We present recent pictorial updates from our locality sharing a selection of colourful images. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Mary-May Fenton from Butterfly farm Stables in Kilcorney had a great two days at the Owners Pony and Young Riders Show in Green Glens Millstreet. A fantastic opportunity for the youngsters to ride in the main arena with fabulous prizes given to all a very well run event.
Preview: Roll on Millstreet
OUR bizarre planning laws may well sound the death knell for open-air festivals yet, but for the moment there’s plenty to enjoy. U2’s dates may well be gone, but this bank holiday weekend sees the second Millstreet Music Fair which, while hardly at the cutting edge of music today, does offer some of the best in Irish acts, plus a few classy visitors. Christy Moore, Jackson Browne, The Divine Comedy, Steve Earle, Jools Holland and Suzanne Vega are all on the bill this year. But among the lesser’ acts you’ll find some real gems too: the unmissable Frank and Waiters, Toni Robinson, Pierce Tumor, Sharon Shannon and Nano*, among them. Millstreet organisers are very keen to get away from the rock festival image of drugs and booze and to push their Music Fair as a family event. So, they’ve booked Galway’s hisenas to perform on the site and they’re bringing in a genuine circus big top. On top of that, there’s a supervised play area for the kids, a fireworks show and a craft village. All that happens on Sunday, but for die-hard festival goers who can’t enjoy themselves without making a weekend of it, Saturday’s eve-of-Fair party night should do the trick. The Afro Gk Sound System top this bill, with Slowed Lohan and Kila also in on the act. So there you have it. It’s not Lisdoonvarna or Slane, but the 1997 Millstreet Music Fair has enough ingredients for a decent weekend away. Tickets are still selling at usual agents, but you can ring 01-4569569, credit card in hand.
Millstreet outdoor music fair driven indoors
Mon, Aug 4, 1997, 01:00
You know nothing of true misery until you’ve huddled in a doorway in Millstreet, Co Cork, on a Sunday morning, tetchily waiting for the pubs to open and watching sheets of apocalyptic rain fall from the grey skies.
The Millstreet Music Fair was supposed to be a sweltering sunfest. We were to wallow in the summery meadows of the Green Glens, soaking up the feel-good rays and enjoying the melodic offerings of 21 internationally renowned singers.
But the gods work in perverse and mysterious ways and, as the gates opened at noon yesterday, pounding rain descended. Just for good measure, a nasty wind was blowing in from the west and there was a November chill in the air.
In his eternal wisdom, Noel C. Duggan built an indoor arena at Millstreet, and most of the crowd of about 5,000 headed for that, leaving just a couple of hundred sodden souls braving the elements at the main stage outdoors.
The acts were doing their best to raise the collective spirit. The line-up at this, the second Millstreet Music Fair, wasn’t half bad, an eclectic mix blending everything from the worthy lyricism of Jackson Brown to some very clever, arty pop.
The general atmosphere, though hardly electric, was cheery enough: it takes more than a rainstorm to dampen the ardour of throngs of 18-year-olds.
Meanwhile, torrential rain failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of people who turned out in Waterford in support of Spraoi, the city’s annual bank holiday street carnival.
The organisers decided yesterday morning to relocate all outdoor gigs to indoor venues after heavy rainfall threatened to ruin the festivities.
GIG of the weekend: Millstreet Music Fair, Cork, Sunday 
The line-up for this one-day event in the spacious Green Glens Arena has something for nearly everybody, from full-blooded celtic soul brothers Van Morrison and Shane MacGowan to the glittery contemporary pop of The Corrs and the camp shenanigans of Bono’s buddy Gavin Friday.
Rabble-rousers The Saw Doctors are also in there somewhere, as are Canada’s The Cowboy Junkies, country queen Emmylou Harris, squeezebox ace Sharon Shannon and the legendary John Martyn, a man known to equal Van in the getting out of the wrong side of the bed of a morning stakes.
The action will take place over three separate stages – the Greenfield, the World and the Examiner Stage, with some 30 acts performing.
Organisers say if the gig is a major success they will turn it into an annual event.
notes: The Millstreet Music Fair took place on Sunday, 04 August 1996. John played with band on the World Stage. Other acts there included Emmylou Harris, Cowboy Junkies, Altan, Kiki Dee and Ann di Franco. Van Morrisson was scheduled for the Greenfield Stage.
“Van Morrison story No. 2! Jim Casey mentioned on my earlier Van the Man post about the outdoor Van Morrison gig from the mid 90s. It was the 1996 Millstreet Music Fair. One stage in the indoor showjumping arena and another big stage outside. Van headlined, The Coors, The Saw Doctors, Altan, Paul Brady and a host of support acts. Gavin Friday played indoors. Emmylou Harris and Cowboy Junkies played. Van’s blacked out people carrier arrived backstage and out jumped the man himself with Michelle Rocha. The boxer Stephen Collins and his wife were with them. Van went straight on stage and launched into the first tune. Rocha and the others stayed backstage drinking champagne. I was crouched at the side of the stage watching the gig. Someone stood behind me and I looked up. There was Emmylou Harris – the Goddess. She watched every minute of the gig, sang along and when it was over walked past the event junkies still quaffing back the champers and made her way back to the other stage. That is all!!!!” – [Paul McDermott]
Lots of photos and videos from the European Mounted Games Championships 2019 which was held in Green Glens last week. (Photos from the opening parade are here)
Love the comment (above):
“Millstreet, Co Cork, Ireland 🇮🇪 . Amazing reception by this small town, fab venue, lovely friends and best of all… the riding!!! Kids & ponies did us proud.”
On Tuesday evening in lovely sunshine, the Opening Ceremony for the European Mounted Games Team and Individual Championships 2019 was held in Millstreet. The Millstreet Pipe Band lead the parade of 17 European Countries from Green Glens up through the town where the official opening was declared in the Town Square. It was followed by music and a wonderful international social evening. Below are lots of photos and videos from the evening:
The European Mounted Games Championships 2019 will be held at Millstreet Green Glens Equestrian Centre from July 8th – 14th. A Parade through Millstreet Town will be held on Tuesday July 9th at 7pm led by Millstreet Pipe Band followed by the Opening Ceremony in the Square. All are welcome.
A truly wonderful Irish Pony Club event – the National Minimus Championships, took place at Green Glens and at Drishane this past weekend. Here we share two images of the occasion with more to follow later. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Today, Wednesday 15th May 2019 marks the exact 26th Anniversary of the magnificent Eurovision Song Contest held on Sat. 15th May 1993 at 8pm in Millstreet’s superb Green Glens Arena where Noel C. Duggan and Family accorded a royal welcome to the world on this hugely historic and highly significant event. To mark the occasion we have delved into our Millstreet Museum Archives to share just a small selection of images recalling such a fascinating and forever memorable time here in Millstreet. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) And we continue below sharing 13 more images of the truly magical occasion: [read more …] “Recalling Eurovision 1993 on its 26th Anniversary Today – 15th May 2019”
It’s rare to see double decker buses in Millstreet but on Sat. 16th March 2019 a number of them were part of the transport bringing huge numbers of enthusiastic young people to Green Glens for the annual TechWorks Festival. Participants travelled from many parts of Ireland and some came from the UK also. The event commences shortly after midday and ended at midnight. The occasion was very well coordinated and security was most professional. Such was the volume of the modern music that it echoed beyond Green Glens. Clearly it was a happy and enjoyable occasion for the great number of participants. We thank Thomas, Pat and Muireann and the TechWorks organisers for permitting us to share images from the very colourful event. Click on the pictures (almost 40) to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “TechWorks Festival at Green Glens Attracts Huge Young Audience”
Renowned Poet Patrick Thomas Hammer from New York is presently paying his yearly visit to Ireland and especially to his Millstreet Relations – the O’Rahilly Family of Tanyard Wood. We thank Patrick for the presentation of his most recent Book of Poetry to the Museum. He is blessed with such a wonderful sense of humour and is so superbly witty. He is a magnificent Ambassador for America and so impressively proud of his Irish roots. As well as visiting Millstreet Museum on Saturday, 20th Oct. 2018 he was truly impressed by a visit to the excellent National Dairy Show at Green Glens – an event which this year received RTÉ television national News coverage. On a future “Radio Treasures” on CMS we shall feature a special interview with Patrick in which he recalls a splendid visit to John C. Casey’s New York shop. Here we join Patrick on his Millstreet visit. Click on the 27 images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The National Dairy Show which for almost forty years has been held at Green Glens, Millstreet takes place on today 20th Oct. 2018. The prestigious event attracts people from far and wide to witness the judging of Ireland’s most impressive cows. Here we share three images showing the preparation for the annual occasion. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The action in the FEI Nations Cup CICO3* at Millstreet International Horse Trials kicks off today in Green Glens. You can watch Thursday’s dressage live below or on the Millstreet Horse Trials Facebook page. The rest of the competition will be shown live on the FEI’s YouTube Channel and FEI TV, and there will also be a live stream on Eventing Nation each day.
Believed to be the largest Millstreet International Show in ten years there is such a vibrant atmosphere at Green Glens where the Arenas look magnificent, the horse-boxes hugely impressive and the standard of jumping quite phenomenal. The town is looking so very welcoming with its vast arrays of floral arrangements. “Cinnamon Bakery and Coffee Shop” officially opened at West End on 15th August. Here we share a selection of images to illustrate the colour and impressive nature of this very important annual event in Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Wonderfully Busy Show Week 2018 in Millstreet”
Green Glens are taking applications for people who are available to work during Millstreet Horse Show and Millstreet Eventing – August 13th to the 26th.
CV’s should be dropped to Elaine Collins in Green Glens Mon – Fri, 10am – 5pm. Phone 029.70800 or email <admin @millstreethorseshow.ie>
What an exciting (and chilly) weekend it’s been when Daniel and Majella were accorded a royal welcome by Eily and the people of Millstreet and beyond (images of this we cannot share at the moment but at a later point permission will hopefully be granted)….when Millstreet Pipe Band performed inside and outside the Church…when Carriganima has its very own Snow Parade (!) with Fr. A. Wickham as its Grand Marshal (organizer Seán Murphy is very grateful for such wonderful support on such a cold day)…when Green Glens hosted a spectacular music event with well over 4,000 young people attending. Here we share a selection of images from this special weekend. We shall add lots more later. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Highlights of Wonderful St. Patrick’s Weekend 2018”
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.
In 1995 when the Cranberries were selling albums as fast as they could be manufactured, the Cranberries biggest show at home on the the No Need to Argue Tour was in Millstreet. They shook the Green Glens that night, before resting in Limerick for a few weeks ahead of two months touring in Europe and the USA.
Four years later, their next Irish gig was also in Millstreet, and it was another fabulous night in the Green Glens, as they played all the crowd favourites mixed with new songs. Endearing happy memories of two special nights in Millstreet, which vividly stick in the minds as for many it was their first big concert (see comments below).
So it is with sadness that we hear of the death of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan this evening. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends.
Some of the world’s greatest event riders will be heading to the Green Glens Arena and adjoining Drishane Castle Demesne in 2018 as it was announced recently that Millstreet will host the Irish leg of the 2018 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing Series from August 22nd to August 26th next year. Speaking after the announcement, Millstreet director Thomas Duggan said:
“It is an honour to be bringing international team competition of the highest order back to Millstreet. Having seen the extraordinary level of talent at our recent Pony (2014) and Junior/Young Rider (2016) European Championships, I’m looking forward to seeing what senior riders make of the Mike Etherington-Smith designed Cross Country track and the unique Irish welcome we offer to all visitors.” – read the full article on Millstreet.horse
The first round of act announcements for the TechWorks Festival 2018, at the Green Glens Arena, Bank Holiday Sunday – 18th March (the biggest indoor underground dance music event in Cork of 2018) include:
Green Velvet // Route 94 // Enrico Sangiuliano // Layton Giordani
This week (24th-27th) sees the International Horse Trials at Green Glens and Drishane. Full details on the Millstreet.Horse website.
On a visit today the ten images below just illustrate what a tremendous atmosphere there is at the Millstreet International Show 2017 in the supremely exquisite setting of beautiful Green Glens. Delighted to meet with so many great people on this visit on Wednesday, 2nd August 2017. Lots more images to follow later. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
And we continue to share some 56 further images to illustrate the magnificent setting for the important annual occasion. [read more …] “Magnificent Green Glens Hugely Impresses the Many Visitors”
The sun set over the Drishane Cross Country course and the Green Glens Arena on Sunday evening, and with it the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders & Juniors has come to an end! A huge congratulations to Bubby Upton Eventing ️(GB) and Hanna Knuppel ️️(DE) on their respective Junior and Young Rider Individual gold medals as well as the German J & YR teams who swept the boards in both the team competitions (full results).
Most teams have left Millstreet at this stage, so next for us in Millstreet, it’s the annual International Horse Show, which starts NEXT WEEK August 2nd-6th.FEI
Below is out last selection of photos and videos from Sunday (again it may take a little time to load): [read more …] “In Pictures: Last Day of the European Championships”
It’s been a really lovely warm and sunny day as many of the teams arrived for the sixteen countries in the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships for Young Riders and Juniors, which are being held in Green Glens and Drishane from Wednesday to Sunday.
Full show details can be found at Millstreet.horse/eu2017, or just click on the logo for the logo for the show which will be on the on the top of right of the sidebar all week.
To give a flavour of what’s happening, we’ve added below some of the photos that the teams have been posting to social media below: [read more …] “Teams arriving for the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships”
Well now you can listen back to the entire concert!
We’ve added below their rendition of ‘Alive’ from the night.