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Reeling in the years on a decade of life in Millstreet

THE first decade of the century has elapsed and for Millstreet it was, for the most part, a period of extraordinary economic growth. A review of the noughties dwells on another decade of remarkable achievement with thousands of international visitors convening on the North West Cork town.


Revellers take to the streets to welcome in the new millennium.

Denis "Toots" Kelleher selected on Cork Football team of the Millennium.

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Sean Barrett retains National Lightweight Boxing Championship title. Millstreet website initiated.

On Track 2000-Iarnrod Eireann Investment programme on MallowTralee rail line begins.

Millstreet acknowledge sPeople of the Year in Jack Lane, Denis "Toots" Kelleher, Kenneth Brennan, Johnny McCarthy, John Tarrant, Millstreet Town Park and Sean Barrett.

Lisa O'Donoughue wins All Ireland Scór na nOg title.

GAA salutes Jim Cronin's elevation to Chairman of Co. GAA Board.

Oonagh Twomey elected Chairperson to Millstreet Community Council.

Disney on Ice spectacle opens at Green Glens.

National Pilgrimage Day marked by Mass on Clara Mountain.

Millstreet Celtic defeat Rathcoole Rovers in playoff to win Cork AUL Div 2 Championship.

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern TD visits Alps Electric.

Diocese Kerry Millenium Pageant Dance of Life draws huge crowds to Green Glens.

Millstreet lift historic Co. Minor Hurling Championship title.



Cullen Friends of the Handicapped host 21st Anniversary Dance.

Billy Coleman accepts The Corkman Hall of Fame Sports Star Award.

Millstreet pays tribute to People of the Year Margaret Bourke, Brenda O'Sullivan, Pat Breen, Tommy Burke, Millstreet Minor Hurlers with Noel C Duggan selected as Millstreet Millennium Person.

Foot and Mouth outbreak in Northern Ireland postpones March Horse Fair and National Dairy Show.

Cullen Pipe Band celebrate 60th Anniversary on participating in New York Parade on St Patrick's Day.

Green Energy Company seeks planning permission to erect 90 wind turbines on Boggeragh Mountains.

Colman Culhane captures gold medal at National Photographic Finals.

Millstreet Quiz team wins All Ireland Scor Finals.

Millstreet Pipe Band celebrates 50th Anniversary.

Green Glens hosts Coca Cola Form and Fusion Awards.

National Mourning Day Recognises New York/Washington atrocities.

James Last Orchestra plays Green Glens. Millstreet dancers collect gold at Manchester International Festival.


The Euro currency comes into place.

Cork Football lost one of its most ardent champions on the death of the legendry Denis "Toots" Kelleher.

Millstreet born Tim O'Callaghan confirmed as new Chief Superintendent for North Cork.

Large crowds turnout for Parish Mission.

Garda Sylvie Murphy retires.

Millstreet People of the Year-Service to the Community: Millstreet Pipe Band; Caring Award, Cullen and District Friends of the Handicapped; Humanatarian Award: Fr. Con Kiely; Youth Award: Elaine Hooper and Transition Year Students; Sport: Kevin Hickey.

Monsignor Timothy Carroll SMA appointed to the position of Apostolic Vicar for the vicarite Of Kontagora located in the north west of Nigeria.

Penalty points introduced.

Millstreet Tidy Towns Tourism Association initiate new street name plates, finger post direction signs and two tourist information boards.

350 year old Battle of Knockbrack remembered on the unveiling of a monument at a site on the Banteer/Rathcoole road.

Millstreet's new stateof-the-art crèche opens.

Rathcoole horse and pony racing revived for the first time in 70 years.

The Chernobyl Childrens Project benefited from the release of a new CD "Thru My Tears"by Nellie Healy.


John P Kelleher wins a Nissan car in Millstreet Town Traders Promotional Draw.

Millstreet Athletic Club celebrate Golden Jubilee.

Norma Carroll's gold medal in the Irish Taekwon Do Championship, bronze in the World Championships and reaching the podium in Britain and Germany earns the Female Competitor of the Year and a Sports Bursary in CIT.

Millstreet pays tribute to its People of the Year :Caroline Dowling, Alan Short, Radley Engineering, Liam O'Connor, Billy Coleman John and Lena O'Keeffe .

Throngs skate into Millstreet for the Disney on Ice spectacular.

The prized Duhallow magazine Seanchas Duthula lives on and its 13th edition is launched in Cullen Community Centre.

Belarussian Orphanage Project present Pop Stars Micheal Leonard and Brian Ormond in the Wallis Arms Hotel.

Geraldine Galvin becomes first female Manager to Millstreet Bank of Ireland branch.

Millstreet native Neilus Healy receives Gold medal for first placed student in Ireland for Mathematics in 2002 Leaving Certificate.

Iarnrod Eireann celebrates the 150th Aniversary of the Mallow-Killarney rail line.

Super girl group, Atomic Kitten play Millstreet's Green Glens.

The fascinating story of the legendry O'Sullivan Bere march commemorating the 400th anniversary of their trawl in the height of the winter in 1602/03 and its re-inactment met with an overwhelming response in Millstreet and Carriganima.

Millstreet defeat Dromtariffe to capture Duhallow JAFC title. New lighting at

Millstreet Town Park wins favour on staging of divisional and county games.


Positive response to Mná Dúthalla Calendar 2004.

Government Minister Eamon O'Cuiv TD launches Aubane Historical Society's "Seán Moylan in His Own Words".

Sadness on death of Cork and Millstreet football great Din Connors in Boston.

Blackwater Valley Gun Club celebrate 40th anniversary.

Duhallow People and Sports Star Awards won by Millstreet Set Dancers and Millstreet Junior Football team. Millstreet pays tribute to its People of the Year Donie O'Mahony, Gerard Walsh, Donal Garvey, Under 12 Hurling team, Con Houlihan and Fr. James McSweeney.

The eyecatching and ice spectacular "Disney on Ice, 100 Years of Disney Magical Moments" comes to Green Glens.

Jerry Doody comperes the proceedings at All Ireland Scór Finals in Castlebar.

Smoking ban comes into force.

Millstreet people support work of Bishop Tim Carroll in Kontagora and Sister Mary Lucey of Presentation Sisters in Zambia.

FBD Milk Ras Cycle Ras stage end finishes in Millstreet.

Hannah Lucey

celebrates her 100th birthday.

Acute disappointment on the announcement that the Creche and Youth Centre facilities are to close.

Liam Fitzgerald retires as Principal to Cullen National School.

Gallant Millstreet bow to a sharper Kilbrin in a thrilling Duhallow JAHC Final.

Inclement weather conditions failed to dampen the successful staging of the Duhallow JAFC Final hosted by Millstreet GAA as Cullen bridge 37 year gap to better Dromtariffe. Signing completed of a €1.5 million contract for a civic amenity site at former Cork Marts premises.