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”

Daniel Nolan, Shanakiel

The death has occurred of Daniel Nolan, Shanakiel, Rathcoole, Mallow, Cork. After a brave battle fought with dignity, surrounded by his loving family at the Mercy Hospital, Cork. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Eileen (nee O’Rahilly), sons John, Denis and David, daughters Aine and Marie, son-in-law Noel, daughters-in-law Orla, Marie and Katie and family friend Anne, grandchildren James, Katie, Oisin, Daniel, Donnacha, Lucia, Penelope and Teddy, brother Denis, sisters Myra and Shelia, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and all the extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. [rip] [f]

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

Meals on Wheels – May 25th-29th 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 this week (above).
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>
Thank you & stay safe.

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features 1980 Audio Archive Celebration in Dromtariffe Hall

An Invitation to tune into our weekly “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station at 9.30 until 11pm this Tuesday (26th May 2020).   Happy Listening!  (S.R.) 

  1.  Music and Songs aplenty including new releases.
  2.  Call outs to our Loyal Listeners worldwide.
  3. Our 10pm Interview takes us back to 1980 when a hugely impressive celebratory occasion was marked at Dromtariffe Hall to mark the 1980 appointment of Tom Meaney as Minister of State in the Fianna Fáil Government.   We hear Tom’s uplifting speech and we join the enormous gathering on the night where Tony Barrett and his Band performed.   Listen out for a very enthusiastic talented Drummer!   And we are also joined in a recent recording of Fr. James McSweeney sharing a most inspiring Thought for Reflection where the symbols of keys and a tunnel feature.  Our 1980 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 Tom Meaney’s superb involvement in community activities over the years.  We also view a 2010 image of Fr. James at his Book Launch in Ballincollig.  (Tap on the pictures to enlarge):

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features 1980 Audio Archive Celebration in Dromtariffe Hall”

Eily’s Report – 26th May

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

Buíochas le Dia, no death to report from Covid 19 yesterday, for the first time since it all began back in March.  The first person died of the Covid 19 in Ireland on March 21st.  It is indeed great news. But it didn’t just happen. It was made to happen  by the efforts of every one in the country. Those at the top took on a parent role  and guided us through troubled waters, the likes we have never seen before. But we mustn’t forget that the battle still goes on and the hand washing, the social distancing, the staying at home as much as possible still goes on. Easy enough for me and my equals, but the young people are like greyhounds at the track, snapping at the gate to get out, it will take all the strength they have to keep a lid on it as they are slowly inched out to freedom. They have our prayers as we longingly await the first hug from loving grand/great grand children, other family members and friends.  But it will come,  le cúnamh Dé.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 26th May”

New Opening Hours for Wordsworth

We are back open and looking forward to seeing you all. We would like draw your attention to our new opening hours. Open daily Monday to Sat  from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Opened during lunch hours. We are still offering our call and collect service. Call us on 029 70154. Safety procedures and restrictions will be strictly in place for entering the shop but this is for all of our safety.
Lots of love Niamh and all the Wordsworth gang xx  😊  [f]

Please Slow Down and Mind the Children

We have been asked to tell people to Please Slow Down and Drive With Care in Tanyard Wood and other estates around town, as a lot more children are out playing, and walking these days. For most it’s their only source of freedom, and the speed of some cars is scary. The last thing anyone wants now is a tragedy, especially because someone is being reckless.

Thank u all so much for an amazing first week

Thank u all so much for an amazing first week at Kall & Dyyne, it has been unbelievable. As I just started out going day by day to see how we went offering a takeaway service, I’ve had complete sell outs ever single day since I opened so its definitely been needed in the town I think  🙏🙏

So here’s to the start of another successful week. Thank you all again for calling & supporting me it’s very much appreciated 😘  Sharon


The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 – How it affected Millstreet

During this Covid-19 pandemic, it has often been compared to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918/1919. We were wondering how it affected this area, so we delved into the records to try to figure it out.

Surprisingly, what we found was that there was no big spike in deaths locally at that time compared to the surrounding years (see the graph below **). So we though that maybe it didn’t affect the Millstreet area at all … but we were wrong.

When we looked at the case by case influenza and pneumonia figures (flu was often misdiagnosed as pneumonia) in the death registers, we saw that around March 1919, there was a big jump in numbers when about 20 died from flu and pneumonia. This coincided with what was referred to as the third wave of that pandemic in Ireland, and is easily seen by the yellow spike in the graph below. The smaller orange spike (November 1918) also coincided with the second wave of the pandemic in Ireland.

In total, we think about 30 people died locally died from it over the duration of that pandemic.

Some families here got destroyed by it … Twomeys of Islandhill lost 3 in a week, Sullivans of Umeraboy lost three in a month, Butlers of Liscahane lost two in a fortnight. The one very surprising thing  though is that most of the deaths were people that died locally were in their 20’s and 30’s, which we were unaware of but was a feature of that disease.

If that many died in the spring of 1919, then about 1,000 must have been infected locally at the time. That’s a lot of sick people.

Below we first look at the disease in Ireland, and also we break down the death registers to see those that died from it locally, when they got it, and where they were from: [read more …] “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 – How it affected Millstreet”

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

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information re this Sunday evening’s programme (24th May 2020) on C103 at 7.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene speaks to a Consultant Oncologist who specialises in Prostate Cancer and a singer-songwriter who quotes Bob Dylan and Bono as his influences.

It’s worth mentioning that these are not two different people, but one person.  Throughout his life, Professor Joe o’Sullivan has been committed to improving the lives of patients with prostate cancer, through research and innovation.  His research programme is now recognised as a centre of excellence.  In between he has recorded three albums, the latest of which, ‘Instead of many shades of blue’, has just been released. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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, 24th May 2020 at 11.30 am  for People of the Parish.

Our Weekday Broadcasts of Mass will be preceded daily at 9.40 am by the Recitation of the Rosary during the month of May. 

Mass on Monday (25th) for Sonny & Nora Dennehy, Gneeves at 10.00 a.m.

Mass on Tuesday (26th) for Timothy & Nora Kelleher, Lislehane at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (27th) for Connie Coakley, Station Road  at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (28th) for Denis O’Hare, Coole at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (29th) for  Dr. Michael Feeley, Clara Road  at 10.00a.m.

To make contact with Cork Music Station :

Email corkmusicstation

Watch out for your Dogs

People are asked to share the below note, and for people to take care of their dogs as some have been going missing lately:

“Keep a look out… Guys looking for any Dogs for Sale! (2 Males and a couple of young kids in the back) Driving a Dark Blue Toyota Corolla Saloon,
Reg: 00 WX 77. The called to my house in Dromtariffe at 6.50pm. I Rang the Guards Straight away after as a few people I know their dogs went missing.”

note: 00WX77 is an unregistered vehicle !

“Lunchtime Favourites” After Mass on CMS Sunday 24th May 12:15 to 13:15

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” 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.   Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

Live broadcast of “Lunchtime Favourites” from our Millstreet Studio.

Parish Newsletter – The Ascension of the Lord – 24th May, 2020

The Ascension of the Lord – 24th 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:

RECENT DEATHS: Jerh O’Connor, Coolikerane; Stephen Roche, Tower; John Barry, Lackabawn.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Teresa Tangney, Main Street; Ellen & the deceased members of the Cleary Family, Murphy’s Terrace; Eddie Ambrose, Murphy’s Terrace;  Kathleen Cashman, Clara Road; Connie Coakley, Station Road; Sonny Dennehy, Gneeves; John Francis Ryan, Cockhill; Denis O’Hare, Coole; Michael McSweeney, Flintfield; Ellen Kelleher, Aubane; Connie McSweeney, Gortavehy; Hugh & Mary O’Keeffe, Glountane & Boherbue; Deceased members of the O’Sullivan family, Knocknageeha; Timothy O’Callaghan, Banteer.



  • SUNDAY (24th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish 
  • MASS ON MONDAY (25th) for Sonny & Nora Dennehy, Gneeves at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (26th) for Timothy & Nora Kelleher, Lislehane at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (27th) Connie Coakley, Station Road at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (28th) for Denis O’Hare, Coole at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (29th) for Dr. Michael Feeley, Clara Road at 10.00a.m.




Our Church choir will be singing “virtually” at Mass this week, through recorded hymns sung individually at home while complying with Covid19 lockdown restrictions. I thank everyone who worked on this project to make it possible.

The Parish office continues to be closed to the public 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.


The opening of our Churches this week has been a welcome move and it has brought great comfort to our parishioners who have visited each of our Churches in the Parish. However, we must remain aware of and compliant with Government and Diocesan advise in regard to Covid19.  When visiting each Church please bear in mind the following advice:

  • 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

This continues to be a difficult time for everyone and I would encourage everyone who needs help to ask for it.  Everyone’s difficulties are different and none of us know the struggles that households are experiencing but always remember there is help available and ask for it. We have listed numbers for various groups and remember everyone needs a little help at some time in their lives.


Millstreet Covid Group: Jeremiah Keating (087) 7932736 or Liam Flynn (087) 6380053
Cork County Council Community Helpline:    1800 805 819
St. Vincent De Paul:                                        (086) 066 9243
ALONE Support line for older people:                        0818 222024


(Grotto to our Lady on Clara Road)
Mary Our Mother, we ask you to protect the families of our Parish, give strength to those who are struggling at this time, comfort to those who are grieving and continued strength to those who work on the front-line. Let us never give up hope and let our community spirit be a support for each and everyone of us. Our Lady pray for us.


In Other News – 23rd May 2020

A wave from the wonderful Staff at Millstreet Community Hospital on International Nurses Day. Pictured are Noreen, Margaret, Sarah, Iva, and Oliver.

The staff at O’Leary’s Spar on Main Street 1987 – Joan Buckley(O’Donoghue), Mary Kelleher, Gerry Kelleher, Kay O’Sullivan (Dineen), Mary O’Mahony(Murphy), Daniel Murphy, Catherine Murphy (O’Keeffe) and Norma Rampelberg (O’Connor)

Tribute to the Leaving Cert Class of 2020

[read more …] “In Other News – 23rd May 2020”

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses

Online applications can now be made to Cork County Council for the Restart Grant for small businesses.  As part of the Governments package of supports, this €250m fund will give direct grant aid to micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.

Between €2,000 and €10,000 of direct aid is available to businesses based on commercial rates bill from 2019.

The grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to June 30, 2020. It is a contribution towards the cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational and re-connecting with employees and customers.  [read more …] “Applications open for Cork County Restart Grant for Small Businesses”

Reopening of St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet Greatly Welcomed

On Tuesday, 20th May 2020 St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet was reopened as Phase One lifting of COVID-19 restrictions permitted.   Here we share nine images where we note health and safety measures are very much in place within the Church.   This reopening event was greatly welcomed.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Local Millstreet residents greatly pleased by the Church reopening.
Patricia Guerin wisely brought her own seat to the Church as almost all church seats are cordoned off in the interest of safety.
Special Prayer in front of the main altar of St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.

[read more …] “Reopening of St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet Greatly Welcomed”

Rare RTE Film featuring Billy Coleman and some Familiar Local People from Millstreet at the 1976 Circuit of Ireland Rally

RTE did a one off insight into the Sport of Rallying back in 1976 and sent Reporter Liam Nolan along to follow the 1976 Circuit of Ireland Rally and in particular to follow the exploits of Millstreet Man Billy Coleman the 1975 Circuit Winner,the Footage here is of particular interest to the locals around here in Millstreet as a lot of familiar Faces are featured in this rare and most interesting documentary.

This Rare Footage is Courtesy of Pat Sullivan Carrignavar,Enjoy.

Jeremiah O’Connor, Coolikerrane

The death has occurred of Jeremiah O’Connor, Coolikerrane, Millstreet, formerly of Kilnahulla, Boherbue and Lombardstown. Peacefully, at Nazareth House, Mallow, on Wednesday 20th May 2020. Beloved brother of the late Sonny, Jim, Paddy and Mick. Lovingly remembered by his nieces Josie, Mary, Ann, nephew Dan, relatives and friends. [rip]

In an effort to follow best practice and guidelines Jeremiah’s funeral will be private. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. Messages of sympathy may be left on the R.I.P. Condolence Page.

Jeremiah’s Mass will be streamed at 2.30pm on Thursday in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on

Job vacancy for Millstreet Day Centre

Millstreet Day Centre is looking for an experienced office administrator/manager for a 7 month fixed term contract on a part time basis (12 hours per week – Mon/Wed/Thurs) to cover maternity leave.

The Day Centre welcomes senior citizens & retired people from the Millstreet & catchment area where they can gather to talk, join in activities, meet new people or renew old friendships. A wide range of nursing & other services are provided.

The Centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is operating a Meals on Wheels service from the Centre & also has 10 Residents living next to the Day Centre in independent accommodation. Please see job description attached. 

Interested applicants should email a CV & Cover letter to <> on or before Tuesday 2nd June 2020. 


Company: Millstreet Day Centre & Housing Association
Role: Manager/Office Administrator
Contract: Temporary – 7 months Maternity Leave Cover (part-time 12 hrs per week)
Start: June 29th 2020
How to apply: Interested applicants should email a CV & Cover letter to <> on or before Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Job Description:

Millstreet Day Centre welcomes senior citizens & retired people from the Millstreet & catchment area where they can gather to talk, join in activities, meet new people or renew old friendships. A wide range of nursing & other services are provided.
The Centre is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but is operating a Meals on Wheels service from the Centre & also has 10 Residents living next to the Day Centre in independent accommodation.
We are looking for an experienced office administrator/manager for a 7 month fixed term contract on a part time basis (12 hours per week – Mon/Wed/Thurs) to cover maternity leave. The role is as follows:  [read more …] “Job vacancy for Millstreet Day Centre”

Broadcast on CMS of Two Masses on Thurs. 21st May at 10am and 2.30pm

On Thursday, 21st May 2020 on Cork Music Station we shall be broadcasting two Masses from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.  The first is at 10am preceded by the recitation of the Rosary at 9.40am.   The second Mass will be broadcast at 2.30pm and is the Funeral Mass of the late Jeremiah O’Connor, Coolikerane, Millstreet.  (S.R.)