A New Seat at the Cross on Clara Mountain!

We thank Michelle O’Keeffe of Dooneen for sharing this wonderful image of the New Seat which some kind person has placed at the Cross on Clara Mountain for the comfort of energetic climbers.  Tap on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Availing of the splendid new seat at the Cross on Clara Mountain – Michelle O’Keeffe and Mary O’Mahony with pet dogs Buster, Oreo and Milo!

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Corncrake & Sponsored Programmes Memories on Cork Music Station

An Invitation to tune into our weekly “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station at 9.30 until 11pm this Tuesday (9th June 2020).   Happy Listening!  (S.R.) 

  1.  Music and Songs aplenty including “Ireland in My Dreams”….And the sound of the Corncrake recorded on Tory Island.
  2.  Call outs to our Loyal Listeners worldwide.
  3. Our 10pm Feature takes us back to 1Radio Memories of Sponsored Programmes .  Our 1960s edited recordings are from Millstreet Museum Audio Recordings.  
  4.  Time to smile!
  5.  Time to reflect – Wise Quotes.
  6.  Remembering our Faithful Departed.
  7. Carriganima Book just published…We share how Irish words are so much part of our English language in this area.
  8. Musings and Chatting about the attached images relating to the many images pictured here. Tap on the pictures to enlarge.
    Visitors to Tubrid Holy Well, Millstreet delighted that this Centre of Prayer and Haven of Peace reopened on Sunday, 7th June 2020 with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
    Cork Co. Council Millstreet recently put in place at West End, Millstreet a very impressive Steel Bicycle Stand Feature fabricated by Vanhalen Ltd., Liscreagh, Millstreet.
    Angela Sheehan of Shinnagh, Rathmore is a loyal regular visitor to Tubrid Holy Well, Millstreet pictured (7th June 2020) on the evening of the reopening of this Centre of Prayer and Haven of Peace with COVID-19 safety measures in operation.
    Patrick W. O’Leary of Louisville, Kentucky, USA kindly posted these two wonderful Kentucky St. Patrick’s Day Tee-shirts to Millstreet – which arrived this morning.
    During my Clara Road walk on Sunday, 7th June 2020 I got to meet Evelyn and John Moylan with Georgie the dog and Polo the Pony. June Moylan kindly shared four superb images of Evelyn and John’s recent trip to the summit of Clara Mountain – totally charming and courageous. Many thanks for sharing such photographic gems, June.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Corncrake & Sponsored Programmes Memories on Cork Music Station”

Getting Out and About

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.

IRD DUHALLOW also have details on a number of walkways in our area:  [read more …] “Getting Out and About”

Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling

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”

Three Superb Mountain Race Events on Sat. 9th Feb. 2019

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.)

Winner of Clara Mountain Race…Neilus Healy of Dublin and formerly of Church Street, Millstreet son of Nora and Denis.
Time to walk on air!
Gavin Byrne of DublinSupreme Winner of Kealkill to Millstreet Race.
One of the many superbly fit Athletes who participated in the Kealkill to Millstreet Race – Colin Buckley of Cork whose father Joe is a native of The Square, Millstreet.
Rosa from Spain (Ballyvourney to Millstreet Race), Tom from Limerick (Kealkill to Millstreet Race), James from Kilkenny (Kealkill Race) and Donal from Millstreet (Clara Race).
Dedicated Coordinator Donie Shine en route.

[read more …] “Three Superb Mountain Race Events on Sat. 9th Feb. 2019”

Rediscover the Joy of the Train

Iarnród Éireann‘s recent marketing campaign is about rediscovering the joy of the train … but one of our eagle-eyed readers sent us in a message about the poster saying: “If you look out the window you will see Clara Mountain“.  What do you think?

[read more …] “Rediscover the Joy of the Train”

Autumn Days in Millstreet 2018

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.)

The truly amazing quilt-like cloud cover over Clara Mountain this autumnal Monday evening (15th Oct. 2018) as recorded from Liscahane, Millstreet.
Pictured from Mount Leader, Clara Road we view Clara Mountain with the many wonderful colours of Autumn.
A group of energetic walkers reach Clara Mountain’s summit at 12:30pm on Sunday. What a splendid panoramic view they must have experienced.

[read more …] “Autumn Days in Millstreet 2018”

Clara Loop Walk with IRD Duhallow

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:

[read more …] “Clara Loop Walk with IRD Duhallow”

Today: Clara Mountain Run, and Techworks Festival

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.

[read more …] “Today: Clara Mountain Run, and Techworks Festival”

Autumn Showers from Clara

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

Help needed to get to the top of Clara

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.

If you can help, please contact Claire at: <email> , leave a message below, or contact the site admins.

Clara The Old Hill

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”

Magnificent Cheque in Memory of Eimear Presented to Irish Community Air Ambulance

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”

Noel C. Climbs Clara Mountain on Sunday

To conquer Clara Mountain in one’s 60s is a mighty achievement but to climb Clara Mountain in one’s 80’s is quite magnificent . Well, that’s what Noel C. Duggan did last Sunday. Here he is pictured on the summit beside the Cross with June and Kevin Lucey while below he is photographed on Monday as he continues to work on his Shop Refubishment Project at The Bridge, Millstreet.  The previous time Noel C. was on Clara Mountain was in Eurovision Year 1993 when National Geographic Magazine featured him on a horse on top of the mountain (below)!  Click on the images to enlarge. We thank June Lucey for the Clara picture. (S.R.)

Noel C. Duggan sits on top of Oscar on top of Clara in 1993 … a version of the one that appeared on National Geographic at the time [amaz]

By The Mountain Of Clara Today

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”