Hottest Day in Millstreet Since 1976!

Yes, Thursday 28th June 2018 was officially the hottest day in Ireland … including Millstreet … since 1976.  And believe it or not but today (Friday, 29th June 2018) is beginning to look like it’s going to even surpass this with in-car temperatures displaying 33 and 34 degrees centigrade!  We shall certainly be referring in the future to the Long Hot Summer of 2018!  The following sixteen images records Thursday as we experienced it in Millstreet Town, at the Boeing near the River Blackwater in Dooneen,  Millstreet Railway Station, the River Finnow at Dooneen … and ending with a glorious sunset to which we have grown accustomed during this rare summer weather.  We noted the tar melting on roads and how warm it looked along the rail tracks.  Click on the many images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Clara as viewed from the River Finnow at Dooneen on our hottest day.
The River Blackwater at the Boeing where water safety is a priority.
Temperatures in excess of 30 degrees centigrade at Main Street.
Pat and John Randles amazed at the heat of a wall in Clara Road following a day of brilliant sunshine.
An Post delivers and collects the post on our hottest day.
Even the cyclists take a break!

We’ve been truly blessed with magnificent sunsets over the past week.

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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”

Magical Snow Event 2018 at Mount Leader, Millstreet

While many of us are still snowbound (and trying to overcome a cold) thankfully a thaw is near.   Here with some 36 images we hope to share the magic of the past few days although undoubtedly days which created challenges for many.   Our base is Mount Leader where the kindness of neighbours delivering provisions and delicious soup is so hugely impressive.  Thankfully also electrical power has been maintained and the water supply continues to flow.  While my cat liked to roll in the snow she was delighted to be indoors in the warmth of my home.   And she has been great company during this amazing time.  Transmission of Church TV (although somewhat affected by weather conditions) is brilliant and a great advantage to the parish.  So let’s begin our “magical tour”.   Click on the images to enlarge especially the later selection in “read more”.   Enjoy!  (S.R.)

Trinity of snow-laden trees.

Footprints of very kind neighbours.

Porridge flakes and water for the birds.

Signs of much anticipated thaw.

And we continue to share 24 more images of our “magical tour”.  To access these just click on “read more” and also click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Grit Locations and Roads to be Salted

Ahead of the severe weather this week, Cork County Council has made grit available at over 190 locations across the county for use by local communities. Council staff are currently replenishing stocks. Full locations can be found at corkcoco.ie/node/1475. Below are the locations in the Millstreet Engineers Area:

Glantane Cross, Knocknagree; Kiskeam Graveyard entrance; Kerryman’s Table, Kilcorney; opposite Keim Quarry, Millstreet; Crohig’s Cross, Ballydaly; Adjacent to New Housing Estate at Laharn Boherbue;  Knocknagree O Learys Yard ,Boherbue Road;  Fermoyle Ball Alley, Banteer; Lyre Village; Ballydesmond Church Rd, Opposite Council Estate [1]

And for those that have to drive, here are the roads that are scheduled to be salted [1]:
[read more …] “Grit Locations and Roads to be Salted”

Friday’s Snow Scenes in Millstreet

The brief appearance of snow in the Millstreet area on Friday (9th Feb. 2018) brought some truly wintery scenes especially on higher ground.  Here we share some four such images.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Clara Mountain as viewed from Mount Leader.
Clara Road as viewed from Mount Leader.
Mushera Mountain as viewed from Millstreet Town Park.
Looking West from Millstreet Town Park.

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Home struck by lightening on Tuesday night

Radio Kerry had an interview this morning with Jayne Thomas from Millstreet who was woken by a huge bang of thunder at 2:20am on Wednesday morning.

She was soon to find out the damage done to her home and other neighbours by the lightening – blown out phone sockets.

Listen to the interview with Jayne below, or in this Radio Kerry article: Lightning Damage to my Home

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Millstreet On Its Warmest Day This Year – Monday 18 July 2016

The rare temperature in Millstreet on Monday 18th July 2016...In fact this should read 27 degrees. So far this year it is the hottest day. We share scenes from Millstreet on this exceptional Summer's day. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The rare temperature in Millstreet on Monday 18th July 2016…In fact this should read 27.6 degrees. So far this year it is the hottest day. We share scenes from Millstreet on this exceptional Summer’s day. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Current Pommerit le Vicomte comprehensive Report Magazine arrived from Twinning Committee and it illustrates the new community website.
Current Pommerit le Vicomte comprehensive Report Magazine arrived from Twinning Committee on Monday morning and it illustrates the new community website.

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Fr. Michael O'Shea, SMA - who has Carrigacooleen roots arrived at Millstreet Museum having cycled from Cork beginning at 5.30 a.m. - then followed The Butter Road and was expecting to arrive in Castleisland by nightfall. He dined at The Wallis Arms Hotel to recharge his energy. The main window over the entrance to our Church was donated by the O'Shea Family of Carrigacooleen and Cork.
Fr. Michael O’Shea, SMA – who has Carrigacooleen roots arrived at Millstreet Museum on this hottest of days having cycled from Cork beginning at 5.30 a.m. – then followed The Butter Road and was expecting to arrive in Castleisland by nightfall. He dined at The Wallis Arms Hotel and before he left we recorded a brief interview for “Radio Treasures” where we chatted about his missionary life in Africa since 1973, his Carrigacooleen roots and his interest in the Butter Road. The main window over the entrance to our Church was donated by the O’Shea Family of Carrigacooleen and Cork.

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We thank the Corkery Family of Liscahane for alerting us to the wonderful view of the Hills of Kerry from Liscahane. Note Ballydaly Church in the centre.
We thank the Corkery Family of Liscahane for alerting us to the wonderful view of the Hills of Kerry from Liscahane on the hottest day of the year so far. Note Ballydaly Church in the centre. (The Brandon Mountains are on the right, Slea Head is on the left, and just out of sight you would be able to see an Cró Mór of Blasket Islands)

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A very busy Millstreet Town Park as many enjoyed the splendid weather.
A very busy Millstreet Town Park as many enjoyed the splendid weather.

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The Wild Flower Garden in the Town Park looking exquisite and so very colourful.
The Wild Flower Garden in the Town Park looking exquisite and so very colourful.

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The day ended with a beautiful sunset and a superb moon.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset and a superb moon.

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Joe Encourages Summer Weather!

Joe Fitzgerald of Supervalu, Minor Row, Millstreet is certainly encouraging the Summer this rather chilly weekend!  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Joe Fitzgerald of Supervalu, Minor Row, Millstreet is certainly encouraging the Summer this rather chilly weekend! Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

2Joe Fitzgerald of Supervalu encouraging  summer weather -6003Joe Fitzgerald of Supervalu encouraging  summer weather -600It was a ticket bought at O’Keeffe’s Supervalu which realised €65,000.00 for a lucky winner in yesterday’s “Telly Bingo”. [read more …] “Joe Encourages Summer Weather!”

April Snow, Flooding, and Rainbows

We knew it was going to be bad yesterday, but few expected it to be that bad. Heavy snow in the morning, made things awkward, but it  turned to constant heavy rain at midday which washed away the snow, and the afternoon was just streams of water flowing in every direction. Sure, summer is coming, isn’t it …

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[read more …] “April Snow, Flooding, and Rainbows”

Reference to Millstreet on National Weather Chart

Millstreet was included in a selection of locations marked on the RTÉ weather chart during the weather forecast on the "Six-One"  News on Wednesday, 30th Dec. 2015.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Millstreet (as well as Sherkin Island) was included in a selection of locations marked on the RTÉ weather chart during the weather forecast on the “Six-One” News on Wednesday, 30th Dec. 2015.  It related to rainfall statistics following Storm Frank.  Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

December Flowering Daffodil

2015-12-29 Flowering Daffodil (in December)It has been unseasonably warm this last two months, and our plants are confused. This daffodil from Dooneen is trying to get out before the snowdrops … only three months early! There have been reports from all over of plants flowering way out of season this December. Climate change perhaps, or a seasonal anomaly, who knows. What has been happening though is that ground temperatures have stayed up at 12 Celsius, which is a point where many plants start to grow at, and it might be an explanation of sorts. In the last few days, ground temperatures have fallen back to 7C, so that might put a stop to out of season flowers.

Storm Frank: Water Water Everywhere

Storm Frank brought incessant rain all yesterday afternoon (76.9mm in total in town). On top of ground that was already totally saturated, all the rain went straight to the rivers and flooding was inevitable. This morning the Blackwater and Finnow are at the highest they’ve been in a number of years. Loads of roads in the area are closed, so travelling today isn’t a great idea. photos below are thanks to Michelle. (For lots more photos/videos/info on flooding in Cork, see Cork Flood Alerts)
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Wallis’ Bridge (or Drishane Bridge) What you don’t see is that the arches under the bridge were totally underwater for a while :-\

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The Blackwater peaked at 8am this morning at a height of 3.233m, the highest it’s been in a number of years. [read more …] “Storm Frank: Water Water Everywhere”

Birds of Ice in Kilcorney

Birds of Ice, by the edge of the river at Kilcorney Heights
"Birds of Ice", by the edge of the river at Kilcorney Heights

The art of nature … at first glance the ice looks like doves beside the river, and then you wonder how did that form?

Natures art comes at a price though. The freeze is still with us but it is not as cold as it has been in previous nights. Rain/sleet fell early yesterday morning and froze solid, covering everything in half an inch of solid ice. Everything ground to a halt and early morning commuters were left with treacherous road conditions with many of them turning around and staying at home for the day. While in town all day, walkers were better off walking on the roads because the footpaths had not been salted and were just plain dangerous.

The picture taken by Nellie Healy appeared on the Irish Independent website in a gallery entitled The Big Freeze

Bad Weather Continues

These calves didn't like the look of the watery breakfast in store for them.
These calves didn't like the look of the watery breakfast in store for them!

The last two weeks weather has been really terrible. Daily flooding seems to be the order of the day at the moment, because all ground is saturated to the last. Hopefully the rest of the winter will dry out a little, and let life get back to some sort of normality.