‘Rolling Through The Years’ – A quiz for all ages: Millstreet Community School : Thursday 18th Dec.

The Millstreet Community School Transition Year ‘Youth for Justice’ group invite you to take part in the following festive quiz:

‘Rolling Through the Years’

A quiz for anyone between 15 and 99+ years

Thursday 18th December in Millstreet Community School library


Home produced seasonal refreshments will be served.

Admission free.

Edible prizes for winners

Teams will be formed on the day and will comprise of two Transition Years and two adults.  Questions will test your knowledge of local, national and international events from the last hundred years! Contact Millstreet Community School for more details (029 70087)

See also: Community school quiz pits adults with students (the Corkman 4th Dec 2014)

Our President in Mallow

2014-11-28 President Michael D Higgins  in Mallow - photo by Jane ThomasThere was a great turnout at Mallow last Firday afternoon greeting the President for the unveiling of the statue of Thomas Davis

The picture dipicts his passion in what he believes in.

With thanks to Jane Thomas for this photo and comment above.

Also in the media:

More work needed to realise Thomas Davis’ Vision (Irish Examiner 29th Nov)

President Higgins pays tribute to writer and poet Thomas Davis (Irish Times 29th Nov) [read more …] “Our President in Mallow”

Eoghan McKenna

Eoghan McKennaOver the years, many of us would have seen or heard of one of ireland’s greatest actresses Siobhán Mc Kenna, but not many would know that her father Eoghan was born in Millstreet. This extract is from her papers which have been catalogued and archived by NUI Galway

Biographical History: McKenna, Siobhán (1922–86), actor and theatre director, was born 24 May 1922 at 28 St James’s Park, off the Falls Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, the second daughter of Margaret (Gretta) O’Reilly from Loch Gamhna, Co. Longford, and her husband, Eoghan McKenna (b. Millstreet, Co. Cork, 1892) lecturer in mathematical physics at the Municipal College of Technology, Belfast…


Born on December 13th 1891 at the Main Street, Millstreet … (please read the comment below which has a detailed biography of Eoghan)

His first teaching post was at the Municipal College, Belfast, and it was there that his daughters Nancy [1919] and Siobhán [1922] were born.
In 1928 the family moved to Shantalla, Galway, following his appointment to University College Galway, where Eoghan was a lecturer in Mathematical Physics (through Irish) until 1933, when he was made Professor of Mathematical Sciences – (from tcd.ie). He trained UCG to Singerson Cup glory in 1941, and was still heavily involved in their 1960 win.

Eóghan died on January 29th 1967: – “(10 Mar 1967). Also letter from Siobhán McKenna, Highfield road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, to Mark [Rudkin] saying that she has been told by “himself” to write to Mark. She apologises for not writing sooner as her father had died in Galway over the Christmas.” He is buried in Rahoon Cemetery in Galway with his wife Mairead and daughter Siobhán (see the headstone below)
“…and, as he wished, his coffin was carried to Rahoon on the shoulders of the great Galway footballers of the fifties and sixties, many of whom had known him as one of their greatest supporters in the Sigerson Cup and All-Ireland Championships’” – ainm.ie


Death Notices.

Mac Cionnáich – Eoghan, Ollamh Ollsgoile, a d’éag an 29adh la d’Eanair, 1967, ag a bhaile Cúilín, an Caisleán Nua, Gaillimh. Bhrís mhórdha mhnaoi, Caitlín; dá ingheanacha, Neans agus Siobhán, dá dhrifiúr an Mháthair Bhonabhentúra, Clochar na Trócaire, Corcaigh; dá muintuir, dá ghaolta, agus dá a cháirde go léir. Sochraid go dtí Reilig Ráith Ún inniu (Dia Mairt) thar eis Aifreann 12 a clog i Séipéal Naomh Sheosaimh, Gaillimh.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis Gaedhalach.
McKenna – January 29, 1967, at his home, Cúilin, Newcastle, Galway, Professor Owen McKenna, Dominican Tertiary. Deeply regretted by his wife, daughters, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends. R.I.P. Solemn Requiem Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Galway, at 12 o’c today (Tuesday). Funeral immediately to Rahoon Cemetery.
Obituary. The Irish Times, Monday, 30 January 1967.


Eoghan MacCionnaith, M.A., A.R.C.Sc.I., who died in Galway yesterday, was a former professor of mathematical physics in U.C.G., and was the father of Siobhan McKenna, the actress.
Born in Kanturk, Co. Cork, he taught in Cork and Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, at The Pines, now Garbally Diocesan College, and in Belfast before being appointed in U.C.G., in 1928, as lecturer in mathematics through Irish.
In 1934, he was appointed professor of mathematical physics and supervisor of examinations, and he held both posts until he retired from the College in 1961.
Since 1928 he was president of the G.A.A. club of the college, and through his work in that capacity the resurgence of Gaelic football in Connaught was mainly due.
He is survived by his wife and, in addition to Siobhan (Mrs. Denis O’Dea), another daughter, Mrs. Patrick McMahon (Dublin); his brothers, John, in Cork, and Peadar, in Dun Laoghaire; and by four sisters, the Rev. Mother Bonaventure (Convent of Mercy, Cork), Mrs. Sean Shorten, Cork, Mrs. Sean McCurtin (Dublin), and Miss Henrietta McKenna (London).

[read more …] “Eoghan McKenna”

94th Kilmichael Commemoration address by Jack Lane

2014-11-30 Kilmichael Commemoration (from @pjom72)


Address by Jack Lane, Aubane Historical Society, 30th November 2014

I want to thank the Committee for giving me an opportunity to address this commemoration here today. The ambush that occurred here was a pivotal event in the War of Independence and it is a privilege to be involved in a commemoration of such an event. It changed the character of that war because after it all involved realised that this was a real war and the Crown Forces realised for the first time that they were up against a competent army because they were thoroughly defeated. It concentrated their minds wonderfully. Nothing like it had happened before in that war.

Anyone who takes an interest in our history will know that there is an ongoing debate about the War of Independence and it is appropriate that this Ambush has been central to this debate.  The Ambush has been the subject of [read more …] “94th Kilmichael Commemoration address by Jack Lane”

Millstreet Athletic Club News

Millstreet Athletic Club News


Over the past month Millstreet Athletic Club has been represented at the Munster Cross Country Championships held in Tipperary, Clare and Carrig na Bhfear

by Emma Lehane, Donal Bourke, Donnacha Murphy, Orla Buckley, Caoimhe O’Leary and Dan Bourke.

The club recorded great results in all age groups and are delighted that Caoimhe O’Leary will represent the club and county at National level in the All-Ireland cross country Championships in Dublin next weekend in the Girls U15 race.

  It is a fantastic achievement for Caoimhe and we wish her the very best of luck and also to Billy Cronin of Knocknakilla who will also be representing Cork in Dublin next weekend.

Dan Gould

I remember Dan Gould as an ageing man
He was then in the twilight of his lifetime span
He lived near Millstreet Town up the Cloghoula way
The passing of time had left him looking gray

He was a great road bowler in his life’s prime
One of the best in Cork and Ireland going way back in time
Till the biological clock did become his foe
He lived his last day many Seasons ago

[read more …] “Dan Gould”