Monday 20 November 2017

Community news: Millstreet Matters

The delights of late spring and summer fashion made for an appealing hosting at the Millstreet Community School Transition Year fashion show.

Florals and frills dominated the proceedings as did jewelry and accessories.

With the school gymnasium transformed into a fabulous fashion arena, style buffs young and old turned out in huge numbers to catch a glimpse of seasonal ware for the remainder of spring and into summer.

The crème de la crème of North/Mid Cork and Kerry boutiques showcased the latest designs and there was a wide choice of colour palates to select, enthusiasts viewing the vibrant hues or the muted shades.

The presentation kept the impressive attendance enthralled as models both male and female from the school's Transition Year, along with their elders, paraded with elegance and confidence.

The event was an organisational triumph for the TY pupils assisted by co-ordinator Derry Morley, fashion show director Liz Galwey, and Principal Pat Piggott in addition to staff members.

Tidy Towns effort seeks local support

Millstreet Tidy Towns Association is always looking for a helping hand towards offsetting costs that's expected to be in excess of over €10,000 this year.

PRO Áine Murphy explained the mammoth work undertaken by the group on a voluntary basis and with a very limited fund.

"Essentially, we don't have one and rely totally on grants received and very kind donations. This year is a particularly tough as we need to replace some rather expensive pieces of equipment, such as the lawnmower, which can cost up to €2,000, and strimmers", she said.

With a series of international events coming up over the summer months, all involved in Millstreet TT are keen to put the best foot forward.

"In short, we are looking for sponsors, whether it is an individual or a local company or business. We are very lucky with our current sponsors and are very appreciative of their support.

"The fact remains that the entire town benefits from the work of Millstreet Tidy Towns, last year alone, Millstreet Town won 1st in the Anti Litter Competition, Bronze Medal in the Tidy Town Competition 2016 and we ran workshops with both of the Primary Schools and Community School".

Any individual, local company or business that would like to donate sponsorship can contact any member of Millstreet Tidy Towns Committee.

Marie wins German scholarship

Congratulations to Millstreet native Marie Farrell, a second year BA student of French and German Studies at Mary Immaculate College, who has been awarded the prestigious DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship to study in Germany.

The funding awarded will allow Marie to participate in a four-week German Studies summer course at the University of Munich (LMU), comprising language, literature and cultural studies, the University recognized as one of Europe's premier academic and research institutions and has continuously been placed as the top German university in The World University Rankings.

Founded in 1925, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is a publicly-funded independent organisation of higher education institutions in Germany. The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year making it the world's largest funding organisation of its kind.

Marie enjoyed German as a subject at secondary level, and participated in an after-school initiative introducing local pre-school children to German as a foreign language. Excelling in German Studies in her first two years at MIC, Marie holds a passion for foreign languages, literatures and cultures in addition to enjoying great interest in theatre studies.

Dr Sabine Egger, Acting Head of German Studies at MIC congratulated Marie on her success in a highly competitive application process.

"My colleagues and I are absolutely delighted for Marie and proud of her achievement," she said. "The scholarship will allow her to further improve her German, and to have a taste of German - and Bavarian - culture in an outstanding place. Furthermore, the scholarship will provide Marie with an excellent platform to reach higher goals in her future academic and professional career."

Marie is off to Munich in July.


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