Bernard is nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize

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.

[read more …] “Bernard is nominated for the T.S. Eliot Prize”

Reprinted: Ready Willing Waiting: Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane, Irish Volunteers 1916

2016-03-12 Book Cover - Ready, Willing, Waiting - Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane Irish Volunteers 1916 - for saleMillstreet Monument Committee.

‘Ready Willing Waiting,

Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane

Irish Volunteers 1916’

By

Millstreet Monument Committee & Noreen Meaney

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:

  • Wordsworth, The Square, Millstreet,
  • Coleman’s Petrol Station ,
  • Guerin’s Shop Ballydaly.
  • Angland’s Petrol Station, Dromagh,
  • Boherbue Post Office,
  • Kanturk Bookshop,
  • Macroom Bookshop.

The cost of the book is €12.00

Where you can get your copy of “Ready, Willing, Waiting”

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Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane
Irish Volunteers 1916

Follllowing numerous enquiries on where to buy the book, here is a list of the shops where the book is available for sale:

  • Wordsworth, the Square Millstreet,
  • Centra, The West End,
  • Guerin’s Shop Ballydaly,
  • Angland’s Petrol Station, Dromagh,
  • Banteer Post Office,
  • Kanturk Bookshop, and
  • Macroom Bookshop.

Price: €12

The Healy-Raes

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.

Lost more information on the book and author can be read on the MaineValleyPost.com

Derinagree NS at Roddy Doyle’s FIGHTING WORDS Workshop

2015-09-25 Derinagree NS at Fighting Words Bookshop in Dublin for a creative writing workshop__rszSenior 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”

New Irish Writing » Ann Lane

route66-beginIn the last few months Ann Lane has begun to publish articles on her travels and journeys around the world. She has writel travel articles in the past and has always had her camera at the ready.

Over the weekend she wrote of the start of her trip across Route 66, and she also has articles on trips to Nepal and Everest, Tromso and the Northern Lights, the Trail of Tears, and more.

They are all very interesting articles, and they can be seen at http://www.newirishwriting.com/category/ann-lane/.

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.

[read more …] “New Irish Writing » Ann Lane”

Dr. Barry Cotter – First Doctor in Melbourne

Hello to the Millstreet community,

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, www.moiramcalister.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>

Brother Vincent at St.Michaels and his Autobiography

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Pictured in the middle is Brother Vincent Corkery (Liscahane) at a recent welcoming ceremony for the new principal of St.Michael’s Institution Ipoh where he gave a short speech.

It only came to our attention today that back in April 2014, Brother Vincent released his autobiography called “Life Ever Dawning”. Below are videos of Brother Vincent speaking at the launch, a comedian testifies for Brother Vincent, extracts from the book, and other photos:  [read more …] “Brother Vincent at St.Michaels and his Autobiography”

Presentation of Certs in Library Following Very Successful Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

On Saturday, 27th Sept. 2014 Michelle O'Keeffe presented splendid certificates to the many young people who participated in the 2014 Millstreet Library Summer Reading Challenge.  Librarian, Breda had a special Book Token for Claire Lyons having won this award.   Then followed a Sweet Treat Party in celebration.  The enjoyable event was held under the auspices of the Cork Co. Library & Arts Service.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
On Saturday, 27th Sept. 2014 Michelle O’Keeffe presented splendid certificates to the many young people who participated in the 2014 Millstreet Library Summer Reading Challenge. Librarian, Breda had a special Book Token for Claire Lyons who won this award. Then followed a Sweet Treat Party in celebration. The enjoyable event was held under the auspices of the Cork Co. Library & Arts Service. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Monument to the Bard

2012-06-21 Aubane Historical Society - The Bard, Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin - book coverSean 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.

Karen’s “Tubrid” Celebrated at Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2014….And a Reminder Also Regarding Mass in Tubrid Tonight at 8.

P5280036: Karen and Trish Groves, Campaigns Officer with Trócaire Ireland, at the awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin on Wednesday 28th May 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Poet  Karen O’Connor (on right – originally from Station Road, Millstreet) and Trish Groves, Campaigns Officer with Trócaire Ireland, at the awards ceremony in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin on Wednesday 28th May 2014. Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

We thank our good Friend, Karen for the following Press Release and we extend sincere congratulations on such a prestigious Award and especially on placing such national and international focus on beautiful Tubrid Holy Well, Millstreet.   Incidentally there is Mass in Tubrid tonight at 8 (3rd June 2014) celebrated by Fr. Kevin Mulcahy in advance of tomorrow’s Examinations Commencement. The Press Release now [read more …] “Karen’s “Tubrid” Celebrated at Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2014….And a Reminder Also Regarding Mass in Tubrid Tonight at 8.”

A Millstreet Miscellany (10)

2014-05-23 A Millstreet Miscellany (10)The latest from the Aubane Historical Society is ‘Millstreet Miscellany (10)’ with articles on:

  • Father Mathew’s visit to Millstreet in 1846
  • an eye witness report on  ‘Black ’47’ in Millstreet,
  • Bishop Milner’s comments on passing through in 1808,
  • the coming of the railway in 1852,
  • The Lime-Kiln Fusiliers” by Bill Cody,
  • the Easter Sunday Commemoration in Millstreet 2014  by Jack Lane,
  • Lord Inchiquin’s talk on the unveiling of the Monument to King Mahon,
  • correspondence from inside Frongoch Internment Camp  by Domhnall Ua Buachalla, the last Governor General,
  • an  Internment order for some Millstreet Volunteers to be sent to Spike Island in 1921 by General Strickland, and
  • election literature from the 1957 general election.

It is available from Wordsworth in the Square, Millstreet at 10 Euro.

See much more at the Aubane Historical Society website: aubanehistoricalsociety.org

Launch of The Irish Rascals “Our Gang”

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2013-11-08 The Irish Rascals - Our Gang - book coverThere 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!

New Book: The Irish Rascals – Our Gang

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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”

Book: The Graves at Kilmorna – A Story of ’67

2013-09-24 Book - The Graves of Kilnamorna - Front Page-800This 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.

Canon Sheehan (1852-1913) completed the novel shortly before his death. It was published the following year, 1914, when the Home Rule Bill was being formally enacted by Parliament but was set aside in fact and the Home Rule leaders were recruiting Irish cannon fodder for the British war on Germany and [read more …] “Book: The Graves at Kilmorna – A Story of ’67”

Willowbrook – a flawed Eden. A memoir of growing up in Millstreet

2013-07-16 Willowbrook - a Flawed Eden - Book Cover“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.

All the farm activities are well described with the attendant social activities that brought people together and showed the [read more …] “Willowbrook – a flawed Eden. A memoir of growing up in Millstreet”

American Author visiting Millstreet this week

A very welcome visitor to Millstreet this week is Rebekah Ruth with JoshuaAmerican 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”

Karen O’Connor Wins Single Poem Competition at Listowel Writers Week

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Karen O'Connor, Poet supreme, has just won the highly prestigious Single Poem Competition at Listowel Writers Week 2013.  We thank Karen for the Press Release and the two pictures and we extend our heartfelt sincere congratulations on such a wonderfully significant recognition of Karen's superb talent as a highly regarded Poet.  (S.R.)
Karen O’Connor, Poet supreme, (originally from Station Road, Millstreet) has just won the highly prestigious Single Poem Competition at Listowel Writers Week 2013. We thank Karen for the Press Release and the two pictures and we extend our heartfelt sincere congratulations on such a wonderfully significant recognition of Karen’s superb talent as a highly regarded Poet.     (S.R.)

Our pictures show Karen with John Bowman who opened the 42nd Listowel Writers Week at the Listowel Arms. And Karen with Noel King, Editor of Doghouse Books, a Tralee publisher.

The following is the Press Release outlining Karen’s achievements and journey to this magnificent [read more …] “Karen O’Connor Wins Single Poem Competition at Listowel Writers Week”

A Millstreet Miscellany (8)

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

Dr. Mary Leader’s Book Launch in Boherbue on Saturday at 8.15 p.m.

The official launch by Eileen Linehan of IRD Duhallow of Dr. Mary Joyce Leader’s new Children’s Book “The Waiting Room Christmas Tree” (“Crann Nollag an Seomra Feithimh”) will take place in the Library of Boherbue Comprehensive School at 8.15 p.m. on this Saturday, 1st December 2012.   MC for the very special occasion is Frank O’Sullivan.   A night of music, dance, old Irish carols, mince pies and mulled wine!  (S.R.)

Book Reading by Celine Kiernan

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”

In the Corkman: 23rd August 2012

Sheila Carver’s new social and entertainments website

The Corkman Newspaper is out every Thursday in all the local newsagents, and contains much more than just the online version.

New Book: The Bard – Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin

The Aubane Historical Society will be launching their latest book entitled “The Bard – Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin” in the library on Saturday 18th August at 8pm. The Bard was a myhtical figure in Millstreet’s history and this is the first account of his life. It’s a great story, and is written by his great grandson Barry Keane. Tea and biscuits will be served in the GAA club afterwards.

From the back cover: John Robert O Sullivan made Millstreet famous during the Land War. His fight with the landlords and land agents led to intense repression in Millstreet between 1881 and 1891. At one stage the small town of Millstreet had more than 80 armed police to enforce the law. This book tells the story of his life, the main events of [read more …] “New Book: The Bard – Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin”

In the Corkman – 19th July 2012

Duhallow U-21 ‘A’ Hurling Championship: Millstreet 0-12 Kanturk 0-11 – Millstreet hold nerve in tight finish

Looking forward to the inaugural Millstreet Country Park Summer Gathering

U21 County Championship: Millstreet 1-6 Bantry Blues 4-14, Match Report

Large turnout for the Humphrey Kelleher Cup

Barry chronicles The Bard’s Land War adventures

New book on a local Land War legend

Grow It Yourself garden visit

Dromtarriffe / Kilcorney News

The Corkman Newspaper is out every Thursday in all the local newsagents, and contains much more than just the online version.