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

***** Here it is Our first Big Event Of Summer 2010. *****
For The First Time Ever
Wallis Arms Millstreet in association with Spin Southwest
SPIN SOUTHWEST DJ BRIAN YOUNG IN THE CLUB
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

Quarter of a Million thank you’s

In the last few days millstreet.ie has reached the milestone of quarter of a million page views since last August. That’s quite an achievement for a small community site like our own, but it has been of great encouragement to us to know that the readership is rising all the time.

[read more …] “Quarter of a Million thank you’s”

Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 2 of 2)

Below are the second part of the photos from the Vintage Family Fun Day at the Green Glens. The first part can be seen here. Photos by Sean Radley while also reporting for LTV2

[read more …] “Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 2 of 2)”

Easter Sunday 2010

Easter Sunday 2010 in Millstreet was a very busy day indeed. With Easter Mass, a Collenction for the Irish Lifeboat Association, the Annual Easter Parade led by Millstreet Pipe Band, the Proclamation read by Nóirín Ní Ealaithe, the Tricolour raised by Con Foley, the wreath laid by Tadhg Crowley, the oration given by Tom Meaney and Jerry Lehane as Master of Ceremonies. (Lots of photos below by Sean Radley)

Also on Easter Sunday was the Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens, and there are loads of photos from this which will appear over the next few days.
[read more …] “Easter Sunday 2010”

On Local Businesses

A comment on millstreet.ie this morning questioned the value of putting what was in effect advertising for small local business on the front page of the site like all other new articles on the site. Now maybe Seamus had a point, and I agree that they should not overrun the site, but I feel that it’s more important to keep our local businesses going by giving the support we can.

By pure coincidence there was an interview on the Mooney Show (RTE Radio 1) with David McWilliams, on how towns all across Ireland are dying, and on how locals are fighting back and saying “enough of this, how do we attract the locals to shop in town”.

They describe a very interesting thing of how a town dies.  A business closes …. maybe a second one … then ‘to let’ signs … then ‘for sale’ signs … buildings don’t get let out and are not maintained … and prospective buyers say I don’t like the look of that, and choose to move somewhere else … and then because nobody does nothing, the town becomes a ghost time.

It’s a very interesting interview, and reminiscent of the efforts of the Millstreet Development Group before the Christmas period. Honestly we don’t want our towns to end up like the ghost towns in Middle America with the big shopping mall outside their towns.

Listen to the interview which is on the RTE website (starts at 27:50)

St.Patrick’s Day Parade by Air Take Photography

Scenes from the Millstreet St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2010, taken by Air Take Photography (based in Meelin) with their revolutionary way to take top quality, low altitude aerial photography for a fraction of the cost of traditional aerial photography. You can visit their new website, and see all the photos from our St.Patricks Day Parade.
[read more …] “St.Patrick’s Day Parade by Air Take Photography”

Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010

Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010 with Sponsors and members of Millstreet Community Council at the prestigious event in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 12th March.

The awards on the night went to:

  • Hall of Fame Award: Fr. Paddy O Byrne, (who travels to Nebraska later this month, where he ministered for many years, to celebrate his Golden Jubilee).
  • Service to Youth: our Youth Leaders
  • Service to the Community: Eily Buckley
  • Cultural Award: James Linehan
  • Achievement Award: Stephen O’Riordan, For his Film, “(The Forgotten Maggies)
  • Unsung Hero: Moira O Keeffe, Cullen, and
  • Special Award. The Sisters of the Divine Jesus (the Drishane Nuns).

from the Corkman on the Service to Youth Award:
[read more …] “Millstreet Community Award Recipients 2010”

AIB’s Better Ireland Programme

As part of the AIB Better Ireland Programme, your local AIB branch has €10,000 to give to deserving children’s projects in your area. The three local childrens projects are:

A. the Presentation National School,
B. the Holy Family National School, and
C. St.Patricks Conference, SVP Millstreet.

The project that attracts the most votes will be awarded €5,000. Second place will receive €3,000 and third place €2,000. You can vote by texting MILLSTREET A, MILLSTREET B, or MILLSTREET C to 51303 which costs 8c and you can do iot as many times as you like, or you can do it for free on betterireland.ie/vote.html (screenshot above) but you can only do it once every 12 hours! Voting closes on March 15th, so get your votes in and support your community.

Green Party Promised on St.Patricks Day

Millstreet puts its best foot forward in salute of the national feast day to acknowledge St Patrick on Tuesday. The town’s Community Council are planning a late afternoon celebration with a new emphasis placed on school participation, increased prizemoney and entertainment for young and old.

The official parade is up and away at 5pm from the Dairygold Co-Op store and continues with a formal review stand in the Town Square. A special prize will be presented for the best window display.

Millstreet Pipe Band again figure on leading the parade and it complete a hectic day after a St. Patrick’s Day recital in Ballydaly after 9.30am Mass and participating in the Killarney parade.

The above appears in the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman. This week it also discusses the People of the Year awards, Millstreet Country Park, the Community School Lenten campaign, GAA and more

Vodafone Broadband Upgraded

Vodafone IrelandVodafone Ireland who recently took over BT Telecom in Ireland have been investigating bottlenecks in their broadband networks. Millstreet (along with other towns) was identified as slowing down considerably in the evenings (too many pictures on millstreet.ie 😉 ), and has been upgraded in the last few days to sort out this problem. So if you are with Vodafone and have noticed that the internet has been slow in the evenings, then hopefully your problems have been sorted. Now, if we could only get broadband to outlying areas like Rathcoole (which have big problems at the moment), it would be of benefit to all.

from the Vodafone noticeboard