Next Religious Broadcast on Cork Music Station – Wednesday at 10 and 11am

There is a Mass every week day on RTÉ News Now at 10.30am. RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (channel 521), Virgin Media (channel 200), Eir (channel 517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news. This content will also be available on the RTÉ Player, both live and on catch-up.   We thank Cecilia for alerting us to this important information.
Our next Broadcast from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Cork Music Station is on Wednesday, 8th April at 10am (live) and at 11am (recorded)S.R.

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday Features Phone Interview with Eily at 10pm

“Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station this Tuesday, 7th April 2020 includes a telephone interview at 10pm with Eily Buckley during which Eily shares her thoughts on COVID-19 and its overall effect.   Our Programme begins at 9:30pm with its usual mixture of wonderful songs, music and musings.   At 10.15pm we remember the late Donie Golden and Con McSweeney and play a special 1960’s local song in tribute.   We hear about the many famous people born a century ago in 1920.   And there’s more, much more including references to the images below.  Happy listening!  Feel most welcome to contact us on corkmusicstation or by texting 086 825 0074.  Happy Easter to all our Loyal Listeners. (S.R.)

A different Millstreet in 1993 – Eurovision Year ….Now in 2020 the new Owners of Mary Cronin’s Home (Breda & Tommy Sheehan) have superbly and with great care wonderfully preserved the character of this unique Shop which totally delights so many. – Mary Cronin’s 
Very little social distancing during Eurovision 1993 in Millstreet!
Eily Buckley on left features in a 12 minute interview in tonight’s programme.
Lights of Hope at Marian Grotto on Clara Road and the wonderful Spring nature in evidence.

Cillín (Keel) Graveyard [info]

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday Features Phone Interview with Eily at 10pm”

Transmission of Funeral Mass of Con McSweeney on Church TV and Cork Music Station Today

The Funeral Mass of the late Donie Golden was broadcast live from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet at 10am and repeated in a recording at 11am this Tuesday, 7th April 2020.  Just after 1.30pm today also the Funeral Mass of the late Con McSweeney of Tooreenbawn and Altamont will be broadcast on Church T.V. (UHF Channel 53) and also will be transmitted live on Cork Music Station.  (S.R.)

Eily’s Report – 7th April

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
I hope you are all doing well following the first week of our more intensive isolating and social distancing. For people of my vintage the order was clear cut, stay at home. For others it wasn’t so plain. It’s easier to be something, rather than to be a borderline case. For those who were given a certain amount of freedom, there was always the concern when going to the shops or Post office etc.  Bringing  stuff to people, as to whether they were observing the rules to the full degree of safety, but in the three weeks since our isolation, be it partial or full, we are grateful that no case of the dreaded Virus has broken out amongst us. So we face the future with determination and hope. Even in total isolation we can still learn a lot. Things we miss, things we can do something about, and things we can’t.  I am a great believer in doing  something about the things we can changed and improved. For three weeks now lots of those in total isolation have spent most of their time sitting inside the window looking out. The weather was great and there was lots to see. So it is of vital importance that  that window should be kept perfectly clean. The dry windy weather blew a lot of dust on to the panes and bit by bit the vision became dull. It is amazing the difference it makes when a window is cleaned. The whole house looks cleaner and the views  outside become suddenly clearer. The moral being, if you love your Mom/Dad, clean their windows. There is no need to make a big deal of it, most windows have fine big panes now and the long handled  model, combining a mop and blade can brighten the view in minutes. Another important thing  is their specs. Few people get them done right. A Specsavers expert told me once  that specs cannot be properly cleaned without the use of a good lens spray with an alcohol content. Forget the rub of a towel, or toilet paper, or the tail of your gown. Alcohol content is the answer, so if you don’t  have some a dip into your bottle of Paddy or Powers will suffice.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 7th April”

John Daly, Silversprings / Millstreet

Daly (Silversprings, Cork): On April 6th, 2020, peacefully, at home, in the presence of his loving family, JOHN, late of Millstreet, dearly loved husband of the late Kathleen and much loved father of Anne, Majella, John and Denise.
Sadly missed by his loving family, sons-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. A private family funeral will take place, due to the H.S.E guidelines regarding public gatherings. A Memorial Service for John will take place at a later date. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. “May he rest in peace”. [rip]
Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, please leave your personal messages for John’s family in the Condolences page on

Organisers of the Mini-Festival in 1995

“These were just some of the many people who assisted in the organising of the mini festival which was run in conjunction with the big fight (Collins v Eubank in 1995)  in Green Glens and who also assisted as stewards on the night.”

The photo is in Millstreet Museum. Anyone hazard a guess at the names?  [read more …] “Organisers of the Mini-Festival in 1995”

Religious Broadcasts on Cork Music Station during Holy Week 2020

Religious broadcasts from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet with Celebrant Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. on Cork Music Station during Holy Week are as follows  (S.R.) :

Tuesday, 7th April………Mass at 10.00am (live) and Mass at 11.00am (recording).

Wednesday, 8th April…Mass at 10am (live) and Mass at 11.00am (recording).

Thursday, 9th April……Holy Thursday Ceremony at 7.30pm (live).

Friday, 10th April……….Good Friday Ceremony at 3.00pm (live).

Saturday, 11th April……Holy Saturday Vigil at 7.30pm (live).

Sunday, 12th April……..Easter Sunday Mass at 11.30am (live)  and 12.30pm (recording).

Con McSweeney, Tooreenbawn & Altamount

The death has occurred of Con Mc Sweeney, Tooreenbawn and Altamount, Millstreet, Co. Cork. On April 5th 2020 peacefully in the tender care of Care Choice, Macroom, in his 94th year beloved husband of Nora and loving father of Denis, Teresa, Fr. James, Gerard and Kathryn, brother of Fr. Eustace, predeceased by his bothers Morgan, Fr. Gerard and Jerry. Deeply regretted by his loving family, grandchildren Daniel, Aoife, Peter, Ella, Rían his niece Teresa, daughters-in-law Eileen and Karen his sons-in-law Pat and Julian, sisters-in-law Teresa and Margaret, relatives, neighbours and friends.
A Mass to celebrate his life will be celebrated at a later date. Due to government regulations a private funeral will take place. Those who would have liked to attend the funeral but cannot may leave a personal message in the condolence section. [rip] [f] [f2]

[read more …] “Con McSweeney, Tooreenbawn & Altamount”

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

Many thanks to Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s C103 programme – 5th April 2020.  (S.R.)

Recorded before social distancing came to place, we revert to the Michael McCarthy story, part one of which was broadcast two weeks ago.  This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me,  John Greene concludes this two part programme. 

Michael was co-founder of the Ritz Showband who were based in Bandon during the 1950s and ’60s.

While we reminisce on the golden era of the showbands on both programmes, we also hear about life afterwards.

Michael talks about his time in the motor industry, and  his concern for the environment and it’s wildlife inhabitants. It may be one small step, but by putting his money where his mouth is, he hopes that young people will take those concerns on board. Who can honestly say that mistreating the earth, hasn’t been in some way responsible for Covid-19 which has already claimed so many human lives..  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

Parish Newsletter – 5th April, 2020

Palm Sunday – 5th April, 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 and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week: 

RECENT DEATHS:   Donie Golden, Tullig; Mary Cronin, Dooneen.

ANNIVERSARIES: Ciss & Bill Kelleher, Cockhill; Jimmy Murphy, Tanyard; Jimmy Cotter, Murphy’s Terrace; Nonie Lehane, Tullig; Willie Gleeson, Clara Road; Timmy O’Connor, Dooneen; Kattie Dennehy, Curragh; Mary O’Donoghue, Aubane; Johnny Cremin, Gortavehy; Peggy O’Sullivan, Rathduane; Jackie & Julia Murphy, Coolikerane; Danny Forde, Mologhroe; Celine McAuliffe, Knockduff; Theresa & Anne Perdisatt, Dublin.


As Churches are currently closed, we are aware that people will be unable to get to Confession before Easter. In his morning Mass on 20th March, Pope Francis spoke about this and how to resolve concerns about fulfilling our Easter duty:

“If you can’t go to confession, speak to God. He’s your Father.  Tell him the truth: “Lord, I did this and this and this. Pardon me.” Ask his forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, “afterward I will go to confession.” You will return to God’s grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.”



PALM SUNDAY (April 5th):   Mass will be celebrated at 11.30a.m. This Mass will be offered for the intentions of the People of the Parish. All households can cut a piece of palm (or whatever evergreen tree is in your garden) and during Mass there will be a blessing on the piece of palm in every home.
Tuesday 7th April: Mass at 10.00a.m. For Mary O’Keeffe, Millstreet (recently deceased) at 10.00a.m.
Wednesday 8th April:                         Mass at 10.00a.m.
Holy Thursday (9th April):                 Mass of The Lord’s Supper at 7.30p.m. At the conclusion of Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be kept in the Tabernacle.
Good Friday (10th April):                   The Passion of our Lord at 3.00p.m.
Holy Saturday (11th April):                Easter Vigil at 7.30p.m. The Pascal Candle will be lit at the beginning of Mass, Easter Proclamation will be said, The Liturgy of the Word, Baptismal Liturgy and Liturgy of the Eucharist.  (Please note this will be broadcast live at 7.30pm on )
Easter Sunday (12th April):                Mass at 11.30a.m.


Donie Golden, Tullig

On the 2nd of April 2020 the untimely and sudden death has occurred of Donie Golden, Tullig, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Beloved husband to Molly and loving father to D.J, Dermot, Donal and Pat. Sadly missed by brothers Paddy and Denjoe, sisters Noreen (O’Connell) and the late Margaret (Boyle). Deeply regretted by his loving family, daughters-in-law, Aoife, Máiréad, Stephanie and Martina. His adored grandchildren Cian, Cillian, Liam, Éadaoin, Megan and Mark, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, neighbours, and his large circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

With the support of Donie’s family, a private funeral will take place due to government advice on public gatherings. We look forward to celebrating Donie’s life with family and friends and extended family at a later date. [rip] [f]

Messages of condolence can also be left on the Condolence Book on

Next Broadcast of Mass on Cork Music Station Palm Sunday at 12:30pm

Our next Mass broadcast from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet with Celebrant Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. on Cork Music Station will be on Palm Sunday (5th April 2020) at 12:30pm.  (S.R.)

To make contact with our Cork Music Station feel welcome to email corkmusicstation .

Lenten Sacred Space in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.

Maureen O’Connor (née O’Flynn) The Ford, Dromagh

On April 2, 2020 peacefully at her home and in the presence of her loving family, Maureen, formerly of Dysert, Dromagh, beloved wife of John, loving mother of Aideen (Murphy) and Martin, sister of the late Sheila, John and Neily and mother in law of the late Zoe. Deeply regretted by her loving family, her adored grandchildren Lisa and Ben, sister Evelyn, son in law Ted, sisters in law, aunts, nieces (especially Marion), nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis
With the support of Maureen’s family, a private funeral will take place, due to government advice regarding public gatherings. Please use the online condolence book below as an option to offer your sympathies. We look forward to celebrating Maureen’s life with friends and extended family at a later date. [rip]

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 <>
Thank you & stay safe.

Please note the menu below has been changed because it was initially forgotten that next Friday was Good Friday.

Sincere Thanks to John for Museum’s 40th Anniversary Feature

Sincere thanks to “Corkman” Journalist and Photographer Supreme John Tarrant for his greatly appreciated feature in last week’s “Corkman” regarding the 40th Anniversary of Millstreet Museum.  Here we also share one of the 2014 images from our Museum Archive of a panoramic view from a Hoist in Millstreet Town Park.   The scene shows a new Astroturf looking superb and it also shows the Carnegie Hall in the background – the home of Millstreet Museum.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00 Focus on Variety

Welcome to our weekly “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station

Tonight’s programme from 9:30 until 11:00 ….especially for those cocooning at this time …. will have the usual blend of the very best songs, music, chat and musings.   We shall also make special reference to the eleven images below.   To contact live just email corkmusicstation@ or Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074.   Happy Listening!  Stay safe and well.

Nature springing to life at Mount Leader, Millstreet.
Wise safety measures in place at Millstreet Town Park to focus on Social Distancing.
Denis Hickey delivers from Millstreet Day Care Centre lunch to those cocooning these times.
Mary Russell, renowned Journalist and Author from Dublin revisiting the Butter Road in February 2015 pictured with James O’Sullivan of Claraghatlea, Millstreet beside whose home a section of the original 1748 Butter Road passes. [more photos] [maps and details of the original butter road]
Shopping Deliveries from our Supermarkets during this time.
Uplifting colours at Angela’s Hair Salon in West End, Millstreet.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00 Focus on Variety”

Eily’s Report – 31st March

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

And so ends our two weeks of self isolation,  only to be followed by two more. Looking back it hasn’t been so bad. I heard an old man saying one time that  “to look ahead, forty years is a very long long stint, but believe me when I tell you that it’s nothing when its spent”. I think we can say the same but at a much lower scale about the past two weeks.  Looking back I can’t help wondering  where did they go?  What have I got to show for it. A lot of what we do in life, is determined by the way we handle it.  It’s really down to our attitude. A long time ago I came across the following piece  never read it more than once but put it into my scrapbook to be taken out and read again  “When I’d Have Time”Now I have weeks of time and if I share with you, you have weeks of time to read it. I  quote. “The longer I live the more I realise the impact of Attitude on Life.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes,than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness  or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that other people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have and that’s our Attitude. The writer is convinced that life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we react to it .We are all in charge of our own Attitudes’. Unquote. Sound advice.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 31st March”


Once more the Summer decks the hills round dear old Millstreet town
The breezes waft the scent from flowers of green Duhallow down
The sunshine chases shadows fleet o’er Muskery’s meadows wide
And light and shade guild every glade by sweet Blackwater’s side

Sweet it is when Clara hill is clad in sunset glow
And happy lovers shyly meet in many a vale below
They breathe the balmy Irish air and roam the meadows through
Where Finnow witching waters join the far famed Avondhu

Oh. Avondhu by many a field your shadowed waters glide
Where I have life[s golden hours your restful banks beside
Now scattered afar the comrades all my careless boyhood knew
Alas we’ll never meet again beside sweet Avondhu

Some sleep beside that grand old stream in the graveyard on the hill
They closed their eyes in dreamless death while life seemed pleasant still
Light lay the sod upon their clay may heaven’s sweetest dew
For ever bless each comrade’s grave beside sweet Avondhu

The fairest land on earth art thou Oh Ireland grá mo chroí
Your Exiles brave in every land are wrath to make you free
Their dearest hope that yet some day in Freedoms light they’ll view
Their Native hills that sleep for aye beside sweet Avondhu

J. Doody (Author)
Co. Cork

[read more …] “Avondhu”

Mary Cronin (née Scannell), Dooneen / Gneeveguilla

The death has occurred Monday 30th March 2020 of Mary Cronin (née Scannell), Dooneen, Millstreet, Cork / Gneeveguilla, Kerry. Formerly of Meenagishaugh, Gneeveguilla, peacefully at home, sadly missed by her loving husband Jerry, sisters Peggy and Noreen, nieces and nephew, extended family, kind neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

In accordance with the current government and HSE guidelines on public gatherings, the funeral will take place privately. Condolences can be left on the condolences page on [1]

Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow

Civic Amenity Sites in Cork County to reopen from Tomorrow (Tuesday) with restrictions, please see the update below from Chief Executive, Tim Lucey, which outline the restrictions in place.
(Millstreet Civic Amenity Centre is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday)


“In my correspondence to you yesterday, I indicated that Civic Amenity Sites would be closed on this Monday. That decision was taken following the release of the public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 issued on Friday March 27th. Civic Amenity Sites had not been specifically listed as an essential service nationally and would generally require customers to travel more than the restricted two kilometres.  [read more …] “Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow”

The Moon and Venus over Millstreet

The Moon and the planet Venus shining in the sky this evening over Clara Mountain and Millstreet – taken from St. Mary’s Graveyard. Near record high pressures have settled over Ireland giving us cloudless skies, but cool days and cold nights, as well as the chance to escape the confines of our homes for a short while to get some exercise, fresh air, and a little sunshine on our skin.  [read more …] “The Moon and Venus over Millstreet”