Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes – Church Gate Collection This Weekend


There will be a Church Gate Collection in Millstreet this weekend19th/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.

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International First Holy Communion 2017 in Millstreet

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.)

Prudence Milonde and Bertha Musa are the two ladies who received their First Holy Communion. Their husbands are Frank Ndema and Chimango Manondo respectively. Their children are Ashley and Terence.  They are all from Malawi, Africa.

Saints on Church Windows in St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet – Seeking Information

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.)

Reach Out Cancer Support Annual Mass this Friday at 7:30 pm

“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.)

Mass of Remembrance Tonight at 6:30 in St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet

The magnificent November Garden remembers 30 people who have gone to their Eternal Reward over the past year. A special Mass of Remembrance takes place on Sat. 26th Nov. at 6:30pm. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The magnificent November Garden remembers 31 people who have gone to their Eternal Reward over the past year. A special Mass of Remembrance takes place on Sat. 26th Nov. at 6:30pm. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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The very beautiful annual feature is coordinated by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Sharon Lane, Declan Crowley of Milltech Printing and Julie Brady.
The very beautiful annual feature is coordinated by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Sharon Lane, Declan Crowley of Milltech Printing and Julie Brady.

4november-garden-in-st-patricks-church-2016-1000And we share some further images below of this very special feature in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. [read more …] “Mass of Remembrance Tonight at 6:30 in St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet”

Neighbours Meet After Saturday Evening Mass

Murphy's Terrace, Millstreet is the setting with which all these neighbours are linked. The Burke (Bourke) brothers meet with Dennehy Family members who were visiting Millstreet on Saturday and who had climbed Clara Mountain earlier in the day.  (S.R.)
Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet is the setting with which all these neighbours are linked. The Burke (Bourke) brothers – Tommy & Brendan meet with Dennehy Family members who were visiting Millstreet on Saturday and who had climbed Clara Mountain earlier in the day. (S.R.)

School Pals Meet on Bloomsday 2016

After 10.00 a.m Mass on Thursday (16/6/'16 - Bloom's Day) celebrated by Fr. Paddy O'Byrne - three ladies who had been in the same class at Presentation N.S., Millstreet met to recall happy memories.  From left - Bridget King, Eily Buckley and Sr. Mary Moynihan (presently at home on holidays from the Mercy Order, Rockhampton, North Queensland, Australia.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)
After 10.00 a.m Mass on Thursday (16/6/’16 – Bloomsday) celebrated by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne – three ladies who had been in the same class at Presentation N.S., Millstreet met to recall happy memories. From left – Bridget King, Eily Buckley and Sr. Mary Moynihan (presently at home on holidays from the Mercy Order, Rockhampton, North Queensland, Australia). Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Bicycle in the Porch

1909 St.Patrick's Church Millstreet - Bicycle in the Doorway 02In 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”

Fr. Liam Dunne SVD Shares the Divine Word Missionaries Message This Weekend at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet

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Fr. Liam Dunne SVD of the Divine Word Missionary Order sharing religious literature following his splendid preaching at Masses this weekend in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. He shared such thoughts in his circulars as: “A beautiful appearance will last a few decades but a beautiful personality lasts a lifetime.” Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Fr. Liam pictured with Fr. Ray Kennedy, the Singing Priest - in Medjugorje,
Fr. Liam pictured with Fr. Ray Kelly, the Singing Priest – in Medjugorje.

Framed Pictorial History of Church Launched for Christmas 2015

At St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet after 10.00 a.m. Mass on Monday, 21st Dec. 2015 which was attended by the Pupils and Teachers of Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet B.N.S.
At St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet after 10.00 a.m. Mass on Monday, 21st Dec. 2015 which was attended by the Pupils and Teachers of Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet B.N.S., Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. introduced the children (some of whom are pictured above with their Teacher – Ms. Norma Buckley) to a magnificent framed feature illustrating the history of the Church.   This had been presented by Dan Duggan (on right of Canon John) and has now been put in position by Dan at the entrance of the Church.   Included in our photograph also is Michael O’Rahilly.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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November Garden 2015 in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet

Throughout November 2015 the very impressive November Garden has been in place at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet remembering the forty-one people who have died in Millstreet Parish during the past year.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Throughout November 2015 the very impressive November Garden has been in place at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet remembering the forty-one people who have died in Millstreet Parish during the past year. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

2015 11 06 261-6002015 11 06 259-6002015 11 06 260-600The dedicated Team involved in the design, the arrangement and the overall maintenance include Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P., Sharon Lane, Declan Crowley of Milltech Print Design Co., Cork and Julie Brady.  The annual feature is greatly admired and is a source of very real consolation to [read more …] “November Garden 2015 in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet”

Reach Out Cancer Support Group’s Annual Mass on Fri. 30th Oct. at 7.30pm

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.)

Annual Mass Celebrating Eucharistic Adoration in Millstreet 2015

On Wednesday evening, 10th June 2015 the annual Mass to celebrate Eucharistic Adoration in Millstreet Parish was held in St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet preceded by adoration for one hour in the Church.  Millstreet Community Singers truly enhanced the ceremony which was followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
On Wednesday evening, 10th June 2015 the annual Mass to celebrate Eucharistic Adoration in Millstreet Parish was held in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet preceded by adoration for one hour in the Church. Millstreet Community Singers truly enhanced the ceremony which was followed by refreshments in the Parish Centre. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Maintenance Rather than Checking Out the “Golden Eagles”!

The impressive scene outside St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet this Wednesday morning (8th April 2015) with Martin Leader's Hoist in place - not to check out the "Golden Eagles" location as people humorously surmised - but rather the continuation of Church maintenance near the bell tower.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
The impressive scene outside St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet this Wednesday morning (8th April 2015) with Martin Leader’s Hoist in place – not to check out the “Golden Eagles” location as people humorously surmised – but rather the continuation of Church maintenance near the bell tower. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Easter Ceremonies 1916 in Millstreet

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:

1916-04 Report on Easter Ceremonies in MillstreetThe 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”

In Seach of Millstreet’s “Golden Eagles” on this April Day!

Motivated by Michael's wildlife breaking news many went to check out the amazing sight in West End, Millstreet.  Alas ... Mary O'Sullivan of Millstreet Museum, Noreen Higgins (nee Murphy) of Holloway, London and Killarney Road, Millstreet and Liam Flynn (with binculars!) only discovered a crow who also came to investigate!   Wonderfully Creative Website Administrator, Michael Cashman...like to be extra creative on 1st April.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Motivated by Michael’s wildlife breaking news many went to check out the amazing sight in West End, Millstreet. Alas … Mary O’Sullivan of Millstreet Museum, Noreen Higgins (nee Murphy) of Holloway, London and Killarney Road, Millstreet and Liam Flynn (with binoculars!) only discovered a crow which also came to investigate! Wonderfully Creative Website Administrator, Michael Cashman…likes to be extra creative on 1st April.  Even the media like “The Corkman” rang to discover the full story! Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Golden Eagles nesting on Church Spire

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A young male golden eagle

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.

The hope is that we will be able to link a webcam of the nest to [read more …] “Golden Eagles nesting on Church Spire”

Truly Beautiful Palm Sunday Tradition from Poland

This day, 29th March has always been special to me as it marks my late mother's anniversary (40th Anniversary today) but for the people of Poland who have adopted Millstreet as their home it is also the day on which Palm Sunday occurs and they shared their very beautiful Polish tradition with us at 11.30 Mass this morning.   We thank the two Polish families for permitting us to photograph such a splendidly colourful tradition on Palm Sunday 2015.
This day, 29th March has always been special to me as it marks my late mother’s anniversary (40th Anniversary today) but for the people of Poland who have adopted Millstreet as their home it is also the day on which Palm Sunday occurs and they very kindly shared their truly beautiful Polish tradition with us at 11.30 Mass this morning. We thank the two Polish families for permitting us to photograph such a splendidly colourful Polish tradition on Palm Sunday 2015.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Something Special

Millstreet Pipe Band at Ballydaly Mass - photo by John Tarrant
Millstreet Pipe Band at Ballydaly Mass on Tuesday morning last – photo by John Tarrant

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”

Lá Fhéile Bríde – St. Brigid’s Day on Sunday 1st February 2015

To celebrate St. Brigid's Day 2015 Breeda Kelleher (pictured here on left today at Millstreet Library with Breda and with Denis J.Kelleher) arranged to make some 100 miniature St. Brigid Crosses for distribution at Mass. Breeda has been doing this wonderfully kind gesture for many years as did the late Teresa Tangney with a group of voluntary Helpers.  Millstreet Church has not just a very impressive large statue of the Saint but also an exquisite stained glass window.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)
To celebrate St. Brigid’s Day 2015 Breeda Kelleher (pictured here on left today at Millstreet Library with Breda and with Denis J.Kelleher) arranged to make some 100 miniature St. Brigid Crosses for distribution at Mass. Breeda has been doing this wonderfully kind gesture for many years as did the late Teresa Tangney with a group of voluntary Helpers. Millstreet Church has not just a very impressive large statue of the Saint but also an exquisite stained glass window. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Mass 2014

The new Crib at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet was the focus of attention following the concelebration of Christmas Mass at 10pm on 24th Dec. 2014.   The very large attendance included many visitors home for Christmas.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
The new Crib at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet was the focus of attention following the concelebration of Christmas Mass at 10pm on 24th Dec. 2014. The very large attendance included many visitors home for Christmas.  From our Millstreet Website Team – We wish you all who have been such loyal followers of our local website a Very Happy and Peaceful Christmas 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Wonderful Wedding of Caroline & Patrick on Friday

On Friday, 12th Dec. 2014 Caroline Daly and Patrick Corkery celebrated their wonderful wedding at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet.  We thank the Happy Couple for permitting us to share a selection of images from the superb occasion blessed with blue skies, sunshine and great company in beautiful style.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
On Friday, 12th Dec. 2014 Caroline Daly and Patrick Corkery celebrated their wonderful wedding at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. We thank the Happy Couple for permitting us to share a selection of images from the superb occasion blessed with blue skies, sunshine and great company in beautiful style. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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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”

Magnificent Christmas Nativity Play by Presentation N.S.

Presentation N.S. truly impressed the capacity congregation at St. Patrick's Church on Monday night with its wonderfully superb production of  its Christmas Nativity Play.  The dedicated practices (see picture below) resulted in a most memorable exquisite presentation of the Christmas Story.   having so many children marvellously involved in the Play is no small achievement and required lots of careful coordination by the Principal and Staff.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Presentation N.S. Millstreet truly impressed the capacity congregation at St. Patrick’s Church on Monday night with its wonderfully superb production of its Christmas Nativity Play. The dedicated practices (see picture below) resulted in a most memorable exquisite presentation of the Christmas Story. Having so many children marvellously involved in the Play is no small achievement and required lots of careful coordination by the Principal and Staff. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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