24th Anniversary of the Eurovision in Millstreet

Let’s have look back at this day twenty four years ago, May 15th 1993, and we’ll never forget the XXXVIII Edition of the Eurovision Song Contest which took part in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet. Watch the videos below with the voting (with Terry Wogan of the BBC), and the full show (Norwegian commentary), or look at some of our other memories from the 1993 Eurovision.

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Bringing Eurovision to Millstreet 1993


The 1993 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Millstreet, Co. Cork on 15 May. The above RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly and Tom McSweeney shows the preparations under way in Millstreet, Co. Cork in the week leading up to the event.  continue reading the full article “Bringing Eurovision to Millstreet 1993”

Eurovision in Millstreet Exactly 23 Years Ago Today!

To mark this historic 23rd anniversary of the most memorable Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet on Sat. 15th May 1993 we’ve delved into our Museum Archives to recall the many hugely colourful windows throughout the town put in place by two wonderful Artists under the name “Visual Image”.   We are also so very grateful to Ken D. Brennan for presenting three most important Folders of the minutes and notes referring to the preparation for the spectacular event in Millstreet which began at 8pm on the night introduced by Fionnuala Sweeney and of course won by Niamh Kavanagh.  Do enjoy this brief visit down memory lane!  (S.R.) Museum Archive 1571 1993-600Museum Archive 1576 1993-600Museum Archive 1538 1993-600Museum Archive 1540 1993-600Museum Archive 1552 1993-600And we continue with some more superbly colourful windows…. continue reading the full article “Eurovision in Millstreet Exactly 23 Years Ago Today!”

We’ll stay here all night dear

RIP Sir Terry Wogan who passed away today aged 77 following a short illness. “We’ll stay here all night dear” was his famous quote as he commentated for the BBC on the Eurovision in Millstreet, as the organisers tried to get in contact with the last decisive jury from Malta, as the UK and Ireland battled it out for the win. Watch the last moments of the voting below:

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Eurovision Enthusiast Ansgar Hugely Impressed by Millstreet

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Ansgar Kuhn from Cologne, Germany - Eurovision Enthusiast Supreme - travelled from Dublin by train Saturday afternoon to visit the venue of the Eurovision Sond Contest 1993 at Green Glens. He was especially thrilled to meet with Noel C. Duggan and Maureen Duggan. Special thanks to Gena for arranging the meeting at the Duggan Family Home in Millstreet. Here we note Ansgar pictured at Green Glens. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Ansgar Kuhn from Cologne, Germany – Eurovision Enthusiast Supreme – travelled from Dublin by train Saturday (2nd Jan. 2016) afternoon to visit the venue of the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 at Green Glens. He was especially thrilled to meet with Noel C. Duggan and Maureen Duggan. Special thanks to Gena for arranging the meeting at the Duggan Family Home in Millstreet. Here we note Ansgar pictured at Green Glens.  He was just two years old when Eurovision 1993 took place in Millstreet!  In the brief two-hour visit Ansgar also got to visit Millstreet Museum and Drishane.   Ansgar has visited many of the Eurovision venues all over Europe.  He rates Millstreet as especially unique.  All other venues have been in cities.  Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

We now share a selection of pictures from Ansgar’s arrival by train at Millstreet Railway Station followed by his brief but very comprehensive tour of the Eurovision Venue, Millstreet Town and the Eurovision Wall at Minor Row, Drishane Estate and Millstreet Museum.   Ansgar who is involved in Media Management in Germany especially praised the fact that some 23 years since the amazing event we have still preserved many reminders of the historic occasion.   We thank Ansgar for honouring us with his visit.  We’ve just sent the following Facebook message to him: continue reading the full article “Eurovision Enthusiast Ansgar Hugely Impressed by Millstreet”

Why Not Millstreet?

This is a one hour documentary on the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Millstreet, a town in the south of Ireland. It covers how it came about, the work involved to make it happen, the local effort involved, visiting dignatories, and the climax of the song contest itself.

It was the first independently produced documentary to reach no. 1 in the RTE weekly ratings. There are lots of familiar faces throughout the programme, which is here subtitled in Norwegian!

Eurovision 1993 Flags Presented to Millstreet Museum by Michael Kennedy

Michael Kennedy of Dromod, Co. Leitrim and Curator supreme of the renowned Cavan and Leitrim Railway Museum (see website) has very kindly presented Millstreet Museum with a number of superbly preserved Eurovision Flags from 1993 Eurovision. How the flags got to Leitrim is most interesting and the story has been recorded for later transmission on radio ("Radio Treasures") and on television (LTV2 online). A million thanks to Michael who on Thursday night (3rd Sept. 2015) diverted his journey from Leitrim to Dungavan to deliver the precious flags to Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Michael Kennedy of Dromod, Co. Leitrim and Curator supreme of the renowned Cavan and Leitrim Railway Museum (see cavanandleitrim.com) has very kindly presented Millstreet Museum with a number of superbly preserved Eurovision Flags from the 1993 Eurovision in Millstreet. How the flags got to Leitrim is most interesting and the story has been recorded for later transmission on radio (“Radio Treasures”) and on television (LTV2 online). A million thanks to Michael who on Thursday night (3rd Sept. 2015) diverted his journey from Leitrim to Dungavan to deliver the precious flags to Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Eurovision ’93: Back Stage Reaction to the Win

RTÉ reporter Tom MacSweeney was back-stage to capture the reaction and spoke to Liam Miller, Executive Producer of Eurovision 93 (who had lots of nice words for the Millstreet community), the previous year’s winner Linda Martin, Pat Kenny, and the winner, Niamh Kavanagh:

If you can’t see the video, you can probably still see it on RTÉ.ie
Ireland are in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest tonight. RTÉ2 8pm to 10pm … best of luck to Molly Stirling
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Bringing Eurovision to Millstreet

This RTÉ News report by Colm Connolly and Tom McSweeney shows the preparations under way in Millstreet during the week leading up to the Eurovision in 1993.

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Anita Notaro

If you are a fan of Eurovision then this will be very sad news. Anita Notaro was the tour de force responsible for directing the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 from Millstreet in Ireland.

The 1993 contest was brought from the small village of Millstreet in County Cork and was a directing challenge for Anita Notaro but she confounded all the critics and made it one of the most memorable Eurovision’s in the contest’s history.

Anita worked as a highly successful Director with RTE (Irish National Broadcaster) for 18 years where she directed many programmes from The National Political Election coverage to The Eurovision Song Contest to Ireland’s most watched continue reading the full article “Anita Notaro”

The Eurovision 1993 Stage Design

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Underneath the Eurovision 1993 stage

The Eurovision Song Contest 1993 was broadcast live from the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet, Co. Cork on May 15 to an international audience of over 350 million people.

Work on the project commenced in September 1992 with a feasibility report highlighting the staging difficulties of the Millstreet arena.

Addressing the main problem of lack of height in the venue led to two key features of the final design, namely a three foot excavation of the area under the stage to accommodate underfloor lighting and a 60′ wide tilted ceiling piece to allow cameras to continue reading the full article “The Eurovision 1993 Stage Design”

2014 Cork “20” News

2014 Cork-20 - posterWith the news breaking last week that AceSigns Cork are to become the title sponsor of this year’s 100 year centenary Cork 20 International Rally, the Club under the leadership of Kevin O’Riordan (Clerk of the Course) are now busying themselves with the organising and running of the event.
Kevin stated now that the Financial side of the Rally is underpinned it leaves the team and I left to concentrate on the rally itself. This year the Rally will have a real Carnival atmosphere surrounding the town of Millstreet. Having an event such as the Cork 20 running for a hundred year’s is something the members of Munster Car Club are very proud about and rightly so. Indeed it is a great honour for me as C.O.C on this very special year. I will be outlining details of the event over the coming months but at this early juncture I would like to point out that we will have centralised service in the renowned Green Glens Arena which proved to be classed as one of the best service area’s on the 2013 Irish tarmac Rally Championship calendar. This means that service crews can set up in the Green Glens arena on continue reading the full article “2014 Cork “20” News”

Magic of EJC2014 Continues – Monday 21st July

With some fifty people participating in our first Town Tour for our EJC2014 Visitors the magic of this wonderful event continued on Monday 2st July.   The young people of Millstreet took part in workshops at the GAA Community Hall while the fire juggling was most impressive at nightfall.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
With some fifty people participating in our first Town Tour for our EJC2014 Visitors the magic of this wonderful event continued on Monday 21st July.  When we reached the “Eurovision Wall” in Minor Row we were so fortunate to meet with Matthew Murphy who brought the famous wall to reality in 1993.   Matt received a tremendous applause from the many visitors on our Town Tour and many took photographs of Matt and the Eurovision Wall.  The young people of Millstreet took part in workshops at the GAA Community Hall while the fire juggling was most impressive at nightfall.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Magnificent New Mural at Mill Race

This truly magnificent new Mural at the Mill Race on Station Road, Millstreet has just been so creatively designed by Murals.ie (the same Artist Company  that put the Mill View Mural in place last year)
This truly magnificent new Mural at the Mill Race on Station Road, Millstreet has just been so creatively designed by Murals.ie (the same Artistic Company that put the superb Mill View Mural in place last year).  We thank Jerry Buckley of Dooneen for alerting us to it.   Apparently this particular Mural was completed in a day.   Our compliments to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association for continuing to beautify Millstreet in such a wonderful manner especially in advance of  EJC2014 and the European Pony Championschips 2014 where part of our Town Tours will pass in this most historic part of Millstreet.   Well done also to the O’Regan Family who have been so very supportive in the creation of these splendid and much admired Murals.   Click on the images to enlarge.    (S.R.)

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Today is the Exact 21st Anniversary of Eurovision 1993 in Millstreet

And still wonderfully creative in Millstreet 21 years after Eurovision 1993 as we view Tony Dineen  putting in place at the Gym of Millstreet Community School the superb artwork image by Artist, Barry Fraser.   We witness Danny Lane so expertly maintaining the picturesque grounds of Millstreet Community School.  And what an amount of jets were passing over Millstreet on 15th May 2014 - In 1993 it was helicopters!  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
And still wonderfully creative in Millstreet exactly 21 years after Eurovision 1993 on Saturday, 15th May as we view Tony Dineen putting in place at the Gym of Millstreet Community School the superb artwork image by Artist, Barry Fraser. We witness Danny Lane so expertly maintaining the picturesque grounds of Millstreet Community School. And what an amount of jets were passing over Millstreet on 15th May 2014 – In 1993 it was helicopters!   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Regional Report No. 1217 – Tuesday, 13th May 2014

Weekly Regional Report No. 1217

Tuesday, 13th May  2014

Presenter: Seán Radley (deputising for Eily Buckley)

The following is the extended script of the c103 Regional Report broadcast this morning on Patricia Messenger’s “Cork Today” weekday local radio programme. The transmission is repeated after midnight.

Good morning to you Patricia and welcome, dear Listeners, to Millstreet on this bright and fresh summer morning,  the 13th May 2014 which is exactly two days short of the 21st anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 which was broadcast worldwide from the Green Glens Arena here in Millstreet.    This is Regional Report No. 1217.  And firstly we extend sincere sympathy to the Corkery Family and to Eily Buckley whose brother Denis Corkery of Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford and formerly of Liscahane, recently went to his Eternal Reward.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.   Eily will be back reporting here on c103 as usual next week.

And today we greet the inspiring Julia at 100 years young, we hear about gramophone sounds celebrating the Bealtaine Festival and there’s more- much more! continue reading the full article “Regional Report No. 1217 – Tuesday, 13th May 2014”

Millstreet in the News – 5th Sept 2013

Mary Kate fundraiser hailed as a great success – Corkman – 5th Sept

Gold Leadership Award for Rebecca Enright – Corkman – 5th Sept

Duhallow hurling is now reaping what it has sown – Corkman – 5th Sept

Congrats to Gillian Kelleher who won best dressed lady at Tullamore Show, and followed it up with a win at Bantry Show– Harvey | Rogers Photography

Aine singled out by Youth Defence while on pilgrimige – Irish Independent – 8th Sept

‘Pump School’ for children with diabetes in Cork and Kerry – Southern Star – 4th Sept

Denmark’s location for Eurovision 2014 draws comparisons with Millstreet – Irish Independent (3rd Sept) – [also: RTE.ie]

Millstreet to step up a gear with rally plans – Irish Examiner – Sept 3rd

Brennans light up Cyclefest’s visit to Millstreet – Corkman – 29th Aug

Shear genius at the cutting edge nets €30k for St John’s – Corkman – 29th Aug

World TaeKwon-Do for Millstreet club member Connie – Corkman – 29th Aug

Emmets hang on for victory over Millstreet – Corkman – 29th Aug

Horse Fair promises bumper crowds – Corkman – 29th Aug

Tender is out for the Construction of two extra classrooms in the Presentation NS – mytenders.ie –  29th Aug

Charity Kitefest at Millstreet Country Park in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research – Irish Examiner – 27th August [also: Corkman]

Irish Horse TV visits the Millstreet Horse Show (video 8mins) -IrishHorseTV.ie

Visiting Millstreet Museum & News of a Museum Exhibition to Coincide with Cork 20 Event in October 2013

We were delighted to welcome the Buckley Family from Ennis to our Museum during this past week.   Seán (originally from Kilcorney) is grandson of the gentleman who first established Kilcorney Feis in 1910.    The Family are pictured here with the very historic "Mobo" toy horse of the 1950s which was presented a number of years ago to the Museum by Maurice Walsh of Ickenham near London who came originally from Dooneen near Millstreet Railway Station.   Our Museum Church Gate Collection  takes place this evening and tomorrow in Millstreet.  (S.R.)
We were delighted to welcome the Buckley Family from Ennis to our Museum during this past week. Seán (originally from Kilcorney) is grandson of Liam Ó Buachalla who first established Kilcorney Feis in 1910.  Seán will be kindly coordinating a wonderful Motor Sport Exbibition especially focusing on some fascinating model cars – all to coincide with the upcoming Cork 20 prestigious event in Millstreet in October 2013.  The Family are pictured here with the very historic “Mobo” toy horse of the 1950s which was presented a number of years ago to the Museum by Maurice Walsh of Ickenham near London who came originally from Dooneen near Millstreet Railway Station. Our Museum Church Gate Collection takes place this evening and tomorrow in Millstreet.  Click on images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

 

Seán Buckley beside the unfinished Museum feature on the History of Kilcorney FeisBeside Eurovision 1993 Display in Millstreet Museum

 

Parish Newsletter – The most Holy Trinity – 26th May 2013

PARISH NEWSLETTER for BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

The most Holy Trinity – 26th May, 2013

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043/Mobile  087-7752948

Email:  <email>    www.dioceseofkerry.ie

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS: MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

RECENT DEATHS:    Fr. Ned Corridan, Duagh & former C.C. in Millstreet; Nuala Joyce, Tralee & Cullen; Joe O’Donoghue, Cahirbarnagh & Cork; Eileen Stevens (nee Coyne), Chicago & Ballydaly; Declan Healy, Faha; Nora Jessop (nee Murphy), England & Glountane.

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LTV2 Millstreet Programme 220 Now Online

Programme 220  Edited by Sean Murphy

All the slideshows that were shown on the big screens at the Eurovision 20th anniversary celebrations in the Green Glens last weekend, the forthcoming Sheep Shearing Championships this weekend, as well as the usual Regional Report, Music and studio discussion

 

Niamh Kavanagh sings ‘In Your Eyes’ at the Green Glens

The video above shows Niamh Kavanagh last night performing her winning Eurovision song ‘In Your Eyes’ at the Green Glens Arena – the very place she won twenty years ago, at the twentieth anniversary celebrations of the Eurovision in Millstreet (18th May 2013). Niamh was the special guest at the party which was attended by about four hundred guests. Seán will surely have photos and video on the site in the next few days – video by Joseph Lawlor

Jerry Pat discusses the Eurovision with Tubridy

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This morning, Jerry Pat O’Leary (O’Leary’s Butchers in the Square) was talking to Ryan Tubridy on his 2FM show this morning about the Eurovision 1993, the memories and what’s happening this week. Click on the audio player above to listen to the interview. continue reading the full article “Jerry Pat discusses the Eurovision with Tubridy”

The Eurovision Song Contest 1993 – Full Show

Yesterday May 15th was the 20th anniversary of the Eurovision in Millstreet, we should have put it up yesterday, but anyhow below is the video full Eurovision 1993 as broadcast be the BBC.

The Eurovision Song Contest 1993 was the 38th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on 15 May 1993 in Millstreet. This is the continue reading the full article “The Eurovision Song Contest 1993 – Full Show”

Eurovision 1993 – 20th Anniversary Week in Millstreet

One of the many happy memories of the 1993 Eurovision in Millstreet - Jonathan O'Connor appearing on the live transmission on 15th May 1993 - one of the many special images we shall be sharing at Green Glens this Saturday Night at the Eurovision Tea Party.  (S.R.)
One of the many happy memories of the 1993 Eurovision in Millstreet – Jonathan O’Connor appearing on the live transmission on 15th May 1993 – one of the many special images we shall be sharing at Green Glens this Saturday Night at the Eurovision Tea Party. (S.R.)

The video of the interval act with the local children is below (starting from 2 mins 8 secs) continue reading the full article “Eurovision 1993 – 20th Anniversary Week in Millstreet”

Preparing for 20th Anniversary of 1993 Millstreet Eurovision

Superbly dedicated members of the 20th Anniversary Eurovision Committee adding to the colour and brightness of our Town   as preparations for the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 Millstreet Eurovision make steady progress.  (S.R.)
Superbly dedicated members of the 20th Anniversary Eurovision Committee adding to the colour and brightness of our Town as preparations for the 20th Anniversary of the 1993 Millstreet Eurovision make steady progress.   Click on the image to enlarge.   (S.R.)

 

Preparing for Eurovision Tea Party on 18th May 2013

Meeting at the Wallis Arms on Wednesday, 1st May 2013 - members of Millstreet Community Council and Friends - continuing to make preparations for the wonderful 20th Anniversary of Eurovision event to be held at Green Glens on Saturday, 18th May.   Tickets
Meeting at the Wallis Arms on Wednesday, 1st May 2013 – members of Millstreet Community Council and Friends – continuing to make preparations for the wonderful 20th Anniversary of Eurovision event to be held at Green Glens on Saturday, 18th May. Tickets are available from Margaret Bourke at Millstreet Credit Union (029 70764), from Mairéad Daly or any member of Millstreet Community Council.   Different groups have already booked their own table.   The Committee is delighted to facilitate full table bookings from groups.  We thank John Tarrant for taking this group photograph and for helping to promote this quite unique event.   Click on image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Preparing for Spectacular 20th Anniversary Celebration of Millstreet Eurovision 1993 at Green Glens on Saturday, 18th May 2013

Members of Millstreet Community Council preparing for what promises to be a truly spectacular celebratory  event at Green Glens on 18th May 2013.   Tickets at €20.00 are available from Millstreet Credit Union Centre at The Square or from Community Council Members.  Lots more about this wonderful occasion will be shared as we approach the celebratory night.  (S.R.)
Members of Millstreet Community Council preparing for what promises to be a truly spectacular celebratory event at Green Glens on 18th May 2013. Tickets at €20.00 are available from Millstreet Credit Union Centre at The Square or from Community Council Members. Lots more about this wonderful occasion will be shared as we approach the celebratory night.  Click on images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Eurovision 1993 Memories 2

Here we recall Eurovision Week in May 1993.
Here we recall Eurovision Week in May 1993.   This very enterprising visitor established his temporary stand at West End.    Below we view the official opening of the wonderfully memorable Millstreet Euro Fringe Festival during that historic week.    The very impressive platform was positioned across the road from the Euro Dome.    Click on images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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