Once more the Summer decks the hills round dear old Millstreet town
The breezes waft the scent from flowers of green Duhallow down
The sunshine chases shadows fleet o’er Muskery’s meadows wide
And light and shade guild every glade by sweet Blackwater’s side

Sweet it is when Clara hill is clad in sunset glow
And happy lovers shyly meet in many a vale below
They breathe the balmy Irish air and roam the meadows through
Where Finnow witching waters join the far famed Avondhu

Oh. Avondhu by many a field your shadowed waters glide
Where I have life[s golden hours your restful banks beside
Now scattered afar the comrades all my careless boyhood knew
Alas we’ll never meet again beside sweet Avondhu

Some sleep beside that grand old stream in the graveyard on the hill
They closed their eyes in dreamless death while life seemed pleasant still
Light lay the sod upon their clay may heaven’s sweetest dew
For ever bless each comrade’s grave beside sweet Avondhu

The fairest land on earth art thou Oh Ireland grá mo chroí
Your Exiles brave in every land are wrath to make you free
Their dearest hope that yet some day in Freedoms light they’ll view
Their Native hills that sleep for aye beside sweet Avondhu

J. Doody (Author)
Co. Cork

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Mary Cronin (née Scannell), Dooneen / Gneeveguilla

The death has occurred Monday 30th March 2020 of Mary Cronin (née Scannell), Dooneen, Millstreet, Cork / Gneeveguilla, Kerry. Formerly of Meenagishaugh, Gneeveguilla, peacefully at home, sadly missed by her loving husband Jerry, sisters Peggy and Noreen, nieces and nephew, extended family, kind neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace.

In accordance with the current government and HSE guidelines on public gatherings, the funeral will take place privately. Condolences can be left on the condolences page on RIP.ie. [1]

Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow

Civic Amenity Sites in Cork County to reopen from Tomorrow (Tuesday) with restrictions, please see the update below from Chief Executive, Tim Lucey, which outline the restrictions in place.
(Millstreet Civic Amenity Centre is open Monday, Thursday and Saturday)


“In my correspondence to you yesterday, I indicated that Civic Amenity Sites would be closed on this Monday. That decision was taken following the release of the public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 issued on Friday March 27th. Civic Amenity Sites had not been specifically listed as an essential service nationally and would generally require customers to travel more than the restricted two kilometres.  [read more …] “Recycling Centres to Reopen from Tomorrow”

Sr. Kathleen Day, Infant Jesus Sister

DAY (Sisters of the Infant Jesus, St. Josephs, Model Farm Road, Cork). On March 28th, 2020, at Cork University Hospital. Sr. KATHLEEN I.J. Sadly missed by her Community, her sister Ursula (Holy Rosary Sister), Teresa, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews, great-grandnieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Sr. Kathleen’s funeral has taken place privately, due to the H.S.E guidelines regarding public gatherings. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this difficult time. She is buried at Drishane Cemetery. A Celebration of Kathleen’s life will be held with a Memorial Mass at a later date. May Kathleen Rest in Peace. [rip]

Those who would have liked to attend the funeral, but due to current restrictions cannot, please leave your personal message for Kathleen’s family below on the Condolences Page.
[read more …] “Sr. Kathleen Day, Infant Jesus Sister”