Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers

Today on the hundredth anniversary of the Armistace, which ceased fighting at the end of World War One, we remember all those from Millstreet who took part and died in the war that was meant to end all wars.

In 2010 we published a list of 15 Millstreet men who had died in WWI, but with little detail, only names, dates, and the country of their death. Since then we have been gathering information on all those with local connections that were involved in the Great War. They fought with the British, American, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian armies. These are the names of the 44 that died and the 87  98 who survived that we know of:

The 44 who died:

  1. Timothy Long, Kilcorney, Royal Munster Fusiliers, on August 27th 1914, Battle of Mons [notes]
  2. Patrick Forde, Station Road, Connaught Rangers, on Tue 1st Sept 1914, aged 38, at Seine-et-Marne, France [notes]
  3. Edward O’Leary, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Sat Oct 03 1914, p.o.w, in France/Germany [notes]
  4. Daniel Cronin, Cullen, Royal Irish Regiment, on October 19th 1914, in France [notes]
  5. Lieut. Henry Digby Wallis,  of Drishane Castle, Coldstream Guards, on 21 October 1914, in Ypres, France [notes3]
  6. Jeremiah Riordan, Kilcorney, Irish Guards, 01 Nov 1914, aged 24 at Ypres [notes]
  7. Timothy Mahony, Millstreet, Private Connaught Rangers 1st Battalion, KIA France & Flanders 23/11/1914 [notes]
  8. Cornelius Corkery, West End, Connaught Rangers, Nov 23 1914, Flanders, France [notes]
  9. Patrick Byrne, Millstreet, Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, on January 19th 1915, in France
  10. Jeremiah Murphy, Glantane More Cullen, Feb 9th  1915, Ypres [notes]
  11. Denis Rahilly, Dromtarriffe, on February 13th 1915, Ypres [notes]
  12. Michael Desmond, on April 26th 1915-04-26, in Gallipoli
  13. Cornelius Guiney, Dromtarriff, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, April 30th 1915, in Gallipoli [notes]
  14. David Nolan, Royal Munster Fusiliers, May 16 1915, in Galipolli [notes]
  15. James Murphy, August 9th 1915, Gallipoli [notes]
  16. Dennis Moynihan, Millstreet, South Wales Borders, Oct 7 1915, Gallipoli [notes]
  17. Patrick Carey, 17th Nov 1915, aged 35, drowned at sea from the HS Anglia (husband of Margaret Carey, of Mill Lane) [notes]
  18. Denis Hickey, on November 27th 1915, in  Gallipoli
  19. Denis Kelleher, on January 12th 1916, in France
  20. Frederick Henry Pomeroy, Feb 1st 1916, in England (from wounds in France) [notes]
  21. James Riordan, on Feb 23 1916, Dunkirque [notes]
  22. Denis Breen, March 27th 1916, at the Battle of Loos [notes]
  23. Patrick Creedon, Sun Apr 30 1916, Calais,  France [notes]
  24. Daniel Bennett, Dromtarriffe,  May 09 1916, Loos, Belgium [notes]
  25. William Hickey, Rathduane, June 26th 1916, in France [notes]
  26. Michael Sullivan, Dromtarriffe, July 12 1916, France
  27. Dennis Moynihan, son of Denis (Rathcoole), and Julia Riordan (Adrivale), Mountain Ash, Leinster Regiment, August 18th 1916 in France [notes]
  28. William Felix MacCarthy O’Leary of Coomlogane House, on 7th September 1916
  29. Michael Mahoney, on September 9th 1916, in France [notes]
  30. Cornelius Twomey, Dromagh, March 26th 1917, Arras, France [notes]
  31. Joseph Corcoran, Rathcoole, Household Cavalry, May 3rd 1917, in France [notes]
  32. Bart Kelleher, Drishane, Welsh Guards, Dec 1st 1917, in France  [notes]
  33. Capt Eugene John McSwiney, of Rathroe, R.A.M.C, on 26th December 1916
  34. Sidney Nolan, son of Margaret O’Sullivan, Cullen, Australian Forces, Jan 7th 1918, Messines Ridge in Belgium [notes]
  35. Patrick Joseph Cronin, West End, NZ Forces, died 13th Jan 1918 [notes]
  36. John F. Hickey, on January 26th 1918
  37. Daniel Francis Corkery, of West End, on March 21st 1918, in France
  38. John J. Cremin, on 23rd March 1918, near Arras in France
  39. Matthew Twomey, on 23rd March 1918 [notes]
  40. Michael O’Rahilly, Clonbanin, 6th June 1918, in Belfast War Hospital from wounds [edit]
  41. William Beirne, Aug 19 1918, St. Albans (from wounds) [notes]
  42. William E. Dennehy, Knocknakilla, US. 4th Division, Oct 7th 1918, in France
  43. Denis Healy, Cloghoulamore, U.S. 1st Division, 8th October 1918, North of Verdun [notes2]
  44. Denis Creedon, Laught, R.A.F., Oct 10 1918, on the R.M.S. Leinster which was sunk by torpedoes in the Irish Sea

The 88 more that survived:

  1. Colonel John Leader from Keale House
  2. Jeremiah Mahoney, Mill Lane, Royal Irish Rifles, who was later killed in the 1923 attack on the Carngie Hall [edit]
  3. Private Cornelius Rahilly, Dooneen and Rathcoole, Royal Irish Regiment, Prisoner of War
  4. Timothy Evoy, Royal Munster Fusiliers, son of Ellie O’Sullivan of the Station Road. [see article on Ellen Evoy]
  5. Patrick J. Donohue, Bolomore, 82nd Regiment (USA), Battle of Argonnes, France. Purple Heart and Silver Star
  6. Michael Murphy (known locally as Mick Punk), Laught & Mill Lane, the last town crier in Millstreet [notes
  7. Jim Flur O’Sullivan, Dromagh [notes]
  8. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, Millstreet, [notes]
  9. Patrick John O’Leary, son of Patrick John O’Leary of Adrivale [notes]
  10. Eugene Patrick Murphy, Glantane [notes]
  11. Jeremiah James Hegarty, Son of the Landlord Jeremiah Hegarty [notes]
  12. Michael O’Leary, son-in-law of the Landlord [notes]
  13. John V Maume [notes]
  14. Henry James Maume  [notes]
  15. Richard Maume [notes]
  16. Gerald V Maume [notes]
  17. Major Francis Verschoyle Young, Canada and Drishane [notes]
  18. John William Francis Young, Canada and Drishane [notes]
  19. Lionel Fredrick Leader, Mount Leader House
  20. Eustace Lionel Leader, Mount Leader House  [notes]
  21. Lieut. Capt George Powell, Flintfield House [notes]
  22. Patrick Hickey, Millstreet [notes]
  23. Stephen Towmey, Royal Navy [notes]
  24. Jeremiah Dennehy, The Tanyard [notes]
  25. Jeremiah Dennehy, Church Street [notes]
  26. Cornelius Crowley [notes]
  27. Brigadier Heffernan William Denis MacCarthy-O’Leary, Coomlogane House [notes]
  28. Lt. Col. John MacCarthy-O’Leary, Coomlogane House [notes]
  29. John O’Donoghue [notes]
  30. Philip St. John Howlett Kelleher, Millstreet Post Office [notes]
  31. James Murphy, Laught, US Guards [notes]
  32. Michael John Kelliher, NZ Forces [notes]
  33. Daniel Reardon, Shanakiel, Kilcorney [notes]
  34. Michael J Reardon, Shanakiel, Kilcorney [notes]
  35. Brigadier General Morgan John McCarthy O’Leary [notes]
  36. John Joseph O’Connell [notes]
  37. Robert Ripley Leader, Keale House [notes]
  38. Edward James Higgins [notes]
  39. Edward Joseph Dennehy, Connecticut [notes]
  40. Dennis Fitzpatrick, Annagloor [notes]
  41. Timothy J. O’Leary, U.S. National Army [notes]
  42. John J Buckley, Millstreet and Massachusetts [notes]
  43. John Carroll, Mill Lane and Pittsburgh [notes]
  44. Patrick Albert Kelly, Cullen and Philadelphia [notes]
  45. Jerry Hartnett, Cullen and New York [notes]
  46. John MacGillicuddy, Cullen and the Bronx [notes]
  47. Timothy Lyons, Kilcorney, Royal Navy [notes]
  48. William Fleming, South Wales Borders [notes]
  49. Edward Hudson, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  50. Patrick Kelleher, Labour Corps [notes]
  51. William Murphy (aka Lane), Royal Artillery [notes]
  52. Timothy Linehan, Irish Guards [notes]
  53. John Murphy, Oxfordshire Light Infantry [notes]
  54. Patrick O’Connor, Royal Field Artillery [notes]
  55. Patrick O’Mahoney, Cork R G (R A) [notes]
  56. Andrew Denahy, Knockduff, Royal Navy [notes]
  57. John O’Leary, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  58. Michael Sullivan, Dromtariffe, South Wales Borderers [notes]
  59. Daniel Leader, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  60. William Corcoran, Rathcoole, Royal Field Artillery [notes]
  61. Thomas Moynihan, Rathcoole, Mountain Ash, Somerset Light Infantry [notes]
  62. Patrick Moynihan, Rathcoole, Mountain Ash, [notes]
  63. John Singleton, Millstreet, Merchant Navy [notes]
  64. Laurence Francis Walshe, Millstreet, Merchant Navy [notes]
  65. Bernard Maguire, Church Street, Royal Navy [notes]
  66. James Francis McMahon, Royal Air Force [notes]
  67. George Bailey, Mount Leader Lodge [notes]
  68. Denis Buckley, Aubane, Connaught Rangers [notes]
  69. Ceryl V O’Leary, Montana [notes]
  70. Major Timothy  W. Hickey D.G.M.M.S.M, 17th/21st Lancers, Tullig & Buttevant [notes]
  71. Thomas Leary, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  72. John Golden, Kilcorney, Leinster Regiment [notes]
  73. Patrick Twomey, Dysert, Royal Irish Regiment [notes]
  74. George Nolan, Cullen, Australian Forces [notes]
  75. Captain John Christopher Royse Delmege, Royal Munster Fusiliers,  (wounded, pow 1917), husband of Violet Eustace Leader, Mount Leader [notes]
  76. Michael J Mullane, Upper Millview, Royal Munster Fusiliers [notes]
  77. Michael J Callahan, Killetragh, U.S. Army [notes]
  78. William Dennehy, NZ Forces [notes]
  79. Joseph P Ring, Coomlogane, Royal Navy [notes]
  80. Michael Singleton, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  81. Cornelius Sheehan, Millstreet, Connaught Rangers, POW [notes]
  82. D. Hickey, Millstreet, Royal Munster Fusiliers, Deserted [notes]
  83. Captain Robert Law – husband of Audrey Wallis of Drishane Castle
  84. Thomas Sullivan, Millstreet, US Army [notes]
  85. Patrick Duggan, Eolane, US Army [notes]
  86. William J O’Leary, Millstreet, US Army [notes]
  87. Major Daniel Aloysius Hickey, Cullen, NZ Forces [notes]
  88. Major John McCarthy O’Leary, Coomlogane, South Lancashire Regiment [notes]
  89. Patrick Kelleher, Station Road (known as Paddy the Clipper) [notes]
  90. Timothy Daly, Murphy’s Terrace [notes]
  91. Timothy Carroll, Mill Lane Lower & Pittsburgh, US Forces [notes]
  92. Capt. Eric James Powell, Flintfield House, King’s African Rifles [notes]
  93. Ievan Herbert Powell, Lieut. in R.A.M.C.
  94. Walter Baldwin Eyre Powell, Royal Flying Corps
  95. Patrick Byrnes, Rathcoole (a Constable), Irish Guards [notes]
  96. Patrick Kelleher, Mill Lane, US Army [notes] *to be confirmed*
  97. Andrew Kelleher, Cockhill  [notes] *to be confirmed*
  98. Denis Corcoran, Kilmeedy, US Army [notes]

[read more …] “Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers”

WWI: Denis Creedon, Laught (1887-1918)

Today marks the centenary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Leinster (10am October 10th 1918), after it was struck by two torpedoes from a German U-Boat 16 miles  off the Dublin coast near the Kish Lighthouse. Commemorations are taking place in Dún Laoghaire for the 501+ passengers and crew died that day, the worst maritime disaster on the Irish Sea. Many of the passengers were military who were returning from leave in Ireland.

Among them was  Dennis Creedon, of Laught, the son of Jeremiah and Norah Creedon, who was returning to Britain after leave at home.  He was 31 years and left a wife Julia behind him. He was the last local person from Millstreet to die in World War I.

He had moved to Wales where he was working in the mines. He married Julia Moynihan in 1913, and when the war broke out, like his three brother in laws, he joined the British Army, seemingly like many others, for a better income to support his family. His time was apparently uneventful, and he was based in Bedford. He received a promotion to Corporal and transferred to the RAF on 17th September 1918 (#301441), where his trade within the army was as a “Hospital Orderly”. Having been on leave, he was returning to Britain, when he was drowned that day. His body was recovered, and was sent to Millstreet by train where it was waked in St. Patrick’s Church, and the following day buried at Kilcorney Cemetery with his family. He is also commemorated at the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.


[read more …] “WWI: Denis Creedon, Laught (1887-1918)”

WWI: Patrick J. Donohue of Bolomore

In 1906, 17 year old Patrick Donohue from Bolomore, Rathcoole, a farmer’s son, one of nine children, arrived in Lawrence, Massachusetts, looking for work. He probably never imagining that a few years later he would be hailed a hero in France, earning a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.

Paddy, as he was known, was a Mill Worker in Lawrence, enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 to fight in World War I. He was assigned to Company G, 328th Infantry, 82nd All American Division. After training, he was sent to Europe in May 1918. On October 8th, 1918, he was one of 17 American soldiers that were tasked with taking out German machine gun nests near Châtel-Chéhéry on the French-German border. Hugely outnumbered by the Germans, they broke through the German line took a large number of prisoners, but then came under huge gun fire and suffered casualties, Donoghue also being wounded, but they still managed to take out the machine gunners, causing the Germans to withdraw, allowing the Allies to get behind the German lines.

G Company was known to the public because of the 1941 movie, Sergeant York, starring Garry Cooper (see the movie clips below). Sgt.  York got the credit and Gary Cooper got the Academy Award. But as we know, one man alone was not responsible for the German defeat. Private Patrick Paddy J. Donohue of Lawrence was one of the unsung heroes of that battle.

[read more …] “WWI: Patrick J. Donohue of Bolomore”

At the Annual Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition

Last weekend, Aubane Historical Society were at the 10th Annual Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition where Cork City Hall played host to many historical societies and groups from all over the City and County who come together each year to stage a unique exhibition that celebrates Cork’s rich colourful Heritage, Tradition and Culture – [Cobh Animation Team]

WWI: William Edward Dennehy, Knocknakilla (1890 – 1918)

At the far end of Drishane Cemetery lie the remains of William E. Dennehy,  who died serving the U.S. army, a hundred years ago today near the France-Belgium border. He was the second-last Millstreet man to die in World War I, only four weeks before the armistice that finished the war.

Born in Knocknakilla in 1890 to Daniel Dennehy and Margaret Murphy, he had and older brother Jeremiah and a younger sister Mary. Life must have been tough as his father died of TB when he was only three, so it was likely that the family was very poor. His grandfather lived with them until he died in 1906, and by 1911 we know that both boys were working as agricultural labourers. Two years later William moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where his aunt Mary and her husband Patrick Long (of Aubane) were living. He worked as a leather handler at the Armour Leather Company, and sent what spare money he had back home to support his family, but in 1917 he got drafted into the American  army. He didn’t want to go as he stated in his draft registration that he was the breadwinner for his mother and sister. It didn’t matter. From September 1917 he trained in Camp Devens in the 301st Infantry, “Bostons Own”. In June 1918 he became an American citizen, and was transported to war in Europe aboard the S.S. Cedric, leaving New York on July 6th 1918. Landing in Europe the 301st was disbanded, and William was assigned to the 163rd, and two weeks later to the 58th Infantry, part of 8th Infantry Brigade, which was assigned to the 4th Division.
He saw action in Toulon, St. Mihiel, and finally in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, where he was reported missing on October 7th 1918 at Bois de Fays, about 3km west of the town of Brieulles-sur-Meuse.
He was buried there, but the American public wanted their fallen boys brought home. The French blocked the repatriations for three years, but relented, and eventually on May 21st 1922, sixty-four US soldiers of Irish birth arrived in Dublin at the request of their families. William was one of those, and he was brought to Millstreet and given his final resting place in Drishane Cemetery.

The Dennehy family around 1900. Left to right: Margaret (mother), Jeremiah, Mary, and William

[read more …] “WWI: William Edward Dennehy, Knocknakilla (1890 – 1918)”

When Millstreet was declared part of new Special Military Area

On this day one hundred years ago (Oct 5th 1918) West Cork Riding was declared Special Military Area. Nobody could enter area without a permit from the military authorities in Bandon. Measure was a direct (albeit belated) response to July 1918 Irish Volunteers Beal an Ghleanna Ambush that left 2 policemen injured. It was the first attack on the RIC since 1916. Fairs, markets, commercial travel and other business were severely restricted over the following months, as was personal travel, with military checks at trains arriving into stations on the many rail lines running through West Cork a century ago. West Cork Riding covered most of west half of county; not west Cork as we think of it today. Very roughly, imagine a diagonal line running from immediately west of Kinsale, through area west of Rylane, then, between Millstreet and Banteer, turning west toward Kerry.

[read more …] “When Millstreet was declared part of new Special Military Area”

Shane’s Superb Photographic Study of Knocknakilla Stone Circle 2018

 

A superb pictorial study of the Knocknakilla Stone Circle by wonderfully talented Photographer, Shane McCarthy of Carriganima. We thank Share for sharing such a splendid silhouette image. Click on the picture to enlarge. (S.R.)

Finding Garrett Cotter: the story behind the man whose name is on the Cotter Dam

For nearly 200 years, a brave young rebel from Millstreet, convicted and transported to Australia for firing on the His Majesty’s troops, has been the heroic name behind the river, the valley, the gap and dam that supplies potable water to Canberra. Below is a brief overview of his life:

Garrett Cotter was born in 1802 to peasant farmers, north of Millstreet in County Cork. British penal laws had denied Catholic families like Cotter’s not just the vote, but any education, land and major assets as well. They were consigned to penury and effective servitude.

This was a society, fumed reforming Edmund Burke in the House of Commons, “as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of the people, and the debasement of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man”.

[read more …] “Finding Garrett Cotter: the story behind the man whose name is on the Cotter Dam”

Butter Road Celebrations to be Held at The Aubane Community Centre on Friday 18th May

A Celebration of 270 Years of The Old Butter Road 1748-2018 is to be Held in The Aubane Community Centre on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm

Tickets are €27 and are available from Noreen Kelleher on 087 9486673 or Celeste Buckley on 083 3135750

Book your tickets now. Last day to purchase tickets is Wednesday May 9th 2018.

Gerry White’s Oration at the Easter Commemorations 2018

In the wind and rain of Easter Sunday just gone, Gerry White’s gave the speech at the Easter Commemoration at the Monument in the Square. With his permission, and the agreement of Millstreet Monument Committee, below is his speech so that those that were not there on the day can read it:

A Chairde,
My dear friends,

It is with great humility that I stand here before you today by this fine monument. I also stand here today as someone who is deeply conscious of the huge debt we owe those who came before us and the efforts and sacrifices they made to build the country we live in today. I also consider it a great privilege to be here and I want to thank the committee for giving me honour to address you.

This monument stands as a silent, solemn tribute to Millstreet’s patriot dead who lost their lives during Ireland’s fight for freedom. All of those men were members of Cork No. 4 Brigade of Óglaigh na Éireann, the Irish Republican Army. They were: Captain Patrick McCarthy of the 2nd Battalion and Captain Cornelius Murphy, Volunteer Michael Dineen, Volunteer Bernard Moynihan, and Volunteer Michael Twohig of the 1st Battalion. Today we remember them, their sacrifice and the loved ones they left behind.  [read more …] “Gerry White’s Oration at the Easter Commemorations 2018”

Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum

In this Easter Week 2018 we celebrate the recent presentation by Noreen O’Sullivan (née Hickey of Mill Lane, Millstreet), Kilcummin, Killarney of three wonderfully historic items relating to Denis Hickey who was awarded a prestigious medal having died in Gallipoli in 1915.   The excellent items are presented in memory of the late Owen Hickey, Coolatouder, Kileady, Ballinhassig whose father, Ted, is a native of Mill Lane, Millstreet.   The brother of Denis, J.F. Hickey of the Royal Irish Regiment who died in 1918 is remembered in the West End Cemetery.  We wish to express our sincere thanks to Noreen, Ted and the Hickey Family for this very important historic presentation to Millstreet Museum. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum”

Easter Sunday Commemoration 2018

The guest speaker is Gerry White, who is a well known military historian and an author of several books on WWI and local history, including ‘A Great Sacrifice – Cork Servicemen who died in the Great War’, and ‘The Burning of Cork’ with Brendan O’Shea, he also wrote ‘Baptised in Blood’ the Cork story of 1916. Recently Gerry contributed two articles to the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year relating to the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923 ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’

[read more …] “Easter Sunday Commemoration 2018”

On the recent passing of Lady Elizabeth O’Connell

The recent passing of Lady Elizabeth O Connell  R. I. P. marks another chapter of the long association of the McCarthy O Leary family with Coomlogane which commenced with the acquisition by Denis O Leary of the lands of Coomlogane from Lord Muskerry on 29th September 1781. Elizabeth was a surviving member of the Coomlogane line of the family. Her Grandfather William died in the Boer war on 27th February 1900, and was  survived by his widow Mary née Considine and their 5 children John ( Elizabeth’s father) , Mary Ellen, William, Heffernan (Donagh)  and Amy. They were the last children born in the Great House.
    John, William & Donagh served in the Great War.  William was killed in action aged 22, John and Donagh survived but John who had married Rose Mary Fogarty died in the early 1920s. Elizabeth was the only child of the marriage and later married Sir Morgan O Connell.
    Both Elizabeth and her husband had family connections with Daniel O Connell the Liberator. Elizabeth’s great grandmother Jane Frances McCarthy O Leary (nee O Connell)  was a niece of Daniel O Connell. Elizabeth’s mother Rose Mary lived in London and died on 9th May 1953 survived by Elizabeth who went on to have a long and happy life in Killarney.
    The abiding legacy of the family will be the gift of the lands for
The Church, Cemetery, Presbytery and Schools by Eileen McCarthy O Leary in 1811.

[read more …] “On the recent passing of Lady Elizabeth O’Connell”

PTE. Daniel Francis Corkery, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS

Daniel Corkery of West End, Millstreet died on this day a hundred years ago in WWI (March 21st 1918), from wounds suffered during the German Kaiserschlacht (Spring Offensive).

PTE. DANIEL CORKERY, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS

(27th April 1897 – 21st March 1918)
(He died this day 100 years ago)

by Kevin O’Byrne

On September 4th 1915, the ship, ‘The Hesperian‘, left Liverpool bound for Canada. Some 350 passengers were on board. At 8.30 pm as darkness was falling, she passed the Fastnet Rock. Without warning, Captain Schweiger, in a German submarine, launched a torpedo which struck ‘The Hesperian’ in the forward engine room. Captain Main of ‘The Hesperian’ ordered the passengers and crew into lifeboats but he remained on the bridge with his officers. The German submarine was the same one that sunk the ‘Lusitania’ on May 7th, 1915 with a loss of almost 1200 lives.

This time 32 lives were lost. Among the survivors was my Uncle, Daniel Corkery from West End, Millstreet, Co. Cork. On Sept 3rd he had sent a card with a picture of the Hesperian to his father saying that he had just boarded the ship. On Sept 6th his father had a letter from Danny in Queenstown (Cobh) informing him that the ship had been torpedoed 400 miles from the town. The lifeboat, my uncle was in, was picked up by ‘The Empress’ which had come out from Queenstown to rescue people.

2014-12-07 Pte Daniell Corkery - Torpedoing of the Hesperian - More of the SurvivorsAfter this ordeal my uncle appears to have stayed at home for some time. On Tuesday April l8th, 1916, he joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers (RMF) and left for the Tralee depot on Easter Sunday April 23rd 1916. From then until he was sent to France on December 1st 1916, he wrote several letters home to [read more …] “PTE. Daniel Francis Corkery, 6919, 2ND BATTALION, ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS”

The first Millstreet Men to Apply to the Garda Síochána

After the War of Independence, the Civic Guard (later renamed the Garda Síochána na hÉireann) was formed by the Provisional Government in February 1922 to take over the responsibility of policing the fledgling Irish Free State. It replaced the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Irish Republican Police of 1919–22. It was a dangerous time as  the Civil War  was taking place, made worse for its initial members, as many were former R.I.C, but join they did, and from all over the country

Last weekend the registers of the first applicants to the new Civic Guard (successful and unsuccessful)  were released online by the Garda Museum. We have found 15 who applied from the Millstreet area, out of about 7,500 applications from 1922 to 1924. Here are a quick list of those men, and below is each applicant’s record in more detail:

Timothy Buckley, Ballyvouskil
Cornelius Dennehy, Keale
James O’Connell, Knockacarracoosh
Denis Kelleher, Cloghouldbeg
Patrick Murphy, Ahane
William Cashman, Laught
John Cronin, Meenskehy
Jeremiah O’Riordan, Pound Hill
Michael Thornton, Drishanebeg
Timothy Cremin, Millstreet
Patrick J Horgan, Keale
Cornelius Dennehy, Liscreagh
Cornelius O’Sullivan, Lisnabee
Denis Buckley, Glountane West
Jeremiah Horgan, Keale

[read more …] “The first Millstreet Men to Apply to the Garda Síochána”

We Should Commemorate the Attack on the Carnegie Hall

The 4th of January 1923 in Irish local history was the day of the Attack on the Carnegie Hall by Anti-Treaty fighters from Cork and Kerry IRA units, under Tom Barry.

I want to stand on my “soapbox” for a minute and say my piece. Listen or keep scrolling it’s a free country 🙂

Leave the past in the past were it belongs! Come together to commemorate this part of our history, say a few prayers, shake hands and move on with our lives.
In today’s society where there’s a celebration, a parade, a speech (which is right too) for a lot of stuff, and yet not even a prayer said on site yesterday to commemorate what happened. I think it’s very wrong.
The 100th year anniversary is coming up. I feel it’s the perfect opportunity to put a plaque up on the building, have a little unveiling, and say a few prayers for the souls of the people on both sides! Advertise it and if just 5 people come or 500, let the plaque be there for ever more so people can come when ever they want to themselves!
We said it to the council yesterday and they agreed with us!
Whether it will happen now is another story. I think it should.

The Millstreet Man who saved the Limerick Leader

Buckley, Jeremiah (1862–1937), newspaper proprietor, accountant, and nationalist, was born 16 November 1862 in Coomlogane, Millstreet, Co. Cork, the second son of John Buckley, gentleman, and Ellen Buckley (née Mullane), of Curragh, Millstreet, Co. Cork. He entered King’s Inns (1890) and was called to the bar in 1893. Having dealt with only a few cases he went on to become a chartered accountant, as a junior at Kean and Co., Dame St., Dublin. He bought this company on Kean’s death, retaining its working name. Around 1900 he also obtained ownership of the Limerick Leader, which had been founded in 1889 as a pro-nationalist journal, and run into financial difficulties. He revitalised the paper, securing its finances and maintaining its pro-nationalist stance. In 1902 he was jailed for one month because of a Leader editorial in which he denounced those who occupied the land of evicted tenants. The paper was again in trouble in 1919 when it was suppressed by the authorities for supplying information on the national loan organised by the first Dáil.

Buckley became an advisor and close friend of Éamon de Valera (qv) and was heavily involved in the foundation and development of [read more …] “The Millstreet Man who saved the Limerick Leader”

Historical Maps of Millstreet

In this article we try to bring together all the old maps which made reference to  Millstreet or some notable place nearby. The first detailed inland maps come from the early 17th Century, until proper ordinance survey maps in the first half of the 19th century. All the maps below give something different on how our area was mapped / perceived. Some of the maps are are not from field studies, but adapted and combined from other peoples work to produce the map.

You can click on all the maps and see a much larger version, and there are links to the sources of all maps, most of which are much larger maps of Cork, Munster or Ireland.


16th Century – McCarthy Sects in the Kingdom of Desmond.
[from Wikipedia – see the Map of Munster] [more on the McCarthys of Desmond]
1920 - 16th Century McCarthy Sects in the Kingdom of Desmond


1606 Mercator and Hondius Map of Ireland.
Cork is left to middle at the bottom. It shows Dereshane (Drishane), Dromagh (which appears closer to Cork than Macroom!), Magrome(Macroom), Cantorkes (Kanturk), and Glen Elix (The Glen of Ellis, referring to the Ellis family who lived in the area at the time [ref]. The maps of the time were more interested in the costal waterways than what was inland. [full map of Ireland]
1606 Mercator and Hondius Map of Munster


1610 John Speed Map of Ireland: shows Drishane (Derishane), and Mushera (Knock Muskery) [full map] [2.in Black and White] [high quality]

1610 John Speed map of Ireland [read more …] “Historical Maps of Millstreet”

A Statistical Survey of Millstreet (1810)

“Near Millstreet the principal seat is Westwood, the property of John Wallis, Esq. an extensive demesne, situated on the Blackwater, and richly adorned with timber. It enjoys the convenience of limestone, the staple manure of this part of the country, and from which several parts of it are very remote. The neighbourhood of Millstreet, surrounded for the most part by lofty mountains, contains nevertheless a good deal of arable land, which lets much higher than might be expected from its remote situation. There are instances of farm land bringing 40s- per acre, and near the town still greater rents. Turf fuel is here in the utmost abundance, affording most convenient means, from the proximity of limestone, for reclaiming the extensive ranges of moorland, with which this part of the country abounds. Of these there are some very fine tracts adjoining the Blackwater, and not much elevated above the bed of the river. I know no part of the county, that presents, to appearance, a finer subject for the hand of judicious improvement. The expense of draining, which is the grand requisite, might perhaps be very considerable, but the return of profit would amply repay any expenditure. The circumstances of the [read more …] “A Statistical Survey of Millstreet (1810)”

Huge Demonstration at Moll Carthy’s

Ahead of this evening’s table quiz at Moll Carthy’s Bridge, we briefly look back at an event when 6,000 people converged on Moll Carthy’s:

“On January 23 (1887), an enthusiastic demonstration under the auspices of the National League was held at Moll Carthy’s Bridge, situated eight miles from the town of Kanturk. There was an enormous assemblage, estimated at 6,000 persons. There were two brass bands and several fife and dram bands in attendance, accompanied by contingents from all the surrounding branches of the League, including Banteer, Dromagh, Dromtarriff, Millstreet, Ballyvourney, Carrigenema, Newmarket, Ballyclough, Lyre, Kilcorney, and Nadd. A large force of police under the Millstreet district inspector was present. A Government note-taker was also present and took notes of the speeches.” – from the NZ Tablet

150th Anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs

THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS”

by

COL (Ret.) Robert J. Bateman, NYARG

Past National Historian, AOH (1976 – 1980)

Past Division #8 Historian, Lawrence, MA

Division #18 Historian, Peekskill, N.Y.

(Great-grandnephew of Captain Timothy Deasy)

On the 150th anniversary of their deaths, let us pause to commemorate, the brave Fenian heroes forever known in Irish history as “THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS” .

On the 18th of September 1867, in Manchester, England, Colonel Rickard O’Sullivan Burke, Captain Michael O’Brien, Captain Edward O’Meagher Condon and a rescue party of fifteen other Bold Fenian Men rescued Colonel Thomas Kelly, Chief Executive of the IRB and Captain Timothy Deasy, the Deputy Central Organizer of the Irish Republic and IRB commander for Manchester and Liverpool, who were being transported from Bellvue “Goal” (jail) by British Authorities. The Fenian Officers Burke, Condon, O’Brien, Kelly and Deasy, all American citizens and combat veterans of the American Civil War, were also members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America; while Burke, Allen, O’Brien, Condon and Deasy were all from County Cork. The names of the 15 other Fenians who made up the rescue party were Thomas O’Bolger, James Laverty, John Neary, Peter Ryan, William Melvin, Michael Larkin, Timothy Featherstone, Charles Moorhouse, Peter Rice, William Philip Allen, Patrick Bloomfield, John Stoneham, Joseph Ryan and James Cahill.

During the rescue, (“THE SMASHING OF THE VAN”), Sergeant Charles Brett, a Manchester Police veteran of some twenty-five years, was accidentally shot and killed. [read more …] “150th Anniversary of the Manchester Martyrs”

Long Herlihy’s in 1953

Apparently Timothy Herlihy was a bit of a local character in the Aubane area. His home was very near Clashatrake Bridge (between Aubane and Kilcorney Creamery), set on the lower slope of Glenleigh, and is clearly seen in the above photo which was taken from across the valley in Lacht in 1953, showing it and the surrounding valley, including a distant Mushera Mountain at the top left.
[read more …] “Long Herlihy’s in 1953”

Clara Hillfort


While most of us have been to the top of Clara Mountain, many don’t know that on top, the remains of an ancient hillfort lie under the heather. It can be made out in the photo above which shows Clara with Millstreet in the background. The hillfort is described in a new archaeological site: The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland, which maps for the first time all the ancient hillforts across the landscapes of Ireland and the UK:

“Contour fort positioned at the summit of Claragh Mountain, overlooking the town of Millstreet. The circular enclosing element measures 122m in diameter and comprises a single bank of loose stone with no discernible ditch feature. It occupies a total area of 1ha. Possible original entrance at WNW. Up to four breaks in the bank have been created in recent years. Near the center of the interior, a sub-rectangular enclosure, 19m E _ W, 14mN _ S, is defined by a setting of stones. A cairn, 8m in diameter and 0.5m in maximum height is incorporated in to W section of the hillfort bank. Sections of peat at summit suggest an even blanket of peat approximately 0.2m in depth. Some heather growth in interior. There have been no archaeological investigations of this hillfort.
Entrance: Simple break in hillfort bank, 8m wide. West side”

[read more …] “Clara Hillfort”

Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen

Many thanks to Kevin McDermott for the above photo which shows his wife Noreen’s Grandfather and Grandmother -John and Katherine Cronin.  John Cronin was the Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen, Millstreet, and lived in the Gatekeepers cottage at the time.  He’m thinking that the photo was taken early in the nineteen hundreds probably around 1910.  Noreen (née Cronin) was formerly from Murphy’s Terrace.  [read more …] “Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen”

The Killing of Michael Dinneen

Early on the morning of the 24th of June 1921 I.R.A. Volunteer Michael Dineen from the Kilcorney Company County Cork was taken prisoner by Auxiliaries in a round-up of I.R.A. suspects. He was picked up at his brother’s house Ivale, and his body was later found at Tooreenbawn some three hundred yards from his home he had been shot.

 

“About 7 a.m. on Friday, June 24th., I noticed some Auxiliaries and a policeman at a little distance from my house. I have since ascertained that the policeman’s name was Dowd. I called my brother, Michael, who was in bed. He got up and dressed, and was saying his morning prayers when the Auxiliaries came in. They questioned him and charged him with being in the Rathcoole Ambush on the previous week, and with being an officer in the I.R.A., all of which was untrue, and which he denied. Then they took him out of the house and one of them went to his room, searched it and took some money. When this man came downstairs he ordered my brother to be brought in again, and questioned him about Sinn Fein, etc, and said: “I’m going to shoot you because you must be an officer in the I.R.A.” “If you do,” said Michael, “I can’t help it. I suppose you shot as innocent men as me.” He ordered Michael to be brought outside  [read more …] “The Killing of Michael Dinneen”

A Car Crash, and a Dead Cow by Magic Bullet

Andrew Duggan’s hardware store / pub at the Bridge (1912).

The below interesting debate took place between Thomas Nagle, TD for North Cork, and George Nicholls, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, during Question Time in Dáil Eireann on Tuesday, 19 May 1925.

TOMAS DE NOGLA:     asked the Minister for Defence if he is aware that Mr. A. Duggan, Millstreet, Co. Cork, has been refused compensation in respect of damage done to a car by collision with a military lorry, which it is stated was travelling very fast, and, if so, if he will agree to reconsider the claim.

Mr. NICHOLLS:     I regret that I cannot agree to reconsider Mr. Duggan’s claim for compensation in respect of damage alleged to have been done to his car by collision with a military lorry.

Mr. NAGLE:     Are any damages paid in cases where military lorries injure private persons’ property?

Mr. NICHOLLS:     This accident occurred on the 2nd December, 1922, at midnight, after a Crossley tender had passed two other carts without any untoward results. Exhaustive inquiries have been made in connection with the claim which is for £9 4s. 6d. in respect of upset to a cart containing cases of whiskey, wine, etc.  [read more …] “A Car Crash, and a Dead Cow by Magic Bullet”

This day 1773 – The Murder of Art Ó Laoghaire

This day in 1773 – Art Ó Laoghaire, the subject of Eileen O’Leary’s lament ‘Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire’, is shot and murdered by soldiers at Carriganima. Art was closely related to the McCarthy’s of Drishane.

The below documentary has come to light recently and  covers the poem and the life of Art O’Laoghaire and Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill (Eileen O’ Connell).

The poem was recorded by a Millstreet lady Nora Ní Shindile (a professional keener). Read our article on her and the poem.

Mushera Volunteers Easter 1916 Plaque Unveiling Celebrations DVD now available

A new DVD has been produced of the Plaque unveiling in Aubane Community Centre which took place last December to remember the 1916 Mushera Company of Irish Volunteers, the price of the DVD is 10 Euro and copies are available from Noreen Kelleher Aubane and Noreen can be contacted on 087 9486673 if you wish to purchase a Copy.

 

Does anyone know of Crippleford?

Bob Kenney has been researching his family tree and is stuck at his great great great grandmother. She was Ellen Healy of Crippleford, and her marriage to Timothy Buckley on June 1, 1833 is listed in the Dromtarriffe Parish Register.

He had been trying to locate Crippleford, but after some time failed, so he asked us, but we’ve never heard of it, and no-one we asked has heard of it either. So we’re wondering if anyone of our readers has heard of it, or could ask someone that might know. Bob would be delighted if someone could help him out. If so please leave a comment below, or contact us directly [contact details are on our Contact Page].

A few thoughts:

1.. There are a couple of references to Crippleford online, all referring to “Thomas Wallace born Jan.6, 1806 in Rethcool, Duhallow, Cripleford on the Blackwater in County Cork,Ireland”. [1] [2]. There are also more references to Crippleford in the parish register, so it’s safe to say that the name did/does exist in the Dromtarriffe Parish area.

2.. It was normal for [read more …] “Does anyone know of Crippleford?”