RATHDUANE NATIONAL SCHOOL: The future of Rathduane National School is under the spotlight as parents and friends go all out to save their local rural based primary school base.
Concerned associates from the greater Ballydaly catchment area are hoping to offset dwindling numbers.
Rathduane National School is an excellent example of a primary school establishment that flourished and adapted to the changing fortunes of time. It has been and, hopefully to parents and friends, will remain a focal point for learning in their small community.
A release from the support group dwelt on the excellent academic standards in a school ethos that values Irish language and culture per interesting field trips and visiting traditional music teacher.
Rathduane NS is participating in a Comenius Project with schools from Germany, Wales, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Sporting and recreation is key to school life with a draughts club, football, athletics, basketball, chess, art and quizzes popular with success gathered individually and in teams. And the grounds of Rathduane NS is the focal point annually for the Ballydaly Sports and Leisure Day.
Indoors the school consists of three large classrooms, top class computer equipment and educational Technology with a sports room allowing for indoor games facilities,
Down through the years, Rathduane NS attained Green Flag School Environmental Award under excellent facilities and an extremely dedicated workforce.
Parents and Friends conclude by indicating Rathduane NS is the heart of Ballydaly life, helped enormously on its siting in a beautiful, scenic and picturesque countryside.
Numbers are required to alleviate concerns on the future of the school. Further information is available from the Parents and Friends of Rathduane National School in Ballydaly. The contact number is (087) 7786471. CULLEN SPECIAL NEEDS: The Annual sponsored weigh-in is postponed until Monday, February 1 in Community Centre commencing at 8pm. The organisers predict at least the customary 200 participants from East Kerry and Duhallow will again be reached this year. Patrons can gear themselves with weekly exercises and dancing continuing over ten weeks
SCOR: Ovens hosted the Munster Scór na nOg semifinal last Sunday evening in the presence of a large attendance. Local clubs enjoyed ongoing success.
Partaking in the instrumental music were a Millstreet quintet of Allana Barry, Kelly Murphy, Cian Dennehy, Donal and James Linehan.
Cullen participated in the Novelty Act with a cast comprised of Clare Sheahan, Sinead O'Keeffe, Colin O'Leary, Seamus Fleming, Sean Murphy, Elaine and Michael Herlihy.
Two outstanding performances earned Millstreet and Cullen advancement to the provincial final in Mallow Youth Centre on Sunday, January 31.
ATHLETICS: Desmond Casey delivered a highly creditable showing to finish in 6th overall position in the Munster Senior Cross Country Championship held at Carrig na bhFear last Sunday. By doing so, Desmond helped Cork to collect a gold medal in the inter county team event. GRAMOPHONE CIRCLE: The Millstreet Gramophone circle monthly presentation takes place on this Friday at 8.15pm in the Canon O'Donovan Centre. This month's presenter is Donal Cowman.
MILLSTREET MISCELLANY: Another collection of items on Millstreet town and its environs is now available in the publication ' Millstreet Miscellany ( 3)' that's available in local shops. MACHINERY SHOW: The rescheduled Spring Farm Machinery Show continues at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on this Thursday. On view are the leading tractor and machinery dealers, large range of farm machinery with new launches and deals for 2010 all inside the beautifully heated indoor Green Glens Complex. Doors open at 1pm and the Show continues to 10pm. A warm welcome awaits everybody attending at the Spring farm machinery show. BENEFIT DANCE THANKS: The Knocknagree Cancer Committee hosted a benefit dance in aid of the Cork and Kerry Marymount Hospice at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney
A fabulous night of entertainment was enjoyed with the best of living action from some of the foremost artists in the South West Region.
Featured on the programme were the Millstreet Ramblers, Dermot Lyons, Eddie Lee and Caitriona, Southern Pride, Paddy O' Brien, Michael Collins, Paudie McAuliffe Shades of Country, The Sunday Cure and Michael Corridan. Master of Ceremonies Michael Dennehy of C103 Radio compered the proceedings.
Organiser John Joe Herlihy and local co-ordinator Mary Fitzgerald extend thanks to the huge support generated from the greater Millstreet Area.