Community news: Millstreet Matters
Millsteet welcomes the Irish Mountain Running Association on commencing their 2019 programme of activity on a visit to the Clara Hill Run on Saturday commencing at 1pm. There are two race scheduled for Millstreet, also on Saturday, Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí (Muskerry Gaeltacht Way) return with the Ultra Trail Race entailing a 70 km race over part of the famous O'Sullivan Bere route. Starting in Kealkil, the race is scheduled for a finish in Millstreet.
Those involved are scheduled to convene in Millstreet at 6am on the Saturday morning before being transported to the start in Kealkil. Slí Gaeltacht Mhúscraí is a fully way-marked trail that covers just over 70km of the route, running between Kealkill and Millstreet.
Runners will cross the Sheehy and Derrynasaggart mountain ranges over a variety of tough open mountain terrain, forest trails and quiet country roads.
Stage 1 of the route between Kealkill and Gougane Barra is also part of a local Pilgrim Walk entailing 16.6km with a cut-off time of three hours to complete. Next up is a 12.2 trek on Stage 2 from Gougane Barra to Ballingeary, the cut-off time for reaching this check-point from the original outset is 5 hours.
Stage 3 is the 19km trail from Ballingeary to Ballyvourney traversing the foothills of the Derrynasaggart mountains.
This route passes the Shrine of St. Gobnait and its said O'Sullivan Beare and his followers stopped there on New Year's Day 1603 to seek the guidance of St. Gobnait for the long journey ahead.
The final stretch of the Slí climb involves stage 4, the 23.4km distance from Ballyvourney to Millstreet traversing the Derrynasaggart mountains, Mullaghanish and contouring around the north side of Claragh mountain before ascending towards Millstreet town for an official finish in the West End.
Community Council to host AGM
The AGM of Millstreet Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday, February 12, starting at 8pm sharp. New members are welcome to attend.
On of the last functions of the outgoing team was as welcome extended to representatives from the Men's Shed and the Active Retired Group who are in the process of installing a Bowls Rick in the town. To start them off, the Council presented the group with a cheque for €1,500.
The proceeds of their 2019 calendar will be presented to Millstreet Tidy Towns Committee at a date to be decided. Meanwhile, Senior Alert Alarms are currently available. For details, contact Dan Collins 087- 6893378 or Michelle O'Keeffe 087 -9227415.
The proceeds from the annual Mushera Mountain climb, organised by Aubane Social Club, will be presented to the Irish Air Ambulance Group on this Thursday night at a get together in Aubane Community Centre at 8pm.
Cullen Weigh In sheds weight
The Cullen and District Special Needs Association Annual Weigh-In continues to enjoy support with weekly exercises and dancing continues with regular patrons again attending each Monday.
The association was founded in 1980 in a response to people with specific needs in the greater North Cork region. And for more than three decades, the Cullen group diverse fund-raising has helped numerous and worthy causes in Rathmore, Charleville, Kanturk, Mallow, Millstreet and Beaufort.
The final night is Monday, March 11, presentation of cheques to COPE Kanturk, Mallow and Cork, St Joseph's Foundation, Charleville; Kerry Parents and Friends.
Day Care Centre thanks
Millstreet Day-Care Centre directors and management wish to thank everybody for their kind generosity at the annual church gate collection, also many thanks to all the collectors and organisers for their help. All funds generated go directly to Millstreet Day-Care centre.
The Millstreet Town Park, Youth Amenity and GAA lotto draw was hosted at the Wallis Arms Hotel.
Numbers drawn were 1, 15, 21, 25 and the jackpot was not won. €100 went to Joseph Lawlor, Millstreet, the seller was Herlihy's Centra and they receive €50 sellers prize, €50 to Tim and Kathleen McCarthy, Carriganima; €20 each to Breda FitzGerald, Minor Row; Mags O'Callaghan, Clara Road; Pauline Sheahan, Kilcorney; Millstreet GAA, Marie and Cathal c/o Colemans, Miss Walsh's Lovely Mammy, c/o Michelle; Julia Mary OSullivan c/o Herlihy's Centra, Sandra and Hayley Enright,Station Road
This weekend's jackpot is €12,200, the draw takes place at Tarrant's Bar on Sunday night.
Family business is top SME company
O'Flynn Medical scaled new heights on winning the Cork Chamber SME Company of the Year. In the presence of a distinguished attendance at Cork City Hall, headed by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, Cork's most esteemed and longest running business awards attract significant attention.
Again, the 2019 awards, recognised and celebrated the success of forward moving and growing companies such as O'Flynn Medical, a prominent player in the medical equipment market.
The O'Flynn business started with just two employees 20 years ago and the company now employ 30 people selling nationwide and also into the UK.
A strong family and community business, O'Flynn Medical's 2019 investment plans will enable further growth of the business, which has seen steady growth from year one.
MD Tadgh O'Flynn extended a huge thanks to all valued customers, suppliers, friends and neighbours while also valuing the support and good wishes received from near and far.
"I would particularly like to extend sincere thanks and appreciation to a loyal staff. Their diligence, motivation and dedication has made O'Flynn Medical what it is today," he said.