Monday 24 June 2019

Community news: Millstreet Matters

Empty streets surround stall holders in the snow at the Millstreet Horse Fair. Picture John Tarrant
Empty streets surround stall holders in the snow at the Millstreet Horse Fair. Picture John Tarrant

For the second consecutive year, inclement weather hit the long standing Millstreet Horse Fair last Sunday.

The knock-on effect of Storm Emma surfaced with excess snow and ice making travel difficult for equine parties. A number of horse boxes made it to Millsteeet but found the traditional meeting place of Fair Field covered in a blanket of snow.

Some loyal patrons ventured from across the South West to maintain a long standing tradition in Millstreet.

The fair once upon a time provided horses for the armies of Europe and closer to home, Guinness Brewery availed of equine stock to draw their popular stout all over the country.

And for the Millstreet March Fair in days of old, many farmers of the region found the ideal opportunity to seek farm labourers for the year ahead, thus adding to the significance of the hosting.

Though horses were in short supply, some of the trappings of fair day were evident with a number of street traders in the Town Square and Main Street.

Not for the first time, the weather hampered the staging, though patrons missing out on the March event can avail of a return of the Fair for its autumn staging on the first Sunday in September.

Fodder shortage in spotlight

The difficult weather conditions including Storm Emma have left many farmers facing a severe fodder crisis during the winter and spring months.

Local IFA officers followed up requests from anxious farmers on a meeting with Teagasc, farmers are hopeful actions will follow at the end of positive discussions to avoid excess prices.

"With the objective to hopefully ease the burden somewhat and make an effort to go some way to alleviate the very testing position some of those in most need find themselves in, IFA in Duhallow region had a meeting with Teagasc with the aim to source some fodder.

"It envisages that if some fodder became available to both bodies it will be able to put those in most need in the way of same and thus go some way to stave off a free for all in fodder sales" said a spokesperson.

IFA say there are other sources of fodder available at a reasonable price and the advisory service will be able to make people aware of the value of these thus reducing dependence to a certain degree on silage and straw.

Teagasc can be contacted at 029 -50886 or 087-6572262, further information available from Duhallow IFA Region at 087-6988105 or 087-2452569 or by contacting the Cork IFA office at 021 4545944.

Trad Fest returns for second edition

Millstreet Comhalthas Ceolteiorí Eireann return next month with their second Trad Fest.

The programme of events opens on Saturday, April 14 and the schedule sees music workshops with renowned musicians and singers in Millstreet Community School from in fiddle, singing, box, concertina and tin whistle/flute categories, in addition to Millstreet's first annual Féile Rince

That's followed later on Saturday night with a concert with the wonderful Karan Casey Trio in the Wallis Arms Hotel.

Then Sunday, April 15 sees the annual Féile Cheoil music competitions in Millstreet Community School.

Any queries on the Millstreet Trad Fest or Feile Cheoil can be sent to or contacting Claire on 086-830 3015 or Kevin on 086-6049271.

Cake and flowers from Cullen pipers

Cullen Pipe Band hosts its annual fundraising cake and flowers sale at the Band Hall this Sunday, commencing at 10.45am. Call in for tea, cakes and a chat, bring a cake, buy a cake and support the band. Children are not forgotten - there will also be a kids colouring contest with prizes for the best entries.

International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day 2018 , the Millstreet Community School TY Development Education Group invite active retired ladies to a Coffee Morning in Millstreet Parish Centre on this Friday, March 9, between 10am and 11.15am.

The get together allows an opportunity for different generations chat about changes in society through the years.

Vintage Run

Millstreet Vintage Club hosts a Spring Car Run on Sunday, March 25.

All Vintage and Classic car owners are welcome to participate, sign on at the Wallis Arms Hotel from 10.30am with take off at 12 noon. Further enquiries can be obtained by contacting Denis on 087-2033350 or Bernard on 087-7924406.

Aubane Quiz

Aubane Social Club host their Annual Easter Good Friday Table Quiz on March 30 at Aubane Community Centre at 8.30pm.

Rosary Rally

A coach will travel to Emmanuel House, Clonfert on Sunday, March 18, for the Vigil for Ireland, rosary, prayers and Mass with Fr John Mockler SDS.

There will be collection points in Millstreet, Banteer, Kanturk, Newmarket and Freemount. For further details and booking, contact Darren Kealy on 029-79016 or 087-7994045.

Parish Lotto

The Millstreet Parish lotto draw hosted at Corkery's Bar - numbers drawn were 7, 21, 22, 32 and the jackpot was not won.

€100 went to Patrick Murphy , the seller Corkerys Bar receives €50 prize. €50 to Shy Man, c/o Michelle Whelan; €20 each to Magpies c/o Corkerys Bar; Gearoid Moynihan, Derinagree; Betsy O'Sullivan, c/o Wallis Arms Hotel; Peter Horgan, Kilmeedy; Mary Collins, Doneen; Journey to the End of the Earth, c/o Corkerys Bar; Teresa Buckley, Macroom.