Millstreet GAA Station Road Facilities Development

We thank Con Healy for this post. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
Millstreet GAA Club is promoting the Rebel Bounty Cork Co. Board Draw to fund Club development. Support would be gratefully appreciated. Tickets may be bought online at https://gaacork.ie/rebelbounty/ RebelBounty.ie  or by contacting Con at 086 263 8320.
                            Please remember to select Millstreet as your Club when buying tickets online. 

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.

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm

“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 23rd Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

On tonight’s Show:  Lots of wonderful songs and music including Jim Lyons singing “Brosna Town”, Shandrum Céilí Band’s 2015 All-Ireland performance of “The Killavil Set”, The Clare Céilí Band,  selections from “The Mikado”, Breeda Tarrant’s “Friendship” …. and many, many more. 

At 10pm – an exclusive recording of Michael Healy Rae – an All Ireland Traditional Whistler – superbly whistling “Fáinne Geal an Lae” and we virtually visit Knockalougha Rambling House in Knocknagoshel through the kindness of Kathleen Herlihy of Ballymacelligott.  And also on tonight’s Show we share Entertaining Musings galore!

And we chat about the following images:

We listen at 10pm to Michael Healy Rae’s magnificent Whistling of “The Dawning of the Day”. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Millstreet Corpus Christi Procession 1991 at The Square. (From the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum).
A busy Coomlogane Street, Millstreet (West End) in early 1900s.
Pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS at Cork’s City Hall in 1991 at Cór Fhéile na Scol.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm”

Nora Breen (née Conlon), North Horsemount, Kilcorney

The death has occurred of Nora Breen (née Conlon), North Horsemount, Kilcorney, Co. Cork

Breen (Kilcorney). On February 21st 2021, peacefully at Cork University Hospital, Nora (née Conlon), North Horsemount, beloved wife of Michael, and dear mother of Dan, Seán and Kevin. Deeply regretted by her loving husband, children, sister Margaret (McCarthy, Barraduff), Aunt Margaret (Carroll, Chicago), niece, nephews, brothers in law, cousins, kind neighbours, relatives and friends.

In accordance with current government and HSE guidelines, Nora’s funeral will take place privately. Nora’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed on www.mycondolences.ie on Wednesday at 12 noon, from St Nicholas’ Church, Kilcorney. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Condolences may be added on this link

May she Rest in Peace.

Paddy Murphy’s Superb “Millstreet Songs and Music” Website

Paddy Murphy of Tullig, Millstreet created this magnificent website on the Soundcloud.com platform where one can access a truly wonderful selection of Millstreet Songs and Music.  He is constantly adding to the superb collection.  Enjoy your musical experience by just tapping on the arrow below.   Paddy recently presented his tremendously popular musical choices on the weekly Zoom Music Room which takes place each Thursday and is splendidly coordinated by Michael Cronin and by Tim Murphy who both hail from Boherbue.   If you wish to participate in the two hour Thursday Zoom Music Room (8 to 10pm) please contact millstreetmuseum @gmail.com and we shall arrange to add you to the list of Dedicated Listeners.  (S.R.)

To access Paddy’s complete Website just visit https://soundcloud.com/user-131955219?fbclid=IwAR1HrRgfVFRvrQ3AdiJrUPngqrVouta2VyDvlvWZS__lyLbmWslujeWlvXc 

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 21st Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

After bringing you stories of battles on ‘Where the road takes me’ recently, we bring you a story of music this week on the programme. 

We also need to borrow that well worn cliché – ‘Even the sewing-machine was a Singer’ – because that’s the best way to describe the famous Keane family from Galway, most notably Dolores and Seán. 

This week, John Greene invites you to eavesdrop on a conversation with Seán Keane.  The story has everything – Happiness,  stress, loneliness, romance, heartbreak, legal battles that never seemed to end, but also success and of course music – plenty of it.

Overall, it’s the story of an extremely talented man, with a refreshing outlook on life. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 21st Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 21st Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast today from 12:30pm until 1.30pm.  Today we feature some musical gems and superb songs such as  Eddie Calvert’s 1953 “O Mein Papa”, “The Butcher Boy” sung by Sinéad O’Connor and “Three Coins in the Fountain” sung by Frank Sinatra.

 This is our eighth  Lunchtime programme of 2021 where our songs and music are full of variety.   We feature songs by Breeda Tarrant (one we recently discovered recorded at Tarrant’s Bridge Bar in 2012), Jim Lyons, Colin Paul, The Taylor Brothers, Mallow’s Thomas Davis Pipe Band…plus the music of the Alan Finn Group, André Rieu, James Last, Mantovani and lots more.  Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Or check out the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  And we chat about these images below from the years 2000 and 2004 (sourced from Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives) during our Show. (S.R.)

One of the very first meetings held at Millstreet Museum in 2000 exploring the possibility of establishing a Millstreet Website! Twenty-one years later we thankfully have such a dedicated global audience. Tap on the images to enlarge.   Patricia Hick took this photo.(S.R.)
A very colourful Minor Row, Millstreet in the year 2000.
Millstreet Town and hinterland viewed from Lackabawn in 2004.

[read more …] ““Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 21st Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm”

“Clonbanin Ambush Centenary 1921 – 2021” Book Now Also Available at Millstreet Post Office and at Guerin’s Shop in Ballydaly

Donal Kelleher indicates that the “Clonbanin Ambush Centenary 1921 -2021”  Book is now also available at Millstreet Post Office and Guerin’s Shop, Ballydaly.

Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Millstreet Parish Newsletter 21st February 2021

PARISH NEWSLETTER

BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

First Sunday of Advent

21st February  2021

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie    www.dioceseofkerry.ie

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS (Behind Closed Doors)

MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

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

RECENT DEATHS:   John Murphy, Glebe Lodge, Castleisland & Glountane; Dr. Pat Casey, Tullig.

ANNIVERSARIES: Bridget Burke, Murphy’s Terrace; John, Anthony, Hannah & Con Dennehy, Murphy’s Terrace; Sheila O’Connell, Murphy’s Terrace;  Joe Buckley, Ballinatona; Eileen O’Mahony, Kilmeedy;  Tim & Mary Dineen, Carrigacooleen; Daniel Duggan, Claraghatlea; Patrick Dineen, Knocknapogue; Frank & the deceased members of the O’Leary Family, Lissaniska; Eamonn Cronin, Knockduff; Sr. Paul Murphy, Lisnaboy; Timmy & Mary Agnes Regan, Nohovaldaly; Denis T & Peggy Murphy, Darby Regan & Ann Brann; Abina & Denis McCarthy, Fortgrady; Dan Joe Loughlin, Boherbue. 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD WHICH WILL BE STREAMED ON CHURCH SERVICES – churchservices.tv/millstreet

 SATURDAY 20th February at 6.30p.m:   Paddy Murphy, Gurrane, Carriganima.

SUNDAY 21st February at 11.30a.m.: Peter Roche, Drishanebeg

MONDAY 22nd February at 10.00a.m: Ursula Manley, The Square;  Danny Joe Murphy, Tanyard & Dublin (both recently deceased)

TUESDAY 23rd February at 10.00a.m: Sr. Florence O’Sullivan, Drishane Convent;  John, Mary & Mike Brosnan, Rathduane

WEDNESDAY 24th February at 10.00a.m: Mick Desmond, Glenleigh

THURSDAY 25h February at 10.00a.m.: Annie Murphy, Ahane & her daughter, Kathleen Naughton (recently deceased)

FRIDAY 26th February at 7.00p.m.:   Stations of the Cross followed by Mass at 7.30p.m. Johnny O’Keeffe, Main Street (recently deceased) & Peggy & Arthur O’Keeffe, Drishane Road

SATURDAY 27th February at 10.30a.m: Timmy Joe Kiely, Ballydaly & Mary Ambrose, Murphy’s Terrace (both recently deceased)

SATURDAY 27th February at 6.30p.m: Tessie McAuliffe, Murphy’s Terrace

SUNDAY 28th February at 11.30a.m: Concubhar Ó hÉalaithe, Drishane Road [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter 21st February 2021”

Clan Callaghan….The O Callaghan Family of County Cork…Book Reissued

Clan Callaghan…..The O Callaghan Family of County Cork

Maureen Phibbs from Co. Wicklow (formerly Maureen Hickey of Cullen) is Editor of the renowned “Irish Roots” Magazine and has recently been in touch with us in regard to an important Book which has just been reissued.  Maureen writes:

“The author is Joseph F. O Callaghan, (the “O” is without the apostrophe throughout the book)  now aged about 93 and living in the US. He is professor Emeritus of Medieval History, Fordham University. He first published the book in 2004 after spending many years researching the history of the O Callaghans. The revised and updated edition is now just published. It traces the fate of the O Callaghans from the tenth to the twentieth century including the O Callaghans along the Blackwater valley from Mallow to Clonmeen against the background of local and national history. It has copious notes, 16 genealogical tables of family trees and the bibliography is an excellent research tool for anybody studying local or national history.

His father, William, was born at Dromcummer.

We are featuring the book in the next issue of “Irish Roots” which has just gone to print.  We are publishing which is really the 10th article in the Clan Callaghan book.

Cost of Book in case anyone is interested.
Revised edition 2020. 302 pages. (A4 size) €34 www.amazon.co.uk or www.amazon.com or from other fine booksellers.”

 

John Murphy, Glebe Lodge, Castleisland & Glountane, Cullen

The death has occurred of John Murphy, Glebe Lodge, Castleisland & formerly Glountane, Cullen, Co. Cork.

On February 18th 2021,peacefully in the exceptional care of K.P.F.A. Beloved son of Brendan and the late Eileen Murphy. Predeceased by his brother Michael. Sadly missed by his brothers Denis and Brendan, sister Helen, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and all his friends and carers in Glebe Lodge, Tearmann Lodge and Lohan Lodge who were his second family.

Due to current government guidelines a private family Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11 AM in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cullen followed by a private burial in Knocknagree cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Kerry Parents and Friends Association. Messages of sympathy may be left on this condolence link.

Dr. Patrick (Pat) Casey

The death has occurred of Dr. Patrick (Pat) Casey, Millstreet, Co. Cork.On February 18th 2021, peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff of Cork University Hospital. Beloved husband of Nora, much loved father to Michael, Louise, Desmond, Patrick and Teresa, and adoring grandfather to Conor, Aoife, Méabh, Tom, Íde and Paddy. Very sadly missed by his wife and family, daughters-in-law Maria and Gráinne, sons-in-law Derek and Seb, sister Eileen, brother-in-law Desmond. Predeceased by his brother Tom and sisters Brigid and Mary. Dearly remembered by his niece, nephews, relatives, wide circle of many great friends, colleagues and patients.

Due to the current restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will take place in St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet on February 20th at 2.30pm. Those who would like to have attended but cannot, may view the service which will be livestreamed on www.churchservices.tv/millstreet

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Messages of sympathy may be left on this condolence link.

Ash Wednesday 2021 in Millstreet

The finishing touches were put to the very beautiful Lenten Garden this Ash Wednesday evening (17th Feb. 2021) at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet by Sharon and Denis Lane.   This year sachets containing the Blessed Ashes  which had been blessed this Morning at Mass by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. were made available.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Ash Wednesday 2021 in Millstreet”

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm

“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 16th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

On tonight’s Show:  Lots of wonderful songs and music including Jim Lyons singing “My Home in Sweet Lyracrompane”, Shandrum Céilí Band’s 2015 All-Ireland performance of “The Killavil Set”, The Clare Céilí Band with “Kilrush Polkas”.  Selections from “The Mikado”, Breeda Tarrant’s “Friendship” …. and many, many more. 

We celebrate a significant Birthday of a Loyal Listener, a gifted Singer and a True Gentleman – Jim Lyons– by virtually visiting Knockalougha Rambling House in Knocknagoshel through the kindness of Kathleen Herlihy of Ballymacelligott.  And also on tonight’s Show we share Entertaining Definitions Galore such as the definition of a “Smile”: “A curve that can set a lot of things straight!” 

At 10pm we remember two people who recently went to their Eternal Reward.   And we chat about the following images:

Corpus Christi Procession at The Square, Millstreet 1964. From the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Spring is here! Daffodil outside Millstreet’s St. Patrick’s Church today.
Cloud formation viewed from Mount Leader today – looking a little like the map of Ireland!
Lenten Garden at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet arranged by Parish Secretary, Sharon Lane.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm”

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 14th Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

In the immediate aftermath of the War of Independence and the signing of the Truce, it wasn’t victorious stories of Kilmichael, Crossbarry and Tooreengarive that were spoken of, but instead the IRA’s worst defeat in a single engagement. 

In the Battle of Clonmult on February 20th 1921, the IRA lost fourteen volunteers, seven of whom were shot dead after they had surrendered.  Two more were later executed.  A local community was traumatised and the East Cork Flying Column was no more. 

Join John Greene on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, as we follow the sequence of events during the battle and the many strange decisions that led to it.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 14th Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 14th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast today from 12:30pm until 1.30pm.  Being St. Valentine’s Day our musical focus will of course be on “Love” with songs by Al Jolson, ABBA, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe…and lots more.

 This is our seventh Lunchtime programme of 2021 where our songs and music are full of variety.   We feature songs by Breeda Tarrant (one we recently discovered recorded at Tarrant’s Bridge Bar in 2012), Jim Lyons, Colin Paul, The Taylor Brothers, Mallow’s Thomas Davis Pipe Band…plus the music of the Alan Finn Group, André Rieu, James Last, Mantovani and lots more.  Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Or check out the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  And we chat about these images below from the years 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2021 (sourced from Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives) during our Show. (S.R.)

Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day 2021.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
From the year 2004 we see Jimmy O’Sullivan checking out the Lambretta Scooter observed by John Twomey, Noel Keating and Ronan Galvin.
From the year 2000 Joan O’Mahony with her Sixth Class pupils on a History Tour of Millstreet Town. Here having reached High Mill Lane where Babe Han O’Riordan and Nell Hickey provided some wonderfully interesting historic information.
Back now to 1995 where we visit Main Street, Millstreet and meet with John O’Keeffe, Babe Han O’Riordan and Lena O’Keeffe.

[read more …] ““Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 14th Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm”

Query Regarding Irish Ancestry

Greetings from New Zealand….
I’m searching for the parents of Denis Murphy, possibly born 22 October 1922 in County Cork. Marriage certificate has his birth year as 1926 and father as Patrick Murphy, but these may not be accurate. Denis married in England in 1966, and didn’t discuss his family back in Ireland. His children are curious about who their grandparents were and where their father was from.
Using DNA from Denis Murphy’s children it’s possible that Denis was descended from Patrick O’Sullivan (born about 1818, died 18 Dec 1898 Tooreenclassagh) and Hanora O’Keeffe (baptised 20 Jan 1854 Rathmore, died 30 Dec 1930 according to a headstone at Christ the King Church Cemetery, Knocknagree).
Another couple that it seems likely that Denis is descended from is Jeremiah Murphy (born about 1826, died 21 Mar 1907 Knocknashannagh) and Johanna Guerin (born about 1840, died 12 Mar 1905 Knocknashannagh).
Most of their DNA matches have family trees that lead back to the area between Millstreet, Rathmore and Ballydesmond.
I’m researching this from New Zealand and while there are many resources online, some local help would be appreciated! If anyone can give me some clues as to the parents of Denis Murphy I can be reached on the following email address: a.wilson2017 @outlook.co.nz
Kind regards,
Abbey Wilson

Millstreet Parish Newsletter 14th February 2021

PARISH NEWSLETTER

BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

14th February  2021

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie    www.dioceseofkerry.ie

PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS (Behind Closed Doors)

MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

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

RECENT DEATHS:   Kathleen Naughton, (nee Murphy), Killarney & Ahane, Cullen

ANNIVERSARIES: Danny, Eileen, Pat & Mary Teresa Buckley, Liscahane; James O’Byrne, West End; Sr. Florence O’Sullivan, Drishane Convent; Pauline Lyons, Dooneen; Jerome O’Riordan, Dromsicane; Billy Murphy, Coole; Michael Casey, Toorenbawn; John & Margaret Mullane, Coolikerane; Nellie White, Ballydaly; Mary O’Mahony, Meenagloherane; Mary, Neily & Eddie O’Sullivan, Lyreaoune; Desmond Kelleher, Kilmeedy & Australia.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD WHICH WILL BE STREAMED ON CHURCH SERVICES – churchservices.tv/millstreet

 SATURDAY 13th February at 6.30p.m:   Agnes & Tim Kiely, The Bridge.

SUNDAY 14th February at 11.30a.m.: Donal & Nora Murphy, Killarney Road, The deceased members of the Murphy Family; Mary & Noel Horgan, Cork;  James Murphy, Cork.

MONDAY 15th February at 7.30p.m: Séamus Murphy, Ballydaly  (recently deceased)

TUESDAY 16th February at 10.00a.m: John Linehan, Dooneen & Cullen  (recently deceased);  Julia & Daniel Duggan, Claraghatlea

WEDNESDAY 17th February at 10.00a.m: ASH WEDNESDAYPauline & Dan Lyons, Dooneen; Thomas & Eileen O’Mahony, Kilmeedy.

THURSDAY 18th February at 10.00a.m.: Bridget & James Burke, Murphy’s Tce., their daughters Breeda Hickey & Sheila (Judy) & her husband Noel Doocey.

FRIDAY 19th February at 7.00p.m.:   Stations of the Cross followed by Mass at 7.30p.m. for Patrick & Kitty McCarthy,  Donoughmore & James & Julia Cotter, Mill View 

SATURDAY 20th February at 10.00a.m: Kathleen O’Sullivan, Gortavehy  (recently deceased)

SATURDAY 20th February at 6.30p.m: Paddy Murphy, Gurrane, Carriganima

SUNDAY 21st February at 11.30a.m: Peter Roche, Drishanebeg   [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter 14th February 2021”

Millstreet Community School “Lockdown Live” Presentation

Recently a most impressive “Lockdown Live” presentation was held on Zoom during which many very talented Students of Millstreet Community School participated in a most enjoyable Show displaying a magnificent range of talent in the world of music, song, outdoor games and novelty acts.   It was introduced by Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin with members of Staff commenting and judging the various performances.   The music and singing was excellent as well as the outdoor sports while one Student presented a superb ability to solve a Rubik Cube puzzle in record time and another Student proved the true magic of music from a tin whistle.   It is hoped to have a further presentation in time to come.   Well, well done to All who participated.  Check out full details of MCS Updates on https://www.millstreetcommunityschool.ie/

The very impressive opening title of the Presentation. (S.R.)

“Worth The Wait – The Drishanebeg Train Ambush” Book Now Available

The outstanding book “Worth the Wait – The Drishanebeg Train Ambush” has been printed locally by Kanturk Printers and is now available to purchase from the following Millstreet shops for just €10. 
  • Wordsworth, The Square.
  • Coleman’s Centra
  • Herlihys  Centra
  • Supervalu.
  • Anglands Filling Station, Dromagh.
  • Guerins Filling Station, Ballydaly.
The Committee would like to thank these businesses for facilitating & supporting the sale of this publication. 

Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
The Book is an excellent compendium of all available information from numerous sources and historians and includes many new photos that have never been previously published.. On this the 100th anniversary of the Ambush, the Book is a fitting memorial to the bravery of those who took up arms against an Empire and will help ensure that their memory lives on.

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address by Jack Lane

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address

 by  Jack Lane 

 Aubane Historical Society

 CENTENARY OF THE DRISHANEBEG AMBUSH

11th February 2021

I want to thank the Committee for organising this event and inviting me to speak. A good indication of their efficient and professional approach was to ask me to speak here some months ago. That is much appreciated. I also want to thank the Committee for doing this and making such an event as we have today.

I think many of you will agree that this type of event was unimaginable a few years ago. Irish history writing by our academics and commentators went through a very bad period for a number of years.

There was an attempt to give us a bad conscience about the war of independent and these types of commemorations were seen as in bad taste.  The only disagreement I have with the commemorations is that they should be called celebrations but never mind.

There was an attempt to create a narrative of the War of the Independence that was designed to give us bad conscience about the whole thing because it was alleged to be a sectarian episode; that it was war against Protestants. This was incredible to anyone who had any knowledge at all of the people who fought that war or the events of the war. It was an attempt to try to prove that our state was deformed at birth, so to speak.

The location of the Ambush at this cutting, just over 90 years later, Tuesday 8 March 2011, near MP17½, looking towards Millstreet where, on Friday 11 February 1921, the 5:15pm train from Cork to Tralee was ambushed. (Photo: Oliver Doyle)
The train afterwards, 3rd class 6-wheel carriage No. 663 at Tralee Bay platform, blood-stained and with bullet holes, Saturday 12 February 1921. The platform side of the coach with substantial window damage. (Photo: Museum of the Royal Fusiliers, HM Tower of London)

[read more …] “The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address by Jack Lane”

Today is the Centenary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush

Pictured at the Drishanebeg Ambush Commemoration Site marking the Centenary on this 11th Feb. 2021 – the Crowley Family – from left: Kevin, David, Margaret and Emmet. We thank Michael Thornton for the photograph. (S.R.)

We thank Michael Thornton for the following wonderfully comprehensive feature regarding the upcoming historic Centenary Event.   And thanks to Michael also for the recent photo of Tom Meaney at the Ambush Commemoration Site by the main Millstreet – Mallow Road near Keale Bridge.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R)

THE DRISHANEBEG TRAIN AMBUSH COMMEMORATION

On 11th February 100 years ago, men from Millstreet and the surrounding areas successfully carried out an audacious and meticulously planned operation against British soldiers travelling by train between Mallow and Killarney.  Two volunteers boarded the train at Rathcoole and by holding the train driver and fireman at gunpoint, forced them to stop the train at Drishanebeg, where an ambush had been prepared. After a period of intense gunfire, the British troops who had suffered casualties, surrendered.  Fourteen rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition plus sundry equipment was taken, before the train, with the wounded onboard, continued to Killarney.

The arms captured at Drishanebeg proved to be of immense help to in later engagements at Clonbanin and Rathcoole.

This event was deemed one of the more successful engagements against the Crown Forces for the Millstreet Battalion Volunteers during the War of Independence.

The Drishanebeg Train Ambush Commemoration Project Committee was established to commemorate the events of that historic night at the Glebe Railway Cutting. [read more …] “Today is the Centenary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush”

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm

“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 9th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

On tonight’s Show:  Lots of wonderful songs and music including Jim Lyons singing “Brosna Town”, Shandrum Céilí Band’s 2015 All-Ireland performance of “The Killavil Set”, The Clare Céilí Band with “The Duke of Leinster” and “The Dublin Reel”.  Selections from “The Mikado”, Breeda Tarrant’s “Mulroy Bay” …. and many, many more. 

At 10pm we hear about Charlie Chaplin’s Four Suggestions for Happiness.   And we chat about the following images:

Brendan Murphy was recently very impressed on receiving a framed photo of himself on Rossbeigh Beach – presented in celebration of his recent birthday by his grand daughter Katelyn. The photo had been taken on 18th Sept. 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
This is the original photo taken on Rossbeigh Beach on 18th Sept. 2020. Please feel most welcome to suggest a caption….A possible one might be: “Me and my shadow…!” But we’re sure that many more creative captions will hopefully be shared!

Sunday, 14th Feb. is St. Valentine’s Day – We chat about quotations from famous people on the subject of Love.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm”

Millstreet Team of 1956

We thank Seáno Murphy of Knocknagree (originally from High Mill Lane, Millstreet) for sharing this wonderfully historic photograph of 1956 showing the Millstreet Team playing an important Match in Macroom – a County Quarter FinalSeáno is pictured on the extreme left in the front row.   Tap on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)   Seáno has just kindly shared the names of all in the picture:

Back Row from left:  Ted O’Connor, John O’Shea, Denis Kelleher,  John O’Keeffe,  Con Corcoran,  Brendan Moynihan,  Teddy Kelleher,  John Kelleher,  Cormac Dineen, Neily Dennehy,  J.J. Hinchion and  Jim O’Connor (Dooneen).    Front Row from left:   Seáno Murphy,  John  Corcoran,  John F. Daly,  Dan O’Leary,  Garda Mick Byrne stationed in Knocknagree – father of the former Garda Chief Commissioner, Pat Byrne (Goalie),  Joe Buckley,  John “Sing” O’Sullivan,  William O’Leary,  Pat Joe Kelleher and Anthony Manley.

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 7th Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

Linking up with historian and author John L. O’Sullivan, John Greene resumes his journey through the parish of Ballinhassig on this week’s edition of Where the road takes me. 

There’s a visit to the Half-Way village, where we discover that the bricks on the railway bridge,  built in 1846, are held together with butcher’s blood. 

Born in 1795, local poet JJ Callanan’s poem ‘The Recluse of Inchydoney’ is listed in a book of all time greats by Seamus Heaney.   There’s a visit to his ancestral home of Baile na Bearna.  (Bare-Nah)

And…….

                     We visit the ‘Priest’s Leap’ where the infamous and evil Seán Dearg Nash was, on this occasion, foiled in his attempt to hang every priest from the gates of his home at Brinny Cross.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″