Looking for a House

We are a family of three, husband, wife and 13 year old child. Looking for housing in Millstreet or the area. Since we found a job in this city. We have a car. English is intermediate. We are responsible and clean people, ready to provide recommendations from previous housing.
Contacts:
Email : gavrilenkokaterina529 @gmail.com
Phone : +353873626406 Julia
+353873712676 Kateryna

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Artists Supreme & Prestigious Music Festival

On this Tuesday – 9th April 2024 … preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” with a wonderful programme (no. 90) from the  splendid Archival Series where the focus is on Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick  at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear on Sunday night at 10pm) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.15 to 11.30pm on Cork Music Station.    At 9.30pm we feature  a very interesting Interview with  people associated with the recent Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend in Kiskeam.  At 10pm we interview Four Artists – Denis and Bernie O’Connor, Gordon Hogan from Co. Tipperary and Anja Buchheister from Germany – at the recent Launch of Sculptor Supreme, Denis O’Connor’s Exhibition “In My Time” one of whom was also a renowned Tour Guide in Germany.  Lots more of our regular items also.   Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation @gmail.com or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number.   Tap on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

At 9.30pm we interview Sheila, Pat and Maura (centre) pictured here in Kiskeam with further relatives of the late Maurice O’Keeffe.
At 10pm we listen to Interviews recorded at Denis O’Connor’s recent Exhibition Launch in Cork chatting here with Bernard, Heather and Eileen O’Donoghue.
We chat about the recent Cinema release of this Documentary which apparently includes a very brief clip from our 1993 Documentary “Memories of Millstreet”. I’ve yet to see “One Night in Millstreet” but Martha Cronin who recently attended its showing at the Los Angeles Film Festival shared this image below from the film!

Presentation of impressive cheque by Millstreet Vintage Club to St. John’s Well Committee at Aubane Community Centre.
The wonderfully talented Cast of the recent hugely successful “The Promise of Spring” at Aubane Community Centre.
Mary Conroy of Radio Kerry introducing some of the superb Musicians at the recent Maurice O’Keeffe Musical Festival in Kiskeam.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Artists Supreme & Prestigious Music Festival”

Looking for a House

I’m literally on my last legs trying find a place before the baby born I only have 4 months left and constantly looking every day onto every TD council the lot and no hope.
I’m reaching out to who ever can help us as I need to settle before our new arrival comes along soon it’s so so hard every day to enjoy the pregnancy constantly worrying about a home for us all if anyone knows anyone with property or have property for rent.
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Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 7th April 2024

PARISH NEWSLETTER

BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

Second Sunday of Easter

7th April 2024

Divine Mercy Sunday

Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P.

Telephone Nos.:  Landline:  029 70043  &  Mobile: 087 775 2948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie

Website:   www.dioceseofkerry.ie

All Masses are livestreamed on www.churchservices.tv/millstreet

Parish Opening Hours 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 

10.00am to 1.00pm  &  2.00pm to 5.00pm

RECENT DEATHS: Patsy O’Sullivan, San Francisco & Claraghatlea; Michael Casey, Curraraigue; Sr. Malen del Valle Garcia, Infant Jesus Sister; Liz Twomey, Mayfield.

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 6th April:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Donie Golden, Tullig;  Han, Jeremiah & Neily O’Leary, Toorbonia;  James Murphy, Millstreet & Castletownroche;  William O’Leary, Dromnhilla & Dan O’Leary, West End.

Sunday 7th April:

Cullen   9.30a.m. Tony Moynihan, Coalpits;  Jeremiah & Lena O’Connor, Knockduff.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Dan O’Riordan, St. Joseph’s Garden’s (recently deceased);  Timmy O’Connor, Dooneen;  Annie, David & Gerard Sheehan, Carrigacooleen.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mons. Michael Manning; Nonie Lehane, Tullig;  Mary O’Donoghue, Aubane; Phillis O’Shea, Minor Row; Paddy Cronin, Murphy’s Terrace; Jimmy Cotter, Murphy’s Terrace; Kathy Dennehy, Curragh; Nellie O’Connor, Liscreagh; Peggy O’Sullivan, Rathduane; Margaret & Denis Bailey, Minor Row & Dublin; Patricia O’Neill, Carrigaline & Toorenbawn; Kathleen Devoy, Laois. 

Mass Intentions for NEXT WEEKEND:

Saturday 13th April:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Jerry Carroll, Station Road (First Anniversary);  Breeda O’Leary, The Square;  Nancy Murphy, Gurrane.

Sunday 14th April:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. People of the Parish

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Aidan McCaul, Minor Row (recently deceased);  Fr. Tim Buckley, Toorbonia;  Ciss & Bill Kelleher, Cockhill

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday in Millstreet Church from 10.30a.m. to 7.30p.m.  

LEGION OF MARY every Tuesday night in The Parish Centre at 7.30p.m

Rotas for next weekend 13th & 14th April
CHURCH TIME READER EUCHARISTIC

MINISTERS

Millstreet 6.15 p.m. Liam Flynn  Group E
  11.30 a.m. R. Gilbourne  Group C
Ballydaly 9.30 a.m. Josephine Murphy  M. Moynihan

Millstreet Church: Mass times this week unless there is a funeral.

Mass on Monday (8th ) for Maree Healy, Millstreet (recently deceased) at 7.30p.m.

Mass on Tuesday (9th) for John & Mary Ellen Radley, The Square at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (10th) for Dan & Bridget Collins, Cockhill at 10.00a.m.

There will be no Mass on Thursday (11th)

Mass on Friday (12th) for Mary O’Mahony, Cloghoulabeg; Denis & Abina Lehane, Gneeves at 7.30p.m.

BALLYDALY CHURCH: Mass on Friday (12th) for Denis Murphy, Ballydaly (recently deceased) at 7.30p.m. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 7th April 2024”

Magnificent Response to Daffodil Day 2024

The magnificent response to Daffodil Day 2024 on Friday, 22nd March, was truly uplifting with the grand total collected €8,031.00.   Sincere congratulations to the wonderfully dedicated Volunteer Collectors as well as the very generous Members of the Public who together help to fund the provision of inspiring Daffodil Nurses and those involved in such important medical research in the attempt to continue the quest for improved treatment and future cures.   Here we meet some of the superb Volunteers on Daffodil Day 2024.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Response to Daffodil Day 2024”

Sr. Malen del Valle Garcia (Infant Jesus Sisters)

The death has occurred of Sr. Malen del Valle Garcia (Infant Jesus Sisters), Nazareth House, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Sr. Malen del Valle Garcia (Infant Jesus Sisters), Nazareth House, Dromahane, Mallow.

Sr. Malen very peacefully in the tender and loving care of the staff at Nazareth House, Mallow on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2024. Pre-deceased by her parents, sister Marta and brother Chico.

Deeply regretted by the Infant Jesus Sisters (Drishane), her nephews Rafael and Sergio, her community and many friends at Ballymun, Dublin.

May Sister Malen Rest in Peace

Reception into St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Friday morning for Requiem Mass at 12:00pm, prior to burial in Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

The sisters would like to acknowledge all those who worked closely with Sr. Malen in pioneering the ‘Aisling Project, Ballymun’.

Condolences.

Dan Barrett – Acknowledgement and First Anniversary

Acknowledgement and First Anniversary

In Loving Memory of Dan Barrett

Who died on 4th April 2023

As we lovingly remember Dan on his first anniversary, we, his family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those, who helped and supported us with our sad loss.

A special word of thanks to all who attended the funeral, travelled long distances to be with us, as well as those who joined the Mass online.

Our sincere thanks to all those who offered condolences, brought food to the house, sent mass cards, perpetual enrolments, letters of sympathy, phone calls, text messages, floral tributes, kind words and extended condolences online.

We are especially grateful to all our neighbours for the wonderful send-off he got in his beloved Aubane.

We would like to thank Canon John Fitzgerald, Fr James McSweeney & Fr Teddy Linehan for the beautiful Requiem Mass and Sharon Lane & Julie Brady for their assistance.

A special thanks to Mary and Siobhán Forde and their families for providing such beautiful music.

We would also like to thank Davy Tarrant, Declan Brady and Cora O’ Riordan for their kindness and professionalism.

As we cannot thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our gratitude. The Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

Dan’s Anniversary Mass will take place on Thursday 4th April at 7.30pm in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.

“Will those who think of Dan today, a little prayer to Jesus say.”

May he rest in peace

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Holy Wells & Kiskeam Easter

On this Tuesday – 2nd April 2024 … preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” with a wonderful programme (no. 89) from the  splendid Archival Series where the focus is on Sherkin Island  at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear on Sunday night at 10pm) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.15 to 11.30pm on Cork Music Station.    At 10.00pm we feature  a very interesting Interview with  people associated with a wonderful Project relating to Holy Wells and we feature musical recordings from Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend in Kiskeam.  Lots more of our regular items also.   Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation @gmail.com or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number.   Tap on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Official Launch of Denis O’Connor’s “In My Time” magnificent Sculpture Exhibition in Cork on 28th March 2024…Continuing until 26th April in LHQ Gallery at County Library Building on Western Road.  Denis is pictured here with his distinctive black hat in the centre.
Celebrating the recent 70th Anniversary of New Holland dealership at Colemans Millstreet (full feature later).
Jerry Kelleher and his son Ryan at the wonderfully successful Aubane Concert thoroughly enjoyed by a capacity audience.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Holy Wells & Kiskeam Easter”

Tim O’Sullivan is Grand Marshal Supreme in Staten Island, New York, USA

Timothy O’Sullivan, born in Lyreaoune in the parish of Millstreet, Co.Cork and now living in New Jersey, USA was recently honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2024 Richmond County St. Patrick’s Parade in Staten Island, NY.  He was selected because he was part of the original Parade Committee in 1965, and for his many years of leadership in Irish events on Staten Island.
At the Richmond County AOH Hibernian Ball, held on February 17, 2024, Tim was sashed as Grand Marshal.  His family and friends were there for the celebration. Tim led the 60th parade down Forest Avenue on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. Congratulations to Tim! 
Tim at the Parade.

We thank Tim’s son, Connie for sharing the very interesting feature and images.   Millstreet Parish salutes Tim on such a prestigious honour.  (S.R.)

Parade Mass with Bishop Peter Byrne.
Connie driving Tim down Forest Ave..
Tim with his Aides.

[read more …] “Tim O’Sullivan is Grand Marshal Supreme in Staten Island, New York, USA”

Truly Spectacular Rás Mumhan 2024 Superbly Filmed

Stage 3 of the truly spectacular Rás Mumhan 2024 was superbly hosted by the Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club in the Millstreet area on Easter Sunday (31st March 2024).   We thank Mark Murphy together with Siobhán and Craig for very kindly sharing Hollywood standard video coverage of the exciting event.   We were blessed to meet with all three splendid people again this year as they filmed the highly prestigious Cycle Event outside St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.  We also thank Michelle of Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club for alerting us to the magnificent Tik Tok film footage.  Look out for some local faces in the outstanding feature!  (S.R.)

Rás na Mumhan 2024 Film Crew Supreme – from left: Siobhán Murphy, Mark Murphy and Craig Moss. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Here we share the truly brilliant video coverage with wonderful scenes of Green Glens, West End, Aubane, Mushera and more….To view the Video just tap on the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kyFeUbSriJRJ6sujN3NdOX8JvgCiqpO_/view?usp=drive_web

Michael J Casey, Curraraigue, Banteer

The death has occurred of Michael J Casey, Curraraigue, Banteer, Co. Cork.

Casey (Banteer). On April 1st 2024, peacefully at Cork University Hospital, Michael J, Curraraigue, beloved husband of the late Roseanne (née Taaffe), dear father of Niall, John, Micheál, Martin, Declan and the late Anne (Casey Joy) and brother of Mary, Joan, Breda, Roger, Denis, Tony and the late Donal, Nora (Nan), Bernadette, Eileen and Con. Sadly missed by his loving family, daughters-in-law Patsy, Neta, Michelle, Bridget and Niall’s partner Hannah, son-in-law Billy, his adored grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Reposing at McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Banteer on Wednesday (April 3rd) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Reception into St. John’s Church, Dromagh (P51W983) on Thursday (April 4th) for 11:00am Funeral Mass, which can be view live at http://www.mycondolences.ie . Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Messages of sympathy for the family may be left via the link HERE.

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 31st March 2024

PARISH NEWSLETTER

BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

Easter Sunday

31st March 2024

Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P.

Telephone Nos.:  Landline:  029 70043  &  Mobile: 087 775 2948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie

Website:   www.dioceseofkerry.ie

All Masses are livestreamed on www.churchservices.tv/millstreet

Parish Opening Hours 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 

10.00am to 1.00pm  &  2.00pm to 5.00pm

RECENT DEATHS: Ted McSweeney, Carrig na bhFear

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Easter Saturday 30th March:

Millstreet   9.00p.m.   People of the Parish.

Easter Sunday 31st March:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Netta Dennehy, Cloghoulamore. 

ANNIVERARIES: Siobhán & the deceased members of the Moynihan Family, Tanyard & Cloghoulabeg; John & Mary Ellen Radley, The Square; Nellie & Mick O’Keeffe, Pound Hill; Molly Healy, Church Street; Margaret Looney, Claraghatlea; John C & Julia O’Leary, Adrivale; Dan Barrett, Aubane; Michael & Mary Buckley, Aubane; Brendan Cronin, Dooneen; Julia O’Connell, Dooneen;  Lizzie Buckley, Dooneen; John Ring, Eagloune; Danny Forde, Mologhroe; Thomas & Margaret Dennehy, Killarney; Nonie Hoare, Macroom; Abina Corcoran, Boherbue. 

Mass Intentions for NEXT WEEKEND:

Saturday 6th April:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Donie Golden, Tullig;  Han, Jeremiah & Neily O’Leary, Toorbonia;  James Murphy, Millstreet & Castletownroche;  William O’Leary, Dromnhilla & Dan O’Leary, West End.

Divine Mercy  Sunday 7th April:

Cullen   9.30a.m. Tony Moynihan, Coalpits;  Jeremiah & Lena O’Connor, Knockduff.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Dan O’Riordan, St. Joseph’s Garden’s (recently deceased);  Timmy O’Connor, Dooneen;  Annie, David & Gerard Sheehan, Carrigacooleen.

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

The Divine Mercy Novena commenced after Good Friday ceremonies (at 4.00p.m) and will continue for 9 days at 3.00p.m. in the Church finishing on Divine Mercy Sunday (7th April).

On Divine Mercy Sunday there will be Confessions at 2.30p.m. and the Chaplet will begin at 3.00p.m.

 

Rotas for next weekend 6th & 7th April
CHURCH TIME READER EUCHARISTIC

MINISTERS

Millstreet 6.15 p.m. Mary Ita Creedon  Group D
  11.30 a.m. Jerry Doody  Group B
Cullen 9.30 a.m. Gillian McCarthy Joan O’Donoghue

Millstreet Church: Mass times this week unless there is a funeral.

No Mass on Monday 1st April.

Mass on Tuesday (2nd) for People of the Parish at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (3rd) for Kit & Arthur Moynihan, Flintfield at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (4th) for Dan Barrett, Aubane (First Anniversary) at 7.30p.m.

Mass on Friday (5th) for Con McSweeney, Tooreenbawn at 7.30p.m.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every Tuesday in Millstreet Church from 10.30a.m. to 7.30p.m.  

LEGION OF MARY every Tuesday night in The Parish Centre at 7.30p.m.

CULLEN CHURCH: There will be no Mass on Thursday 4th April

CULLEN COLLECTOR for 7th April: Michael Forde  

PASTORAL AREA PRIEST ON DUTY: Sunday 31st   & 7th April: Fr. John Fitzgerald (087) 7752948/ (029) 70043

COLLECTORS IN MILLSTREET CHURCH FOR APRIL
CHURCH TIME NAME STATION
Millstreet 6.15 p.m. V. O’Callaghan

Mgt. Corkery

B. O’Leary & Mgt Crowley

Our Lady’s Aisle

Sacred Heart Aisle

Main Aisle & rear of Church 

  11.30 a.m. Connie Healy;

Pat Breen;

Ml O’Riordan & Mary McSweeney

Our Lady’s Aisle

Sacred Heart Aisle

Main Aisle & rear of Church

 EASTER MESSAGE

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Easter Ceremonies and helped in any way to make them so meaningful for our Parish.

May this Easter Season be filled with peace and happiness for each of you.

Community Notices

  • TRÓCAIRE CONTRIBUTIONS can be returned to Parish Office or placed in baskets at weekend Masses.
  • National Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration:  Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine takes place this year on the W/E Saturday and Sunday 13th/14thApril 2024.  Coach leaving Killarney at 7.00a.m. on Sunday Morning.   Details on coach Contact Breda: 087 674 2306 or Catherine:  087 928 2421. 
  • ALONE – the organisation that enables older people age at home are looking for Telephone and Visitation Volunteers to support older people in the community. Call 0801 222 024 please or see ALONE.ie/Volunteer for more info.
  • PARISH OFFICE will be closed next Tuesday (2nd).

Shop Local Millstreet Town Vouchers – Please Redeem by 3rd April 2024

Shop Local Millstreet Town VouchersPlease redeem all vouchers in participating shops before 3rd April 2024. These vouchers are going out of circulation & will no longer be accepted after 3rd April.
Participating shops please contact Niamh Twomey or Tríona O’Leary asap if you have vouchers to be cashed.    This is the final call as vouchers cannot be redeemed in participating outlets after April 3rd 2024.

(Tap on the image to enlarge.)

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club are hosting stage 3 of Rás Mumhan

🐰This Easter Sunday March 31st 2024 🐣

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club are very proud to be hosting stage 3 of Rás Mumhan.

Riders will be rolling out from The Green Glens Arena Millstreet at 11am to complete a very tough, hard & hilly 115km race course around the beautiful Kerry/Cork country side. ‼️

We would like to ask all spectators to keep cars parked well off the road especially on the narrow climbs, also be careful of young kids and please keep dogs on a lead ‼️ 🙏

We really appreciate everyone’s continuous support to help make this another successful event & we thank you all most kindly in advance ✅ ⏳

Schedule For Spectators below so please come out & enjoy this spectacular event from various viewing spots.

Start @ 11:00 Green Glens Millstreet Station Road Direction Rathmore 11:13 – 11:17

Rathmore/Shinnagh Cross Direction Mallow 11:23 – 11:30

Top Of Cullen/Flynn’s Deli Direction Mallow 11:31 – 11:40

Derrinagree Junction Direction Newmarket 11:46 – 11:59

Newmarket Direction Ballydesmond 12:10 – 12:30 Ballydesmond Direction

Knocknagree 12:20 – 12:42 Knocknagree Direction

Rathmore 12:26 – 12:50 Rathmore/Shinnagh Cross Direction

Ballydaly 12:34 – 13:01 Ballydaly Direction

Bellaugh 12:38 – 13:07 Top Of Bellaugh (Limited Parking) Direction Kilmeady

12:43 – 13:12 Kilmeady Castle Direction Millstreet

12:45 – 13:15 Liscahane Road Grotto Direction Millstreet Country Park

12:55 – 13:33 Millstreet Country Park Direction Kilcorney

13:02 – 13:46 Kilcorney Direction Moll Carthy’s

13:05 – 13:51 Moll Carthy’s Direction Millstreet

13:15 – 14:04 Millstreet Dr Casey’s Direction Aubane 13:25 – 14:15 Kerryman’s Table 13:28 – 14:20

Finishline/Mushera (Limited parking)***

Looking forward to a good weekend of racing! 😃

 ! YOU ARE SURE TO ENJOY THE 2024 INTERNATIONAL “DORNAN RAS MUMHAN” WITH ENTRIES FROM USA, FRANCE, AUSTRIA, NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, GB, ISLE OF MAN, N-IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND OF COURSE OUR VERY OWN IRISH STARS. 140 ELITE & 12 JUNIORS!🍀

We’d like to wish club members Ben Murphy & Brendan Reen safe racing over the weekend & be sure to encourage them along 🌟

IT’S GOING TO BE EPICCCC🤞

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features A Preview of Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend

On this Tuesday – 26th March 2024 … preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” with a wonderful programme (no. 88) from the  splendid Archival Series where the focus is on Hospital, Co. Limerick  at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear on Sunday night at 10pm) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.15 to 11.30pm on Cork Music Station.    At 10.00pm we feature very interesting Interviews with lots of people associated with the upcoming Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend in Kiskeam and Ballydesmond.  Lots more of our regular items also.   Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation @gmail.com or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number.   Tap on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

The very impressive range of wonderfully talented Musicians participating at the Official Launch on 16th March of the Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend taking place over the Easter Weekend 2024.
From left: Pat Fleming, Coordinator; Elmarie O’Dwyer, M.C., Singer; Anita Bennis, All-Ireland Whistler Champion & Musician.
Meadhbh Walsh, singer/musician and Cllr. Bernard Moynihan, Coordinator.
Seán Murphy, MC recording the superb singing of Liam Roche at St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Carriganima on 16th March 2024.
This wonderful young participant in the Carriganima Parade 2024 seems to be quite fascinated by the very fine singing of Liam Roche!!

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features A Preview of Maurice O’Keeffe Traditional Weekend”

A Personal Tribute to Aidan McCaul (1938-2024) by His Eldest Son Aodán McCaul

A personal tribute to Aidan McCaul (1938-2024) by his eldest son Aodán McCaul

Aidan Joseph McCaul was born 26-Jan-1938 on a farm in a place called Corrinshigo, near
Cootehill in Cavan, the youngest of 8 children. With the passing of Aunty Maggie early last
year at the remarkable age of 100, he was the last surviving sibling. Suffice to say, that hit
Aidan very hard. Aidan was probably treasured even more so by them because his
immediate older brother Hugh died at the age of 1 after a botched cleft palate operation in
Cavan hospital. At each family occasion – usually weddings – they always insisted on having
a photograph of all the siblings together, which came to mark the passage of time, as their
numbers dwindled. Remembering them all – May, Maggie, Nan, Tessie, Pat, Thomas, Hugh
and now Aidan, along with his father Hugh & his mother Mary-Anne. His love of all things
Cavan never left him and he still read the Anglo Celt newspaper every week. He loved nothing
more than going back to Cavan and visiting all his nephews and nieces there.
He was also very fond of my mother’s side of the family, especially our grandparents Michael
and Hannah O’Mahoney who lived in Church Street here in Millstreet in the late 1970s after my
grandfather retired, in a house rental arranged by my father in a house owned by James
Manley. Also, Joan Bennett – our mother’s sister, who died during Covid, who we weren’t
able to say a proper goodbye to at the time. He made a particular point of mentioning that
the two remaining O’Mahonys who are still alive – Pat O’Mahony in Waterford and Denis
O’Mahony in San Francisco be mentioned in his death notice.
Aidan went to school first in Mahera national school, and when that school closed, Lisarney.
His educational career was short and as it had been all through Irish initially, in his own words,
not very beneficial. Well, to be honest, those weren’t really the words he used. However,
there was an innate intelligence there, notably in maths where he never needed a calculator
throughout his life. He had an incredible memory for figures – phone numbers, car
registrations. Life in general, and his interest in current affairs – the paper was a daily staple of
his life, for a long time The Irish Independent, but there was a late in life switch to The Irish
Examiner with The Sindo on the Sunday. That was his real school along with the RTÉ News.
Having left school at 11, he worked on the rural electrification scheme in Cavan. That was
still going strong in 1949. Later, he worked in various hardware shops throughout the country
learning his trade before joining Duffys in Hacketstown, Co Carlow.

[read more …] “A Personal Tribute to Aidan McCaul (1938-2024) by His Eldest Son Aodán McCaul”