Death Notice: Eddie Murphy, Ballydaly

The death has occurred on 26th December 2016 of Eddie Murphy, Ballydaly, Millstreet. Sadly missed by his loving and loved wife Delia (nee Falvey). Predeceased by his sister Mella and brother Anthony. Deeply regretted by his wife, brother Brendan, sisters Margaret, Mary, Breeda and Noreen, extended family, kind neighbours and many friends.

Reposing at his home today, Tuesday, from 5pm followed by Rosary at 9pm. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm followed by removal to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballydaly. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 1pm followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only, donations if the desired to Cork Simon Community

O’Leary Undertakers, Knocknagree. <email> 087-2229866 [read more …] “Death Notice: Eddie Murphy, Ballydaly”

Death Notice: Con Rahily, formerly of Ballydaly

The death has occurred of Cornelius (Con) RAHILLY
Gardiners Hill, Cork City, Cork / Rathmore, Kerry

RAHILLY (Cork) on December 10th 2016, peacefully, at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, in the presence of his loving wife and family, CORNELIUS (CON), Gardiners Hill (formerly of Cathedral Road and late Harrington’s Paints). Beloved husband of Nora (nee Casey) (formerly of Ballydaly, Rathmore). Sadly missed by his loving wife, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Reposing at O’Connor Bros. Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge. Removal on Monday at 7:00pm to the Church of The Ascension, Gurranabraher. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12:00noon. Funeral afterwards to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blackrock. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Marymount. Requiescat in pace.

A Defibrillator (AED) is Now in Place in Ballydaly

Mary O’Sullivan of Ballydaly/Rathduane shares the following very important information (S.R.):

A Defibrillator (AED) is now in place in Ballydaly. It is situated on the wall beside the door of Guerins Shop. Well done to everyone involved – a true example of what community spirit can achieve

Mary O'Sullivan's photo.Mary O'Sullivan's photo.

A Stranger In Ballydaly

Since from there I have been quite a long time away
I would be a stranger to many in Ballydaly today
By the Boggeragh Ranges far inland from Hibernia’s shore
In the Parish of Millstreet on the road to Rathmore

At the end of the Autumn with Winter quite near
It is cool and wet in Ballydaly in November of the year
Clara, Gortavehy and Caherbarnagh half cloaked in the gray fogs of rain
And brown storm water flowing in every roadside and field drain

The people of Ballydaly as I recall have a charm of their own
Where today I would be a stranger to many where I once was well known
But this is going back some three decades ago
And time as we know becomes everyone’s foe

[read more …] “A Stranger In Ballydaly”

Death Notice: Joan McSweeney, formerly of Rathduane

The death has occurred on Tuesday 2nd August 2016 of Joan MAC SWEENEY (née Twomey) St. Annes Rd., Killarney, and formerly from Rathduane, Millstreet. Beloved wife of Denis and loving mother of Lorraine, Denise, Noreen, Louise and David. Sadly missed by the Twomey and FitzGerald Families, her brothers, sisters, sons in Law Oliver, Karl, Alan and Ciaran, and Davids Partner Kayleigh, grandchildren Ella and Oran, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces relatives neighbours and many friends. May She Rest in Peace.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home Killarney on Thursday evening, August 4th, from 4pm followed by removal at 6:30pm to St Mary’s Cathederal, Killarney. Requiem Mass Friday at 10:30am followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Ballydaly’s Last Blacksmith Farrier

2015-11 Brendan Murphy, BallydalyWhen Brendan Murphy was in his physical prime of time one must go back a span
Ballydaly’s last blacksmith farrier he was quite a man
He shod his last working horse in his forge in his brother Eddy’s backyard
For his livelihood he is one who did work quite hard

Tall and lean and dark haired and physically quite strong
Ballydaly’s last blacksmith farrier to a rare breed belong
The hooves of the last working horse, mule, jennet and donkey he did pare
Since the demise of the last working equines blacksmith farriers have become rare
[read more …] “Ballydaly’s Last Blacksmith Farrier”

Just 4 Leisure

2015-11-05 Just For Leisure - brochure

Just 4 Leisure are a local business from Ballydaly:

We provide Bouncy Castles, Obstacle Courses, Slides, Disco Domes and much much more.

To find more activities see

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An Old Medal from Ballydaly

2015-08-02 Russell Murphy - Medal 56 009We have in our posesion a football medal of our Grandfather Patrick Murphy , son of John & Hanoria Murphy, from Ballydaly, Patrck was born 6/6/1877 Baptised at Millstreet Catholic Church. The medal is dated 1901/2, is Silver & has MC + P Murphy on the front. Could anyone advise what it means, or where to search for the history of the medal.
Regards, Russell Murphy (Australia)

Considering that it’s in old Gaelic, can someone help with the deciphering and translating (click on the photos to see larger versions). This is what i’ve taken from it:

Cath Cleasuidheacht
Cond agus liathroide
Sraid a Muilin  [Millstreet]

Russell had an interesting story on how it was found: “The medal was dug up on our farm in NZ [while digging a post hole  approx 1958]  &  our late father had no recollection of it, but did say , it was of his father.”

[read more …] “An Old Medal from Ballydaly”

Rathmore Road Temporary Closure in August for Resurfacing “The Millstreet/ Rathmore Rd (R582) will close for works at the townland of Inches from Mon 10th until Fri 21st Aug from 8am until 6pm each day.

Inches is the very bumpy strait section of road as you come into Rathmore (map)

just a thought …. it coincides nicely with the Horse Show … the busiest traffic week of the year. what genius planned that?
[read more …] “Rathmore Road Temporary Closure in August for Resurfacing”

Death Notice: Eileen Buckley (née Lynch), Coachford & Ballydaly

Buckley, (Coachford and Ballydaly, Millstreet). On July 23rd 2015 peacefully, at her residence, Clonteadbeg. Eileen Patricia (nee Nettie Lynch), daughter of the late Andy and Margaret (nee Corkery Lynch) and wife of the late Jerry. Mother of Eilish, John and Andy.

Requiem Mass at 1pm Monday 27th July in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballydaly. Burial private. Rest In Peace Dear Loved One.

Millstreet Parish Newsletter – Sunday 14th June 2015



Eleventh Sunday in ordinary time

14th June, 2015

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.

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

Email:  <email>



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 and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

Mass Intentions this Week-end:

Saturday 13th June:

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                                  Dermot Murphy, Clara Road

Sunday 14th June:                  

Ballydaly   9.00 a.m.                                            John, Bridget & Michael Horgan                                                                                      Cahirbarnagh

Cullen      10.15 a.m.                                           Tom Cronin, Knockduff      

Millstreet 11.30 a.m.                                          Paddy & Eileen O’Keeffe, Dooneen

Anniversaries:                                             James Burke, Murphy’s Terrace; Jeremiah Twomey, Murphy’s Terrace;  Dan & Rose Kelleher, Murphy’s Terrace;  Patrick & Nora Mary Corkery, West End; Tom Radley, Minor Row; Anthony Price, Minor Row;  Nora Dennehy, Lackabawn; John & Margaret McCarthy, Lackabawn;  James Daly, The Bridge; Finbarr O’Sullivan, Claraghatlea; Margaret Pomeroy, Willowbrook; John & Catherine Kelleher, Carrigacooleen; Michael O’Connor, Church Street & Cloghoulabeg;   Sonny, Mary & Ciss Buckley, Tullig; Michael O’Mahony, Ballydaly;  Danielle Cara O’Sullivan, Mologhroe; Mary O’Connor, Mologhroe;  Jeremiah McSweeney, Rathcoole;  Daniel Duggan, Carriganima; Joan Daly, Ballincollig; Pat & Molly Murphy, Ballydesmond.   [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter – Sunday 14th June 2015”

Denny Murray Was Our Hero

The man who owned the stud stallions Rambling Boy and Rising Light
And who was widely known as the man to kill the blight
In fancy i do see Denny Murray today
On horse drawn sprayer spraying the potato gardens from here far away

Though of love he did have a few flings in his life
Denny Murray he did not have children or wife
From his late teens to his mid fifties he lived on the wild side
And beyond Ballydaly became known far and wide
[read more …] “Denny Murray Was Our Hero”

Death Notice: Helen O’Donnell (née Philpott, Ballydaly)

The death has occurred of Helen O’Donnell, Porturlin, Ballina, Co. Mayo (née Philpott, Ballydaly, Millstreet, Co.Cork). Peacefully at the Community Hospital, Belmullet on April 1st 2015. Predeceased by her husband JJ and son John. deeply regretted by her loving son Pat and daughters-in-law Ann and Bernie, sisters Mary, Joan and Breda, brother Paddy and Christy R.I.P., brothers-in-law Martin, Jim, Mike, Paddy, Tony, Dan and Michael, sisters-in-law Bridgie, Annie, Mary, Maureen, Ann and Anna, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.

Remains will be reposing at Healys Funeral Home, Barnatra on Good Friday evening from 5pm with removal at 7pm to the Star of The Sea Church, Cornboy arriving 8pm. Liturgy Of Prayers on Holy Saturday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Cornboy Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Inis Aiobhinn House Galway or Cara Iorrais, Belmullet c/o Healys Funeral Directors, Barnatra..

On this day February 1st 1921

2015-02-01 Memorial Plaque to those executed at Cork Military Jail in 1921 - includes Captain Con MurphyOn the 1st of February 1921: The first execution under martial law of an IRA man took place.

Cornelius Murphy of Ballydaly, Millstreet, was shot by firing squad at the Cork Military Barracks (which is now on the grounds of UCC), after he had been arrested on January 3rd at his parents house in Ballydaly, tried by court martial and found guilty of having a revolver in his possession.

The plaque (right) at UCC commemorates those executed and buried there in 1921.

Read much more about Captain Con Murphy in this old article.


When Ballydaly was once part of Kerry

1797 Civil & Eccleastical Map by Beaufort
1797 Civil & Eccleastical Map by Beaufort which shows the East Fractions to the west of Millstreet and to the north of Cullen (click the map to enlarge)

When looking at historical maps of the Millstreet area from the 18th Century, we noticed that Kerry extended into Ballydaly and a totally detached part of Kerry was just north of Cullen. Intrigued having never heard of this, we did some research, this  is what we found out:

“Referred to as the East Fractions, they were exclaves of the barony of Magunihy in County Kerry. They existed from the suppression of County Desmond in the sixteenth century until 1843, when detached parts were transferred by Richard Griffith under the Valuation of Lands (Ireland) Act 1836 to the adjoining baronies. The fractions were part of the MacCarthy Mór territory from which Magunihy was delimited.”

It is not fully clear as to extent of the fraction around Ballydaly. Officially it was just the townlands of Balldaly and Kippagh, but it is mentioned elsewhere in different places that the Ballydaly fraction included Coolanarney and Coomacheo, and the old maps would seem to support this. We have recreated the map below showing the Ballydaly Fraction and the [read more …] “When Ballydaly was once part of Kerry”

Kippagh Mountain Lake

2014-08 Kippagh Lake with Cattle_
Cattle drinking at Kippagh during the summer of 2014 – by ir8mn

The skylark sing above the bracken hill
That voice once heard one never can mistake
And sunlight down the silent mountain steal
And light the dark waters of Kippagh lake.

The lake trout to the shallow waters swim
They like to feel the warmth of the sun
And tiny rill that has spring as it’s source
Down from the mountain through the bracken run.

In centuries gone i heard old woman say
The Gaelic bards to Kippagh mountain came
And found the inspiration for their songs
In land too wild and [read more …] “Kippagh Mountain Lake”

Hollymount NS awarded at FÍS Film Project Awards

2014-11-06 Hollymount NS awarded at FÍS AwardsHollymount NS was delighted to take part in this year’s Fís Film project.
What is the FÍS Film Project? FÍS is a successful film project currently thriving in primary schools across Ireland. The initiative encourages children to explore the medium of film in the primary classroom developing essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and even numeracy … oh yes, and it’s also lots of fun! ( 5th Nov 2014).

The Junior Room developed and created a film entitled ‘The Fairytale of Hollymount NS’, based on a tale about Snow White who decided to send her dwarfs and the three little pigs to see the ‘best school in Ireland!’ Every child in the class took part in the piece. The final project was submitted to Tralee Education Centre. The film was screened in Siamsa Tíre as part of Kerry Film Festival and Hollymount NS was presented with a plaque in recognition of the project.

We were delighted to be told that the film had been forwarded to Fís Film National committee for consideration. We were invited to [read more …] “Hollymount NS awarded at FÍS Film Project Awards”

Celebration of Fr. Seán Tucker’s Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood

Fr. Seán Tucker in the company of members of his family and friends celebrated wonderful occasion of the Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballydaly on Monday, 6th Oct. 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Fr. Seán Tucker in the company of members of his family and friends celebrated the wonderful occasion of the Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ballydaly on Monday, 6th Oct. 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Exactly 85 years ago on 6th Oct. 1929 Ballydaly Church was officially opened by Bishop O’Brien.  Here we share some more images from Fr. Seán’s 50th Anniversary to the Priesthood.   We extend sincere congratulations to Fr. Seán on such a special [read more …] “Celebration of Fr. Seán Tucker’s Golden Jubilee to the Priesthood”