Drishanebeg Train Ambush….Feb. 11th 1921…Supporting the Commemoration

Drishanebeg Train Ambush….Feb. 11th 1921 

In anticipation of the quickly approaching centenary commemoration of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush of Feb. 11th 1921, members of the Committee, including Tom Meaney, recently visited and surveyed the Ambush site which is located at a railway cutting 400 metres west of the Railway Bridge on the Millstreet to Mallow road just 2 miles from the town. For many of the Committee, it was the first time they looked down the steep slopes to the railway tracks where the ambush had occurred and where local volunteers of the Millstreet Battalion and Flying Column successfully stopped a train containing British Troops, forcing their surrender and relieving them of their arms, ammunition and equipment before allowing it to continue to Killarney.

This successful and morale boosting encounter with the soldiers of the British Empire led the way in what was a very successful few months for the Irish Volunteers in Cork.

Just three weeks later the Clonbanin Ambush took place near Derinagree and in mid-June one of the largest ambushes of the entire conflict took place at Rathcoole. The rifles and ammunition captured at Drishanebeg were crucial to the success at both Clonbanin and Rathcoole.  These events all occurred within a few miles of each other and together were a significant contributory factor to the Truce which emerged between the Irish Volunteers and the British Government on July 11th 1921.

So you might wonder why should events from a war fought 100 years ago, be commemorated?  

One of the reasons we might like to commemorate historical events such as this is because the ordinary men and women involved in the War of Independence displayed extraordinary bravery, fearlessness and courage.  They were farmers, schoolteachers, students, shopkeepers and labourers who believed that the injustice of British occupation of an Irish people was wrong and they were prepared to put their lives on the line for the cause of Irish freedom.

Like Pádraig Pearse in the GPO in 1916, they must have doubted their ability to win this conflict against the might and resources of the British Empire. This doubt, however, did not prevent them from trying, succeeding and finally establishing the Irish Nation that we enjoy today.

It is interesting to note that the Irish success inspired Nationalists across the globe from India and Malaya to Palestine and many African nations.   

The inspirational courage of our forefathers and the immensity of their achievement is worth remembering and should be cherished.  On February 11th 2021, the centenary anniversary, we have the ideal time and opportunity to remember their struggle and reflect on the nation we have become.  

One hundred years after the event the Commemoration Committee now plan to commemorate the Drishanebeg Ambush,

  • Firstly by erecting an INFORMATION BOARD at the Railway bridge near the ambush site which will provide a synopsis of the key events and personnel,
  • Secondly, by COMPILING A BOOK which will examine the circumstances leading up to the event, the Ambush itself in detail, the personnel involved and the events of the aftermath.

For the onerous task of researching and compiling the book on ‘The Drishanebeg Ambush’ and designing the Information Board for the centenary commemoration….Noreen Meaney, Séamus Buckley, Tim Murphy, Cathal O’Callaghan, Donough Reardon and Declan Crowley deserve great accolades and our thanks.

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Committee offer you the opportunity to support this project by making a donation towards the cost of this venture.  The Committee is a community based, non-political group of volunteers who wish to commemorate the local men and women who were involved in this event.

To facilitate contributions for this project a GoFundMe page has been set up under the name of:

The Drishanebeg Train Ambush Commemoration Project.   Please click on this highlighted link to enter GoFundMe page so as to Donate.

An Account has also been opened in Mallow/Millstreet Credit Union for this purpose.

Account Name:    The Drishanebeg Train Ambush Commemoration Project.

                 IBAN:     IE72MATN99221206224002

                   BIC:      MATNIE21XXX.

The Officers of the Committee are as follows.

President:  Mr. Tom Meaney

Chairman:   Mr. David Crowley   

Secretary:   Mrs. Elaine Crowley-Dennehy

Treasurer:    Mr. Tomás Meaney/ Noel Crowley

P.R.O:          Mr. Michael Thornton






              MILLSTREET    CO. CORK.


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The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation

Cynthia Daly and friends are asking you to support “UptheHill20, to give a push up that fundraising hill for Jack & Jill whose fundraising calendar has been severely flattened due to Covid 19.  By donating as little as €16.00, you are very kindly funding the cost of 1 hour of home nursing care for a sick child and bridging the €250,000 funding gap which the charity is currently experiencing.

Jack & Jill foundation is a national charity providing vital home nursing and end of life support to 362 children across Ireland who have complex medical and life- threatening conditions. Despite Covid- 19, the charities services marches on, as the nursing teams keep going just like the families they support.

Witnessing at first hand the vital support the charity provides in the home nursing care of her niece Olivia, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, Cynthia is climbing Cardiac Hill in an effort to say thank you and enable the charity to continue providing the service and support to many families who find themselves in a very challenging place. For these families, their Jack & Jill nurses are their backbone and life line.  The charity enables families and carers to do normal day to day things, knowing their child is in professional care.

You too can climb a hill for those that can’t, show your solidarity and ask your friends to support you.   You may donate www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cynthia-Daly, to account IE90KIR099219301063740, or by placing a donation in one of our collection boxes.


Millstreet Meals on Wheels service

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

 If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>


“Radio Treasures” 9.30 to 11.00 This Tuesday Night on CMS Introduces New Mask Cases

Tonight…on this Tuesday, 29th Sept. 2020… on “Radio Treasures” broadcast on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11:00pm we feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music… tonight we feature a selection of songs and music relating to a Tour of Ireland as well as a variety of interesting musings and words of wisdom.  Included in tonight’s programme – Our 10pm Interview relating to the superb new Mask Case Invention by Sheila Radley, Dungarvan….www.antibacterialmaskcase.com We hear the exquisite “Nightingale Serenade” with André Rieu and Orchestra and we chat about the following images :

The splendid new Mask Case about which we shall hear its inventor, Sheila Radley from Dungarvan at 10pm. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Autumn nature at Millstreet Town Park.
It’s usually the “doggie in the window”…. but at Main Street, Millstreet it’s this beautiful pet cat whose name is CRUNCHIE!
Rooks on their evening exercise at Millstreet Town Park!

A few years ago when the superb History of the Church display by Dan Duggan was launched Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. explained the significance of the images to Primary School pupils.

Magnificent promotion of “Clover Hill Food Ingredients” in this week’s “Farmers’ Journal”. We thank Seán Murphy for alerting us to this important feature.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” 9.30 to 11.00 This Tuesday Night on CMS Introduces New Mask Cases”

Eily’s Report – 29th September

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

Have you noticed how the evenings are starting to draw in a little. Not so much when it’s sunny and bright but if it’s cloudy and dull then you notice it. That spat of frost one night during the week was rather a surprise and left some of our tender blossoms looking a little less than their best.  In fact it wiped out some of my succulent bizzy lizzies.  Thankfully mydahlias escaped.  They are the late flowering kind and last year as they were all set to adorn my autumn garden, one night of frost sent them back to sleep for another whole year. The worst thing about this early frost is that it can creep up on you and for just one night only.  When the mild weather returns you are left with that  sad feeling as you gaze on  your would be  flowering  plants returning to the earth. Joy of joys my little spud in the bucket escaped.  Mind you for safety sake I had moved it nearer the hedge a few days earlier.  Lawns  are still flourishing and still have to get their regular nine day trim and the smell of a new mowed lawn never loses it’s charm. Leaves are beginning to fall, though the autumn colours haven’t come yet. The Virginian Creeper is almost at the ready to light up every wall and hedge even along the ground in so many places.   If the weather treats it right it will stay that way for ages. During the long summer months it creeps along in the background in a dull green fitting in almost unnoticed amid all it’s  neighbours as they show off their glowing colours and multi coloured foliage,  but come the autumn the Virginian Creeper takes  over as if to say it’s my turn now and gives us  days or weeks of blood red bliss.  The blanket of wild raspberry canes/briers are turning the ditches and roadsides red at the moment with their massive crop of small bright red fruit and it’s great to see the birds feasting  of them.  Most of the corn and hay is safely stored by now and as we have no commercial potato growers around here, I’m not sure if that crop is in. It was always considered a September task, so I’m sure they are all in by now.  These are the things which got priority in my young days. The winter feed for the animals and the food and firing for the people was all important . There was no other way to get the necessities of life, only to provide them yourself. They weren’t selling in the shops that time.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 29th September”

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 27th Sept. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, both presenter and guest share some common ground to begin their conversation.  Both have strong Bere Island connections. 

Arguably the GAA’s most famous general practitioner, Dr. Con Murphy joins John Greene to chat about life in the Cork hurling and football dug-out for over forty years. 

In a two part programme, former Cork goalkeeper and coach Billy Morgan, former Midleton and Cork senior hurler Kevin Hennessy, and former Meath coach Seán Boylan also contribute to the programme.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

Donal Bourke, Bolomore, Rathcoole, Co. Cork

Bourke (Bolomore, Rathcoole, Co. Cork) on September 26th 2020, peacefully, in the presence of his loving family and in the exceptional care of the staff of Teach Altra Nursing Home, Newmarket, Donal, beloved husband of the late Mary (née O’Flynn), father of the late Pat, dear father of John, Michael, Donal, Seamus, Eileen (O’Callaghan) and Frances (Guerin), adored grandfather of Tadhg, Donal, Doreen, Louise, Marie, Frances, Michelle, Donal P, Olivia, Daniel, Miriam, James, Don, Seán, Micheál and Saoirse and great-grandfather to nine great-grandchildren. Sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughters-in-law Mary, Ina Mary, Breda and Eileen, sons-in-law John and Brendan, relatives and neighbours.

Reposing at McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Banteer on Sunday from 2:30pm to 5:00pm. In accordance with HSE guidelines Donal’s Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 12 noon in St John’s Church, Dromagh for family and friends. Mass will be live streamed on www.liveconnect.ie. Burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Kanturk.

Funeral cortege will travel from Dromagh Church via Sandpit House, Rathcoole & Bolomore.

Messages of condolence may be left here.

Safe in the arms of Jesus

“Lunchtime Favourites” After 11.30 a.m. Mass on CMS Sunday 27th Sept. 2020 Until 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 27th Sept. 2020) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast directly after our transmission of the celebration of 11:30 am Mass from 12:10pm until 13:30.   Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074

Millstreet Church Virtual Choir will begin this Sunday singing the entrance and recessional hymns while Deirdre Tracey will play two organ tunes during the celebration of Mass.

A new dimension to our weekly “Lunchtime Favourites” Show is being introduced this Sunday.   It all emerges from a suggestion we received from Millstreet Active Retirement Association:  It is very creatively suggested that we introduce the new idea in the following manner:  “A very special welcome today to all our Friends in Millstreet Active Retirement Association who because of the present Covid restrictions in place cannot resume the weekly dancing and yoga in the chair classes we all enjoyed so much.
So, my dear friends, like Din Joe in The Good Old Days, I invite you all to Take The Floor and dance, march and exercise to your heart’s content over the next hour of our weekly “Lunchtime Favourites”.
Let’s start the ball rolling with a selection of lively marches. Here we go….”  And I can promise you a wide variety of wonderfully rhythmic tunes – where one will wish to dance, waltz and relax.

We shall be chatting about the images below and referring to an upcoming interview with Stefan Healy and also the creative and very useful invention recently launched in Dungarvan.   And of course we shall be playing the very best of songs and musical selections for our global audience.   This week we also continue our focus on songs from around Ireland on our “Grand World Musical Tour of Ireland”  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet from where we broadcast Sunday Mass live at 11.30am.
Liam Flynn using the Fogger to sanitise the closed Church following Mass. We shall upload a full feature later on this very impressive procedure.
The Millstreet Studio of Cork Music Station from where we broadcast our weekly Sunday Mass and “Lunchtime Favourites” Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The wonderful newspaper promotion regarding our weekly broadcast shared in the “Corkman” by Correspondent and Photographer supreme – John Tarrant….Our programme now extended to 1.30pm from the original 1.15pm.

[read more …] ““Lunchtime Favourites” After 11.30 a.m. Mass on CMS Sunday 27th Sept. 2020 Until 1.30pm”

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – Sunday 27th Sept. 2020

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27th Sept., 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie    www.dioceseofkerry.ie
10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 26th September:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m. The deceased members of the O’Connor Family, Kippagh

Sunday 27th September:

Ballydaly   9.00 a.m.   Donagh O’Leary, Ballydaly

Cullen      10.15 a.m.     Dolly, Patie & Denis McSweeney, Meenskehy;

Annie Murphy, Mologhroe & her sister Mary (recently deceased)

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Mick, Bill & the deceased members of the

Kelleher Family, Killowen;  Kitty O’Donoghue, Macroom

 Anniversaries:      Margaret O’Shea, Killowen; Tadhg O’Driscoll, The Square; Tom Murphy, Main Street; Mary Dineen, Knocknapogue; Hannah Mary O’Sullivan, Derragh; Mary O’Keeffe, Glountane & Boherbue; Catherine Dineen, Carrigaline; Mary Collins, Fedamore; Helen O’Shea-Rampellberg, Murphy’s Terrace & Belgium; Tim Dennehy, Knockraha; Denis & Nora O’Sullivan, Inches. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – Sunday 27th Sept. 2020”

Acknowledgement and First Anniversary

Donagh O’Leary



Acknowledgement & First Anniversary

28th September 2019


As we lovingly remember Donagh on his first anniversary, we his family Mary, Denis, Jonathan, Noríde, Siobhán, Réiltín and Seán wish to express our sincere thanks to all who supported and sympathised with us on our very sad loss.

Thanks to all who attended the funeral, Mass and burial as well as to all who sent mass cards, letters of sympathy and floral tributes.

Our sincere thanks to Canon John Fitzgerald, Fr Seán Tucker, Fr Tom Leane and Fr Kieran O’Driscoll CUH who officiated at Donagh’s Funeral Mass.

To the kind neighbours, friends and relatives who brought food to the house.

Thanks to Millstreet, Ballinhassig and Bandon Gardaí.

[read more …] “Acknowledgement and First Anniversary”

Judy Cronin’s Month’s Mind Mass on CMS Friday Night

The celebration of the Month’s Mind Mass for the late Judy Cronin of Church Street, Millstreet at St. Patrick’s Church will be broadcast on Cork Music Station on this Friday (25th Sept. 2020) at 7.30pm.   It will be preceded by a special programme beginning at 7pm of Judy’s favourite songs and music.  (S.R.) 

St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet from where we shall broadcast Judy’s Month’s Mind Mass at 7.30pm.

Liscahane Grotto Original Drawing Plan Presented to Museum

We thank Mary Fahy of Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet for a wonderful selection of historic items which she has very kindly presented to Millstreet Museum.  Included are many historic receipts, documentation relating to the CYMS Millstreet Branch plus the original drawing plan for the Liscahane Grotto which was officially blessed and opened in the late 1950s.   It was Mary’s father – the late Jackie Forde of Church Street, Millstreet who created the plan for the Grotto.   Jackie was gifted as a superb Craftsman and completed many beautifully designed inlaid tabletops which would be quite similar to the Religious Bookstand which has also been donated to Millstreet Museum.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Cornelius Forde completing a magnificent painting of the very same beautiful Grotto at Liscahane in recent years.

Seán Murphy on C103 Regarding the Reopening of “The Pub”

Seán Murphy of The Pub in Carriganima was interviewed by Patricia Messinger on C103’s “Cork Today” on Tuesday morning (22nd Sept. 2020) before 11am in regard to the Reopening of The Pub following the COVID-19 shutdown since March 2020.   The excellent Interview may be heard hereSeán’s Interview begins 33 minutes into the Podcast….after the ad!  Seán is pictured wearing the visor in our photo below. (S.R.)

Mary Berry Enjoys a Picnic at Kerryman’s Table on BBC2

Filming for Mary Berry’s BBC2 Food Programme in Ireland appears to have taken place in the Autumn of 2019.   She arrived in style on a fairly wet day at Mushera and enjoyed a delicious picnic while sitting on the famous Kerryman’s Table.   Here we share some of the images from tonight’s showing of the excellent programme on BBC2 (23rd Sept. 2020).   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Mary Berry Enjoys a Picnic at Kerryman’s Table on BBC2”

Kerryman’s Table on the Butter Road on BBC2 Television Tonight at 8

We thank Geraldine Houlihan of Duarigle and Denis Kelleher of Aubane for alerting us to the upcoming programme on BBC2 television tonight (23rd Sept. 2020) at 8pm when renowned “Bake Off” Judge, Mary Berry visited the Kerryman’s Table at Mushera for one of her very popular programmes.  (S.R.)

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it.

All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre and we operate the service five days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Monday -Friday for just €6 a day for the main meal and €2 for dessert.

 A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

 If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>


“Radio Treasures” 9.30 to 11.00 This Tuesday Night on CMS

Tonight…on this Tuesday, 22nd Sept. 2020… on “Radio Treasures” broadcast on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11:00pm we feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music… tonight we feature a selection of songs and music relating to a Tour of Ireland as well as a variety of interesting musings and words of wisdom.  Included in tonight’s programme:

  1.  Our 10pm Interview is in Rossbeigh.
  2. We also visit the First Night of “The Pub” reopening at Carriganima.
  3. We chat about all the images below: “Radio Treasures” 9.30 to 11.00 This Tuesday Night on CMS

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” 9.30 to 11.00 This Tuesday Night on CMS”

Millstreet Community Singers at Tubrid Holy Well

To celebrate the recent Culture Night 2020 – the very talented Millstreet Community Singers presented a superb performance of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” in the exquisite setting of Tubrid Holy Well.   Special thanks to Coordinator Marie Twomey, James O’Sullivan whose very kind assistance providing power at Tubrid was greatly appreciated and I was privileged to record the wonderful occasion on a recent day blessed with glorious weather.  Enjoy the brief recording which was marvellously edited by the CETB Team.  We shall be referring to this and the overall Culture Night on “Radio Treasures” tonight (22nd Sept. 2020) on Cork Music Station. (S.R.)

Family of Niall Buckley Expresses Sincere Thanks

Niall Buckley BDSNUI

We would like to thank the Dromtariffe, Millstreet and Cullen communities for rallying around us for the last few weeks. 
On Monday morning 3rd August, people streamed into our house and stayed with us for those 4 difficult days. Preparing our house, bringing food and drink, setting up tables and chairs, directing traffic and most importantly of all, sitting for a chat.
We are blown away by the kindness of everyone. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community. From Dromtariffe Hall to Rathcoole Rovers and Dromtariffe GAA who walked with us as we left Derrinagree Church on Niall’s final Journey. The road was lined from Derrinagree to Millstreet with our wonderful neighbours, friends and relatives, who carried us through that heart-breaking journey. We would like to thank every one of you for taking part in that lovely tribute. We really appreciate all your hard work, thoughtfulness and kindness.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, but sent flowers, a Mass card or lovely letter, your kind words mean so much.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Jillian and The Buckley Family.

Eily’s Report – 22nd September

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

The Autumn sun shone bright and warm on Saturday for the First Holy Communion of 14 boys and 17 girls from the town schools. Like so many other things it was a ceremony with a difference which allowed parents only to accompany  them to the church. The little boys went first at 10 am and the little girls at 12.30. It was indeed a strange sight, so different from the large number of parents, siblings, grandparents, great grand parents and cousins who filled up the church in the rear in former years. But on returning home, to the wide open spaces, where social distancing wasn’t a problem, lots of pictures taken and they were able to enjoy a wonderful celebration, the memory of which will remain with them forever. Family photos were taken to record the great occasion and the story of their 2020 Holy Communion Day will be recalled in many the year to come, every time they look at them again. We wish them God’s Blessing for the future and say heartfelt thanks to Canon John, the teachers and all those who helped in any way to bring this very difficult situation to such meaningful and happy conclusion. Míle Buíochas

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 22nd September”