“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 22nd June 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.30 (Irish Time). Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
On tonight’s Show at 10pm we recall last week’s Commemoration of the Centenary of the Rathcoole Ambush of 16th June 1921.
We have our usual Musings and Musical Treats.
We reflect on Jimmy Reidy’s Archival Programmes.
We chat about our new outdoor seating at The Square, Millstreet.
We hear two superb versions of “Kentish Town Waltz”.
We remember the Golden Jubilee of Fr. Jim Kennelly, P.P., Boherbue & Kiskeam….which took place in Boherbue, Kiskeam and Ballydesmond on Sunday, 20th June 2021.
We remember our Faithful Departed.
And we have our Callouts to our many Loyal Listeners.
Our Musical Star of the Week is Josef Locke. And there’s more … much more!! Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
A message from Frank O’Connor, Scoil Mhuire Millstreet Boys National School.
On Wednesday June 23rd Scoil Mhuire Millstreet Boys National School will hold a Fun Move-a-thon in the town park from 12m/d to 3pm .
In line with HSE Covid, and Health and Safety guidelines, (as some children will be cycling) the Park will be closed to the public for these 3 hours. We appreciate your understanding and also thank the Town Park Committee for facilitating us.
“It is with great disappointment that the Duggan Family announces today that the 2021 Millstreet International Horse Show CSI2* will not take place. Despite the pace of the vaccination rollout in Ireland and the resulting reduction in current infection rates, it is clear that the easing of lockdown measures will not proceed at a pace that will allow us to stage the August show to its traditional standards while complying with the current Government guidelines.
The fundamental principle of Millstreet’s long running success is the inclusivity it offers to one and all. The annual schedule of classes provides opportunities for horses/ponies and riders of all levels, ages and abilities.
We take our industry support responsibilities very seriously; events such as the Foal Auction, 3yo Horse and Pony Young Irelander, 4yo National Discovery Championships also for both horses and ponies, and many other unique Millstreet concepts contribute incalculably to Irish horse and pony breeders and producers. To stage a show without one or more of these elements or limiting participation would go against our “open door” values.” [read the full announcement on Millstreet.Horse]
To help with the launch of our underage club we are running an FAI Summer School in Millstreet Town Park for the week beginning the 19th of July. It will run daily from 10am to 1pm and will be run by FAI Accredited Coaches. It’s for children between 6 and 14. The cost of the Camp is €70 for the week and each child will receive a full playing kit and kit bag.
Places are limited this year due to COVID-19 so to avoid disappointment please register as soon as possible.
The death has occurred of JOHN O’MAHONY, of Harrow, Middlesex, formerly of Inchileigh, Millstreet who passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 20 June, 2021.
Mourned by his devoted wife Bea, sons Adrian, Mark and John, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Godfather of the late Eimear. Deeply regretted by his brothers Jerry, Denis and James, sisters Anne, Noreen and Mary, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and extended family.
Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.
The St. John’s Day Mass which normally would have been held at St. John’s Well on Mushera, this Thursday on June 24th, has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic – from the St. John’s Well Committee
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my weekly report.
I’m putting pen to paper on the longest day of 2021, June 21st. A choppy breeze is blowing outside but the bright sunshine makes it feel and look like a real mid-summers day. I got my lawn fed at the weekend and the welcome showers have made it look greener already or has it, maybe I’m imagining it. I suppose we can make ourselves believe what we want to believe and maybe that’s the attitude that has kept us going all our lives. Nobody of advanced years, has come through all those years without experiencing some make-believe along the way. The world stands still for no-one and if we are to be part of it we have to stay abreast of it’s many changes and challenges. We learn this lesson from childhood. The smallest child playing with her dolly really believes that dolly can be put to sleep and wants everybody to be quiet in case they’d wake her. The same with a little boy with his toy gun when he makes it go bang bang his pal has to fall down or the game of make believe doesn’t work. It starts there and goes on all through life. Good times are great but it’s the bad ones that teaches us and lets us know where our true strength lies. How many times when thinking of some major stumbling block have we said “oh, I could never do that, I’d die” but when confronted with it and left with no choice but to go forward, then we find the grit that we need to deal with it after all. Very often telling ourselves that yes we can. Needless to say the power of God has a lot to do with it as we move on. For people who believe in his infinite power and goodness there is always a plan B to call on when everything else fails. I think that our religion is the best and most important aspect of our entire lives. I don’t know what it’s like for those who do not Believe. I suppose we had the advantage of it being drilled into us since day one and anything that came our way to try and make us stray from it never succeeded. Believe me it wasn’t always easy, when faced with some obstacle be it sickness or failure in business or in love and the Good Lord was in no hurry answering or plea, how we often swore that we’d never talk to him again or go to Mass but in the end we always got our answer and held on. Maybe not what we were asking for but definitely another angle which fulfilled our needs and how often we agreed that His Way was the best Way after all. When you grow old you can’t be blamed for thinking that you know it all. All the bridges that you’ve crossed must surely count for something. We’ve come so far and managed youth, marriage, childrearing, retirement and surely the rest is plain sailing as we reach the stage where we can watch the world around us with some degree of ease and comfort. But then along came Corona Virus, Covid19, the pandemic, call it what you like but it hit us where we’d never been hit before, utter confusion and our learning was only starting. It was always said that you’re never too old to learn and we became proof of that in a very short time. Looking back on the past 18 months, I think we’ve been bloody marvellous. To put it in lay-man’s language. Life had never been so good for the aged, foreign holidays, coach tours, group parties ,trips to the shops were all part of our daily lives and we took them all for granted like there was no tomorrow. Then wham, something very mysterious came creeping up but of course ‘someone’ will look after that and we can motor on regardless. But but, but, what is this we hear, there is NO ‘someone’ out there, so we must start learning again and teaching ourselves to play our part in our very own survival and that of those around us. So we cancelled our way of life and took up another one , and we beat the bug at it’s own game , repeating once again ,as we have said so many times in the past, that you’re never too old to learn. But it ain’t over yet, having spent so long in captivity ,we must teach ourselves now, how to re join the outside world. Some are finding it difficult to get a footing on it If the local cafes were open they would provide a great launching pad where we could meet up with old acquaintances and plan some more social events. Already some have joined friends for cards etc. while our Pitch ‘n Putt course is extremely busy. We all need a fresh start and in danger of sounding a bore, it’s up to ourselves to make the start. If driving out for the first time following a long non driving term, please take extra care. Roads have become very busy and our judgment is not the same until we get familiar with the traffic again. The world is waiting for us again and if we believe in ourselves, that will take us a long way.
On June 22nd 1921, George H.S. Duckham, was returning to Millstreet from leave in London where he had been married just a week earlier. A young R.I.C. constable in Millstreet, he had rested in Macroom Barrack overnight, and was making his way in plain clothes on a horse and side-car to Millstreet. It was at the height of the war of Independence, and unfortunately for him, the IRA knew he was coming and they ambushed him between Macroom and Carriganima at Carriganeigh Cross. They took him prisoner and apparently found on him amongst other things, a list of the names of the members of the Millstreet Battalion Column that were to be shot on sight. On top of that, as a constable he apparently had a bad record in the eyes of the local republicans. He was tried by the IRA and shot. His body was left across the river from Carriganima Church, but apparently taken away and buried in a bog elsewhere by locals who were afraid that the police would cause trouble in the area. His body was never found and remains a mystery. He left behind a young wife and a young son, also named George Henry Samuel Duckham. Wherever his body lies, may he rest in peace.
He is one of four+ R.I.C. (two auxiliaries, two Black and Tans) that lost their lived in Millstreet during the War of Independence. Below are two reports on his demise, and also as some details about his background: [read more …] “George H.S. Duckham (1900-1921)”
The Sixth Class Boys of Scoil Mhuire Millstreet BNS on Monday, 21st June 2021 presented their Teacher/Principal Frank O Connor with a splendid Slate Clock which is beautifully inscribed. This special gesture coming close to the end of the School Year was made in recognition of Mr. O’Connor’s tremendous support, dedication and inspiration which he and his dedicated Staff accorded all the Pupils during what was a truly challenging year with COVID-19 restrictions. The Parents of the Pupils are indeed most grateful also for Mr. O’Connor’s uplifting guidance and patient approach and that of his Staff and wish to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire School Staff of Scoil Mhuire BNS, Millstreet. We wish every success and happiness to All in the years ahead. Tap on the images below to enlarge…..which were kindly made available by Michelle. (S.R.)