I caretake it. I inherited a responsibility, an obligation from my father, who inherited it from his father, and I will pass it along to my son Matthew as well. I come from farming stock, and we always take our responsibilities seriously. We didn’t have a whole lot, but what we did we looked after. And I see this as my duty – to look after this well the same way my father did.
Around the well there are rosary beads, and then there’s a crucifix at the end of that. So people come down and they do the rounds. The usual thing is to go around three times. There are people down there, I am not joking you, every hour of every day. The month of May being the month of Mary, that’s when people go there in their droves. And I mean at any one time on a Sunday afternoon, there could be 300 people, 400 people there. You might think maybe it was only the elderly people that go there, and sure enough they do go there. But there are younger people as well. I see a lot of people in their 20s. [read more …] “Keeper of Tubrid Well & Shrine”
It’s quite amazing how we’ve have had two people from New Zealand tracing Millstreet roots over the past few days – Fr. Bernard Dennehy on Tuesday and now Julie on Thursday. Incidentally, our very good Friend, Denis Murphy of Cahirdowney, Millstreet, successfully carried out research as to
It had been a few years since I last heard from Jimmy Sullivan a friend of mine who lives in Millstreet Town
But very lately early in the morning he gave me a ring for to give me the run down
Of the recent happenings in my old home Parish where I took leave of many years ago
Going by what he had said the changes have been happening and if I returned to there now the place I’d hardly know.
He told me that refugees now live in Millstreet they came from war torn Countries far away
As guests of Noel C Duggan at his Drishane Lodge lets hope that some of them will chose to stay
And build their new lives in my old home Parish a multicultural Duhallow something new
The introduction of new blood brings with it a new freshness
and Millstreet with new blood could surely do. [read more …] “On Receiving A Phone Call From Jimmy Sullivan”
Read more information on Fr. Bernard’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, located in Glen Eden, Aukland, New Zealand.
There was a wonderfully enthusiastic gathering of people present for Thursday’s official launching of “Silent Voices” (a collection of poems written by asylum seekers living in Drishane) and “Speaking Faces” (Paintings by Kordula Packard – based in Sherkin Island). It took place at the premises of O’Driscoll Travel in the Square, Millstreet. Among the speakers were [read more …] “Senator Dan Boyle Opens Millstreet Art & Poetry Event”
This month’s Millstreet Gramophone Circle’s presentation which takes place on this Friday, 15th October 2010 at 8.15 p.m. in the Canon O’Donovan Centre, Clara Road is by Peter O’Regan, Kilmurry. All are very welcome.
The images above are from the work of George Taylor & Andrew Skinner’s (both Scotsmen) entitled ”Maps of The Roads of Ireland”. Surveyed in 1777 and published for the authors on the 14th November 1778 in London. Millstreet is included in the roads,
- p178 Millstreet – Bandon
- p180 Cork -Millstreet – Castleisland – Tralee
- p182 Mallow to Millstreet
Click the images to see the the maps that include Millstreet. They all give a slightly different representation of Millstreet.
Notes: In 1776, they sought funding from Ireland’s noblemen and gentlemen in order to map the roads of Ireland. They succeeded in raising over £2,000 which paid for [read more …] “Taylor-Skinner: Millstreet Road Maps from 1777”
Google have today launched their Street View of Ireland, and Millstreet is included in that. For those that don’t know what Street View is, it places panoramic photos from the street every 10 or so metres on top of Google Maps. Most of the local roads are covered too, even out in the countryside. It is very impressive.
If you haven’t been to Millstreet, or haven’t been there in a while and would like to see how it has changed, then click here to start in the Square.
It appears that the Google Street Car visited Millstreet sometime in May 2009 (the election posters are up around town). Included below are dozens of people caught by the Google cameras in Millstreet (more being added all the time).
It is currently for sale on eBay.ie and the auction ends on [2nd Oct, 2010 at 9:31pm]
Last night (Wednesday 29th September) we had our prize giving for the annual best frontage in Millstreet. The prizes were presented by our chairman Mr. John O’Keeffe, Margaret Moynihan and Kathleen Crowley. The prize winners were:
- in the Commercial Category – Reen’s Pharmacy, Main Street, and
- in the Residential Category: Mrs. Mgt Smith Murphy’s Terrace.
The following were highly commended: Noel & Eileen Collins, Clara road; Paddy & Helen Sheehan, Murphy’s tce; Joan Wall, Station Road, Mary Murray O’Callaghan, Woodlawn Drive.
with thanks to Millstreet Tidy Towns for the above article
There was good news for Millstreet Horse Show this week as Show Jumping Association of Ireland (SJI) members proposed and passed a motion to cancel all fines and suspensions arising from member who jumped at the horse show last August.
The SJI and Green Glens have been in a protracted dispute centering on the issue of insurance. This came to a head in August when the Corkman staged what he termed an ‘independent’ show, with many SJI members and officials defying the threat of sanction to participate. In turn, the SJI rescheduled its national championships to run opposite Millstreet, arguably the country’s most popular show, and the organisation is in … [read more …] “Good news for Millstreet Horse Show”
The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the early 1880s, Lord Spencer, set out by rail and horseback for a tour of the south of the country at the height of the Land League campaign. This report from September 8th, 1884 covered his visit to Millstreet:
EARL SPENCER is a man not easily driven from the path he has deliberately chosen or he would have resigned his intention to visit the birthplace and home of the Moonlighters yesterday. Millstreet is not the place of all others in this part of the world where the administrator of the Crimes Act might anticipate a cheerful welcome, and its selection as the scene of his first visit just after his arrival in the south shows as much perhaps as anything could do, the determination of the Viceroy, who has throughout so terrible a period of our history as that chronicled since the date of the [Phoenix] Park murders [in 1882], held a firm grasp of the reins of government, and calmly and courageously faced the situation with all its perils and difficulties.
But it is not solely because the district through which he rode was one of the most notorious haunts of lawlessness, that the journey of [read more …] “Earl Spencer’s visit to Millstreet”
Yesterday a comment came in from Jerry Kelleher to do with the Keel Graveyard. It deserves recognition in its own right because it lays the foundation for maybe getting some archives for the Workhouse in Millstreet, and in turn the Keel.
Also, at the end, he also asks a very relevant question:
…if Ballydaly School is closing down – what steps are being taken to preserve its records, photos, roll books etc?
These photos represent a lot of hard work by both the staff and pupils of Presentation National School, Millstreet. Our school is decorated with flags, bunting and banners that wish the Duhallow Representatives in both minor and senior finals the best of luck.
They began at the school gate and marched through the town, finishing at the Square in Millstreet. Here we sang ‘A Rebel’s Cry’.
It has been a tough summer for womens soccer locally. Both teams from Millstreet and Rathcoole struggled in Division 1 of the Cork Womens and Schoolgirl Soccer League, after successes by both teams in previous years. The final table and results are given below:
Here we have two old images of Drishane Castle. The picture on the left is a watercolour from the 1770s and by Gabriel Beranger, while the photo on the right is from the William Lawrence collection in the early 1900s. (Click the photos above for larger images).
Summary: View of a five-storey tower house at Drishane, near Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. It shows the tower on a raised plinth reached by a set of steps, and with a curious, conical-roofed turret beside it
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Published: November 1794
Notes: From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. II
A similar copy by Gabriel Beranger (ca. 1730-1817), in watercolour, is preserved in Ms. TX 1958 in the National Library of Ireland. There is another copy also by Beranger, but in circular format, in a private collection in Dublin
Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet
Image within a circular ink frame 14.7 cm. Watermark u.l. on sheet is I S
Physical Description: 1 drawing pen and wash diam. image 14.6 cm., on sheet 18.3 x 26.7 cm.
Citations/References: The Castles of County Cork / James N. Healy. – Cork/Dublin, 1988 pages 328-331
A story from my childhood I often heard old timers tell
One that I remember as memory serves me well
Of Johnny Jack of Claramore two miles from Millstreet Town
To be a champion road bowler his great claim to renown.
On his way home from Macroom on horseback on a sunny sunday
The wildflowers were blooming in the prime of the May
Johnny Jack in his sixties then well past his life’s prime
Had been retired from road bowling for quite a long time.
Two miles out of Macroom on the road to Millstreet
Two young bowl players with their backers he happened to meet
And though the old bloke on horseback they had not seen before
From their fathers they would have heard of the champ from Claramore.
[read more …] “Johnny Jack From Clara Or The Devil From Hell”
The results of the Tidy Towns are out today, with the overall winners being Tallanstown from County Louth. Millstreet got 287 points (up 3 from last year) and are winners of North Cork Category C, and finished second across all of North Cork behind the village of Coolagown (which is on the border with Waterford)
CATEGORY C: Millstreet 287, Newmarket 259, Kanturk 221, Rathcormac 210