Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to News Report 1195 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this cold, dry and very seasonal Tuesday morning.
Our beautiful new Astro Turf pitch was officially opened at 1pm on Friday by Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Maura Walsh Manager of IRD Duhallow and blessed by Canon Jack Fitzgerald. In his cupla focal Mr Deenihan praised our Community Council for their great vision in providing this fine facility that will be used by all sections of our Community in the years ahead. Because of its proximity to the Boys National School it doubles as a playground for them during school terms. Maura Walsh reiterated the Ministers words and said how rewarding it was for IRD Duhallow to be involved financially with the project. They then went to see our newly refurbished Museum/Tourist Office at the Carnegie Hall and the improvements in our town Square. Before retiring to the Bush Bar for some warming refresments .
A Community Council Meeting about the Astro Turf will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel to-night starting at 9. All interested parties please attend.
[read more …] “Regional Report 1195 – 3rd December 2013”
In late 1920 Millstreet I.R.A. were considering the viability of an attack being made on British troops who frequently used rail transport while travelling through their battalion area. Various plans were made and men were put in position on a number of occasions during January 1921, but for various reasons a projected attack failed to materialise. Subsequently the column, under Commandant Jeremiah Crowley, re-examined the feasibility of the proposals.
The essential features for the success of any such attack were that the train containing the troops should be brought to a halt at a point where the column was already in a position, that an attack should be made only on an occasion when the troops travelling were armed, and where the party was neither too small to be worth while or too large to risk the failure of the operation. There was the further point that civilian passengers on the train had to be protected as far as possible from injuries. Trains travelling east or west were both potential targets. A position was selected at Drishanebeg about a mile west of Rathcoole station [a], between Millstreet and Banteer. On a few occasions the trains were allowed to pass unmolested, because the soldiers they carried were unarmed, but finally on the evening of 11 February, 1921 the attack came off.
About 6.30 p.m. when it was nearly dark the column went into position. The plan which had been made for bringing the train to a halt came into operation. One of the volunteers, whose duty it was to inspect the train and board it if it contained a suitable party of British forces, this evening saw that the party of troops travelling was such as could be dealt with by the column. He boarded the train and travelled to Rathcoole where two armed Volunteers were waiting. At his signal they boarded the engine as the train was leaving the station and on arrival at the ambush position forced the driver to halt the train. A long whistle blast was blown as a pre-arranged signal to the attacking party. A lighted bicycle-lamp placed on the track indicated the exact position at which the engine should stop.
The Column Commander called upon the military in the train to surrender but was answered by rifle shots. Fire was then opened upon the carriages containing the military party and the battle continued for about fifteen minutes. The slopes of the cutting were lit by oil torches prepared in advanced by the column and thrown down outside the target carriages at the beginning of the encounter. The fight was one-sided from the start, the attackers having the advantage of cover and darkness. When the British surrendered one had been killed and most of the others were wounded.
The column members collected fifteen rifles and a large quantity of ammunition and withdrew from the scene without suffering a single casualty. – Cork’s War of Independence
[a] “Drishanebeg about a mile west of Rathcoole station” This should probably read a mile east of Millstreet Station.
[read more …] “The Drishanebeg Train Ambush”
Millstreet Athletic Club News
Millstreet Athletic Club was represented by Emily Ring, Orla Buckley and Ian Buckley at the Munster “B” Cross Country Championships at Beaufort last Sunday.
Emily (pictured right) competed in U15 race and was delighted to finish 15th helping Cork to win Gold. Orla ran a great race and came home 30th out of a field of 80 runners in the U13 race while her brother Ian ran U11 and finished 73 out of 90. They all ran very well and we are delighted with the results after a long season.
Congratulations to Billy Cronin who won U17 race and plenty to spare and to Donal Coffey who also competed in the Masters event.
Good luck to those who are running in Clonakilty next weekend and to Donal Bourke who competes in the All-Ireland Cross Country Championships in Waterford on 15th December.