Death Notice: Dan Cronin Aunaskirtane and Brú na Sínsir, Rathmore, Co. Kerry

On July 7th 2019 peacefully in the gentle care of the staff of Killarney Nursing Home, Dan, aged 98. Predeceased by his wife Margaret. Sadly missed by his loving family, nieces, nephews, sister in law, brothers in law, relatives especially Con, neighbours and friends. R.I.P.

Reposing at O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Rathmore on this Monday eve. (July 8th)from 7pm to 9pm. Followed by removal to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Shrone. Mass on Tuesday (July 9th) at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in Rathmore Cemetery. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. [rip]

Dan Cronin was born in a cosy and homely thatched cottage in the wonderfully scenic townland of Aunaskirtane, Rathmore, Co. Kerry in the 1920s. He was educated in Shrone N.S. up to the age of fourteen. Dan had always maintained a keen interest in old tales and history. His superb narratives were penned from reality. Fireside tales of other days so gripped that he often felt he was present as the stories were occurring.   It was a true privilege knowing the wonderful Dan and his late wife, Margaret.  Dan had such a wonderful sense of humour and his consistent smile projected his sincere friendliness to All. Being a member of a very special Sliabh Luachra group which was formed to coordinate the most memorable Launch of one of Dan’s most famous and most popular books “In the Shadow of the Paps” at the “Two Mile Inn” Hotel in Killarney (now “The Torc” near Lissavigeen) it was such an honour being asked to take the photograph which appears on the cover of the world renowned book.  And what a mighty day we all had visiting various locations in Sliabh Luachra to capture images for the book with Dan relating such great stories about each location as we travelled on a beautiful day in Summer.  Dan and Margaret were always so very welcoming not only in Aunaskirtane but also in Rathmore.   Dan has left a magnificent legacy in the world of literature and history.   Thankfully, over the years Dan was recorded on television, radio and locally.   What a hugely valuable treasure this is for many generations to come.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.  (Seán Radley)  [read more …] “Death Notice: Dan Cronin Aunaskirtane and Brú na Sínsir, Rathmore, Co. Kerry”

Millstreet Warmly Welcomes European Mounted Games 2019 Visitors

All shop owners/publicans or house owners in Millstreet Town are encouraged to decorate their windows with a country from the list:   

Denmark England France
Ireland Italy Northern Ireland
Wales Scotland Sweden

We shall take pictures of the  windows and the Community Council will sponsor a prize for the best window. Also colouring competition for national school aged children to colour a picture of a horse with once again specific country colours and these can be dropped into Niamh in Wordsworth by Monday and also a special appropriate prize for the winner..We need by Monday as we hope to create displays in the town for the week of the wonderful Mounted Games.

We thank Michelle O’Keeffe and Noel Buckley of Millstreet Community Council for these important suggestions.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Community School and Friends attending a recent meeting in preparation for European Mounted Games 2019 as well as Culture Night 2019. Included is Conor O’Leary (at back on extreme left). Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

European Mounted Games Championships 2019

The European Mounted Games Championships 2019 will be held at Millstreet Green Glens Equestrian Centre from July 8th – 14th. A Parade through Millstreet Town will be held on Tuesday July 9th at 7pm led by Millstreet Pipe Band followed by the Opening Ceremony in the Square. All are welcome. To check out full details of the week please log into

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm This Sunday

Sincere thanks to Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this week’s programme on Sunday 7th July 2019.  (S.R.)

One man’s successful battle against compulsory purchase has been making news this week.  But on Sunday’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks back at a time in Ireland when compulsory purchase was met with disgruntled acceptance. 

In 1954 the Gaoire  (Gwayrah) near Macroom was flooded to make way for the arrival of a little known commodity called electricity.  While the project created hundreds of badly needed jobs, it also forced many people from their homes. 

Now the area is a statutory nature reserve, and on this week’s programme, John walks through Annahala, and meets some of the people who once lived here, forming a closely knit community with their own shop and pub. 

Dating back to the ice age, the Gaoire is the remains of the only Post Glacial Alluvial forest in Western Europe, with the potential to become a World heritage site. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm This Sunday”

Ring of Kerry Cycle Success for Sliabh Luchra Cylists

Congratulations to Catherine Sheehan and all the Sliabh Luchra Cycling Club for completing the 180km Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle from all their friends in Millstreet, Banteer, Rathmore and from all the gang at K&L Deliveries. Well done on a great achievement.

[read more …] “Ring of Kerry Cycle Success for Sliabh Luchra Cylists”

1974 Kerry V Cork Munster Final

There is some fascinating Archive Footage (of interest to older!  Millstreet GAA fans) of the 1974 Kerry V Cork Munster Final available on youTube . Cork won by 1-11 to 0-7 in very poor conditions. All the Millstreet players were excellent but it may well have been Humphrey Kelleher’s (#3) best performance in a Cork jersey. Dinny Long (#8) showing Mick O Connell the ball (34:45) also must have gone down very  well with Kerry supporters at the time!  John Coleman #6, and Connie Hartnett #7.

[read more …] “1974 Kerry V Cork Munster Final”

Mark at Centre Back against Westmeath

The best of luck to Mark Ellis who will be at centre-back again for Cork’s All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier against Westmeath which is on at 3pm this afternoon (Sunday July 7th)  in Mullingar. The match will not be shown live on TV, but is sure to be on C103 radio, and highlights on the Sunday Game.

[read more …] “Mark at Centre Back against Westmeath”