Commuting Times from Millstreet

Like it or not, we live on the outer fringes of the commuter belt for Cork City. We all know lots of people that head off early in the morning to work, and are home in the evenings just in time to see their children to bed. We saw a map recently (above right) which shows where people travelling long distances to work were from. As expected there is a large commuter belt around the larger cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

Expecting to see Millstreet as one of the worst affected commuter areas,  we zoomed into the Millstreet area (see the map below), and we were thankfully surprised to see that Millstreet fared much better that other areas around us.  [read more …] “Commuting Times from Millstreet”

Census 2016: Are we too reliant on manufacturing?

The Irish Independent notes today that in 2016, Millstreet had the second highest reliance on the manufacturing industry as an employer in the country:

“… some towns are heavily reliant on just one industry. For example, in seven towns, more than 25pc of the workforce were employed in manufacturing in April 2016 – they include Ballyhaunis, in Co Mayo, where 41.88pc of workers are in the sector, followed by Millstreet, in Co Cork, at 33.92pc…” [1]

From a community perspective, you’d prefer a broader spread of the workforce across industries, because in our case we may be too exposed to a shock to the manufacturing sector. At the same time we’re glad to have Alps, Munster Joinery, and the other smaller manufacturers in the area for the jobs they bring.

Detailed employment tables for Millstreet are below, though just the town and not include the surrounding hinterland.  [read more …] “Census 2016: Are we too reliant on manufacturing?”

Census 2016: Polish Population of Millstreet highest in the Country

Once again, Millstreet Town has the highest percentage  of Polish people in the country, as it was for the 2006 census, but had moved to 5th for the 2011 census. The census says that 259 Polish nationals were living here, making up 17% of the population.

The below details are from the Central Statistics Office:

The population of Millstreet in county Cork was 17 per cent Polish, making it the town with the highest proportion of Polish nationals.

Table 2.2 Population Usually Resident in the State by Town of Usual Residence, Nationality, and Statistic, 2016
Town population Polish population % Polish
Millstreet, Cork 1,560 259 17
Ballymahon, Longford 1,866 273 15
Bunclody-Carrickduff 1,955 251 13
New Ross, Wexford 8,072 987 12
Fermoy, Cork 6,594 774 12

Open in Excel: Census 2016 – Non-Irish Nationalities Living in Ireland – Table 2.2 (XLS 11KB)



2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status

Breakdown of the population of Millstreet Town (the town only) from the 2006 census. (click on the table above to see a bigger clearer table)

That’s a total of 1,401 people (744 male, and 657 female) just for Millstreet Town itself. Listed below also are the number of people in each of the Local Electoral Divisions that are in the Millstreet catchment area, which gives an idea of how many people live in our general area.

Male Female
Coomlogane 436 395
Drishane 853 809
Keale 161 156
Cullen 204 212
Kilcorney 152 163
Crinnaloo 108 92
Rathcoole 211 215
Skagh 225 208
2350 2250

See below for more details and some analysis of the census information for Millstreet:

[read more …] “2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status”

1911 Census for Millstreet

An example of a local Census Return Form from 1911
The 1911 Census Return for the O’Riordan family who lived at the corner of Mill Lane and Main Street, Millstreet

Recently I became aware that the 1911 Census has been published online at So if you would like to find who was in your house the night of that census, or if you would like to trace your ancestors then this is an interesting place to look. Personally, I have found my own four grandparents and my 7 great grandparents that were still alive then, and some more interesting facts too.

In this census, Millstreet Town is not a district, but is split into two separate DEDs (District Electoral Divisions): Coomlogane and Drishane from the days of the great houses in town. The full list of local DED’s are:

Caherbarnagh, Coomlogane, Drishane, Kilcorney, CrinalooRathcool,
Keale, Cullen, Skagh (Derinagree), Knocknagree, Rosnalee, Doonasleen

note: the Derragh DED which was in the 1901 census is now gone and is part of the Cullen DED in 1911.

The census was taken on April 2nd 1911.

[read more …] “1911 Census for Millstreet”