Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow Book to be published after 100 years !

   Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow

   History Book to be published

              after 100 years !

Cló Staire Chiarraí is delighted to announce that the History of the Parishes of Rathmore, Gneeveguilla and Knocknagree written by Fr William Ferris in the mid 1920s is finally to be published after 100 years.


After three years work on the original manuscript by editor Brendan McCarthy, the book will finally see the light of day in Spring 2024.


Second in the series of Fr Ferris’s Parish Histories, the History of the Parishes of Rathmore, Gneeveguilla and Knocknagree is a unique record of the rich history, culture and heritage of the Sliabh Luachra/Duhallow area and comprises :-


  • a genealogical archive of the families of the three parishes (some 1,118 individuals named in the book)
  • a social and cultural archive (e.g. Penal Days , the Famine, hedge schools and masters, National Schools with lists of teachers, holy wells, old cemeteries, Irish language, church history, clergy, local poets, musicians, writers, etc)
  • an archaeological survey of the three parishes
  • a place name and field name inventory
  • a topographical survey of the parishes
  • the story of the Whiteboy insurrection of 1821/22 in Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow
  • a detailed account of the Land War of the 1880s (listing landlords and middlemen, evictions, local ‘Moonlighters’, Land League members, prisoners, policing, coercion, etc)
  • an account of the War of Independence in Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow
  • a survey of hunting and fishing in the parishes in the 1920s
  • a detailed parish chronicle.

Much of this material was collected by Fr Ferris from parishioners in the course of station masses in the parishes and as such is no dry academic chronicle. It is history as lived and recounted by the ordinary people of Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow and their authentic voices come through clearly.


In addition, in the Introduction to the book, the Editor provides a biographical portrait of Fr Ferris who was a fascinating individual in his own right.


So if you come from these parishes or if any of your forebears came from this area, then it is likely that your family features in this book. You may discover where they lived, where they went to school, who their teachers were, who their landlord/middleman was, how they were affected by the Famine, whether they were evicted, whether they were involved in the Land War, etc.


With a limited print-run, this fully-indexed book is destined to be a collector’s item.


For further details and to pre-order the book, please go to


or e-mail the Editor on rathmorehist

Millstreet Vintage Club Presentation to St Josephs Foundation

Millstreet Vintage Club made a Presentation on Wednesday Evening October 4th last to St. Joseph’s Foundation CEO Michael Hegarty of a Cheque for €4,736 following the Clubs Van Run held back in July,the Cheque was presented by Event Organiser Martin Lucey along with his Wife Nollaig and Son Colin to a delighted Michael who thanked Millstreet Vintage Club and Everyone who was involved in the running of the Van Run,Michael said the money raised will be used to very good effect in the day to day work that St Josephs Foundation do in the North Cork Region and as well making improvements for future development which is vital to give a top class service to the Region.

As ever we thank Danny Lane for the Photos.

Charity Tractor Run in Knocknagree next Sunday March 20th in Aid of Knocknagree National School

Knocknagree National School Parents Association.
are organising a Tractor run this Sunday 20th March. Starting and Finishing at Knocknagree GAA Pitch. Registration at 12 Noon.Leaving at 1pm.€20 per Vehicle. Refreshments Served on the Day.
Further Details Call Claire on 087 4467838

Easter Competition Millstreet Primary Schools Parents Association

Millstreet Primary Schools ‘Easter Nature Hunt’ Competition is open to all local Primary Schools, closing date Friday 2nd April 2021.

The children need to take photos of themselves with all the items to prove they have completed the Hunt, and send them into the Parents Assn’s Facebook page or email address, then completed entries will be entered into a draw on Saturday, for some lovely Goodies, just in time for Easter.  It means you don’t have to go rushing out to do this, just get your entry in by next Friday 2nd April evening to get into the draw.

Prizes have been sponsored by Herlihy Centra Millstreet and O’Keeffe’s Supervalu Millstreet, the Parents Association would like to say ‘Thank You’ for the prizes.

Link to the Parents Assn Facebook page

Great support from Knocknagree Fair Field Tidy Towns Group for ICRR Air Ambulance Service

Knocknagree Fair Field Tidy Towns Group Presented a cheque for €2,435  to the ICRR Air Ambulance Group Earlier this Evening which was an amount that the Group raised following a recent Coffee Morning they hosted.
Donie Lucey accepted the Cheque on behalf of ICRR at there Base over in Rathcoole and he thanked the Knocknagree Group for there effort in helping such a vital Service in the Air Ambulance to stay in the Air and keep saving Lives.
By Tom Corbett

Knocknagree Ladies Football Annual Family Bingo in Cullen

Knocknagree Ladies Football Annual Family Bingo will be held in Cullen Community Centre on Sunday November 3rd at 3pm. Books are €15, €10, and €5. Shop and raffle on the day. Everyone welcome and all support is appreciated. For any further information or to sponsor a line or full house or to donate a raffle prize please call Catherine on (083) 3498778.

[read more …] “Knocknagree Ladies Football Annual Family Bingo in Cullen”

Music for Marie: The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert This Sunday at 8pm in Knocknagree Church

A night of celebration and remembrance for Marie Collins who passed away in January 2018 will take place on the August Bank Holiday Sunday (4th) in Knocknagree Church, Co. Cork and all proceeds are going to Sudden Adult Death Ireland. In store for those in attendance is an evening of traditional music, song and dance hosted by Three-in-a-row All-Ireland Champions, The Shandrum Céilí Band.

Concert organiser Timmy Collins said: My mom, Marie, has been described as a pillar of the community and was adored by many. Originally from Knocknagree, she married my Dad, Danny, in 1992 and made the big move to Doon, Kiskeam. She loved music and bestowed upon me, more so than anyone else, my love and loyalty for Sliabh Luachra music. I also got my skill for organisation and social media from her, long before she set up her business DigiPulse Marketing. We will remember and celebrate her at this very special event – Ní hé líon na bport, ach feabhas an cheoil.  [read more …] “Music for Marie: The Shandrum Céilí Band in Concert This Sunday at 8pm in Knocknagree Church”

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run Sunday July 28th (Note be prepared for Extra Traffic on Clara Rd at Mass Time)

The Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run in aid of the ICRR Air Ambulance Service  will be kicking off Tommorrow from 12 Noon with all the Trucks on display before the Start and at the Finish of the Event up at K and L.

The Trucks are Scheduled to Return to K and L by 2.30pm approx.

The General Public are very welcome to come along to see the Trucks up close.

There will be a draw with up to 50 great Prizes to be won,Tickets are priced at €5 each and all Proceeds will go to the ICRR Air Ambulance Service, Millstreet Vintage Club would like to thank all the Sponsors of these great Prizes for there Generosity.

The General Public are encouraged to go out and Cheer on the Trucks as they pass through there Area,check out the Route Map below.

Millstreet Vintage Club are asking people attending 11.30am Mass next Sunday to be mindful of Parking on Clara Road due to the Clubs Charity Truck Run taking place.There will be Stewards on duty to keep the area as clear as possible.Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.

Looking for someone to potrait Mountcain

Update: Looks like Sarah is sorted. She left this comment on the facebook cross-post for this article: “Thanks everyone for your responses! One wonderful member even went so far as to speak to a local person and find the exact location and to send me pictures! I am overwhelmed and excited”.

Would anyone be able to help Sarah who sent us this request

I am wondering if you know of any artists who paint, photograph  or sketch sights from Knocknagree? My great grandmother came from Mountcain in Knocknagree and I’d love to see an image of the area and perhaps purchase it as a gift for my mother. Thank you for any help you might be able to provide!
Sarah <email>

Mountcain is between Knocknagree and Munster Joinery [Google maps]

Route Details for Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob this Sunday July 29th,

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Truck Run in aid of Jacob who was Born without Eyes on next Sunday July 29th,the Truck Run will depart from the K&L Yard in Millstreet at 12 Noon, the General Public are more than welcome to come along and view the Trucks either before the Start or Back at the finish at the K&L Yard or why not come out and support them as they pass along the Route on the day and here is a list of places the Run will be passing through,starting in Millstreet heading to Sandpit House Cross,Ballymaquirke Cross,Kanturk,Newmarket,Boherbue,Kiskeam,on to Ballydesmond where Run will turn left before Ballydesmond Village and on to the Knocknagree Road,going past Munster Joinery,on down to Knocknagree then on to Rathmore turning left at Dennehys Corner and continue on for Cullen and outside Cullen turning Right for Derinagree down past the Church in Derinagree and turning Right at Lower Keale Cross and back into Millstreet to the Finish at the K and L Yard,this should take 2hrs approx, for more details contact Mike P Kelleher on 087 2929430.

Mayor of Knocknagree Festival 2017

Vote David Rory O’Connor

Put your trust in Youth!

Who is David?

Son of Mary and Finbarr, he’s one of a long line of O’Connor’s who have given great years of service to Knocknagree GAA club.  David’s other interests include hurling, hillwalking and a little socialising when time allows.  He is currently studying for an Arts Degree in History and geography in University College Cork.  He has coached Cúl camps and helped out with primary school sessions.  David is an impeccable role model for all young people.

Why vote for David?  

[read more …] “Mayor of Knocknagree Festival 2017”

Knocknagree Ladies Football Club News

The very last juvenile table quiz of the school year on Tues June 21st in Cullen Cummunity Centre to raise funds for Féile. Teams welcome from all Schools. Team of 4, €20. Trophies for 2 categories 3rd /4th and 5th /6th, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Shop on the night, free raffle for cinema tickets on the night.

We also have a clothes collection drop off on the night, want to make room for the summer collection!!! We can take clothes, pairs of shoes, runners, belts, handbags, toys, and mobile phones.

All donations would be much appreciated. Please call Catherine on 083 3498778 for any further info. Thanks very much in advance for the support.


Our annual Summer Camp will be held on Tues Aug 2nd to Fri Aug 5th from 10am to 2pm for girls from u6 upwards, this fun camp will be attended by Senior Cork Footballers on each day ,

Good luck to our u14s in Féile Peil on the weekend June 24th. 25th and 26th .We welcome Balymurn / Crossabeg from Wexford to our Club.

Death Notice: Richie McAuliffe, Umeraboy

The unexpected death has occurred at Millstreet Community Hospital on 3rd May, 2016 of Richard McAuliffe, Umeraboy, Knocknagree, Cork. Richard (Richie), dear husband of the late Kathleen (nee O’Connor) Loving father of Mary and much adored granddad of Caitlin. Deeply mourned by his daughter, granddaughter, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in Peace.

Reposing at O’Leary Funeral Parlour, Knocknagree on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm followed by removal to Christ the King Church, Knocknagree. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Millstreet Community Hospital.

Death Notice: Sheila Breen, Knocknagree

The death has occurred of Sheila BREEN (née O’Leary), Knocknagree, Cork.
On 11th January, 2016, peacefully, in the wonderful care of Millstreet Community Hospital, Beloved wife of the late Paddy and dear mother of Tom, John, Marian, Kay (Cremin), Gabrielle (Fenney) and Eileen (Monk). Deeply regretted by her loving family, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Reposing at O’Leary Funeral Parlour, Knocknagree on Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8pm followed by removal to Christ the King Church, Knocknagree. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

In search of the Mahoneys

I am researching my Irish heritage and from census records I am aware my great great great Grandfather Michael Mahoney (Mahony, as seen spelt this way in some websites) lived his last days with his daughter Kate O’Keefe and son-in-law Michael at House #5 Shanbally, Knocknagree. He died in 1901.
On 19th Feb 1846 Michael married Catherine Brosnahan at Rathmore with Nohaval and Kilcummin. I am trying to establish which church they were actually married in and whether that church still exists. I assume they lived in the immediate area all their married lives.
I am also trying to discover where they are buried. I am not sure in what year Catherine who may also have been known as Kate died but I assume it was before Michael in 1901.
I am aware they had at least one child, Daniel, who moved to New Zealand in the late 1870’s. Daniel was my great great Grandfather.
Any help would be most appreciated.
Grahame Benvie <>

LTV2 Millstreet Programme 250 (Highlights over the last 10 Years of Broadcasting by LTV2 Millstreet)

LTV2 Millstreet Milestone 250th Programme is now online, in this Historic Programme we take a look at some Highlights from the past 10 Years of Broadcasting since we were formed as a Group, some of the items featured in this Programme includes an Interview with Maureen O`Hara, a look back at the Westlife Concert held in Green Glens back in 2006, we have some music from Knocknagree and Cullen, some Cork 20 action from 2005,we take a look at the FICC Rally held in Millstreet back in 2007 along with other memories as well.

The LTV2 Millstreet Crew would like to thank the support we have got over the past 10 years and are glad to have brought  Entertainment to many people in that time and hopefully we can continue this for many years to come, Happy Viewing.

Knocknagree Ladies Football Club – Fundraising Bingo

2015 Knocknagree Ladies Football Club - logoOur Club is holding a fundraising BINGO for all the family on Sunday February 22nd 15th at 3pm sharp in Cullen Community Centre.

Any business who could sponsor a Line or Full House , please call Catherine on 083 3498778 , we would very much appreciate the support.

Everyone is welcome to come along on the day: Double book €15, Single Book €10, and Half Book €5. Shop and Raffle on the day. Please support if you can. (from Knocknagree Ladies Football Club)

Leading St.Anthony’s up the Avenue

Leading St.Anthony’s High School “up the Avenue” on St.Patricks Day March 17th, 2012 is Donal Buckley, Athletic Director of St. Anthony’s High School (New York), and grandson of Michael and Hanorah (Horan, Rathmore) Buckley, Park, Knocknagree. Even though we’re on the other side of “the pond,” our Irish heritage lives on! [with thanks to Mairin Fogarty (<email>)]

Death Notice: Mella O’Leary, Knocknagree

The death has occurred of Mella O’Leary (neé Murphy of Ballydaly) of Knocknagree & Christy O’Leary (Plant Hire Ltd. Passed away peacefully on Saturday 21st April. Reposing at O’Leary’s Funeral Parlour, Knocknagree on Saturday from 5.30pm – 8pm. Removal on Sunday at 8 pm to Christ The King Church, Knocknagree. Requiem Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. [read more …] “Death Notice: Mella O’Leary, Knocknagree”

New Season of Local Television Begins in November

LTV1 is back on air from Wednesday, 9th Nov. and LTV2 Millstreet from Thursday, 10th Nov.. Pictured here in The Pub, Carriganima at a recent LTV Meeting are members of the team - from left: Seán, Mary, Brendan, Eily, William, Dan Joe and Michael. Test transmissions will take place before the broadcast season begins. The channel will be available on UHF Channel 48 and 50. Also on VHF Channel 12. Some of the programmes will also be uploaded on the Millstreet website. The LTV2 Supporters Club will help to fund the voluntary, community-based local television service. (S.R.)

Wedding of Julie & David on Friday, 5th August 2011 – Full Feature Later

The Wonderful Wedding of David Brosnan (Knocknagree/Rathmore) & Julie O'Leary (West End & Adrivale, Millstreet) on Friday, 5th August 2011. Here we see David and Julie cutting their magnificent Wedding Cake at their Reception in Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee. A full feature on the most memorable day will follow over the next few days. (S.R.)

Biography of Daniel Long

Dear Friends, I’m a historian from Wellington, NZ, commissioned to write a biography of Daniel Long, who was head of the Public Service Association, this country’s largest public sector union, from 1960 until his death in 1976.

Both of Dan Long’s parents migrated from Cork just after World War One, and this message is an attempt to find out something of their early life in Ireland. Their names were Timothy Long and Catherine Mary Hickey until their marriage in about 1919.

I have found their family’s forms in the 1911 online census data. These tell me that they both lived in a townland called Scrahan in northern Cork, near a larger village called Knocknagree. Both came from farming backgrounds and had minimal formal education. Both families were Catholic.

I am hoping that your society can put me in touch with information on social conditions in the Knocknagree region around WW1. Even if this information doesn’t deal with the families specifically, a general idea of the place and times they lived in would be very valuable.

[read more …] “Biography of Daniel Long”