Monday 23 July 2018

Community news: Millstreet Matters

John Tarrant

Four Fifth Year students from Millstreet Community School will be participating as helpers in the pilgrimage to Lourdes for a week at Easter 2018.

Volunteers Denise Healy, Aoife O'Riordan, Grace O'Connor and Ciara Manning will travel with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

The cost of their travel and accommodation is €670 per person and the hope is that they'll be able to cover these costs through fund-raising efforts.

Upcoming, there are two further events: a Bake Sale in Millstreet Parish Centre on this Saturday after 6.30pm Mass, and on Sunday following 11.30am Mass.

The Cake Sale is followed by a Table Quiz in The Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, February 23, commencing at 8pm. A table of four costs €40.

There will be a raffle during the table quiz, and for the second year, Mr Patrick O'Leary has kindly donated some items as prizes. Mr O'Leary, whose hometown is Louisville, Kentucky, has strong connections with Millstreet.

His Great Grandfather John Patrick O'Leary was born in Millstreet and is a close relative to Séan Radley.

Most of the items donated have an equestrian theme, which highlights another link between Millstreet and Louisville.

The Kentucky Derby has been run for the last 143 years at the Churchill Downs racetrack, which is 15 miles from Mr O'Leary's home.

The students are most grateful for his support towards their fundraising efforts from 3,000 miles away.

Parish lotto rolls on to €2,200 pot next week

The Millstreet Parish lotto draw, hosted at the Clara Inn, numbers were 1, 6, 13, 19, and the €2,000 jackpot was not won.

Meanwhile, €100 went to Thomas Walsh, Lackabawn, the seller P Healy receives a €50 prize.

Other winners included €50 won by Donie and Francis Ring, Cloghoula; €20 each to David Tarrant; Martha Gaffney c/o The Camogie Club; the Coffee Girls c/o Michelle Whelan; David Kelleher, Liscahane, Mrs. O Brien ,c/o Michelle Whelan; Susan Murphy, c/o Joan Casey; Mairead O Callaghan c/o Denny Cronin and Mary McSweeney, Killarney Road.

The Jackpot for this week is €2,200, and the draw will take place at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, a Jackpot cheque for €8,400 was presented to 18 year old Matthew Bradley, Coachford. Matthew was accompanied by many family members, including his grandmother Mrs O'Brien of Derrinagree, for the presentation, which was made by members of the Millstreet Local Lotto Committee.

Marie Twomey of Millstreet Local Lotto Committee also presented a cheque to Michelle Whelan, who sold the winning ticket and received €840.

Millstreet pitch & putt set for AGM

Millstreet Pitch and Putt host its annual general meeting this week.

The event will take place at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on this Friday night at 8pm.

‘Thank you for braving Musher a for great cause’

Aubane Social Club wishes to take the opportunity to thank all those who donated and took part in the annual Mushera Mountain climb in aid of Aubane Community Defibrillator recently.

The total amount raised was €380, with thanks also extended to those who braved the inclement weather.

Boeing swim hits €2,772 for guide dogs

Kindness and generosity has become associated with the Boeing charity swim near Millstreet, and it's again evident following the success of the 2018 staging and confirmed with a formal cheque presentation to the Irish Guide Dogs.

Despite the inclement weather conditions on New Year's Day, willing volunteers took the plunge into the River Blackwater.

With the chilly conditions, organisers ensured there was plenty of mulled wine, hot drinks and refreshments for one and all.

All proceeds went to the Guide Dogs and at the presentation, representative Anne Burns, in the company of Guide Dog Oisín, applauded the efforts of the Millstreeet organisers.

"The guide dogs make an extraordinary difference to the lives of people with vision impairment and families of children with autism. Many thanks to the organisers for supporting the fundraiser," she said.

Organiser Eileen Tarrant said fundraising allows the Guide Dogs provide a service all year round in addition to upgrading and maintaining equipment.

"The generous contributions of the public ensured the venture is another outstanding success for what's becoming a permanent event on the calendar fixture", she added.

Thanks are extended to sponsors Super Valu, The Bush Bar, Malpasso Bar and Liam Flynn.

A €2,772 cheque was presented to the Guide Dogs in the Bush Bar.

AGM for Friday night

Millstreet GAA will look ahead to a new playing year on staging its annual general meeting on this Friday night in Millstreet GAA Community Hall commencing from 8.15pm.

The club said all are welcome to attend.