There will be a Church Gate Collection in Millstreet this weekend – 19th/20th August 2017 – in aid of Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes. This highly regarded facility treats Girls who experience addiction problems. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Recently at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet two ladies from Malawi in Africa having been dedicatedly prepared by Sr. Rosemary Barter of Drishane House, Killarney Road – received their First Holy Communion during a mid-week Mass concelebrated by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. and Fr. Paddy O’Byrne. Following the special ceremony the congregation congratulated the two Communicants and their families. Later refreshments were enjoyed at “Nibbles” in West End.Click on the images to enlarge. We thank Mike Riordan for providing us with the names of the families. (S.R.)
We have recently been asked by a number of people a query regarding two of our beautiful windows in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Below we illustrate both windows. The first one has the SC indication and SD in the lower image on the same window. We welcome your suggestions re the identity of these Saints. The second window is the very large one behind where the Choir used to sing in the Church Gallery. Who is the Saint praying to the Lord? We would be very grateful of any assistance in these queries. Please use our Comment facility here or email millstreetmuseum @eircom.net …. Saints in most of the magnificent stained glass windows have been identified but these two windows are still the subject of research regarding the identity of the Saints depicted on the windows.Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
“ROCS Reach Out Cancer Support Millstreet will hold their annual Mass this Friday 16th Dec at 7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. All are welcome but in particular anyone who has been touched in any way directly or indirectly by cancer. Please join us for a cuppa in Parish Centre afterwards.” This message has been kindly shared by Mairéad Daly to whom we express our sincere thanks. (S.R.)
The Friday evening Mass at 7.30 (Anniversary Mass of the late Tom and Abina Radley of The Square) is now rescheduled to 10 a.m. on this Friday, 6th May 2016. There will be no 7.30pm Mass on this Friday. (S.R.)
In this photo a bicycle rests in the front porch of St.Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. It is a zoomed-in image from one of the William Lawrence photos which was taken about 1910.
We don’t think anyone noticed the bicycle previously. Thanks to Mary for pointing it out.
Another interesting detail which can be seen in the full photo (again when you zoom in) are the rosary beads hanging on the railings and gates on the left and right of the entrance from the street.
The full photo can be seen on the NLI website here.
The grave in front of the door was that of Canon Griffin who died on 22nd February 1899. It was relocated to the right as you enter the church yard when the church was rebuilt in the early 1930s. [read more …] “Bicycle in the Porch”
Dan & Canon John shared a fascinating account of the history of the Church and the children listened with great interest. In the framed feature one may view the pre-1930s Church with its galleries on both sides including two sets of stairs. This can then be compared to photographs of the modern Church. Photographer supreme, Justin Black of “Justborn Photography” assisted Dan in the creation of [read more …] “Framed Pictorial History of Church Launched for Christmas 2015”
Millstreet R.O.C.S. (Reach Out Cancer Support) Group will hold its annual Mass on Friday, 30th October 2015 at 7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Everyone is very welcome but in particular those who have been touched directly or indirectly in any way by Cancer. Please join us in the Parish Centre after Mass for a cuppa. We thank Mairéad Daly, Chairperson R.O.C.S. for this important notice. (S.R.)
Easter 2015 is just gone, but here’s a look back at the Easter Ceremonies in Millstreet 99 years ago, and how different it was:
The impressive ceremonies connected with Holy Week were carried out with the customary solemnity in St.Patrick’s Parish Church, Millstreet. On Holy Thursday High Mass was celebrated at 10 o’clock, the celebrant being the Rev M. F. Scanlan, C.C.; deacon, the Rev. J. J. O’Sullivan, C.C, and the sub-deacon, Very Rev. J. Canon Casey, P.P., V.F. After Mass the Blessed Sacratment was taken from the High Altar to the Alter of Repose. The children of the Presentation Convent Schools, tastefully dressed, and the members of the Children of Mary Society, preceded by cross-bearcer and neolytes (sp?) . inarched in processional order round the Church. The Altar of Repose, where the Sacred Heart rested in a bank of flowers, and lit up by innumerable tapers, formed a beautiful spectacle, and was visited all day by a constant stream of devoted worshippers. On Good Friday Mass of the Pre-sanctified was celebrated by the Very Rev. J. Canon Casey, P.P., V.F., and tho Blessed Sacrament was taken back to the High Altar in processional order, as on Holy Thursday. All through theo day the Church was visited by worshippers, whose demeanour was most edifying. The glorious Feast of the Resurrection was celebrated with all the joy and splendour befitting the great occasion. At nine o’clock Mass, an eloquent sermon on the [read more …] “Easter Ceremonies 1916 in Millstreet”
The last few weeks have seen a pair of large birds appear to be nesting just under the bell on the spire of St.Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. We are delighted to reveal now that they are none other than a pair of Golden Eagles.
It’s very unusual to see them, as BirdwatchIreland.ie outlines – “Currently being re-introduced into Donegal (since 2001). Wandering birds from this project have been observed in upland areas throughout Ireland.”
Ornithologist Seán O’Connor of Birdwatch Ireland visited yesterday and was thrilled because it looks like the birds are nesting which is very rare in Ireland. The male was seen returning to the nest a few times during the day, presumably bringing food to the female who would be incubating the eggs in the nest. For now, people have been asked not to go near or disturb the nest in any way, and we’ll have to wait and see if chicks will appear in a few weeks.
St.Patrick’s Day is always very busy for Millstreet Pipe Band. On Tuesday they started early at Ballydaly mass, followed by Millstreet mass at 11:30, followed by the Killarney Parade at 2pm, and finally back to the Millstreet Parade at 5pm.
Now our Pipe Band always play during St.Patrick’s Day mass in St.Patrick’s Church Millstreet, so when it was mentioned the week before that they would be played again this year, I was happy because it’s always nice, but didn’t take extra special notice of it.
But … what they played as the reflection after communion turned out to be something unexpectedly special. It started with a number of pipers playing from the altar, but then the church organ started to play at the opposite end of the church, and as the musicians played, for a few precious minutes as the low bass vibrations of the organ and the pipers passed through us, everyone was enthralled by beauty and emotion of the moment, as the hairs stood on the back of our necks … and it was of course followed by a rapturous applause. Truly, a moment not to be forgotten. [read more …] “Something Special”
The truly marvellous music was by “Arundo” while the driver of the splendid wedding car was a true double of Conor Counihan while explaining that even though many people make the same mistake Mr. Horan from Brosna is not related to Conor! Sincere Congratulations and Every Happiness to Caroline & Patrick. Here we share many more images from Patrick & Caroline’s very [read more …] “Wonderful Wedding of Caroline & Patrick on Friday”
There’s thrilling news this morning that a photo of part of the Harry Clarke stained glass window (Adoration of the Magi) in St.Patrick’s Church Millstreet has been selected by An Post as one of three specially commissioned stamps for this Christmas. So a little bit of Millstreet will be seen all over the world this Christmas on letters and packages.