AN invitation of getting fit or slimming down and at the same time supporting a worthy charity is sure to win appeal amongst the public from next week.
One of North Cork's most progressive organisations, 'Cullen and District Special Needs Association' are gearing up for volunteers across the Duhallow Region and further afield to burn up the calories from its annual weigh-in that commences on Monday, February 1, in Cullen Community Centre at 8pm.
The artic spell some weeks ago postponed the launch of the 2010 programme and what better date to start than on St Bridget's Day. That's next Monday night, the staging offers substantial financial aid to a grouping currently in the throes of initiating an ambitious Project in Cullen to build a facility and shelter for those with special requirements.
The association was founded in 1980 in a response to people with specific needs in the greater North Cork region. Over the past 28 years, the Cullen group diverse fund-raising has helped numerous and worthy causes in Rathmore, Charleville, Kanturk, Mallow, Millstreet and Beaufort.
The Cullen association has completed the purchase of a site for the purpose of constructing a new centre.
Millstreet GP Dr. Patrick Casey returns with his scales on Monday night and each participant's weight will be monitored on a weekly basis as participants seek sponsorship in their efforts to shed unwanted pounds generated over the new year festivities.
For those seeking encouragement, Hannah O'Connor is available from each Monday night to offer exercises and those seeking to raise the dust off the floor can do so in waltzing and set dancing to the beat of local musicians.
The organisers predict at least the customary 200 figure participants from East Kerry and Duhallow will again be reached this year.
Thanks to the voluntary support of many professionals, the staging grows and from Monday night, February 1, an exciting programme lies in store for patrons and supporters of the Cullen and District Special Needs Association.
Millstreet and Cullen teams go forward to represent Cork in the Munster Scór na nÓg finals on this Sunday afternoon in Mallow Youth Centre.
From the all-ticket staging, the recent provincial semi-finals saw capacity attendances enjoy quality fare in the cultural programmes. Millstreet are represented per an instrumental music are a Millstreet quintet of Allana Barry, Kelly Murphy, Cian Dennehy, Donal and James Linehan.
Cullen enter new ground on their involvement in the Novelty Act with a cast comprised of Clare Sheahan, Sinead O'Keeffe, Colin O'Leary, Seamus Fleming, Sean Murphy, Elaine and Michael Herlihy.
Best wishes are extended to the Millstreet and Cullen teams and also a double Boherbue involvement who carry Duhallow hopes in the hotly competitive provincial decider.
The Duhallow senior Scór finals go ahead on this Friday night in Kanturk Golf Club with
a 8.30pm start.
The Aubane Historical Society have released a new publication. The third in a series of collections of historical items which contain some very interesting historical items on Millstreet's past. It is dedicated to Seán Radley in recognition of his services to Millstreet, and is currently available in local shops.
The launch of the publication will take place in the Aubane Community Centre.
A sharper and hungrier Millstreet Celtic proved too strong for Knockraha on recording a 4-1 away win in the opening round to the Murphy's Irish Stout County Cup.
Centre forward Tadgh Collins emerged as the top marksman and a hat trick of goals laid the platform for the visitors win. The fourth goal was netted by Brian A Kelleher.
Millstreet Celtic lined out as Liam Curtin, Finbarr Corcoran, Donal O'Sullivan, Brian Sheahan, John Lehane, Barry Lawlor, Brian Murphy, Mark Ellis, Tadgh Collins, Brian A Kelleher, Chris Cleary.
Congratulations to the Millstreet club representatives that enjoyed success at the Munster championship in Taekwon Do on a hosting in Tralee last weekend.