Like it or not, we live on the outer fringes of the commuter belt for Cork City. We all know lots of people that head off early in the morning to work, and are home in the evenings just in time to see their children to bed. We saw a map recently (above right) which shows where people travelling long distances to work were from. As expected there is a large commuter belt around the larger cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.
Expecting to see Millstreet as one of the worst affected commuter areas, we zoomed into the Millstreet area (see the map below), and we were thankfully surprised to see that Millstreet fared much better that other areas around us. [read more …] “Commuting Times from Millstreet”
The Irish Independent notes today that in 2016, Millstreet had the second highest reliance on the manufacturing industry as an employer in the country:
“… some towns are heavily reliant on just one industry. For example, in seven towns, more than 25pc of the workforce were employed in manufacturing in April 2016 – they include Ballyhaunis, in Co Mayo, where 41.88pc of workers are in the sector, followed by Millstreet, in Co Cork, at 33.92pc…” 
From a community perspective, you’d prefer a broader spread of the workforce across industries, because in our case we may be too exposed to a shock to the manufacturing sector. At the same time we’re glad to have Alps, Munster Joinery, and the other smaller manufacturers in the area for the jobs they bring.
In 2014 millstreet.ie again had an increased in visitors to all parts of the site (we do wonder, but it shows no sign of stopping).
There were over 1.1 million page views across the year. It works out at 3,044 views a day on average from about 2,000 distinct (human) visitors. The pageviews are up from 933k in 2013 and have been rising every year since we were first recording them in 2009. Our home page was again by far the most popular page viewed with 714 thousand views over the year, as it really is the centre of the site.
We have about 2,500 Facebook followers, 264 Twitter followers, 100 subscribed to emails, but most of the visitors to the site now appear to be just regular visitors which is nice to see.
So, to those that are now putting articles up themselves (Seán, Hannelie, Bernard, John, and Rebbecca), regular contributors (Eily, and Sharon), to the countless people who shared news, photos, notices, and anything else with us, and to everyone who visited the site to keep up with the news and happenings … we’d just like to say Thank You, because without you we’re nothing, and we’d be a little less without any one of you.