We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103 on 16th Feb. 2020. (S.R.)
In 1921, and a few weeks before the truce, a young Jack Breen refused to leave the bedside of his dying mother and evacuate their hotel, as the IRA came to blow up the adjacent Brandy Hall Bridge on the outskirts of Castletownbere.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to the area where he was born, reared and reluctantly educated.
Close by and accompanied by an old school friend, they view the reluctant path once taken by many to Brandy Hall National School and the ruins of a handball alley which doubled as a ‘sporting centre of excellence’ for the local youth.
In the first of a two part programme, we base ourselves in what was once Jack Breen’s Hotel, now the Millbrook Bar, run by his daughter Mary.
We meet Mary’s daughter, Dr. Fiona Kelly who was voted the best rural GP in the country last year.
We hear about local born journalist and MP Tim Harrington who was responsible for bringing an end to Gladstone’s Government in the UK
Child minder required for one child 4 years old (from August) attending preschool in Banteer every day 9-2pm. Own car needed – collection from child’s home (Millstreet area) @7.30am until 5.30pm 5 days a week. Call 0879577045.
Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Table Quiz in McCarthys Bar Millstreet on Friday Night February 21st at 8.30 pm for The ICRR Air Ambulance Service,why not come along for a Good Night Out for a Great Cause, Business Groups are asked and encouraged to Field there own Teams,Prize for the best Business Team who competes in the Quiz,Everybody Welcome,Table of 4 €40,Details Call Myra on 087 2742596.
Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to thank Ursula Pomeroy of Pomeroy’s Clara Innfor her very generous donation to the Playground Project. We are hugely appreciative to Ursula and all our local businesses, clubs, schools, Creches and individual Sráiders at home and away who have been so generous to date. Please continue to support our local entities as they give back to our community. We are still accepting donations and we would be delighted to receive any and all amounts. [read more …] “Playground Donation Thank You”
St. Valentine’s Day 2020 at Millstreet Museum where we received a bequest from the estate of the late Mary Gahan of Minor Row in the form of a splendid knitted name feature. When you look at it you either see a series of lines …. or the name “Jesus”. Millstreet Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Wednesday, 12th Feb. 2020 at Millstreet Town Park on an initial visit to Millstreet New Children’s Playground delighted children from Junior Infants, Presentation N.S., Millstreet and the children from “Curious Minds” Creche gave their 100% approval to what could easily be described as our very own “Disneyland”. While all the amazing units impressed it was the High Web Net which attracted the most attention! And we encourage you to experience the state-of-the-art very safe bouncy floor. We met with many members of the Coordinating Committee on the bright morning and we received a wonderful guided tour from Geraldine (née O’Leary) O’Sullivan of all the magical area of this truly magnificent facility which is going to be such a superb benefit for present and future generations of young children here in Millstreet and beyond. The very generous support received has made this possible. While the official opening is still in the future the Playground is presently open daily during daylight hours. Contractors Browne Brothers of Carrigadrohid must take a huge bow on completing such a fascinating facility to the very highest standards. Here we share 22 images from our visit to this magical location on Wednesday morning. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Dedicated Committee Member Geraldine explains:
“The Contractors have finished the playground, our insurance is arranged and I’m delighted to share with you that we passed and are in receipt of our safety certificate 2 weeks ahead of time. In fact the completed project is some 2 months ahead of the original finish date. It’s great that on this Wednesday morning we are open . So very exciting for the children. We have a few remaining thank you notes to issue. The IRD Duhallow representative visited us on Friday and advised that they had been closely following the Playground Project on Millstreet.ie. He commented on the fantastic community forum that you and your team host and support for the people of Millstreet. He also commented on the widespread backing from the overall community was really uplifting – from the volunteers running fundraising, the variety and number of events taking place , the involvement of children, clubs, businesses and the communication updates via our community website to the public was a perfect example of the community working together for the rural development that IRD stands and strives for. He also commented that this was some of the fastest fundraising efforts for a community of our size and with the €120,000 spend we now really have a top class playground.” Below we share 13 more images. [read more …] “Millstreet’s Very Own “Disneyland” Children’s Playground Totally Delights All”
The following email and map have been submitted to our website which we now share. Tap on the map to enlarge. (S.R.)
Ballinagree Wind Farm
Some of you might have heard “something” about the proposed development being referred to as The Ballinagree Wind Farm. Many people have heard nothing about it and those that have probably think that it has nothing to do with us as it is outside our area. However the perimeter of the windfarm comes to within ¾ of a mile of St. John’s Well and within a mile of The Kerryman’s Table. It also crosses the Millstreet / Rylane road at the car park –see map attached. The area highlighted in yellow is the proposed site and approximately 60% of this area is owned by Coillte.
This means that this development should be of serious concern to the people of Kilcorney, Aubane, Tullig and Millstreet and all surrounding areas.
These wind-turbines can be heard from in excess of a mile away on a calm or frosty day yet the developers can get planning permission to site them as close as 500 meters from a dwelling house – this is less than a third of a mile. This does not even begin to take into account the desecration of an area of great natural beauty or their detrimental effect on people with certain medical conditions.
Everyone needs to make themselves aware of what is planned and make an informed decision regarding whether or not they want this development to proceed in our area.
Details of an information evening / meeting will be posted at a later date.
On a broader level the Government is currently conducting a public consultation on the “Revised Wind Energy Development Guidelines” which will close on Wednesday Feb. 19th. 2020. This is an opportunity to have your say regarding Wind Energy and how it impacts on local communities. You can make your submissions by email to the following – <WEDGReview@housing.gov.ie>; or by writing to the following address:
WEDG Review Submissions, Planning Policy and Legislation Section Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6X0.
This is an opportunity to have your say that will not present itself again and should not be missed.
From 6am next Monday the February 17th 2020, the Gardaí are rolling out new go safe speed van locations. Millstreet is now included in this and the road concerned is from The Square up to the top of Drishane Hill (see the map below). The reason it has been included seems to be that there has recently been one serious and two minor accidents on that stretch of road (R583). It’s not a big change because it has been for good reason a favourite spot for the Gardaí to check for speeding. The message now would seem to be that if people are consistently speeding and accidents are a problem on a road, the speed vans will arrive. It’s a good thing if it gets people to slow down.
The Annual Johnny Hickey Memorial Spring Car Run organised by Millstreet Vintage Club will take place on Sunday March 8th next,Johnny was a founding Member and former Chairman of Millstreet Vintage Club and was a highly Respected Person both in the Club and beyond so its a pleasure for Millstreet Vintage Club to be holding the 2nd Johnny Hickey Run,a Nice Scenic Route has been laid on with Sign on at the Wallis Arms Hotel from 10.30 am and take off at 12 Noon,the Millstreet Pipe Band will lead off the Run from the Square in Millstreet and this will be very appropriate as Johnny was a very active and Enthusiastic Member of the Pipe Band,all Vintage/Classic Cars,Bikes,Vehicles very Welcome to join the Run,the Johnny Hickey Memorial Cup will also be up for grabs for Best Car on the day,for more details Call Bernard on 087 7924406, or Willie on 087 2229874.
During the years of the troubles the man in charge of the R.I.C. in Millstreet was Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy. Likely a decent man, it is interesting to read that the local IRA said that they never laid a hand on the local police, which says enough in itself (the same is not true for the black and tans / auxiliaries that were here). A father of seven children, three were born here in the barrack, and all grew up here.
A Tipperary man originally, he joined the RIC at the age of 20, giving his occupation as a groom. He served first in Kerry at Tarbert and Castleisland stations for seven years, until he married Johanna O’Callaghan of Droum in 1895. He was then transferred to Bantry where he spend time before being moved to Kilbrittain where he became first an acting sergeant in 1903, and then a full sergeant in 1905. Two years later he was moved to Millstreet where he was the Sergeant in Charge until the latter half of 1921 when he became a Head Constable.
When the force was disbanded in 1922, he went to live in Newbridge. He died in April 1938 at Kildare Infirmary, Athy. [read more …] “Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)”
Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Table Quiz in McCarthys Bar Millstreet on Friday Night February 21st at 8.30 pm for The ICRR Air Ambulance Service,why not come along for a Good Night Out for a Great Cause,Everybody Very Welcome,
Radio Treasures tonight (Tues. 11th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special feature at 10pm when we briefly interview two visitors from Nebraska – Michael & Willie Cronin who with Eily Buckley visited Millstreet Museum on Nov. 11th 2019. And on day – 11th Feb. which is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we listen to two beautiful hymns recorded in Medjugorje. We reflect on the success of the recent two broadcasts from “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy. We hear two wonderful songs from Sarah Dennehy – “Caledonia” and “Travelling Soldier”. And we refer to happenings illustrated below. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.
The severe weather warnings at the weekend painted a pretty solemn picture of what we were to expect and we were well advised to pay attention. The elements didn’t make it easy for us to cast our votes on Saturday but the howling winds and heavy rains did nothing to dampen the determination of the multitudes to come out and avail of their just right to have their say at the ballot box. The outcome was to say the least dramatic and you’d wonder if our elections were always held on a Saturday would the response be as great. I was talking to two university students the other day. The first lad hardly knew what I was talking about and didn’t bother to register while the other had secured his paperwork and was all set to cast his first ever vote when he got home at the weekend. I don’t know what that proves but it’s nice to know what the young people think because they are our future.
I don’t know about you or what you thought of the Election. The winners and the losers and so on but I’m going to tell you that I’m glad to see the back of Minister Shane Ross. His handling of the drink/driving laws was nothing short of a criminal act. With the stroke of a pen he penalised our elderly rural dwellers and subjected them to a life of loneliness that sent them to their graves. Alright maybe to say you can’t drink and drive but give something instead. Provide a reliable rural transport system that they could avail of to bring them to town to meet their friends for a drink and chat. It was such a beautiful social thing, which kept them clean, tidy and happy. To go to town they should shave, change into clean clothes and in some cases just wash the wellingtons. I always thought they looked great. They kept the stories and folklore of old alive but when the new laws came in, we lost all of that. To see them growing lonely, unkempt and sad before our very eyes was painful to see. The trend is still there today which caused the closing down of so many rural pubs and they were important to rural Ireland.
Can you blame me for not being sorry to see the last of Shane Ross?
FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student, Patrick Buckley’s trip to help with Street and Slum Children in Kolkata, India, with the HOPE FOUNDATION.
When: Friday February 21st, 2020 at 8pm.
Where: Millstreet GAA Hall.
Great line-up of Acts, including: the 2019 U12 & U18 All-Ireland winning Crossfields Bands;
The 2020 All-Ireland winning Freemount Plearacha Group;
Millstreet All-Ireland Set Dancers,
Recent All-Ireland winning Singers, Dancers, Storytellers & and other performances. A great night of entertainment assured.Great prizeson the night also with a Raffle.
€10 adult entry, €20 per family, €5 per student.
Tickets for sale from Patrick or Bridget Buckley at 087 9927042.
Tickets also available at O’Regan’s Mills, Station Road, Millstreet
Mass Intentions this Week-end: Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m. James & Catherine O’Connor, Kilcummin & their daughter Betty Smith, Boston Ballydaly 9.00 a.m. Denis O’Brien, Ballydaly Cullen 10.15 a.m. Jerry O’Donoghue, Cullen Millstreet 11.30 a.m. Peter & Nora Dineen, Cloghoula
Anniversaries: Dan McSwenney, Murphy’s Terrace; Pat Joe Kelleher, Pound Hill; Mary Cronin, Main Street; Billy Murphy, Coole; William, Elizabeth & Vincent McSweeney, Flintfield; Eileen & Thomas O’Mahony, Kilmeedy; Betsy Murphy, Killarney Road; Willie Neenan, Ballydaly; Johnny Cremin, Gortavehy; Dan Joe McSweeney, Ardnageeha; Joan Herlihy, Knockane; Nora & Denis O’Sullivan, Inches; Kathleen O’Mahony, Clonakilty; William Hickey, Kilcommon, Thurles. [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 9th February, 2020”
TREND Bridget (née Murphy). Passed away peacefully on 31st January 2020, aged 77 years (28th Nov. 1942). Dearly loved wife of the late Michael, loving mum to Alison and Andrew, much loved nan of Jacob, Tim, Rachel, Mathew and Emma. Funeral service on Wednesday 26th February at Weston Mill Crematorium at 11.30am. Family flowers only, donations for St Luke’s Hospice Enquiries to Wyatt Brothers 5-7 Durnford Street Plymouth PL1 3QJ Tel: 01752 600437 [Funeral Notices]
She was the sister of the late Mary, Mella, John Anthony, and Eddie, and is regretted by her sisters Margaret (Casey) and Noreen, and brother Brendan, and was the second youngest of the family.
Breeda joined her sister Mary (Flaherty) in Plymouth U.K. about 1955, where she married Michael Trend, and they had two children: Alison and Andrew. Her husband Michael died January 22nd 2019. She was a fabulous lady, kind and thoughtful. She stayed in touch with all branches of the family by phone, and gave the most warm hugs. Everyone loved her. She will be missed. – Russell [read more …] “Breeda Trend, Plymouth (née Bridget Murphy of Ballydaly)”
The death has occurred of Frank Thornton, Drishanebeg, Millstreet, Cork. Passed away peacefully on February 9th 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family with the wonderful support of the Marymount Hospice Team. Deeply missed by his beloved wife Peggy, daughters Sheila (Murphy), Mary (Carr), Angela (Carey), Colette (Hackett), Teresa (O’Donnell), sons Michael and Frank, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law Denis Mulcahy, relatives, neighbours and friends. “May he rest in Peace”.
Lying in repose in Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Monday evening from 5.30pm to 8pm. Reception into St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Tuesday for 12 noon Mass followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Marymount Hospice. [rip]  
Here we share a selection of images from our Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives from the year 2000. Our pictures from 20 years ago refer to Ardfert, Aubane and Ballydaly. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)