Video: The Ballad of High Mill Lane

Tim Browne (Tadhg de Brún)
Tim Browne (Tadhg de Brun)

A little-known Rebel Song from Co. Cork. It is sung here by the great singer and bouzouki player Tim Browne
(Tadhg de Brun) from Kanturk, Co. Cork.
The song tells of events that occurred in Millstreet, Co. Cork, probably in November of 1920, when the Black and Tans were attacked in the town centre by the Irish Republican Army.
In July 1920 Col. Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth addressed the Black and Tans in Listowel, Co. Kerry instructing them to shoot suspects on sight and not to mind the consequences should innocent people be killed, as he assured them no Black and Tan or RIC man would be charged or named. This prompted a change in IRA policy meaning that from then on Black and Tans would be shot on sight without warning or call to surrender. As for Col. Smyth, he was shot dead by an IRA unit lead by Dan O’Donovan in a prestigious Private Club in Cork City late in 1920. O’Donovan said to him: “Smyth, you gave the orders to shoot on sight. Well, you are in our sight now, so prepare to die!”

We Sound Unsure

We Sound Unsure are a Millstreet band and in their own words:  “We hail from the tiny hamlet of Millstreet and we’re like the best band there. Seriously.”

They released an EP some time ago entitled “Awkward Times, Awkward Measures”. You can listen to five of their tunes on their myspace page, as well as their bebo page. The music itself is actually quite interesting, sounding at times quite like Cathal Coughlan (from his Fatima Mansions days).

[read more …] “We Sound Unsure”

Millstreet May 15th 1993

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Just in case anyone had forgotten, this is when the Eurovision visited Millstreet. Here is an article about how Liverpool took on Ireland in Millstreet … and came off second best!

It is an interesting read with a bit of humour too, and it also has lots of the videos of the songs from the night. So, go visit the article if you think it might be interesting to remember back.

LTV2 Prog 143: Nov 2009

The first ten minutes of LTV2 Millstreet Program no 143 Nov 2009. Part of the video includes Seán Radley talking about the Ireland Involved Awards for which he was nominated.

LTV2 has also informed us that they now have their own channel on YouTube where they will be adding videos of their programs, and a Facebook page where they will be adding photos, where you can discuss topics etc.

Photo: Gneeves 2-Jan-2010

Thie scene yesterday is from on top of a wind turbine in Gneeves
Thie scene yesterday (Sat Jan 2nd) from Gneeves wind farm after the previous nights frost had melted. The top of Comeentrush is in the foreground, Mushera mountain (covered in snow) is behind the visible wind turbine, and Millstreet Town is just out of view at the middle left of the photo. (Click on the photo for a bigger image with better quality)

Initially I thought the photo was taken from the top of a wind turbine, but it was actually taken from a small remote controlled helicopter (a microkopter). Helipix.ie who took it are a Macroom company that specialise in aerial photography. A video of the microkopter during a test flight (from Coolcower, Macroom) is available to see below:

Video: Delivering Windmills

The Windmills are still being delivered to the Boggeragh Windfarm (as of the start of December). These foggy early morning videos from the bottom of Tullig and from up in the windfarm give an idea of what’s still going on without us realising.

[read more …] “Video: Delivering Windmills”

Richie O'Connor on the 9pm News

Richie O'Connor from Ballydaly was on the 9pm News on RTE representing farmers who were staging protests across the country
Richie O'Connor from Ballydaly in a short interview on the 9pm News on RTE, where he was representing farmers who were staging protests across the country, about cuts in Government support and falling prices for farmers.

He said: “It’s making 18-20 cents. My side of the country in Duhallow, West Duhallow in particular it’s costing 27 cents per litre to produce it”

You can see the clip on the RTE website here http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1057468, just move the video forward to 11 minutes. [video only available in Ireland]

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth 2009

Millstreet Pipe Band attending the 2009 Commemoration Ceremony at Béal na mBláth where this year the weather was so very wet
Millstreet Pipe Band attending the 2009 Commemoration Ceremony at Béal na mBláth where this year the weather was so very wet (All pics by Seán Radley)

Video: Mary Robinson at Michael Collins Oration Beal Na Blath 2009

The Millstreet pipe band can  be heard and seen playing at the start of this video

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In Passing September 2009

by Sean Radley

New Look Website

Hannelie O’Connor and a dedicated team have established a truly hugely popular Millstreet website over the years. And now a further enhancement with a new look site being launched with the very much appreciated assistance of Michael Cashman and with the advice also of John O’Riordan, Cork & Church Street, Millstreet. The site www.millstreet.ie is updated daily not only with important local news but with exciting video and audio links. Clearly a huge success judging by the global comments received online to the site.

Museum News

A million thanks for the magnificent response to our annual church gate collection which amounted to €2,471.93. A full report on the progress of re-establishing our local Museum and Tourist Information Centre will appear in the next issue of “Clara News”. A very special word of thanks to Cllr. Noel Buckley and to Noel C. Duggan and Family for being so helpful during this transition time. [read more …] “In Passing September 2009”

Plastic Kerrymen

When the Cork teams are playing
your heart would fill with pride
what a shame to be a plastic
and support the other side
.
From dear old Ballydaly
back to the county bounds
a strange little creature
in some places can be found
.
So, if you can’t support your own county
we don’t need you anymore
go ahead and pack your bags
and buzz off to Rathmore
.
They’ll send you to Killorglin
a lovely town of note
you’ll be very welcome
they always need a GOAT!

by Jerry Lehane

Transcript recited by Chloe Collins on RTE last Saturday night. Of course there’s lots of them Plastics appearing out since the match last Sunday. “C” reg cars with their kerry flags out the window. To be avoided 😉

Video: Up for the Match

RTE have posted video of “Up for the Match” that was shown last night on RTE1 and included a segment from the Town Park, and the Presentation Convent School.

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Follow this link to get to the video: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1055791

Move the video forward to 41:30 and the part from Millstreet is shown, featuring the poem “Plastic Kerryman” written by Jerry Lehane and read by Chloe Collins. The segment ends at 43:45.

The video is only available until October 10th.

Video: Kerry Football Animals

Seeing as we here in the Millstreet Parish border the Kingdom, we are hearing that some of our farmers are having the same troubles as their compatriots further south on the Cork – Kerry border:

West Cork farmers are doing their best to look after disillusioned Kerry supporters as many of them turn up in their fields.

All in the spirit of the upcoming All-Ireland Final (Sunday 20th September 2009) between Cork and Kerry. The video is of course a reference to Paidí O’Shea’s infamous comment about the Kerry supporters being “animals”

Come on the REBELS!
There are some video clips from the Cork v Kerry games earlier in the year below:

[read more …] “Video: Kerry Football Animals”

Tour of Ireland in and around Millstreet

Tour of Ireland: peleton passing through Millstreet for the first time
Tour of Ireland: peleton passing through Millstreet for the first time

RTE are showing highlights of the Tour of Ireland are showing highlights from each day in the evenings. They are also putting the highlights programs onto their website. The one from yesterday (Saturday) is here: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1054085. For the parts of the highlights around Millstreet, the times are outlined below:

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Tour of Ireland Passing through Aubane

The video shows Dennis van Winden in first position followed by Mark Cassidy and finally the main group. with thanks to Bernard Crowley

As we approached the category two climb at Musheramore at 133km, the dynamic of the race began to change irrevocably. Astana hit the front of the peloton and began to peg back the leading duo. The gap was reduced to 6 minutes 57 seconds.

Here van Winden made a dash for it, dropping Cassidy on the ascent. On the way down the other side of the hill, van Winden had a two minute lead. An Post Sean Kelly Team Niko Eeckhout abandoned here; the climb just too much for the veteran Belgian.

Cassidy did hold on to second going over the summit at Musheramore, with Matt Wilson, last year’s King of the Mountains taking third place, adding crucial points in his hunt to retain his jersey this year.

Jay Thomson was fourth adding more points to his impressive ride in the Tour overall.

Van Winden took maximum points at the sprint at Millstreet followed by Cassidy, Andrey Grivko of ISD – Neri and Jason McCartney of Team Saxo Bank.

from: http://www.rte.ie/sport/cycling/2009/0822/tourofireland.html

More Pictures and videos of the Tour of Ireland in the next few days.

Millstreet film maker to jet off to New York Film Academy

BEFORE jetting off to the New York Film Academy, Millstreet film maker Steven O’Riordan will host a special three-night screening of his documentary, ‘The Forgotten Maggies’, this weekend at The Glen Theatre in Banteer.

This searing documentary will be screened on national TV in September but has only been shown in public once before — in Galway during their recent film festival. Since then, however, it has received waves of interest nationally and internationally.

‘The Forgotten Maggies’ tells the stories of Kathleen Legg, Maureen O’Sullivan, Mary King and Mary Collins; four women indelibly marked by Ireland’s Magdalene laundries …

The above is a stub from an article published on Thursday August 13th the Corkman newspaper. The full article can be read here:  http://www.corkman.ie/entertainment/special-screening-of-forgotten-maggies-in-banteer-1858763.html

Trailer for the film “The Forgotten Maggies”

[read more …] “Millstreet film maker to jet off to New York Film Academy”

Regional Report 973 by Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 973 from Mllstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this , rather wet, but very mild Tuesday morning.

There was a great buzz in the town at the weekend with many people home on holidays and others visiting the area. But the Clara Inn was a hive of music, food and good companionship for the retirement party in honour of Davy Twomey, His employer John Buckley , and his co-workers from the building industry as well as family friends and neighbours, gathered to wish the popular Davy many years of well deserved and happy retirement.

[read more …] “Regional Report 973 by Eily Buckley”

Trek to Base Camp Mt. Everest

Start 26.04.09 Finish 9th May 2009

DAY 1 – Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is a fascinating almost medieval city full of extraordinary temples, monuments, and colorful street life. There are endless small streets jam packed with stalls selling cloth, pots and pans, spices, souvenirs, saris and a myriad of other merchandise. Scooters carrying families of 5, bicycles, taxis and pedestrians all compete for space and there is always something to marvel at. It was a shock initially as we were being drive through the streets of Kathmandu from the airport I was not expecting the streets to be so small or the people either!

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Out and About April 2009

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Sr. Barbara Bowe, Chicago, U.S.A. on a recent visit to Drishane, Millstreet guided by yours truly. Sr. Barbara was tracing her Dinneen Family roots in the Millstreet area. (Picture: Seán Radley)
[Sadly, Sr. Barbara Bowe, a Sacred Heart Sister, passed away in March the following year  (December 1st 1945-March 14th 2010)]
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A recent meeting of the Millstreet Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society joined by Kerry Diocesan visitors at Millstreet Presbytery. (Picture: Seán Radley)

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Siobhán Carroll (nee Hickey) presenting Matron Lena Kelleher with the impressive cheque resulting from the recent very successful launch of Kit Hickey’s CD and Video in aid of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital Fund, Millstreet.

[read more …] “Out and About April 2009”

Church Panorama – Part Two

On 1st August 2008 I again joined Foreman, Kieran O’Riordan to obtain even more extensive views from the very top of St. Patrick’s Church having climbed the nine levels of excellently constructed scaffolding. Also we had Pat O’Sullivan on video camera and Denis O’Shea on digital still camera recording the historic occasion from the first floor of Carnegie Hall …… really proving that we did reach the impressive heights including getting to ring the Bell of our Parish Church. The complete event was also recorded for LTV2. Our thanks to All who made this special occasion possible. (Seán Radley reporting for www.millstreet.ie from on high over St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet)

European Juggling Convention July 2006 Videos

I was wandering around the internet (as you do) and found a few video’s done by people at the EJC. If you didn’t make it to the juggling, then here’s a flavour of what they were up to. It may look easy, but it’s really very hard!!!





and finally, a really good one!

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