A Feast of Music and Song at the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk – Fri. 12th Aug.

A feast of Music and Song will be on offer at the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk on Friday, August 12th when no less than ten Bands will take to the stage to perform in a fundraiser for Kanturk and Millstreet Community Hospitals.

Knocknagree’s John Joe Herlihy has once again stepped up the plate in organising the Show, and he is hoping that a huge crowd will turn up to support this worthwhile event.

Margaret Collins, (recently appointed Director of Nursing at Millstreet Community Hospital), speaking to the Corkman said that the people of Millstreet and surrounding areas are always brilliant to fundraise for the Hospital; “We are thrilled to be benefiting from this great night of Music and Dancing, and we will use the money to refurbish the laundry, as well as revamping the gardens” Margaret said.

Joan Collins who is a Clinical Nurse Manager 2 at Kanturk Community Hospital spoke on behalf of Director of Nursing Peig Fitzgerald who was on holiday. “We hope we can continue to offer the great services of our hospital to the local people” Joan said, “fundraisers like this are very much appreciated and offers us the opportunity to upgrade our facilities and equipment for the comfort of the patients” Joan added.

Artists appearing on the night include Mary Desmond, Noel Cronin, Sheila Fitzgerald & Mike Sheehan, Jer Healy (The Singing Jarvey), O’ Brien & Shine Band, Laura Dunlea, Mike McCarthy, Peter Lane, Barry O’ Halloran, and Pat Whelan.

All the musicians are giving their services free of charge.

Doors Open 8pm
Dancing from 8.30pm – 12.30pm

Enquiries to Organiser John Joe Herlihy 087 9735113

Follow us on Facebook; Kanturk & Millstreet Community Hospitals Fundraiser.

We thank Sheila Fitzgerald for the above information and for the two images below.  (S.R.)Kanturk & Millstreet Hospitals Fundraiser 1 jpg-600 Kanturk & Millstreet Hospitals Fundraiser 2 jpg-600

Eily’s Report – 2nd August 2016

Dia is Muire díobh go léir a chairde and welcome to my weekly report from Millstreet .Eily report small image

And this week I have to ask all of Millstreet to take a bow. And I beg the question what other town the size of Millstreet in any part of Europe and indeed perhaps the whole world could boast the hosting a European event such as we have seen here for the past week. Up to thirty countries from as far away as Russia took up residence with us mixed with our people . They bought their food from our shops & stores and I must say that our shops and stores did us proud. There was widespread praise for our food. The bread the meats the fish and so on and so on. As many of the visitors lived in their own luxurious wagons they did their own cooking which gave us a great opportunity to let them know just how good our food is. [read more …] “Eily’s Report – 2nd August 2016”

Death Notice: Cáit O’Sullivan, Banteer

O’SULLIVAN (Banteer): On August 3, 2016, peacefully, at Kanturk Community Hospital, KATHLEEN (Cáit), 3 Eagle View, Banteer, loving daughter of the late Jeremiah and Margaret O’Sullivan, Banteer West. Sadly missed by her loving sister Eileen (Dorgan), brothers Sean and Dano, sisters-in-law Sheila and Rose, brother-in-law Ted, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Reposing at McCarthy’s Funeral Home, Banteer, on this Thursday evening from 6.30pm, followed by removal at 8pm to St Fursey’s Church, Banteer. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Donations, in lieu of flowers, to Kanturk Community Hospital. May she rest in peace.

The Clock Tower

Stone upon stone the bell tower rises outside my window,
a protestant ruin of the village church. You belonged
to Drishane Castle. You belonged to the people.
The ringer gently bowed to the lintel, climbed
narrow stone steps spiraling, to call worshipers to holy communion.
Years later, Tidy Towns filled your belfry with a white-faced clock.
I raise the linen shade, wake to your dial, Black Roman numerals
go round and round. You move through my tea and egg.
I notice the time as I am off to the shop for the Guardian
and lamb. You are my companion as I play with poems
and read Passing Through. I stroll in the deep grass,
rubbing old tombstones, no longer legible.
You move through my days until you wane in the light
of the evening and fade at the unfairness of fate.

“The Clock Tower” is by Sandra Ann Winters

Bio: Sandra Ann Winters is the winner of the 2011 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, and a Pushcart nominee, having won numerous poetry awards and commendations in the United States. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection The Place Where I Left You (Salmon Poetry 2014), and [read more …] “The Clock Tower”

Private Cornelius Rahilly 10714

rahilly-photoOn seeing Seán’s article yesterday on the anniversary of the death of Roger Casement, Carmel reminded us of her grandfather local man Con O’Rahily who was one of the men in Casement’s Brigade.

Born on February 14th 1895 at the home of Mary Kelleher and Cornelius Rahilly, at Dooneen. He joined the Royal Irish Regiment in May 1913, and arrived in France on August 13th that same year.He was soon captured in the retreat from Mons. His battalion had retreated under the weight of the advancing Germans. After two days of retreating with little food nor water, pounded continually by German artillery, the next night their officer got them lost in the dark, and they woke the next morning looking down the wrong end of a German machine gun. He describes how the 15 of them captured were deliberately machine gunned by the Germans, and only 9 survived, including the officer. The Germans suspected them of using dumdum bullets and it took a great deal of negotiation by the officer to get their lives spared. As a prisoner of war, he was moved from camp to camp, until one day a German officer was recruiting for an Irish Brigade. Within this brigade Roger Casement made a recruiting speech in February 1915. Casement sought to send a well-equipped and well-organized Irish unit to Ireland, to fight against Britain, in the aim of achieving independence for Ireland. Such an action was to be concurrent with the ongoing war between Britain and Germany, thereby providing indirect aid to the German cause, without the ex-POWs fighting in the Imperial Germany Army itself. In spite of his eloquence only the 56 joined, but Con was one of those. They were trained by [read more …] “Private Cornelius Rahilly 10714”

Death Notice: Joan McSweeney, formerly of Rathduane

The death has occurred on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 of Joan MAC SWEENEY (née Twomey) St. Annes Rd., Killarney, and formerly from Rathduane, Millstreet. Beloved wife of Denis and loving mother of Lorraine, Denise, Noreen, Louise and David. Sadly missed by the Twomey and FitzGerald Families, her brothers, sisters, sons in Law Oliver, Karl, Alan and Ciaran, and Davids Partner Kayleigh, grandchildren Ella and Oran, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces relatives neighbours and many friends. May She Rest in Peace.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home Killarney on Thursday evening, August 4th, from 4pm followed by removal at 6:30pm to St Mary’s Cathederal, Killarney. Requiem Mass Friday at 10:30am followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.