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.)

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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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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.