Getting ahead when it comes to telephony in Millstreet has always been a struggle, but it hasn’t always been because of our location. In 1924, when twenty subscribers were needed to get the first phones to Millstreet, we couldn’t get enough subscribers. Now we have more mobile phones than people! Below are some extracts of some Dáil debates on how we were faring:
Friday, 7th March 1924, in Dáil Éireann Debate, our local Labour TD Thomas Nagle was asking when phone services would arrive in Millstreet:
TOMAS DE NOGLA: asked the Postmaster-General if he has considered the application of residents of the town and district of Millstreet, Co. Cork, for telephone installations, and if he intends to meet the wishes of these people.
POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. J.J. Walsh): In response to an application for a telephone service from a resident of the town of Millstreet a canvass for telephone subscribers was recently undertaken, but the amount of support forthcoming was so small as not to warrant the heavy expense which would be incurred in extending the system to Millstreet and opening an Exchange at that place. continue reading…