Wednesday 16 October 2019

Culture Night revels

A feast of diverse events breaks out all across the region

John Tarrant

Culture night has really taken off across Cork, and the entire country, and people came out in droves last Friday to sample local fare all across North and Mid Cork.

The Corkman dipped in and out to sample a great deal of the fare on offer - and it proved a rich selection, reflecting an eclectic cultural panorama across the region. 

Millstreet on Culture Night proved a resounding success with a diverse programme meeting with a positive response from the public.

Community Council Chairman Noel Buckley applauded all concerned with a variety of events indoors and outdoors. "This year Millstreet built upon the success of recent years by continuing to provide an evening of interesting events for the public to attend and enjoy," he said.

Millstreet Museum opened its doors, and patrons observed the many historic items on display as Museum Curator Seán Radley related to visitors some of the rare acquisitions presented to the Museum over the years.

Outdoors, Millstreet Pipe Band delivered a recital in the Town Square with a Vintage Display promoted by Millstreet Vintage Club drawing attention. Indoors, a painting exhibition was promoted by Bertie Buckley in addition to a display by the Millstreet Knitting Club. Co-ordinator Marie Twomey helped put together entertainment in the Wallis Arms Hotel that included the Millstreet Under 12 Ladies Set Dancers successful in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the Empire Acrobatic Rock'n Roll group, music by Millstreet Comhaltas, Millstreet Convent School Choir, Drishane Castle Choir, Aubane 'Straw Boys' Set Dancers and many more guests.

Elsewhere, there were Trad sessions around the town, Board Games, Bingo and the 1973 All Ireland Football Final between Cork and Galway met with a positive response, Earlier in the day, An Garda Siochána in conjunction with Millstreet Community Council hosted a an informative talk at the Drishane Provision Centre with Supt Joe McDermott; Sgt James O'Donovan, Crime Prevention Officer; Garda James O'Mahony, JLO; Garda Fintan Sleator, Cyber Expert; Garda Gráinne Duggan and Sgt Paul Lynch in attendance and their presence met with a positive reaction.