Millstreet

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Millstreet
Sráid an Mhuilinn
Town
McCarthy's Bar
McCarthy's Bar
Millstreet is located in Ireland
Millstreet
Millstreet
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°03′37″N 9°03′51″W / 52.0604°N 9.06415°W / 52.0604; -9.06415Coordinates: 52°03′37″N 9°03′51″W / 52.0604°N 9.06415°W / 52.0604; -9.06415
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC+1)
Website www.millstreet.ie

Millstreet (Irish: Sráid an Mhuilinn) is a town in north County Cork, Ireland with a population of approximately 1,500. The town is most famous for hosting Eurovision Song Contest 1993.

Millstreet is within the Civil Parish of Drishane, and within a Poor Law Union also called Millstreet. The Millstreet Union encompasses the civil parishes of both Drishane and Kilcorney.

Geography[edit]

The town is located at the foot of Clara Mountain.

The townlands within Millstreet Poor Law Union were part of the barony of West Muskerry. Note that Aubane is a neighborhood of Millstreet Poor Law Union within the townlands of Tooreenbane and Tullig, and is outside of the town proper.

Culture[edit]

Despite its small population, Millstreet has hosted many major events. One of the largest equestrian centres in Ireland is located in Millstreet, named the Green Glens Arena. A part of the centre is a facility for shows and exhibitions.

It hosted Eurovision Song Contest 1993, which was won by Ireland's Niamh Kavanagh. Steve Collins twice successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight boxing championship in Millstreet, against Chris Eubank in 1995, and against Neville Brown in 1996.[1] In July 2006, Millstreet hosted the 29th European Juggling Convention. Over 2,000 jugglers from 40 different countries attended the week-long event. It will host the European Juggling Convention for a second time in July 2014. In December 2007 it hosted the John Deere show, in which Deere & Company unveiled new agricultural machinery. It also hosted the Farm Machinery Show in January 2008 and 2009. Several artists have performed there, such as The Prodigy, James Blunt and Westlife.

The town's Catholic church is dedicated to St. Patrick.

Since October 1985, the town has been twinned with Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Brittany, France.

Transport[edit]

The town is situated on the MallowKillarneyTralee line of the Irish railway network. Millstreet railway station opened on 16 April 1853 and closed for goods traffic on 6 September 1976,[2] though it remains open for passenger train services.

Demographics[edit]

Millstreet has the highest percentage (14%) of Polish people of any settlement in Ireland, according to the 2006 Census.[3]

People[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boxrec - Steve Collins
  2. ^ "Millstreet station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  3. ^ Melia, Paul (22 October 2007). "Immigrant population doubles to 420,000". Irish Independent.