And We’re Smiling … Beneath our Masks and Visors!

Masks and visors have clearly become part of everyday life in Millstreet and far beyond in protection from COVID-19.   We visit St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet where we meet two of the wonderfully dedicated Volunteers sanitising the seats after Mass and we also visit Café Aroma in Minor Row where social distancing measures are superbly in place.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) 

Sacristan Julie Brady and Nora Buckley smiling beneath their masks!
More wonderful smiles beneath their masks in Café Aroma.

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Return of Public Mass


As announced last weekend it is with optimism and caution that we announce the return of Public Masses from next Monday 29th June however, as you are now aware that the current Government guidelines have set the capacity for indoor ceremonies to 50 people.

Attending Mass will be very different at the moment and I am asking for your understanding and patience as we put safety measures in place. Some people may not feel comfortable in attending Mass due to underlying medical conditions that they have or someone in their household have, so please be assured that the dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation remains in place until further notice.

Our proposed Mass schedule for the first week is:

Millstreet: Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd at 10.00a.m. Saturday 4th at 6.30p.m. and Sunday 5th at 11.30a.m.
Cullen: Thursday 2nd at 7.30p.m.


To allow Parishioners who wish to attend Mass, with the maximum being 50 people at any one ceremony, it is now recommended that a reservation system be put in place in Parishes for the time being. I am asking Parishioners who wish to attend a Mass during the week to contact the Parish office during working hours to reserve a place. This system will be in place for all Churches in the Parish from Wednesday onwards.

These requests may be difficult for some people to understand or accept but we have to ensure the safety of each single person who comes into our Churches. For those who will attend Mass the following will need to be noted:

  1. Parishioners attending Mass should wear a face covering in the Church. (Please note that face coverings are not suitable for children under the age of 13 and that not everyone will feel comfortable wearing a face covering. While the wearing of a face covering is recommended it is not mandatory).
  2. We will have ushers in the Church to show you to a seat and we will be asking people to fill the Church from the top down to limit the movement indoors. For leaving the Church after any Ceremony it will be from the bottom to the top.
  3. Holy Communion will be given in your seat by Eucharistic Minister/Priest who will be wearing a face covering.
  4. Ushers will also monitor and control the exiting of people after Mass and we are asking that you do not congregate in the Church yard after leaving the Churches.
  5. It is recommended that Church pews are cleaned after each ceremony.
  6. Toilets will remain closed.
  7. We are advised not to have altar servers at the moment.
  8. At weekend Masses the passing of baskets is not recommended so our collection will now be inside the door of the Churches

These guidelines are advised by Government, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and the Irish Bishop’s Conference and for the safety of each of us and our families. I thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this time and may God continue to protect your families and our Parish.

Fr. John Fitzgerald

Sincere Thanks from MCC to All Magnificent Front-line Workers

We received the following message from  Maura  Kiely,  Secretary,  Millstreet Community Council

On behalf of our community, Millstreet Community Council wish to acknowledge the Trojan work of the front-line staff of our hospital, medical surgeries, health centre, chemists, postmen, supermarkets, butchers, suppliers of petrol and diesel and all who helped the community in a variety of ways.

They served the community with good humour and smiles— even in the early days of this pandemic, before perspex protection and when nobody knew what to expect.
They all deserve our unending gratitude and perhaps the best way that we can show this gratitude now is to Shop Local.  (S.R.)

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Restart Grant for small businesses.  As part of the Governments package of supports, this €250m fund will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.

Between €2,000 and €10,000 of direct aid is available to businesses based on commercial rates bill from 2019.

The grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to June 30, 2020. It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.  [read more …] “Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses”

Reopening of St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet Greatly Welcomed

On Tuesday, 20th May 2020 St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet was reopened as Phase One lifting of COVID-19 restrictions permitted.   Here we share nine images where we note health and safety measures are very much in place within the Church.   This reopening event was greatly welcomed.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Local Millstreet residents greatly pleased by the Church reopening.
Patricia Guerin wisely brought her own seat to the Church as almost all church seats are cordoned off in the interest of safety.
Special Prayer in front of the main altar of St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.

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Eileen’s Sewing Service – Face Masks

Are you in need of a face mask? I am making face masks with all new material and elastic.  I am giving of my time and only taking payment for material. Orders now being taken and due to demand, please allow 5 working days for masks to be produced.  Masks are €3 each and postage can be arranged, at an extra cost. As companies are now supplying masks to workers, washable masks are definitely an option.
087 2403947 /  <email>


Photographic Competition

Millstreet Community Council have announced a Photograph Competition for the coming days:




Loads of photos were submitted, and here are the winners:




Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow

Civic Amenity Sites in Cork County to reopen from Tomorrow (Tuesday) with restrictions, please see the update below from Chief Executive, Tim Lucey, which outline the restrictions in place.
(Millstreet Civic Amenity Centre is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday)


“In my correspondence to you yesterday, I indicated that Civic Amenity Sites would be closed on this Monday. That decision was taken following the release of the public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 issued on Friday March 27th. Civic Amenity Sites had not been specifically listed as an essential service nationally and would generally require customers to travel more than the restricted two kilometres.  [read more …] “Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow”

St. Patrick’s Church closed until April 12th

Due to the restrictions put in place since last night and following correspondence received from Bishop Ray Browne and the diocesan office, all churches will remain closed until 12th April.

Masses will continue to be celebrated by Fr. Fitzgerald behind closed doors and will be transmitted on the Church TV and one hour later on 

Our parish office will be closed until the same date but if you require assistance please feel free to ring (029)70043

Stay safe and we will all keep praying.

Sunday 29th March: 11.30a.m.
Tuesday 31st March: 10.00a.m.
Wednesday 1st April: 10.00a.m.
Thursday 2nd April: 10.00a.m.
Friday 3rd April: 10.00a.m.


Similarly in Dromtariffe, Fr. Tom is ‘cocooned’ which means he will not be taking part in Church Liturgies except for the weekly Sunday Mass.  This will be celebrated by Fr. Tom on his own in the presbytery, and offered for the intentions of parishioners. [St.Brendan’s]

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What Matters

“What Matters” – I wrote this song at the start of the week on my way home to Millstreet from New York. I had to leave because of what is going on in the world at the moment. I’m lucky in a way because that decision is even harder for others who are facing and will face some very tough times. That unbelievable Irish community will get those people over there through it. As will our communities here. This song describes some tough situations but it is also written in the hope and knowledge that we’re going to come together and support each other through it. It’s an appreciation of everyone’s efforts and bravery. There is gratification growing in me right now for the small things in life and I hope this resonates with some if not many. Stay safe❤️ We can’t share a lot at the moment so it’s pretty safe to share this away mad – Darren Kiely

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A Great Opportunity to Create a Time Capsule

This is a great opportunity for families to get creative and work as historians!

A time capsule is a historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a deliberate method of communication with future people, and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists, or historians.

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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”

Announcement – Millstreet Day Centre

Due to the on-going situation with the spread of the COVID-19 virus & following a directive from the HSE, we will be closing Millstreet Day Centre with immediate effect until further notice. The health & safety of our staff, clients and volunteers is of paramount importance throughout this developing situation.

Our kitchen will remain open & should you need Meals on Wheels delivered to your home or any other information please ring:
Office: (029) 70926
Kitchen: (029) 30998
Marie (manager): 087 9321617

We would like to thank everyone for their support & understanding at this time.

Presentation National School

Dear Families,
We appreciate that this is a difficult time for our pupils and their families and we are working to provide educational support in a different way than the norm.
With this in mind, we have sourced this comprehensive list of ideas and activities you might consider checking out to support your child during the coming weeks. Please remember that we will get through this together!
Stay safe and healthy!
Staff of Presentation N.S.  [1]

To download the list of ideas and activities (it’s a word document), click the image below or CLICK HERE.


Announcement from Thrift Shop

Due to the ongoing situation with the spread of the COVID-19 virus we will be closing The Thrift Shop in Millstreet with immediate effect until at least April 1st or longer as the situation requires. The health & safety of our staff, supporters and volunteers is of paramount importance throughout this developing situation. We would like to thank everyone for their support & understanding at this time. Thanks & stay safe!

Mass Times This Week on Church Television & on Radio











Primary Teacher Offering Service to Mind Children During this Time

Hi there, I am a Primary Teacher.   I’m the Millstreet area and I want to offer my services to mind children in this area whose parents are so badly needed in GP Practices and Hospitals at the moment.. I am fully Garda Vetted and I am a Parish Representative for the Safeguarding of Children in the Parish of Millstreet….
Above all, I do not want praise or accolades for this… I just want to be of use…
My mobile number is:
087 6489120

Wise Facilities in Place While Shopping

Joe Fitzgerald, Manager, O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Millstreet demonstrating wise practice at the entrance to Supervalu. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
And a newly installed washing facility near the check-outs. The tap is activated by pressing the sink unit with one’s knee. Paper towels provided overhead.

Prayer of Protection Against Coronavirus COVID-19

We thank Pat Breen for the following wonderfully meaningful

Prayer of Protection Against Coronavirus COVID-19

               Lord Jesus Christ, You travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness.  At your command, the sick were made well.  Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the Coronavirus, that we may experience Your healing love.

  Heal those who are sick with the virus.  May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.  

  Heal us from our fear which prevents nations working together and neighbours from helping one another.   

Appearing briefly to the west of Millstreet on Wednesday evening (19th Sept. 2018) we captured this truly magical sunset over Killarney Road as Ireland is relieved that Storm Ali is now passed on. Note the exquisite rays and the silver lining of the clouds to the left. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Final Cullen Weigh-In Postponed

In light of recent developments in relation to COVID-19 the final of our Weigh-In for Monday has been cancelled and postponed until further notice. We wish to thank you for your continued support in our Fundraising efforts in our Annual Weigh-In.

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Millstreet Day Centre Update

Following a directive from the HSE yesterday confirming that all Day Centres should remain open Millstreet Day Centre will open as normal on Monday 16th March. We are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all of our clients & have cancelled all volunteers & private groups attending or renting the Centre for the moment.

We are closed as normal on Tuesday 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day as it is a bank holiday.

Our Meals on Wheels Service will remain active & in the event of the Day Centre having to close we will ensure to do everything possible to keep the Meals on Wheels service going.

If you do not wish to attend the Centre during this time please ensure to ring the Centre on (029) 70926 to cancel your place for the coming weeks.

If you or anyone you know needs the Meals on Wheels Service please contact the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or <email>

Thank you & stay safe.

Millstreet Lotto Postponed

Millstreet Lotto Committee would like to announce that, due to the Covid-19 Virus, the weekly local lotto draws are postponed for the foreseeable future. Please keep any tickets and monies for this week’s draw (15 th March) safely until we can announce a suitable draw date. There will be no tickets issued in the interm.

Millstreet Adult Learning Centre

Millstreet Adult Learning Centre: All classes are cancelled as issued in the Department of Education and Skills statement. This is effective until 29th March and any updates will be posted as soon as directed on the Department of Education and Skills website. I will also notify Learners directly and put posters on the window for information.

Millstreet Community Astroturf and Gym, Children’s Playground, Library and Museum Closed Until Further Notice

Because of Coronavirus COVID-19 – Millstreet Community Astroturf and Gym, Children’s Playground, Library and Museum are now Closed until Further Notice.   And the Local Lotto Committee has decided to also postpone the Weekly Draw until further notice.  (S.R.)

Tap on the image to enlarge.

Coronavirus Meeting Tonight

Covid-19 Support Group meeting tonight, Thursday March 12th, in the GAA Hall at 7pm.  Anyone who would like to be involved in a group to help those who cannot leave their home because of Covid-19 please come along.

For information on Covid-19, please follow the guidelines from the Department of Health. As of today, Ireland has moved to the Delay Phase of the virus.