In August 2018, after walking the gruelling 700 mile Ireland Way, Dermot Breen finally arrived at his late wife’s graveside in Ballycastle, honouring a solemn promise to complete the walk in her memory and also to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
The journey took Omagh born and Belfast based writer, Dermot, over nine weeks to complete – six weeks walking and over three weeks recovering from injury, and included a night in Millstreet along the way. He has now told his fascinating story in his latest book, ‘Exiles: A journey through Ireland from Beara to Ballycastle’….
“… standing in the River Blackwater at the Bowing crossing, cooling my feet after a long day’s walk. I stayed with the wonderful Eileen O’Riordan while in Millstreet”
Fr. William Ferris was a curate in Millstreet Parish from 1934-1935, whose lifelong mission was to restore Ireland’s linguistic and cultural purity and to counteract what he saw as the Anglicisation of Irish society. As he said of recording oral history and folklore which was in danger of going to the grave: “Each time the east wind blows, it takes an old seanachaí with it”.
Last week, the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne will officially launched “History of the Parishes of BallymacElligott, Ballyseedy, O’Brennan and Nohoval” by Fr. Ferris which had been banned by his predecessor Dr Michael O’Brien, Bishop of Kerry 85 years ago, having taken exception to a claim by Fr. Ferris that St. Brendan was born in BallymacElligott and not in Fenit, as was accepted diocesan tradition.
In 1937 he published the book “Sráid an ṁuilinn, A History of its people by its people for its people” (under the pseudonym of Timothy Broker, to avoid the book being blocked), which recorded local history and more from the Millstreet Parish, which had been gathered at local station masses. See details of that book here.
The very best of luck to Bernard O’Donoghue who has been nominated for the 2016 T.S. Eliot poetry prize for his new collection of poems The Seasons of Cullen Church. “This collection of expert lyric poems movingly animates the characters of his childhood in County Cork; it confirm O’Donoghue’s place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry.”
Among the theses in the book are: “a schoolboy beaten so hard by his teacher that his bare feet jiggle on the floorboards, a wife disinherited when her husband dies suddenly, and medieval tales which echo to how we live now.”
It is Bernard’s second time nominated for the T.S. Eliot prize. In 2011 he was nominated for Farmers Cross. The winner will be announced on January 16th. Here is one poem from the book called The Will:
When they discovered that my grandfather was going, unexpectedly, to die young of meningitis, they naturally set about ensuring that his wife would not inherit the farm. They assembled a group of solid men – as they might have for the threshing: his brother who lived south on the mountain; a shrewd solicitor; and a man from Doon with a good hand who often testified to wills.
We were delighted with the response to our book and all copies were sold out before Easter. Due to continued demand the book had been reprinted and will be available locally from Friday 8th April at the following outlets:
A new book by Gneeveguilla native and former Irish Examiner journalist Donal Hickey on the Healy-Rae family has been launched. ”The Healy-Raes – a 24/7 Political Legacy” is a fascinating account of Ireland’s famous political dynasty.
The 200 page book is on sale at Wordsworth in The Square, Millstreet, priced at €14.99.
Senior classes in Derinagree NS were invited to a creative writing workshop at Fighting Words in Dublin last Friday Sept 25th. They had a wonderful experience & returned home eager to put pen to paper!
Fighting Words was established by Roddy Doyle & Sean Love. Roddy wasn’t there on the day of our visit, but the organisers kindly agreed to ask him (nicely) to sign the books we hauled to Dublin!!
The rest of the glorioius day was spent walking the streets of our capital city, feeling proud of the Radley family’s majestic Spire, soaking up the history surrounding us as we passed the Half-Penny bridge, climbed the steps to the Papal Cross, admired The Aras & The American Ambassador’s residence & stopped for a [read more …] “Derinagree NS at Roddy Doyle’s FIGHTING WORDS Workshop”
Ann’s latest book titled “The Moment and the Day: Archives and Anecdotes” was released in May 2014, and is a photographic collection of photos of people from her travels from the last 50 years who, at one time or another, were prominently involved in the history of that era or event.
I wanted to let you know that I have finished researching and writing the biography of Dr Barry Cotter, first doctor in Melbourne, Australia, who was born in Millstreet in 1807. The biography is available here, drbarrycotter.com. I received news this week that The National Library of Australia is going to archive the website into its online collection, so I’m pretty excited about that. Thanks again to the Aubane Historical Society, especially Jack Lane and Alan Brick who were so generous in supplying information.
I look forward to any comments from members of the Millstreet community about the website. cheers, from Moira McAlister <email>
Millstreet GAA published a 12 page Souvenir Booklet at it’s Celebration Banquet in the Dromhall Hotel last Saturday night January 24th 2015. It has lots of nice photos and information. If you don’t have it, click on this link to view it online.
Sean Riobaird O Suilleabhain was the acknowledged leader of the struggle for the land in this part of the country in the late 19th century. He was known far and wide as ‘The Bard.’ For his efforts he was sentenced to 24 years hard labour but he survived it and became a national hero during his lifetime and afterwards.
He was born in Glenleigh and is buried in Old Kilcorney. It is very appropriate therefore the Kilcorney Historical Society are planning to erect a monument to him and his wife Ellen Mullane at their former home in Knocknakilla near the Millstreet Country park.
A meeting to initiate the project will be held at 7.30pm in the Social Centre Kilcorney on Saturday 23rd August. All are welcome.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”— Walt Disney
Ballyseedy Garden Centre are delighted to be involved in the upcoming launch of The Irish Rascals “Our Gang” children’s book due to be released shortly! The launch will take place on 8th December @ 3pm Ballyseedy Garden Center Tralee! The author Patricia O’Sullivan will read from the book in schools and starts this Monday in Boherbue! To coincide with this Ballyseedy are running a children’s drawing/art competition! The theme is “A Ballyseedy Christmas” and can incorporate anything associated with Ballyseedy including this wonderful new book! Drop in or post your entries to the stores and please attach your name address and age! Open to all children young and old! Great prizes!
We have all heard of the famous “Little Rascals”, well here in Ireland in the 80’s lived seven Irish Rascals. The Irish Rascals is a children’s book resurrecting childhood adventures of seven children. The children’s book is about a group of neighbours and their adventures. Created by Patricia O’Sullivan, a new Irish Author and (one of the original Irish Rascals known as Patsy). Patricia rooted “Our Gang” in real life adventures at Duarrigle castle and down the Blackwater River in a home-made water raft! [read more …] “New Book: The Irish Rascals – Our Gang”
This is the 100th anniversary of the death of the great novelist, Canon Sheehan, and the Aubane Historical Society is celebrating it by republishing his last novel, “The Graves at Kilmorna – A Story of ’67” (296pp. ISBN 978-1-903497-78-4.)
It is a novel of the Fenian Rising of 1867 and of the subsequent decline of principled political national life in Ireland under the influence of the Home Rule Party. The central figure of the novel, a Fenian veteran, is killed by a Parliamentary mob for raising Fenian principles at an election meeting.
“Willowbrook – a flawed Eden. A memoir of growing up in Millstreet, Co. Cork” by Jim O’Brien is the latest publication from the Aubane Historical Society.
The author was evacuated with his brothers from London during WWII and they were sent to live with their aunts at Willowbrook House in Cloghboolabeg.
He paints a very vivid picture of his experiences at the house, of the people who owned and lived there and of those who worked there. He also gives entertaining pen-pictures of the local ‘characters’ he got to know. He describes them ‘warts and all’ and they are thereby made unforgettable.
Like all good stories it operates at many levels – the story of children separated from their parents and the effects this had on both; the issue of property relations within families and its consequences for individual members, particularly women; the relations between men and women, sexual and otherwise; the relations between adults and children; the class distinctions that were prevalent at the time and the consequences of this.
A very welcome visitor to Millstreet this week is American author and blogger of Irish descent, Rebekah Ruth. She is visiting the “real” Irish town that inspired the setting for her first novel Where the Pink Houses Are. Released in 2011, the novel took place in the fictional “Millway” where the author’s ability to conjure up the scenes were based on good old-fashioned imagination, and a bit of Google.
In her first trip to Ireland, Ruth intends to use her visit to Millstreet to follow where the first story left off and launch, in earnest, her second novel. She is thrilled to be staying in one of Millstreet’s gracious B&B’s; a home base for her visit this July. “I will actually be able to infuse the real town into my book. I will have a feel for the “personality” of the place. It will still be fiction. But it will feel so much more real to me…and hopefully to my readers!” says Ruth. A full description of her decision to make this first trip to Ireland is in her blog post from last May. [read more …] “American Author visiting Millstreet this week”
Does anyone have a copy of the book “North Cork Fighting Rebels”. It must have been printed before 1960. I don’t have any other information but I would dearly love to buy/borrow this book if anyone has it.
A new publication from Aubane Historical Society will in the shops this week. Entitled ‘A Millstreet Miscellany (8)’, it’s the latest in the Millstreet Miscellany series that give a unique insight into Millstreet of the past. Below are an overview of the main articles in this edition:
Between the ditches, running on forgotten roads in Ireland
This is a first-hand account of running the Butter Road by Bertie Hart who did the deed in two stages in September and October this year. Bertie hopes that his achievement will encourage other runners to take up the challenger of running this unique route.
Millstreet childhood memories
This article is based on the first chapter of “My Dream from Ireland to America” which is an autobiography of Dr. Sheila O’Sullivan Becker. Sheila comes from Claraghatlea and this is a memoir of her childhood days before she went to England and later America where, among many other things, she became a clinical psychologist and lives there today as a very active octogenarian.
The 1921 Millstreet Train Ambush
This article is reprinted from the “Journal of the Irish Railway Record Society” June 2011 by Oliver Doyle. Oliver is a former Operations Schemes Development Manager for Irish Rail and this is a detailed account of the ambush
Author Celine Kiernan who writes fantasy novels for young adults will be doing a reading in Millstreet Library this Wednesday at 1.15pm. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy. Set in an alternate renaissance Europe, the trilogy combines fantasy elements with an exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes. [read more …] “Book Reading by Celine Kiernan”