Millstreet Playground Update

Millstreet Town Park Committee would like to respond to the comments, regarding the refurbishment of the playground :

Firstly, in relation to having exercise equipment close to the playground – we currently have 6 exercise machines within 30 metres of the playground. As these machines are for use for 14-year old and older, we feel that they would be used by children if they were any closer.

Regarding grants from Cork County Council, Millstreet Town Park are very grateful to Cork County Council for the current grant of €14,000, and for previous grants of €3,000 for the installation of the bollards, and €15,000 towards the fitness equipment. Please note that we are currently working with Cork County Council for a Clár grant to the value of €50,000.

Finally, regarding the request for a zip wire, this has been discussed at our meetings, and we hope to put one in place by 2021. There is a lot more we would like to do, but unfortunately, we cannot afford it at the moment.

Finally, we appeal to people to please continue supporting the local lotto, as this is our main source of income, and the future of our Town Park depends on it being supported.  [read more …] “Millstreet Playground Update”

Plans for the new Childrens Playground

Millstreet  Town Park Committee are pleased to share below the proposed plans for our next project a full refurbishment of our children’s playground (last overhauled over 25 years  ago) for the benefit of our  growing population of under twelves.

We want to bring our playground in line with the rest of our fantastic amenity and make it a fun, healthy, inclusive and safe place for all our little people.  This upgrade is set to cost approximately €120,000.   On average our yearly income for the total running of the   Town Park grounds is €15,000 (Local Lotto and club subs) with annual recurring costs of a minimum of €8000, on insurance, gym equipment maintenance and machine repair alone.

We have secured a grant of €14,000 from  Cork County Council, subject to completion of  the works, and are making progress on further funding.  However, we still face a significant shortfall.  We are therefore calling on all “Sraiders”, past and present, at home and away and all users of our fantastic Town Park,  to dig deep and make whatever financial contribution you can to support this  project.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED PLEASE 

If you wish to make a contribution you may:
(i) lodge directly online to Millstreet Town Park Committee back account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2D, or
(ii) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park Committee” care of FÁS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet.

We will also shortly be appealing to the local businesses  in Millstreet for assistance with the financing of this project.  With help from right across our community we hope to get this refurbishment underway.

If you wish to confirm your contribution and  share your story of growing  up down the Lawn we would be delighted to hear from you at  <millstreettownpark@gmail.com>

Finally, without  the  additional financial support from you,  the  people of Millstreet, we fear for the future viability of the playground in its current condition for the children of Millstreet – the future of our community.

Thank you
Millstreet Town Park Committee
Chairman Denis  Twomey, Secretary Denis Hickey, Treasurer Geraldine O’Leary

Primary School Sports 2019 at Millstreet Town Park on Monday

Blessed with wonderful weather in Millstreet Town Park this Monday, 17th June 2019 – the Annual School Sports were thoroughly enjoyed by the many pupils from a large number of Primary Schools.   Organised by Millstreet Athletic Club the annual event was a tremendous success.  We recorded lots of images of the athletic efforts of the energetic children and will share these later.   Here we view the School with the highest accumulative score this year – Derrinagree N.S..   We also illustrate a number of items found at the end of the event which may be claimed by phoning Maeve on 087 261 7001 . Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Derrinagree N.S. Winners

These five items found after the event.

Cork G.A.A. Mile Challenge in Town Park on Satruday at 11:00am

Kevin runs One Mile Challenge on Town Park

Champion fundraiser Kevin Donovan has taken on the huge challenge of running one mile in every GAA Club in County Cork. That is 156 fields, Kevin will run around the GAA ground at Millstreet Town Park on this Saturday (8th June 2019)  at 11am in a Millstreet GAA jersey.

We thank John Tarrant for alerting us to this important event. Click on the Poster to enlarge. (S.R.) 

The novel venture is in aid of the Cork Deaf Association and Parkinson’s Association of Ireland. Come along after the Féile Hurling game, join in and run or just cheer on Kevin.

 

Kevin’s Cork GAA Mile Challenge in Duhallow this Saturday entails visits to Castlemagner(9.15am), Millstreet(11am), Dromtariffe(12.30pm), Cullen(2.30pm) and Knocknagree(4pm).

 

 

Millstreet Town Park News Update April 2019

We thank Denis Hickey of Millstreet Town Park Committee for the following update.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Town Park Committee is made up of volunteers who maintain and upkeep the facilities within the park. Over the last couple of years, we have put in a tarred walkway, water feature, outdoor fitness equipment, picnic area, etc. Our income is mainly from the weekly lotto and some grants. Please continue to support the local lotto. On average our yearly income is approximately €15,000 – with an annual outgoing of a minimum of €6,000, which goes on insurance, gym equipment maintenance, machine repair, etc. Our next planned project, which we have been working on for the last 12 months, is to upgrade the playground, which will cost approximately €120,000.
To-date we have received a grant of €14,000 towards the cost of the playground from Cork County Council, we are working with IRD Duhallow and Cork County Council(Clar) for further grants. We currently have €16,000 in our own funds and the €14,000 from Cork County Council, we still have a shortfall of €90,000. With the local elections looming, we are appealing to people to ask the candidates for their help to get grants for the playground.We are asking people for suggestions for fundraising. Any suggestions can be given to chairman Denis Twomey, secretary Denis Hickey, treasurer Geraldine O’ Leary or any other member of the Town Park Committee.   See below the construction of the Playground in 1993 (from Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives)…… [read more …] “Millstreet Town Park News Update April 2019”

Wonderful Gathering for Unveiling of John & Lena Plaque in Millstreet Town Park

It was John O’Keeffe’s niece – Peg O’Keeffe of Drishane Road, Millstreet – who this Monday morning (11th March 2019) officially unveiled the very impressive plaque at the Bridge in Millstreet Town Park in the presence of a wonderful cross section of local people and visitors including relatives from Mitchelstown of the late Lena.   Members of Millstreet Tidy Towns and Members of Millstreet Town Park were also present.   Chairman of Millstreet Town Park Committee – Denis Twomey – delivered a superb speech acknowledging the amazing contribution both John and the late Lena made to Millstreet over several years.   Denis Hickey and his Team had the ground and plaque placement splendidly prepared.   Here we share some 18 images illustrating what a very special occasion it was – blessed, thankfully, by perfect weather conditions.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Peg O’Keeffe unveils the special plaque.
Denis Twomey and Denis Hickey applaud Peg having officially unveiled the plaque.
Belle Brosnan (with her Grandmother) points to the new plaque. Belle’s Grandfather, the late Neily O’Leary, devoted lots of dedicated time to the care of the Town Park and Millstreet environs.
Áine Collins was among those who were instrumental in accessing funding for Millstreet Town Park and hugely respected the inspirational efforts of John and Lena.

And we share a further 13 images from this morning’s historic occasion. [read more …] “Wonderful Gathering for Unveiling of John & Lena Plaque in Millstreet Town Park”

Unveiling of Special Plaque at Town Park Bridge on Monday

Everyone is welcome to the unveiling of a special plaque at the Bridge in Millstreet Town Park on Monday, 11th March 2019 at 10:30 a.m..  The Plaque is dedicated to John O’Keeffe and the late Lena O’Keeffe in recognition of their magnificent contribution to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association and to Millstreet Town Park over many years.  Our picture shows John and Lena photographed in 2006.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

John & Lena O’Keeffe pictured at West End, Millstreet on 18th July 2006.

 

Town Park Bridge Plaque Dedicated to John & Lena O’Keeffe

Three members of Millstreet Town Park Committee visited John O’Keeffe at Teach Altra, Newmarket this Friday morning (22nd Feb. 2019) to reveal the very impressive Dedication Plaque to John who was truly delighted with such an uplifting gesture.   The Plaque will be put in place at the Bridge within Millstreet Town Park next week.  We thank Denis Hickey for sharing the two images taken in Newmarket this morning.  And we’ve drawn from our Millstreet Museum Archive a very happy picture of John & Lena taken on 18th July 2006 photographed across the road from Centra in West End.  Click on all images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

From left: Noel Collins, John O’Keeffe, Denis Hickey and Jerry Lehane.
John & Lena O’Keeffe pictured at West End, Millstreet on 18th July 2006.

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A.G.M. of Millstreet Town Park Committee on Fri. 25th Jan. 2019

Pictured at Friday night’s A.G.M. of Millstreet Town Park which took place at Millstreet Day Care Centre. The people of Millstreet and beyond are indeed very grateful to this wonderfully dedicated Committee for coordinating the excellent management of our Town Park where such magnificent amenities are provided enhancing the daily lives of our community. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Annual General Meeting of Millstreet Town Park Fri. 25th Jan. at 8pm

The Annual General Meeting of Millstreet Town Park will take place on this Friday, 25th Jan. 2019 at 8.00p.m. in the Millstreet Day Care Centre.  All are very welcome.  The Meeting will be preceded by the celebration of Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet at 7:30pm for all Deceased Members.  We thank Denis for the notice.  (S.R.)

Feast of the Epiphany 2019

With the arrival of the Wise Men in the Crib as illustrated below in the very creative window of Tommy & Breda Sheehan (formerly the shop and home of the late Mary Cronin in Main Street, Millstreet) it truly marks the beginning of a New Year with the reopening this Sunday of the entire Town Park and the wonderfully mild weather for this time of year.  Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Feast of the Epiphany 2019”

Coursing Schedule

Report from Day 1 (Radio Kerry):

 

ORDER OF RUNNING @ MILLSTREET TOWN PARK
Friday the 4th, and Saturday the 5th of January
Judge: Brendan Purcell
Slipper: Sean McAuliffe
Start 11.30am both days.
FRIDAY: Twice through Derby Trial Stakes & Oaks Trial Stakes. Once through North Cork Cup (immediately after interval).
SATURDAY: Start with Tanyard Stakes, Game Protection Cup & complete card. [ICC]

Wonderfully Successful Games at Millstreet Town Park on Sunday Blessed with Excellent Weather

On Sunday, 23rd September 2018 the annual GAA Hurling Games for the Connie Kelleher Memorial Trophy, the Tommy O’Connor and Alan O’Connor Memorial Trophies took place in splendid weather at Millstreet Town Park.  This year a magnificent Trophy in memory of the late Connie Hickey (who was a dedicated Coach) was introduced and presented by the Hickey Family.  The event was superbly organized with the inclusion of Millstreet Pipe Band, the flying of the National Flag and the presentations at the GAA Community Hall followed by excellent refreshments for everyone.  A huge attendance was in evidence with many people travelling from afar for the special occasion.   The dedicated Committee with such people as Mag O’Connor and John O’Riordan and many others ensured a most successful annual event.  Here we share the first of our pictorial recordings from the uplifting occasion.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Wonderfully Successful Games at Millstreet Town Park on Sunday Blessed with Excellent Weather”

Two Rare Sights at Millstreet Town Park!

Matthew Dennehy of Millstreet GAA displays the final score between Cork and Kerry at the Final of the Humphrey Kelleher Football Championship on Sat. 7th July 2018 in Millstreet Town Park. A rather rare scoreline! Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Our second very rare sight at Millstreet Town Park on Sat. 7th July 2018 is demonstrated here by Evan and Liam. Because of the extreme dry weather conditions the original driveway to the former Coomlogane House of the McCarthy-O’Leary Family is presently visible within the Pitch & Putt Course….near Green No. 2. The print of the driveway only becomes visible during very warm Summers.
May Kelleher, wife of the late Humphrey presents the Humphrey Kelleher Cup to Shane Kingston, Captain of the victorious Cork Team.
Cork – with team members from West and Mid Cork – The football final Winners of the Humphrey Kelleher Cup 2018.
Wonderfully loyal Cork Supporter, Margaret Healy of Minor Row, Millstreet shares the Cup with Cork Captain, Shane Kingston.

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Magnificent Annual Sporting Occasion in Millstreet Town Park

Many Primary Schools participated enthusiastically in the Annual School Sports held at Millstreet Town Park on Monday, 18th June 2018. Great credit is due to Millstreet Athletic Club for the overall preparation and running of the excellent event. Here we share our first feature of the uplifting event where with some 14 images we meet the Organisers, the young Participants, the Teachers and Parents on a day blessed with excellent weather conditions.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Derrinagree N.S. won the M.J. Riordan Perpetual Cup having scores the most points at the Sports.

[read more …] “Magnificent Annual Sporting Occasion in Millstreet Town Park”

Alan Cadogan Welcomed by Millstreet Camogie Team

On Wednesday, 13th June 2013 (Feast of St. Anthony of Padua) Millstreet Camogie Team extended a royal welcome to Cork Hurling Star Supreme – Alan Cadogan  who participated in a most impressive coaching session followed by the signing of an enormous number of autographs and standing in for numerous photographs.   Alan was most generous with his time, his interest and in his advice.   The overall event was kindly sponsored by CAB Motors, Cork and Millstreet won the recent competition on Facebook with the most “likes” with Deirdre Looney and her Co-workers coordinating the successful project.   Later we shall upload a full pictorial feature but here we share the overall Team Photograph with Alan Cadogan.  Despite the wet and windy conditions in the Town Park it was a most enjoyable occasion with an excellent Barbeque provided by Tony O’Brien and his Team.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)
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Magnificent Rainbow Over Millstreet Town Park This Evening

We were fortunate to record a truly magnificent Rainbow over Millstreet Town Park at 5.30 this evening (Sunday, 15th April 2018).  It looked like the end of the rainbow … with its pot of gold … appeared to be over the Pitch-and-Putt Course!  Even the walkers in the Park at the time never felt closer to a rainbow.   But when you come to think about it – the recent wonderfully upgraded Pitch-and-Putt Course must be gold to its many Loyal Players.  Here we share four images of this evening’s “rainbow magic”.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Rainbow Over Millstreet Town Park This Evening”

Town Park This Weekend

As preparations continue for the much anticipated Vintage Event in Millstreet Town Park in aid of such a praiseworthy cause – on speaking with Denis Hickey today he wished to indicate that while the Pitch would be closed on this coming Saturday and Sunday, the Car Park, Children’s Playground and Pitch-and-Putt Course would remain open.  (S.R.)

Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Wishing Our All-Ireland Boxing Finalists Supreme Every Success

Friends and Supporters of All-Ireland Boxing Finalists Chloe, Megan and Leah – all of the Competitors from the Aubane/Mushera area of Millstreet – wish every success to the three excellent Sports Ambassadors as they compete in this highly prestigious Boxing Final in Dublin. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Updated: Results from the All Ireland Girls Boxing Championships:
[read more …] “Wishing Our All-Ireland Boxing Finalists Supreme Every Success”

Historic Millstreet Town Park Committee Minute Book to be Presented to Millstreet Museum

Members of the splendid Millstreet Town Park Committee attending a recent meeting (3rd March 2017) in the Canon O’Donovan Millstreet Day Care Centre at which the Minute Book which has been in use since 1971 saw its final report written by Secretary, Denis Hickey and signed by Chairman, Denis Twomey. The very historic document will later be presented to Millstreet Museum.   We thank all the Committee for such a magnificent gesture.  Permission was also given to record the historic meeting on Friday night. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The first report in 1971.

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Bon Voyage to Dan Until His Return Visit to Millstreet Next Year

In the wonderful autumnal setting of Millstreet Country Park we met these three well known gentlemen this morning.  Dan Horgan a native of the Ballydaly/Rathduane region of Millstreet is about to travel to his New York home following his annual visit to this native area.  And to wish Dan an enjoyable and safe journey James L. Moynihan (on left) and Denis Hickey extended their sincere greetings.   We look forward to seeing Dan back again next year doing his daily walk in his favourite Millstreet Town Park.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
In the wonderful autumnal setting of Millstreet Town Park we met these three well known gentlemen this morning. Dan Horgan (centre) a native of the Ballydaly/Rathduane region of Millstreet is about to travel to his New York home following his annual visit to this native area. And to wish Dan an enjoyable and safe journey James L. Moynihan (on left) and Denis Hickey extended their sincere greetings. We look forward to seeing Dan back again next year doing his daily walk in his favourite Millstreet Town Park. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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“Moveathon” at Town Park on Friday

The very popular annual “Moveathon” event involving Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet B.N.S. takes place in Millstreet Town Park on this Friday, 17th June 2016 from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m..   No interruption will occur for the many daily Park visitors who are increasingly using the superb walking path and the 24 fitness machines.  We thank Mr. O’Connor, Principal for this important notice.  (S.R.)1606140162-600

Uplifting New Developments at Millstreet Town Park

Recent uplifting developments at Millstreet Town Park include the placement of these very impressive new bollards and the opening up and landscaping of the area close to the Dressing Room areas and Playground
Recent uplifting developments at Millstreet Town Park include the placement of these very impressive new bollards and the opening up and landscaping of the area close to the Dressing Room and Playground area.  Great credit is due to all who helped to make this a reality.  (S.R.)

Happy Childhood Memories

Happy childhood memories the best memories of all
And my younger years in Millstreet I will always recall
On evenings in Summer up to the mid Fall
In the Townpark at the West End we played gaelic football
My friends of my youth where might they be today
Like me have the years left them balder and gray
Though some of them in the home Parish did stay
In life one might say we just went our own way
Since those days so many years have come and gone
And time does not wait it just ticks on and on
Many of the friends of my youth I may not see again
Though good memories of them with me does remain
And in fancy I chase the football up and down
With my happy young friends in the Park of the Town.
[read more …] “Happy Childhood Memories”