Town Park Children’s Playground Not to Reopen to Public as Yet

We thank Denis Hickey (representing Millstreet Town Park Committee) for the following statement:

“Millstreet Town Park Committee notes the announcement that as part of Phase Two of the Government Covid-19 roadmap, supervised playgrounds will be allowed to re-open from Monday 8th June.
Millstreet Town Park Committee does not operate a supervised playground.  Pending further clarification Millstreet playground will not be re-opening from Monday 8th June 2020.”

Millstreet Town Park Children’s Playground Summer 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Parish Newsletter June 7th 2020

The holy trinity – 7th June, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
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:

Anniversaries:  James Bourke, Murphy’s Terrace; Jerh Twomey, Murphy’s Terrace;  Paddy Joe Cotter, Liscahane; Ellen O’Donnell, Liscahane; Catherine Kelleher, Mill Road; Patricia Kelly, Coomlogane; Patrick O’Sullivan, Claraghatlea; Tadhg Crowley, Drishanebeg; Donal Cowman, Drishane Road; Con Linehan, Dooneen; Julia Mary Murphy, Rathduane; Phyllis O’Connor, Lisnasheershane; Kate Doody, Ploverfield; Tom and the deceased members of the Cronin Family, Knockduff; Jerome Dineen, Laharn; Sean & Helena Hegarty, Dublin; Michael Cremin, Cork & Flintfield.


SUNDAY (7th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass today is for all those buried in our Parish cemeteries: St. Mary’s, Drishane, Churchyard in Millstreet, The Cilín, Cullen Cemetery, and St. Laitiarain’s Cemetery.  [read more …] “Parish Newsletter June 7th 2020”

“Where the Road Takes Me” Features Centenarian Margaret from West Cork – C103 This Sunday at 7pm

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s Programme – 7th June 2020 – at 7 on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday June 7th

Margaret Crowley

Not everybody gets a new cooker for their birthday, and even fewer get a new cooker for their birthday, when they reach 100 years.

Born in Lehina, Lislevane near Courtmacsherry on May-day 1920, Margaret Crowley arrived in this world as one pandemic ended.  One hundred years later, she is still around to witness another one begin. 

When her mother died at the young age of forty, there were nine children to be raised.  Her father rejected all calls to have his children separated and sent to Upton and Clonakilty.  During the following years, he proved himself to be a loving, caring and very capable parent.

On this week’s edition of Where the road takes me’, Margaret tells her story to John Greene

Her son Jim joins us to wax lyrical about his amazing mother.

And we track down Fr. Tom Sexton who was by cared for as a two year old  by Margaret, after his mother died in childbirth.

[read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Features Centenarian Margaret from West Cork – C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

“Lunchtime Favourites” After Mass on CMS Sunday 7th June 12:15 to 13:15

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 7th June 2020) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast directly after the celebration of 11:30 am Mass from 12:15pm until 13:15.   Just email your requests anytime to corkmusicstation or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Our focus this Sunday will again be on 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. Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Live broadcast of “Lunchtime Favourites” from our Millstreet Studio.
Sincere thanks to Photographer/Correspondent Supreme John Tarrant for this uplifting promotion in this week’s “Corkman” of our weekly Sunday and Tuesday programmes on Cork Music Station. (S.R.)

Visit Cork Webinars

A letter from Seamus Heaney, head of Visit Cork, on how they are recommending the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, and details about free online training sessions from industry experts:

Dear Industry Partners,

We hope you are all keeping as well as can be expected in these very challenging and unprecedented times.

Over the past few months we have been working in the background with various bodies along with politicians to represent the interests of the Cork Tourism industry.

The Cork Tourism Task Force comprises of key stakeholders from the various sectors throughout Cork. It has been set up by the Visit Cork board and meets weekly to try and keep at pace with all of the updates and changes. 

The main focus of the Task Force is to assist the executives and board of Visit Cork with key recommendations to government on how best the Cork tourism sector can adapt and recover in this changed tourism environment, including:  [read more …] “Visit Cork Webinars”

Tubrid Holy Well to Reopen from 6pm This Sunday

To the great joy of so many Tubrid Holy WellCentre of Prayer and Haven of Peace – will reopen to the public from 6pm this Sunday, 7th June 2020.  We thank James O’Sullivan on whose land Tubrid is located for this uplifting update.   James emphasises that the usual COVID-19 safety measures are expected to be observed by Visitors to the Holy Well.  (S.R.)

Tubrid on an early morning in July 2009 (photo: Clement Carroll)

[read more …] “Tubrid Holy Well to Reopen from 6pm This Sunday”

Green Flag for Rathcoole N.S.

St. Brendans N.S., Rathcoole are delighted with the news this week that they have been awarded their 4th Green Flag for Sustainable Travel.

The school has been working for the past two years towards this award, but unfortunately their final event had to be cancelled when schools closed. Instead, pupils from Rathcoole got on their bikes or went on a hike over the past few weeks and headed out to photograph their picturesque “2km Zone” nestled between the foothills of Mushera and the banks of the Blackwater.
Here is the beautiful video they submitted to the Green Schools “Hidden Places” project:

The team at Green-Schools headquarters were very impressed with the application, and extend their thanks to everyone in the school.  The Green-Schools committee and the whole school community deserve a huge amount of credit for their efforts – well done on your 4th Green Flag!
Green Schools Committee

Millstreet International Horse Show/Horse Trials have been Cancelled for 2020

A statement from the Duggan Family on

It is with great regret that we confirm that Millstreet International Horse Show (Show-Jumping) and Millstreet International Horse Trials (Eventing), will not take place this year.

We have closely observed everything that has unfolded since the middle of March, when we had to make the decision not to stage the International Welcome Tour. Foremost in our minds at all times were the possible effects that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on our two main equestrian fixtures; both scheduled for August 2020.   [read more …] “Millstreet International Horse Show/Horse Trials have been Cancelled for 2020”

Babysitter Available

Sensible and reliable student from Millstreet Community School available for babysitting.  Reliable and Kind.  Plenty of experience with babysitting all ages in the past.  Previous work experience in Derinagree National School – great at helping with homework!  First Aid Certified.  References available upon request.  Contact Jennifer @ 087 9351907

Eily’s Report – 2nd June

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

Already the first day of June is gone and can the next 29 be far behind? The hardest thing is to know what day of the week you’d have. Since the fabric of our daily lives has been I suppose torn to shreds. In normal times we had certain days for certain things. Mass for Sunday and Friday for the pension. Days for meeting friends for coffee, nights for meetings. But with the way things are now all the days are the same and we miss the routine more and more as the months go on. Still it is a small price to pay for the way that we are keeping the dreaded virus from our door. The weather still is playing it’s part by turning on the lovely sun early every morning and going on late into the evenings. They always say that the best part of the day is the early morning and I thoroughly agree. The early morning dew is worth getting up to see. Even in this dry spell, the dew falls heavy and wet at night to give everything a refreshing drink before the hot day starts.  To watch the early birds, scoffing up the spoils, packing their beaks to full capacity before heading off the feed their young and coming back for more.  Already some have their young on the wing and their noisy twittering gives great life to the scene. The gardens are coming along very well, now that Jack has put his Frost on the back burner but watch out for the green fly, they are back.  Garden Centres are doing a roaring trade in spite of all the precautions and the planting is giving great enjoyment to both parents and children.   They are making great use of this quality time during this emergency to engage in some relaxing hobbies. Children are experiencing new things all the time. I know a few who put their phones etc aside the other day and headed for a local stream and at day’s end they said they had the best time ever, messing around in the cooling water. We have seen some wonderful creations and great family closeness since the lockdown. Parents and children really getting to know each other, having time to listen to each other and plan things together.  We hope it will help form  friendships and understanding that they will never lose. Many people are very grateful for the experience.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 2nd June”

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features 1979 Audio Archive on CMS

An Invitation to tune into our weekly “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station at 9.30 until 11pm this Tuesday (2nd June 2020).   Happy Listening!  (S.R.) 

  1.  Music and Songs aplenty including “Ireland in My Dreams”….And the sound of the Cuckoo recorded in Adrigole, West Cork by Geraldine Dunne.
  2.  Call outs to our Loyal Listeners worldwide.
  3. Our 10pm Feature takes us back to 1979 when Pope John Paul II arrived at Dublin’s Phoenix Park to celebrate Mass in the presence of some one million people. .  Our 1979 edited recording is from Millstreet Museum Audio Recordings.  
  4.  Time to smile!
  5.  Time to reflect – Wise Quotes.
  6.  Remembering our Faithful Departed.
  7. Carriganima Book just published…We share how Irish words are so much part of our English language in this area.
  8. Musings and Chatting about the attached images relating to Nature at its very best in Clara Road, Millstreet plus the Sept. 1979 Papal Visit to Ireland. Tap on the pictures to enlarge.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features 1979 Audio Archive on CMS”

Lest We Forget (20) – March 29th – April 10th, 1920

Continuing our series on the events of 1920 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dáil, the Irish Bulletin.


The following are the Acts of Aggression Committed in Ireland by the armed Military and Police of the Usurping English Government – as reported in the Daily Press, for the Week ending APRIL 3rd, 1920:

The sentences passed on political offenders during the above five days, totalled 9 years.

MONDAY, MARCH 29th, 1920

Raids:– Armed military forcibly entered over a score of private residences in Dublin in the early hours of the morning, searching every room and perusing the private correspondence of the occupiers. In many cases the residents were arrested. Among the houses visited were those of Mr. Laurence Ginnell, Member of Parliament for Westmeath, Mr. Philip Shanahan, Member of Parliament for the Clontarf division of Dublin City, Mr. Charles Murphy, recently elected Alderman of the Dublin Corporation, and Mr. T. J. Loughlin recently elected Councillor of the same body. At Carrick-on-Suir five houses were raided by police. At Thurles, Co. Tipperary eight houses were raided by armed police. In other parts of Ireland, Bandon, Clonakilty and Fermoy, Co. Cork, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Gort, Co. Galway, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Listowel, Co. Kerry, and at Belfast City. Over 100 private houses were similarly raided.   [read more …] “Lest We Forget (20) – March 29th – April 10th, 1920”

Commuting Times from Millstreet

Like it or not, we live on the outer fringes of the commuter belt for Cork City. We all know lots of people that head off early in the morning to work, and are home in the evenings just in time to see their children to bed. We saw a map recently (above right) which shows where people travelling long distances to work were from. As expected there is a large commuter belt around the larger cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

Expecting to see Millstreet as one of the worst affected commuter areas,  we zoomed into the Millstreet area (see the map below), and we were thankfully surprised to see that Millstreet fared much better that other areas around us.  [read more …] “Commuting Times from Millstreet”

John Joe Leader, Glenleigh

The death has occurred on Sunday 31st May 2020 of John Joe Leader, Glenleigh, Kilcorney. Peacefully, at his home, in his 97th year. Beloved husband of the late Nora (nee Kelleher), brother of the late Sr. Pauline and Bridie (Kelleher). Dear father of Tim, Catherine, Maura and Norma. Deeply regretted by his son, daughters, daughter-in-law Mary, son-in-law John, grandchildren David, Eoin, Aoife and John, brother Teddy, sister Mary (O’ Mahony) sister-in-law Margaret, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. [rip]

Due to current government guidelines, a private family funeral will take place. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

Mass Broadcast Schedule This Week on Cork Music Station

Schedule of Radio Broadcasts of Masses from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet with Celebrant Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. on Cork Music Station  This Week 

Mass on Sunday, 31st May 2020 at 11.30 am  for People of the Parish.

Our Weekday Broadcasts of Mass  

No Mass on Monday (1st June) 

Mass on Tuesday (2nd June) for Denis, John, Madge & the deceased members of the Murphy family, Lisnaboy  at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (3rd June) for Brendan Kiely, Station Road  at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (4th June) for Donal Cowman, Drishane Road at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (5th June) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

Incorporated into the celebration of Masses this week will be recent recordings of Millstreet Church Choir and the playing of the Church Organ by Deirdre Tracey.   We thank Edel, Barry and Kieran Fraser for the coordination of the recordings of Millstreet Church Choir.   Thus we shall have the virtual sounds of the Organ and the Choir at the Celebration of all Masses (S.R.).

To make contact with Cork Music Station :

Email corkmusicstation

St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet Summer 2020

Parish Newsletter – Pentecost Sunday – 31st May, 2020

Pentecost Sunday – 31st May, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

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

ANNIVERSARIES:  Kathleen & Jackie Forde, Murphy’s Terrace; Bridget (Ciss) Murphy, Tanyard; Donal O’Riordan, Tullig; Angela Pomeroy, Willowbrook & London; Katie & Paddy Kelleher, Moulnahorna & Church Street; Hugh O’Keeffe, Glountane & Boherbue; Eddie & Peg Forde, Mologhroe.



  • SUNDAY (31st) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (2nd) for Denis, John, Madge & the deceased members of the Murphy family, Lisnaboy at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (3rd) for Brendan Kiely, Station Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (4th) for Donal Cowman, Drishane Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (5th) for (Private Intention) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON NEXT SUNDAY 7th JUNE WILL BE FOR ALL THOSE BURIED IN OUR CEMETERIES IN THE PARISH: The Churchyard Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Drishane Cemetery, The Cillín Cemetery, Cullen Cemetery and St. Liathiaran’s Cemetery. 




The Parish office continues to be closed to the public until 8th June but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries. Thank you to everyone who has returned their envelopes over the past number of weeks. Your support and encouragement is always appreciated.

Tubrid Well
We ask our Lady to continue to protect our Parish and families during this pandemic.  Our Lady pray for us.


Over the coming weeks we will be preparing our Churches for the return of Masses and this will be carried out in line with the guidelines which are currently being prepared by our Bishops in accordance with Government guidelines.  Once these are received, I will be sharing them with you and asking for your continued co-operation. The return of  Mass will be very different and the safety of our parishioners will be paramount.

After long and careful consideration, I am suggesting that from 8th June the weekday Masses, which will continue to be said behind closed doors, will be multi-intentional and will be the Masses booked for March, April & May which had to be postponed due to Covid19. Each family will be contacted by our Parish office over the coming week and I trust you will give this temporary arrangement careful consideration due to the extraordinary times we are in. Masses will continue to be transmitted on our local TV and on

I ask you to please continue to adhere to the precautions in place when you visit our Churches for private prayer:

  • The safest way to visit is to “walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and touch nothing.
  • Please use hand sanitisers in each Church and remember sanitise carefully as you enter and there is no risk of you bringing in the virus on your hands.
  • Sanitise your hands as you exit and there is no risk of you bringing the virus out on your hands.
  • Practice social distancing and follow signage


Often, when we lose hope and think this is the end,
God smiles from above and says
“Relax, it’s just a bend, not the end”.


Watching this Evening’s Space Launch Live from USA

SPACEX’S CREW DRAGON LAUNCH Space Launch live this evening log on to, or watch it via youTube (below)

The scheduled launch time is 8:22pm (Irish time). If skies stay clear and all goes to plan you should be able to see the craft under the moon in the south-west about 10-15 minutes later as it enters space.

(we looked with almost clear skies but didn’t see it 🙁 )


“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Sunday 31st May on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

Inspiration from the Past  –  Programme 2

Tomi  (Tomey)  Reichental

Thirty five members of his family perished in Auschwitz.  So, how did nine year old Tomi Reichental survive almost a year at the Nazi Concentration Camp in Bergen Belsen.

Timing, and Lady Luck lent a hand, but it was mostly the watchful eyes of his courageous Mother, Aunt and Grandmother that helped him through it all.

The one memory that will never leave him, is that of the emaciated body of his Grandmother being thrown like a sack of potatoes on to a mound of corpses.

Now an Irish citizen, Tomi Reichental joins John Greene on this week’s edition of Where the road takes me.

Starvation, disease, unbearable weather conditions and the brutality of Camp Commander Kramer and his side-kick, 22 year old Irma Grece – ‘The Beautiful Beast’, must all be overcome before liberation finally arrives. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Sunday 31st May on C103″

Meals on Wheels – June 2nd-5th 2020

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>

Thank you & stay safe.

Correspondence Regarding Proposed Wind Farm

The following email was received today  (29th May 2020)requesting that we share it on the Millstreet Website:

Dear Friends and Residents,

As you may know, Brookfield Renewables and Coillte are in discussions with An Bord Pleanala to develop a large wind farm [up to 24 turbines, a 110kv sub-station on site and associated connection to the national grid] in the Ballinagree/Mushera area. At present they have lodged a Pre-application Consultation with An Bord Pleanala as they wish to have the project designated as a Strategic Infrastructural Development which would mean that future planning applications would go to An Bord Pleanala and not Cork County Council.  As local residents, we have a number of concerns regarding the proposals, and are sending this letter out to encourage other concerned residents to become aware of what is going on. At the pre-application consultation stage An Bord Pleanala will NOT accept submissions from concerned citizens.  We must wait until the planning application proper has been lodged [whether that will be to An Bord Pleanala or Cork County Council remains to be seen]. This is expected to be done in December 2020.  In the meantime we would encourage you to contact your public representatives [some contact details below] and make them aware of your concerns.

Our main issues with the development are as follows: [read more …] “Correspondence Regarding Proposed Wind Farm”

Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir

Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir (My fair young bride) is by local poet Edward Walsh (1805-1850), sung by the late Scottish singer Andy M. Steward which appeared in his album Fire in the Store (1985). The song is a tribute to his wife Brigid Ó Súilleabháin.


Edward Walsh spent about thirty years of his life around Millstreet. His education was received in that most primitive of Irish primary schools, the ‘hedge school’. When little more than a boy he showed great intellectual gifts, and in 1830 was private tutor in County Cork. Additionally tutored children of an Irish member of parliament. He was for a time in the 1830’s teacher of a school at Millstreet.

He went to reside in Dublin in 1843, and was befriended by Charles Gavan Duffy, who got him appointed sub-editor of the Monitor. His Irish Jacobite Poetry (1844) and his Irish Popular Songs (1847) gave unmistakable evidence of a genuine poet. Yet he was forced to fight against poverty, and, in 1848, he accepted the post of schoolmaster to the junior convicts of Spike Island.

There he visited John Mitchel, on his way to penal servitude, who vividly describes in his Jail Journal his meeting with Walsh. He was fired for his meeting, and not long afterwards, he secured the schoolmastership of Cork work-house, but died within twelve months. A fine monument, with an epitaph in Irish and English, was erected to his memory in the Father Mathew Cemetery at Cork. Among his lyrics Mo Chragibhin Cno, Brighidin ban mo stor, and O’Donovan’s Daughter are in most Irish anthologies, while his translations from the Irish are both faithful and musical.

[read more …] “Brighidín Ban Mo Stoir”