calories after Christmas, but while being a bit wet and muddy, i’m sure it was loads of fun going up and down Clara with his bike.
The little mottled brown skylark of human kind shy
Up to the cloud World does sing as he fly
A musical speck in the blue and gray sky
Above Clara mountain in summery July
When the whortleberries the tiny blue fruits of the heather are ripe for to eat
From Nature to the taste buds such a tasty treat
From the slopes of Clara on a clear day on the higher ground
The scenery breathtaking for many kilometers around