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i am trying to trace the family of cornelius murphy born 1st april 1877 he was born in cullen and registered as living in millstreet his father was denis murphy, mother was mary mahoney .He left in 1898 on the ship pavonia with his brother denis murphy and his cousin mary murphy they were bound for boston america but cornelius got off at liverpool uk and then moved to wales and dont know at this time if his brother and cousin stayed in the uk or continued to boston if anyone has any information please could you contact me

many thanks


I am attempting to find information concerning my Great-Grandfather, Jeremiah Dineen who married Catherine O’Callaghan in 1859.  They were parents of five girls and one boy, my grandfather.  My grandfather had three girls but only my mother had any children and I am an only child.  The family spoke often of Millstreet in County Cork.  I have contacted every Dineen and O’Callaghan in recently in hopes of establishing my ancestry.

Thank you

chuck gibbs


A friend of mine who lives in  Kentucky, USA  is trying to find any relatives she may have in Millstreet or anywhere in Ireland.

Her grandmother was a Julia Grimes born in Millstreet in 1873 to Daniel and Mary Grimes(nee Daly). She emigrated to America around 1890.

She had 7 siblings that I could trace in the Government Registry Office

Michael born 1864
Richard born 1865
Honora born 1867
Timothy born 1869
Bridget born 1871
Margaret born 1875
John born 1877

The only marriage of the family I could trace was that of Margaret who married Timothy O’Sullivan in 1903 in Millstreet. Timothy was a tailor by trade as was his father also named Timothy. There were three children of the marriage that I could find, Timothy born 1905, Richard born 1912 and John born 1914.

Richard married Mary Desmond of Liscahane , Millstreet in 1935.

That’s as far as I got.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and continued success.
Shay Clifford



We’ve been trying to find information on my great-great grandfather’s family.  His name is Dennis (Denis) Long, who married Margaret Fitzgerald, date unknown.  One of their  sons. William b. 20May1830 in Millstreet is my direct ancestor.

In my research I’ve found, in the “Return of Owners of Land in Ireland 1876” entries for Long, Denis and Long, James with the “Address of Owner” being “Knucknolomon, Millstreet.” and the property extent being about 69 acres.

From other contempory sources I’ve learned that in Aubane  there is a Long family that has lived in their home for more than 150 years and whose acreage would approximate the 69 acres after reflecting some divisions.

I’m trying to reconcile this information.  In doing so I’ve come up with a few additional items on which I’m requesting help.

1. I’ve been unable to find Knucknolomon in references such as Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland published in 1837.  Is this Knucknolomon the sane as the Knocknaloman which is identified on sutvey maps as west of Millstreet near Rathmore?
2. Similarly, Aubane is not included in either of these two 19th century reference books.  When did the name Aubane come into common use?
3. If the Knucknolomon of the 1873 reference is not the same as the Knocknaloman from the map, can anyone provide additional imformation?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Frank Long


Hello Millstreet,
A friend of mine who lives in Kentucky USA is trying to trace any relatives of her grandmother who was born in Millstreet.

Her name was Julia Grimes born in1873 to Daniel and Mary Grimes(nee Daly)

She had 7 siblimgs that I could trace.

Michael born 1864
Richard born 1865
Honora born 1867
Timothy born 1869
Bridget born 1871
Margaret born 1875
John born 1877

The only marriage that I could trace was that of Margaret who married Timothy O’Sullivan in 1903.
Timothy was a tailor as was his father also named Timothy. They had  three children . Timothy born  1905, Richard born 1912 and John born 1914.

Richard married Mary Desmond of Liscahane, Millstreet in 1935.

That’s as far as I could get.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and continued success.
Shay Clifford.


Hello there,

I wonder if anyone could help me as I had an uncle called Thomas Byrne who was born in Millstreet in June 1911. He married my mother’s sister Nora Halligan in 1953. He had a sister who (I think she was calles Kathleen but I am unsure) and she still lived in the area up to the early 1960’s or 70s and the family originally lived in a house belonging to the local convent.

His sister had children and one became a priest who went to America (possibly Boston) and he regularly used to visit the area during ’60’s and they would all meet up in Millstreet.

The other details of the family are virtually non-existent but I would be interested in confirming the details if possible.


Kevin Harrison


I am trying to contact John Kiely who lived in Millstreet in the late 1960’s when I was at boarding school wit him in Cistercian College, Roscrea.   Do you know of him or anyone locally who could help me find him ?

I would be obliged for your help.


Jim Ryan
4 Spencer Villas, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

Ph.  353 1 2806231  Mobile 087 2456402


My maiden name is DENEHEY.  Who were my Millstreet ancestors?

I know that my great-great Grandfather was PHILIP DENEHY, a native of Millstreet born about 1807.  He was a labourer who married MARY COLLINS (born 1815) in Glen Flesk, Co. Kerry in June 1836.  Then they sailed from Cork in August 1837 to Australia as free emigrants. A first child JULIA was born on the voyage 2 months before arriving in Hobart Town, Van Diemens Land (now Tasmania) in February 1838. They had a further 7 children (JOHN, apparently the only son, Margaret, Mary, Catherine Cecily, Elizabeth, Ann Jane, and Ellen).

Can anyone please tell me who were PHILIP DENEHY’S PARENTS, and whether he had any brothers or sisters, uncles or aunts?   I would be so grateful for any information at all about my Millstreet family.

Elizabeth (Denehey) Jones



On holliday recently, from England with my husband. I had the pleasure to
visit Millstreet my home town.I grew up in Aubane, where my brother Denny
Long, his wife Bernie, and family still live. As always we received a true
Irish welcome! Good food , a special treat of soda bread, followed by lots
of story telling and laughter! Both my sisters were there. Anne also from
england and Mamie from chicago with husband Ray – A rare family get
My husband Peter and I both enjoy fishing. We fished the Inniscara lakes
at Coachford and Dripsey, and also the famous Blackwater river near
Mallow. We had some really good sport on the Blackwater near fermoy.
I was very impressed to see what a busy thriving town Millstreet has
become, and what struck me most of all was how clean and tidy the town
looked! I’ts a real credit to the Millstreet people, and a place I am
proud to call my home town!
We enjoyed an evening meal at the Wallis Arms where we found the food to
be very good. And although the place was packed with diners, the service
was excellent!
Last but by no means least, I would like to say a huge thank you to
everyone at the Millstreet web-site for keeping all us exiles up to date
each, and every week, with news from home, and without the dedicated work
put in to keep this site going, this message could not have been
written….I salute you all!

Judy Spooner nee Long.


Hi Everyone,

I am trying to find out more about my great great grandfather Cornelius Murphy born in 6th May 1857 to John and Elizabeth Murphy who was formally Howard who resided in Millstreet.  He was the only child and was sent to Oxford for a gentleman’s education he left to join the navy at queens in 1876.

Any information would be welcomed




We have just come across your site and have spent a wondeful time reading.
In the site we have noticed family names that appear on different points on our family tree.We are now asking for anyones help  in our quest for finding our ancestors.

The names and informatiom we are trying to find are on Timothy and Margaret Buckley nee Murphy that apparently lived in Millstreet with their children : Patrick, Honora, Julia, Daniel,  Margaret, Hannah and Timothy, untill the children left to come to Australia.

Patrick never immigrated but stayed in Millstreet.

We know that Patrick  was born abt 1821? and married a Mary, we don’t even have her surname. They had three children, Timothy , John, and Catherine, we assume they had more but aren’t aware of their names.
We would really appreciate any help from you dear people, but most of all we are wondering if we have any living relatives still in Millstreet.
Cheers for now and look forward to a reply.
Susan Clarke – (Buckley) Australia


Hello Millstreet!  Ive heard so many wonderful things about this town.  We’re coming to visit September 15 and would like to find information on the Denehy family. My great-great-great-great Grandfather was John Denehy. He was born in Millstreet.  His son, Jeremiah, married Johanna Dineen before 1844.  I have found some burial records for Johanna’s mother, Mary Dineen in Clonmuth Burial Ground but can’t find a location of Clonmuth.  Any information would would be sincerely appreciated.  Terri


To Whom It May Concern:

I am trying to contact Ellen Cronin whom I believe is a sister at the
Drishane Convent.  Her parents were Thomas Cronin and Elizabeth O’Leary
Cronin.  Kindly let me know if you have any information on Ellen.  I am
related to Ellen and would love to know more about the O’Leary family

Thank you for your help with this.

Peg (Hensel) Kritek
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Deerfield, IL 60015
Phone: 847/948-3126
FAX:     847/948-4447


Hello Millstreet


> please can you help me. we so enjoyed this station particularily
thursday 26th july approx 10:00am
> they played a group of songs sounding like they were on the same
CD, they were a rock version of fields of athenrye and whisky in a jar
etc is there any possibility of getting a copy of this.
> please may you pass this letter on to some one that can help me
> yours faithfully angela williamson


not sure if any one can help me to learn more about my family from Millstreet. My Grandmother was margaret O’Riordan born in 1900 in kilmeedy,millstreet to denis O’Riordan & Hannah Buckley. Her brother was John,late of Knocknakilla & sister Hannah or Hannoria. I still have a cousin Willie of Knocknakilla who has given me some info but would love any more. i managed to visit with him & millstreet in june,first time in about 20yrs & it was if i had never been away. thanks for any help. viv leech


Im travelling to Ireland from Australia on the 16th of June and plan to visit Millstreet on Sunday the 24th.
The reason for my visit is that im a decendent of Timothy and Margaret Buckley (nee Murphy).From my information which was written some years back,they lived on the land at Kilcorney in the Parish of Banteer.
Sorry for the short notice but i would be really interested to meet anyone who would like to look at my information.
PS.My mother’s name was Kelleher and i have seen this name mentioned on your web pages.
Thanks for your time.Michael (Australia)


Millstreet was very
different then and I thank God continually that I grew up when I did.  Life
was simple and enjoyable.  And don’t let anybody tell you that we didn’t
have beautiful Summers back then.  We did.  We went picking blackberries,
mushrooms, gooseberries.  We went up the woods to pick “hurts.”  I imagine
they were blueberries?  We sneaked rides on the backs of the floats that
were taking the stacks of hay into the barns.  We paddled in the Cooleen and
were terrified of the “otter” that the boys told us lurked near the bank
waiting to attack our legs and probably bite them right off leaving only

In the Winter when a big freeze came we would pour water down the hill in
Main Street so it would freeze and next day we would gather and it became
our town’s official slide.  The Sergeant would come along later and pour
salt all over it to spoil our fun.  Can you imagine how quiet our little
town was, that we could have an icy slide that accommodated the town’s
adventurous children??
That could never happen now, it being such a busy marketplace.

In June or July (not sure which) we would have a huge bonfire.  All the
young people would gather sticks, tree limbs, even old tires (pre
environmentally-sensitive days) for weeks ahead of time.  When the big blaze
was lit, lots of townspeople came out…even grown ups.  The site was across
the road from where you work at O’Regan’s Mill, or very close to it.  I
wonder if it had anything to do with Guy Fawkes Day??  I can’t remember.

Summer was also the time when the roads and streets were repaved.  To this
day I still love the smell of hot tar!!  It reminds me of Summers long ago
in Millstreet.  There were three “pictures” a week at the West End Cinema.
Sunday afternoon at three o’clock we could get in to the matinee for
sixpence.  The shows were mostly Westerns with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, etc.
There was a little shop attached where “Mary the Cinema” sold chocolates,
“double centers” and other sweet treats.  One time in the window she had a
display of 8×10 photographs of handsome male movie stars. The caption
underneath read: “Take your pick, girls.”  I took the invitation seriously
and having checked the display for several days I finally made a selection:
Stewart Granger!  He was definitely the most handsome.  I can’t remember any
of the others.  Then people started going to Macroom and Mallow and
Killarney to see better pictures on bigger screens.  I remember the very
first CINEMASCOPE picture that was shown in Millstreet Cinema.  It was My
Sister Eileen.  It was a  big event and an exciting occasion.  But
eventually the little cinema closed.  I hope they build another one.  A
movie theatre is a special gathering place.


I wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your wonderful web site on Millstreet.  I was on line after seeing the movie “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” and there was Millstreet…so I check it out.  This is a fantastic movie getting the best reviews here in SF.  John , my husband is from Millstreet and still has a brother(Jerry) and family there.  We were so impressed with the site and forwarded it on to all our children and family.  Keep  up the good work.  Looking forward to reading more.
Nancy and John Singleton
56 Madrone avenue
San Francisco, California  94127-1122


Greetings from California!

I am planning on visiting ffriends in Mill Street this September so have been exploring the millstreet.ie website.  I must tell you, I have never seen as wonderful a community website.  It is very evident that the site is for your community, but warmly welcomes “strangers”.  I love all the notes about the residents of Mill Street, the news, history and the community events.  Your sense of community and pride in your home is quite evident.  The site is such a wealth of information I almost feel like I already know all of you!

Looking forward to seeing the “real” Mill Street,  Moira Margaret Fitzgerald


My maiden name is Sheehan and my great grandparents were Daniel Sheehan and Annie Duggan.  I know Daniel was born in 1875 in Tullig, Drishane, Millstreet.  His parents were John Sheehan and Catherine Lucey.  I can’t find any information on his parents other than their names on birth records of five known children.  I believe there were more children.  Daniel married Annie Duggan in Boston, Massachusetts in 1901.  I know Ellen came to Boston also and married Dennis Quill.  Prior to her marriage, she lived with her cousins, Hannah Buckley and Dennis & Mary Kelliher.  I don’t know that connection.
Annie Duggan’s parents were Edmond Duggan and Mary McElroy.  Spelling is not clear on parents names.
John and Catherine Sheehan lived in Carriganimmy in 1870; Tullig, Drishane from 1874-1877; and Tureenbawn in 1879.  This is known only from the children’s birth records.  Their children that I have located records for are:  Timothy, Cornelius, Daniel, Ellen and Jeremiah.

On a certain record, I did see the name Mary Lucey as a witness to something and Birgette (Bridget) Duggan as a witness at Ellen Sheehan’s wedding in Brockton, MA.    If anyone recognizes any of these families, I am at a dead end right now and would love a new tip to follow.  Thank you for your time.
Jeanne (Sheehan) Knudsen


Oh Millstreet what a huge shame about the Dolly Parton concert. I went to see her in Manchester with my mother and aunt who originate from Millstreet (Cleary family). It truly is fantastic to see her in person.Hope that you all get another chance to see her.
Love Donna


Dear Beth,     Click here to read Beth’s letter
I was so happy to see your message on the millstreet discussion forum.
I am a 36-year old female living in Colorado and have recently begun to
research my ancestry. I have been looking for information regarding
Catherine Kelleher and William Strafford. Here is what I’ve found so far
regarding their descendants.

I do not know what happened to William, but Catherine immigrated to
Manhattan, New York in 1853 (or 1854). She and William had three
children, one of who was Eva Strafford. Eva Strafford married Bernard
Barry, and they had a daughter named Ruth Barry (my great grandmother).
Ruth was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Ruth  married an  Englishman
named John (or William, can’t remember off the top of my head) Edwards ,
and they had a daughter named Mary Elizabeth Edwards. Mary Edwards
married John Dunning Russell  and they lived in  Ohio and then Los
Angeles. They had three daughters (Joan, Christina, and Mary Kathleen —
my mother). Ruth died in 1967 and Mary Edwards died in 1966. John
Russell died in 2001. I can give you specific dates for Catherine and
Eva if you are interested.

So, Catherine Kelleher would be my great, great, great grandmother. Does
this mean we are cousins in some way?

Again, thank you so much for your internet posting!  At least I have the
names of William Strafford’s and Catherine Kelleher’s parents.  I was
guessing she was born in 1835 due to  information I got regarding her
passage to the US (which according to the records, she was only 18.

Best regards,
Mary Stromberger
722 Mount Massive Dr.
Livermore, CO 80536


It was a treat beyond comparison to see the pictures of Simon Deasy visiting the classrooms in Millstreet.  Not only is he cute and handsome, but he has a wonderful way with children.  The joy and excitement that pours from every picture is palpable.  Whoever was responsible for bringing him to the school should be very proud of the impressions that these young people will be left with for a long time to come.
As a teacher, I was also very impressed with the glimpses of the classrooms.  They are bright, colorful and filled with print-rich material and graphic aids that children need as they learn and grow.  I am a big believer in inviting outside personalities in to the classrooms.  Whether they be famous ones, such as Simon Deasy, local people with great stories to tell or parents as guest readers, it is important for young people to know that their learning and growing happens not just from textbooks and not just from the teacher in their classroom, but from many sources and many people.
Kudos to all responsible.  Special thanks to whoever took the great pictures.  Beautiful, beautiful job!  It is ten o’clock in the morning out here in Texas and nothing else that happens today will top the pictorial essay of the visit.
Thank you for the delight.
C. Anne Duggan


My great great grandfather, John Hall Leader, was born in Millstreet on January 2, 1828. He emigrated to the US in 1848. I don’t know anything about his immediate family in Millstreet except that his father’s name may also have been John. I assume that he had some connection to the Leader family that was prominent in the Millstreet area at the time, but I’ve been unable to make a direct connection. From what I can tell, the prominent Leader family was primarily Protestant. John Hall Leader was almost certainly raised as a Catholic. He was educated at “Christian Brothers College” in Cork and was known as an observant Catholic in the US.

So far, I’ve been unable to find any trace of John Hall Leader in Ireland. I would appreciate any information.

Harry Connors


I am afraid that this e-mail is not of what I would like to be contacting you about. But I feel that this needs to be mentioned.
My mother Mrs Coffey(nee Cleary) over this past Christmas sent over 3 roses .to be placed on her dearly departed family members graves.
But sadly to our dismay have recently be told that 1 rose has been stolen.It is sad to know that things like this go on in her home town.After all of the years spent here never has our family known of such a disgrace .
I feel that your neighbourhood need to be aware of this. so that it doesn’t cause other people the same heartache.

Dear Sean,
I am not sure to whom this should be addressed but I just
wanted to let the people of Millstreet know how impressed we were with the
warm and graciousness we received at the time of Neily Collins’ death.
Neily was a wonderful human being and loved the town he had known
throughout his entire life.  Neily was a man of integrity.  He was a perfect
gentleman, and exhibited honesty and kindness in every aspect of his life.
How happy he would have been  to see the outpouring of love for him at the
wake, removal, and funeral.  So many people came up to us to express their
sympathy and share anecdotes of his life.  This really touched us and helped
us to cope with the sudden loss of such a fine man. We wish to express our
sincerest thanks to all of you who were there when we needed you most.
This kindness will never be forgotten.


Denis and Ann Collins (U.S.A.)


last summer me and a friend of mine were hiking in ireland and i had a
terrible toothache…i was took so many painkillers and they didn’t
work…then i came to the tubrid well and i started to drink some of the
water and i spoke to my gods asking them for purification, asking them to
return to the place that was once sacred to us…i took some of the water
with me and took one painkiller with it…and just kept drinking the water
and 2 days later, the pain was gone, GONE!

a miracle? i don’t know but if it was, just know that it is not only a
christian place…the gods of old still roam there…

just wanted you all to know that…


i was talking to engineers in motorola and the seem to take the view
that there is absolutely no reason that they cant relocate and/or share
the mast at nearby mullaghanish, or create a newon nearby

just a thaught..
Whatever about the scenic value of Clara mountain (which is priceless)  I would like to highlight something that seems to have been overlooked about the poles up clara mountain.  From regularly paragliding high above the mountain we can see things that people on the ground don’t notice (including the ESB/Permanet) and the most remarkable thing is a wide Ring Fort at the very top.  If I can find some photos I will post them.  The proposed line of the poles from the back to the existing little concrete hut traverses this ring fort.  So as well as not considering “scenic value”, nor the wishes or the local community, they are also defacing our national monument.  After contacting the ESB about the poles…their line was that their only interest was to “provide an electricity supply as cheaply as possible”.

And what is worse……permanet’s website mention the following  “IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS”.  There doesn’t appear to be any evidence that they consulted with anyone other that the landowner, the ESB and the invite from IRD Duhallow (who may be from the area,  but surely not be considered local…what about the Millstreet people) to provide broadband.

Shame on you ESB….and Shame on you Permanet also.

Firstly thank you for alerting the wider World on the broadband mast to be built on Clara but it is now up to the Millstreet community to force the E S B to bury the offensive cable as is said where there is a will there is a way, it is with sadness and nostalgia that I read of this on the Millstreet web site, nostalgia for what was and sadness for what will be, I am sure that the E S B has never been a benevolent company towards Nature and natural beauty but no doubt they pay their C E O’s millions
of Euros annually and if they have to bury cables it will eat into their profits so any change of plans they will make can only be brought about by protest, thanks for telling the World about this, my heart is with you on this one and remember that one voice can become a deafening roar, only those who love Clara’s beauty can save Clara’s beauty, good luck on this one.
currently reside in the US but will without doubt return in a year or so.

Millstreet is a beautiful region of North Cork with Clara Mountain as one of
our land marks.

It would be a sin to interfere with such evident beauty so please do what
you can to save it.

Millstreet Resident


Hello there Millstreet!
My name is Barry G Rafferty and I am the Great Great Grandson of Patrick and Julia Geran married in Millstreet 22 Jul 1856. they lived in Ballydaly and had a nice family. My Great Grandfather Jerimiah born 15 Dec 1860 came to England and married Jane Field 10 Sep 1892, they had 1 daughter and 3 sons. Kathleen born 1893, John born 1895, Stanley(My Grandfather) born 1898 and George Victor born 1901. My Grandfather married Winifred Annie Ford 3 Mar 1923, they had 2 daughters and 1 son. Ruth Brenda Geran (My mother) born 30 Dec 1923, William Henry Geran born 28 May 1925 and Roma Susan Geran born 17 Dec 1929
My Mother had 2 children, Barry Gordon Rafferty and my sister Brenda Anne Rafferty, and I have 5 children and 11 Grandchildren…This Summer I have payed to have my Great Great Grandfathers Grave turned into a freehold to preserve it so that no one can be buried in it after the lease runs out, I also done the same for his wife who is buried in a separate grave, and also my grand parents as well….Next year I intend to have grave stones put on all 3 graves..
Its been a couple of years since I visited Ballydaly and Millstreet and I guess its time to visit again so next year (2007) I’ll be paying a visit.
All the Best


Just checking in with the Millstreet news.  My brother, Kyle Denehy and myself visited Millstreet in March 2005.  I see that Con Dennehy was voted Personality of the Month, Congratulations….     Would love to hear from any of the Denehy’s still in County cork. I am a school teacher and volunteer firefighter north of Cincinnati, Ohio (Home of Pete Rose and the big Red Maching of the 70’s)


Hi Millstreet

I had noticed this item on your discussion forum on the website from a Catherine Desmond from New York

: Just to tell you a little about myself: my grandfather was Jack Lucey, Tooreenbawn.  I’m sure that many in Aubane remember the Lucey family.

Catherine if your out their somewhere I had added this (as below) to the forum sometime ago, is there any connections? Please do not hestitate to contact me: email as below.


> I am trying to trace ancestors of my G.Grandmother Hannah Lucey, my grandfather wrote that his mother was from Millstreet, unfortunately I don’t know who her parents were. Hannah was born around 1874, she supposedly had two brothers one of which I think was Jeremiah. Hannah married Michael O’Donoghue in Glengarriffe Co. Cork in 1898 and had 6/7? children. Michael died around 1922 and Hannah later returned to the area she was born. Hannah died abt 1958.  If anybody has any information it would be greatly appreciated – unfortunately this is all I have to go on.

If anybody as any information please contact me as I have very little info to go on and it doesn’t help any when I have no information on her parents, there seems to be an awful lot of Luceys around your area but there must be someone who may be able to make a connection with my Hannah Lucey!!!!!!!!!
Thanks heaps
P.S:  I regularly check in on the website, your doing a great job keep up the good work guys!!!!
Julie Donoghue – Wellington N.Z



Click here for message from Catherine Desmond
Cead Mile Failte from Westerly, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Your website is wonderful and keeps us immigrants in touch with life in our homeland.  Please keep up the good work.   It is nice to be able to “go home and visit” with just a few keystrokes.

Joanna Hnatow
(nee Hickey of Knockdubh, Cullen)


Hi to Millstreet Town

My Name is Mary O’Connell (nee Kelleher) My Father came from Aubane, Just
writing to say its lovely to see the site grow like this,

Dad died in 1997 age 75, but would have got a great kick out of seeing it. I
still have a cousin there and we do down a couple of times a year,

I would love to talk to some of the older folk that would have known him and
his family,


Mary O Connell


Hello To Whomever In Millstreet Reads This,
My husband and I are travelling to Ireland for the first time tomorrow and plan to make a stop in Millstreet. I am hoping to find some information on my Great-great Grandfather, Patrick Cornelius Murphy who was born in Millstreet in 1821, son of Daniel Murphy. He married Mary Crowley who died in 1855 either there or on the passage to America as Patrick emigrated in 1855. Would anyone know if any Murphy relatives still live in town? I would love to learn anything I could. Thank you so much,
Diane Barry
Deep River, Connecticut USA


Hello to everyone in Millstreet !!

I stumbled on this website by accident and am now a regular visitor – I
love it! I live in London and love seeing all the news and updates from
Millstreet. It’s a terrible shame we can’t tune into LTV2 Millstreet
over here, I’d love to see it. Is there any way of getting it online?
It’s great looking through all the event photos and spotting people I

I have family in Cullen – my aunt Judy O’Sullivan and my lovely first
cousins Margaret, Patricia, Juilet and Jacqueline – hello to ye all.
Hello aswell to Nana (Nellie Goggin) and Paddy Goggin in Kilcorney.

Bye for now,
Suzanne Goggin


Dear Sir or Madam

I am a local person living in the Millstreet area and in my final year in
college. I am currently undertaking a project about an educational
historical event in the local area. I would like to base my project on
Drishane castle as I have heard a lot about it but don’t know that much
I have found out about it’s origins but am most interested in the time it
was used as a school.
In particular I would like to find out such things as the curriculum that
was used and people who attended and worked there.
I would be very grateful if someone could recommend a publication to me or I
would be delighted to hear from someone who went through that school system.

Thanking you
Linda Dennehy
LONG of Knucknalomon, Millstreet


My husband is a third genereation Long from Millstreet.  We have done extensive research in the Boston area and have found clues that the family comes from Millstreet.  William left Ireland in 1848 and arrived in Boston.  We know his father’s name is Denis Long and his mother’s name Margaret Fitzgerald.  Griffith’s Valuation mentions a Denis Long of Church Lane, Millstreet in Drishane Parish.  In 1876, a Denis & James Long of Knucknaloman, Millstreet each own 69 acres of land according to the Landowner’s of One Acre and Upwards Report.  Is Knucknalomon a street name?
When we were in Millstreet we did not have any luck finding any Long’s still living there.  We would love to make contact with a living relative from our family.
Can anyone suggest the catholic church where the Long’s would have attended and the records kept so we can get birth and marriage records for our family.
We have no information on the Fitzgerald clan.
Any information would be appreciated.


Greetings . looking for connections to Edmond O’Shea married Johanna
O’Sullivan New Zealand in1869they had only 3 children. Would love any info ”

may I add please some further info ,,,Edmond or George O’Shea were married
in New Zealand  in1869 but must have returned to gold mine in U S A as there first child
Thomas was born there in1870..they came back to New Zealand as there other two children
were born here , one became sister Aloyious Amercy nun john Edward was my
grand father. Thomas became arch bishop of New Zealand

Helen O’Shea Kingi


Greetings and best wishes to all who know me in Millstreet.  Congratulations on the website; it keeps getting better and better.
(Donal Kelleher, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
% I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading about your 30th
% Anniversary Celebration.  The photos are fantastic!
% Just to tell you a little about myself: my grandfather was Jack Lucey,
% Tooreenbawn.  I’m sure that many in Aubane remember the Lucey family.
% God Bless. And I’m already looking forward to reading about the 31st.
% Anniversary Celebration, the 32nd……., the 34th……
% May I wish everyone joy and peace this Christmas season.
% Best Regards,
% Catherine Desmond
% New York


Hi there, I was wondering if you would be able to help a little.  My wife
and I have been researching her Irish family background, and we have found
out quite a lot, but we need some help.

I hope that I have come to the right place.

We know that her grandfather, Daniel P. Cronin emigrated with siblings and
parents, from Millstreet parish, County Cork in 1863 when Daniel was 7 years
old.  They apparently traveled on the steamship The Great Eastern, landing
in New York.  Daniel’s parents, my wife’s great grandparents were John
Cronin and Johanna Cronin ( nee Hickey, of the same parish).   John Cronin’s
father was also named John Cronin.  We understand that they were farmers in
Ireland.  They eventually settled in Ohio.  We have now found the cemetery
that they are in, in Ohio, USA.  Interestingly, the name is apparently a
good one, as Daniel’s son, my wife’s father was also John Cronin.
Unfortunately he passed away before my wife could learn any family history,
and it is only now that we are managing to learn much, and it is through the
help of historical societies, and museums that we have started to develop
the family tree, which has such deep meaning for both Phyllis and our son,

We are hoping that you can help us find records  in your parish that would
be helpful.    Cemetary records, marriage records, school records, local
history books, land registry, that kind of thing.  We traveled to Ireland a
year ago, but found that we hadn’t yet done enough research to allow us to
find family history.  Now we have quite a bit and we look forward to coming
back.  We would love to visit the old Cronin Homestead in County Cork,
Millstreet Parish, but we will need help to get that far.  We would also
like to visit cemeteries in County Cork where relatives rest in peace.  Our
son was quite moved, last year when we found old “Cronin” tombstones, but it
will be even more meaningful when we find some that we know are  truly
relatives. We would also like to see a passenger list for the Great Eastern
to help confirm some of the information that we have found so far.

At our trip last year, all we knew was that the family was from County
Cork, and now we have good evidence indicating what part of the county, your
part!  We would greatly appreciate any information that you could provide us
with.  My family would love to come “home” again.

Any help or ideas would be most welcome, and I thank you in advance.  We
have also written to the local museum for help.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Lorie Gold

Mrs. Phyllis Gold (nee Cronin)


Just like to say, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!  the web site was a  great idea.

I have been in London for some time and to be able to  keep in contact with
my home town Millstreet, is brilliant.  It is  great seeing people and places
that I know and catching up with the  local gossip.



Hi Sean R. and other Millstreet folks,
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoy this website and feel a bit closer to Millstreet when we can keep up on the happenings in your area. We visited for the first time in August of 2004 and left a chunk of our hearts in Millstreet. While there, we met Sean Radley, and he graciously invited us to help celebrate Hannah Lucey’s 100th birthday party. We met so many wonderful people in the area.
My great-grandfather James Riordan was born in Millstreet in 1834 to James and Catherine (nee Lane) Riordan (both born in 1800). He and my great-grandmother (Margaret Reardon or Riordan, born 1843 in Macroom) met and married in San Francisco, California during the gold rush days. They became ranchers in Nevada. My family and I continue to work and live on the same ranch. The youngest of our family, John Riordan, is the 6th generation Riordan on the place. Heritage and tradition are important to us. We value the struggles our ancestors endured in both Ireland and America. Our dilemma: we cannot make a definite family connection in Millstreet, though we have the original letters by James Riordan, writing of his family’s heritage in Millstreet. Any information of Riordans or O’Riordans or Lanes in your area would be appreciated, or interest in corresponding.
Thank you
Michael Riordan
Jiggs, Nevada
P.S. Good to hear of the Recycling Center- such a worthwhile effort in a beautiful country. Keep up the great work of the website.


Hello ,

I contacted you several months ago concerning my ancesters in you
area. You were gracious enough to offer assistance. If you have the time
,I would be very happy to have your help.  I visited Millstreet last
year in August. I did not have time to do the research that was

I did find record of Hanora Foley at Dromtarriff  She is my great great
grandmother  She was born on Sept. 21, 1832  and christened  at the
At Dromtarriff    She was the  daughter of Michael Foley and Abigail
Mead   My great great grandfather Edmund or Edmond Kelly( her spouse)
was born in Cork County in 1828
It is my hope to find some connection to those who remain in this area.
They both left Ireland, at what time and what departure area, I am not
sure . I am not sure when or where they were married.  I have not been
able to find Edmunds parents or other relatives in Ireland. I do know
that they made it to America and had their first son John Ambrose Kelley
in Rye, New York   Dec 17, 1867    Second  child Edward  in Ilinois
Third child Phoebe Kelly on February  10, 1880 in Illinois   Fourth
child Michael Effin Kelley  in 1882 in Illinois.   They all moved to and
settled in Creston Iowa This is where they are all buried.    Edmund
Kelly   born 1828 died 1893    Hanora  ( Foley) Kelly  born Sept 21,
1832     Children:  John Ambrose Kelley   born Dec. 17, 1867 died Dec.
09, 1914       Edward Kelly born date unknown   died  May 22. 1924
Phoebe Kelly born Feb 10, 1880 died Aug 16, 1953 in Aurora Illinois
buried in Creston  Michael Effin Kelley born 1882 died June 10, 1931
all buried in the catholic cemetery at Creston .

I know that it is difficult to find a lot of this information on the
quick, but anything you can do to help will be appreciated. I believe
that they would not have went far from there home area to christen there
Baby, Hanora Foley and some one must be left in that area who is
related. Hanora could be Honora and Kelly in Ireland should be Kelly
However In America it switched back and forth on documents from Kelly to
Kelley.  Edmund could be Edmond

Creston, Iowa at times looks like Ireland . However it is a land of
extreme weather changes. I can only imagine that their first winter must
have seemed like a nightmare.

Ireland is the most beautiful place I have ever been in the world.
Don’t let your prosperity ruin the beauty of your people and your
Thank You For Your Consideration,
Shaun Michael Kelley
2390 175th Street
Afton, Iowa 50830   Telephone  641-347-8775    or 641- 344-3453


The recycling centre bins for bottles, soft plastics have been full
the last two Wednesday I have called. It is very disappointing and the place looks so
professional . Is there a better day to call or was I just unlucky.

Helina O Shea

I had a phone call from my good friend Jimmy Sullivan and he tells me that you were trying to contact me about my site on the ”The Web Poetry  Corner’ if you want to link my site to your web page that would be an honour for me, I know that there are links to my site in other web pages so go for your life anyway Hannelie congratulations on your marvellous Millstreet web site I do dip in there from time to time and it is like a breath of fresh air to me as it must be for all other Millstreet migrants who are online all over the World, I do get The Clara News and other Irish Magazines sent to me from time to time by my good friend Joan Moynihan and it is always nice to hear of the recent news from Ireland and especially from the old home Parish, it would seem that Millstreet is a changed place from the Millstreet I knew but that’s life I do suppose, nothing stays the same, I do like reading the stories and the successes of Millstreet people on your site, I  like John Tarrant’s column on sport and Eily Buckley’s column and Sean Radley’s ”In Passing” and all of the other contributions from the contributors to your site, keep up your good work Hannelie.

Francis Duggan


Donna from Manchester reminds us that her Uncle Teddy Cleary (originally from Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet) and his wife Lily celebrate the Silver Anniversary of their wedding  on Friday, 23rd September 2005.  We all join in extending our very best wishes to Teddy and Lily on their very special day.



(A Katrina Story)

She was about three years old, perhaps, and balancing her plate with surprising dexterity in one so young.  She also had a cold drink and a salad bowl.

I had just arrived with Zita Barkey and Delia Clancy Cowles at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB)to offer help, if needed, to the neighbors from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who were there for temporary shelter as Houstonians worked around the clock to provide it.  We were part of an “army” of sorts, all dressed in bright yellow t-shirts that designated us as volunteers.  Across the front of our shirts were the words: OPERATION COMPASSION.  After our deft driver, Delia, secured a parking place a few blocks from the Center, we walked to the entrance to begin our “shift.”  The first step we took onto the sidewalk outside the GRB, we were pointed to the rear entrance where volunteers were to sign up and get a security clearance.  Every twenty yards or so, we were greeted by other “yellow shirts” and waved along with a smile and a thank you.   Upon arriving at the door, we walked up three long flights of concrete steps to the third floor where initiation and assignments would take place.  The code of the moment was to treat our guests with respect and hospitality.  Being patronising was not on the menu.  After a short time we were on the floor among the hundreds of people who were in different stages of the evening meal.  Some had completed their meal and were sharing stories, reading news accounts about their home states, on cell phones or simply sitting, perhaps trying to grasp the reality of it all.  Many more people were still in line for their meal.  Quite a surprise to us was that the lines for dinner were short.  There were about five stations, all serving the same food.  This, no doubt, prevented any one line from being too long.  There were family units, single individuals, babies and the elderly.  Teenagers were tentatively getting back into what comes naturally to teenagers…noticing a pretty girl, admiring a handsome boy.  And there was a surprising number of people of different ages in wheelchairs.

Shortly after our shift started was when I met the little girl mentioned at the top of this story.  She was in the dinner line with her Mom and two siblings.  When I saw her little juggling act, I asked if I could help.  Being eager to show me that that she could handle it herself (thank you very much!), she suggested that I help her little sibling.  She said her “Gramma” was waiting for her at a table.  There were so many tables, I worried that it would take some time before we found the one where Gramma was sitting.  As if to help out, the little one piped up: “My Gramma’s name is Angel.”  Now what should I do?  Shout out: “Angel, where are you?”  Then her Mom came along with the other two little ones and pointed the way.

What happened next was a rather surprising and delightful exchange that seemed to span the years for the grandmother.  As I approached the table, I said: “Hello, Ms. Angel!”  She jumped out of her chair, ran to me, wrapped me in her arms and would not let me go.  When she released me from her grateful, joyous hug, it appeared that she knew me from some distant place and time.  Perhaps I had taught one of her children?  Perhaps I had taught her!  Gramma’s are getting younger all the time and I am not thirty nine anymore!!  In thirty five years of teaching, I remember many, but not all of the families that have passed through my classrooms.  This seemed to be a family that I did not remember.  At first I thought she must have mistaken me for someone else.  But the love and remembrance in her face and eyes told me that even though I had no memory of her, she had clear and positive memories of me.  She asked if I was still teaching.  I told her I retired in May.  She then turned to her daughter and asked:  “Did you know who she was?  Did you remember?”  I wondered then was it the daughter I had taught, and here she is with her mother and three small children, seeking safety and love in a new city?  It was such a happy scene in the midst of that large crowd and in such strained life circumstances that I felt it to be inappropriate, if not cruel, to tell them that I had no memory of knowing them.  I didn’t tell.  We chatted a little while and I then waved them good-bye.  Zita Barkey, who had been on the periphery of this exchange, asked:  “Who is she?  Who are they?  What a coincidence!”  What a coincidence indeed!

I resumed the business of tending to the needs of our human brothers and sisters in that large space.  Eventually, Delia, Zita and I met at a prearranged gathering spot.  Delia told us of one young man she had noticed as she went around.  He was ragged and dirty.  She sensed that he may have a mental illness that needed attention.  She sat with him awhile and discovered that he had family in Florida.  At her offer of help in making connections, he told her that he wanted nothing to do with them.  She made mental notes and found one of the Texas Medical Center Volunteers and gave a detailed description.    Later, Delia, Zita and I went looking for him.  Not finding him in the eating hall, we went down to the first level.  This was the space where all the air mattresses were lined up in neat rows.  Beside most sleeping spaces were tubs, boxes, bins, black trash bags, all stuffed with what few belongings they were able to grab before running from a monster storm.  Babies were already sleeping, an elderly woman in a wheelchair was being helped with personal needs, Dads were watching over their little families and others were just alone looking frail and sad.  This was how we expected to find Delia’s young man…looking frail and sad and alone.  Unfortunately, we didn’t find him.  We had hope, however, that before long, he would become one of the tens of thousands of people who were receiving appropriate help and assistance in this most heartbreaking of human conditions.

Words are not adequate in describing the admiration I have for the city and county officials of the Houston Metropolitan Area.  Houston is a place not well-known for its’ natural beauty.  People do not come here for the mountains or lakes.  We don’t have any.  We have a warm (make that HOT) climate in Summer, though our Falls, Winters and Springs can be quite glorious.  However, beautiful scenery and gorgeous climate cannot extend the warmth and generosity that the PEOPLE of Houston have extended to our neighbors from the east.  Volunteers are pouring into the shelters since the call went out.  Wealthy matrons from the environs of the priviledged.  High School Seniors.  Church groups.  Corporate teams from Downtown skyscrapers.  All are showing up to help.  The food being provided is first-class and there is plenty of it.  The security so necessary wherever large crowds are gathered is low-key and affable, but alert.  There are kiosks set up for every type of need.  There is even a “store.”  Yes, all those clothes, etc. that you donated are neatly hanging and a guest can go there to make a request.  Continental Airlines has a bank of computers writing up One-Way tickets to any US city of an evacuee’s choosing.  (FLY FEMA!).  Many were availing themselves of this offer to resettle in cities where they have a friend, a cousin or some other connection.


One last thought:  All those things we collect?  All the money and property we accumulate?  None of it really matters.  Life is short and fragile.  An instant can change everything that is familiar and comfortable for us.

Anne Duggan


Hi Folks,
I am on annual leave this week, and used the web to keep up to date with happenings in Millstreet. You are all doing a great job, it is a wonderful facility you are providing.
Keep up the good work.

Geraldine Galvin
Bank of Ireland


We’ve just received the following query from Mary Ellen Willburn in relation to a Geneological Search.   If anyone feels they may be able to assist Mary Ellen in this “Roots” search please email her at ——- .   The following information Mary Ellen has shared with us when she emailed Millstreet Museum:

Catherine “Kate” Corcoran O’Connor
born: 3-11-1844 in Millstreet
She had 11 sibblings:
Cornelius, John, Mike, Sr.Mary Patrick(Ursuline nun)
all immigrated to USA. Timothy and
Margaret(O’Sullivan)stayed in Ireland. I suspect the
Corcoran grave site in old St. Patrick’s cemetery are
her parents, grandfather, and brother:  It reads,
and Timothy(b-1824, d-1879). Maybe Kate was the
youngest, I don’t know.We also suspect t he baptismal
font presently in the church is the one she was
baptised at.

Kate married Daniel Dennis O’Connor.His sibblings were
twin brothers-Patrick(Ireland) and William, Mike and
Dennis( who married Nora Cronin from Lakes Killarney,
County Kerry and immigrated 3/1865),John and  sister
Mary.I have no other information on the O’Connors and
I know it is the 3rd most common name in Ireland.UGH!
We did find a tombstone in the old St.Patrick’s
cemetary that may be related-the names coincide
w/family names: “In Memory of the Brothers, Denis
O’Connor, Maurice O’Connor, Patick O’Connor, Cornelius
O’Connor. They all were from Shanaknuck.????

Sooooooooooo let me know if you unleash any clues.
This is like working a puzzle-BACKWARDS!

Many thanks…Mary Ellen Willburn.


I am researching the surname of Kelleher.
I found our John Kelleher born about 1800 Co. Kerry, Ire.

John Kelleher married Mary Shea in Co. Kerry date unk. to me.  I do not have any other information on Mary Shea.

They had daughter, Catherine (Katherine),  known to us as “Kate”.   Catherine Elizabeth Kelleher  was born in 1835 in Co. Kerry.

Catherine Elizabeth Kelleher  married William P. Strafford.  William P. Strafford b. about 1835, son of Patrick and Mary (Cassey) Strafford of Ireland.

A second daughter, Deborah Kelleher, was born to John and Mary (Shea) Kelleher. No other information known about Deborah Kelleher in Ireland.

A third daughter, Elizabeth Kelleher, birth date unknown, married Daniel C. O’Sullivan probably in Massachusetts, USA.

If any of this is familiar to any of your contacts, I would be grateful if they contacted me for the purpose of sharing genealogy.

Thank you very much for your time.


Hi Beth,
My name is Deborah Sheridan my maiden name is Kelleher.
I know my father has a lot of history on our family tree. My great great great grandfather came to Australia from County Clare (or Cork?) I think in the early 1800’s, his name was Daniel Kelleher. I am not sure how far back hi information goes and I cant recall in discussions another Deborah Kelleher, however if you think that there may be some ties let me know and I will find out some more info.


I am researching my family tree, and was told my Great, Grandfather’s sister also went to the Drishane Convent (St. John’s) and I was wondering if you knew how I would be able to get any information on her from the convent.  Is it still standing?  Do you know how I might go about getting any information on this at all?  I don’t even know exactly where this convent is located.  Somewhere in County Cork.  I would really appreciate any feedback.  Thank you very much.


> Hello
> I am trying to trace ancestors of my G.Grandmother Hannah Lucey, my grandfather wrote that his mother was from Millstreet, unfortunately I don’t know who her parents were. Hannah was born around 1874, she supposedly had two brothers one of which I think was Jeremiah. Hannah married Michael O’Donoghue in Glengarriffe Co. Cork in 1898 and had 6/7? children. Michael died around 1922 and Hannah later returned to the area she was born. Hannah died abt 1958.
> If anybody has any information it would be greatly appreciated – unfortunately this is all I have to go on.
> Thank you
> Kind regards
> Julie Donoghue


Thank you for the Personality of the Month for July.  I enjoyed every word of it and it touched my heart the way Pat Golden of Crinaloo wrote about his life, his work, his family, his dreams and aspirations.  It is quite inspiring to read about such a good and genuine person.  I especially admired the loving words he wrote about his mother who is now living with him and his family.  In this loud, boisterious and many times nasty world we are living in, Pat brings to mind how blessed we are to still have people like him to remind us of the beauty and goodness that is all around us.  He made my day!!  As for the picture, I think it is superb…the subject AND the photography!  Thanks again all the  way from Texas to Crinaloo.                                  C. Anne Duggan


> Hello,
> I am researching the O’riordan name from Millstreet. My grandfather was Bartholomew (Batt) and my grandmother was Margaret (Maggie) kelliher Riordan. They left Ireland around 1904 and came to NY. They left their 2 sons Jack and Jeremiah (Darb) with their grandmother Mary Lucy Kelliher.
> In the 1960’s I wrote to a cousin and I am pretty sure her name was Elizabeth O’Riordan from Murphys Terrace Millstreet. I know she had a brother named Sean, but cannot remember any other member of her family. I would love to be able to get in touch with her again.
> Thank you very much.
> Fondly
> Judy


A better alternative to a nursing home…

About 2 years ago my wife and I were on a cruise through the western
Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed an elderly lady
sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining room I
also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc., all
seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was,
expecting to be told she owned the line, but he said he only knew that she
had been on board for the last four cruises, back to back.

As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say
hello. We chatted and I said, “I understand you’ve been on this ship for the
last four cruises”. She replied, “Yes, that’s true.”  I stated, “I don’t
understand” and she replied, without a pause, “It’s cheaper than a nursing

So, there will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I
am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing
home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at Princess and I can
get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That
leaves $65 a day for:

1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.

2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant,
or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast in bed every
day of the week).

3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free
washers and dryers, and shows every night.

4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.

5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5
worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.

6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.

7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress
replaced? No Problem!They will fix everything and apologize for your

8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don’t even have to ask for

9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare; if
you fall and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a
suite for the rest of your life.

Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama
Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go?
Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don’t look for me in a nursing
home, just call shore to ship.

Eily Buckley


>> I would be very interested to read  some info on the new recycling
> plant in Millstreet.  I have heard that it is state-of-the-art.  How
> are the recyclables collected?  Do the residents and businesses take
> them to the center?  Or is there some kind of door-to-door pickup?  I
> am very proud of my native town for being so environmentally conscious.
> My mother, Catherine Duggan, was the “original recycler.”  She always
> tried to get two, three or four uses out of everything.  She would
> remind me to cut string close to where the knot was, so that it would
> live to see another day on another package.  She would write to the
> product manufacturers such as those that made the jams and jellies and
> encourage them put their products in RE-USABLE jars.  Perhaps with
> screw-on lids.  This was not out of stinginess, as she was a very
> generous woman, but out of her copncern that nothing should ever be
> wasted.  She was very environmentally sensitive.  She would love what
> is going on in Millstreet.
We are all very proud of our recycling centre.  They do not take
> everything, for the moment they take, bottles, soft plastics, cardbord,
> wood, farm plastics, scrap metal, tetra packs, batteries, fridges.  We
> have to sort through our own stuff, separate, wash and then take it to
> the centre to be placed into different containers for recycling.  It
> really is very easy, all it takes is a bit of planning.
Thanks for the Recycling answer.  Here we recycle(In Texas) :  Glass,
plastics with no. 1 and 2 on the bottom, paper, cardboard boxes, aluminum
cans ( here they say a-LOO-minum), tin.  Every homeowner gets a bin and it
is picked up curbside every two weeks.  Glass we have to take to a city
recycling center.  There are about five around the city.  These centers also
take paint and cans, used oil, and anything else hazardous such as used
batteries from the smallest to the biggest.  Once a month, on a Monday, we
have what is called HEAVY TRASH pickup.  The day before, we can put out
ANYTHING that is not specifically recyclable…furniture we no longer want
or need, sinks, etc.etc.  The great thing about this is that some people
with pickup trucks troll the streets the night before and pick up things
they can use or want to repair and maybe sell.  Great recycling!!  I once
found a really nice door that someone no longer wanted.  Problem was, when I
got a handyman to put it up, he told me that most doors come with frame and
all the fittings.  So, next heavy trash day I put it back out and it was
picked up by some enterprising person before the city truck came around!!
Thanks for the info about Millstreet’s recycling.
anne duggan
Greetings, Hannelie!  Thank you for your reply.  Yes, I was born and grew up in Millstreet.  My mother was Catherine Duggan of Woodmist.  My father was Cornelius Duggan, the Bridge.  I am the youngest of eleven:
Maura (Falvey),  Augustine, (who died at the age of six of spinal meningitis), Bernard (deceased), Noel, Sean (deceased), Colette (Dunne), Tim, Fidelis, Denis, Pat and yours truly.  Thank you for the invitation to participate in Millstreet People Living Elsewhere.  I will be delighted to do that in the near future.  Happy First Birthday to the GIFT.  With regards to what to include in the site, I am DYING to have an updated photo of Crowley’s Corner.  I grew up across the street and used to go to Crowley’s to buy my Giftie Toffee bar and Sailor’s Chew!!                                                        Peace for now:                       Anne Duggan


This site is the BEST thing that has happened to me this year!!  I love checking in and getting the “GIFT” of the day and then looking up the Millstreet site.  I don’t know anybody else from Ireland whose hometown has this kind of service.  I love the pictures taken by James McSweeney…I have saved most of them and peruse them frequently.  Thanks to all who are involved in this gift to the community and to all those locals all over the globe who sometimes miss home and things familiar.  If ever you get tired and weary, just know that there are Millstreet people all over the world checking in every day and getting the best medicine of all for their spirit….a taste of HOME.   Thank you!
C. Anne Duggan, 8711 Reamer St., Houston, Texas


Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy checking the Millstreet web site on
a regular basis.

Having had my first visit to Millstreet in June ’04,  I was overwhelmed by
the hospitality and

the friendliness of the residents of Millstreet and Ireland in general.

Ireland has a reputation for its beauty and the hospitable nature of the
people, but until

you have visited and experienced it, then you truly don’t appreciate how the
reputation is so

richly deserved.

Keep up the good work.

Would love to see a few more photos of the main street, and maybe a map

of the local area.

Fondest regards,

Andrew Taylor. (australia)


I was greatly intrigued by the pictures,on Pets Corner  of Eileen’s Hen
and chicks! Please could you tell me what breed of hen  lays green eggs, and
hatches lavender chicks??    Some of the chicks appear to be brown, white, and
black……perhaps some other fertile eggs were also put under her???  I do
hope you can take the time to reply to my query!

Regards JUDY
Lovely to get that query. The breed of the hens is Annacona, A variety of eggs were put down to hatch  and only two of the green eggs  proved fertile .But I am very grateful even for that.
Kindest regsrds to the person who asked.

I would request this site to highlight the recent spate of appalling
vandalism in The Town Park. It is truly saddening that this wonderful
resource is treated with such mindless contempt by the teenagers of
Millstreet – and indeed it also calls into question the responsibility
of the parents of these mindless thugs.

What is equally worrying is the rumor mill that appears to be leveling
the blame at the immigrants in our community – make no mistake these
thugs are locals.

Please highlight this issue – it may help…

11 thoughts on “Old Guestbook 2000 – 2009”

  1. My Grandmother’s family were Dineen from Claragh Mor Millstreet Co. Cork circa early 20th century. Her people were Murphy’s from Knocknagree. Perhaps there is a relationship there?

  2. hello

    iam searching for JERRY CRONIN and HELEN who worked with me in amsterdam holland 11 years ago there home must be in macroom co cork anybody knows yis two plaese let me know


  3. regarding Mary Ellen Willburn’s query. The grave she speaks about is our family grave in ST Patrick’s cemetery in Millstreet I reckon.
    Headstone reads
    Cornelius Corcoran died Jan 13th 1860 @50YRS of age,
    Mary Corcoran died Dec 17 1878 @65YRS or age (nee Keneally of Kiskeim???)
    Timothy Corcoran died Jan 20 1854 @92YRS of age,
    Timothy Corcoran died July 14 1879@55YRS of age,
    Patrick Corcoran died July 25 1955@71YRS of age (my grandfather),
    Mary Corcoran died Sept 9 1973 (nee lehane Banteer,my grandmother),
    and my two uncles, Willie who died in 1931 age 13months and Paddy who died in New York on 28/7/1964.We do not have any details on people earlier than my grandparents but we are doing a bit research at the moment.If I find out any more I will pass it on to any other interested people.

  4. “> Hello
    > I am trying to trace ancestors of my G.Grandmother Hannah Lucey, my grandfather wrote that his mother was from Millstreet, unfortunately I don’t know who her parents were. Hannah was born around 1874, she supposedly had two brothers one of which I think was Jeremiah. Hannah married Michael O’Donoghue in Glengarriffe Co. Cork in 1898 and had 6/7? children. Michael died around 1922 and Hannah later returned to the area she was born. Hannah died abt 1958.
    > If anybody has any information it would be greatly appreciated – unfortunately this is all I have to go on.
    > Thank you
    > Kind regards
    > Julie Donoghue
    Hello Julie Donaghue. You may by now have found this information about the
    above request on the old guestbook 2000-2009; Honara Lucey married Micheal Donaghue on the 21 April 1898 in Glengarriff, and her father is named as John Lucey. Also found are three of their childrens DOB, Denis Donaghue b.13/10/1901; John Donaghue b.26/4/1903;and Honora Frances Donaghue b.15/6/1907.

    1. i am also connected to you as my mother was margaret O Donaghue and she was a first cousin of denis, john and hanora and she often wrote to them in america. her father was tim o donoghue quite obviously a brother of michael o donoghue. I would like to hear from you. my name is jerry o driscoll. I live in ireland. I would like to hear about your side of relations

    2. i am also connected to you as my mother was margaret O Donaghue and she was a first cousin of denis, john and hanora and she often wrote to them in america. her father was tim o donoghue quite obviously a brother of michael o donoghue. I would like to hear from you. my name is jerry o driscoll. I live in ireland. I would like to hear about your side of relations

  5. I’m helping a friend find his family form Cork, Ireland – Bartholomew/John/Norry/Denis Singleton, Margaret Singleton, Foley, Murphy, Mahoney in his line. Can anyone help us?

  6. I believe my Grandmother, Mary Ann Fahy,was born in Millstreet but I have had no luck tracing her roots. I believe she was born in 1890. Her mother’s name was Anne Harriet Britton. She lived with her grandparents John Paul Britton and Mary Forde Britton until age 9(1899) when she emigrated to the U.S.A. to join her parents in Boston, Ma. Any information would greatly be appreciated.

  7. In 1895 in MA, America, Anne Harriett Britton married Edward Fahy. Parents James Paul Britton +Mary Forde. And John Fahy + Mary Wall.

    Can’t find any local marriages of Britton + Fahy only one of Denis Fahy from Ovens to Sarah Britton from Harbowlin. 1901 census doesn’t show Britton families local.

    Mary Forde maybe your connection to town. Patrick O’Leary has a online tree and pops in to the Millstreet page may be he has a connection.

  8. Absolutely marvelous website Thanks to all who are involved. Hope one day to discover cousins somewhere in the world! As an “only” child it would mean a great deal. Catherine Valerie Harden nee BLACK Donegal.

  9. Hi,
    My name is Nadia I´m 27 years old
    non-smoker person I´m quiet.
    I have a job in a preschool Curios Mind in Millstreet
    I don´t have a car so I´m looking for a room to rent
    Here is my phone number +353 89 252 8954

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