Bernard to be on the Poetry Corner this evening

In the Poetry Programme on 3rd November 2019, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, presenter Olivia O’Leary is joined by poets Bernard O’Donoghue and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh.

In July 2019, Bernard O’Donoghue and Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh took part in an event recorded before an audience in Doneraile Court in County Cork, one of the Heart of Summer series of events organised by Poetry Ireland and the Office of Public Works.

Olivia O Leary and Bernard O Donoghue at Doneraile Court

Born in Cullen, County Cork, Bernard O’Donoghue has lived in Oxford since 1965. At sixteen, after his father died, he left Ireland to live in England, where he attended St. Bede’s College and  [read more …] “Bernard to be on the Poetry Corner this evening”

The Iron Age Log-Boat of Comeenatrush

In 1992 when the the then owner Thade Mullane had a digger on his farm at Curragh, an Iron age Log Boat was discovered when landscaping the edge of Comeenatrush Lake. Made from oak, it had been preserved by the acidic bog water.  It was dug out and researched by archaeologists from UCC and dated to 393 AD to 537 AD, it is the earliest boat found on the Blackwater Valley. After inspections, it was re-submerged into the lake to preserve it.
Other artefacts were also found in the lake, and these are now museum pieces [2].

The logboat discovered at Comeenatrush, seen here after it was taken from the water.

[read more …] “The Iron Age Log-Boat of Comeenatrush”

Nicole to be on the Ray D’Arcy Show

Nicole Ryan will be appearing on the Ray D’arcy Show on Saturday night week:

“Next Saturday 19th January, I will be on the Ray D’arcy Show where you can watch me talking more about the new programme launching next month, the upcoming 3 year anniversary of Alex, and how things are going in general.
Do tune in as it’s going to be good viewing 😊😊” [1]

[read more …] “Nicole to be on the Ray D’Arcy Show”

RTE’s “Ceilí House” from Rockchapel on Sat. 0ct. 20 and 27

The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on Saturday, 20th and Saturday, 27th October after the 9pm News.  It will feature the Rockchapel Comhaltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music.  Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.

We thank Jack Roche for this important notice.  (S.R.)

Celina Shares a Wonderfully Interesting Update on her Volunteering Work in India

We thank the wonderfully inspiring Celina O’Mahony who is presently on superbly praiseworthy volunteering work in India, for the very interesting update below and for also sharing an excellent short video of the location and of her work in education there.  You will recall some months past of the uplifting generous response there was to Celina’s (and her Team) fundraising projects especially in the Millstreet area. (S.R.)

Celina O’Mahony (centre) with her Cousins before the Shave Event and below after the event (some months ago). Celina is doing Volunteering Work in India and the Bush Bar Event was a most successful fundraiser.

Here is Celina’s most recent update regarding her splendid volunteering work and the link to the relevant video:

Hope all is well in Sráid an Mhuilinn?! I have successfully completed the 1st part of my volunteering so I thought it best to send an update back.

I arrived into Delhi at about 3.40AM and was escorted to very basic accommodation in the centre, it was a total culture shock and a whole new world. I was here for about 2 days and then got a 14hour sleeper train to Pathankot in Himachal Pradesh and then about a 4hr car ride to the Idex volunteering house in Bundla, Palampur, I stayed here for the duration of the project, when I arrived there was an older lady, Barbara from Wicklow, just finishing a woman empowerment project then I was on my own until the last week when a travelling group and another volunteer arrived. [read more …] “Celina Shares a Wonderfully Interesting Update on her Volunteering Work in India”

Nollaig na mBan

As mentioned on Thursday, Graham Clifford of RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime Programme was in Millstreet and Carriganima to interview local ladies about the Women’s Little Christmas Celebrations in the area. The feature was aired about 5:40pm on Friday evening, and included a few words with Ann Marie Kelleher, Christopher (Barman at the Wallis Arms), Pat Randles, Noreen Dennehy, Sean Murphy and more ladies the Pub Carriganima. If you missed the feature, you can listen it on the RTÉ Player (from 1:08:40 to 1:16:00 in the programme). Below are some photos from some of the ladies that enjoyed themselves tonight in the Wallis Arms and in the Sandpit. We hope ye enjoyed yourselves tonight. Nollaig na mBan Shona Daoibh. [Listen here]

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Womens Little Christmas to be Featured from Millstreet and Carriganima on this coming Friday Evening on the Drivetime Programme on RTE Radio 1 Tune in at 5.30 this Evening (Note the Change of Time on this)


The Drivetime Programme which airs on RTE Radio 1 every evening Monday to Friday between 4.30pm and 7.00pm, is doing a feature on how Womens Little Christmas is being celebrated in the Millstreet Area. They plan to have the feature on their programme this Friday evening between 6 and 6.30pm approx. On the programme they will have a report from Millstreet and Carriganima on the preparations for celebrating  Womens Little Christmas which takes place on this coming Saturday January 6th. On the Programme they plan to visit the Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet and the Pub in Carriganima which are both holding Womens Little Christmas Celebrations, and will talk to various people on what Womens Little Christmas means to them, so do tune in to Mary Wilson on Drivetime between 6.00pm and 6.30pm, tommorrow Friday and if there is any change on the broadcast time for this we will keep you informed here on with any update on this.

Roger Kiely – The Men of the South

Roger Kiely (principal of Cullen National School 1938-1961) is the central figure on the cover of a new book from UCC entitled the “Atlas of the Irish Revolution“, but for some reason best known to the editors they did not have the courtesy to identify him. He was an intelligence officer with the Millstreet Battalion.

They might have included the description of him by the artist Sean Keating: “Roger Kiely was about the best and finest man I ever knew.  A few years ago I went to look for him in County Cork. I found him a poor school-teacher in a poor little school near Kanturk. I asked him about the others and found that death, poverty and America had claimed them – the Unknown Soldiers.”  (BMH Witness Statement 505). – Jack Lane [read more …] “Roger Kiely – The Men of the South”

Ophelia: Pat Sheehan interviewed about Kilcorney Church

Unfortunately St. Nicholas’ Church in Kilcorney lost part of its roof yesterday during Storm Ophelia, but thankfully no-one was hurt. Today, Pat Sheehan from Kilcorney NS Board of Management was interviewed on RTE Radio 1 by Evelyn O’Rourke about what happened, and what will happen. Listen to the interview from 2:25 in the RTE Podcast below:

Photo from the Irish Times

[read more …] “Ophelia: Pat Sheehan interviewed about Kilcorney Church”

Cork v Tipp: Good luck Mark

A few short years ago we were thrilled when Mark Ellis became the first Millstreet hurler on the Cork Senior Hurling team. Now in command of the centre back spot he is one of the senior players on the team, much is expected of him and others as Cork take on Tipperary today with a host of new players.

Cork beat Tipp in the league earlier in the year, but Tipp are smarting a big defeat in the league final. Expect Mark to drop back in front of his full back to help prevent goals, but it won’t be easy for Cork today against the All Ireland champions.

Munster SHC quarter-final: Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 4pm. There will be live coverage of the game on RTÉ2 (TV), RTE Radio, C103, Radio na Gaeltachta with updates on Cork’s 96FM, Red FM, Cork GAA website and Twitter page, but nothing beats being there!

Result: Tipperary 1-16 Cork 2-27 🙂 A great game, and Mark played a blinder also. see more below:  [read more …] “Cork v Tipp: Good luck Mark”

Bernard is nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize

The very best of luck to Bernard O’Donoghue who has been nominated for the 2016 T.S. Eliot poetry prize for his new collection of poems The Seasons of Cullen Church. “This collection of expert lyric poems movingly animates the characters of his childhood in County Cork; it confirm O’Donoghue’s place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry.”

Among the theses in the book are: “a schoolboy beaten so hard by his teacher that his bare feet jiggle on the floorboards, a wife disinherited when her husband dies suddenly, and medieval tales which echo to how we live now.”

It is Bernard’s second time nominated for the T.S. Eliot prize. In 2011 he was nominated for Farmers Cross. The winner will be announced on January 16th. Here is one poem from the book called The Will:

When they discovered that my grandfather
was going, unexpectedly, to die young
of meningitis, they naturally set about
ensuring that his wife would not inherit
the farm. They assembled a group of solid men –
as they might have for the threshing: his brother
who lived south on the mountain;
a shrewd solicitor; and a man from Doon
with a good hand who often testified to wills.

[read more …] “Bernard is nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize”

We let him die with his organs or we give them to someone else who needs them

Yesterday on RTÉ Radio 1, Ray D’Arcy spoke to Nicole Ryan, whose 18-year-old brother Alex died after taking a synthetic drug known as ‘N Bomb’ at a house party in Cork last January.

Nicole spoke about her brother’s death and the difficult decision she and her mother had to make about whether or not to donate his organs.

[read more …] “We let him die with his organs or we give them to someone else who needs them”

“The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio Programmes on Scartaglin’s World Fiddle Day Concert 2016 To Be Broadcast on Sunday 24 and 31 July at 9pm

On Sunday July 24 and Sunday July 31 at 9pm on “The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio programme Peter Browne will broadcast highlights from this year’s World Fiddle Day Concert which took place on May 21 in Heritage Centre Scartaglin .  Below we feature some images for that very special Concert:

P.J. Teahan expressing sincere thanks to the capacity audience attending the superb Concert in Scartaglin on 21st May 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
P.J. Teahan expressing sincere thanks to the capacity audience attending the superb Concert in Scartaglin on 21st May 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Michael Thornton with two of the wonderfully dedicated Coordinators.
Michael Thornton (on left) with two of the wonderfully dedicated Coordinators.
RTÉ's Peter Browne attended the Concert at Scartaglin and delivered a truly fascinating illustrated lecture on the wonderfully rich musical culture of Sliabh Luachra.
RTÉ’s Peter Browne attended the Concert at Scartaglin and delivered a truly fascinating illustrated lecture on the wonderfully rich musical culture of Sliabh Luachra.

3Scartaglin Heritage Centre 21st May 2016 -600The number of superbly talented Fiddle Players who are seen on stage in our next picture provided magnificent music and were just some of the many local, national and international musicians who attended this now renowned World Fiddle Festival in Scartaglin. [read more …] ““The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio Programmes on Scartaglin’s World Fiddle Day Concert 2016 To Be Broadcast on Sunday 24 and 31 July at 9pm”

If I can change one person’s mind with Alex’s story, then that would be enough

Nicole Ryan spoke to Ryan Tubridy this morning on RTÉ Radio 1, on the death of her brother Alex, and dealing with the aftermath. She wants to go out and share his story with others, in schools and colleges to warn young people about the dangers of drug use and “give kids the information they need to not make the same mistake my brother did”, starting in Ireland, and moving across Europe and onto Asia.

Listen to it below, or click here for more information on her campaign.

[read more …] “If I can change one person’s mind with Alex’s story, then that would be enough”

David and Katie interview on the Marian Finucane Show

2016-01-23 Katie Healy and David Nolan.jpgKilcorney man David Nolan and his fiancée Katie Healy, who survived the November terrorist attack on Paris venue the Bataclan Theatre, have paid tribute to the Parisians who helped them in the aftermath of the atrocity, describing them as “fantastic people”.

In a heart-rending interview on Saturday’s Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1, the newly engaged couple recounted the events of Friday November 13 and the days that followed.

They also talked about evacuating from the Shelbourne Hotel during a fire alarm and how difficult life gets when you’re disabled (more).

The podcast is from the RTÉ website here (or here as an mp3), and the interview starts at 3:06 in the audio. It is reported by RTÉ news here.

On the TV and Radio this weekend

A number of Millstreet people appeared on national TV and Radio this weekend:
2015-11-20 Eoin McCaul on the TV3 Toy Show 02First up was Eoin McCaul on the TV3 Toy Show, where he gave a superb performance of an Adele song.
Watch Eoin on the TV3 Player (from 37:50 to 40:30)

2015-11-21 Millstreet Toddlers with Brenda O'Donoghue - RTÉ Radio 1
Next up were the Millstreet Toddler group who won the RTÉ and Irish Rail “Journeys on Us” competition on the Countrywide programme. They hosted Brenda O’Donoghue for an afternoon when the recording was done.
Listen to them on the RTÉ Radio Player (from 18:20)

2015-11-21 Joanne O'Riordan on the Ray D'Arcy Show 01Last Night it was the turn of Joanne O’Riordan who was appeared on the Ray D’Arcy Show and spoke to ray about her recent award and how life is progressing
Watch Joanne on the RTÉ Player (from 1:03:00)

2015-11-21 Katie Healy on the Ray D'Arcy Show 02
Also on the Ray D’Arcy Show was Katie Healy, girlfriend of Kilcorney man David Nolan who was shot in the massachre in the Bataclan Theatre in Paris last weekend
Watch Katie on the RTÉ Player (from the start)

2015-11-24 Aine Collins on the Claire Byrne ShowOn Monday evening Áine Collins TD was speaking on the Claire Byrne Live Show on RTÉ One TV, about gender quotas for the upcoming election.
Watch her on the RTÉ Player (from 33:40)

More photos below: [read more …] “On the TV and Radio this weekend”

The Brits, The Blitz and The Bedwarmer

Update (8th Nov): Listen to the documentary podcast from RTÉ:

On Saturday afternoon (7th Nov 2pm) the “Documentary on One” is called “The Brits, The Blitz and The Bedwarmer” – it’s a documentary on Elizabeth Bowen, who was a famous novelist and a much-loved landlord of her ancestral estate Bowenscourt in Kildorrery. But it asks the question was she more – was she a British spy?

Jack Lane of the Aubane Historical Society is interviewed in the documentary. His connection is that in 2008 The Aubane Historical Society released a publication entitled: “Notes from Éire” – Espionage Reports to Winston Churchill, 1940-42 (by Brendan Clifford), an account of Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen’s World War II intelligence reports to Britain. The book marked an abandonment of the [read more …] “The Brits, The Blitz and The Bedwarmer”

RTÉ Radio 1 Interview at the Ploughing

Local farmer Conor Sheahan was interviewed by Cian McCormack live on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, where he was one of the 124,000 people that attended the National Ploughing Championships today in Laois. Listen to the interview below (from 5:53)

Joanne in Splendid Radio Interview This Morning

Joanne O’Riordan gave a superb interview on RTÉ’s “John Murray Radio Show” this morning.   The interviewer was Miriam O’Callaghan who is currently standing in for John Murray.   The wonderful feature with the cheerful Joanne may be heard on the audio player below, and is over 16 minutes long.  (S.R.)

Click this link to download the podcast

Protest in Frankfurt

Well done to the 15 members off the Charlevile/Ballyhea group “No to the bondholders bailout” and the support from the surrounding parishes in protesting outside the ECB Bank this morning the 6th June. They were present when the head of the ECB bank Mario Draghi turned up.
They presented their letter of demands to the head of the Irish central bank Patrick Honahan. They also got the attention off the Irish media with interviews from Morning Ireland on RTE 1 and our own C103fm and 96fm – from Lynette   [read more …] “Protest in Frankfurt”

Audio: “In a Cowshed in Ireland”

Click the audio player above to listen to Noel C.Duggan reminiscing on the Eurovision Song Contest which was held in his “cowshed” in Millstreet 19 years ago (1993). It’s from an interview with Damien O’Reilly on the CountryWide Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, this morning Saturday 26th May 2012. (6mins 25secs long)
The 2012 Eurovision is on tonight at 8pm on RTE TV.

Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art

Ann Lane (formerly of Ballinatona, Millstreet) has spent four years and traveled over 14,000 miles on an odyssey to catalog the country’s main pieces of public art. She said it was her initial encounter with Capall Mór, the ferro-cement over a steel structure, near Tralee, that depicts a Celtic war horse with broken chains around its forelegs, signifying freedom, which inspired her to undertake the task of cataloging the works …

This is from an article in the Irish Examiner today(5th Aug) describing her passion for public art, and her journey to this stage.

She featured on RTE Radio 1 yesterday morning (4th Aug) on the Kathryn Thomas Summer On One show, which can be heard in the podcast at the top of this page.  (from 9:13 to 11:10 – starts just before the middle of the audio).

Ann’s passion was featured in an article on the Global Post from September ’09, and it shows some of the wonderful photography she has taken.

Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art will be published this autumn by Wordwell Books.

with thanks to Kevin for the info on this article

[read more …] “Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art”

RTE 1 LW: Methodist Broadcast

RTÉ Radio 1 Laurence Graham, the Methodist Minister for Millstreet has dropped us a note that RTE Radio 1 will be broadcasting from their Church in Kenmare tomorrow (Sunday) morning:

… the Broadcast Service on RTE Radio 1 this Sunday (22nd) is coming from the Methodist Church in Kenmare.  It is on from 10.45 – 11.30 a. m. but only on Long Wave and Internet.  It’s not on FM.  That would give people an opportunity to hear something of how we worship etc.

RTE 1 Broadcasts on long wave at the 252 frequency.
The service should be available to listen to afterwards on the RTE Religious Listen back Archive for 2009.

Update 23 Nov: The service is available to listen to on the RTE site