Millstreet Museum’s 40th Anniversary Today

It’s exactly 40 years to the very day when on St. Patrick’s Day 1980 Pádraig Ó Maidín, Cork Co. Librarian officially opened Millstreet Museum at the Carnegie Hall in the presence of the “Millstreet Rovers Band” and a very large attendance.   To celebrate this very special 40th Anniversary we take you on a Virtual Tour of the present Museum featuring some 13 images.   Sincere thanks to the very many people who have been hugely supportive of our Museum work over the past 40 years.   Míle buíochas.   Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

6 thoughts on “Millstreet Museum’s 40th Anniversary Today”

  1. John…thanks a million for your much appreciated kind comment. Yes, it’s amazing how quickly 40 years passes and how many have passed through Millstreet Museum’s doors. We hope to celebrate the 40th Anniversary in a further manner in time to come. Stay safe – Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum.

  2. Greetings from Davenport Iowa, USA. My husband and I are planning to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in Ireland and are sad that it may not make sense to do it this summer as planned. In any case, when we do come I would love for Millstreet to be a big part of our experience. My Great-Grandfather was Eugene Cornelius Casey and was from Millstreet, Cullen I think to be exact. His father was also Eugene Casey and my grandfather emigrated to Brox NYC at the turn of the century. His history is one that your community should be proud of because he was the first motorcycle policeman in the Bronx. He actually set up the transition from horse chasing bad guys to catching them on a motorcycle. My mother remembers being paraded around town in the sidecar of his Indian motorcycle I questioned for years about whether or not my mom was telling yet another Irish broad tale so I did the research and it’s most certainly all true 🙂 . My brother and I would be glad to share some photos and articles for your museum if that would be exciting for you. My mother died 15 years ago and I just lost my father last May. I stopped by this page by chance on St Patricks day and found myself listening to the Mass. It was overwhelmingly comforting. Congratulations on your museum Anniversary – I can tell by the photos that a massive amount of work has been done. Much peace, Kate

    1. Kate…How wonderful to hear from you and so very glad you discovered our Millstreet website and that you got to tune into St. Patrick’s Day Mass from our local Parish Church – St. Patrick’s when Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. celebrated Mass for our international audience on our Internet Radio Station. Your Grandfather and indeed all your Irish Ancestors seem to have been superb Ambassadors for the Irish nation in the USA. We, at Millstreet Museum would be delighted to acquire the photos and articles which you very kindly wish to present to our Museum. People in Millstreet, Cullen and Ballydaly – all in the parish of Millstreet – would be thrilled to especially receive a photo of Policeman Eugene Casey as the very first Motorcycle Policeman in the Bronx…and having Cullen and Millstreet connections. I love the image of your dear Mother being paraded around town in the sidecar of his Indian motorcycle! Kate we truly look forward to welcoming you and your husband to Millstreet in time to come (when the world gets back to normal). Just give a few days notice before you expect to arrive in Millstreet. Stay Safe All. God bless….Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum.

  3. Dear Sean, Many congratulations on the 40th anniversary of the Museum. The success of the Museum is a virtual reflection of your work & sacrifice over the years. The late Pádraig O Maidin would have been immensely proud of your achievement. We look forward to the Museum continuing to enhance our belief in who we are. Maurice Linehan.

    1. Maurice….A million thanks for such a wonderfully uplifting message. It is because of the support of people like your good self and Mona and indeed many others that Millstreet Museum has survived forty years. We’ve also been truly blessed by the various Staff Members who have been treasures in the world of research, filing, recording and being so very welcoming to our many Visitors. We are also hugely appreciative of the generous response of our many local and of our overseas Supportive Friends. Renewed thanks, Maurice for your greatly appreciated encouraging comments. We look to the future with hope.

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