British Pipe Band Championships 2009

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The Cullen Pipe Band on the 27th of June 2009 competed in the British Pipe Band Championships 2009 in Bandbridge Co Down. The band came 7th out of 24 competing bands.
Back Row (Left to Right) Alan Grace, Andrew Stainthorpe, Arthur Bass, Sean Maloney, Con houlihan, Robert Moriarty, Alan Moriarty, Hugh O Keeffe. Front Row (Left to Right) Margaret Dunn, Tommy Carroll, Conor Sinclair, Ursula O Keeffe, Caitlin Houlihan, Aishling O Riordan, Katelyn Murphy, Brian Kenny, Collette O Connor (pic. Hugh O Keeffe, PRO Cullen Pipe Band)

Principal replacing prefabs with bricks

A MILLSTREET school principal has saved the Dept of Education at least €14.6 million after putting forward a proposal to use grant money to build new classrooms rather than waste it on renting prefabricated units.

Joan O’Mahony recently learned that her proposal will now be rolled out nationwide by the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe who hails from nearby Cullen.

The very humorous principal told The Corkman that Millstreet Convent NS has been allowed use its grant aid of €240,000 to build two new classrooms rather than buying prefabricated units.

“We are a country school and know the value of money, and I could not justify spending €240,000 on prefabricated units when I’d have two fine classrooms for it instead,” said Joan O’Mahony.

The school, with over 200 students, was built during the famine.

Read the full article here:

Presentation Sisters, Millstreet

Since the Presentation Order arrived in Millstreet in 1840 the Sisters have so very generously provided all-important education at both Primary and Post-Primary level for generations of Millstreet people and beyond.  (The very fact that I can type this section of our Millstreet website is entirely thanks to the late Sr. Assisi Fitzgerald, a Presentation Sister from Tralee who spent her religious life in Millstreet Convent and  who was a true expert in teaching the art of typing!)  Their influence has been enormous on our local community as they shared the Christian vision of their renowned foundress,  Nano Nagle.

Our pictures relate to a special commemorative day in the 1980s at Ballygriffin near Mallow, the home of Nano Nagle.

We also view Sr. Celestine near the portrait of Nano.

In 1993 the “Cork Examiner” took the picture of the Millstreet Presentation Community as they watched Niamh Kavanagh win the Eurovision Song Contest.

We extend our heartfelt best wishes to the Presentation Community on the Order’s  Feast Day which in on Sunday, 21st November, 2004.

We thank Sr. Mercedes for the following text which provides an excellent insight into the spirit of the Presentation Order:

A Little Girl Grew Here

A little girl grew here

For her, brownstone house was home,

Its fireside love and peace.

The blossoming hedgerows sang freedom,

The rivers told stories of places far away,

While beyond, dreaming mountains called.

(R. Consedine 1983)

Nano Nagle, foundress of the Presentation Congregation

on 24th December, 1775

Nano belongs to Ballygriffin, Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland.   We know that she was born there in 1718, the eldest child in a family of seven of Garrett and Ann Nagle.   We remember them now.   A plaque marks the place where their home stood, looking out on the very beautiful landscape.   It is easy to believe that Nano would have been such a child of wonder as she played there and touched, tasted and smelled the various creations of the natural world around her.   It takes little effort to discover that, in the gentle care of her parents, she knew the happiness of childhood and by them she was taught to take her first steps in the love of God (T.J. Walsh).   She was of an exuberant, enthusiastic disposition, which proved too much for her mother sometimes!   Her father had other thoughts and declared emphatically “Poor Nano will be a saint yet” (Coppinger 1974).    It was in Ballygriffin also that Nano was nurtured through the uncertainties, sorrows, risks and dangers of 18th Century Ireland.   Must not a seed of grief have taken root in her heart, grief that even one of God’s children should be oppressed, deprived or hungry?

Who are you, little girl Nano?

What will you make of your inheritance?

Where will your heart find its pathway?

The seed sown in Ballygriffin and bearing abundant fruit later in her life, attracted Nano totally to the person of Jesus and revealed how sensitively and deeply affected she became by the awful situation of poverty of people around her.   Dr. Coppinger (1784) wrote of her:  “In her schools, ever laborious, patient, vigilant and judicious, she studied the dispositions of her pupils, the degree of capacity they possessed;  she adapted her instructions accordingly;  she watched their countenances which long experience had taught her to read, and proceed or turned back, or explained or repeated, as she found them impressed by what she said”.   What great gentleness and compassion from a heart with its roots in her Ballygriffin childhood experience!  Her way of relating to the children expresses the spirit of a woman aware of God’s love being poured into the hearts of all people by the Holy Spirit.

Presentation Sisters went “to the ends of the Earth” and responded to basic human problems.    Nano died on 26th April, 1784.   She had led such a life that it can only be done justice to by saying that it was the Gospels perfectly translated to practice.

Let us continue to pray for her Canonization one day.

Presentation National School Fundraising


These two images introduce us to a new webpage which will outline the building programme at the school, the fund-raising efforts, the progress of the actual building and how the challenging task is being addressed with courage and inspiring dedication.


A dedicated team of helpers (mainly parents of children who are, have or will be attending the school) preparing the fund-raising literature at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Tuesday, 2nd june 2009.

Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe on Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 reviews progress of the current Building Programme at Presentation N.S., Millstreet. Regular updates will appear on the rapid advancement of the important project.

The Presentation Sisters provided education for the children of Millstreet since the 1840’s. The first school was built as a result of strong conviction, great courage and tremendous sacrifice. Since then, generations of parents continued to make sacrifices for the good of their children. Today, that faithful tradition continues in the people of Millstreet. It is also reflected in the school staff, as they strive to continue working in the spirit of Nano Nagle who said: “Look after the children.”

[read more …] “Presentation National School Fundraising”

Drishane Photos & Centenary Info

A summer walk on this past Sunday (10th May 2009) through Drishane Estate serves to remind us of the very historic Centenary Celebrations marking the arrival of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus to Drishane in 1909.
Full details of the Drishane Cemetery commemoration and further events on this Friday night as well as the Centenary Celebration at Green Glens on this forthcoming Saturday (16th May) may be found on . The people of Millstreet and beyond extend heartfelt and sincere best wishes to the Drishane Sisters on this very special historic occasion. (Seán Radley for

Out and About April 2009

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Sr. Barbara Bowe, Chicago, U.S.A. on a recent visit to Drishane, Millstreet guided by yours truly. Sr. Barbara was tracing her Dinneen Family roots in the Millstreet area. (Picture: Seán Radley)
[Sadly, Sr. Barbara Bowe, a Sacred Heart Sister, passed away in March the following year  (December 1st 1945-March 14th 2010)]

A recent meeting of the Millstreet Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society joined by Kerry Diocesan visitors at Millstreet Presbytery. (Picture: Seán Radley)

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Siobhán Carroll (nee Hickey) presenting Matron Lena Kelleher with the impressive cheque resulting from the recent very successful launch of Kit Hickey’s CD and Video in aid of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital Fund, Millstreet.

[read more …] “Out and About April 2009”

Hillwalkers Rest Self Catering


Bord Fáilte registered mountain side cottage situated on a 600acre hill farm. Panoramic views of hills, mountains and valleys. Walking distance from the famous Coomeenatrush Lake.

Adjacent to Millstreet Country Park and Green Glens Equestrian Centre.
O.S. Maps and Literature regarding The Duhallow Way – which includes (a) The Paps (b) Musheramore (c) Claragh (d) Cahirbarnagh are available to guests

3 bed roomed Cottage – Sleeps 6. All mod-cons, satellite television.

Nuala O’Riordan
Ballinatona House
Co Cork

(029) 70037

e-mail:- <email>

Knockdrish B&B

Knockdrish is a family run bed and breakfast within walking distance of town with a well lit footpath all the way. You’ll get a warm welcome, and home cooked food. Located adjacent to fishing, hill-walking, traditional music, Green Glens Equestrian Centre. It is an ideal touring base, just thirty minutes drive to Killarney, one hour from Cork Airport and one and a half hours to Shannon Airport. All the rooms are en suite. Features include home cooking and we also provide lockable sheds for bikes and drying area for clothes. – Full details on

[read more …] “Knockdrish B&B”

Pike View House B&B


Cosy accommodation with full Irish Breakfast

* One family room ensuite

*One twin room ensuite (down stairs)

*One double room ensuite

*One twin room

*One double room

*Own Car Park

Millstreet – 4 miles: Less than ten minutes drive from Millstreet Town

Macroom – 6 miles

Contact:- Sheila Murray, Moulnagrough, Carriganima, Macroom, Co Cork
Tel:- (353) 026 44066
Cell:- 087 6942578 [read more …] “Pike View House B&B”

Sophie Finucane Trust Fund

LTV2 Millstreet

Sophie Finucane Trust Fund

To link with the special LTV2 interview on Thursday, 20th November 2008 with Sophie and her father, John by Mary Ankettell the following details are relevant:

Contribution to this most worthy Trust Fund may be lodged at:

Permanent TSB

Sort Code: 99 07 09

Current Account Number: 13 87 76 60

Contact Phone Numbers:

John Finucane (father of Sophie): 087 – 2677 403

LTV2 (Mary Ankettell): 085 – 1144 252

William Fitzgerald (LTV2): 087 – 2229 874

Background News on Google.

This wonderfully inspiring story is also scheduled to feature on TV3 and RTÉ1.

The Sponsored Cycle Run takes place from Newmarket on Monday, 29th December 2008. More details and studio pictures later.

(Seán Radley reporting for LTV2 Millstreet)

Church Panorama – Part Two

On 1st August 2008 I again joined Foreman, Kieran O’Riordan to obtain even more extensive views from the very top of St. Patrick’s Church having climbed the nine levels of excellently constructed scaffolding. Also we had Pat O’Sullivan on video camera and Denis O’Shea on digital still camera recording the historic occasion from the first floor of Carnegie Hall …… really proving that we did reach the impressive heights including getting to ring the Bell of our Parish Church. The complete event was also recorded for LTV2. Our thanks to All who made this special occasion possible. (Seán Radley reporting for from on high over St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet)

Millstreet Panorama from Church…Part One

We bring you on a visit to view the excellent ongoing work presently being carried out at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Thanks to the very kind co-operation of Buckley Brothers of Ballydesmond …especially Tadhg Buckley… we join the ever obliging Foreman, Kieran O’Riordan (a native of Killowen, Millstreet) having donned my hard hat and hi-viz jacket to comply with health and safety rules. On this first visit on 9th July 2008 Kieran takes us to the top of the Church where some wonderful parnoramic views are experienced. We also note the splendid new developement next to the Church…the new Respond! Housing Association building programme at St. Joseph’s Gardens ( formerly Presentation Convent). On the various scaffolding levels of the Church we get a close-up of the highly skillful
work being undertaken especially on the roof of this hugely important building. The original Church was built in 1840 and reconstructed in the early 1930s. Our second trip on high took place on 1st August 2008 when some nine levels of scaffolding brought up to the very top of the cross and allowed us to ring the bell! The images of that trip will follow in Part
Two in a few days time. (Seán Radley reporting from the roof of St. Patrick’s Church)

Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest


This window was in the old church. It consists of two sections which coalesce to form one scene – the Ordination of a priest. The window is in remembrance of Rev. Jerome Harding who died on 16 Nov. 1876, aged only 28 years. He was curate in Cahirciveen but his people were from Millstreet. His remains were brought to Millstreet for burial and it was a massive funeral. The inscription at the foot of the window reads: “in memoriam reverendi jeremiae harding: obiit die novembris decimasexta mdccclxxvi” (“In memory of Rev. Jerome Harding; he died 16th Nov. 1876”). [read more …] “Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest”

New Clara aerials have arrived

Our local television channel continues to provide an increasing variety of features. Those yet to be broadcast include the production of a typical “Cork Evening Echo”, a special sequence from the recent 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned Seán Moylan. During that historic day in Kiskeam we got to meet and interview the Minster for Justice, Equality and Law Reform – Mr. Brian Linehan, T.D… as well as many members of the Moylan Family. We shall be recording a Christmas special within a family home for transmission over the festive season. We were delighted to join the celebrations for the All-Ireland winning Céilί Band …the Allow …. in Freemount. World Snooker Champion, Ken Doherty, was given a royal welcome to Rathmore Community Centre on Thursday, 15th November where this very approachable national sports hero also gave LTV2 an uplifting interview with Brendan Murphy on camera.

[read more …] “New Clara aerials have arrived”

Stained Glass Window of Oliver Plunket

Oliver Plunket (East Aisle – first window on left up from door): St. Patricks Church, Millstreet

Oliver Plunket (1625-1681) was appointed archbishop of Armagh in 1669. The special cross he is holding in his left hand is a patriarchal or archiepiscopal cross. He was one of only two Catholic bishops in Ireland at that time and as a result he had a huge work-load – within the first few months of his appointment, he confirmed 10,000 people. He had good relations with the Protestant clergy and gentry. However, the panic caused by the false allegations of Titus Oates in 1678 resulted in his arrest. He was charged in Dundalk with plotting to bring 20,000 French soldiers into Ireland. He was imprisoned in Newgate in England until 1681. There was no basis whatever for the allegations brought against him but he wasn’t given time or opportunity to defend himself. He wrote a most interesting letter from prison a few days before his execution: “Sentence of death was passed against me on the fifteenth. It has not caused me the least terror or deprived me of even a quarter of an hour’s sleep. I am as innocent of all treason as the child born yesterday. As for my character, profession and function, I did own it publicly, and that being also a motive of my death, I die most willingly. And being the first among the Irish, I shall, with God’s grace, give good example to the others not to fear death. I expect daily to be brought to the place of execution where my bowels are to be cut out and burned before my face, and then my head to be cut off.” This is the barbaric death he suffered in Tyburn on 1st July 1684 – it is indicated in the lower part of the window. When this window was made, Oliver Plunket was “Blessed” but he was canonized in 1976 and his feast is on 1st July.

(The inscription at the foot of the window reads: “Erected to the memory of Denis and Margaret Crowley of Millstreet by their son Cornelius. 1944”)

by Msgr. M. Manning, P.P., V.G.


The stained glass window was made by Clement Watson & Co of Youghal, one of three Watson windows in St.Patrick’s Church [ref]


The stained glass window  was erected by Cornelius D. Crowley (1879-1972), of Finnstown House, Lucan, Co Dublin, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and originally from Coole House, Millstreet. He was anxious to be remembered in his native Millstreet, and so in 1944 erected this window (and another at the same time) to his parents, Denis and Maria Crowley, in Saint Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, in 1944.

“At that time, Finnstown House was the home of my Great Uncle Con and Great-Aunt Hannah. Cornelius D. Crowley (1879-1972), of Finnstown House, Lucan, Co Dublin, and Roscrea, Co Tipperary, was originally from Millstreet, Co Cork. He was one of my great-uncles, a brother of my grandmother, Maria (Crowley) Murphy (1882-1953) of Millstreet, Co Cork.
For many years Con Crowley was a director of the Roscrea Meat Company with his brother Jeremiah D. Crowley of Wallstown Castle, Castltownroche, Co Cork – the other directors included Robert Briscoe TD and G Fasenfeld. After World War II, Con Crowley” – by Patrick Comerford

The Maid of Millstreet

The Maid of Millstreet

By Con “Poet” Ahern

As performed on a recent LTV2 show by Jerry O’Riordan, Ballinatona
It was on a fine Summer’s morning,
And I going to Drishane for some lime.
The birds in each grove sang most charming,
Sweet nature being all in its prime
When a nice looking bright looking fair one,
Per chance on my way I did meet,
Her beauty enticed me completely,
She’s that lovely nice Maid of Millstreet. [read more …] “The Maid of Millstreet”

LTV2 Programme 60

Swift uplifting reaction to LTV2 Millstreet going global! Historic milestones on a website are rare but we certainly have reached one of our most significant milestones on with the transmission of programme highlights from LTV2 Millstreet – our community based and non-commercial local television channel. All this development began several months ago when Hannelie O’Connor, John O’Riordan (Church Street) and Michael Cashman (Tullig) met at Millstreet Museum to discuss the possibility of LTV2 web transmission. I was privileged to be at that meeting and could not fail to be utterly impressed by the inspiring enthusiasm of all three people. And what a fruitful result has emerged! Presently we are linking with YouTube and sharing highlights of Programme 60 (first transmitted in November 2006). Provided that you have Broadband the transmission is fast and clear and is shared in ten-minute segments. Our intention is to provide John O’Riordan with a master disc of our weekly programmes at weekends. John will then arrange to place highlights of the programme of the previous week on our website for global viewing. The LTV2 team expresses sincere thanks to Hannelie, John & Michael for according us (all on a dedicated spontaneous basis) this truly amazing opportunity which will allow global viewing. We especially invite our web viewers to email us at <email> indicating where they are viewing the web transmission and also encourage them to comment and make constructive suggestions which may be incorporated in future programmes. Already a phone call from G. O’Meara (renowned photographer), Mallow who logged into the new LTV2 link on our website….clearly very impressed with the standard of studio and on-location camera work as well as with the studio presentation! LTV2’s Seán Murphy even feels that he will receive job offers when his “cooking skills” will be seen worldwide! Do watch out for a special Summer Transmission at the end of July when our focus will be on the FICC World Camping & Caravanning Rally being held in Millstreet 18th – 29th July 2007 (Seán Radley reporting for LTV2Millstreet)

Molex, Mount Leader Industrial Estate (1985-2008)


The Molex plant in Millstreet in 1987

Molex Plany at Mount Leader (c. 2007) [2009]


Closure of the Molex Plant in 2008

US firm Molex to lay off 80 workers at Cork factory – A US electronics firm has announced plans to lay off 80 workers in Co Cork as part of a restructuring of its Irish operations.
Molex, which manufactures electrical connection systems, says its Millstreet factory will be shut down and all operations will be centralised at the company’s other facility in Shannon, Co Clare.
The move was announced during meetings with staff at both plants this morning. Molex, has been operating in Millstreet since 1985 and in Shannon since 1971. (June 2007)

260 jobs blow for Cork, Carlow – … It also emerged today that the jobs of 120 workers at the Molex plant in Millstreet in Co. Cork are under threat following a decision by the company to consolidate its Irish operations at its Shannon plant.
The electronic components manufacturer, which has been in Millstreet for over twenty years, employs 600 workers  at its plants in Shannon and Cork.
The company plans to consolidate its Irish operations at the Shannon plant where over 400 people are employed, and to close down the operation in Co. Cork where 120 are employed.
Meetings with workers at both plants are taking place today about the future of the company amid fears there could be job cuts…

Molex moves to global approach to improve efficiency (7/Nov2007)… In April Molex said said that a charge related to head-count reductions, realignment of manufacturing capacity and plant closures will be $100 to $125 million. Brock confirmed that this includes the closure of one of its two Irish manufacturing sites with equipment being moved from the Millstreet facility in Cork to its larger plant in Shannon.
Brock said the closure involves around 85 people leaving the company and a few transferring to Shannon where a expansion costing between up to 3 million (about $4million) should be completed in the next couple of months. The Shannon facility currently employs around 450 and is one of 54 manufacturing facilities in 18 countries. Molex also has 27 development centers in 14 countries….


Molex finally closed in Millstreet early in 2008.


Molex announced the closure of its plant in Shannon in 2019


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