The Muskerry Bard

Come boys pledge a toast in a bumper most bright,
To the men who lie fettered in prison to-night.
Condemned by packed juries and perjurers base,
But there is one beyond all who is worthy of praise.
He who spoke through his rifle wherever he went,
That renowned legislator for lowering the rent.
For moral force theories could never accord,
With the noble desires of this patriot Bard.

Near the Muskerry mountains he first drew his breath,
And imbibed the pure air of his dear native heath.
And e’er he had grown to the age of a man,
To battle for freedom he bravely began.
Though England’s proud warriors may boast of their skill,
Their fleets and their armies, discipline and drill.
Far dearer to me was the Volunteer Guard,
That obeyed the command of the Muskerry Bard.

He defeated for years, all the limbs of the law,
And for daring and pluck struck each deepest with awe.
And the threat of his name spoken ever so tender,
Had made the most mean-hearted grabber surrender.
Twenty five times at least in the dock did he stand,
And was never betrayed by his brave hearted band.
Though often was offered a bounteous reward,
For a member to swear on this chivalrous Bard  [read more …] “The Muskerry Bard”

Parish Newsletter – 17th May, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter –  17th May 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS: John Barry, Lackabawn; Connie O’Connor, Knocknagurrane; Eddie Vaughan, Ballymaquirke; Sheila Murphy, Rathcoole; Maureen O’Connor, Kanturk.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Tom, Joan & Claire Grainger, Birmingham & Cloghoulamore; Jimmy & Kathleen Cashman, Clara Road; Tony Galvin, Main Street; Maimie Twomey, Mill view; Nell Twomey, Pound Hill; Margaret Lehane, Cahirdowney; Jimmy Buckley, Aubane; Mary & Peter Cremin, Flintfield; Eileen Murphy, Kippagh; Julia, James & Bob O’Sullivan, Gortavehy;  Paddy Murphy, Rathduane House; John Dineen, Cahirbarnagh; Maureen Murphy, Coolikerane; Michael McAuliffe, Knockduff; Denis, Hannah Mary, Noel & Dan McSweeney, Knocknageeha; Christy & Bonnie Morley, Lislehane & their daughter Nuala Joyce, Tralee.


  • SUNDAY (17th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish  
  • MONDAY (18th) Funeral Mass for John Barry, Lackabawn at 12 noon
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (19th) for Eileen Murphy, Kippagh at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (20th) Margaret Lehane, Cahirdowney at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (21st) for Timothy & Hannah Mary Kelleher, The Bridge at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (22nd) for Donal & the deceased members of the O’Riordan family, Tullig & the Duggan family, Carriganima at 10.00a.m.



Our Church choir will be singing “virtually” at Mass from next Sunday 24th, through recorded hymns sung individually at home while complying with Covid19 lockdown restrictions.


On next Wednesday we will be re-opening Churches in our Parish for private prayer.  While this a welcome move we need to continue to be cautious and proceed carefully.  Over the weekend we will be working to make each Church as safe as we can for everyone. These are the precautions that will be in place:

  • Front doors will be left open to avoid contact with door handles.
  • Hand sanitisers will be placed at each entrance door – please use them.
  • Please observe social distancing of 2 meters at all times.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty & seats will be taped off

We encourage everyone to follow the  Diocesan guidelines received: “Walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and touch nothing”

Millstreet Church will open after morning Mass each morning and close at 6.30p.m.

Ballydaly & Cullen Churches will open at 11.00a.m. each day and close at 4.00p.m. This will allow for necessary cleaning to be carried out.

The Parish office continues to be closed to the public but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries.

(Grotto to our Lady at Aubane Cross [1])

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew.  Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others.  Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone. Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus. Our Lady, pray for us. (Pope Francis)

Kall & Dyyne

Millstreet’s new restaurant Kall & Dyyne open their doors in the Square today. With a first day menu that includes bacon & cabbage, chicken curry, battered cod, beef burger, wraps, starters, all day breakfast, and much more, there promises to be something for everyone. However, due to the current lockdown situation, the restaurant will operate with a takeaway menu for the moment.  We wish Sharon and co. the very best with their new business! Ring them at (029) 71079

[read more …] “Kall & Dyyne”

John Barry, Lackabawn

The death has occurred of John Barry, Lackabawn, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Peacefully at the Mercy Hospital. Brother of the late Seamus and Peggie and grandfather of the late Liam. Dearly missed by his wife Ann, son Dan, daughter-in-law Anne, brother Dan, sisters-in-law Eileen (Bailey), Kathleen and Ann, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. [rip] [f]

Due to current government guidelines a private family funeral mass will take place on Monday May 18th at 12 noon. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

Sheila Murphy (née O’Sullivan), Moynihan Terrace, Rathcoole

The death has occurred of Sheila Murphy (née O’Sullivan), Moynihan Terrace, Rathcoole. Late of Dromagh. Passed away peacefully in the presence of her family in the excellent care of the doctors, nurses and staff at the Mercy University Hospital Cork beloved wife of the late Jeremiah and dear mother of Jerry, Noreen (Murphy-Clery) and Margaret (Green). Sadly missed by her heartbroken family, brothers, sisters, grandchildren Julie and her partner Martin, Olivia and her partner Paudie, Michelle, William, Martin and his partner Danielle, Diarmuid and his partner Mara and their mother Eileen, great grand daughter Caoimhe, sons-in-law Liam and Chris, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, Jerry’s partner Fiona, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives kind neighbours , close family friend Aoife and her many friends. Requiescat in pace. [rip]

In accordance with HSE and Government Guidelines Sheila’s funeral shall take place privately. Condolences may be added on the RIP Condolences Page. Thanking you for your understanding at this time.

Donated Windows at St. Nicholas Church, Kilcorney

During the restorations at the St Nicholas’ church in Kilcorney, there was an appeal to the parish to donate stained glass windows to the church. At that time there were only bare PVC windows in the building. The response was great and in January we fitted the 7th set of panels. Integrated in the first 4 windows are over 100-years old stained glass panels, depicting 8 Saints.
We would like to thank the Kilcorney parish and the donors for the opportunity to create these windows. The parish is still looking to fill 2 large windows and 1 small one in the church. If you are interested in donating, please contact us or Fr. Winter in Banteer.
Thank you and stay safe – Ildánach Stained Glass Studio

Cheap Irish Homes – Ballydaly House Featured

Maggie Molloy brought this week’s house hunting couple on Cheap Irish Homes (RTÉ1) to Ballydaly to see a cottage that’s been unused for a few years. Of the houses they were shown, they said it was by far their favourite, for the space provided, and also probably for the price also. You can still see this week’s episode on the RTÉ Player.

[read more …] “Cheap Irish Homes – Ballydaly House Featured”

Kennedy Home Shot-At Because Son Joined The Dublin Police

11th May 1920, Millstreet, Cork: As the IRA’s campaign against the RIC escalates, policemen’s families become increasingly easy targets. In Millstreet, the home of John Kennedy, an elderly ex-RIC man, is shot at. Kennedy’s son, John, had recently joined the Dublin Metropolitan Police”

The shots were likely more intimidatory in nature as opposed to attempted murder, and we might never know what exactly happened! The boycott of police was coming into its height at the time, and anything to ward off Irish men from joining the police was carried out. It didn’t drive out the family though, as they lived here for at least another ten years … but who were the Kennedys? Below, we try to explain where they came from and and what happened to them: [read more …] “Kennedy Home Shot-At Because Son Joined The Dublin Police”

Connie O’Connor, Knocknagurrane

The death has occurred on Monday 11th May 2020 of Connie O’Connor, of Knocknagurrane, Cullen. Peacefully in the presence of his loving family and in the loving care of the staff at Windmill House Nursing Home. Beloved husband of Loretta, loving father of Kevin, Aidan, Carmel and Collette. Sadly missed by his loving family, sons-in-law Pat and Eamon, daughters-in-law Karen and Dolores, grandchildren Erica, Laura, Conor, Ciara, Mary, Clodagh, Ellen, Liam, Eamon and grandson-in-law Peter. [rip] [f]

Due to current government guidelines Connie’s funeral will be private. If you wish to leave a message for the family please use the Condolence Page.

Millstreet Railway Station – Upgrade Works in 1993

Millstreet Railway Station was heavily upgraded in 1993 for the Eurovision Song Contest seeing the lengthened of the main (down) platform, the removal of the island platform, and the decommissioning of the loop track. Below are some photos of that time:

[read more …] “Millstreet Railway Station – Upgrade Works in 1993”

Last Night’s Sunset

The sunsets at the moment continue to amaze – Alan sent us this one of the sunlight from the setting sun hitting St.Mary’s graveyard, and the Deer Park above it. A few minutes earlier, Tom was in St. Mary’s taking this:

[read more …] “Last Night’s Sunset”

Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 Peoples Choice Voting

With their project from the2020  Young Scientist Awards, David, Úna and Finn are now in the running for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards – People’s Choice and are looking for some assistance to secure some votes! If you can spare a minute to help them, CLICK  HERE to cast your vote and use the code 2020-356 [read more …] “Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 Peoples Choice Voting”

Lest We Forget (19) – March 22nd-27th 1920

The Following are the Acts of Aggression Committed in Ireland by the armed forces of the usurping English Government — as reported in the Daily Press — for the week ending MARCH 27th, 1920.

The Sentences passed for political offences during the above six days totalled 6 years, 8 months, and 2 weeks.

MONDAY, MARCH 22nd, 1920

RAIDS:- In the course of a military “drive” through West Kerry, police and military raided upward of twenty houses. An extensive police and military raid was carried out on the premises of Mr. James O’Meara, Connaught Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The flooring of the bedrooms was taken up and considerable damage done to the interior fittings of the house. Police and military raided the houses of the following persons in Monaghan:- Prof. O’Duffy; Messrs. C.A. Emerson; G. McEneany; J.E. McCabe; J. McDonald; P.J. McCann; and D. Horgan.
Four private houses were raided in South Kilkenny by military and police. Police and military raided a house at Wood Quay, Galway, and searched the rooms of a Catholic Priest who [was] staying in the house.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (19) – March 22nd-27th 1920”

Parish Newsletter – 10th May, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter –  10th  May, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time:

RECENT DEATHS:  John Joe O’Shea, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow & late of Cockhill; Fr. Michael Fleming Parish Priest, Killorglin;  Martin Hickey, Cullen & New York.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Bridget & Patrick O’Sullivan, Dooneen; Fintan Kiely, Liscahane; Lena, Philip, Dan & the deceased members of the Cronin family, Pound Hill; Michael Dennehy, Coomlogane; Peggy Twomey, The Bridge; Michael Ryan, Killarney Road; Dan & Mary Breen, Killarney Road; Thomas & Eileen O’Mahony, Kilmeedy; Mary & Michael Flaherty, Ballydaly; Julia & Patie Hickey, Cullen; Matthew Bradley, Knocknagurrane; Nan, Sr. Adeline & the deceased members of the O’Donoghue family, Gortnacreeha; Timothy Kelleher, Lislehane; Jerry McCarthy, Cork & Knocknagree; Emma Dineen, Carrigaline.



  • SUNDAY (10th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish and I will be praying especially for the children of the Parish who would be receiving their First Holy Communion at this time, their families and teachers.
  • MASS ON MONDAY (11th) for John Sherlock, Skibbereen at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (12th) for Hannie & Jackie Lane, Aubane at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (13th) John O’Shea, Millstreet & Aughrim (recently deceased) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (14th) for (Private Intention) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (15th) for Jack Healy, Kilmeedy at 10.00a.m.




The Parish office continues to be closed to the public but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries.

The lives of each of us have changed dramatically since the first case of COVID19 was diagnosed.  Contact with family and friends is now done electronically rather than personally, a lot of people are working remotely which means less contact with work colleagues, schools and college doors are closed, children aren’t meeting their friends and the preparation and anticipation of summer holidays have been put on hold.  All these changes are hard at many levels, but by staying strong and by continuing to follow the advice we are being given by our HSE leaders and Government we can look forward to better days with our family and friends.

We have all been receiving “What’s app’s” with varying content – prayerful, spiritual, comical and amusing. I have put together some contents from these messages and perhaps when reading them take a moment to ponder on each one and the relevance in your life. Stay safe and thank you for the support and encouragement I continue to receive.


  1. The past cannot be changed
  2. Everyone’s journey is different
  3. Things always get better with time
  4. Happiness is found within
  5. Positive thoughts create positive things
  6. Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.
  7. Always remember God loves you even on your worst days.


The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is on next Wednesday 13th May and this was a day which the Legion of Mary would celebrate the Apparitions of Our Lady by saying the rosary publicly.  However due to COVID19 restrictions this is not possible this year.  Instead parishioners are invited to recite the rosary in their own homes at 3.00p.m. if possible or whatever times suits you. The hope of the Legion is that this sizeable gift be given to Our Lady for her intentions at this time.

Thunder and Lightening

We were warned about slow moving thundershowers with lightening, and that’s what we got. For two hours there was lots of noise, lots of flashes, and heavy showers, as cold air moved in on our lovely warmth. It feels like summer is rolling in 🙂 The picture below shows the lightening strikes from 4:30 – 5pm.

[read more …] “Thunder and Lightening”

Meals on Wheels – May 11th-15th

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>

Active Home School Week – Toilet Roll Challenge

The pupils and staff in St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole took part in Active Home Week last week. They completed the Toilet Roll Challenge. It was a lovely way to motivate each other to get active and to unite our pupils and staff during this time. Have a look at what they got up to in the video below:

Jerry Horan, Cahirbarnagh

The death has occurred of Jeremiah (Jerry) Horan, Cahirbarnagh, Rathmore, Kerry / Cork. On May 7th, 2020, peacefully in the loving care of nurses and staff at University Hospital Kerry, Jerry (in his 96th year), predeceased by his wife Kitty (née Scannell) and his daughther Judy. Loving father of Frank, Jerry, Dan, Breeda, Nora Mai, Mary and Kate. Very deeply regretted and lovingly remembered by his family, sisters Maura (Rynne) and Kitty (Scannell), brother-in-law Jerry, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. Go Bhfanfaidh Sé i Suaimhneas. Donations in lieu of flowers to Millstreet Daycare Centre. [rip]

In accordance with H.S.E guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private Requeim Mass and Burial will take place in St Joseph’s Church Rathmore, on Friday May 8th at 2pm. To view a live stream of the Mass, go to MCN Media St Joseph’s Church Rathmore. A Memorial Mass for Jerry will take place at a later date. If you wish to offer your condolences online, please use the Condolence Page on RIP.

Eileen’s Sewing Service – Face Masks

Are you in need of a face mask? I am making face masks with all new material and elastic.  I am giving of my time and only taking payment for material. Orders now being taken and due to demand, please allow 5 working days for masks to be produced.  Masks are €3 each and postage can be arranged, at an extra cost. As companies are now supplying masks to workers, washable masks are definitely an option.
087 2403947 /  <email>


John Joe O’Shea, Aughrim and Millstreet

O’Shea, John Joe, Tinakilly, Aughrim, and formerly of Millstreet, Co. Cork, May 05th, 2020. Passed away peacefully after a short illness, bravely fought in the loving care of the St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, brother of the late Billy (Cockhill) and grandad to the late Cailiosa Rose. Mourned and sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, children Paul, Kieran, Sean, Angela, and Barry, daughters-in-law Marie, Deirdre, Majella and Laura, son-in-law Patrick and his 16 grandchildren.
John Joe will also be sadly missed by his brothers Pat, Denis, Dermot, Ted, his sisters Anna, Mary and Kathleen together with their families and his wide circle of friends. May He Rest in Peace. [rip]
In accordance with current government guidelines John Joe’s Mass will take place privately in the Sacred Heart Church, Aughrim and is restricted to family members only. If you wish you can join the Funeral Mass celebration online at 11.00am Friday morning on followed by burial in Macreddin Cemetery Lower. Expressions of condolences can be made on this  RIP link.

Duhallows Fittest GAA Club

Fundraising event in aid of ICRR Rathcoole Air Ambulance,  Kanturk and Millstreet Community Hospitals and The Burren Chernobyl Project.

As you are aware a number of GAA clubs have been using this time to raise funds for various charities while also getting some running in.

So over the past week both Kiskeam and Ballydesmond GAA clubs have decided to do our bit to help raise vital funds for our hospitals in Duhallow.

We see this as a great opportunity for our players to give something back to the community while also giving a sense of purpose to their running as they wait to get back on the playing fields.  [read more …] “Duhallows Fittest GAA Club”