Millstreet Carnival Fancy Dress Parade Autumn 1951

We thank Annabelle O’Sullivan, Jerry O’Regan and Hannelie O’Connor for arranging to share this truly superb image of Millstreet Carnival Fancy Dress Parade in the Autumn of 1951 (the year I was born!).   Most likely the picture was taken by Frank Reen (Snr.) outside his Pharmacy looking across the road to the O’Regan Family home and capturing two young participants in the Parade.   Members of the O’Regan Family, the Reen Family and the Justice Family are seen in the background of the image.   Feel most welcome to share on our Comment platform the names of any further people you may recognise in this wonderfully historic photograph 0f 69 years ago.   Tap on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Focus on Los Zarcos Football Club

There is an article on Los Zarcos FC & its history in the Cork City FC Programme for Tuesday Night’s game against Longford Town, which took place on 11th August 2020 at 19.45 in Turners Cross, Cork.
We thank Ronan Galvin for this most interesting feature regarding Los Zarcos FC and its famous Soccer Team. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Millstreet Pitch & Putt Club

Millstreet Pitch & Putt Club
The next competition will be a “Foursomes Matchplay.”
Foursomes is a team competition format in which a side is made up of two players, and those two players take every second shot hitting the same golf ball.
Please send entries to 086 8510423 before 6 pm on Sunday 16 August to be included in the seeded draw.

We thank Pat Breen for this notice.

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features New Mural – from 9.30 to 11.00 pm on CMS!

Tonight…on this Tuesday, 11th August 2020… on “Radio Treasures” broadcast on Cork Music Station9:30 to 11:00pm we feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music as well as a variety of interesting musings.  

Our 10pm Interview is with Cormac Shiel and Denis O’Reardon – Artists Supreme from Macroom – who are presently working on a splendid new Mural at Main Street, Millstreet.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Noreen from Boherbue wearing a superbly colourful mask this Tuesday, 11th Aug. 2020.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features New Mural – from 9.30 to 11.00 pm on CMS!”



Millstreet Lotto Committee are thrilled to announce that the weekly local lotto is back in action. The first draw on Sunday night next, 16th August, is for all tickets that were sold for March 15th but due to the lockdown, that draw had to be cancelled. All ticket sellers who still have tickets for March 15th are asked to drop them to the Wallis Arms on Sunday night at 9.30pm as usual. There are tickets still available in some shops and with sellers to purchase for this draw if required.

Tickets for draw date 23rd August will be distributed to all sellers and outlets in due course.

Jackpot stands at €8,200 with numerous consolation prizes if the correct combination is not chosen.


First draw on Sunday 16th August is for all tickets that were sold for 15th March but could not take place due to the lockdown. Some tickets still available to purchase for this draw.






Eily’s Report – 11th August

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

The Month of August is inching along and we are still wondering what has hit us. It’s a good job that we didn’t hear about it beforehand, we’d say that we could never cope with a global virus but we are showing that we can and le cúnamh Dé we will. I’m just back from a few days break and it was wonderful. One of the days saw me at the lovely seaside in Garryvoe which is only about a thirty minute drive from Cork City. The weather was delightful and having a lively little four year old with us we joined with a friend who has a house down there and who also had a couple of youngsters of around the same age it was a joy to see them  splashing and falling in the tide while I did what I do best on such occasions, take a long walk on the beach. Looking out at the sea and the sun dancing on the waves, it was easy to forget about Covid 19. I’m always fascinated by the colours of the stones on  beaches. All different sizes, different colours, all rounded and smooth. And as I make my way along, I have to pinch myself now and then to bring  myself back as it were to the real world and take in the sights instead of going along with my head down looking at the ground the whole time. Needless to say I never leave the beach without a few special stones, well, the ones that I thought special anyway. Every beach seems to have it’s own variety of coloured pebbles, some green, others blueish but the ones at Garryvoe were different to any I’ve ever seen. They looked pinkish with blood red veins running through them. So I couldn’t stop myself from bringing a couple away with me. Oh dear, already I can hear people saying that’s against the law, you’re not supposed to do that. So I stand accused, but if that’s my greatest sin, then we’ll leave it to God. There is a story in every little pebble on the beach. All so roundy and polished. You can’t help wondering ,what was it like to begin with. It never started out like this, did it break off of a mighty rock during the Ice Age in the other side of the world and was it kicked, tossed and grounded among the rest of the stones of the world until it was washed up on Garyvoe beach and retire there till the end of time. Not unlike the story of our own lives really.  No wonder I love the beach, it seems to talk to me ,and pose questions for me to ponder on.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 11th August”

John Kelleher, Aubane

The death has occurred of John Kelleher, Aubane, Millstreet, Cork. John passed away suddenly at home. Beloved husband of Kathleen and loving father of Margaret, Billy, Karen, Donal, Denis, John, Declan and Brian. Devoted grandad of Megan, Aaron, Ciara, Lauren, Adam, Connor, Noah, Henry and Libby. John will be sadly missed by his family, son-in-law Richard, daughters-in-law Ann and Carol, partners Rosie, Declan and Lisa, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. [rip]

Due to HSE guidelines regarding funeral gatherings, John’s funeral Mass will take place privately for his immediate family and friends at 12 noon on Thursday 13th August in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.  Those who would like to express condolences with the family are invited to do so on the RIP Condolences Page.


Noreen McDermott (née Cronin), Wexford & Millstreet

The death has occurred of Noreen McDermott (née Cronin), Kyle, Crossabeg, Wexford / Millstreet, Cork. Beloved wife of Kevin, loving mother of James and Ronan, sister of Kitty, Sean and PJ. Sadly missed by her loving husband, sons, sister, brothers, daughter-in-law Jessica, sister-in-law Phil, godchildren Suzanne and Denis, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and good friends. May She Rest In Peace. [rip]

Due to Government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place on Thursday. Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, please leave a personal message in the RIP Conlolences Page.

Monica Shanahan (née Geoghegan), Cullen, Charleville & Ennis

The death has occurred of Monica Shanahan (née Geoghegan), Coalpits, Cullen, Cork / Charleville, Cork / Ennis, Clare. Peacefully, at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and John Moynihan. Wife of the late Patsy, sister of the late Sr Ambrose, Matt, Ollie and Thomas. Deeply regretted by her daughters Eileen (Hughes), Anne-Marie (Keane), Patricia (Moynihan), son Jimmy, sisters Kathleen, Phil, Anne, Clair, Ita and Martina, brothers Pat, Tony, John and Cyril, sons-in-law Paddy, John and Stanley, grandchildren Séan, Laura, Monica, Seamus, Sinead, Deirdre, Patrick, Michael, Mary-Anne, Maggie, Anna and Humphrey, great-granddaughter Áine, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. [rip]

Monica’s funeral cortège will travel from her daughter’s residence to The Church of the Nativity, Cullen, Co Cork on Tuesday morning for a private funeral mass at 11:30am in line with HSE guidelines. For those wishing to watch the funeral Mass, they can do so on Burial after the Mass at St Ita’s Graveyard, Killeedy, Ashford, Co Limerick. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

“Lunchtime Favourites” After Mass on CMS Sunday 9th August 2020 Until 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 9th August 2020) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast directly after our transmission of the celebration of 11:30 am Mass from 12:10pm until 13:30pm.   Just email your requests anytime to millstreetmuseum or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Our focus this Sunday will include the wonderfully uplifting songs and tunes hugely popular in the era of Carnivals in Millstreet in the 1950s and 1960s.  Sure to evoke some great memories!   Further gems in song we also share.  We hear about the recent First Wedding in Millstreet since February.   We share an inspiring brief feature on Time  …. Also a song about the COVID Mask (thanks to Jim Wickham).  We listen to the wonderfully talented Cullen Musicians playing at “Lúibín a’ Rince” And celebrating Stefan Healy’s acceptance into the prestigious RADA in London we hear a splendid song entitled “Pick a Simple Song” from the hugely successful West End Musical “Half a Sixpence”.  This and much more!   Happy Listening!  Tap on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

Can anyone identify this beautiful bird which Noel C. Duggan, a Visitor from Longford and I met in St. Patrick’s Cemetery (beside the Church)? The bird was so very friendly and we all agreed that it directed us to the grave which was being sought by the Longford Visitor. UPDATE: Poet Supreme Francis Duggan got in touch with us from Australia this Sunday morning to indicate the the Bird is a JUVENILE EUROPEAN ROBIN (3 to 4 months old). Thanks a million Francis.
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.
Wedding of Christina Twomey and Danny Fox on 1st August in Millstreet – First Wedding since February 2020.
Tommy Tucker, Ballydaly & Tommy Tucker, Dooneen – Cousins pictured during a walk in Millstreet Town Park.
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.
Breeda O’Leary and Kathleen Kelleher in Millstreet Town Park where their pet dogs “had a conversation!”
Can anyone identify this beautiful bird which Noel C. Duggan, a Visitor from Longford and I met in St. Patrick’s Cemetery (beside the Church)? The bird was so very friendly and we all agreed that it directed us to the grave which was being sought by the Longford Visitor!
Participants working on the creation of a Model Global Village at Millstreet Men’s Shed.
Wonderfully talented Musicians from Cullen sharing a musical treat at Lúibín a’ Rince on the approach road to Cullen.

[read more …] ““Lunchtime Favourites” After Mass on CMS Sunday 9th August 2020 Until 1.30pm”

Feis Laitiarain Cullen

Feis Laitiarain Cullen recently held a local commemoration for Feis Laitiarain on St Laitiarain’s Day 25-Jul-2020. The history of the Feis was presented along with folklore associated with St. Laitiarain. There was a tribute to Diarmuid O’Cadhla (Der Kiely)  RIP and his grandfather Sean O’Cadhla who set up the first Feis plus stories, pipes, music and songs.   The first Feis was held in Cullen 122 years ago, in 1898 and has been kept alive ever since. The Feis was particularly challenged during the troubles of 1918 when planes flew low to the ground overhead to try to disrupt the Feis, but the Feis goers held strong and continued with the Feis.

Local musicians, world class piper, singers and story tellers performing here carry the music nationwide and beyond with outstanding comments from people from here to New Zealand on social media outlets during the Covid-19 lockdown.   They represent the local Comhaltas, Pipe Band and Scór GAA branches and have achieved several County, Provincial, All Ireland and World titles.

Millstreet Parish Newsletter Sunday 9th August 2020

EIGHteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9TH aUGUST, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
Email:  millstreet
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 and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time:  

RECENT DEATHS: Niall Buckley, Keale;  Niamh McSweeney, Flintfield & Killarney. 

Mass Intentions this Weekend

Saturday 8th August:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m. Hannah & Charles Barry, Murphy’s Terrace

Sunday 9th August: 

Ballydaly   9.00 a.m. The deceased members of the McCarthy families, Coolinarne & Boherbue    

Cullen      10.15 a.m.             Helena Herlihy, Knockane  

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   John, Anthony, Hannah & Con Dennehy,

Murphy’s Terrace.       

Anniversaries:       Kate O’Driscoll, The Square; Rita Hickey, West End; Mary Todd, Canon O’Donovan Centre; Willie C & Babe Han O’Riordan, Mill Lane; J. D. Murphy, Inchileagh;  Hugh Kelleher, Killowen; Mary & Michael Buckley, Aubane; Noel & Nelius McSweeney, Cloghoulamore;  Fr. Dermot Nash; Moira Dineen, Cahirbarnagh; Eileen & Frank Ryan, Cork; Joan McSweeney, Rathduane & Killarney;  Dan & Julia O’Donoghue, Ballineen; Maurice & Mary O’Donoghue, Coventry & Cahirbarnagh; Monica O’Connor, Scartaglen; Dan & Julia Twomey, Kilcorney. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter Sunday 9th August 2020”

Cullen & Ballydaly Community Groups

Cullen & Ballydaly Community Groups

“Helping Out”

Sunday August 9th     Time 11am – 1pm

Drop off Points: Cullen Community Centre and Ballydaly Community Hall

Accepting home baking on the day 



Not a baker …..NO PROBLEM… Perishable goods are greatly accepted and Cash Donations are more than welcome. No donation too small.

Please contact the following if you have any further questions

Der O’Connor                  086 3831959    Niall O’Brien  087 2657836

Diarmuid O’Connell     086 3515064     Tom McCarthy 087 9640582

Derry Morley 087 7423366


Gravy Granuels, Tinned Rice, Salt/Pepper, Cooking Oil, Cereals, Dried Pasta, Hand Wash, Peas/Beans, Tea/Coffee, Tinned Fruit, Biscuits, Fruit/Veg, Toilet Rolls, Bleach, Soup, Jelly. Sugar, Cakes, Juices.

Please ensure perishable goods are in date

“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 – 9th August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

There’s a long road to travel this week, as John Greene invites you to join him for ‘Where the road takes me’, as we take in Crookstown, Farnanes, Ballydesmond and Churchtown.

We conclude our look at the life of legendary horse trainer Vincent O’Brien in Churchtown.

Rosaleen Tonson-Rye looks at her early years in Ryecourt, as Hubie Hurley from Shandangan recalls some ‘horsey’ stories from the estate.   And……..

                        Saturday August 8th next  is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Johnny O’Mahony of Ballydesmond, who died on January 2015.

A regular contributor to the programme, we look back on some of the stories from a man who at 95 years of age, was able to boast of a Degree in 3rd Level Education and a diploma in Social Studies.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

Wonderfully Talented Local Musicians on TG4 Tonight at 9.30

We thank Bridget Buckley for the following much appreciated alert to a very important TG4 Broadcast over the next few days.  (S.R.)

“Over the 4 nights 6-9 August, Fleadh2020, will capture the essence of this annual event on TG 4.
They recorded it in Mullingar three weeks ago & the Crossfields Band which includes local Musicians Darragh Twomey, Marie O’Neill, Diarmuid Cronin, Leah Murphy & Anna Buckley are on tonight Thurs., 6th Aug. 2020 9.30pm so might be a bit of craic to watch!”

Diarmuid Cronin of Laught, Rathcoole – One of the many wonderfully talented local Musicians to appear in the upcoming Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann transmissions this week on TG4.

Meals on Wheels

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>

Online Fundraising for Museum & Website Concludes

Our week long fundraising project in aid of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website has now come to a close. We are, however, not yet deleting the campaign until the total fund is transferred to our Museum Bank Account. At that point the online project finally concludes. The absolutely amazing response received through the GoFund Me project has been totally phenomenal. The final amount donated plus the contributions received by post and by hand will be published within the next few days……Renewed heartfelt thanks to All – Seán Radley

Niall Buckley, Drominarigle, Newmarket and Millstreet

The death has occurred of Niall Buckley
Drominarigle, Newmarket, Co.Cork / Millstreet, Co. Cork

Niall Buckley BDS NUI, Drominarigle, Newmarket / Keale Bridge, Millstreet,  Co. Cork. It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the death of Niall Buckley, who passed away, suddenly, at his home, on Monday morning. Sadly missed by his adored partner Jillian and her son Danny, his broken-hearted parents Donagh and Maureen, brothers Donagh and Ian, sister Elaine, sister in law Juliette, brother in law Derek, nieces, nephews, Jillian’s family, loyal and valued colleague Helen, grand-aunt, aunts, uncles, cousins and a large circle of friends and neighbours.

Funeral arrangements later. You are welcome to leave a message of condolence for the family here.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Derrinagree at 1pm and burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Due to Government and HSE guidelines the Funeral Mass will be for family and friends only.

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features True Gems – from 9.30 to 11.00 pm on CMS!

Tonight…on this Tuesday, 4th August 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 as well as a variety of interesting musings.  

Eily’s Report – 4th August

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

The Holiday Season is in full swing and not a trace of a plane in the sky. You can’t help wondering what is happening instead of the criss-cross lines up in the blue carrying thousands of people from one crowded airport to the other right across the world. Where did it all go and what have we got instead?  You’d think the world would grind to a halt if the likes happened but it hasn’t.  No it hasn’t because T.G. people refuse to be downed. In spite of all the knocks they find the grit to keep going the strong helping the weak  and everybody learning from the next.  Every day we read of people making determined efforts to get back up again, carry the day and survive.  That is why it is so important that we support home industry, shop at home, bring your support to those who will stand us in good stead for the future. It is truly amazing what a town like Millstreet has to offer.  Last week alone I got my Laptop serviced and my car smartened up without ever leaving the area and at very reasonable rates. There is a host of other services in the  area, all depending on our support. It’s great to see so many places being done up and painted and so many businesses getting back to work. Everything  forward-looking and no sign of giving up.  Long may the trend  continue.

What can we say about the response to Sean Radley’s Go-Fund-Me plea for the Museum. Needless to say like everybody else,I’m overjoyed but sad at the same time. Sad because it took so long for the museum complex at the Carnegie Hall to get it’s true recognition. Our museum and website are the heart and soul of what we are.  It’s our link with the entire world. It deserves a lot more space to allow it to reach it’s full potential and sadly when the Carnegie Hall  was being refurbished some years ago what used to be a two roomed facility  for the museum etc.was reduced to one, forcing massive amounts of its artifacts to be boxed and put into storage at Sean Radley’s  own expense. Since then he has literally worked miracles  in  limited space  to make today’s wonderful service a reality and talk of good coming out of bad. It took the worldwide Corona Virus plague to wake us up to this great need  on our own doorstep. One of Sean’s dreams was to put a book on every shelf and he did when he gave Picture Millstreet to us and to the world, I know he has big ambitions for our museum and website, we help him to achieve it. Shame on us if we don’t.  Sean’s work is so very important. When we see the value that is placed in images of the past  such as of late with the Centenary of the Fight for Freedom 1900/1920s. The way old photos were tracked down and treasured  his store of pictures must run into hundreds of thousands and all are kept in pristine condition and dated and named for generations to come to enjoy and by which family records can be traced. But his pictures are only one aspect of what he has in store for the future. Long may our dear Sean continue to do what Sean loves best. To enhance his community ,in so many ways. Thank God for HIM.                       And Thank You Sean.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 4th August”

Final Day of Phenomenal GoFundMe Project for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website

As we reach our final day (Tuesday, 4th Aug. 2020) of the GoFundMe fundraising project in aid of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website we are so totally amazed at the superb generosity of so many wonderfully kind Supporters locally, nationally and internationally.  Presently with fees deducted our total in the GoFundMe Project is €4879.59.  The phenomenal response far exceeds our expectations and will truly afford us the opportunity to maintain and, above all, to further develop our services. In addition to our GoFundMe campaign further generous Supporters have sent donations by post and also delivered by hand. We shall share on our website the final amount donated on this coming Thursday. While we have sent a personal thank you message to all our GoFundMe Contributors we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has so very kindly responded to this annual appeal for the Museum and Website. Sincerely – Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website Team Member. [read more …] “Final Day of Phenomenal GoFundMe Project for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website”