Aubane Notes September 2007

By John F. Kelleher

Bereavements:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends Michael O’Shea Ballinagree, Jim Coleman Millstreet, Tim Twomey Cloughlamore, Nora Twomey Lackabawn, Neily O’Leary West End Millstreet, Michael Joe O’Herlihy Knocknagree.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis.

Birth:

Congratulations to Gillian & Raymond Gilbourne on birth of their baby boy Patrick Xavier.

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Presentation to Batt O’Keeffe TD

The Aubane Historical Society (AHS) organised a local launch of its latest publication and presented a copy to Minister of State, Batt O’Keeffe TD. It is called “Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford and is dedicated to Jack Roche.

Jack Lane of the AHS welcomed all and apologised for the short notice. He explained the background to the publication and that it was a continuation of the story published by the AHS in Sean Moylan’s memoir and dealt with developments after the war over the Treaty and the coming to power of the first Fianna Fail government.

He was pleased to have a Government Minister present because the Government’s decision to open the Bureau of Military History archive and their decision to also make available the records of the successful applications for War of Independence pensions should be acknowledged. This involves making available tens of thousands of invaluable documents – primary sources of information. This was a great contribution to the study of Irish history. Disputes and disagreements are inevitable but all should accept that maximum information is the key to a proper understanding of our history. The essential requirement for settling disputes and disagreements is very simple – let’s have all the facts. The Government have helped greatly in this.

It was dedicated to Jack Roche in recognition of the great work he was doing for all aspects of Irish culture and history, locally and nationally. He had been a supporter of the AHS’s work for many years and helped ensure its successful publishing efforts in the early years through the support of IRD Duhallow.

Jack Roche said it was a most worthwhile publication and dealt with a contentious period in our history which has been by and large ignored. He discovered quite a lot that was new to him. He emphasised the lack of history as a subject in our current education curriculum. This was deplorable and he hoped it would be rectified. The work of the AHS was filling a vacuum.

Batt O’Keeffe recalled his previous visit to the Aubane Community Centre about two years ago when he discussed the tourist potential of the area and the development of the Butter Road. He was glad to see the recent improvements in the road.

It was very appropriate to dedicate this book to Jack Roche who personifies all that contributes to a vibrant rural society. He embodies the spirit of those who fought for our freedom in his idealism and the practical projects he has initiated in a variety of areas.

He liked the way that the AHS had recorded local history and also put it in a national context. The material was sometimes challenging and controversial but independent thinking was very important when it comes to the study of history. This latest book dealt with a period that he was particularly interested in.

He noted the strong tendency of immigration in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years and he saw the challenges of creating strong communities.

“One of the means by which our new citizens can become part of us is to share with them our own history, our own unique stories from our own unique places” he said.

It is unfortunate and regrettable that the men and women of the Independence struggle are sometimes denigrated today. A publication like this helps to set the record straight by showing the difficult – almost impossible – choices they all had to face and it thereby tries to be fair to all concerned.

*“Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford published by the Aubane Historical Society is available at Liam Russell’s in Cork, Wordsworth’s in Millstreet, Philips in Mallow, Kanturk Bookshop and Macroom Bookshop.

Heritage Information Trail

On Sunday 27th August, IRD Duhallow hosted a Heritage Information Trail on the side of Mushera mountain in conjunction with the National Heritage Week. It was unfortunate that the timing clashed with a number of other events in the area, but all the same a nice but truthly interested group showed on what was a lovely sunny afternoon. It was a really simple but effective idea to stop at a local place of heritage, discuss, and move onto the next one. We visited the Kerrymans Table and Jack Lane talked about the Butter Road, it’s past history, it’s current working role and it’s role for the future. From there we moved to St Johns Well where Monsignor Manning and Jack Roche talked about it’s history, importance and a few stories of its past. Then onto the Country Park where Donie Howard led the group through the walk that remembers people of local and national importance, and the effect they had on the area. Finally, enough of the history and there were plenty of refreshments provided in the visitors centre of the Country Park.

Thanks especially to Helen O’Sullivan who organised and and sponsored the day on behalf of IRD Duhallow.

*Monsignor Manning, John Kelleher and John Sheehan listening to Jack Lane
*Jack Lane talks about the history and the hopes for the future of the butter road.
*Some of the intestered audience on what was actually a lovely sunny day
*Jack Roche from IRD Duhallow who organised the information trail
*Jack Lane spoke about the origins of St Johns Well and also the other two wells on the mountain. There were other stories of interest told also.
*Donie Howard speaking in the Country Park
*Jack Roche outlining the achievements and importance of TK Whitaker

Aubane Notes June 2007

By John F. Kelleher

Deaths:

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Hannah Lane Aubane, Nora Mary O’Mahony Cockhill, Marie O’Riordan Tullig, Paddy O’Callaghan Farran, Nora Mullane (Nee Kelleher) late of Aubane and Lee Road Cork and Julia Mary O’ Donoghue Kilmacrane.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

HB Ice Cream Sunday:

Aubane hosted its second HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 27th May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with a considerable amount €1050.00 rose on the day for Down Sydrome Ireland. The main organisers of this event were Kathleen & Jerry Kelleher. The afternoon commenced at 2pm and finished at 4pm at the Aubane Community Centre. It was great to see such a large attendance on a beautiful summers day. A special word of thanks to the following who gave generous contributions on the day – Denis Kelleher Haulage, Sean Kelleher Electrical, The O’Riordan Family and Tim Lehane Roofing Contractor. Entertainment was provided in the form of music and song by Breda Moynihan, John O’Sullivan Tullig of Duhallow Bouncing Castle provided a bouncing castle inside! A special thanks to the above mentioned provided their services free of charge. And of course there was more than enough ice cream to go around too. Thanks to all for supporting this worthy cause. Well Done to Kathleen & Jerry.

On Holidays:
It was great to see Frank Egan (nee Kelleher) late of Mushera and now Canada holidaying in the local area

Fr James Sweeney receives the Lord Mayor’s Civic Award

More than 500 guests witnessed Cork’s Super Six Citizens being honoured in
Cork City Hall on Thursday, 17th May 2007. All six received the Lord
Mayor’s Civic Awards at this highly prestigious and historic ceremony.
Among the six was Fr. James McSweeney (a native of Tooreenbawn
and who is a Curate in Ballyvolane in Cork) whose positive message in his
preachings was especially emphasised. “In recognition of his outstanding
leadership at Community and Parish level and his dedicated fundraising
efforts” read the citation presented to Fr. James by the Lord Mayor of Cork,
Cllr Michael Ahern. The Aubane Community were delighted to see one of their own receive such a well deserving and prestigious award. This is not the first award that Fr James has received an Award for his excellent work that he does. Well Done Fr James.

The Mc Sweeney Family Toorenbawn receive a very prestigious Award from Bothar.

On Monday, 21st May 2007 at the Commons Inn in Cork, Peter Ireton, CEO of
Bóthar and Jeremy Meehan of Bóthar’s Cork Office co-ordinated a very special
evening of celebration in honour of the McSweeney Family, Tooreenbawn,
Millstreet (especially paying tribute to Gerard and his brother Fr. James)
in acknowledgement of their superb work for Bóthar over the past number of
years. In attendance also were many other families whose wonderfully
dedicated work for Bóthar received richly deserved high praise. For Fr.
James it had been a very busy week having addressed a very large audience
following his acceptance of one of the Lord Mayor’s Civic Awards at Cork’s
City Hall on Thursday, 17th May 2007. On behalf of the Aubane Community I would to congratulate the Mc Sweeney Family on receiving such a very prestigious award.

Batt O’Keeffe TD in Aubane for Presention

The Aubane Historical Society (AHS) organised a local launch of its latest publication and presented a copy to Minister of State, Batt O’Keeffe TD on Saturday 12th May 2007. It is called “Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford and is dedicated to Jack Roche.

Jack Lane of the AHS welcomed all and apologised for the short notice. He explained the background to the publication and that it was a continuation of the story published by the AHS in Sean Moylan’s memoir and dealt with developments after the war over the Treaty and the coming to power of the first Fianna Fail government.

He was pleased to have a Government Minister present because the Government’s decision to open the Bureau of Military History archive and their decision to also make available the records of the successful applications for War of Independence pensions should be acknowledged. This involves making available tens of thousands of invaluable documents – primary sources of information. This was a great contribution to the study of Irish history. Disputes and disagreements are inevitable but all should accept that maximum information is the key to a proper understanding of our history. The essential requirement for settling disputes and disagreements is very simple – let’s have all the facts. The Government have helped greatly in this.

It was dedicated to Jack Roche in recognition of the great work he was doing for all aspects of Irish culture and history, locally and nationally. He had been a supporter of the AHS’s work for many years and helped ensure its successful publishing efforts in the early years through the support of IRD Duhallow.

Jack Roche said it was a most worthwhile publication and dealt with a contentious period in our history, which has been by and large ignored. He discovered quite a lot that was new to him. He emphasised the lack of history as a subject in our current education curriculum. This was deplorable and he hoped it would be rectified. The work of the AHS was filling a vacuum.

Batt O’Keeffe recalled his previous visit to the Aubane Community Centre about two years ago when he discussed the tourist potential of the area and the development of the Butter Road. He was glad to see the recent improvements in the road.

It was very appropriate to dedicate this book to Jack Roche who personifies all that contributes to a vibrant rural society. He embodies the spirit of those who fought for our freedom in his idealism and the practical projects he has initiated in a variety of areas.

He liked the way that the AHS had recorded local history and also put it in a national context. The material was sometimes challenging and controversial but independent thinking was very important when it comes to the study of history. This latest book dealt with a period that he was particularly interested in.

He noted the strong tendency of immigration in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years and he saw the challenges of creating strong communities.“One of the means by which our new citizens can become part of us is to share with them our own history, our own unique stories from our own unique places,” he said. It is unfortunate and regrettable that the men and women of the Independence struggle are sometimes denigrated today. A publication like this helps to set the record straight by showing the difficult – almost impossible – choices they all had to face and it thereby tries to be fair to all concerned.

*“Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford published by the Aubane Historical Society is available at Liam Russell’s in Cork, Wordsworth’s in Millstreet, Philips in Mallow, Kanturk Bookshop and Macroom Bookshop.

Confirmation & Communication:

Congratulations to all those in the Aubane area who received their communication or confirmation recently.

A Warm Welcome:

I would like to extend a very welcome to Mary & Bernard Crowley and Michael & Marie Fitzgearld who have taken up residence in the Aubane Area.

Aubane Social Club Summer Day Trip :

The Aubane Social Club will this year head for the Beara Peninsula for their Summer Day Trip in early August this year. Anyone who interested in coming along on the day can contact myself at 029 – 70719 for information or any member of the Aubane Social Club.

The Aubane Website Link:

The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

St John’s Well:

The Annual Mass will be celebrated at the well on Monday 25th June at 8.00 pm, the Chief Celebrant will Bishop Bill Murphy Bishop of the Diocese of Kerry. The year the mass will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Erection of the Stations of the Cross St John’s Well is certainly looking splendid at the moment now that trees have been felled, the Stations of the Cross can be visibly seen now from road. The area where the trees once stood has now been landscaped and is really a beautiful recreational area. . Everybody is Welcome.

Graduation:

Congratulations to Katrina Kelleher Aubane, who graduated recently as a guard at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

So until the Autumn I hope you all enjoy the Long Summer!!!

Aubane Notes May 2007

By John F. Kelleher

Bereavements:

We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends Casey Tom Kelleher late of Tullig and England and Tony Dineen Donoghmore.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis.

Births:

Congratulations to Rosario & Edward O’Sullivan Cloughlabeg and Blarney on birth of their baby girl and also to Tim & Irene O’Mahony (nee Mc Carthy) Cloughlabeg & Flintfield on the birth of their baby girl Elizabeth

Engagements:

Congraulations to the following couples who announced their engagements recently – Aidan Creedon Mushera & Fiona Cooney Ratchoole

Breeda Moynihan Lackadota & Denis O’Rahilly Lyre.

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HB Ice Cream Sunday at Aubane Community Centre

by Gerard McSweeney

Aubane hosted its first HB Ice Cream Sunday on Sunday the 21st May, in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. It proved to be a huge success with €1000 being raised for this very worthy charity.

The main organiser of the day was Jerry Kelleher, who put in tremendous effort into organising that everything went smoothly. The afternoon commenced at 2pm with Ice Cream and refreshments being served to a large gathering of people who braved the bad weather elements to support this very worthy charity.

There was a great atmosphere around the centre, with music and singing being provided by Breeda Moynihan. Breeda, who is part of the Diamond Sisters band gave a great exhibition of music and song for over two hours. Breeda gave her time free of charge, which was very much appreciated.

There was also a bouncing castle, which provided huge entertainment for all the young people. John O’Sullivan from Tullig, Millstreet provided this Bouncing Castle to Jerry, free of charge. This was also a very generous gesture.

Brian O’Leary gave of his artistic talents free of charge also with face painting for the kids. Thanks to Brian, John and Breeda for their wonderful gestures. Thanks also to all who helped in the background to keep the day running smoothly.

Everybody both young and old enjoyed their afternoon out. A special thanks to everyone who turned out in such great numbers and contributed in such generous fashion. It was one miserable Sunday afternoon weather wise, but the people of Aubane and surrounding areas have provided a ray of hope, for all involved with Down Syndrome Ireland.

Aubane Notes January 2007

By John F. Kelleher

Deaths:
We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Joan Buckley Peak, Coachford and late of Knocknakilla, Nora Corkery Ballyvourney, Neily Collins Drishane Road, Marion O’Callaghan Mc Carthy Mc Carthy’s Bar and Noel Hartnett Clara Road. Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Marriage:
Congratulations to Margaret O’Sullivan Cullen and Eugene Barrett who were married on Friday 29th December 2006.

Annual Christmas Party
The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Friday 14th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Michael Manning and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night especially The Millstreet Choir, John A. O’Sullivan, Ceolthois Ceoltoiri Eireann and to all the Aubane Social members who helped out on the night.

Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of The Courtmacsherry Lifeboats Fund and the purchase of a Defibrillator for the use of the Aubane Community and the Surrounding, which will be stored in the Aubane Community Centre in Aubane. At 10:30am the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by the Millstreet Country Park. It was a beautiful fresh morning, but we could see what lay ahead of us, the dense fog on top of the mountain. A small flock of sheep seemed the only other things moving. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was over One Hundred and Fifty or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner. A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy who filmed the climb which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night and also Thanks to each and everyone of you who climbed the Mountain on the day.

Christmas Crib
Well done to Fr. James McSweeney on the beautiful crib, which he erected near his home in Ballyvolane, Cork over the Christmas period. People admired it from near and far. This year the proceeds of the crib are going directly to the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund in Millstreet. I also invite you to check out www.todayismygifttoyou.ie. The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day.
The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. On behalf of Aubane Social club, we would like to thank him for attending the various functions in Aubane over the Christmas period.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 17th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre. Santa arrived in great syle in a chauffeur driven Ford Cortina after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane. It had been over Twenty years since Santa last came to the Aubane Community Centre and he received a warm reception from the crowd. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
There was also an bouncy castle and biscuits and teas for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped and to our Club Member Jerry Kelleher who put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours. Also Thanks to the local Businesses who sponsored the day – William Kelleher Kitchens, Sean Kelleher Electrical, Sean Barrett Electrical, John O’Sullivan Bouncing Castles, C&D Plastering Contractors and Tim Lehane Roofing Contractor.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. During the Christmas Season a number of pictures were added so don’t forget to log on. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Around The Fireside
On December 28th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost seventy people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations:
Congratulations to Seamus Buckley on his recent appointment as Prinicpal at Colaiste Treasa Secondary School in Kanturk.

Hall Of Fame Award:
Congratulations to Billy Coleman on receiving the Hall of Fame Award 2006 at the Sports Personalities of the year Awards 2006 in Dublin which was show on RTE in December. Billy received the award for being Irelands most successful rally driver ever. To people in the world of Rally Billy is know as the The Millstreet Maestro.

Butter Road Signs
The Butter Road, which was once used as the road to transport ferkins of Butter by horse and trap from Kerry to Cork and is now one of the most scenic roads in Ireland has now been Signposted. The Butter Road infact remains the shortest and most scenic route between Cork City, Blarney and Killarney.
A special Thank you to Cork County Council for their contribution of Butter Road Signs, which are located at the bottom of Tullig Cross and at the Kerryman’s Table.

Improvements done through the Urban Renewal Scheme.
On behalf of the members of the Aubane Social Club I would like to take this opportunity to Thank Cork County Council for their contributions of grants in which enabled us to carry out necessary improvement to the Aubane Community Centre. During 2006 under the Urban Renewal Scheme we were able to lay new Footpaths and a Wheelchair Accessability Ramp. A special Thank you also to our Local Councillors for their continous support to the Aubane Community.

On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to Thank LTV2 Millstreet for the coverage of the numerous events, which we held in the Community Centre during the Christmas Season.

I would like to take this opportunity of behalf of the Aubane Social Club to thank everyone for their continuous help and support they gave us during the year 2006, and to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2007.

John Kelleher
PRO Aubane Social Club
January 2007

Christmas Day Climb 2006

The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain while still half asleep, was held again this Christmas Day morning. This year sponsorship is in aid of two causes: the Courtmacsharry Lifeboats, and also for the purchase of a defibulator for the the area to be stored in the community center in Aubane. 10:30am and the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by the country park. It was a nice morning, but we could see what lay ahead of us – fog on top of the mountain. A small flock of sheep seemed the only other things moving. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was about one hundred or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photo’s and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner.

Aubane Notes December 2006

By John F. Kelleher

Deaths:
We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently: Kathleen Burke Killarney, Shelia Kelleher Cockhill, and TJ O’ Connor Gneeveguilla. Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Annual Christmas Party:
The Annual mass and senior citizens party takes place in the Aubane Community Centre on Thursday 14h December at 7.30 p.m sharp.

Christmas Morning Climb:
The Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place on Monday 25th December at 10.30 a.m sharp and the meeting place is the St John’s Well Car Park. The Sponsorship cards will be available from any Social Club member. This year the proceeds of the climb will be in aid of The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Fund and the purchase of a Defibrillator for the use of the Aubane Community and the Surrounding Areas.

Around the Fireside:
On Thursday 28th December a night of Stories and Songs around the fireside will take place in the Aubane Community Centre commencing at 8.30 pm sharp. Everybody is welcome.

Santa Claus is visiting Aubane:
On Sunday the 17th December Santa Claus will a pay a visit to all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre commencing at 2.00 p.m All are welcome.

Annual Fancy Dress:
The annual fancy dress night took place on Friday (Oct 27th) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. This annual event raises money for charity each year. This year the money raised went to two deserving charities Marymount Hospice and Millstreet Hospital. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes. The variety, the colour and the great effort that everyone went to in dressing up makes this night, one of the best in Millstreet. In the past few years the Fancy Dress night organised by Tony Twomey, Mairead & Katrina Kelleher and Friends have raised a lot of money for different charities.
The organisers of the night deserve great credit for the hard work they put in

Calendar in Aid of the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund:
An Ideal Christmas present this year is Fr James Mc Sweeney’s Calendar for 2007. Last year’s calendar was an outstanding success raising over €20,000 for COPE. This year Fr James hopes to do as good again with all the money going to the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund in Millstreet. The Calendar is €5 and you will be glad to know that your contribution will go directly to the St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, Restoration Fund. The Calendar can be purchased at Dennehy’s Centra, Colemans and Wordsworth. in Millstreet.
Fr James’s Christmas Crib at 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane will open to the public on the 8th December and all the proceeds of the crib will also be donated to the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund. I also invite you to check out www.todayismygifttoyou.ie. The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day. You can also get the calendar posted to anywhere in the world for €7 (includes postage and packaging) or send on a cheque to Fr. James Mc Sweeney, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane, Cork

On Holidays:
It was great to see my good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart from Reims in France visiting the Aubane during the month of October. I know that they are regular readers of the Aubane Notes.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm Music during the month of December will be provided by the following musicians – 4th Dec The Breens, 11th Dec Tim Joe & Ann O’Riordan, and on the 18th Dec which is the Set Dancing Christmas Party its Andrew O’ Connell & Friends.
On the 1st January (New Years Party Night) Mathew Kelleher will provide the music.

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. During the Christmas Season a number of pictures will be added so don’t forget to log on. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Marathon:
Congratulations to Seanie Barrett who participated in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday the 30th October in Aid of The West Cork Peto Fund.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at home and abroad a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2007

Aubane Christmas Party 2006

Christmas time again and we had our annual Christmas Party on Thursday 14th December. The crowd was up again and everyone had a great time again this year. Monsignor Manning and Fr James McSweeney concelebrated a mass for everyone, helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. That was followed by food and tea’s. When everyone was full, they were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own somgs. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night.

Santa in Aubane 2006

Santy was back in Aubane last Sunday the 17th December. A big crowd filled with anticipation and trepidation gathered to greet Santa who arrived a little late after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane, but he phoned and was quickly picked up by the locals and brought to the old school where he was warmly greeted by everyone. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a small early gift from santa, and left delighted with themselves. There was also an bouncy castle and biscuits and teas for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped to put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours.

Aubane Notes October 2006

By John F. Kelleher

Deaths:
We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Joe O’ Sullivan Killarney Road, Chrissie O’ Riordan Dromsicane, Han O’ Riordan Main Street, Eddie O’ Mahony Murphy’s Tce. Eddie formerly played for Aubane on the Aubane Football Team. Val Dean Barrack Street, Cork City.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at Aubane Community Centre has resumed since Monday the 19th October. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm each Monday Night until May 2007.

Dancing Classes:
Dancing Classes have now commenced in the Aubane Community Centre since Friday 13th October and will continue every Friday night from 8.00 to 9.00 pm. These classes are for eight weeks and the cost is €25.00. If anyone is interested please contact Eileen O’Riordan or Gerdie Buckley for further information..

On Holidays:
It was great to see Frank Egan (nee Kelleher) late of Mushera and now Canada home on holidays to visit her three brothers with her daughter Audrey and son Brian. I hope you Frankie and your family enjoyed holidaying in the local area.

Marathon:
I would also like to wish Seanie Barrett the very of luck as he is participating in the Dublin City Marathon on Monday the 30th October in Aid of The West Cork Peto Fund. If you would like to sponsor Seanie, Sponorship Cards are in various shops in Millstreet Town.

Marriage:
Congratulations to Kevin Creedon Mushera and Caroline Cronin Carrigaline who were married on Saturday 2nd September. Fr James Mc Sweeney of Toorenbawn and Ballyvolane officiated the marriage.

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website www.millstreet.ie/aubane under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

A Warm Welcome:
On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would to entend a warm welcome to Mr & Mrs Conrad Jones Mushera who have taken up residence in the local area.

World Ploughing Championships:
On Saturday the 30th September a large group from the Aubane Area headed of to the World Ploughing Championships that were held in Tullow, Co Carlow. A bus load hit the road early on Saturday morning in great anticipation of wonderful day out despite the rather damp weather. The group visited many trade stands and also witnessed the Dancing Diggers in action. On the return journey the group stopped off for dinner at Kilcornan Lodge near Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Everyone enjoyed the day greatly. Seamus Buckley deserves great credit for patiently driving the coach all day till late at night. His patience and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated by all.

Rallying on the Butter Road:
On Saturday the 30th September Aubane played host to the Murphy Construction Cork “20” International Rally. The Butter Road Stage of the Rally included a stretch of one of the most scenic roads in Ireland. It also remains the shortest and most scenic route between Cork City, Blarney and Killarney. There is no other panoramic view in Southern Ireland than that from the highest point of road at Togher, which was the stage of the Rally. The final stage of the Butter Road Stage was in Carriginimma. The Drivers in the rally travelled as far away as Estonia and the United Kingdom. One of the Top International Rallying Drivers in the World Mark O’ Martin said, “ It was the best stages he had ever drove as it had fantastic scenery. It was Mark’s first time driving in Ireland. Two local men from Kilcorney John O’ Sullivan (Driver) and Denis O’Riordan (Navigator) participated in the Rally. It was both their first time participating in a rally and they finished 16th overall from a field of Thirty Five in the Junior Class. Also Donal Kelleher of Tullig took part in the Rally in his Ford Escort Mk1 accompanied by his co-driver Derry Healy.
It was great to see such an International Event take place along the historic Butter Road and I hope that all the participants enjoyed the attractions along the route from Cork to Killarney.

Aubane Notes August 2006

On Saturday 12th of August, Aubane Social Club headed off on tour to Sherkin Island, located just off the south west coast of Ireland. A bus load hit the road early on Saturday morning in great anticipation of a wonderful day out. We were blessed with wonderful weather, where the sun was splitting the rocks all day on Sherkin Island. A short boat ride from Baltimore to the island and we were free to roam the island for the day to take in the old Franciscan Abbey, the beaches, the Jolly Roger, the sea views and the beauty of the island. On the return journey we sampled the wonderful views of Glengarriff and surrounding areas. Everyone enjoyed the day greatly. Seamus Buckley deserves great credit for patiently driving us around all day till late at night. His patience and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated by all.

St John’s Well mass was recently celebrated on the 23rd June 2006. It was celebrated by Monsignor Manning, Millstreet and assisted by Fr Tarrant CC, Millstreet, Fr James McSweeney CC, Ballyvolane, Fr Manning CC, Aghinagh and Fr Joe Poole Cssp, Dublin, and attended by a good crowd too. St John’s Well committee would like to thank the choir and pipe band for their participation on the night, and also John Anthony O’Sullivan for the amplification. Also thanks to all who have prepared and maintained the area around the well over the past 12 months, and to thank the Lucey family of Lower Torreenbawn for the presentation of a beautiful bench seat at St John’s Well.

Con Twomey completed the wonderful achievement of a 150 mile round trip of Cork County on foot in aid of Marymount hospice. He walked nearly a full marathon every day for a full week and there were plenty of sores to prove it, but it was worth it all. Well done to all involved.

An unusual event recently was a strawing for the homecoming of Jerry and Kathleen Kelleher from their honeymoon at the Aubane Community Center on Friday, 18th August 2006, with music, dancing, songs and refreshments and everybody enjoying themselves. Strawings had nearly been lost to history but the club in Aubane have taken it to revive them again, and they are proving very popular near and far.

The Aubane Community Center (sometimes just called the School) continues to be improved as the time goes by. There have been several nights of work put into the improvement and we would like to thank all that helped. The work continues this month with the laying of a new footpath and wheelchair ramp into the front door, and further progress on the flower-beds around the car park, and emergency lighting inside the building. It will be a long road to get everything done, but it will be worth it in the end. Thanks to everyone who generously contributed to the Aubane Social Club recent church gate collection on the 14th/15th August 2006 which will go to maintaining the area and keeping the social side of our area vibrant.

Congratulations to Nell Kelleher of Aubane who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Also, a very sincere well done to all who recently received the results of their leaving cert and the best of luck to them in their career choices. We would like to extend a warm welcome to visitors over the summer months including Sr Helen Casey, Torreenbawn; Connie Lucey, Torreenbawn and Agnes Cashman, Los Angeles.

Monday night set dancing in Aubane Community Center will recommence on 18th September 2006 at 9.15pm with music by Marie and Kevin.

For photographs and information on Aubane Social Club events, past and present, please check our website: www.millstreet.ie/aubane.

There have been a couple of weddings in Aubane recently. Jerry Kelleher from Aubane wedding Kathleen O’Keeffe of Cullen, and also to Brendan O’Shea from Cockhill marrying Edel O’Donoghue of Aubane in Croatia. Best wishes for a long and happy future to all. There are a couple of new babies too: Ann & Billy Kelleher, Aubane on the birth of their son Adam Seán, and Jerry and Noreen O’Brien, Drishane Road on the birth of their daughter Kate. Congratulations to one and all.

Finally, we extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the following who died recently: Jerh and Bina Moynihan of Knocknagree, Margaret Kelleher, Lackadota, and Timmy Collins, Knocknagree.

Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís, go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú.

St. Johns Well Mass 2006

The annual mass at St Johns well was held on Friday the 23rd of June. There was a fine crowd in attendance on what was a lovely summers evening. There were five priests celebrating mass this year. Cannon Manning and Fr Joe Tarrant from Millstreet, Fr James McSweeney from Ballyvolane, Fr Joe Poole from Namibia, and Fr Manning from Carriganima. There were glorious hymns from the Millstreet Choir and the Millstreet Pipe Band Played for the ceramony as is traditional. Recently trimmed trees and a light breeze thankfully helped to minimize the problem of the midges. The well of course was looking splendid as usual. Many thanks to everyone that attended and to everyone that helped in any way on the evening. The Mass is normally on the night of the 24th of June but was rescheduled this year because it clashed with the regular Saturday night mass.

Aubane Notes June 2006

Aubane School recently hosted an ice-cream Sunday in which €1,100 was raised for Down Syndrome Ireland. It was great to see such a large attendance, particularly when the weather that day was downright awful. Entertainment was provided in the form of music and song by Breda Moynihan, John O’Sullivan Tullig provided a bouncing castle inside!!, and Brian O’Leary was doing face painting for the children. A special thanks to the above mentioned provided their services free of charge. And of course there was more than enough ice-cream to go around too. Thanks to all for supporting this worthy cause.

Continuing on charitable events, well done to Tony Twomey recently walked from Bandon to Cork City in aid of the Marymount Hospice. However, hot on his heels is Con Twomey who is also walking the highways for Marymount hospice. Also, we would like to pass on a message of thanks from the Irish Heart Foundation which recently raised €800.

Work is continuing to improve the area around Aubane. This month saw the finishing touches put to Aubane crossroads. All the fencing and curbing had recently been put in place, so it was just to backfill with earth, lay down plastic sheeting, and planting shrubs. Thanks to the dozen or so helpers for the two of evenings who got the job done along with a few laughs and a smile on their faces. Again, thanks to Cork County Council for their help with the development.

Congratulations to all those who made their First Communion recently. Also, Best wishes to everyone doing their Junior Cert, Leaving Cert and college exams at the moment. Of course, you always know when the exams are starting, because the weather gets good. Whatever about a change in the seasons (global warming et al), the sun was always splitting the stones when we were doing exams. When you’re finished i hope you enjoy the deserved summer holidays.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of the following won died recently: Dinny Kiely, Dromahane; Dermot Murphy, Clara Road; Martin O’Connor, Kiskeam; Sister John Mary Healy, Kanturk; Bridget Collin, Cockhill

Monday night set dancing has ended for the summer and will recommence on Monday September 18th next.

St John’s Well mass will take place on Friday, the 23rd June at 8:30pm.

Finally, thanks to all who have supported Aubane Social Club throughout the season, and we look forward to your continued support in the future.

Aubane Social Club Table Quiz 2006

Good Friday night 14-April-2006

Another big crowd participated this year with the dancing room full to the brim. The questions were set by quiz-masters Don and Michael O’Riordan, and were helped with the marking and score-keeping by Sonia O’Riordan and Ger McSweeney. There were questions for everyone there from children’s cartoons to old films, from history to local news, music and picture rounds and of course general knowledge. It was a very close contest right through with eight teams within three points of the lead after five rounds (the half way stage). Teas and refreshments were served to get the brains working again, and for people to discuss their progress. After another five rounds, it was a draw at the end between the top two teams on eighty one points out of a hundred. A play-off round was needed to separate them, and victorious on the night were the team of Liam Flynn, Pat Sheehan, Denis Lane and John Tarrant, with the runners up team from Ballydaly headed by the O’Sullivan brothers.

Many thanks to our sponsors on the night: Lucey’s Motors, Dennehy’s Centra, The Country Park, Pommery’s Bar, Billy Kelleher Kitchens, Jerry Kelleher Aubane, and to everyone that turned up and enjoyed themselves.

Raffle Winners were

* Denis Cashman – Country Park Pass
* Shane Murphy – Brandy
* Donal O’Connor – Brandy
* Michael Cashman Whiskey
* Alan Buckley – whiskey
* Liam Flynn – wine
* Donal Coffey – wine
* Kathleen McAuliffe – wine
* Edmond Coffey – wine
* Pa Rowan – Beauty Products!!

We appologize for the lack of pictures this time around. We’ll try to do better the next time!

January 2006 Presentations in Aubane

The locals in Aubane came together on Tuesday the 24th Janurary for two very different presentations. Firstly was a cheque from the proceeds of the annual Christmas Day Mushera Climb to Lena Kelleher of Millstreet Community Hospital, which amounted to €3,200. Secondly, in recognition of a marvllous achievement, David Barrett was presented with a crystal bowl in honor of his winning the National Intermediate Boxing Title. The pictures below are with many thanks to John Tarrant.

Presenting a cheque for the proceeds of the Christmas day mushera mountain climb to Millstreet Hospital


Aubane Social Club Treasurer John Dineen presented a cheque for €3,200 to Lena Kelleher, Matron to Millstreet Community Hospital. The proceeds were raised as part of the Mushera Mountain climb on Christmas Day.

Presentation to David Barrett on winning the All-Ireland Intermediate boxing title
Anne Kelleher, Asst PRO, Aubane Social Club makes a presentation to National Intermediate Boxing Champion David Barrett. Included are Gerard McSweeney – Aubane Social Club Chairman, members of the Barrett family, John Kelleher and Dan Lane, coach Rylane Boxing Club.

Aubane at the World Ploughing Championships 2006

The end of September a bus load driven by the ever relliable Seamus Buckley headed off for the ploughing in Tullow, Co. Carlow, to see all that was new and old in farming at the annual National Ploughing championships. It was the last day and there was a bonus for the ploughing experts in that the World Championships were being held that day. It was a long and tiring day but everyone had a great time once they managed to stay out of the mud!

Aubane Notes Jan 2006

DEATHS:

We extend sympathy to the families of the following who died recently:

Mary Guiney, Drishane Road, Hannah Lucey and Helen Walsh, Station Road, Win Meredith, Denjoe Murphy, Boherbue (late teacher in Aubane). Frank O’ Callaghan, Derrinagree, Noreen O’ Keeffe, Millstreet, Con O’ Sullivan, Claramore and Nora Mary O’ Connor, Freemount.

30th ANNIVERSARY SOCIAL:

The Aubane Social Club recently held a social in Duhallow Park Hotel to mark the 30th anniversary of the founding of the club. It was a very special and memorable occasion and the highlight of the function was a pageant depicting the various activities co-ordinated by the club such as: set-dancing, Mushera Mountain Climb, St. Patrick’s day parades, tops of the parish and many more events which were organised over the past 30 years.

This was narrated by John Sheehan and as part of the pageant a poem was recited by Eileen O’ Riordan about St. John’s Well and Teddy Collins also sang an old favourite “The Bould Thady Quill” to much applause.

Throughout the pageant, some photographs were shown to the large crowd to reminisce about the past 30 years. It brought back wonderful memories to those present.

Particular emphasis was put on the effort that went into the organising of the 250th anniversary celebrations of the Cork-Kerry Butter Road in 1998.

The main compere for the night was Gerard McSweeney, Chairman of Aubane Social Club who outlined the club’s great achievements since the new committee was formed last year and its plans for the future.

The anniversary was marked by a special birthday cake which was jointly cut by Sonya O’ Riordan (current secretary), Gerdie Buckley (founder) and John Kelleher (founder officer). The celebrations continued well into the night by dancing to the sound of the Jerry McCarthy Band. A sincere thank you to all those who attended the social. Their support was very much appreciated.

CONGRATULATIONS:

Congratulations to David Barrett who recently won the All-Ireland Intermediate Boxing championship in the National Stadium, Dublin. We wish him all the best for the future.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY:

The annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrant at the Mass was Monsignor Michael Manning. Following the mass, the party was held and music was provided by Cait Buckley, Micheál, James and Louise Buckey, Bridget O’ Shea, Christina Twomey and Michael O’ Riordan.

CHRISTMAS MORNING CLIMB:

The annual Christmas Morning Mountain Climb took place on Christmas Day where approximately 100 people climbed Mushera Mountain for charity. All proceeds of the Sponsored Climb this year are going to Millstreet Community Hospital.

AROUND THE FIRESIDE:

On December 29th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre where people gathered from far and wide to participate. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all.

CHRISTMAS CRIB:

Well done to Fr. James McSweeney on the beautiful crib which he erected near his home in Ballyvolane, Cork over the Christmas period. It was admired by people from near and far. On behalf of Aubane Social club, we would like to thank him for attending the various functions in Aubane over the Christmas period.

WREN BOYS:

The local boys and girls headed out on Stephen’s Day in keeping with tradition to hunt the wren. They went from house to house where they sang and played music.

All proceeds are going to Millstreet Community Hospital.

NEW RESIDENTS:

We welcome Don and Sonya O’ Riordan into the Aubane area and wish them the very best of luck in their beautiful new home.

BON VOYAGE

Best wishes to Donal Kelleher and Rosie Rea who are off on their travels around the world.

DANCING CLASSES

Dancing classes are held in Aubane Community Centre every Thursday night at 8pm. All are welcome.

Happy New Year!

Aubane Social Club member gets Unsung Hero Award

Aubane Social Club member gets Unsung Hero Award

On the 18th March Gerdie Buckley one of the members of Aubane Social Club was presented with the Unsung Hero Award at the Millstreet Community Council People of the Years Awards Social in the Wallis Arms Hotel.

Unsung Hero – Mr Gerdie Buckley renowned for his work towards a wide spectrum within the Aubane Community. He has been consistently involved in various organisations and events over the past thirty years such as the Aubane Social Club of which he was one of the founder members. The Aubane Social Club now its 30th year in existence and over the years has celebrated many events such as the Tops of the Town and The Butter Commemoration Weekend in May 1998. There are now twenty-five members involved in the Aubane Social Club.

He is also the current treasurer of the St John’s Well Committee and has always been active member since its formation in the early eighties.

He is also the founder member of the “Farmers Discussion Group” which was founded in 1988. This organisation involves a group of farmers meeting together each month to discuss current farming issues.

Gerdie was co-producer of the popular “Tops of the Town Competition” back in the year 1985/1986.

He has been one of the many participants of the Annual Christmas Day Mountain Climb to Mushera, which is held every year in order to raise a substantial sum of money for various charties. This has proven to be a very successful and enjoyable event. Gerdie has been climbing the slopes of Mushera now for twenty years.

He has always been willing to lend a helping hand and during the Aubane Sports which was held every year back in the 80’s, he always made one of his field available to the community in order to hold this sports event.

In May 1998, Gerdie was actively involved in the organising committee of the 250th Anniversary Commemoration of the Butter Road Celebrations and also sits on the Aubane Historical Society Committee, which at present boasts 50 publications written by Mr Jack Lane formerly of Aubane and who now resides in London.

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AUBANE NOTES December 2005

By John F. Kelleher

Deaths:
We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently: Margaret Boyle (nee Golden) formerly of Tullig and New York, Nicholas Tarrant formerly Gortavehy, Shelia O’ Sullivan Tralee, Nora Long Clonbannin and Dan Carroll of Millstreet Sheltered Housing.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis

Annual Christmas Party:

The Annual mass and senior citizens party takes place in the Aubane Community Centre on Friday 16th December at 8.00 p.m sharp.

Christmas Morning Climb:

The Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place on Sunday 25th December at 10.30 a.m. and the meeting place is the St John’s Well Car Park. The Sponsorship cards will be available from any Social Club member. This year the proceeds of the climb will be in aid of Millstreet Community Hospital.

Around the Fireside:

On Thursday the 29th December a night of Stories and Songs around the fireside will take place in the Aubane Community Centre. Everybody is welcome.

On Holidays:

It was great to see my good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart and their son from Reims in France visiting the Aubane during the month of October. I know that they are regular readers of the Aubane Notes. Also on holiday in the Aubane Area during the month of November was Arthur Roberts, with his daughter Marlyn and son Michael from Wales.

Marathon:

Congratulations to Gerard Mc Sweeney, Toorenbawn who ran in the Dublin Marathon on Monday 31st October. He finished in 454th position out of a field of 10.500 in a time of 3 hours 13 minutes

Wedding:

Congratulations to Catherine Sheehan Aubane and Kristian Walsh Waterford City

who got married on Saturday the 5th November.

Graduations:

Congratulations to Pearl Lehane Aubane who graduated recently at the Tralee Institute of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Analytical Science and also to Maire Sheehan Aubane who graduated at the Cork Institute of Technology with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Analytical Chemistry with Quality Assurance.

Development at Aubane Cross:

The Aubane Cross on the left hand side of the road coming from millstreet got a much needed transformation during the month of October. This work was done under the Urban Renewal Scheme. A special thanks to Martin Corcoran and Sean Twohig from the Cork County Council Office in Millstreet and to Jer Stack Cork County Council Architect from the Cork County Council Offices in Cork City for all the help and support they gave to the Aubane Social Club in caring out this work.

Annual Fancy Dress:

The annual fancy dress night took place on Friday (Oct 21st) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. This annual event raises money for charity each year. This year €4,000 was raised and this money went to two deserving charities Marymount Hospice and Bothar. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes. The variety, the colour and the great effort that everyone went to in dressing up makes this night, one of the best in Millstreet. In the past few years the Fancy Dress night organised by Tony Twomey, Jerry, Mairead & Katrina Kelleher and Friends have raised €10,000 for different charities.

The organisers of the night deserve great credit for the hard work they put in

Calendar in Aid of the COPE Foundation:

An Ideal Christmas present this year is Fr James Mc Sweeney’s Calendar for 2006. Last year’s calendar was an outstanding success raising €20,000 for Cork Simon. This year Fr James hopes to do as good again with all the money going to the COPE

Foundation. The Calendar is €5 and you will be glad to know that your contribution will go directly to the COPE Foundation. I also invite you to check out www.todayis mygifttoyou.ie. The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day. You can also get the calendar posted to anywhere in the world for €7 (includes postage and packaging) or send on a cheque to Fr. James Mc Sweeney, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane, Cork

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at home and abroad a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year for 2006.

AUBANE NATIONAL SCHOOL

The Aubane National School, which is now Aubane Community Centre, was built in 1912 and was opened in 1913. It was one building with four separate rooms divided into a girls’ and boys’ school. The school closed in 1974 due to falling numbers. The school was then taken over in 1975 by the Aubane Social Club. The Community Centre now holds many different events like the weekly set dancing on Monday nights.

Scenery from Mushera July 2005

I stumbled across some pictures on flickr.com taken around Mushera Mountain and St John’s Well in July 2005 by a visitor to the area. I just thought some of ye might like to see them. The photography is simple but good, and even though the weather was dull, it shows Mushera as it’s beautiful peaceful self. I’ve put in a couple of the photo’s below, but you can see them all as a slide-show if you follow this link:

Batt O’Keeffe visit to Aubane on 29 /04/2005

See pictures below

On Friday the 29th of April, Minister of State Batt O’Keeffe visited Aubane Community Centre. Mr Jack Lane invited the Minister to Aubane a few weeks ago and the Aubane Community warmly welcomed the Minister to their Community Centre last Friday.

There was a relaxed atmosphere between the locals and invited guests, who sat around the fireside, told stories of old and recalled historic stories from the area. Among the invited guests was the President of Aubane Historical Society, Mr Jack Lane who had plenty of Historic folklore to entertain us. Also present was the President of IRD Duhallow, Mr Jack Roche and former TD, Mr Tom Meaney,

When the Minister arrived he personally thanked everyone for attending. There was plenty of open, frank and factual speeches from several speakers including the Chairman of Aubane Community Council Mr Gerard McSweeney who opened the meeting, welcomed the Minister to Aubane and gave him a brief synopsis of Aubane and its local community centre. Next to speak was Mr Jack Lane who spoke about the Butter road, and the way it needs to be developed, upgraded and maintained to a high standard. Next to speak was Mr Jack Roche who gave a wonderful and informative talk about the way forward for the local area, the butter road and the future of IRD Duhallow. Next to speak was Mr Tom Meaney who gave us a factual and informative talk about the way we need to progress our ideas and channel them through the right corridors.

Finally the Minister who listened carefully to the previous speakers gave us a synopsis of the main issues that were raised and how we should go about getting our goals achieved. The talk between the Minister and all present was very open and informative.

To round off a busy night, in tradition with the Aubane way, all enjoyed a cup of tea and tasty cakes.

To capture the entire event that night, we would like to thank Sean Radley who gave of his time to record this unique event.

Aubane Quiz 2005

Friday 25th March 2005

On the 23rd March Good Friday Night the Aubane Community Council held its first Table Quiz in the Aubane Community Centre. The Members of the Aubane Community Council were very proud of themselves when amid a large crowd of people gathered to participate in the quiz. There was a full house with twenty-two tables of four people per table. The winners of the quiz were the following team – John Tarrant, Denis Lane, Pat Sheehan and Liam Flynn. The team with the best name “Twin Cam” went to the Curtin Family from Buttevant. The Aubane Community Council would like to thank all the businesses from Millstreet Town and the Aubane Area that sponsored spot prizes for this event. A special word of thanks to the Youth Committee who organised this event.

There are also many more events being planned at the moment for the year ahead.

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quiz1.jpg (35677 bytes) A full house at the Quiz in Aubane Community Centre.

quiz2.jpg (37862 bytes) Question Masters Michael O’ Riordan and Don O’ Riordan.

quiz3.jpg (35457 bytes) John F. Kelleher, Alan Burton, Anita Sherlock, Donal Corkery writing the
answers.
quiz4.jpg (44636 bytes) . Kathleen O’ Keeffe, Jerry Kelleher, Tony Twomey and Una O’ Mahony
enjoying the quiz.
quiz5.jpg (43665 bytes) Sonya O’ Riordan Secretary of the Aubane Community Council in depth
thought.
quiz6.jpg (36717 bytes) Aubane Council Members: John Dineen, John Sheehan, Ned Lawlor and John W.
Kelleher.
quiz7.jpg (53068 bytes) quiz8.jpg (36351 bytes) Denis Lane accepting First Prize on behalf of his winning team from
Michael O’ Riordan
quiz9.jpg (36451 bytes) Eoin O’ Sullivan accepting Second Prize on behalf of his team from
Chairperson of the Aubane
Community Council Gerard Mac Sweeney

AUBANE HISTORY

Aubane comes the Gaelic Abha Ban, white river, which indicates as townland names usually do, an essential topographical feature. The Aubane River flows through the countryside of Aubane. The white refers to the whiteness resulting from the shallowness as it is near its source and flowing over the rocks and stones. But no doubt a very regular feature and it was this flooding that provided the fertile soil for the valley. There is an inexhaustible supply of this soil to be had from its source in Mushera Mountain. The meandering part of the river has therefore in a real sense created Aubane. The Aubane River into a black river, the Blackwater. Aubane is situated three miles from Millstreet Town. The townland is very much a farming community.

The Townland of Aubane can boost many tourist attractions such as the following: -The Kerrymans’s table is a large flat rock situated on the Old Kerry Road or the Old Butter Road as it was previously known, four miles from Millstreet on the road to Rylane exactly mid-way between Killarney and Cork City, 25 miles on either side. It is also about 25 miles from Castleiland, a very important market town for the farmers of Kerry in bygone days. If one were to look at a map you will notice that Castleiland, Millstreet and the top of Blarney Street where the Butter Market wa situated, form a straight line “as the crow flies.”

Long ago people from Kerry travelled this route on their way to Cork with horse and cart taking firkins of butter to the Cork Butter Market. This rock is reported to be the place where they stopped and refreshed themselves and rested their horses. It was also a collection point where people who did not have adequate means of transport brought their living transporting the butter to Cork and returning with hardware for the shops in Millstreet, Rathmore etc.

Before 1736, Millstreet Town consisted only of an Inn, a Mill and five small Cabins. A hundred years later it had one long street with several smaller ones diverging from it and contained 312 houses, the majority of which were small but well built. Situated on the south side of the Blackwater, amidst the lofty mountains of Muskerry, Millstreet derived its principal support from being a great thoroughfare on the road form Cork to Killarney and Castleisland and on that form Mallow to Kenmare.

The advent of the Railway did much to halt the development of Millstreet as the landlords of the time. unsure of its impact, kept the line well north of the town. When roads were developed at the beginning of this century by the first native governments both the Cork-Kerry road and the Kerry-Dublin road bypassed the town and halted its growth as a commercial centre. In May 1998 Mr Michael Kelleher formerly of Aubane and New York unveiled a plaque at the Kerrymans Table during the Butter Road Commemoration Weekend.

St John’s Well Mushera

St John’s Well is 3km from Aubane

Like most holy wells, St John’s Well has a large amount of tradition and legend, which has been passed on from father to son. The well on top of Mushera has always been known as a well for cattle where herdowners prayed for the health and prosperity of their hers. The well on the Kilcorney side has little tradition that we know of except that it moved from one side of the road to the other at some stage in its history. The well on the Millstreet side has been and still is reputed for its cure of warts. These wells like many others are almost certainly of pagan origin and were Christianised over time. Pre-Christian man paid homage to water and in many places it was held sacred to the gods. The early saints in an effort to exorcise any evil forces believed to be active in the water blessed numerous springs and wells throughout Ireland thus consecrating them to the Christian God. However, the pagan rituals never Quite disappeared, instead they were absorbed into Christian practices, and a still evident example of this can be seen in the widespread practice of bringing gifts of offerings of cups, coins, medals etc. to the holy wells.

June 24th is of course Midsummers’s Day, the feast of the nativity of St. John the Baptist. Although it may seem strange that a saint on the Boggeragh Mountains should share the same name and feast day as John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus, it is necessary to remember that the concept of a calender year held little relevance for the pagan or early Christian Irish, and that Midsummers’s Day itself daters back to an era long before Christianity. Midsummer Day, the summer solstice marks the point where the sun turns and retraces its path in the sky, starting the decline, and in doing so beginning the gradual shortening of daylight. The awareness of what the solstice heralded must have filled the hearts of pagan man with fear and terror, and he may have believed that by lighting fires to honour the sun he might prevent its decline of daylight, keeping darkness at bay. Midsummer held a symbolic importance for primitive man, and Christianity absorbed this mystical quality in it’s celebration of the day, the result is a merging of the two beliefs, the ancient pagan ritual of the festival of light, and the Christian celebration of the nativity of St John, both observed on Midsummer’s Day.

In 1954, a mad who is long since dead, Michael Buckley of Aubane bought a picture of St. John and placed it on the grotto early on St John’s Day. The late Sonny Buckley, Tullig, Millstreet who called later in the day to pay his round decided to make a timber altar to protect the picture. Even this did not seem to be enough to provide permanent protection for such a delicate object in such a windswept site. A committee mainly of people from the Aubane area was formed and a few pounds put together for the purpose of building the centre grotto, completely by voluntary labour. The altar containing the picture of St John was placed inside this stone grotto and the picture lasted until quite recently.

In 1958, a statue of St John was purchased and placed in the centre grotto. Again with voluntary labour two side grottos were erected, one contained the altar with the original picture and the other an altar with a statue of the Infant of Prague. The statue of St John was blessed in 1958 by Canon Costello of Millstreet. The first Mass at the grotto was celebrated on 24th June 1974 and has been celebrated every year since.

The late Sonny Buckley had great faith in St John’s Well and often spoke of erecting Stations of the Cross in the vicinity of the Well. When he died in 1979, he left £500 in his will towards the erection.

Many of the old committee including Sonny Buckley were then dead so a new committee was formed with the task of carrying our Sonny’s wishes.

A fund was opened and it would be appropriate at this stage to pay tribute to the very large number of people who subscribed so generously, because without their help it would have been impossible to carry out the job intended. The Forestry Department was very helpful in many ways, indeed we had to have its permission to erect the Stations it the first place! The Stations were designed by Liam Cosgrove of Blackpool in Cork city, but before they could be erected a great deal of work had to be done. First fourteen concrete slabs were made in which the Stations were encased. Then the bulldozer made the ground ready and with limestone from Ballygiblin the work got under way. Voluntary labour again played a very large part with most of the building being done by John Kelleher and Brendan Kelleher. Completing the erection was no easy task because it had to be done in peoples’ spare time, however the stations were completed and all involved felt a great sense of achievement at the result.

Very many people come to the well throughout the year especially on Sundays. A Faith and Light group visited in 1985 and some of them acted out the Passion and Death of Our Lord. It was a very moving ceremony. At St John’s Well there is also a cure for warts, it is believed that warts disappear by cleansing your hand in the water.

Millstreet Country Park is also an attraction situated about 3.5 km from Aubane Cross. Further information. Go to www.millstreetcountrypark.ie

There is also a song about Aubane, which is called The Lane of Sweet Aubane

The Lane of Sweet Aubane

Come all you loyal comrades, come listen for a while

Till I relate the praises of a spot in Erin’s Isle

It’s there I saw the daylights first when around me it did dawn

On the lovely little valley ‘round the lane of sweet Aubane

To leave that spot will break my heart and to cross o’er the raging main

And to leave behind, my parent’s kind whose tears will fall like rain

But when we land on the American shore there‘ll be cheers by each and all

For those young brave young rattling hero from the Lane of sweet Aubane

There’s many a handsome cailin around those pleasant glens

Their voices sweet and melodious you’d hear the valley ring

They will ring the valley from the dark until early dawn

Those handsome pretty colleens from the Lane of sweet Aubane

Mushera Christmas Charity Climb 2002

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The Jack and Jill Childrens Foundation – Helping the forgotten children of Ireland.

Christmas Morning 2002 sponsored climb to the top of Mushera Mountain – half of the amount collected went to The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
What does the foundation do?
The Jack and Jill Children’s foundation helps to alleviate the very
distressful suffering experienced by the tiny babies born with severe
development delay until they reach the age of four years. Today the sad
reality in Ireland is that succour for children under four years of age and
their family is at best underdeveloped and at worst non-existent. Most
people are not aware of this distressing “age gap” in healthcare services.
These tiny babies and their parents could be the forgotten people of Irish
society. So the Jack and Jill Children’s foundation was set up to help these
babies and their families.

The Jack and Jill foundation helps these tiny babies and their families by
providing them with early intervention and home respite care. At present
they have over 200 children and their families under their wing all over
Ireland.

Aubane Social Club raise money for the Jack and Jill foundation.

On Christmas day 2002 at 10.30 a.m seventy people climbed Mushera mountain
in aid of the Jack and Jill foundation. It was the largest turnout of people
ever to participate in the annual mountain climb. The duration of the climb
was 2 hours. On the day sponsor card were given to each climber. On January
2003 the total sum of 3,500 euro was presented two charities. 1750 euros was
presented to Hannah Crowley representing the Jack and Jill foundation and
1750 to the Daniel Brosnan Desmond Fund.

 

– from an old Millstreet website: http://homepage.eircom.net/~millstreetupdate/parish%20news.html