Millstreet & Clondrohid
Millstreet & Clondrohid
Millstreet Town (Sráid an Mhuilinn in Irish) is a town in north-west County Cork, Ireland. It is situated in the very south of the barony of Duhallow, nestled between the Derrynasaggart Mountains and the Boggeragh Mountains, with the river Blackwater running nearby, to the north of the town.
The town has a population of approximately 1,400, and the surround countryside and villages add on another 3,000 to that number, made up mostly of locals and some non-natives who have arrived here in the last 10 years.
The town of Millstreet grew up in the 18th century – as its name implies – around the little mill situated on the Station Road and it became the center of parish life. As the town grew, it became the center of local market activity and the town grew.
Millstreet became internationally famous when it staged the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest at the Green Glens Arena, after which everyone in Ireland knew where Millstreet was.
There have been many other events at the Green Glens, including: various large showjumping competitions, music festivals, concerts, caravaning conventions, national dairy shows, Disney on Ice, boxing contests, a European juggling convention, gymkhanas, amongst others.
Millstreet has been twinned with Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Brittany, France since 1985, and there are regular trips in both directions.
Millstreet Country Park was founded in 1995 and has developed into the top local tourist attraction. 500 acres of parkland can be explored on an open-top bus from where you will be able to enjoy the scenery. There are lots of other attractions to see locally, which are detailed here:
It is served by a train station on the Tralee – Mallow line, and also regular busses from Cork to Kerry.
Clondrohid (Irish: Cluain Droichead) is a small village in County Cork, Ireland, four miles (6 km) north of Macroom. Population is estimated as 900 people living in the parish. The name of the village means 'the meadow of the bridges'. The name comes from the milling chaff blowing across the bridge onto the meadow across.
Local amenities include Clondrohid National School and community hall and a number of shops, pubs and services. A childcare facility is next to the GAA pitch which is also a preschool and an afterschool, which takes care of babies and children up to 12 years old. The village is home to Clondrohid GAA club. It has both hurling and football teams; both compete in the Muskerry division.
The area also has a castle in one of the townlands, Carraigaphooca. It is in a derelict state at present, but it is the hope of some locals that it should be reformed to its previous glory.
Much of the western side of the village is a part of the Irish speaking area, Gaeltacht. Many of the pupils of the national school go to the second level school in Ballyvourney to further their education through the medium of Irish. The others go to the De La Salle, St. Marys and McEgan College in Macroom.
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