Discover Duhallow Issue 117

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Issue 117: 28th June, 2024

Nothing Dulls Their Shine!

Duhallow Community Laundry Celebrates 10 years

Duhallow Community Laundry was established in 2014 in response to issues raised by our Carers and older people Networks. They highlighted the need for a laundry service for our elderly, lowincome households, and carers in the Duhallow region. We’re delighted after ten years to see the positive impact this social enterprise has in Duhallow.

Duhallow Community Laundry provide a free collection and delivery service as it was identified that access to transport was a barrier for many of our customers; we see the importance of this weekly in the numbers that utilise this service.

The Laundry also provides meaningful employment and training opportunities; we’re grateful to Pobal and the Department of Social Protection for the staffing support through the Community Services Programme, Tús, the Rural Social Scheme and the Community Employment Scheme.

Dr. Kevin Quaid Presents Books To President
Millstreet Complete School Mural
Rathcoole Rovers Open Day

Editors Note

As summer graces our beloved region, we celebrate community milestones and achievements! Duhallow Community Laundry reached a decade of service! For 10 years the laundry has been a hub of support, fostering connections and easing daily life for residents. Banteer now showcases stunning new murals, adding colour and character to the town. Advocating for dementia awareness. Kevin Quaid, part of the Dementia Working Group met with the president to discuss his new book. Community spirit shined at IRD Duhallow’s Social Farm open day. The turnout was incredible, reinforcing our shared commitment to Duhallow’s growth and wellbeing.

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Community News


Eddie Dunbar And Dillon Corkery Deliver At The National Cycling Championships

Both Dillon Corkery and Eddie Dunbar delivered podium finishes at the National Road Cycling Championships in Athea Limerick on the weekend of June 20th.

On Thursday 20th, Eddie was crowned the National time trial Champion after delivering a very strong performance in the Elite men individual time trial.

Thursday’s victory for Eddie came after a long lay-off following a crash on the second stage of the Giro d’Italia back in May, a race he finished seventh overall in 2023. He has only recently returned to training.

Eddie's time trial victory means he now has the full set of junior, U-23 and elite National titles in the race against the clock.

Then on Sunday 23rd, Dillon Corkery in brilliant sunshine delivered a very fantastic 2nd place finish in the Elite mens road race. For Dillon this was a brilliant performance following on from his 2023 Ras Tailteann win and shows his great potential.

The race was won by Darren Rafferty who only had 16 seconds to spare over Dillon. Dillon suffered cramp with just over 10km remaining but he chased the leader hard all the way to the line to take a brilliant silver medal.

Congrats and well done to both cyclists and the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

Banteer Sportsfield Draw

Banteer Sportsfield/Park draw is now on for 2024! Tickets are available from members. Please support as your support helps us make it better for all users. Plans for this year include:

• subject to Sports capital funding, upgrade of old dressing rooms,

• goal posts replacement

• sanding/aeration works

• planting of trees/shrubs

• boot washes

• café equipment

• solar PV

• And more

The regular annual operation and maintenance works are very important to maintain the facility to the highest level. These costs are now approx €40k p.a + which are funded by our annual draw.

Dumping Reports

Dumping of household waste into park litter bins and some anti-social behavior has been reported at Banteer Sportsfield/ Park –all users of the facility are asked to please be observant and report any incidents you see to the appropriate authorities. CCTV footage is also being checked.

No Reply Received As Of Tues 25th June From Irish Water

For An Urgent Meeting Request With The Community Council

Banteer and other areas water outages continue. Another water outage occurred in the Banteer area on Sun 26th May, the last being on 17th May with at least 8 water outages now since Nov last. This is unacceptable and a special meeting of the Community Council on Mon 27th May called for an urgent meeting with Irish Water and all Public representatives in the area asap. However the Community Council request has not even received a reply to their email sent on 28th May last. The long term plan is for a new reservoir system to be installed by Irish Water in 2027 at the very earliest. The Community Council have now requested an urgent meeting with Irish Water to pursue other short term options in the meantime with the community and public reps including:

• Connect Banteer and other areas to the Ballinatona water supply permanently

• Provide 24/7 curator cover at the Poulgorm pumped station which will ensure that any trips and problems with pumps etc are dealt with straight away

• Provide a reliable water turbidity measurement system at Poulgorm as the current system is not reliable and depends on one meter which gives false readings

• Provide a storage of bottled water at location(s) convenient to all users to use in the event of a water outage

• Install additional temporary reservoir capacity at the Derry Reservoir and the pump above Banteer village –this is now overdue 9 months

Raheen N.S. pupils and their teachers pictured near Shrone, on a school tour along the Duhallow Way trail.

Day Courses

(QQI Level 5)

• Nursing Studies (QQI Level 5)

• Personal Trainer (iTEC)

Community News Say Yes to Languages

Dromagh NS

The children in the Senior Room are participating and learning a new language by taking part in fun games and activities, and making comparisons to all the other languages that they know. This Say Yes to Languages learning programme is fully funded by the Department of Education. Our tutor was Mairead Golden.

Minister Humphreys launches €20million Community Centre Investment Fund

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, has announced €20 million in funding to support the upgrade and refurbishment of community centres across the country.

Under the Community Centres Investment Fund 2024, community organisations will be supported with grants of between €10,000€100,000 to develop and enhance their existing community facilities.

This is broken down into two categories of funding:

Category 1:

• Small scale projects/ improvements to facilities: €10,000 - €25,000.

Category 2:

• Larger scale projects: €25,001 to €100,000.

This investment recognizes the vital role community centers play in Irish life. Community centers are the heart of our neighborhoods, and this fund ensures they continue to thrive It’s an opportunity for local leaders to create welcoming, functional spaces.

Whether it’s kitchen improvements, toilet facilities, upgrades to windows and doors, energy efficiency upgrades, upgrades on electrical, gas and heating appliances to ensure they meet regulations and standards, fire safety equipment, improving access for people with disabilities or small renovations, this funding aims to empower local groups in enhancing their community spaces and support the upgrade and refurbishment of community

centres across the country.

The scheme will be delivered in conjunction with Pobal.

All materials to support applicants including access to the online portal, template application form, guidelines, FAQ, links to tutorials and details on information sessions can be found at the Department of Rural & Community Development website.

All applicants must register on the online portal in advance of the application process . Groups that applied for this fund previously will not need to register again but should check that their details are still correct.

The application process opens on July 29, 2024, so community leaders, mark your calendars!

The closing date for applications will be 29th August 2024.

Banteer Tidy Towns: A Flourishing Community Effort

It’s been a productive few weeks for Banteer Tidy Towns who have achieved remarkable progress! Irish Rail generously sponsored two mural projects; one at Banteer Train Station and another at the Astro Turf dressing rooms. The pieces reflect love of the local area, past and present, sports and social activities, local biodiversity and nature, and the importance of arts and creativity.

The town welcomed Joanne Bissett, Stephen Hackett, and Steven Mangan (all from Irish Rail) who joined to witness the fruits of collective labour. The mural, designed by local children and artist Theresa Roche, now graces the Train Station and dressing rooms. Irish Rail kindly presented the young artists with rail travel vouchers - a delightful surprise for their creativity and effort.

Topline Burtons Kanturk deserves applause for their unwavering support. They gifted both Banteer and Kanturk Tidy Towns groups with essential gardening equipment and products. Evan and Catriona, the driving forces behind Topline Burtons, have been instrumental. Catriona’s expertise in plant selection ensures that every addition contributes to biodiversity. Their Garden Centre’s range of plants and shrubs is a testament to their commitment.

Banteer Tidy Towns also recieved generous donations from Kathryn Revitt and Twohig’s Super Valu Kanturk who deserve special mention.

The dedicated volunteers are the backbone of Banteer Tidy Towns. Up to 15 individuals gather twice a week, tackling tasks like strimming, weeding, planting, painting, and watering. Their work transforms our community.

Banteer Tidy Towns thrives because of these collective efforts.

Evan and Catriona from Topline Burtons Kanturk presenting gardening equipment and supplies.
Joanne Bissett from Irish Rail presenting rail travel vouchers to the children for their efforts.
The mural at the Astro Turf Changing rooms
The mural at Banteer Train Station

Gig Guide

What’s On In Duhallow

Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk Taekwondo

Thursday 6-8pm

All Welcome!


Fitness Classes

Venue: USA stores, Greenane Street, Kanturk


9.30am: Beginners Fitness

6pm: Boxercise

Tuesday 9am: Legs, Bums, and Tums

6pm: Dance Fitness

Wednesday 6pm: Dance Fitness


9.30am: Circuits

€10 pay as you go or 6 classes for €50

Message Deirdre O’Sullivan or text 087 9273672 for details/ bookings.

Scoil Lasair 2024

Venue: An Chultúrlann Newmarket

Date: 22nd-26th July

A fun and active summer camp through Irish for primary school children from 1st to 6th class. Sports, music, art, dance and much more!

Price: 1st child €100

2nd child €90

3rd child €80

4th child €75

Aubane Set Dancing

Venue: Aubane Community Centre P51 EP49

Time: Mondays 9:15pm

Banteer Bingo

Venue: Banteer Community Centre

Time: Every Thursday @ 8:30pm

Summer Bridge

Venue: Tureencahill Community Centre, P51 T66349

Time: Wednesdays at 1pm

Friendly, non-competitive, enjoy a cup of tea!

For more info, contact 087 647 6536

All welcome!

CYMS Hall Dancing

Venue: CYMS Hall Newmarket, P52 V596

Admission: €10

Time: 9:00 - 11:30pm

Organised by John Joe Dances 087 9735113

Freemount Social Dancing

Venue: Freemount Community Center, P56 P893

Admission: €10

Time: Sundays 3:00pm-5:30pm

Cullen and District Special

Needs Annual Vintage Afternoon

Venue: Cullen GAA Grounds

Time: Sunday July 14th

Featuring a wonderful display of restored vintage machinery, tractors, cars etc.

Live music, Children’s sports, games and entertainment. Kenny the clown, Balloon artist, Black Smith Display, Raffles, refreshments, tea & coffee. Fun for all the Family. Supported by Millstreet Vintage Club.

Musician In Residence

Applications Open

Cork County Council are inviting applications from Irish traditional musicians for the position of Sliabh Luachra Musician in Residence

The area is recognised nationally and internationally for its traditional Irish music, song, dance, poetry and culture. The residency, part of the Sliabh Luachra Music Trail project, is supported by the Arts Offices of Cork County Council, Kerry County Council, Limerick City and County Council and The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. Applications can be made through the Cork county council and must be submitted by 5pm on Wednesday 10th July.



5th July, 8pm

Cornelius O’Sullivan - A Bird in the Hand

Tickets: €20

Doors: 7:30pm Show: 8:00pm

Cornelius Patrick O’Sullivan brings his stand-up comedy show, A Bird in the Hand, to his ancestral home Newmarket.

Star Trax Music

Venue: Knocknagree P51HH2Y

Time: Sunday 30th June

3:00pm - 5:30pm

Music by the great Peter Lane and Blackwater Sound. Tea & refreshments served.

Dromtariffe Parish Walk

The Eagle’s Nest July 4th

Meeting at Moll Carthy’s Bridge

Please wear a reflective Jacket. Walks begin at 7.30pm sharp

Social Pickleball Kanturk

Venue: Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk

Time: Every Tuesday at 8:00pm

Men and women 18+

€5 per person

Contact 085-2828654

Seventy7 by Sibly

Find the Seventy7 coffee trailer on the main street of Ballydesmond beside the park!

Thursday 8:30am–3pm Friday 8:30am–3pm Saturday 9am–3pm Sunday 10am–2pm

Millstreet Vintage Club Circuit of lreland Rally Stages REVISITED in aid of Blackwater Critical CFR happening Sunday 7th July 2024

Sign on from 9:30am with the Run Starting at 11:30am SHARP from Dromtariffe Community Centre on the N72 Mallow killarney Road Eircode (P51 KC52)

This year we revisit 3 Old Circuit of Ireland Stages, Stage 1 - DOIRE NA GROI Stage 2 - CUILINN UI CAOIBH, Stage 3 - BREANNAGH RIVER OR (KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE SUGAIN ROAD)

Finish will be in Ballydesmond and its all In Aid of CRITICAL Blackwater Community First Responders Group

Rally Plate ENTRY Fee €20.

To be guaranteed an entry Text GOING and your name to 086 8545873 For more information contact Donie Lucey on 086 8545873.

Gig Guide

Gig Guide

MacAuliffe Clan Gathering, Newmarket

28th June - Friday

Parade from Town park at 7pm led by Newmarket

Pipe Band to the Chultúrlann

Welcoming ceremony / music and entertainment

29th June - Saturday

Lots of events in the Chultúrlann plus Bus Tour

Saturday night

A Rambling House with a Fear a Tí

30th June - Sunday

Lots of events all day with the Gala Dinner and election of a new Chieftain

Music by Meabh Walsh and her band

Rathcoole Rovers Football Club:

“Uniting Our Community Through Soccer”

Rathcoole Rovers, a football club nestled in the heart of Duhallow, managed by Chris Tarrant. The club is on a mission to build formidable teams in mens, ladies, underage girls and boys soccer for the 24/25 season. They’re calling out to locals - whether you’re a seasoned player or a rookie; they want you!

The club will be hosting lively quiz nights across Kiskeam, Ballydesmond, Boherbue, Kilcorney, and Rathcoole to help fundraise and keep the club who so many in our area played for. Spread the word and let people know so they can bring back success to the soccer community in the area.

They will be hosting an open day and registration on the 6th of July from 11:00am-3:00pm for anyone interested in playing

For more information contact Chris at 0830135215

Newmarket Thursday Club

Newmarket Thursday Club Active Retirement are now on holidays after a very successful year. The Club meet every Thursday from 2 to 4-30 in Castle Court. We take part in many activities; Bingo, Exercises, and tea and chat. We had many guest speakers during the year talking on health and well-being. We had coffee mornings, lunches and two outings to Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. And a cruise of Cork Harbour. We wish our members happy holidays and looking forward to seeing you all again in September and new members always welcome.

Mallow Adult Learning Centre.

Do you need help with reading, writing, spelling and numeracy?

Do you know someone that needs help?

If so, we can help.


Professional Counselling

For all life’s issues in a confidential supportive environment


Individuals Couples Teenagers

Monday - Thursday 9.30am - 1.30pm Friday 9am – 12.00pm

Top floor, Parish centre, Mallow

Contact the adult learning centre for more information. 022 42642

For Appointment Tel: 087 665 2179, Newmarket.

“Therapy teaches us that our worth is not defined by our past or present, but by the resilience and strength we carry and develop within us.”

Duhallow Community Laundry Celebrates

Duhallow Community Laundry is just one of our social enterprises focused on supporting independent living across our aging population;

• Duhallow Revamp is a demand deficient furniture recycling and reuse service providing affordable furniture and household items to disadvantaged individuals, as well as recycled paint at affordable prices

• Warmer Homes operates a number of home incentive

measures to reduce fuel poverty and make homes more energy efficient.

Together these three enterprises help to support those most disadvantaged in Duhallow and provide important supports for people who wish to live independently and improve their quality of life.

The success and the longevity of this service is due to the stewardship of the Social Economy Working Group and its Chairperson Mary Wallace as

well as IRD Duhallow’s Board of Directors and its Chairperson Michael Twohig.

We have a great team who are committed to delivering a quality service with an emphasis on customer care and interaction as we realise we may be our customers only point of contact that day.

They will be delighted to receive your call @ 029 60633 if you would like further information about the service.

Chair of the Social Economy Working Group Mary Wallace and Margaret Murphy
IRD Duhallow Chairperson Michael Twohig and Joan Sheehan
IRD Duhallow CEO Maura Walsh and Anita Castle

Celebrates 10 Years In Operation

Back: Team Leaders Helen O’Sullivan, and Louise Bourke, RSS Supervisor Marie Fleming, IRD Duhallow Chair Michael Twohig, IRD Duhallow Assistant CEO Eileen Linehan, Vice Chair of the IRD Duhallow Board Anna Marie Bourke, IRD Duhallow CEO Maura Walsh, and Chair of the Social Economy Working Group Mary Wallace

Front: Laundry CSP Manager Monica Gilmore, Joan Sheehan, Anita Castle, Margaret Murphy, Natalya Karayan, CSP Finance Officer Maggie Callaghan, and Stefaniia Prokopenko.
A bubbly crew! Anita Castle, Margaret Murphy, Natalya Karayan, Joan Sheehan, and Stefaniia Propopenko keep the laundry turning.

Let’s Keep An Open Mind As We Age

Age is a funny thing. It has no rules or rigidity. Have you ever met a young person who lives very sensibly, who is concerned about things like environment and social justice and who plans for their future in a very mature way? On the other hand, there are a lot of older adults who live very carefree, youthful lives. Put simply, there are people who are old when they’re young and there are people who are young when they’re old, and there is nothing wrong with either of these things.

In terms of your mental health however, as we get older it can

be very helpful for us to try to embrace the world that our young people live in. With so many new, emerging concepts, it can be hard to keep up. When this happens we might be inclined to become set in our ways, unwilling to accept or learn anything that challenges the beliefs we may have grown up with. This leads to possible judgements and closing of our minds that is unintentional. If we struggle to understand or accept different views of the world today, we may need to review our empathy skills. Open-mindedness is not just about accepting new ideas, it is about understanding and respecting the thoughts and opinions and even choices of others. We do not have to always

agree with everything we see and hear, but it is important to allow these concepts to exist in our world.

As we get older we might notice that our minds have gradually become smaller and less tolerant, and we might not even notice it happening. It’s natural to follow certain patterns and routines, and there may not be space for newness in our routine. We can try however; we can ask questions and face new ideas with curiosity. We can keep our judgements in check and not believe our ideas to be the only ideas. And, most importantly, we can accept change. The world would be a very boring place if we were all the same.

Duhallow In Pictures

Boherbue ICA members enjoying a cookery demonstration on Airfryers at Mark and Bernie Doe’s Cookery School in Firies.

Kanturk Hillwalkers and Mountain Climbers enjoyed a wonderful club walk to Sheeps Head just beyond Ahakista, beyond Durrus. Anyone can join. Must have Hiking Boots and have a reasonable fitness level. Most of the walks are between 12km and 20km including a Mountain Climb. Membership is €50 per year including Mt Ireland Insurance. Normally Membership starts on Nov 1st. But for new members who have never affiliated with Mt Ireland before can join up on September 1st getting an extra 2 months for their 1st year. To join them on beautiful walks in the future, contact

Congratulations to Rathmore Native Aidan O’Connor who won the Media Award From The Law Society in Ireland.

After winning last year’s U14s Munster final in bowling, Dromtarriffe club member; Jena Healy’s success continues. Pictured above is Jena with renowned road bowling champion - Vinnie Kiely, after she won the North Cork u16s bowling final recently. She will now go on to County. Best of luck, Jena!

Primary school were awarded their fourth green flag as part of Ireland’s Green Schools Environmental management and awards programme. Students gathered outside for the raising of this new flag along with student representatives, Eilish and Aaron Breen, and Michael Cronin, Chairman of Boherbue Tidy Towns


Blessed Carlo Acutis To Become A Saint

The remarkable life of Carlo Acutis continues to inspire and we can now look forward to his canonization after another miracle attributed to him has been approved by Pope Francis. The Italian computer coding teenager, who died of cancer in 2006 is known for his great devotion to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and is the first millennial to be beatified by the Catholic Church.

Blessed Carlo Acutis was born on May 3rd, 1991 in London to Italian parents. He grew up in Milan, Italy where his family relocated when he was just a child. From a young age Carlos displayed an extraordinary devotion to his Catholic faith. He attended daily mass, received the sacraments regularly, and developed a deep love of the Eucharist.

Carlos referred to the Eucharist as “His Highway to Heaven.” His mother had only been to mass three times in her life but she was captivated by her son’s devotion to the Eucharist which led to her conversion.

He prayed regularly before Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament and he allowed Him transform his youthful heart. He used to say, “If we sit in front of the sun, we get suntans, but if we get in front of Jesus in the Eucharist, we become saints.” As a result of regular prayer before The Blessed Sacrament, Carlos was able to reach his full potential and become the person God wanted him to be.

A technological pioneer, Carlos, at the age of 14 years, created a website detailing an array of Eucharistic miracles which have taken place around the world.

He has documented 187 in all and all these Eucharistic miracles involve incidents in which the Eucharistic host has turned into human flesh and blood.

When scientifically examined by the world’s top scientists, they are astonished when told they come from a consecrated host. The tests show that the flesh comes from the left ventricle of the heart, the part which pumps the blood around the body and the blood is type AB. Even more astonishing, it is living tissue and the tests show that it is from a heart that has suffered terrible trauma. These miracles show that the words of Jesus come through when He said, “I am the living bread come down from Heaven. He who eats My flesh will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6;51-59.

Carlos was concerned by people growing distant from the Church and the sacraments and he wanted to bring them back. His website – www.miracolieucaristici. org –is a call to shake consciences and many young people throughout the world have had their faith strengthened by his work.

Carlos could not understand why stadiums were full of people and churches were empty. He would say, “They have to see, they have to understand that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist.” Carlos understood that we have a foretaste of Heaven on Earth when we receive the Eucharist.

In 2006, at the age of fifteen, Carlos developed a rare type of leukaemia. As he was dying, he said, “I am happy to die, because I lived my life without wasting even a minute of it on anything unpleasing to God.”

He is patron saint of the youth and a relic of his heart visited

Ireland last year and an exhibition of the miracles he has documented were on display recently in The Sacred Heart Church, Waterford City.

Quotes from Carlo Acutis:

1. Reciting the rosary is the most important appointment of the day.

2. The biggest gift that God has made to us was to send His only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for all of us.

3. The sacrifice on The Cross which occurred two thousand years ago is just as present to us in all the masses celebrated today.

4. Jesus is Love and He has made Himself food and drink for us in the Eucharist.

5. Life is a gift because as long as we are on this planet, we can grow in our ability to love. The more we learn to love, the more we will enjoy eternal blessedness with God.

6. The celebration of Holy Mass is the most important prayer we can perform to help the departed souls to leave Purgatory.

7. Find God and you will find the meaning of your life.

We hope and pray that many young people today will follow the example set by blessed Carlos Acutis, soon to become a saint and follow his plan of life -- to be always united with Jesus.

Embracing Good Days Ahead: A Journey Beyond Diagnosis

When a person, especially a young person, gets a diagnosis of Parkinsons and Lewy Body dementia – or indeed any diagnosis – it’s hard to see that there can be good days ahead. I, however, have been one of the lucky ones, and since my first diagnosis ten years ago, I have had a lot of good days. This year has seen some great days. Just last month, I got to spend some time with Queen Matilda, Queen of the Belgians, but I have to say one of the greatest honours of my life was when I got the invitation to a Garden Party to celebrate Communities In All Their Diversities hosted by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Not only did we get to roam around the formal gardens of Áras an Uachtaráin and listen to musical performances at every corner of this majestic place, we also got to see the inside of this magnificent building in all its glory and history.

The highlight of the day for me was to get to present both my

books – Lewy Body Dementia Survival and Me and I am Kevin not Lewy – to the President. Although he is a very busy man, I had a conversation with him, and a longer conversation with Sabina who told me they were avid readers and that both of them were looking forward to reading both books. She continued to tell me how the President loves to

keep in touch with his relatives in North Cork and how important it is to him.

We were then taken to a beautiful Marquee for refreshments and entertainment where the President gave a wonderful speech; if world leaders would only listen to such a powerful man then this world would be such a better, safer, and more peaceful place to live.

Members of the Irish Dementia Working Group and the Dementia Carers Campaign network of which Kevin is chair.
Kevin presents his books to President Higgins and Martin, Aide-de-camp to the president
Dr Helen Rochford Brennan and Dr Kevin Quaid with the portrait of Eamonn De Valera

Great Turnout for IRD Duhallow’s Open Day

The sun certainly broke through for IRD Duhallow’s Social Farming and Community Garden open day and we were all for it. Opening the proceedings was IRD Duhallow chairperson Michael Twohig. Then, special guest speakers organic gardener Klaus Laitenberger and Kath White from Fine Oaks Alpacas provided wonderful information regarding their respective fields. However, Kath’s furry friends undoubtedly stole the spotlight, interacting with young and old.

Miah O’Keeffe and Donnacha Murphy had a great time hanging out with Shadow and Echo.
Klaus Laitenberger, Kath White and IRD Duhallow’s Rachel Budd. IRD Duhallow Chairperson, Michael Twohig.
The Millstreet CETB group Kath and her alpacas; Shadow, Roscoe, and Echo.

ABOVE LEFT: Sandra and Marianna travelled from Millstreet to attend the talk. They enjoyed refreshments and a view of the main setup, up by one of the poly tunnels. ABOVE RIGHT: And what a view!

A truly wonderful day was had by all. We were all reaching for the sun cream and water but it was a welcome complaint. Klaus and Kath gave wonderful talks, showcasing their expertise. Klaus rallied for a return to respecting mother nature and the earth. We take from the soil whilst sometimes forgetting to replenish this great source that is essential to out continued existence. Kath offered a look into the breeding and rearing of an animal that is exotic to most of us. Education out amongst mother nature; doesn’t get better than that! Words by Tadhg Curtin. Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald and Tadhg Curtin.

St. Joseph’s Foundation , DS, Newmarket. Noreen Fitzpatrick
Mary Collins, Treasa O’Reilly, and Helen Cranitch.
Three generations; Moira Sheehan with her daughter Robin, and grandson, Levi.

Duhallow News

‘On the Record’ - IRD Duhallow Project Culminates In A Special Screening

A special screening of a selection of the wonderful stories recorded on camera with the support of LEADER 2014-2020 was recently hosted in the James O’Keeffe Institute. The event was opened by the Chairperson of the Community Development Working Group, Billy Dennehy, who spoke of the tremendous work undertaken throughout Duhallow to date surveying hundreds of headstones and recording stories connected to the local historic graveyards. This work has created an amazing resource for both the community and diaspora alike. Also present

at the screening was project tutor, John Tierney, who outlined the uniqueness of the stories recorded and the special local history that exists in the Duhallow region. An array of video recordings highlighting the broad social and cultural history of the local area were shown, sparking discussion and great interest by all in attendance.

Years in the making, the screening offered a sample of the invaluable stories and history recorded and curated by project tutor, John Tierney.
Nollaig Murphy, Billy Dennehy, John Tierney and Catherine Culloty
Pat Mulcahy, Bweeng, Donie O’ Sullivan, Kilshannig, Christy Lehane, Killarney and Kit Hannigan, Lismire
Hilary Ellis, Clonbanin, Mike Larkin, Tullylease, Mary Larkin, Tullylease
John and Mary Browne, Kilcorney, Eileen Kiely, Millstreet, Séan Radley, Millstreet and Sheila O’ Keeffe, Tullylease
Photos by Sheila Fitzgerald & Tadhg Curtin

Discover Duhallow’s Tadhg Curtin was also at the screening. One big takeaway from the night is that there is literally a vast, rich landscape of story and history all around us and projects like this help illuminate and preserve this history for future generations. Subjects who were on camera and in attendance offered amazing extra insights and details to the stories they had shared. It added so much to a fantastic night of exploring our local past. A great credit to everyone involved!

Crossword sponsored by Duhallow Community Food Services


1. Plaid (6)

4. Inveigle (6)

9. Plane figure with straight sides (7)

10. Publish (5)

11. Creep (5)

12. Plant with prickly-edged leaves (7)

13. Schedule (6)

15. Despot (6)

18. Producing a sensation of touch (7)

20. Investigation (5)

22. Performed (5)

23. Gathered together in large numbers (7)

24. Objective (6)

25. Formal proposal to buy (6)


1. Subject (5)

2. Let go (7)

3. Investor in theatrical production (5)

5. Nimbleness (7)

6. Beginning or early stages (5)

7. Best environment for a plant or animal (7)

8. Become one (5)

13. Draw in (7)

14. Diminish (7)

16. Kept away from (7)

17. Impart skills or knowledge(5)

19. Supply food ready to eat(5)

20. Provide evidence for (5)

21. Type of duck (5)

Solution: Issue 116, June 14th, 2024

To be in with a chance to win

Complete the crossword and post with your name and contact details to:

Discover Duhallow Puzzle Competition, James O’Keeffe Institute Newmarket, Co. Cork

Or simply scan completed puzzle or take a snap with your phone email to

Terms & Conditions:

Deadline for submissions is noon on Friday, JULY 5th 2024.

First correct entry drawn will win a €20 voucher, valid for three months from date of issue, to be redeemed for food at the Duhallow Community Food Services. No cash alternative. Winner will be named in subsequent issue of Discover Duhallow. One entry per person. No correspondence will be entered into. Voucher to be collected from Duhallow Community Food Services, Newmarket.


Congratulations to Mike Costello, Kilbrin who wins a €20 voucher for Duhallow Community Food Services!

SuperValu Pear Tray 6pce was €2.49, SuperValu Galia Melon 1pce was €2.49, SuperValu Signature Tastes
Grown Sunstream Plum Vine Tomatoes 250g - €5.96/kg
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