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) [read more …] “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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Eurovision 1993 Memories 1

Marking the 20th Anniversary of Millstreet's 1993 hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest at Green Glens we begin a very regular feature recalling some of those very special memories of a truly unique experience not only here in Millstreet but throughout Ireland and Europe.   Our first memory places focus on the enormous preparations which took place for the 15th May 1993 historic event.  Here we see the wonderfully artistic
Marking the 20th Anniversary of Millstreet’s 1993 hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest at Green Glens we begin a very regular feature recalling some of those very special memories of a truly unique experience not only here in Millstreet but throughout Ireland and Europe. Our first memory places focus on the enormous preparations which took place for the 15th May 1993 historic event. Here we see the wonderfully artistic Bertie (above) and Neily excellently brightening up The Square.  We are sourcing all our pictures from the Pictorial Archive of Millstreet Museum.  Click on the images to enlarge.    (S.R.)

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New Road Surface Project at Minor Row

Work began at the resurfacing of the road in Minor Row on Thursday (06/09/2012) at 7.00 p.m.. It appears that some of the roads throughout Millstreet town are to be resurfaced in this current project. It was Eurovision Year 1993 that construction work on this scale last occurred in Millstreet. (S.R.)

Here we share images of the impressive work as it began and continued through the night.   Brendan Murphy and I also recorded [read more …] “New Road Surface Project at Minor Row”

Duhallow Greats

Sports people who in the Sporting World are and were widely known
Sporting greats that Duhallow can claim for it’s own
People who are known Worldwide in many a city and town
One can say of them they have earned their renown

Of the great Olympians one always held in high esteem
Derrygallon’s Pat O Callaghan the hammer thrower supreme
World record holder and two times Olympic Champion in his prime the World’s best
The man never found to be wanting when put to the test
[read more …] “Duhallow Greats”

Noel C Duggan Did Dream

Noel C Duggan the entrepreneur of Millstreet Town
The fellow who did dream of Worldwide renown
Did dream that the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest at his Green Glens Complex would take place
No challenge for him seems too daunting to face

Noel C Duggan did dream and his dream did come true
The man is a genius to give him his due
He brought The Eurovision Song Contest to the Town of Millstreet
At his Green Glens Arena for glory Europe’s best did compete
[read more …] “Noel C Duggan Did Dream”

In the Corkman – 24th May 2012

The Corkman Newspaper is out every Thursday in all the local newsagents, and contains much more than just the online version.

Audio: “In a Cowshed in Ireland”


Click the audio player above to listen to Noel C.Duggan reminiscing on the Eurovision Song Contest which was held in his “cowshed” in Millstreet 19 years ago (1993). It’s from an interview with Damien O’Reilly on the CountryWide Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, this morning Saturday 26th May 2012. (6mins 25secs long)
The 2012 Eurovision is on tonight at 8pm on RTE TV.

Four Generations at Eurovision Wall in Minor Row, Millstreet on 24th May 2012 Recalling Millstreet’s Historic 1993 Eurovision Song Contest

How very appropriate during this 2012 Eurovision Week we recall the 1993 Eurovision in Millstreet before which Matthew Murphy creatively painted on his front wall at Minor Row truly superb flags of all 25 countries participating in the Song Contest in 1993. Here we meet this very evening (24th May) four generations of the Murphy Family standing in front of the now renowned wall which has been magnificently further upgraded by Millstreet Tidy Towns Tourism Association. From left: Martha Gaffney, Geraldine Goggin, Rachel Gaffney, Matthew Murphy and Seán Gaffney. (S.R.)

Matthew Murphy’s Eurovision Wall in Minor Row has been one of Millstreet’s most photographed features.   It has lasted so very well over the past 19 years and now with the new very colourful and attractive panels put in place its future is further guaranteed.    The flags are arranged in [read more …] “Four Generations at Eurovision Wall in Minor Row, Millstreet on 24th May 2012 Recalling Millstreet’s Historic 1993 Eurovision Song Contest”

Eurovision time

The Stone Circle used as the photo for Millstreet on MSN

It’s that time of year again, and with the Eurovision on tonight at 8pm from Dusseldorf, Millstreet is getting a mention on the internet as one of the past hosts of the Song Contest. It’s even called a city in a few spots 😉

MSN Entertainment have a nice presentation of former cities, and it’s then Millsteet is mentioned in the same breath as other major European cities:

… Madrid, Malmo, Millstreet, Moscow, Munich …

it makes you think. [read more …] “Eurovision time”

Television Reminders

“Crystal Swing” are scheduled to appear on tonight’s “Late Late Show” on RTÉ1 television while on tomorrow (Saturday) night at 9.00 on Sky Channel 4More there is another opportunity to view the excellent Australian documentary entitled “The Secret History of the Eurovision” which contains significant footage of Millstreet re the 1993 Eurovision.

The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest

Last September (2010) and Australian Film crew rolled into Millstreet, to shoot part of a documentary on the history of the Eurovision Song Contest (held in Millstreet 2011). They received a great welcome from the locals as normal, and had a great few days here. The documentary is called The Secret History of Eurovision Song Contest was aired yesterday (Monday 2nd May) on RTE1. If you missed it, you can still see it for the next few weeks  on the RTE website. Above are a few screen grabs from the programme, and there are more below. [read more …] “The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest”

Eurovision Documentary to be Screened on Monday, 2nd May on RTÉ1 at 10.30 p.m.

Entitled “The Secret History of the Eurovision” this major documentary, part of which was filmed here in Millstreet in September 2010 when Niamh Kavanagh and the Duggan Family participated in comprehensive interviews, will be broadcast on RTÉ1 television on this Monday  from 10.30 p.m until 12.15 a.m..

The True Spirit of Christmas as Expressed by Gearóid & Niamh

What a wonderfully heartwarming meeting between Gearóid Moynihan and Niamh Kavanagh at Green Glens, Millstreet in September 2010! Surely the winning smiles of the year!

Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision 1993 Winner, visited Millstreet in September 2010 to participate in a major Australian Television Documentary entitled “The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest” which is scheduled to be broadcast before Eurovision 2011 which occurs on 15th May (the exact date on which the Millstreet Eurovision took place in 1993).   During her brief visit – she stayed at [read more …] “The True Spirit of Christmas as Expressed by Gearóid & Niamh”

Niamh Kavanagh very much at home in Millstreet

Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision Winner Supreme at Millstreet in 1993 is very impressed by John Tarrant's headline in this week's "Corkman" newspaper which indicates that Niamh's return to Millstreet was to participate in an Australian directed major television documentary entitled "The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest" - scheduled to be broadcast before Eurovision 2011. Niamh is pictured at Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on Friday afternoon, 10th September following a very comprehensive interview by Director, Stephen Oliver of the Australian Film Crew. (Seán)

Niamh Kavanagh & Television Crew Visit Presentation N.S., Millstreet

Eurovision 1993 Winner Supreme, Niamh Kavanagh and the Australian Television Crew are accorded a royal and true Irish welcome at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Friday, 10th September 2010. (Seán)

Australian Television Crew & Niamh in Millstreet

Stephen (Director), Ashley (Sound), Jim (Camera) - The highly presigious Australian Television Crew presently in Millstreet filming important footage for a major Documentary on Eurovision. The renowned Niamh Kavanagh is also in Millstreet to participate in this hugely significant event. (Seán)

Eurovision Memories Recalled

Marking the 10th anniversary of the Millstreet Eurovision a very impressive Street Display Unit was put in place at West End, Millstreet in 2003. Lots of Eurovision memories will be evoked on this forthcoming Thursday and Friday when a prestigious Australian Television Crew will be filming in the area. Winner of Eurovision 1993, Niamh Kavanagh, will visit Millstreet on Friday, 10th September to participate in this highly significant Documentary which deals with the History of Europe from the First Eurovision Song Contest in 1956 and onwards to 2010. (Seán)

Eurovision 2010 – Niamh Kavanagh

Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet way back in 1993 is representing Ireland again this year in Oslo (Norway). The second semi-final is on tonight and Niamh and Co. will be doing their piece. You can’t vote for her if you’re in Ireland, but be sure to cheer them on. It starts at 8pm tonight on RTE2. Below is a video of her from the dress rehearsals in Oslo last night.

update 27th May: They’re in the final on Saturday night 🙂 Video from the semi final is below:


[read more …] “Eurovision 2010 – Niamh Kavanagh”

In Passing – April 2010

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We thank Danny O’Neill, Cork whose mother is Mary, daughter of Rosie Kelleher, Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet, for the following uplifting information regarding the impressive success of two local very talented musicians (whose photographs appear on millstreet.ie). Here is Danny’s very fine article:
Recently I was at a concert in UCC where Kenneth Cremin, son of Breda and Denis from the Priest Cross Millstreet and Cáit Buckley with connections to Aubane both received the 2010 “Doc Gleeson” award for Musical Achievement at a special concert held at the Aula Maxima, Main Campus in UCC. Kenneth played a piece of Classical music by Steve Reich on the electric guitar while Cáit Buckley played a collection of music on the harp. [read more …] “In Passing – April 2010”

Niamh Kavanagh on Millstreet

In an interview with ESC Ireland, Niamh Kavanagh has a few words about her times here in Millstreet in 1993 when she won the Eurovision here.

It’s a shame I can’t say that Millstreet was the deciding factor, but it’s safe to say that I fitted in there no worries and it certainly gave me an experience that has never been nor likely to be repeated!

There is more on Millstreet, and she also talks about the upcoming Eurovision in Oslo.

Read the full article on escireland.com

Niamh Kavanagh going to Eurovision Again!


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Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet back in 1993, last night won the Irish Eurosong last night with maximum votes from all the judges groups and the general public (tele-voting). She will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision 2010 in the Telenor Arena in Olso, Norway in the semi-final on May 27th and hopefully in the final on May 29th.

The Telenor Arena is actually a soccer stadium with a roof that can hold 23,000 people for a concert!

Expect to be hearing Millstreet ’93 being mentioned a lot in the run-up to the competition in Oslo. Well done Niamh and best of luck in Oslo!
[read more …] “Niamh Kavanagh going to Eurovision Again!”

Eurosong 2010

Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet in 1993 is in the Eurosong National Final again tonight. You can listen to her song which was released yesterday in the video above. It is on RTE1 at 9:30pm tonight. Give her your vote 😉

Update: She won with maximum votes! Now go and read our follow up post for the details.

Niamh Kavanagh Eurovision 2010

Niamh Kavanagh - Eurosong 2010!from one of our readers:

Hi, just want to let the people of Millstreet know that Eurovision winner 1993, Niamh Kavanagh has made it to the last 5 in the Eurosong qualifiers this year. Eurovision this year will be held in Oslo. The Eurosong is on March the 5th and it would be great to have the people of Millstreet rooting for their own winner by voting for her on the night!! She has set up a page on facebook for updates- ‘Niamh Kavanagh Eurosong 2010

Millstreet May 15th 1993

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Just in case anyone had forgotten, this is when the Eurovision visited Millstreet. Here is an article about how Liverpool took on Ireland in Millstreet … and came off second best!

It is an interesting read with a bit of humour too, and it also has lots of the videos of the songs from the night. So, go visit the article if you think it might be interesting to remember back.