Drishane Region Project Ltd. A.G.M. 2010 & Hugely Important FÁS Input

Pictured in the Canon O'Donovan Centre tonight at the Annual General Meeting of Drishane Region Project Ltd. supported by FÁS - Seated (from left): Sharon Lane (Acting Secretary & G.A.A.), Gordon O'Keeffe (Chairman & Tidy Town Association), Pat Breen (Treasurer & Millstreet Pitch & Putt). Back row (from left): Gerry McGrath (FÁS Senior Development Officer), Denis Hickey (FÁS Supervisor, Millstreet), Cllr. Noel Buckley (Millstreet Community Council), Jerry Lehane (Millstreet Town Park Committee) and Sheila Murphy (representing Mary Feeley, Canon O'Donovan Centre Projects). Behind the camera - Seán Radley (Millstreet Museum/Tourist Information Centre).

Keeper of Tubrid Well & Shrine

James O’Sullivan keeper of Tubrid Well Shrine near Millstreet, Co Cork

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”

The Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show 2010 at Green Glens

One of the many colourful scenes at this year's Owners Pony and Young Riders Charity Show. This image was taken at Green Glens on Saturday, 23rd October 2010. (Seán)

A Good Hat Day!

Pictured at the 25th Anniversary of Millstreet / Pommerit-le-Vicomte Twinning Association on 18th September 2010 at Liscahane where a tree was planted and a plaque unveiled - wearing distinctive hats on the occasion (on left) Bernard, an Artist from Pommerit-le-Vicomte and Brendan Murphy of LTV2 Millstreet (Seán)

Julie Thomas from New Zealand Tracing Millstreet Roots & Denis’s Successful Research

Julie Thomas from Wellington, New Zealand has been in Millstreet for the past few days completing research for her book "Seven-eighths Irish". Julie is a great, great, great Grand-daughter of Andrew Dennehy of Millstreet. (Seán)

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

[read more …] “Julie Thomas from New Zealand Tracing Millstreet Roots & Denis’s Successful Research”

On Receiving A Phone Call From Jimmy Sullivan

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”

Fr. Bernard Dennehy of New Zealand Visits Millstreet

Denis Murphy of Cahirdowney, Millstreet accords a royal welcome to Fr. Bernard Dennehy from New Zealand whose grandfather, Michael, came from Cahirdowney and emigrated to New Zealand c. 1880. Fr. Bernard visited Millstreet for the very first time today and met many local people who made him feel so very much at home. He attended Fr. J. Fitzgerald's 10.00 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, 19th Oct. 2010 and we arranged to give him a tour of the area. We ended the day at Tullig House where he was so thrilled to meet Mary Cashman with sons Donal and Michael. Fr. Bernard had known the late Fr. Michael Cashman of Tullig House who devoted his priestly life to the people of New Zealand. (Seán)

Read more information on Fr. Bernard’s Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish, located in Glen Eden, Aukland, New Zealand.

National Dairy Show Success

Reporting for LTV2 from the very successful National Dairy Show at Green Glens on Saturday, 16th October 2010 with the award-winning Barrett Family from Cork City whose cows won both the Best Holstein cow and best Jersey cow and earned high praise from American Judge Charlie Will at this year's Show. LTV2's Seán Murphy filmed the prestigious event while LTV2's Jerry O'Riordan took the still photograph. (Seán)

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Peter O’Regan Delights Millstreet Gramophone Circle With His Selection

Peter O'Regan of Lissarda, Macroom featured true musical gems in his superb presentation at the Millstreet Gramophone Circle's meeting held in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Clara Road on Friday, 15th Oct. 2010. Peter's first cousin was the late Denis O'Regan and his granduncle was the late Andrew O'Regan both of whom have been associated with the renowned O'Regan's Mills of Millstreet. Pictured from left: Eileen Hackett, Gretta O'Regan, Peter O'Regan and Mary McSweeney (all from the general Macroom/Muskerry area). Donal Cowman was the splendid musical technician while Maurice Linehan delivered a very fine vote of appreciation and thanks to Peter. (Seán)

Senator Dan Boyle Opens Millstreet Art & Poetry Event

Kathy O’Connor of Le Chéile Millstreet welcomes Senator Dan Boyle who had just arrived at O’Driscoll’s Shop, The Square, Millstreet where he officially opened the Art Exhibition and Poetry Reading event on Thursday, 14th Oct. 2010.  (Seán)

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”

Margaret’s Wonderful 100th Birthday

Margaret Radley (nee Linehan) celebrated with her many relatives and friends her 100th Birthday on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 at Kingston-upon-Thames near London. Margaret, a native of Ballinamona near Mitchelstown was married to the late Denis Radley of Millstreet and has lived in Chessington, Surrey for many years. Margaret still has her same wonderful Irish accent and is ever-cheerful with that truly superb laugh which uplifts all in her company. She is Aunt to local Millstreet people - Marie Carroll (nee Radley), Killarney; John, Tommy and Denis Radley, Dungarvan as well as Denis & Tadhg Murphy, Ballydaly. Niece, Breeda Condon of Mitchelstown presented President McAleese's cheque of almost two and a half thousand Euro to Margaret and read the President's wonderful letter sent especially to Margaret from Áras an Uachtaráin. Margaret's daughter, Johanna, presented the Queen's card to her Mum. Highlights of the historic occasion will be broadcast on LTV2 Millstreet. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

Taylor-Skinner: Millstreet Road Maps from 1777

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 Street View of Millstreet

Community School Students on their lunch break outside Centra at the West End wave at the Google Street Car in May 2009

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).

[read more …] “Google Street View of Millstreet”

Tidy Towns – Best Frontage Awards

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

Good news for Millstreet Horse Show

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”

Twinning Associations Mark 25th Anniversary

Yannick Perrot unveils the special plaque at Millstreet's Carnegie Hall on Friday, 24th September 2010 marking the 25th anniversary of the Twinning between Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Birttany and Millstreet. Also included is Anne Keane (Chairperson, Millstreet Twinning Association) and Thierry Raffan of Brittany who acted as Interpreter. The plaque reads as follows: "25th Anniversary - Giorraíonn beirt bóthar (Company shortens the road) - 24th Sept. 2010." The historic occasion was also recorded by LTV2 Millstreet. (Seán)

Earl Spencer’s visit to Millstreet

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”

Ballydaly School Records

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?

Welcome to our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte

Our twelve Friends from our Twin Town, Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Brittany pictured at Macroom Road, Millstreet on Saturday, 18th Sept. 2010 following the tree planting ceremony and the unveiling of a special plaque marking 25 years of twinning between our two communities. (Seán)

‘Rebels on the Move’

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’.

[read more …] “‘Rebels on the Move’”

Womens Soccer

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:

1 Riverstown FC 12 10 1 1 18 31
2 Youghal United 12 8 0 4 6 24
3 Crosshaven 12 6 2 4 0 20
4 St Marys 12 3 6 3 1 15
5 Rathcoole Rovers 12 4 2 6 -7 14
6 Buttevant 12 3 2 7 -7 11
7 Millstreet Celtic 12 1 1 10 -11 4

[read more …] “Womens Soccer”

Drishane Castle – an old drawings

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).


Main Author: Turner, Joseph Reverend ca. 1772-1835,
Contributors: Fisher, Jonathan, d. 1809

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
Hide full 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 …
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

Johnny Jack From Clara Or The Devil From Hell

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”

Tidy Towns 2010

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

Read the full report below, or on tidytowns.ie
Read the overall scores for all competing towns in Ireland
Visit the Millstreet Tidy Towns website, and get involved!

[read more …] “Tidy Towns 2010”