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”

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 80s 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!  Click on the images to enlarge. We thank June Lucey for the Clara picture. (S.R.)

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”

On Clara In July

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

[read more …] “On Clara In July”

Charity Walk Photos by TMC Photography

Local photographer Tom Corbett of TMC Photography sent us these photos of the two charity walks in Millstreet this morning.

1-TMC_5310-800Some of the group that walked the “Up a Hill for Jack and Jill” to the top of Clara

1-TMC_5291-800Some of the group that walked for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer from Coleman’s Centra. There’s more photos from Tom below: [read more …] “Charity Walk Photos by TMC Photography”

MOM Trek … Mind over Mountains

Trek 1: Claragh Mountain in Millstreet.
(Decend , hop in cars and drive to …)
Trek 2: Mount Hilary near Banteer.

9am Sunday September 21st 2014
Meeting point; Kanturk car park
€10 (or more if you wish) donation for Marymount Hospice

This is being organised in honour and memory of the most amazing woman that climbed many mountains in her life physically but mostly mentally .
She loved nature and walking was her real love it was her medication she said walking in nature was her time to pray (probably for patience so she wouldn’t kill me for robbing her perfume or lipstick!!)
This woman is [read more …] “MOM Trek … Mind over Mountains”

Toonsbridge 10 Walk Challenge 2014 in aid of the Childrens WARD at CUH

2014-06-01 ToonsBridge 10 Walk ChallengeThe Toonsbridge 10 Walk Challenge 2014 in aid of the Childrens WARD at CUH, will take place around the Clara Loop on this coming Sunday (June 1st ’14).

Officially the walk starts at 12noon, but this year many people prefer to start earlier so organsiers will be there with registration book at 11am. Starting point down Clara Rd. Many of our walkers have sponsorship cards but most prefer to make a donation in the box when they register.

The organisers would be delighted if people from the Millstreet locality joined us on this.

For more details or details of the remaining 6 walks, email <email>, or check their Facebook Page

Update (4th June): Photos from the very successful walk can be seen here

[read more …] “Toonsbridge 10 Walk Challenge 2014 in aid of the Childrens WARD at CUH”

Mercy / GAA Fun Walk

Millstreet Juvenile GAA Fun Walk May 5th @ 12pm from the GAA Hall.

The sponsored walk is to raise funds for our club and the Mercy Hospital.

There will be a choice of two routes (Weather Permitting)

  • Route A) GAA Hall- Up Clara Mountain- Back to GAA Hall
  • Route B) GAA Hall- Drishane Loop- Back to GAA Hall.

All children must be accompanied by an adult for the walk. Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the GAA hall. Your support is greatly appreciated !

contact Eileen for details: <email>

A Day on Clara Hill

A light cover of snow lay on the mountain and the air had a wintery chill
And the cold damp winds of Winter blew across Clara hill
As we climbed up towards the wooden cross Jerry and John Mahony, Donal Hickey and I
A memory to remember until the day I die.

The Mahonys had their working dog Sandy with them and Donal had Jerry his cattle dog
And the climb up through the snow clad bracken for Schoolboys a hard old slog
The dogs bored without a fox or hare to chase suddenly commenced to fight
For Jerry a bloodless victory though not a pretty sight.

We climbed to the cross on Clara hill overlooking Millstreet Town
The uphill journey it was [read more …] “A Day on Clara Hill”

Clara, Caherbarnagh and the Paps

2013-07-05 Clara & the Derrynasagairt mountains - photo Stephen McAuliffe-1000At the start of July mountaineer Stephen McAulliffe from Banteer trekked from Millstreet train station over Clara, Caherbarnagh, the Paps and onto Rathmore.  Blessed with lovely weather, he’s written down his trek in his blog, along with some stunning photographs.

“… By the “Grotto” you turn left and enter a magical little shady lane that rises steadily through woodland. After a while a right turn takes you through some fir trees and then an open trail traverses the slope and offers great views eastward to Mushera and beyond to my home patch of Mt Hillary. There is more than a grain of truth in the saying that Ireland, when the sun shines is one of the most beautiful places on earth and today it was living up to its billing. The problem is getting the sun to shine. Soon you enter the open mountain and it doesn’t take long to reach the summit at 452 meters. There are some masts on the top but it is easy to ignore these as the whole of north Cork and Kerry is laid out below you. It is a great spot to rest a while and soak up the views and sunshine…” Read the full article with photos on the HowlingMist blog

John and Linda MacNaboe conquer Clara

2013-05-26 John and Linda Mac Naboe conquer ClaraLate Sunday Evening John Mac Naboe and his wife Linda returned to Millstreet to conquer Claragh and fulfil a dream held since he was a child.

During a childhood summer holiday visit he had started the climb but for reasons lost in the mists of time had failed to reach the summit.

Yesterday he returned and achieved his dream, looking down over the home place of his mother.
John would like to send special greetings to all his family and relations in London
( Click the photo to see it in full size )

Gordon O’Keeffe’s Magnificent Pictures of Millstreet Walking Festival 2013

We thank Gordon O'Keeffe  for these magnificent picture of last weekend's Millstreet Walking Festival 2013.   Hear Gordon on our Radio Feature tonight at 10.  The scenes we're viewing here include Clara Mountain and the Wind Farm.  (S.R.)
We thank Gordon O’Keeffe for these magnificent pictures of last weekend’s Millstreet Walking Festival 2013. Hear Gordon on our Radio Feature tonight at 10. The scenes we’re viewing here include Clara Mountain and the Wind Farm.  Click on images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Brave Athletes Participate in Sunday’s Clara Mountain Run

Despite the very wet and cold conditions many athletes took part in the annual Clara Mountain Run on Sunday at 7.00 pm.  Great credit is due not only to the Athletes who travelled from many parts of Munster but to the very dedicated Organisers who marshalled the race and arranged much appreciated refreshments and prize givings at Millstreet GAA Community Hall following the race.  More pictures later.  Click on image to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Despite the very wet and cold conditions many Athletes took part in the annual Clara Mountain Run on Sunday at 7.00 pm. Great credit is due not only to the Athletes who travelled from many parts of Munster but to the very dedicated Organisers who marshalled the race and arranged much appreciated refreshments and prize givings at Millstreet GAA Community Hall following the race. More pictures later. Click on image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Snow on Clara Mountain Clearly Reveals The New Cross

The new Cross is wonderfully contrasted against a snow-capped Clara Mountain today.
The new Cross is wonderfully contrasted against a snow-capped Clara Mountain today.   Also visible at the base of the Cross is the 50th Anniversary  Plaque unveiled by the late Tadhg O’Driscoll in 2000.   On the right we note the mast and electricity pole associated with Permanet.  (S.R.)

Spectacular Millstreet Sunset Marking Official End of Summertime

At 6.15 this evening a magnificent sunset was visible over Clara mountain giving us a timely reminder that the clocks go back one hour tonight (at 2.00 a.m. tomorrow morning) marking the official end of summertime. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Spectacular Millstreet Sunset Marking Official End of Summertime”

Millstreet Juvenile GAA Fun Walk – Mercy Hospital

Walkers can now choose to climb Clara Mountain OR complete the Drishane Castle Loop via Station Road. This is to suit our younger walkers who may find Clara Mountain a little too adventurous! Meeting point for both walks is the GAA Hall at 11am. All sponsorship cards to be handed up before the walk.
Thanks to Thomas Duggan for allowing us use Drishane Castle.

Hope to see a large crowd tomorrow 🙂