Community news: Millstreet Matters
Millstreet Pipe Band delivered its traditional recital on New Year's Eve. The great bastions of piped music are associated with a multitude of sporting and social events, always equal to the big occasion in the height of frenzy excitement of cheering crowds as they are to a lesser but equally all important local celebration or commemoration.
Before many foreign visitors at a multitude of national and international gatherings on home ground in Millstreet and many other outlets such as Munster Final Day, the Annual Michael Collins Commemoration at Béal na Bláth to the Rose of Tralee Festival, the Millstreet Pipe Band is associated with marching tunes and specific brand of music.
Favoured by pleasant weather on New Year's Eve, their recital received a warm reception from an appreciative audience.
Cullen weigh-in seeks volunteers
The Cullen and District Special Needs Association is gearing up for its 34th annual weigh-in commencing on Monday, January 7, at 8pm in Cullen Community Centre with weekly exercises and jiving continuing over 10 weeks.
Secretary Moira O'Keeffe says that Dr Pat Casey will oversee the weigh-in and also returning by popular demand is a jiving class. All are welcome to come along and join in, followed by music and dance each night.
"It's a very sociable event and is better than any Facebook for meeting people around the , while at the same time getting fit. Our fundraising events continue, including the hosting of a Harvest afternoon, featuring an old time threshing and vintage display, and many sideshows including live entertainment," said Moira.
"We are extremely grateful to the many people who give so generously of their time, their talents, their services and their resources over the years to assist in our fund-raising efforts, all who sponsor and help to make the vintage afternoon such a great success, all who support our weigh-in and the media who promote our events," she said.
Friends and associates are invited to come along and will receive a warm welcome on Monday night from 8pm in Cullen Community Centre. Dr Casey will be in attendance with his weighing scales and will oversee proceedings on the opening night while local talented musicians will entertain patrons with wonderful music for dancing.
The popular two day Millstreet Coursing meeting operates this Friday and Saturday. Hopefully, the weather will be favourable to allow a big attendance into the inviting Millstreet Town Park venue with the daily proceedings underway at 11.30am.
The feature event is the North Cork Cup, featuring some of the best dogs nationwide while there is sure to be keen competition for the Oaks and Derby Trial Stakes. Also down for decision is the inter club Game Protection Cup and confined Tanyard Stakes.
Danny is player of the year
A masterly display of consistent shooting allowed Millstreet's Danny Murphy collect the Denis Horgan social road bowling club player of the year. Cool, composed, driven and determined, Danny took delight after fending off stiff competition.
All through the season, the popular Millstreet sportsman produced unerring accuracy to live up to his reputation. Such consistency helped Danny to win the prestigious Johnny O'Mahony Memorial trophy presented by Denis Horgan Social Club chairman Ned Keller.