Wednesday 13 November 2019

Millstreet matters

Community news

10 week old Maisie Dunne and mum Kathy enjoyed the Aubane Halloween Party. Picture: John Tarrant
10 week old Maisie Dunne and mum Kathy enjoyed the Aubane Halloween Party. Picture: John Tarrant
There was great fun at the Aubane Halloween Party on Friday as the young and old came out in brilliant - and right scary - costumes. Pictured are some of the many children who put in a great, colourful effort that paid off in spades. Photo by John Tarrant

Hundreds descended on Millstreet's Green Glens Complex over the Bank Holiday weekend for the International Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show.

Dubbed as Europe's biggest pony show, Millstreet has garnered a deserved reputation as the friendliest equestrian showcase and the latest staging rubberstamped the status of the North Cork location.

Extending the warmest of welcomes for visitors drawn from all over the country, the organisers were boosted on the complex, donated free of charge by the Duggan family.

The 33rd hosting confirmed the ongoing interest in equestrian sport as a recreation amongst children and teenagers evident by close on 4,000 entries accepted for the three-day hosting that commenced on Friday and continuing through Saturday onto an extended programme on Sunday that concluded a memorable staging.

Proceeds from the three-day event went towards a series of charities with this year's event expected to reach a cumulative total of close on €380,000 from the show since its founding.

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 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 finale to the hectic weekend programme.

The Green Glens Complex reported a brisk demand for families seeking accommodation and many berthed in their owner transport carriers yet boosting the coffers of local businesses.

Community School on Young Scientist trail

Five teams from Millstreet Community School have progressed to the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2020.

This is a fitting reward for the incredible work by the students and their teachers over the summer months and since their return to school.

Three projects are based in the Biological and Ecological category and two projects in the Behavioural Sciences category.

The students are continuing their research and will present their findings at BTYSTE 2020 in the RDS, Dublin in January.

The successful projects are An Investigation into the Fat Quality in Chilled Milk Before Pasteurization and How Long it Stays Suitable for Human Consumption; Where are the Barriers that Hinder Ireland's Greta Thunberg?; Herbal Leys: Milk Production for the Future; Awareness of Testicular Cancer in Young Boys and Men; and Could Hemp Be the Key to A Sustainable Future?

Such a wide array of research topics demonstrate the interest the students have in current issues affecting both themselves and the wider community.

Millstreet Community School take the opportunity to thank all who have helped the students with their projects to date and look forward to the continued support of the community ahead of the big RDS event in early January.

Graveyard ceremonies

A short Blessing of the Graves Service takes place in each of the graveyards over the coming weeks. It begins in Cullen after Mass on Sunday, November 3 following 10.15am Mass.

A Remembrance Mass for those who died over the past twelve months will be hosted in St. Patrick's Church on Saturday, November 9 at 6.30pm.

The Blessing of Graves in Millstreet Church Graveyard takes place immediately after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday, November 10, the same day applies to St. Mary's Cemetery at 12.45pm and Drishane Cemetery at 1pm.

Lotto winners

The Millstreet Town Park, Youth Amenity and GAA lotto draw hosted at the Bridge Bar, Numbers drawn were 3, 12,13,27 and the jackpot was not won.

€100 went to Tim Lyne,c/o Colemans, sellers Colemans receive a €50 prize, €50 to Myra Sheahan, Tanyard Wood, €20 each to Catriona O Brien, Gneeveguil la; Aimee Morrissy c/o Corkery's Bar; Erin McAuliffe,Altamount; David O'Brien; PJ and Shane, Millstreet; Margaret Smith, c/o Margaret Bourke; Josie Burke, Lombardstown.

The Jackpot for this week is €5,000, the draw at the Mal Paso Bar on Sunday night

Carriganima Presentation Night

A gala event is promised at Carriganima Pub on this Saturday night when the proceeds of their annual Walk/Run /Jog Day will be divided between Macroom and Millstreet Community Hospitals.

Proceedings are underway from 9pm and all are welcome to attend.

Ladies Football Bingo

The annual Knocknagree Ladies Football Family Bingo will be held in Cullen Community Centre on this Sunday commencing at 3pm. Books are €15, €10 and €5 with Jackpot sheets costing €2.

There will be a Shop and Raffle on the day, everyone is welcome to attend, a great afternoon for all the family assured. All support would be much appreciated, for any further information please call Catherine on 083- 3498778.

Cycling AGM

The Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club AGM takes place on Monday, November 4 at 8pm in Teach Iosagain, Rathmore. All new members welcome to attend.

Great interest in Sharon’s Grave at the Glen Theatre

Millstreet is well represented on Sharon's Grave currently performing in the Glen Theatre, Banteer.

One of John B Keane's classic plays, the production is directed by Tadhg O Keeffe and Assistant Director Jane Piggott

This is a play that deals with a man's ruthless lust for land, which overrides all family loyalties, and can ultimately lead to tragedy. The action takes place in a small farmhouse on an isolated headland on the south-western seaboard of Ireland.

The cast of fourteen consists of some very popular faces including Seamus O Keeffe - Donal Conlee; Sean O Riordan - Peadar Minogue; Martin O Riordan- Densie Conlee, Tadhg Curtin - Neelius Conlee, Pat O Brien -Jack Conlee and Tim Stuart - Pats Bo Bwee. Also included are Eileen Houlihan - Trassie Conlee; Noreen Twohig - Mague; Mariesa Enright - Moll; Ann O Connor - Miss Dee; Deirdre Linehan, Juliette Brennan, Jennifer Harvey and Eileen Cotter.

All hands are on deck, the set design team comprises Maureen O Brien and set builders Kevin Angland and Jimmy O'Connell with sound and lighting by Cathy and Juliette Bailey.

This week's shows operate on Saturday and Sunday with further performances on November 9/10 before playing at Glanmire Community Centre on November 22/23.