Denis Corcoran

Denis Corcoran

Denis Corcoran as a young man left Kilmeedy and he went to live in the U.S of A
And there he earnt his living as a Fireman he was a big and brave man on his day
But as the years went on he thought of Millstreet and of the fields by Clara far away
He visualized the bohreens and the hedgerows and the hawthorns in their white flowers of the May.
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When Denis Corcoran came home to live in Millstreet he met and fell in love with Miss Maud Brown
And they lived at Claraghatlea north by the old stream about a mile and a half west of the Town
They lived there for a few decades and were happy till they sold and bought a house on the Clara road
But since Denis and his wife went to the reaper a lot of water down Finnow has flowed.
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He was a very tall man and broad shouldered and he stood over six foot without shoes
And one might say quite a commanding figure and people listened when he aired his views
In his prime he led a life of adventure and of his stories one could never tire
He once showed us the medal that he won for bravery when he rescued a young baby in a fire.
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He lived his twilight years in his old homeplace the man who earned his fortune far away
The job he worked in was one fraught with danger and he was one who earned his every pay
We marvelled at his stories of adventure and he was one who could not tell a lie
And he became a hero far from Millstreet when he risked his life to save a baby boy.

by Francis Duggan

Drishane Garden Fête 1988

With the Drishane Garden Fête on next Sunday, archived photos from the Millstreet Museum collection of the Garden Fête 1988 had the cobwebs wiped off them and were scanned in to give an idea of what was happening back then. All the photos are below. [read more …] “Drishane Garden Fête 1988”

The Twelve Counties Railtour MkII

The Twelve Counties Railtour MkII at Millstreet Train Station last Saturday

from the Modern Railway Society of Ireland

“The Twelve Counties Railtour MkII”

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Originally scheduled to run on the 3rd October 2009 but having to be cancelled due to the bridge collapse at Malahide, [read more …] “The Twelve Counties Railtour MkII”

Monsignor Michael Manning Presentation

On Thursday, 13th May 2010 as Monsignor Michael Manning concluded the celebration of Mass at Canon O’Donovan Centre a special presentation was made by Mary Feeley to the priest who has been the dedicated Parish Priest of Millstreet parish for the past seventeen years.   It was also indicated that Margaret Kelleher is also retiring having been such a splendidly devoted Sacristan at St. Patrick’s Church for many years.   Special retirement occasion will take place in the Church and at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Friday night, 28th May 2010. (Pics:  Seán Radley) [read more …] “Monsignor Michael Manning Presentation”

People working with children must be vetted

A MAN employed as a bus driver by a youth group in Cork is a convicted rapist, a court heard yesterday.

Romanian national and Millstreet resident Ioan Munteanu pleaded guilty before Judge James McNulty at Macroom District Court in Co Cork to failure to inform an employer of a sexual offence, contrary to the Sex Offenders Act 2001.

The case has prompted the ISPCC to call for a radical reinforcement of the laws governing the vetting of those who work with children and teenagers.

“There should be a statutory responsibility on every employer to have their employees vetted [where children and teenagers were concerned],” said Caroline O’Sullivan, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s director of services.

[read more …] “People working with children must be vetted”

2010 AIB Better Ireland Awards

Pictured at the presentation of the 2010 AIB Better Ireland Award Cheques in the Millstreet, Co. Cork Branch of AIB on Thursday, 15th April.    From left:  Seán Brennan, Branch Manager AIB Millstreet, Sr. Mercedes Behan (representing St. Vincent de Paul, Millstreet – St. Patrick’s Conference – €2,000.00 cheque),  Joan O’Mahony. Principal (representing Presentation N.S., Millstreet – €3,000.00 cheque),  Diarmuid McCarthy, Principal (representing Holy Family N.S., Rathmore, Co. Kerry – €5,000.00 cheque) and Mary Murphy, AIB Better Ireland Programme Coordinator, Millstreet AIB Branch, Co. Cork. (Picture: Seán Radley)

See the AIB Better Ireland Press Release below: [read more …] “2010 AIB Better Ireland Awards”

Drishane Garden Fête from the 1930s

Drishane Castle Garden Fete Sunday May 30th 2010.

The Drishane Castle Garden Fete was a traditional bi annual established by the Sisters of the Infant Jesus during their time in Drishane Convent 1909 – 1992. It was staged as a fund raiser for the Missions.
It was always an event held close to people’s hearts, attracting crowds of supporters from near and far. Sadly the tradition died when the Sisters’ time in Drishane came to an end, the last one was staged in May 1990 exactly 20 years ago.

2010 sees the revival of the Garden Fete on Sunday May 30th 1pm – 6pm. It promises to be a day of great festivity and celebration. It co incidentally corresponds with the Polish Celebration of “Children’s Day” further ensuring that it will be a fun filled day for all members of the family. The Committee is delighted to offer an afternoon of quality entertainment for all members of the family while also helping Baby Jacob in his lifetime challenge of blindness.
[read more …] “Drishane Garden Fête from the 1930s”

IRD Duhallow

Map of Communities in IRD Duhallow

IRD Duhallow is a community-based Integrated Rural Development (IRD) company that was established in 1989. The company combines the efforts and resources of the State Bodies, Local Authorities, Local Communities and individual entrepreneurs for the benefit of the local areas. The main objective of IRD Duhallow is to establish and to support initiatives directed towards the generation of enterprise for the benefit and welfare of communities in Duhallow who may be deprived due to rural population, immigration, lack of training, economic deprivation or poor infrastructure.

IRD Duhallow have recently updated their website and all the up to date information is there, including the Monthly Newsletter, DART Timetables, info on grants, Duhallow Initiatives, a communities section, and much more.

from IRD Duhallow

Wallis Arms Hotel

The Wallis Arms Hotel have finished revamping their website (and a very good job they have done too), and have today issued a press release across across the media which you can read below. But go and visit their website at www.wallisarms.com, and see what they have on offer.

The Wallis Arms Hotel is in Millstreet, Co. Cork (Ireland). It’s a fully refurbished, family-run hotel that offers an outstanding accommodation in a location that’s hard to beat as a base for touring the delights of county Cork and county Kerry. Whether your destined for the lakes and mountains of Killarney,  the legendary Ring of Kerry or the stunning West Cork coastline, all are within easy reach of Millstreet and The Wallis Arms Hotel.

[read more …] “Wallis Arms Hotel”

Cillín (Keel) Graveyard

Just beyond the grotto on the Clara Road and on the lower slopes of Clara Mountain, there is a small old graveyard known as Cillín (or ‘the Cill’ (pronounced “Keel”) Cemetery in English), but known by many as The Famine Graveyard.

It dates from the middle of the 19th century and was located there because its close proximity to the rear of Millstreet’s Union Workhouse (which was is now St. Joseph’s Community Hospital). Many victims of the Famine (especially from the Mallow area) are buried there, including unbaptised babies born in the workhouse.

[read more …] “Cillín (Keel) Graveyard”

Rally of the Lakes 2010

The 2010 Killarney International Rally of the Lakes is on in a few weeks (April 30th to May 2nd). On the Saturday  there will be three stages in and around Millstreet, with a centralised service in Millstreet too.

The Saturday Stages will be 3 special stages ran twice and 1 evening special stage ran once with centralized service in Millstreet. Day 2 Sunday, the stages are 3 special stages ran twice service on Sunday is in Milltown and the rally will finish with one final stage, before the winners are announced at the finish ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel.

Rally info from RallyBuzz

Not too many locals competing in the rally this year, probably because of the excessive entry price of €850. Only three sort of locals in the race:

#53 Brendan Dennehy (‘S’ signs)

#9 Alan Ring (munster joinery)

#52 Stephen Linehan (bio-tech)

Timetables and maps are available in local shops along and near the routefor €10. The closest to Millstreet are: Guerins Ballydaly, Dennehy’s Shop, Coleman’s, Anglands (Dromagh). Service in Millstreet is due to start at 12:30pm Saturday, and will probably last 3+ hours, from the first in to the last out.

This article was originally posted on March 26th 2010

Clara Mountain Run 2010

Local runners Chris Murphy and Mick Mullane on their way to the finish at the Grotto on the Clara road during the Clara Mountain Run last week

The Clara Mountain Run was run recently on the evening of Sunday 18th April. It was a lovely evening and for once the mountain was dry, so it was easier than other years. Over 40 brave runners started at the Presbytery on the Clara Road just after 7pm, heading back the Clara Road to the grotto and turning up Mount Leader and further onto Clara. Just over half an hour later it was won by Irish International Martin Bradshaw who emerged out of a group of three runners in the last 500m to take a comfortable victory.

There were some locals in the race field also: Michael Healy, Mick Mullane, Chris Murphy, Mary Finn and Shane Browne.

Lots of photos and the full results below [read more …] “Clara Mountain Run 2010”

Brother Vincent Corkery’s Datoship


Brother Vincent J. Corkery, Director of La Salle Centre in Ipoh, described the datukship conferred on him in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak’s 82nd birthday as “a signal” of recognition for St Michael’s Institution as a long established beacon of excellence, where young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
He is happy to receive the award, Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St Michael’s Institution. “It will be greeted with joy amongst the thousands of our ever faithful alumni”, he said.
Brother Vincent, who was dressed in the ceremonial costume of Perak’s dato, received the award at an investiture ceremony in the throne room of Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on April 19. A total of 912 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, were conferred with awards and medals in the birthday’s honour list.

[read more …] “Brother Vincent Corkery’s Datoship”

UCC Focal Scoir Award for Seán Radley

Seán Radley was recently presented with an award by UCC Department of Education after giving an influential Lecture to the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs teachers group.. He said himself:

It was quite an honour to have been asked to give the “Focal Scoir” lecture to the Munster Post Graduates who have just come to the end of their UCC Course in the area of Learning Support and Special Education Needs. They were such a supportive and uplifting audience. The picture was taken by Michael English in the exquisite gardens of Mardyke House, UCC.

There is an article on this weeks Corkman with the full details of this story

1920s Postcard from Millstreet


An unposted c1920 postcard of Clara mountain and the valley below entitled “Mount Clara and Valley, Millstreet, Co.Cork”, which is currently on sale on eBay. (Click on the photo for a bigger clearer photo).

Anyone have an idea from where it was taken, and what house is in the right foreground?

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Some of the doctors that have been in Westbourne

  • 1907 1914 1919 Richard Radley Leader
  • 1939 1945 1951 1955 : Dr Mary Esther O’Connell (née O’Shea) – CO. CORK DOCTOR APPOINTED The Commissioner acting for Leitrim Board of Health has, on the recommendation of the Appointments Commissioners , appointed Dr. Mary Esther O’Connell (nee Q’Shea), Westbourne , Millstreet , Cork.[ref]
  • 1945: Dr. ME O’Connell [1945]
  • 1959: John Cribbin
  • Michael Feeley

TODO : finish the list of doctors

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This is the original photo from the Lawrence Collection (about 1909), the full size version can be see at the National Library of Ireland website here

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So where was it taken from? In short, the back of the old boys school on Clara Road, across from the Presbytery, which are now dwelling houses.

Plotting a line from the forestry on the north side of Clara to the side of Westbourne House (as in the photo), leaves you at the back of the old boys school.  (see the plot lines below)

It was also taken from an elevated position (at first we though it was from an upstairs window, but the school only got an upstairs after it was sold as a school, and a second floor built during its conversion into dwelling houses.

Looking below at the OSI map from about 1900, this is where it would have been taken from. The low walls in the foreground of the original photo match the walls in the map below.Below is the old Boys National School on the Clara Road. The the photo of Clara was most likely taken from behind this building. This photo is also part of the Lawrence collection.

 

Brother Vincent Corkery receives Honour from Sultan of Perak

2010-04-18 Brother Vincent Corkery, formerly of Liscahane

Brother Vincent Corkery (Jerry Corkery) formerly of Liscahane, who has been on the Missions with the La Salle Brothers at St. Michaels Institution in Ipoh (Malaysia), was yesterday conferred a Datukship by the Sultan of Perak in recognition of his contributions in the education sector in Ipoh. The conferring is in conjunction with his Highness’ 82nd birthday (April 19th 2010). The investiture ceremony was held at the Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar.

We hope Brother Vincent had a great and eventful day. Congratulations!

Afterwards he commented:

I wish to express my deepest appreciation to His Highness the Sultan of Perak for this high honour, which I am happy to receive on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St. Michael’s Institution.
As we approach our first centenary, it is a signal recognition for St Michael’s as a long  established beacon of excellence. Here young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
It will be greeted with joy among the thousands of our ever faithful alumni.
The honour is timely and much appreciated.

with thanks to his sister Eily Buckley for the news

[read more …] “Brother Vincent Corkery receives Honour from Sultan of Perak”

Round the Fireside – Millstreet edition

Don’t forget that the Millstreet edition of “Round the Fireside” is on Tonight (Monday) 9:50pm!

A special greeting to Pat & Olive Monaghan in Las Vegas, U.S.A. who are very loyal and regular visitors to www.millstreet.ie. Pat telephoned me last night indicating that he had also listened to C103’s “Round the Fireside” on Monday night which featured many Millstreet people and that he had thoroughly enjoyed it. Incidentally, a second programme with the same Millstreet guests airs on next Monday, 19th April at 9.50 p.m. (Irish time). Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie

You can’t listen to old C103FM programmes at the moment but you can listen to C103FM live. So if you want to hear the programme, tune in at 21:50 GMT.

Originally published on: Apr 15, 2010 @ 12:47

Say as Little as Possible!

'TIME TO LEAVE ASIDE THE DOOM': Minister for Enterprise Batt O'Keeffe with 'Sunday Independent' Editor Aengus Fanning

GETTING a straight answer from Batt O’Keeffe is no easy thing. As befits a true son of Millstreet, the new Minister for Enterprise has about half a dozen ways of saying as little as possible.

from an article in today’s Sunday Independant

Obviously Batt is from Cullen … but what are they trying to say about us in Millstreet? It wouldn’t be like us to fudge our words, would it now !  😉 😉

When I Was Younger And Lived In Millstreet

When I was younger and lived in Millstreet far north of here even by sky
I used to climb to Clara Mountain on pleasant evenings in July
The hill overlooking the old fields just west of the Town of Millstreet
I often picked and ate whortleberries from the heather the small blue fruits tasted so sweet,
The skylark above me was carolling like a tiny musical speck as upwards he flew
I recall I could still hear him singing even though he had gone from my view,
Overlooking the Town of Millstreet and the countryside for miles around
The scenery of Sliabh Luachra and Duhallow breathtaking when viewed from the higher ground,
Kippagh and rugged Caherbarnagh and Gortavehy and it’s face of stone,
The mountain ranges of east Kerry and the legendary Paps of Shrone,
The green countryside of Duhallow of Cullen, Boherbue and Derrinagree
And back along by the Cork-Kerry border from Rathmore to high Knocknagree
The past has gone to the forever though the Happy memories we retain
And only in fancy on the slopes of Clara I do eat whortleberries again.

by Francis Duggan

Fires on Clara

Fires on the back of  Clara Mountain last Monday evening, with Kevin Bickerydke paragliding in the foreground. The photo was taken from over Gneeves. The weather has been so dry for the last week, and it’s been lovely, but the gorse will burn very quickly in this weather. The old saying “Rain  rain go to Spain, and come back another day” is pretty apt these days. The weather in Spain is terrible at the moment!

Pictures thanks to Donal Cashman

[read more …] “Fires on Clara”

Horse Show Schedule 2010

The Millstreet Horse Show which is back on again this year after missing out on 2009 have just published their schedule for this years show (10th to 15th of August) on their newly revamped millstreethorseshow.ie website.

They also have an updated accommodation list for the show, so if you’re looking for information on the horse show, that is the place to go

from millstreethorseshow.ie and their facebook page

Spin SW – DJ Brian Young

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For The First Time Ever
Wallis Arms Millstreet in association with Spin Southwest
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DJ MARK NEVILLE IN THE FRONT BAR
FREE IN BEFORE 11pm
Lots Of Prize’s And Giveaways On The Night
Great Party Atmosphere Ensured
Make Sure U Get In Early For This Great Event

Niamh Kavanagh on Millstreet

In an interview with ESC Ireland, Niamh Kavanagh has a few words about her times here in Millstreet in 1993 when she won the Eurovision here.

It’s a shame I can’t say that Millstreet was the deciding factor, but it’s safe to say that I fitted in there no worries and it certainly gave me an experience that has never been nor likely to be repeated!

There is more on Millstreet, and she also talks about the upcoming Eurovision in Oslo.

Read the full article on escireland.com