Eily’s Report – 10th January

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report.

Here we go, here we go, here we go, bang into another New Year. I hope your Christmas went well and your batteries all charged as we all proceed together to take on the challenges of the months ahead. The arrival of January 7th  always sees me taking down the Christmas decorations. Having lovingly put them up in good time for the Festive season, it’s equally pleasing to take them all down again when the time is right and is there anything worse than when you have them all carefully packed away in the farthest end of the attic to find one or two items that you missed. Maybe it was an age thing, but I must admit that I didn’t go over board with my glitzy pieces this time. But I did stick to the age-old custom of the single candle (electric of course) lighting continuously on the window from start to finish, even times when I was away. The Crib in very important to me also and it took it’s place of honour gaily bedecked in berry holly and streams of fresh ivy  and a couple of lights to brighten up the Holy Family. In all the weeks leading up to December 25th there was an endless array of cooking programs on TV. The poor turkey was bisected and trisected and deboned and stuffed with mountains of butter shoved in under the skin, before it was banished into the oven flat on its back. It mystifies me why is it always placed on it’s back.  Thus ensuring that all the juices of the breast will drain away down to the pan. I always place any bird on it’s breast for most of the time letting any juices from the rest of the body seep down into the breast and for the last half hour or 45 minutes turn it over to brown the breast. Never any need for all this basting every fifteen minutes. But then we’re all different, aren’t we? My favourite will always be the turkey stuffed with lots of bread stuffing smothered with spices and onions and even the pick of the carcass is all the more tasteful next day because of it. Pate is a must at Christmas, made from liver and spices and cream. It comes from all kinds of bird or animal. Spread on a slice of toast or a cracker it never fails to thrill the palate. But this year for some reason the makers decided to add lots of cranberries to the mix, spoiling it entirely. A sweetener in a savoury dish does not go down well with me. Christmas changes with the passage of time. Young married couples like nothing better than coming home to parents for the occasion and in some cases the bride likes to go home to Mom and Dad and the groom to his parents not wanting to miss the tastes that they loved so well. But as time moves on and they have children of their own they want to remain in the home which they have created ,where they build their own tastes and customs that will rub off on the youngsters as time goes by. As I’m on the subject of food, a little word of warning. We all love sticky, crusty chicken wings for a quick snack now and then, but lately I have noticed that the bones are very broken and could pose a danger for children or indeed grown ups. So keep an eye out for them.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 10th January”

The Splendid Research of Patrick Edward Mears of USA & Germany Shared

The following very interesting correspondence we recently received from Patrick Edward Mears (USA & Germany)

Patrick has visited the Millstreet area on more than one occasion having done some very professional and superbly detailed and comprehensive research.

Dear Friends in Millstreet and the Surrounding Areas,

My name is Patrick Edward Mears and I am a retired lawyer from the USA who is now living in Germany.  One set of my Irish Great-Grandparents, Philip John Cronin (1819-1883) and Mary Ann O’Leary (1825-1881), hailed from the Millstreet/Cullen area and emigrated to the United States of America in 1850, with their first-born son, Cornelius, in tow.  They disembarked from their ship in the South Street Docks in Lower Manhattan and then made their way up the Hudson River to Albany, New York, where Mary Ann gave birth to her second child, Judith, in 1851.  From there, they likely traveled on the Erie Canal to its terminus in Buffalo, New York, and from there probably took a Great Lakes Steamer to Detroit, Michigan.  From Detroit, they made their way to Lapeer County, Michigan, where they purchased a farm in Oregon Township circa 1858.  Nine other children were born to this couple, one of whom was my Grandmother, Mary Cronin Mears (1856-1924).   

Mary O’Leary Cronin’s parents were Cornelius O’Leary (ca. 1800-1881) and Mary Williams (or Hyde) O’Leary (1800-1887).  This couple and their children resided in what has been identified here in an earlier article as the “McSweeney House,” in Knocknakilla Townland, which house Sean Radley, my wife and I visited a few years ago on a trip to Millstreet. This couple, my great-great grandparents, likely began their exodus from Ireland when they emigrated to the United States and eventually settled in St. Lawrence River Valley, where they acquired farms near the towns of Brasher Falls and Potsdam in St. Lawrence County, New York State.  After their arrival there around 1851, and after their deaths in the 1880s,  their remains were buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Brasher Falls.  Of their 13 children all but the eldest son, also named Cornelius O’Leary, emigrated to the United States of America.  Presumably Cornelius Junior remained on all or a portion of the farmland owned by his parents prior to their emigration.   [read more …] “The Splendid Research of Patrick Edward Mears of USA & Germany Shared”

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 8th January 2023



The Baptism of the Lord

8th January 2023

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 

9.00am to 1.00pm  &  2.00pm to 5.00pm

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the Souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS:   Thade Lane, Adrivale; Margaret Buckley, Liscahane; Geraldine Murphy, Lisnaboy; Sr. Philomena Lehane, Cullen & London; Fr. Donal O’Connor, Rathmore; Mary Bradley, Ardrahan.

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 7th January:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Timmy Joe Kiely, Tubber;  Ned Casey, Carrigacooleen;  Margaret Murphy, Pound Hill.

Sunday 8th January:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. Donnacha Murphy, Ballydaly;  Private Intention.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Pat O’Connell, Toorenbawn;  The deceased members of the Dennehy Family, Murphy’s Terrace.

ANNIVERSARIES: Mary & John Ryan, Cockhill; Nell Hickey, Mill View; Julia Kelleher, Kilmeedy; Julia & Tim Kiely, Tubber; Con D. O’Connor, Coolikerane; Donal Hoare, Macroom.

Mass Intentions for NEXT WEEKEND:

Saturday 14th January:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Ann O’Sullivan, Ballydaly;  Denis & Nell Hickey, Mill View;  John Linehan, Cullen & Millstreet

Sunday 15th January:

Cullen   9.30a.m. Larry, Eileen & Tommy Kelleher, Mologhroe;  Art, Jackie & Margaret O’Connor, Nohovaldaly;  Kevin Gardiner, Duarigle.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Sonny & Ann Marie Murphy, Clarabeg;  Jackie & his son Danny Joe Murphy, 12 Tanyard.

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

Mass on Monday (9th) for Jimmy O’Sullivan, Newmarket at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Tuesday (10th) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (11th) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (12th) for William & Margaret Cotter at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (13th) for Dan Joe & the deceased members of the Kelleher Family, Tullig at 7.30p.m. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 8th January 2023”

Reviewing Millstreet’s Festive Season

On this Epiphany Day, 6th Jan. 2023 we look back on the past few weeks of Millstreet’s Festive Season where we recall the magnificent Christmas decorations on the many window displays, Christmas Eve Mass with the wonderful Choir, the superb Carol Service by Millstreet BNS and the people we encountered.   This and more we share in some 41 images.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Church Choir and Musical Guests pictured after Christmas Eve Mass.
Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS Carol Service.
O’Hanlon Tyres creative Christmas Tree which we are never “tyred” of admiring every Christmastime!!
Magpie meeting on a frosty December 2022 morning!
West End windows wonderfully uplifting the Christmas spirits!

Papal Flag at half-mast in memory of the late Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, 5th Jan. 2023.
Dubby Twomey creating a Christmas Tree wonderland in The Square in December.
Drishane Road magical display.
Superb Main Street window displays at Christmas.

Discovering the truly fascinating shadow cast by the setting sun at Knocknakilla Stone Circle on 23rd Dec. 2022…..And now check out the many other wonderful people we met in Millstreet within the past few weeks as we continue to share below the remainder of our 41 images.

[read more …] “Reviewing Millstreet’s Festive Season”

Comedy Show at Glen Theatre on 7th & 8th Jan. 2023

🎭Our Comedy Show continues
this weekend 🎭
Sat 7th January 2023💥
💥Sun 8th January 💥
Starting at @ 8.00
Booking advised 🎭🎟
For tickets call 📞 029-56239 📞
Where there’s a will there’s a relative!
Mick and Jim are brothers of the deceased and determined not to let the widow sail off into the sunset with the family home and all his money. What secrets will unfold and what could possibly go wrong ?🤔
Directed by: Tadhg O’Keeffe & Jane Pigott💥
We thank Marie Bourke for the much appreciated Notice.  (S.R.)

Geraldine Murphy, Lisnaboy, Cullen

The death has occurred of Geraldine Murphy, Lisnaboy, Cullen, Co. Cork.

Lisnaboy, Cullen, Mallow, Co. Cork. On January 3rd 2023, suddenly and peacefully at her home. Predeceased by her parents John J Murphy and Peg, brother Seán and nephew James. Sadly missed by her brothers and sisters Maryb, Jim, Finbarr, Donal, Esther, Bert, Kevin and Theresa, sisters in law Judy, Kay, Mary, Eileen, Ursula and Colette, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

May she Rest In Peace

Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Thursday, 5th January, from 6pm to 8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday, 6th of January, at 2pm in the Church of the Nativity, Cullen, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. The Condolences link is HERE.

Recalling the 100th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall Attack on 4th Jan. 1923

We thank John P.Kelleher for reminding us of this important Anniversary which occurs on Wednesday, 4th Jan. 2023.  A full and excellent comprehensive account (superbly researched by Michael Cashman in 2017) of this milestone event in the history of Millstreet may be viewed here:  http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2017/01/03/this-day-91-years-ago-today-in-millstreet

Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall in 1912.
Today (one year ago) – 4th Jan. 2022 – marked the 99th Anniversary of the attack on Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall. We thank John P. Kelleher for alerting us to this historic occasion….This is the image we featured last year on the 99th Anniversary.
We thank Margaret Bourke for sharing this truly brilliant image of Christmas at the Carnegie Hall by night.   This splendid image features on the cover of Millstreet Calendar 2023.
Colourful Carnegie Hall Millstreet at night celebrating PRIDE.
Mícheál Martin recording an interview at Carnegie Hall when he visited some years ago.
It was Noel Buckley and Deputy Áine Collins (pictured here with An Taoiseach and yours truly) who were so hugely instrumental in acquiring access to our newly restored setting in Carnegie Hall over some four years. Taoiseach Enda Kenny commended both for such dedication and he also recorded an uplifting message of great hope for the future of Millstreet Museum.   A special memory from some years ago in the Carnegie Hall.
A selfie to truly treasure! Taoiseach Enda was delighted to meet with four young Millstreet people who just happened to be close to the Carnegie Hall as the Taoiseach left before setting out on the long journey to Dublin….some years ago.
To mark the centenary of Carnegie Hall, Millstreet – Cork Co. Council arranged some years ago to put a very impressive in place outside the Hall. Research and translation was superbly coordinated by Denis O’Shea of the Millstreet Branch of C.C.C.. Click on the images to enlarge.
Yannick Perrot unveils the special plaque at Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall on Friday, 24th September 2010 marking the 25th anniversary of the Twinning between Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Birttany and Millstreet. Also included is Anne Keane (Chairperson, Millstreet Twinning Association and Tierrey of Brittany who acted as Interpreter. (S.R.)


Next “Radio Treasures” Programme on Tues. 10th Jan. 2023

Tonight, Tuesday 3rd Jan. 2023, one may tune into “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” at 8pm on Cork Music Station for a wonderful archival programme from the Sliabh Luachra area.  There will be no “Radio Treasures” tonight until 9.10pm on Tuesday, 10th January.  (S.R.)

Margaret Mary Buckley (née Sheahan), Killavullen & Liscahane, Millstreet

The death has occurred of Margaret Mary Buckley (née Sheahan),
late of Killavullen & Liscahane, Millstreet, Co. Cork / Killavullen,  Co.Cork.

Passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in CUH on January 2nd 2023, Beloved wife of Finbarr, mother of John Paul and Lisa. Predeceased by her late brothers and sisters Hannah Mary, John and Timmy, sadly missed by her sister Kathleen, sisters in law Margaret and Juila, cousins, daughter in law Lisa, son in law Gerard, her grandchildren Lauren, Ryan, Sofia, Elise and the late John Finbarr , kind relatives, neighbours and friends. We would like to thank all the staff in CUH for all their great care and support.

May she Rest in Peace

Lying in repose in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Wednesday evening from 5 to 6.30pm. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery.

Funeral Mass can be viewed on http://www.churchservices.tv/millstreet Message of condolence for the family can be left on the link HERE.

Timothy (Thade) Lane, Southhorsemount, Kilcorney & Adrivale

The death has occurred of Timothy (Thade) Lane, formerly of Southhorsemount, Kilcorney & Adrivale, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

On January 1st 2023 peacefully in the loving care of the staff in Cork University Hospital. Predeceased by his two infant sons. Sadly missed by his wife Mary, sons Peter and Daniel daughters in law Eileen and Sheila, adored grandchildren Maria, Tadhg, Eleanor and Michelle, sisters, brothers in law, nieces, nephews, Robert O’ Reilly ( Maria’s husband), Abbey Desmond (Tadhg’s partner) and his wide circle of friends and neighbours.

May he rest in Peace

Lying in repose in Tarrants Funeral Home, Millstreet on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7pm. Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Wednesday at 11am, followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery. Funeral Mass can be viewed on http://www.churchservices.tv/millstreet

Messages of condolences for the family can be left on the link HERE

Millstreet Festive Scenes to Wish a Very Happy New Year

Here we share a selection of festive scenes which includes images of Tubrid Holy Well at Christmas and many more.   Every Blessing to All throughout a very Happy and Healthy Bright 2023.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Festive Scenes to Wish a Very Happy New Year”

Scoil Mhuire B.N.S. Christmas Carol Service 2022

Please click on link below to view our recent Carol Service in St. Patrick’s Church , Millstreet.  Thanks again to Siobhán Burke and Edel Fraser for all their work preparing the boys. Thanks to Seán Radley for recording the performance .  Well done to all  the boys for their tremendous performance. Full credit to them all , as there were over 40 children missing due to illness and indeed a lot of boys who were on the edge !  We wish you and your families a Happy New Year.


Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 1st January 2023



Mary, the Holy Mother of God

1st January 2023

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 Office will reopen on Monday, 9th Jan. 2023

RECENT DEATHS:   Ann Brolly, Old Coach Drive; Tom Meaney, Rathroe, Derrinagree.

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 31st December: 

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Peggy O’Sullivan, Claraghatlea (1st Anniversary)

Sunday 1st January 2023:

Cullen   9.30a.m. Paddy & Mary O’Mahony, Meenagloherane;  Michael & the deceased members of the Dineen Family, Cullen;  Andy & Kitty Walsh, Knocknageeha;  Dan Meade, Ahane.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Mass for People of the Parish.

ANNIVERSARIES: The deceased members of the Murphy & McNulty Families, Millstreet; Philip Cronin & Sheila O’Callaghan, Pound Hill; Kathleen Cronin, The Rectory; Hannah, Con, John & Shane Dennehy, Murphy’s Terrace; Noreen Dennehy, Church Street;  Robert Justice, Main Street; Hannah Murphy, Main Street; Lena O’Keeffe, Main Street; Helen Walsh, Dooneen; Con Cronin, Doonen;  Clement Kelleher, Toorenbawn; Patie Hickey, Cullen; Willie Joe Forde, Cullen;  Jane O’Dowling, Cork; Kitty O’Riordan, Kanturk; Abina Sheehan, Knockbrack; Thomas Dowling, Killarney & Millstreet; James O’Sullivan, Dooradoyle. 

Mass Intentions for the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord:

Thursday 5th January:

Millstreet   7.30p.m.   Martin Cleary, Clara Road.

Friday 6th January:

Cullen   9.30a.m. Private Intention

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Christy & Noreen Dennehy, Church Street.

Mass Intentions for NEXT WEEKEND:

Saturday 7th January:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.   Timmy Joe Kiely, Tubber;  Ned Casey, Carrigacooleen;  Margaret Murphy, Pound Hill.

Sunday 8th January:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. Donncha Murphy, Ballydaly;  Private Intention.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Pat O’Connell, Toorenbawn;  The deceased members of the Dennehy Family, Murphy’s Terrace.

Rotas for The Feast of the Epiphany 5th/6th January


Millstreet   7.30 p.m. Eimear Buckley C. Manley; M. Bourke; D. O’Mahony; M. O’Sullivan.
  11.30 a.m. Bernie Lane P. Sheehan; A. O’Flynn; J. Buckley; J. Doody.
Cullen 9.30 a.m. Margaret Cooper Joan O’Donoghue


Rotas for Next Weekend 7th/8th January


Millstreet   6.15 p.m. Maria Kelleher M. Dennehy; M. Coleman; M. O’Keeffe; A. O’Sullivan.
  11.30 a.m. Raymond Gilbourne K. Kelleher; M. O’Sullivan-Casey; B. Fitzgerald; M. Buckley.
Ballydaly 9.30 a.m. Ann Marie Murphy Mary Murphy

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

No Mass on Monday 2nd January

Mass on Tuesday (3rd) for Donal O’Sullivan, Dublin & Rathmore at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (4th) for Brian McSweeney, Cobh & Millstreet (recently deceased) at 7.30p.m.

Mass on Saturday (7th) for Daniel Nicholas O’Connell, Liscahane & Derrinagree (recently deceased) at 11.00a.m.. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 1st January 2023”

Sr. Mercedes (Marie) Behan Presentation Convent, Tralee / Lixnaw / Millstreet

The death has occurred of Sr. Mercedes (Marie) Behan
Presentation Convent, Tralee, Co. Kerry / Lixnaw, Co. Kerry / Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Sr. Mercedes (Marie) Behan, Presentation Sisters Lixnaw, Millstreet and Tralee, Co. Kerry, died peacefully on 30th December 2022, (in the loving care of the staff at Our Lady of Fatima Home), dearest daughter of the late Margaret & Gerard and cherished sister of Helen (Sr. Elizabeth) and the late Michael, Jeremiah & Teddy (Tim).

Sadly missed by her loving family, her nieces Margaret, Angela & Siobhán, nephews Gerard, Aidan, Diarmuid, Mike, Gerard & John, her grandnieces and grandnephews, sisters-in-law Sheila & Mary, her Presentation Community, relatives and many friends.

Rest in Peace.

Lying in repose in the Presentation Convent Chapel, Castle Street, Tralee from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday (1st January). Requiem Mass for Sr. Mercedes will be celebrated on Monday at 12 noon in St. John’s Church, Castle Street, Tralee (www.stjohns.ie), followed by interment in Presentation Convent Cemetery, Lixnaw.

In the interest of safety, you are asked to avoid shaking hands and to wear a facemask, please.

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, (www.svp.ie) or care of the Gleasure Funeral Home, Tralee.

To offer a message of sympathy to Sr. Mercedes’ family, please use the “Condolences” option HERE.

Wonderfully Successful Table Quiz Fundraising Event

It was truly uplifting to witness the resuming of the hugely successful Annual Fundraising Table Quiz held at Corkery’s Bar, Millstreet at 4pm on St. Stephen’s Day 2022 in aid of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Millstreet.   A superbly festive atmosphere brought very many young Friends together for the special praiseworthy event which was magnificently coordinated.   After the Table Quiz DJ Mark provided the very best of music and song to the joy of All.  Here we share a selection of some 54 images from the splendid social occasion.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge and tap on “Read More” to view the many extra images.  (S.R.)

Patrick Corkery and Donagh ensuring the smooth running of the wonderful event.
Coordinators supreme at work during the event marking the answers and calculating the scores.

Visitors from Limerick commented on the wonderful welcoming atmosphere.
Lots of Prizes won in the Draw.
Overall Winners of the exciting Table Quiz 2022.

Four of the superbly dedicated Participants attending the Annual Event.
Superb Quiz Master, Mark Neville.

[read more …] “Wonderfully Successful Table Quiz Fundraising Event”

Tom Meaney, Rathroe, Derrinagree

The death has occurred of Tom Meaney, Rathroe, Derrinagree, Co. Cork.

Rathroe, Derrinagree, Mallow, Co Cork.  On December 26th 2022, Tom, former TD and County Councillor, beloved husband of the late Joan (née O’Donoghue) peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Mourned by his children Noreen, Con, John, Tomás, Siobhán and Donal, grandchildren Leonora, Seamus, Hannah, Órla, Thomas, Meadhbh, Rónán, his daughters-in-law Helen and Joanne and his son-in-law Niall. Deeply regretted by his sister-in-law Mary, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, many dear relatives, friends and kind neighbours.

Leaba i measc na naomh agus suimhneas siorraí go raibh aige.

House private. Reception into Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Derrinagree (Eircode P51 K316) on Tuesday 27th of December and reposing there from 4pm to 7pm.

Requiem Mass on Wednesday the 28th of December at 11am which will be live streamed on http://www.mycondolences.ie. Funeral afterwards to St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Donations in lieu of flowers to the Irish Cancer Society or Marymount Hospice.   The Condolences Link is HERE.

Ann Brolly (née Buckley), 10 Old Coach Drive, Millstreet

The death has occurred of Ann Brolly (née Buckley), 10 Old Coach Drive, Liscahane, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Ann Brolly née Buckley

On December 23rd 2022, Ann passed in the loving care of the staff of Marymount Hospice and in the presence of her immediate family. Dearly beloved mother of Jack, daughter of the late Jack and Margaret, sister of the late Ita Murphy and John. Deeply mourned by her brothers Séamus, Bertie, Danny, Peter, sisters Betty O’Leary (Old Pallas), Kathleen Tancred (Dromagh) and Eileen O’Mahony (Banteer). Sadly missed by her son, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Monday 26th December from 4:30pm with removal at 6pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.

Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11 am. Funeral afterwards to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Messages of sympathy for the family can be left on the condolence link HERE.

Mass Schedule For Coming Week in Millstreet


St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet

MONDAY 26th:      NO MASS

TUESDAY 27th:   Funeral Mass at 11.00a.m. 

WEDNESDAY 28th: MASS AT 10.00a.m. for Lena & Johnny O’Keeffe, Main Street

THURSDAY 29th: MASS AT 10.00a.m. for Patrick, Lucy & John Murphy, Mallow


A Very Happy, Peaceful and Healthy Christmas from Millstreet Website

From All of the Millstreet Website Team we wish you all a Very Happy, Peaceful and Healthy Christmas as well as every Blessing throughout a very Bright 2023.  We thank you all for your many encouraging comments throughout the year.   A special word of thanks to Millstreet Community Council who decided that this year the Millstreet Website would be the recipient of the fundraising from Millstreet Calendar 2023.    Míle buíochas.  (S.R.)

Exciting Christmas Trolley Dash at O’Keeffe’s Supervalu Millstreet a Wonderful Success

The recent St. John’s GAA Club Annual Christmas Trolley Dash held at O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Millstreet was a tremendous success for the Club and for very lucky Winners – Eddie & Nora Nagle, Rathmore – wonderfully happy with a superb full trolley. There were five Runner-up Prizes also of €50.00 Supervalu VouchersCecilia Roche, Don Twomey, Paul Brophy, Katie Kelleher and Cian Lawlor. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Impressive Munster Drone Services Cheque Presentation

Donie Lucey representing Irish Community Air Ambulance accepts a very impressive cheque from Shane O’Leary, Director, Munster Drone Services, Drishane Road, Millstreet resulting from a recent fundraising Draw. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Fundraising Draw Winner, Don Keogh of Ballincollig accepting his wonderful Drone Prize from Shane O’Leary, Director, Munster Drone Services, Millstreet.

John McSweeney, Skerries, Dublin & Millstreet

The death has occurred of John McSweeney, Skerries, Dublin / Millstreet, Co. Cork.

John McSweeney, Skerries, Co. Dublin, (late of Millstreet, Cork) 18th December 2022, unexpectedly. Sadly missed by his wife Breda, ( Bailey) children Lily and Joseph, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family and neighbours and friends.

May John Rest In Peace.

Removal Friday to Dardistown crematorium for a civil service at 10am, to celebrate John’s life.


To view John’s service please click on link below at 10am on Friday 23rd.


The Condolences Link is HERE.

“Radio Treasures” from 9.10 to 11.30pm on CMS Tonight

On this Tuesday – 20th Dec. 2022 – preceded by “Jimmy Reidy & Friends” with a wonderful programme with focus on a splendid Christmas Show relating to Newtownshandrum at 8pm (the repeat of which one may hear after the Maureen Henry Show on Sunday night just after 10.30pm) we invite you to also tune into “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday from 9.10 to 11.30pm on Cork Music Station.    Feel very welcome to contact the live programme by emailing corkmusicstation @gmail.com or texting 086 825 0074 – One may also WhatsApp that number.   Tonight’s programme includes lots of Christmas related uplifting songs, music, musings and requests….and lots of great Interviews.   We chat about the images below.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Santa arriving in Carriganima on Sunday, 18th Dec. 2022.
Santa and Catherine pictured with John Thompson, superb Driver of the amazing car which transported Santa!
A special Interview with Santa and Seán Murphy (4th from left) will be broadcast tonight at 10pm.
Mossie & Ann Galvin of Castletown-Kinneigh interviewed in Carriganima broadcast tonight at 10pm.
Presentation of cheque by Margaret Bourke representing Millstreet Community Council to Pól Ó Síodhcháin of Millstreet Community School as a gesture of support to the many talented Students who will be attending the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin in Jan. 2023.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” from 9.10 to 11.30pm on CMS Tonight”

Eily’s Report – 20th December

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my weekly Report.

Our Christmas week got off to a great start at 10 on Monday morning with a wonderful Carol Service in our Church given by the boys of our local National School. The variety of voices of many nationalities and of musical instruments added lustre to the performance, some pieces enough to draw a tear, others to induce toes tapping. Some parents recording it on their phones to enjoy it again later.

Well done to all involved.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 20th December”

Wonderfully Improved Bus Service for Millstreet

Bus Éireann has announced ‘significant enhancements’ to Route 257 which runs from Killarney to Macroom.   (This Report appears in “Cork Beo” and was kindly brought to our attention…..S.R.)

The improved Route 257 will now operate seven days a week, with increased daily services between Killarney/Millstreet and Millstreet/Macroom.

Starting December 11, there will be five daily return services between Killarney and Millstreet (Monday to Saturday) with four return services on a Sunday.

Three return services will also operate daily between Millstreet and Macroom (Monday to Saturday) with two services operating on Sundays.

The improved services will also offer additional stops in Millstreet, offering passengers connection with rail services at Millstreet Train Station.

Senior Operations Manager, Aled Williams said: “Bus Éireann is delighted to introduce these new and improved services between Killarney and Macroom, significantly increasing services for people between County Kerry and Cork.

“Thanks to the National Transport Authority, through the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan this enhancement will also create four driver jobs in our Cork Depot.”Demand for our services in the South is higher now than pre-pandemic, this enhanced service will enable us to connect more people with who and what matters to them.”

Tadgh Cahill, Glensouth, Banteer

The death has occurred of Tadgh Cahill, Glensouth, Banteer, Co. Cork.

Cahill; Banteer on December 18th 2022, peacefully, in his 91st year and in the excellent care of nurses and staff at Fairyhill Nursing Home, Mallow. Tadhg, Glensouth, beloved husband of the late Breda (née Forrest) and dear father of Joe, Catherine, Timmy and Donal, brother of Stephen, Fr Donal (Lisheen), Carmel (Ryan, Clonmel) and the late Frank, Dermot, Dick, Mike, and the recently deceased Phyllis (Buckley), deeply regretted by his loving family, grandson Shane, daughter in law Siobhan, brothers in law, sisters in law and Catherine’s partner Ed, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.

May he rest in peace

Reposing in McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Banteer. Rosary on this Monday evening at 7.30pm. Reposing on Tuesday evening from 6.30pm followed by removal at 8pm to St Joseph’s Church, Lyre, P51 E228. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon, burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Messages of condolences can be left on the link  HERE.

Tremendous Response to Lourdes Bake Sale

All the delicious baking was sold out by the end of the Lourdes Bake Sale held in the Parish Centre following the 11.30 am Mass on Sunday, 18th Dec. 2022 resulting in one of the most successful ever Lourdes Fundraising Projects with a grand total of a very impressive €1,200.00 for which the Organisers are most grateful.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Rachel Dineen and Holly Dunne with Coordinator John Magee.
Holly and Rachel are joined by Maureen Buckley and Kathleen Corkery – two of the many kind supporters who attended the praiseworthy Bake Sale.


Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 18th December 2022



Fourth Sunday in Advent

18th December 2022

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 

9.00am to 1.00pm  &  2.00pm to 5.00pm

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the Souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS:   Daniel Nicholas O’Connell, Clonbanin & Old Coach Ave; Gobnait Twomey, Ballingeary.

Mass Intentions this Weekend:

Saturday 17th December:

Millstreet   6.15p.m.     Denis & Mary O’Connor, Dromsicane;  John Kelleher, Station Road & his father John;  Julia Murphy, Gortavehy.

Sunday 18th December:

Ballydaly   9.30a.m. Eddie Murphy, Ballydaly;  Frank Brosnan, Rathduane, his sister Julia Mary O’Sullivan & the deceased members of the Brosnan Family.

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.   Donie Casey, Cloghoula;  Con O’Sullivan, Claramore;  John B “Shamrock” Murphy, West End & the deceased members of the Murphy & Burke families.

ANNIVERSARIES: Canon Donagh O’Donovan; Han & Luke O’Keeffe, The Tanyard; Mary Lehane, Minor Row; Patrick M. O’Sullivan, Minor Row;  Ann Keane, Pound Hill;  Mary Cotter, Murphy’s Terrace; Peggy & Paddy Healy, Murphy’s Terrace; Patrick Buicke, Murphy’s Terrace; Seán & Kathleen O’Riordan, Church Street; Jerome & Imelda Pomeroy, Mountleader; John & Denis O’Riordan, Knocknakilla; Maggie, Ellie & the deceased members of the Kelleher Family, The Bridge; Timmy Duggan, West End; Paul Fitzgerald Junior, Clara Road;  Dick, Nicholas & Mona Pomeroy, Clara; John Carroll, Clara; Martin Lawlor, Claramore;  Pat Kelly, Coomlogane; Pat O’Connell, Tullig; Helen Moynihan, Lackadota;  Danny, Maud & Mary O’Regan, Ballydaly; Séamus Murphy, Ballydaly Lower; Bridie & Con O’Riordan, Gortavehy; Timothy & Julia Murphy, Coolikerane;   Willie Joe Forde, Mologhroe; Jerry Dennehy, Bolomore; Jack Murphy, Cahirdowney; Eugene & Teresa Sweeney, Dublin; The deceased members of the Leahy Family, Macroom; Oona & Pat O’Reilly, Dublin; Maura Lehane-Ross, Dublin; Sr. Eileen O’Donoghue, England & Cahirbarnagh; Miah Murphy, Banteer; Derry O’Sullivan, Newmarket; Philip & Catherine Murphy, Carrigadrohid; Mary & John Thomas Randles, Kilgarvan; Sr. Therese, Presentation Sister, Farranree & Rathcoole. 

Rotas for Next Weekend 24th/25th December


Millstreet   10.00 p.m. Pádraig Creedon Mary Kelleher; Mgt. O’Sullivan; Judy Reardon; Eda McAuliffe


8.30a.m. Maria Kelleher Teresa O’Leary-Cronin; Mary Coleman; Tadhg Buckley.
  11.30 a.m. Sr. Peter Fahy Kathleen Kelleher; Maria O’Sullivan-Casey; Breeda Fitzgerald; Mary Buckley.
Cullen 7.30 p.m. Marie Walsh Derry Morley & Moira O’Keeffe
Ballydaly 9.30a.m. Eileen Guerin Mary Guerin-O’Leary

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

Monday 19th December: Carol Service presented by the Boys’ National School, Millstreet at 10.00a.m. All welcome. (Please note there will be no Mass on Monday)

Mass on Tuesday (20th) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

CHRISTMAS CONFESSIONS will take place in Millstreet Church on Tuesday at 7.30p.m.   

Mass on Wednesday (21st) for People of the Parish at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (22nd) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (23rd) for Martin Lawlor, Manchester & Claramore at 7.30p.m. [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – 18th December 2022”

Christmas 2022 Message

CHRISTMAS PRAYERLord, as we celebrate your birth among us may our hearts be filled with the joy of your presence.

 May our families be blessed from the abundance of your goodness.

May our world be filled with the wonder of your peace.

May we rejoice and be glad that you are not far away from anyone of us

this Christmas.   












 Dear Parishioners,

 The past three years have seen a lot of changes in our Parish,

our country and our world.  Changes that previously would

have been hard to imagine, but changes that have impacted

all our lives in some way. 

 This Christmas we remember all those who have had

to leave their homeland and travel to different parts of the world

to seek refuge and we also remember those who are unable to

leave their homes. Our hope for 2023 is that peace will be restored

in the troubled parts of our world.

 The changes in our Pastoral area came with Dromtariffe not having

a resident priest any longer and this has impacted on all our

Parishes and on our duties.

Here in this Parish, we are blessed with a strong faith community,

and this weekend I want to acknowledge the work and commitment

of the volunteers in each of our 3 Churches throughout the year.

A sincere thank you to our choirs, readers, Eucharistic Ministers,

basket collectors, altar society, those who erect our Sacred

Spaces and Cribs, our weekly Adorers and Adoration Committee,

The Legion of Mary members and those who are on our Pastoral,

Finance and Safeguarding committees. Your support together

with the support of the Parish Secretary and Sacristans

is greatly appreciated.

 I ask God’s blessing on all families in our Parish and think of your

loved ones who won’t be home this year.

 I also remember those in our Parish who are worried, anxious,

troubled, sick, grieving or alone this Christmas.

 As we prepare for Christmas let us take a moment to remember the

 message of Christmas, which is a message of hope. This hope comes

from the birth of Our Lord wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in

a humble manager because from such a small beginning the wonder

of God’s love for us can be seen and this is what gives us hope.

 To conclude I want to thank you for your continued support  

and may the greetings of joy, peace and goodwill be yours this

Christmas Season.


                              Millstreet Church  

Tuesday 20th December at 7.30p.m. 

Ballydesmond Sunday 18th after 11.00am Mass

Gneeveguilla  Monday 19th at 7.30pm

 Dromagh Wednesday 21st at 7.30pm

Kiskeam Thursday 22nd at 7.30p.m.


Saturday 24th December

Cullen at 7.30p.m.

Millstreet at 10.00p.m.

Sunday 25th December

Millstreet at 8.30a.m.

Ballydaly at 9.30a.m.

Millstreet at 11.30a.m.


Our annual Church door Restoration Collection

will take places at all Christmas Masses this year.

We thank you for your continued support.

Envelopes for 2023 are currently being delivered

and we thank those who are delivering them for us.


Our Parish office will be open each day this week and

will close on Friday 23rd at 5.00p.m. until

Monday 9th January.


Millstreet Church Mass Schedule

Monday 26th December there will be no Mass

Tuesday 27th December Mass for Patrick & Lucy Murphy, Mallow & their son John at 10.00a.m.

Wednesday 28th December for Lena & Johnny O’Keeffe, Main Street at 10.00a.m.

Thursday 29th December there will be no Mass.

Friday 30th December Mass at 10.00a.m.

Cullen Church:

There will be no Mass in Cullen on Thursday 29th.

Connie Hartnett’s Third Anniversary

Connie Hartnett(Cattle Dealer) The Bridge, Millstreet, Co. Cork

Third Anniversary

In loving memory of Connie whose third anniversary occurs on the 17th  December 2022. 
Deeply loved, sadly missed and always remembered by Julie, Helen and all the Hartnett family.  

God called your name so softly,
That only you could hear;
And no one heard the footsteps,
Of angels drawing near.
The golden gates stood open,
God saw you needed rest;
His garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best.

An Anniversary Mass will be held in Millstreet Church on Friday, 16th Dec., at 7.30pm.