Saturday 25 May 2019

Optimism as local footballers enter county junior arena

It all of eleven years since Millstreet represented Duhallow previously in this highly competitive championship and all the indications are it will take a committed hours football for Millstreet to advance.Earlier in the Duhallow divisional campaign, Millstreet were forced to avail of the back door to achieve their objective. Reflecting on their path to the final, Mills

An air of guarded optimism surrounds Millstreet’s involvement in the Cork County Junior A Football Championship on a meeting against Mayfield in Ballyclough on Sunday for a 3.50pm throw in.

It all of eleven years since Millstreet represented Duhallow previously in this highly competitive championship and all the indications are it will take a committed hour’s football for Millstreet to advance.

Earlier in the Duhallow divisional campaign, Millstreet were forced to avail of the back door to achieve their objective. Reflecting on their path to the final, Millstreet failed to gather a return their endeavours deserved in the first round on a narrow 1-11 to 1-10 defeat at the hands of Dromtariffe in the first round at Banteer.

However Millstreet remained involved in the championship thanks to the back door where they discovered a late urgency to overcome Cullen 1-11 to 1-6 at Knocknagree. From a tense but an entertaining encounter, Millstreet displayed all their finery in a big improvement in their general play to swing the contest.

Into a marathon quarter–final and three games, Millstreet shared a division of the spoils on a 1-8 to 0-11 draw with Boherbue in a hard fought opening game. All through a close affair, little or nothing appeared to divide the sides-the lead changing hands and by the finish, the sides were level nine times.

The saga continued and a courageous late Millstreet fightback ensured the spoils were shared with Boherbue on a 0-10 apiece scoreline in a thrilling replay.

Their never say die spirit highlighted Millstreet’s battling qualities to earn a second replay. Indeed Millstreet deserved full marks for the level of character and resilience displayed to overcome a six point interval deficit.

At the third time of asking, Millstreet were separated from Boherbue on a 1-10 to 0-10 scoreline in a closely contested second replay. Over the hour, Millstreet offered the greater desire for victory and with the contest up for grabs in the second half, opponents Boherbue were caught on the back foot by the intensity and hunger of a Millstreet side.

A determined Millstreet overcame the challenge of Knocknagree 2-7 to 0-10 in a highly entertaining semi–final played in Newmarket. Two first half goals provided the springboard for Millstreet to succeed on offering the resilience and craft to reach the decider.

Into the decider against Dromtariffe, Millstreet warmed to their task on a decisive 3-5 to 0-9 triumph at Kiskeam. Vital goals from Denis Kiely and Brian A Kelleher confirmed Millstreet’s hold on the trophy and a fitting reward to their endeavours at the end of a winding and testing road involving seven games.

The county championship offers a stiffer test and Sunday’s encounter involves a new challenge and a mighty tough nut to crack. Mayfield are a formidable side and over recent years, they came close to upsetting the aspirations of Kiskeam and Adrigole.

The tremendous character displayed from the Duhallow trail of success must again be forthcoming if Millstreet are to realise their hopes of progress in the county.

HOLIDAY ON ICE: Skaters descended on Millstreet’s Green Glens Complex last weekend for the ‘Holiday on Ice’ spectacle. Fittingly the production was titled ‘Celebration’ and marked 60 years of entertainment seen in 620 cities amongst 80 countries in five continents and is the most seen production worldwide.

The presentation saw 60 of the world foremost ice skaters from twenty–five countries participate in a sensation show offering a fiesta of fun. On parade was a Rocking Rio carnival, Venetian Masked Balls to ’70s discos with the cast attired in beautiful and exotic costumes.

Toe tapping tunes ranged from Strauss, Albinoni, Madonna, The Bee Gees and Kylie Minogue.

The production created, choreographed and directed by Olympic Figure Skating Champion Robin Cousins and amongst the all star cast were international skaters from Britain, Russia, South Africa, USA and the Italian brothers Enrico and Robert Medina hold an assortment of world skating championship titles.

The Holiday on Ice extravaganza is listed amongst the Guinness Book of Records when over 1,000 skaters past and present formed the longest kick line seen on ice in the world.

ICA: Millstreet ICA host a Cookery Demonstration by Neff Cookery Promotions on Tuesday, October 21 in Millstreet GAA Community Gall at 8pm. Everybody is welcome to attend and admission is free.

The North Cork Federation ICA Dinner takes place at the Hazeltree, Mallow on Thursday, October 16. Members interested can receive obtain further information from Mary O’Connor (Tel: 029-70226).

PADRE PIO’s GLOVE visited a Mass at St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, last Friday night and a big attendance confirmed the popularity of a famed saint.

MILLSTREET PIPE BAND classes are underway in the Carnegie Hall each Saturday at 5.30pm.

COMHALTAS CEÓLTÓIRÍ ÉIREANN host traditional Irish music classes in the Millstreet GAA Community Hall from this Friday commencing at 6pm.

GAA: Videos relating to the Duhallow Junior A Football Championship Final between Millstreet and Dromtariffe are currently available costing ?13 per copy. Full details are available from Millstreet GAA Club Secretary Sharon Lane.

The new floodlit lighting at Millstreet Town Park continues to arouse considerable interest, the venue hosting the divisional Junior B Football Championship Final and Duhallow Junior B Football (County Qualifier) Final during the past week.

IRD DUHALLOW Information evening entitled ‘Parents and Young People Feeling Good’ on Monday, October 13, at Duhallow Park Hotel at 8pm — lecture by Dr Tony Humphrey’s, free admission, all welcome

ATHLETICS: Millstreet Athletes competed in the Cork City Mini Marathon extend thanks to the kind sponsorship generated for a series of worthy causes. Amongst those competing for special causes were Martina Hickey, 14th overall and first placed in the under 23 category.

Her endeavours boosted Alzheimers while Christine Carroll efforts helped the Belarussian Fund and Maeve Neenan competed in aid of the Millstreet Sheltered Housing Project.

The club enjoyed success at the Gneeveguilla Road Races with Leanne Riordan, Shauna Riordan and Aisling Riordan victorious in the individual events and a team of Aisling O’Riordan, Ann Carroll and Lorna Cronin were runners up in the relay.

Millstreet enjoyed outright triumph in the under 13 mile event per a trio of Karen Murphy, Elaine Murphy and Eleanor O’Riordan. Taking medals at the Glantane Sports were gold medal winners, Leanne Riordan; silver medalists, Shauna Riordan, Marie Murphy, Aoife O’Riordan, Anne Carrol, Eleanor O’Riordan, Peadar Murphy and bronze medal winner, Karen Murphy.

Taking runner up in the under 8 relay were: Leanne Riordan, Shauna Riordan, Marie Murphy, repeated by an under 11 team of Aisling Riordan, Anne Carroll, Maura Murphy and Julie Murphy.

Millstreet collected gold medals in the under 12 team event on a quartet of Karen Murphy, Julie Murphy, Anne Carroll and Eleanor O’Riordan.

ELOCUTION, Speech and Drama Classes are underway in Millstreet GAA Community Hall each Monday at 3.10pm. Children of all ages are welcome to come along and gain that extra confidence in speaking, acting and performing. Those students who completed examinations earlier in the summer can collect their certificates. Further details available from Mary O’Connell (Tel: 086-8651423).

DONOVAN: Scottish born and ’60s idol Donovan joins friends on delivering his repertoire of songs at a concert in the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk on this Saturday night.

As a teenage boy, Donovan hitch-hiked around the coasts of Britain, his musical influences ranged from Buddy Holly to Woody Guthrie and literary heroes diverse to Jack Kerouac and Alan Watts.

Donovan traded his boots for a guitar and began to learn a diverse range of songs, discovered by two managers and soon recorded demos.

His first recordings impressed the hit TV show Ready Steady Go and he appeared for weeks on end every Friday night in front of British Isles audiences.

Donovan gathered an huge fan following and released his first hit records, Catch The Wind, Colours and Universal Soldier entered the top ten pop-charts world-wide.

America saw his rise and he played at the Newport Folk Festival becoming friends with Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan — Donovan had arrived as a major star in the popular music firmament.

Soon he became friends with The Beatles and every major songwriter of his generation as his own songs were rightly recognised as innovative, daring and exquisitely crafted.

His early folk hits B9 were soon followed by massive Rock-Fusion hits Sunshine Superman, Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, all charting in the top ten all over the world.

Donovan achieved 14 top twenty records in his career and 27 albums. His concert appearances have become legendary, selling out Madison Square Gardens twice (a record for a solo artist), Carnegia Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, and many more.

Enter a new phase in his career, Donovan returned to the concert stage with a few appearances, leading up to extended touring and his Edel Quinn Hall visit along with friends is eagerly awaited by fans. Tickets for the Kanturk gig can be pre–booked at the usual outlets.