One of Many Special Tributes to Jerry Corkery, Ballydaly Upper

We thank Brian Lynch for alerting us to a magnificent tribute on Facebook which his brother, Patrick who lives in Indiana, USA, has paid to the late Jerry Corkery, Ballydaly Upper.   Here we share the heartfelt tribute:

Jerry Corkery passed earlier this week and it felt like a large part of my earliest memories had also left.
He was my Dad’s best friend, and living only two fields away, a regular visitor to our home.
Always immaculately dressed, he would pop in to say a quick ‘hello’ or engage in some intellectual sparring with my dad on politics or some current affair.
Jerry was my Godfather, and a frequent contributor on birthdays, communion, confirmation, and other big events. He helped fund my ‘communion’ bike (a high nelly from Jerry Horgan), and my ‘confirmation bike’ (10 speed Raleigh Medale). For the annual Millstreet Horse Show, he found a way to get me a few pound notes to ‘get some sweets’ as the show was a high-dollar event for my young wallet.
Of course Jerry loved horses, so this was a big event for him too.
Some of my earliest and warmest memories are traveling to Cork or Killarney for a football match, seemingly always between Cork and Kerry. Traveling in a green Land Cruiser with bench seats in the back, Andrew and I would be on one side, John and Thomas on the other, all of us draped in Cork red and white. Jerry and my Dad would occupy the front seats, happily chatting the drive away.
Eurovision is another strong memory, a lot of Lynch kids with a lot of Corkery kids in the living room, drinking tea and watching Johnny Logan make history with ‘What’s Another Year?’
I was often to be found at the Corkery house, hanging around with John, annoying Willie O’ Sullivan, borrowing tools, occasionally a tractor, (and on one memorable occasion with my dad, we borrowed a bull). Despite my too-frequent presence, I only ever saw Jerry angry once: given I had just hit his wall backwards whilst practicing my rally driving in an old Mk2 Escort, I had surely earned it.
For the past 30 years or so I have been an infrequent visitor to Ballydaly, but would see Jerry from time to time. I expect he must have missed my dad, and one reflects on them together again, probably discussing politics.
I last saw Jerry in February, and though the years were evident, he was still Jerry Corkery. On my wall, here in Indiana, I have a framed photo of 1957 Ballydaly Duhallow Championship team, and along with other warriors of the time It is easy to identify Jerry and my dad, both in their prime. Sadly, many of their fellow players have also passed.
On social media, as the sad news broke, ‘Gentleman’ was a consistent comment. Jerry was indeed a gentleman, and a kind man. I was desperately sorry to hear of his passing, and know he will be missed by Mary, his family and grandkids.
RIP, Jerry. You were a big part of our lives.”

Tonight’s “Radio Treasures” Programme on CMS Deferred Until Next Week

As a special tribute in memory of the late Con O’Leary of Carriganima tonight’s “Radio Treasures” on is deferred until 9.30pm next Tuesday, 31st Aug. 2021 Con was my First Cousin and I had the great privilege of being Best Man at the wedding of Peggy and Con in the 1970s.   May the gentle Soul of Con rest in peace.   We extend heartfelt sympathy  and prayers to Peggy and also to Anthony and Marie as well as to Con’s sister, Sheila and to all the extended Family.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Community Council in Tribute to Dr. Pat Casey

Chairman Noel Buckley and the Members of Millstreet Community Council wish to extend sincere sympathy to Mrs. Casey and the Casey Family on the recent sad departure of Dr. Pat to his Eternal Reward.  R.I.P..  Dr. Pat was the very first Chairman of Millstreet Community Council and was a most inspiring Leader over many years involving numerous praiseworthy projects which were of enormous benefit to the entire community and greatly helped to enhance the status of Millstreet in so many creative ways.  Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.

Wonderful Tribute from John O’Keeffe’s Nephews

At the Funeral Mass of the late John O’Keeffe today (5th Feb. 2021) his nephew, John O’Keeffe paid a wonderful tribute at the end of the very special Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet.   We have also received a further superb tribute from another nephew, Arthur O’Neill which reads:   

As a nephew of John O’Keeffe, who has been unable to attend his funeral and celebrate his life in the usual way, I have found great solace reading the fantastic remarks, which are, in his case well deserved, on this site. I thank you for this facility and wish Millstreet all the very best for the future. He was not good, or great but a fantastic Uncle, and is sorely missed, but our faith says he is now with all he has loved and held dear who have gone before him.”

A memory from the Past  when the Mill View Mural was completed.  Artist Supreme from Tipperary, Neil O’Dwyer (on left) being congratulated by wonderfully dedicated Millstreet Tidy Towns Committee members John O’Keeffe and Colman Culhane at the completion of the truly exquisite Mural at the entrance to Mill Lane (Mill View). Great credit is due to the O’Regan Family for the use of the excellent gable wall, to Tidy Towns for initiating the superb idea and to the Artist on bringing to reality the magnificent Mural which is already being hugely admired by countless people. A fuller feature to follow in later days. See Neil’s excellent website to view his very wide-ranging masterpieces already achieved. (S.R.)

Book of Condolence Open in Tribute to Detective Garda Colm Horkan at Millstreet Garda Station Daily from 10am to 1pm

Millstreet Gardaí extend an invitation to sign at Millstreet Garda Station anytime daily from 10am to 1pm the special Book of Condolence in tribute to the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan, R.I.P..

Detective Garda Colm Horkan
RIP – 17th June 2020.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Tribute to the late Dan Cronin, Aunaskirtane, Rathmore

We thank Joan Cronin, niece of the late Dan Cronin for this very special Tribute to Dan, R.I.P.. 

 Joan is seated in centre of this “Crede” Group pictured at a recent meeting.   “Crede” – the Sliabh Luachra Heritage Group helped to coordinate the publication of Dan’s superb book “In the Shadow of the Paps” in Oct. 2001.

Some of the Members of “Crede” pictured in Killarney at a recent meeting. Joan Cronin is in centre. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Remembering the late Matron Eileen (Nellie) Barrett of Kanturk

We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to the Relatives of the late Matron Eileen (Nellie) Barrett of Kanturk who was laid to rest today (Sunday, 10th Feb. 2019).  R.I.P..  Her wonderful dedication as Matron of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in Millstreet for many years was truly inspirational.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. 

Remembering the late Con O’Sullivan of Carriganima

During the recent Funeral Mass of the late Con O’Sullivan of Carriganima Village who was known far and wide as a true gentleman, a wonderfully dedicated Postman supreme and one who fulfilled many hugely impressive roles – a magnificent tribute was delivered by members of Con’s Family.   Here we share the beautiful feature which appeared in last week’s “Corkman” in the Clondrohid Notes.   We thank Con’s Daughter, Mary (who so superbly supported Con especially in his later years within a very welcoming home setting) for also sharing a number of images showing Con in his renowned Postman’s role and also his great love and care of pet dogs.   We extend our sincere sympathy to the entire O’Sullivan Family on the sad departure of Con to his Eternal Reward.  R.I.P..  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Mary and her father Con

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