Regional Report 1257 – 10th March 2015

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                                  Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to News report 1257 from Millstreet.    Fondest greeting dear friends and I wish you all the very best on this lovely bright and crisp Tuesday morning.

Our Community Council Awards Social was a glittering event at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday night last and the house was full.

Following a wonderful meal which was enjoyed by all,  Noel Buckley took the stand and  gave an interesting speech about all the great things that Millstreet has to offerand about our wonderful achievements in the past and the encouraging future that lies ahead.

There were eleven worthy recipients, for awards, each one or group lauded for their great work in making Millstreet a better place. Then there was music and dancing and merry making until late.

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On this day 1921: Dromagh Castle was burned down

Dromagh Castle in sunshine

On the night of March 9th 1921, Millstreet IRA Battalion Column were involved in the burning and destruction of the 16th century Dromagh Castle, which was being prepared for occupation by Auxiliaries.

The castle was previously the seat of the O’Keeffe Clan who ruled the area.

Read about more of the activities at the time.

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Genealogy: Cornelius Casey

MY great-grand father, Cornelius Casey was born in Ireland about 1842.  My problem is I do not know where in Ireland he was born so I have hit a brick wall. I did hear Bantry but that could be where he left from.  He staked a mining claim in New Zealand in 1868. I have not been able to find him arriving in New Zealand but think it would have been shortly before he staked his claim as I think that maybe why he went to New Zealand was for the mining.  He married Ellen Keohane in 1872 in NZ.  She was baptised in the Parish of Caheragh, Co. Cork in 1845 the daughter of James and Catherine Keohane (McCarthy).  I do know that he returned to Ireland from NZ in May 1908 and returned to NZ in November 1908.  I have researched every avenue in NZ and cannot find anything that gives me a clue.  I was looking at an Irish genealogy site and came across a Cornelius Casey name from Millstreet and for some reason I could not get this connection out of my mind.  So was wondering if there are any Casey families in Millstreet that are researching the name and maybe able to make a connection with me.  Or anyone that can help me.  I would be most grateful.
Thank you, Marie Casey <email>