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Friday 24 January 2020

A LOOK BACK ON MILLSTREET IN 2009

THE past year saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights and in the third of a four part series, a reflection of July, August and September reads

JULY

Circulars outlining the novel fundraiser towards completing two new classrooms and extended services is prompted by the Board of Management to Millstreet Presentation National School. Those involved in the project were allowed to use the money to build a permanent structure rather than accept prefabs.

Macroom Faith 'n Light Group host annual Mass at Tubrid Well.

Millstreet Juvenile GAA featured on the Munster senior football championship programme.

The annual Cullen Young at Heart social evening takes place at Clancy's Bar and Restaurant.

In GAA, Millstreet falter to Kilbrin in the Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship first round.

Millstreet Veterinary Group open their state-of-the-art Cattery.

The weatherman favours the annual Old Time Threshing and Vintage Day hosted by the Cullen and District Special Needs Association on the grounds of Cullen GAA.

Millstreet u12 football side take up on an invitation from the Cork County Board to travel to Croke Park to participate in a blitz with other teams from across the country.

A late surge carried Kanturk to a flattering victory over Millstreet in the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship. A DVD on the Drishane Centenary celebrations is launched, the production offers footage of the prayer service in Drishane Cemetery and Chapel in addition to the centenary celebrations at the Green Glens Complex.

AUGUST

Aubane Historical Society launch 'Dánta/Poems' of Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin at a function in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

For the first time in its long history, the Millstreet Summer Horse Show is a non runner from its traditional staging. This comes after an impasse between Millstreet organisers and the national body Showjumping Ireland.

Millstreet Community Council convene a special meeting where Dr Pat Casey spoke on the present state of affairs at Mallow Hospital.

The award winning Stephen O'Riordan film entitled "The Forgotten Maggies" featured at the Glen Theatre, Banteer.

Hectic schedule for Millstreet Pipe Band culminates on recital at Golden Jubilee International Rose of Tralee Festival and the Michael Collins Commemoration at Beal na mBlath.

Sausages sizzle on the grill and barbeque food went down a treat at a joint fund raiser hosted in McCarthy's Bar. Fittingly, the favourable weather added to the occasion in support of both the Millstreet Ladies Soccer Club and the Haven project in Haiti.

Millstreet features strongly in the Tour of Ireland Cycle Race. In excess of 110 top cyclists from all over the globe contested the third edition of the Tour of Ireland professional cycle race headed by regular Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish.

Co-ordinator Roger Crosswell pays tribute to all concerned involved in the competition that helps boost Millstreet's cause in the national tidy towns and related projects organised by Cork County Council and Muintir na Tíre.

A spectacular new water feature uneveiled at Millstreet Country Park with Belgian Ambassador to Ireland Mr Robert Devriese performing the official duties. The showpiece is a replica of the original Mont des Arts, built in the central square of Brussels in the early years of the 20th century. Aubane Social Club head for the Ring of Kerry for their Summer Day Trip.

SEPTEMBER

The September Horse Fair maintains a long standing tradition with patrons from all walks of life from near and afar availing of favourable weather to converge and continue a custom dating back many generations.

Millstreet Tidy Towns and Tourism Association acknowledged the contribution of private dwellers and business in a their popular local competition. Despite the inclement weather all summer, Millstreet residents contributed significantly with hanging baskets, flourishing flower beds and freshly painted premises.

'Old Dog, New Trick' is a newly published collection of poems by Roger Casey. This book contains a mixture of tribute poems and amusing verses on the many memorable events and remarkable characters in the Cullen area.

The enthusiastic Millstreet Tidy Town Association dwelled into an analysis of its 2009 submission that earned a rewarding nine mark increase in the national competition.

Cork and Kerry clash in All Ireland senior football final. It arouses terrific interest with dwellings and schools suitably decorated. RTE cameras visit Millstreet Presentation Convent National School for slot in RTE's Up for the Match programme. Unfortunately for Cork supporters, it's a case of déjà vu as Cork fail to live up to expectation.

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