On this day January 6th, 1919 – A day after 3rd West Cork Brigade was formed, the 2nd North Cork Brigade IRA was born. Liam Lynch was appointed Brigade Commandant. The brigade’s 7 battalions were: Fermoy 1st; Mallow 2nd; Castletownroche 3rd; Charville 4th; Newmarket 5th; Kanturk 6th; & Millstreet 7th.
The Companies in the Millstreet 7th battalion were:- Millstreet, Rathduane, Cullen, Drishane, Dooneen, Rathcoole, Derrynagree, Kilcorney, Mushera.
The usual training went on at this time and there was occasionally a little target practice with .22 rifle when the ammunition could be procured. About this time, the various companies in the battalion occasionally assembled on Sunday evenings for combined exercises – moving across country in extended order, scouting. Units were often called out at night and sent on cross country exercises. 
The officers of the battalion were:- O/C – Con J Meaney
Vice O/C – Denis O’Brien;
Q/M – Denis Galvin;
The officers of the new brigade were:
O/C – Liam Lynch (Fermoy);
Vice O/C – Dan Hegarty, Mallow;
Adjuant – Tom Barry, Glanworth;
Q/M – George Power, Fermoy
* THE ‘BOYS’OF THE MILLSTREET BATTALION AREA – Some personal accounts of the Irish War of Independence – by the Aubane Historical Society