Regional Report 1032 – 28th September 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news Report 1032 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this calm and wet, Tuesday morning, the last one in September.

This was  very sad week in Millstreet when the remains of 54 yr old Tadgh Moynihan were brought home to his native Millstreet, all the way from Australia where he met an accidental death over a week ago. He was widely revered in Australia and again when his body lay in repose at Tarrants funeral home .The procession of sympathisers when on for many hours. And the Parish Church was full to capacity for the requiem Mass which was concelebrated by seven priests.   A private Mass for the Family was said at the funeral home on Sunday and becuse for Tagdy’s love for Sport, the Sam Maguire Cup was brought for that occasion. He will be so sadly missed. On behalf of our community I want to extend our deepest sympathy to his Family. And may the lovely Tadgh, Rest in Peace.

On a lighter note I want to congratulate Noel C Duggan on succeeding in his efforts to remove sanctions imposed by the SJI on competitors who took part in Millstreet Summer Horse Show this year. It was not an easy task, but he took them on and won. Well done to himself and his family. See our Website for more details.

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On the Spencer visit of 1884

Jack Lane had written an article on Earl Spencer’s visit of 1884 which puts into question validity of the article written by the Irish Times (as added her last weekend). He has kindly allowed us to publish it on

The nationalist and Land League leader, William O’Brien M.P., used to refer to the Irish Times as the “Liarish Times.” He had good reason to do so as it was an inveterate opponent of national independence and the land struggle and consistently distorted and denigrated the aims and activities of both movements.

A classic example of this was its report of the visit of the Lord Lieutenant, Earl Spencer, to Millstreet on 7 September 1884. The Earl was an ancestor of Lady Diana. He unexpectedly visited the town and was accompanied by mounted and armed Hussars. The town had developed a reputation as a hotbed in the land war but this was only because the activities of the Land League had been highlighted by the local Parish Priest who uniquely among his peers was an inveterate opponent and used the media and the Unionist media in particular to promote his opposition over a number of years. He was articulate and well connected and also participated in various Government commissions to further his views. Millstreet was not much different from elsewhere but his media outpourings made it appear so and it gained a reputation for what was called lawlessness and the Irish Times report, naturally enough, lays this on with a trowel which [read more …] “On the Spencer visit of 1884”

Tadgh Moynihan

Tadgh Moynihan’s life ended in Australia in a tragic way
And back home in Millstreet his last remains lay
Perhaps in his fifties luck not on his side
In an accident it has been reported he died.
As a young man for Ballydaly his home club gaelic football he played
And all around Duhallow many friendships he forged and made
His family and friends for him left to shoulder grief’s cross
His friendship to those who knew and loved him an irreplaceable loss.
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