Hundreds descended on Millstreet's Green Glens Complex over the bank holiday weekend for the International Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show, an event which proved, once again, a massive.
Dubbed as Europe's biggest pony show, Millstreet has garnered a deserved reputation as the friendliest of equestrian showcases, and the latest staging rubberstamped the status of this top-quality North Cork equestrian location.
Extending the warmest of welcomes to visitors drawn from all over the country, the organisers were boosted after the complex was donated free of charge by the Duggan family.
This hosting, the 31st in its colourful history, confirmed the ongoing interest in equestrian sport as a recreation amongst children and teenagers.
This was evident as close on 4000 entries were accepted for the three-day hosting, which commenced on Friday and continued through Saturday and an extended programme on Sunday, when this memorable staging reached its conclusion.
Proceeds from the three-day event went towards a series of charities, with this year's event expected to bring the cumulative total from the show since its founding to an incredible sum of €360,000.
The show really featured something for everybody in the 75-strong programme.
From the Starter Stakes to the Sunday Grand Prix competitions, patrons were never bored and, as previously noted, the proceeds helped fund a number of worthy causes.
Completing the schedule, the traditional highlight saw those retiring pony riders don various disguises in a fitting fancy dress finalé to this hectic and good-spirited weekend of excitement.
The Green Glens Complex reported a brisk demand for families seeking accommodation.
On that note, many berthed in their owner transport carriers and boosted the coffers of local businesses.
Excitement is already high ahead of the next staging.
Tidy Towns celebrates big year
A feel-good factor surrounded the annual Millstreet Tidy Towns Awards presentation at a pleasant function hosted in the Clara Inn recently.
The enthusiastic Millstreet TTA earned an impressive seven-mark increase to 321 for 2018.
Marks are hard earned, and the Millstreet Association was thrilled with the rate of progress but fully aware that challenges and great effort will be required to create an even greater impression in the future.
Chairman Derry Sheehan spoke of the delight on a positive feedback from the 2018 adjudication.
"It's not before time, for we were deserving of recognition," he said. "To add extra marks is not easy, and its not about just picking up litter. To make further progress will demand that extra effort and the help from across the community," he said.
Reflecting on 2018, Millstreet Tidy Town focused on Smart Store Cooking demonstrations.
The concept is a new project enabling people to plan, shop and cook more efficiently, saving on time, while being cheaper at the till, cheaper on the pocket for bin collection, and better for the environment by reducing food waste.
This project is hugely important and is, at its core, part of the sustainability project that will reduce landfill and help in reduction of waste.
Thanks were extended to all involved in helping achieve an exceptional mark at litter control, with thanks extended to FÁS, Millstreet Mens Shed, Transition Year students at Millstreet Community School and the Drishane Community.
A number of other exciting projects are in the pipeline and under consideration, all capable of enhancing the image of Millstreet to international visitors and offering improvement for the benefit of the Milllstreet community.
The Millstreet Awards function saluted local effort. Best Commercial Frontage was awarded to Evelyn Deery of Garden of Eve, with Millstreet Credit Union and Millstreet Creative Styles highly commended.
Taking the Best Residence prize was Pat and Carmel O'Sullivan, with Mary Cahill and Caroline McCarthy earning high commendation.
Graveyard ceremonies for this month across locality
A short blessing of the graves service take place in each of the graveyards over the coming weeks.
It is set to begins in Cullen after 10.15am Mass this Sunday, November 4.
A Remembrance Mass for those that died over the past 12 months will be hosted in St Patrick's Church on Saturday, November 10.
The blessing of the graves in Millstreet Church Graveyard takes place immediately after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday, November 11.
Ceremonies will also take place on the same day at St Mary's Cemetery at 12.45pm and Drishane Cemetery at 1pm.
Self-build show for return to Green Glens next weekend
The Millstreet Self Build Show returns to the Green Glens Complex on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, from 10am to 6pm, featuring new products and technologies that place their focus on promoting sustainable building practices throughout Ireland.
Packed full of features on building or improving a new home, the show caters for everybody.
In excess of 110 exhibitors will showcase great products on catering for all types of projects.
Additionally, there will be guidelines on energy-saving tips and advice. The garden and the outdoor living zone also returns again this year.
Aubane Tea Party ahead this weekend at local centre
An afternoon Tea Party has been organised for Aubane Community Centre for this Sunday.
It will take place between 3pm and 5.30pm.
Music will be provided on the day by the ever-popular Pa Bucke.
Give in forms to Aubane text alert group this coming Friday
A reminder has been put out there that Aubane Community Alert renewal forms must be returned by this Friday to Secretary John F Kelleher; Chairman Bernard Crowley, or any member of the Aubane Community Alert Group.
Minister’s visit to our local hospital
Minister of State with responsibility for Older People Jim Daly TD paid a courtesy visit to Millstreet Community Hospital recently.
In the company of Councillor John Paul O'Shea, the Minister met with management of the hospital and senior management from the HSE and got a full briefing on the refurbishment of the hospital after being given a tour of the location and meeting with staff and residents.
Millstreet Community Hospital has recently completed Phase One of its refurbishment, and their design team is currently preparing a design for Phase Two of the refurbishment. It is envisaged planning permission will be sought for Phase Two in March 2019 with the subsequent tendering and construction.
The hospital must adhere to the Health Information and Quality Authority National Standards for Resident Care Settings for Older People.
Cllr O' Shea said it was reassuring for the public that excellent-quality residential care will continue to be available in both Kanturk and Millstreet in the future.
"Both Hospitals currently play an integral role in the care of the elderly in their respective communities and it is imperative that the HSE must ensure that both these refurbishments proceed as soon as is practically possible.
The care provided in the Community Hospitals is second to none and we must ensure we support the residents of the Hospitals, their families and the staff as we go through this process", he said