Patrick Lynch’s Tribute in Memory of Denis Murphy, Ballydaly

Among the wonderful memories recalled by many of the late Denis Murphy – Patrick Lynch, a native of Ballydaly, shared a very special tribute to Denis which we share here:
“Denis Murphy, our next-door neighbor, was my first boss. Well, not my first boss, that would be my dad, but for sure my first cash-paying boss. 10p per day.
Denis, and his brother Tadghie lived next door, and both were idols to us. They drove Cortinas, had long-ish hair, listened to Mudd and Slade, turned up to Mass fashionably late (and more outrageously, left early), and read ‘The Sunday World’. I wanted to be them when I grew up.
Denis was, and still is, one of my favorite people. Back then, he was a god. He drove a blue MK 3 Cortina, always at considerable speed, later progressing to a blue Mazda 323. We would hear him pull out of his house and in no time fly past our place in a speedy blur of blue.
I have the vaguest memories of Denis and Tadghie’s mom, Hannah, but remember her fondly. Sadly, she passed when I was very young, leaving the Murphy men to fend for themselves. They had the kind of house I could just walk straight into without even knocking, and frequently did. Pat, their dad, was a gentleman. He often made me a cup of tea with some store-bought brown bread, (a novelty for me), and answered my many, many questions.
One evening I popped in and their family friend, Gerry Shovlin, had stopped by for dinner. Gerry was sporting an odd hat, and at one point Denis reached over and pulled it off, revealing a freshly shaved head. Gerry was mortified and we all howled with laughter.
I was in Poland when Pat passed and I remember being terribly saddened. He was the kindest of men.
An early memory (when I would have been about 10 years old) was the day Denis laid the foundation for his home. Denis decided to build next to his dad, though the plot came with the penalty of being slightly closer to the Lynch Mob. That home proved to be a foundation of sorts for me in many ways, and we were really blessed to have neighbors like the Murphys.
On ground-break day, a JCB dug out the trenches, and tradition called for every able man from the neighborhood to turn up, mix concrete, and lay the foundations. To my very young self, this was a huge event. I remember it as a sunny Sunday, with lots of people and tea, and John Corkery and I buzzing around with excitement.

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Millstreet Library – Short Story Competition

Exciting news: Cork County Council Library & Arts Service are hosting a Short Story Competition.  Calling all writers to unleash their creativity and submit their best short stories.  Whether you are a seasoned writer or just starting out, this is your chance to shine!  Prizes await the winners.  Don’t miss out.

See poster for details on how to submit your story today and be part of the literacy adventure.  If you need any guidance, there is a Creative Writing Group in Millstreet Library who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at 11 am.  Next meeting : Wednesday 13th March at 11 00 – 12 45 pm.

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Denis Murphy, Ballydaly, Millstreet

The death has occurred of Denis Murphy, Ballydaly, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

Denis Murphy passed away peacefully after a short illness bravely borne on the 29th of February 2024, surrounded by his loving family in the excellent care of the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.  Predeceased by his parents Pat and Hanna.  

He is sadly missed by his loving wife Sheila, children Kevin, Siobhán and Denise, son-in-law David, Michelle and Adam, his Brother Tadhg, sisters in law Susan, Ann and Toni, brother-in-law Danny, his adoring grandchildren Bobby and Kellie, nieces, nephews, cousins relatives, neighbours and wide circle of friends.

Reposing at his home in Ballydaly, (Eircode P51D8X2) on Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 7pm. Reception into Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballydaly on Monday for Requiem Mass at 11am followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, can be made to Cúnamh

May his Gentle Soul Rest in Peace

Messages of sympathy can be left on condolence link HERE.

Millstreet Parent Baby & Toddler Group Fundraiser

We would really appreciate any help you can give.
Millstreet Parent Baby & Toddler Group is such an important phase for our little ones.
It is a safe place for little people to make friends, build on their Development Goals
Lots of toys and open space to play with each other and explore the world of sensory play.
It is also a important place for Parent Carers and Loved ones. It a morning where everyone is greeted with a smile and an offer of a cup of tea.
A place to express the highs and lows of parenthood, friendship.
It takes a village to raise a child and we try our very best to keep this at the core
Click here for their Go Fund Me Page

New Dromtariffe Drama Group Presents Comedy

The newly formed Dromtariffe Drama Group will present their Spring production of “The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley” in Dromtariffe Parish Hall running from March 8-10.

Expect hilarious scenes from a cast of Angela Lyons, Shane O’Conor, John Linehan, Deirdre Kirwan, Catherine Ferns, Fidelma O’Connor, Pat Drumn and Angela Linehan.

The play runs on Friday,  Saturday and  Sunday,  March 8-10  at 7.30pm nightly.

Tickets can be pre-booked at 087-6298542 and 087-9885751.

We thank Marie Bourke for the Poster. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank John Tarrant for sharing the feature and the two images. Every success on the upcoming Comedy Presentation. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Lourdes Pilgrimage Table Quiz Friday 1st March 2024 at 8pm

The Table Quiz will take place on Friday 1st March 2024 at 8pm in The Wallis Arms.  

This Quiz has become an annual fundraiser to help 5th Year Students from Millstreet Community School who are going on pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Irish Pilgrimage Trust, to pay for their travel and accommodation. Aoife Casey & Holly Saunders (pictured below) are the 5th years going this year and they will be Student Helpers with Goup 126.

Thanks to the wonderful support of the community for the bake sales in the Parish Centre before Christmas, the girls’ travel and accommodation costs have been covered (€750/per person).  However Group 126, along with all other groups taking part in the pilgrimage, are expected to raise €14,000 each year to cover the travel/accommodation costs of all the young people with special needs (known as ‘guests’) who are travellingwith their particular group.  All funds raised from the table quiz will go to the fundraising efforts of Group 126.
Tables: €40/team of four.  There will be a raffle.  Everyone is welcome to take part in what has become a great community event in support of the students.

We thank MCS Chaplain, John Magee for this important Notice.  (S.R.)

The Lourdes Quiz 2023 which took place in February 2023 at the Wallis Arms Hotel. Tap on the image to enlarge.