Comeenatrush Lake and Waterfall

It’s sometimes known as the Secret Waterfall, because few outside Millstreet know of its existence. Indeed most locals don’t even know how  to get there, but Comeenatrush is a gem, and visitors are astounded that it’s not better known. Essentially it is at the start of the Finnow river, bringing its water from the upland valley that is Gneeves. The water cascades over 100m down the multi level waterfall, before resting in the lake. The peace, tranquillity, and the sound of water are refreshing to the soul.

 

Road – Comeenatrush taken in 2008 by James (rip)

The waterfall froze in December 2010 (photo Kevin Buckley)

The waterfall featured in Eurovision 1993, as the Norwegian contestant Silje Vije travelled there on horseback

Getting there.

1. Starting from the Square in Millstreet, head south on the road to Macroom (R582) for 3.2 km
2. Turn right onto the L5224 after passing the turn off for Kilmeedy Castle and crossing the bridge over the River Finnow.
3. Continue for 350m, until the road forks. Keep left.
4. Continue for 1.5km, turn right down small the side road
5. Continue for 600m until you get to the old farmhouse & farmyard on the right side of the road.
6. Walk to the right of the house, and follow the path for 1km until it takes you to the lake.
6. [Change 2019] Do not enter by the house, but it’s best to drive or walk up past the house and park at the double gate on the right and walk through the field there and down to the farm passage that leads to the waterfall [Directions on Google Maps]

If you want to get to the lake and the bottom of the waterfall then follow these Directions on Google Maps. DO NOT follow the default  route from Millstreet to Comeenatrush on Google Maps, you will be landed on top of the hill at the entrance to Gneeves Windfarm. Many people make this mistake. BUT … It’s not really a bad thing though as if you make your way across 100m of bog, you are at the top of a cliff looking down on the lake and the view is spectacular. Sitting on the rock just down from the top of the cliff my favourite spot here, with the views and the sound of the water … but you need a head for heights, so it’s not for everyone. [route to the top of the cliff]

Iron Age Log Boat

In 1992 when the the then owner Thade Mullane was re-landscaping the site, an Iron age Log Boat was discovered in the lake. Made from oak, it had been preserved by the acidic bog water.  It was dug out and researched by archaeologists from UCC and dated to 393 to 537, it is the earliest boat found on the Blackwater Valley. After inspections, it was re-submerged into the lake to preserve it. To find out more about the boat read our article HERE.

Bits and Pieces

There is an Iron Age Logboat in the lake from about the 4th century. It was discovered in 1992, researched, and placed back in the lake to preserve it.

Tips: As with most waterfalls, it is always best to enjoy the waterfall after it has been raining heavily and there is lots of water flowing.

Local Legend: the golden gates of Kilmeedy Castle are reputed to have been thrown in Comeenatrush Lake!

Comeenatrush has a Wikipedia page in Cebuano (a language from the Phillipines), but none in English!

Spelling Variations: Coomeenatrush, Caumatruish,

Many places online give the address as ‘Glantane’. This is incorrect. The lake is split by the townlands of Curragh and Gneeves. Glantane is at best two miles away.

In the 1880’s a man by the name of Daniel Dennehy was murdered nearby, and his remains dumped into the lake [TODO: complete article and link]

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The logboat discovered at Comeenatrush, seen here after it was taken from the water. Thade Mullane who found the boat was the long time owner of the lands, and always welcomed people to see the lake, waterfall, and the boat.

 

Coomatrush Lake

Coomatrush Lake

Coomatrush Waterfall

 

 

Clara Mountain

 

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Update June 2019: is seems that the new owner of the land have planted the entire place with trees and the boat has been covered too (possibly destroyed) by the digging work 🙁
Different owners of the house and yard at the front have blocked access to the roadway. Its best to drive or walk up past the house and park at the double gate on the right and walk through the field there.

 

Millstreet’s WWI Soldiers

Today on the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, 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 45 that died and the 87  108+ who survived that we know of:

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

Those 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]
  99. Jeremiah Forde, Station Road [TODO]
  100. Daniel Forde, Station Road [TODO]
  101. Philip James George Denehey, Tasmania [TODO]
  102. John Singleton, Cullen, 91st Division US Army [TODO]
  103. Daniel Murphy, West End, [notes]
  104. Patrick John Nicholson, Main Street [notes]
  105. Joseph E. Dennehy, 66th Engineers, US Army [notes]
  106. Daniel Harrington, Minor Row, enlisted but not fit for service [notes]
  107. Cornelius Lehane, Lackabane [notes]
  108. Edmund Forde, Inches, Canadian Army [notes]

On top of those, there is a list of 57 Draft Registrations of Millstreet men  who were living in the US at the time of the 1917 Draft, but whose number thankfully for them weren’t called out.

Undoubtedly there are more, but we haven’t found them yet. If you have information on these or other men involved, please contact us.

If you want to see the notes above, just please ask.

Captain Paddy McCarthy – Killed at Mill Lane on November 22nd 1920

Captain Paddy McCarthy
(8/Feb/1896-22/Nov/1920)

The late Paddy McCarthy was born at Rowels, Meelin and reared with his cousins, the Fitzpatricks of Commons, Freemount. He became an active member of Óglaigh na hÉireann following the 1916 Easter Rising, and was a member of B Company of the Second Battalion, Cork No. 2 Brigade of the IRA under Sean Moylan.

On May 8, 1918 he was charged with a gun offence and imprisoned for 18 months. He was held in Belfast prison where  he took part in the hunger strike of 1918. He and others were transferred to Strangeways prison in Manchester where he made a daring escape with Austin Stack of Tralee and four others in 1919.

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He took part in the capture of Mallow Barracks in September 1920, which was the only military barracks to be taken over in the war.

“It was planned that Willis and Bolster would enter the military barracks that morning in the normal way, accompanied an officer (Paddy McCarthy) of the column who would pose as a contractor’s overseer.
McCarthy, Willis and Bolster entered the barracks without mishap, their revolvers concealed. Members of the garrison followed their normal routine.
Inside the walls were Paddy McCarthy, Dick Willis and Jack Bolster, their revolvers concealed. Then Ernie O’Malley presented himself at the wicket with a bogus letter in his hand. Behind him and out of sight of the sentry were the other members of the main attacking party, led by Liam Lynch, Paddy O’Brien and George Power. When the gate was opened sufficiently, O’Malley wedged his foot between it and the frame and the soldier was overpowered. In rushed the attackers.
McCarthy, Bolster and Willis immediately went to the guardroom where they held up the guard. Realising what was happening, Sergeant Gibbs, rushed towards the guardroom in which rifles were kept. Although called upon to halt, he continued even though a warning shot was fired over his head. As he reached the guardroom door, the I.R.A. officer and one of the volunteers in the guardroom fired simultaneously. Mortally wounded, the Sergeant fell at the guard-room door.
By that time the majority of the attacking party was inside the gate. Military personnel in different parts of the barracks were rounded up and arms were collected. Three waiting motor cars pulled up to the gate and into them were piled all the rifles and other arms and equipment found in the barracks. In all some twenty-seven rifles, two Hotchkiss light machine-guns, boxes of ammunition, Very light pistols, a revolver, and bayonets, were taken away. The prisoners were locked into one of the stables, with the exception of a man left to care for Sergeant Gibbs. The whole operation had gone according to plan, except for the shooting of the sergeant.” [details]

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Captain McCarthy met his fate on Mill Lane on the night of the 22nd November 1920, when his Flying Column took on the British Forces in Millstreet:
After atrocities on local residents by the Auxiliaries, the leaders of the Cork No. 2 Brigade column decoded to attack them on November 22nd 1920. William Reardon recalled: ‘When we had been in position for some time, there was no sign of any activity, but suddenly someone dashed past the end of Mill Lane, at the same time firing a shot. We rushed onto the Main Street at the junction with Mill Lane and opened fire on two Black and Tans who were running up the street towards their barracks. The enemy party escaped, but when we returned to Mill Lane, we found that Paddy McCarthy had been shot dead by the single shot.’

Paddy McCarthy is the first name on the monument in the Square. Annually the local Sinn Féin Cumann hold a commemoration in honour of his selfless dedication and service to his country.

For more, read the speach given at the 2006 commemoration by Jack Lane of the Aubane Historical Society.

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Paddy McCarthy – Died 1920
Born Meelin, Co. Cork. Shot dead at Upper Mill Lane, Millstreet on November 22nd. 1920 by Black and Tans. Had joined Volunteers immediately after 1916. Took part in Belfast hunger strike in 1918 under Austin Stack. Escaped from Strangeways Jail, Manchester in September 1919. Played decisive part in capture of Mallow Barracks and at Ballydrochane ambush, near Kanturk. Was buried with full military honours at Lismire, near Kanturk. – from Second North Cork Brigade
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Volunteer Patrick McCarthy of Meelin, Newmarket (Millstreet)
Date of incident: 22 Nov. 1920

Patrick McCarthy was ‘a leading North Cork fighter who played an important part in the capture of Mallow Military Barracks. A short time afterwards he fell in action in a fight at Millstreet.’ On 22 November 1920, Volunteers from the Millstreet Battalion and the column of the Cork No. 2 Brigade attacked the forces of the crown, which had been terrorising the nationalist population of Millstreet. According to Volunteer and column member Seán Healy, ‘the Black and Tan garrison in Millstreet were making themselves very objectionable to the public. They were visiting public houses, demanding and getting free drinks, smashing windows, and damaging doors. It was decided to teach hem a lesson, and so the column, in conjunction with members of local companies, who were acting as scouts, moved into positions in the town of Millstreet about 9 p.m. on 22nd November 1920.’ See Seán Healy’s WS 1339, 8 (BMH).

The decision by leaders of the Cork No. 2 Brigade column to attack the Auxiliaries recently arrived in Millstreet was prompted by the bombing of the house of Volunteer William Reardon and the attempted burning of the houses of Timothy Murphy and Mrs Lenihan on 20 November 1920. The Auxiliaries must have been anticipating such a reprisal. As one of the attacking Volunteers William Reardon, recalled, ‘When we had been in position for some time, there was no sign of any activity, but suddenly someone dashed past the end of Mill Lane, at the same time firing a shot. We rushed on to the Main St at the junction with Mill Lane and opened fire on two Black and Tans who were running up the street towards their barracks. The enemy party escaped, but when we returned to Mill Lane, we found that Paddy McCarthy had been shot dead by the single shot.’ See William Reardon’s WS 1185, 5 (BMH).

The IRA unsuccessfully sought to avenge McCarthy’s death: ‘Every night for the next week we moved into the town [of Millstreet], but the Tans made themselves conspicuous by their absence and confined themselves severely to the barracks. On the last night we went in, we brought the Hotchkiss [gun] into a dressmaker’s shop facing the barracks and fired a series of volleys into the barrack windows and door. They made no effort to come out.’ See Richard Willis and John Bolster’s WS 808, 25 (BMH).

McCarthy’s comrades removed his body to the house of Eugene O’Sullivan at Gortavehy, 5 miles away, where it was waked through the night and carried off for burial in Kilcorcoran Cemetery the next day. Liam Lynch personally took charge of the funeral arrangements. See Rebel Cork’s FS, 201. In the words of Seán Moylan, ‘It was an eerie experience following a coffin at midnight along lonely bye-roads from Millstreet to Kilcorcoran. And in spite of the secrecy with which the proceedings had to be veiled, the funeral cortege at Kilcorcoran had reached immense proportions. Men seemed to come from everywhere to pay their last tribute of respect to the dead soldier, and our loyal friend, Father Leonard from Freemount, came to say the last prayers at the graveside.’ See Seán Moylan’s WS 838, 147-48 (BMH). Almost two years later, McCarthy’s body was exhumed with extraordinary ceremony and reinterred in the family burial ground at Clonfert near Newmarket in October 1922: ‘The coffin lay overnight in his native church, Meelin, with an all day and night guard in relays. The funeral cortege was over three miles long. It reached from Clonfert to Meelin. The volleys fired over the grave were heard in Meelin, and the funeral procession was still moving out of the village.’ See Denny Mullane’s WS 789, 16 (BMH)

Seán Moylan, his close comrade, recalled McCarthy’s IRA career and personality: ‘Paddy McCarthy had been arrested after a battalion parade in March or April 1918. He was sentenced to eighteen months in Belfast prison. He participated in the strike there under Austin Stack. Afterwards he was transferred to Strangeways prison, Manchester, from which he escaped about September 1919. From the date of his arrival home in Ireland until August 1920, when he was selected as a member of the newly organised A.S.U., he had been associated with me in all activities. Now I was no more to see his friendly face, to hear his merry laughter, to have my spirits renewed by his unbreakable courage.’ McCarthy, declared Moylan, ‘had so much of dare-deviltry, was so infectiously gay and good humoured that he was an all-round favourite, and his death was the sorest blow that could be given to them [i.e., his comrades]’. See Seán Moylan’s WS 838, 147-48 (BMH). – [The Irish Revolution]

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“Do you remember our Quartermaster Paddy McCarthy? He was killed in a fight with Tans in Millstreet. Paddy O’Brien was wounded by an ambush of Tans near his own place. He ‘ s now Brigade Quartermaster. ” Paddy McCarthy was a loss. I thought of his unfailing good humour , his broad laugh and the lilt of song that would burst out at unexpected times. His quartermaster’s magic sack would no longer open to disgorge ammunition, cigarettes or mine batteries. – Irish Press 1937

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The War of Independence in Freemount

In 1917 a company of the Irish Volunteers was formed in Freemount. As the company were in the Newmarket battalion area, they later became ‘B Company, Newmarket Batallion, Cork No.4 Brigade’.

In 1918 Sean Noonan a creamery manager in Freemount was arrested along with Paddy McCarthy, a native of Meelin who resided with his cousins, the Fitzpatricks of Commons. They were charged with possession of fire arms and both were sentenced to terms of imprisonment in Belfast Jail.
McCarthy was deported to Manchester prison from which he made a daring escape with Austin Stack of Tralee and four others. He then became a member of the Brigade Flying column and took part in the capture of Mallow Military Barracks, he was killed in a fight with the Black & Tans in Millstreet on November 22~ 1920… [Freemount Village]

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In 1947 a plaque was erected to Paddy McCarthy at the corner of Mill Lane and Main Street in Millstreet. He is commemorated there each year. [maps]

It reads: “Pádraig Mac Cárthaigh a marbhuigheadh annso Samhain 22 1920
Ag troid dó ar son saoirse na hÉireann”. (Patrick Mac Carthy was killed here on November 22 1920. Fighting for Irish freedom).

TODO: plaque unveiled at mill lane 1947 … where is the article that was being prepared?

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Paddy McCarthy is the first name on the monument in the Square.

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Named after him, Captain Paddy McCarthy Terrace is across from the Cannon O’Donovan Centre, back the Clara Road

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There is a plaque to Paddy McCarthy directly across from the Church in Meelin [maps] [f]

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The Brattleboro daily reformer., November 23, 1920

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Paddy McCarthy story resembles Bugle

WHILE the central theme in Bryan McMahon’s play, ‘ The Bugle in the Blood’ deals with a son, Robby Trimble who is on hunger strike and the moral dilemmas coupled with the rights and wrongs of self sacrifice as seen through the eyes of his family.

While the play is set in Meelin by the Duhallow Players as part of the Meelin Rising Commemoration celebrations, there is an uncanny slice of history which resembles the play on home ground.

The director Michael O’Halloran who also plays a key role in ‘ The Bugle in the Blood’ uncovered a very appropriate Meelin connection with the subject mater of the play through the Volunteer leader, Paddy McCarthy, who was born in Meelin and joined the Volunteers immediately after 1916.

He was a key figure in the second Brigade IRA (North Cork) but it might not be generally known that he himself joined the hunger strike in Belfast in 1918 under Austin Stack.

He escaped from Strangeways Jail in Manchester in September 1919 and secretly returned to Ireland and made his way to O’Reilly’s undertakers in Newmarket which was a safe house.

Mrs O’Reilly, who is a grandmother of Michael, who runs the business today, was washing clothes in the back yard when she saw a very gaunt man make his way into a secret cellar underneath their house in Church Street.

McCarthy was so emaciated that she failed to recognise him, but she went to the door and gave an agreed knock – which he answered.

She then secretly and kindly fed and looked after him there in the following weeks, until his strength returned.

However, he was later shot in Millstreet and secretly buried at night in Kilcorcoran cemetery in Lismire. His body was later exhumed and there was a funeral mass in Meelin and he was buried in Clonfrert with full military honours.

The Bugle In The Blood which was presented by Duhallow Players in Meelin Hall, Sunday 24th and Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th April 2016 at 8pm.

[The Corkman ]

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Escape from Strangeways Jail in Manchester

Piaras Beasley, in his book – “Michael Collins And The Making Of A New Ireland” – stated, regarding the escape from Strangeways Jail, Manchester, in October, 1919, that there was no effort to arrange an escape until he arrived, and that he started it. In this, Piaras Beasley has made a mistake. As a matter of fact, several, communications had passed between Stack, who was a prisoner in Strangeways Jail, and Collins about a possible escape. Eventually, it was decided that nothing would be done until Beasley was tranferred. there from Birmingham Prison. I was the first to take a note from Collins to Beasley; and his first remark to me was: “I am glad you have been busy here” – which showed there was previous contact.

At this time, Fionán Lynch, who was a prisoner also, was released; and he brought out a map showing the location of where a possible attempt at escape could be effected. Fionán was in close touch with Paddy Donoghue and myself; and we, of course, were working in close touch with Michael Collins.

At that time, of course, we had no friendly warders. All communications with the Manchester prisoners were mostly delivered by visitors. They were shown in to a room there. In shaking hands, they could transfer anything, or, as very often happened, in pots of jam and parcels of butter taken in by Mrs. Donoghue, The plan of the outside of the wall was sent in on a map, packed in a cake again.

This was done in Paddy Donoghue’s house. Rory O’Connor came to Manchester to examine the plans of the proposed escape. The code which was used was that Collins was “Ange1a”, and Paddy Donoghue was “Maud”. The six prisoners in Manchester at the time were Austin Stack, Piaras Beasley, D.P. Walsh, Seán Doran, Con Connolly and Paddy McCarthy, who was afterwards killed in an ambush. The plan was to hold up the warder during exercise; and we had got handcuffs, in case they were necessary, from Inspector Carroll of the Salford Dock Police, with, of course, the numbers rubbed out so that they could not be traced, The day of the proposed escape arrived, and it was found that the Volunteers from Dublin, under Rory O’Connor, missed some connection. The escape had to be arranged for a later date. The morning of the actual escape arrived. Miss Talty took in a watch to the prison. This watch had been sent out for repairs, but actually it was brought in to have the correct time recorded, so that there should be no hitch. The time would have to synchronise with that recorded on the watches outside – five o’clock.

As Beasley has pointed out in his book, I was unable to be present, because I was, at the time, laid up with an attack of the ‘flu. The street at the back of the prison led on to a croft; and this was mannedby a number of Volunteers from Dublin, Liverpool and Manchester, holding up all traffic and all pedestrians, including military. At the specified time, a stone was thrown over the wall from inside. This was the zero hour than, and a rope, leaded, was thrown over the wall from the outside. It only went a couple of feet over the wall; and it had to be hauled back again. The same thing happened the second time.

Eventually, Matt Lawless, a member of the Volunteers, walked up with an extension ladder and calmly put it up against the wall. Peadar Clancy mounted it, released the weight and threw over the ladder. The first man up was Stack. The second was Beasley himself; and when he had got to the top, two more had got to the bottom of the ladder; his hands got stuck; they were scraped and grazed; eventually he succeeded in landing on the ground. All six prisoners got out. Beasley and Stack were taken to a waiting motor car by Donoghue, and driven to the house of a man, named George Lodge, Bachelor of Science, and employed by the I.C.I. at the time.

Two of the prisoners, Seán Doran and Paddy McCarthy, were given bicycles, and in the excitement they missed their guide. They set off, one following the other – one thinking that the other was the guide – until they found themselves out in the suburbs. They did not know Manchester, and had no idea what to do. They went in to the F.C.J. (Faithful Companions of Jesus) Convent there. There was a conference of old members in progress. They told their tale. One of the ladies present was a Miss Josie O’Donnell from Rochdale; and she was advised to go and see the Parish Priest, Father Corkery. She told him her tale of woe – that she had the two prisoners, and did not know what she was to do with them. Where did he suggest that she could. go, but the place where we had Stack and Beasley staying – George Lodge’s. She brought the two lads – Doran and Paddy McCarthy – and left them waiting some distance away. She knocked at the door. It was an hour after the arrival of Stack and Beasley. When the door was opened, she said: “Are you Irish?” He said: “Yes”. She said: Are you a Catholic?” He said: “Yes”. She said: “Are you a Sinn Féiner?” He said: “No, no, not at all” – thinking of the men he had from Strangeways. So she said: “Do you know anybody in the Sinn Féin movement?” And eventually she asked him if he knew me. He said: “No, I never met him. Wait – I think his name was in the Catholic Herald at a meeting”.

He was not long gone when he came back, and gave her my name and address. George thought it was all lost and the plot was found out.

She came to our house with the two lads. They planked their bicycles’ some distance away. She knocked at the door. My wife answered the door and, although they went to college together, they did not recognise one another; they had not seen each other for a long time. The same questions were put again – “Are you a Catholic?” “Are you Sinn Féin?” My wife said: “We belong to the Self-Determination League”. So Miss Talty went out, and knew Josie very well. She told us what had happened, and that the two lads were outside. I had a brother-in-law, who was visiting me then because I had the flu, and I told him to take them up to his place until we arranged about them. They were taken to 64 Alexander Road – Seamus Talty’s place. – [Collins 22 Society]

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James Hickey’s Bureau of Military History statement about the time of Paddy McCarthy’s murder:
“…At this stage Paddy McCarthy suggested that there was little likelihood of any more activity and “Neilus,” Healy proceeded to the junction of Mill Lane with Main St. to have a look round. As he reached the junction he noticed two people leaving Nicholson’s public house at the opposite side of the street. We returned immediately and reported accordingly. We were then about 20 feet from Main St., and as the message was being conveyed by “Neilus” Healy a shot rang out and Paddy McCarthy dropped. He had been shot through the head and was killed outright…”

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TODO: which RIC officers were responsible?

WWI: Draft Registrations from Millstreet in the U.S.A.

Fifty seven Millstreet men were living in America at the time of the 1917 WWI Draft Register. All had to register. Some were chosen to fight, but fortunately for some, their numbers were not called out to fight in WWI.There were in all likely-hood others, but these are the ones we know whose numbers were not called out:

John Joseph Denahy, born in Adrivale [in edit]

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Peter C Morrissey in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Peter C Morrissey
Race: Caucasian (White)
Birth Date: 20 Dec 1887
Birth Place: Ireland
Street address: 70 Neponset Ave
Residence Place: Hyde Park, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation: Machinist
Employer: Becker Milling Mahcine Co
Where: Hyde Park
Dependants: Wife and Child
Married, Caucasian
No Military Service
1482 Peter C Morrissey (signature)
Tall, slender, blue-grey eyes, black hair, not bald, no disabilities
Ward: 24; Precinct: 6; City Boston Norfolk Co, Massachussetts, June 5 1917

Peter was the son of Bridget Kelleher of Drishanebeg. He emigrated to Boston with his family at the age of 2.

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Thomas Patrick Barry

First name(s) Thomas Patrick
Last name Barry
Birth year 1892
Birth date 01 Nov 1892
Birth place Millstreet,County Cork,Ireland
Residence Detroit City no 1
State Michigan
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1686018828

(draft card on computer)

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First name(s) Timothy Daniel
Last name Buckley
Birth year 1893
Birth date 28 Feb 1893
Birth place Millstreet,County Cork,Ireland
Residence Brighton City no 25
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648565354

draft card image on computer

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First name(s) Jerry
Last name Casey
Birth year 1895
Birth date 16 Nov 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lane County
State Oregon
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1693751142

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Patrick Joseph
Last name Daly
Birth year 1895
Birth date 05 Dec 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Tewksbury City no 19
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648676962

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) Denis
Last name Dennehy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 12 Oct 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Fairfield County no 13
State Connecticut
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649498647

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) James Thomas
Last name Fitzgerald
Birth year 1891
Birth date 10 Jul 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Brookline City
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1648847925

draft registration on computer

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First name(s) Cornelius William
Last name Harrington
Birth year 1888
Birth date 07 Feb 1888
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence Somerville City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649060149

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Michael
Last name Harrington
Birth year 1893
Birth date 11 Apr 1893
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Cork,Ireland
Residence Somerville City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

http://search.findmypast.ie/record?id=usm%2fwwidr%2f1649049875

draft card on computer

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First name(s) Timothy F
Last name Harnedy
Sex Male
Birth year 1889
Birth date 14 Feb 1889
Place of birth as transcribed Drishane,Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Ireland
Residence Churchill County, Clark County, Douglas County, Elko County
State Nevada
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

 

 

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Callahan
Sex Male
Birth year 1894
Birth date 15 Mar 1894
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Great Britain Ireland
Residence Livingston County
State New York
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

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Con Walsh, the famous hammer thrower from carriganima was draft registered in america

. http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2012/08/11/con-walsh-olympic-bronze-medalist

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correct millstreet?
First name(s) Charles
Last name Ford
Birth year 1888
Birth date 10 Oct 1888
Birth place Milstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 4
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Parents Patrick Forde and Julia Riordan of Gortaveha

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/020a2b0280636

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First name(s) Peter
Last name Keefe
Birth year 1893
Birth date 06 Jan 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John Joseph
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1886
Birth date 04 Dec 1886
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 10
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Michael
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1891
Birth date 06 Jan 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Marin County
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Patrick
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1892
Birth date 17 Mar 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Lenehan
Birth year 1894
Birth date 17 Jan 1894
Birth place Millstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence Niagara County no 2
State New York
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jeremiah J
Last name Linehan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 28 Mar 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence New Haven City no 6
State Connecticut
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Born 28th March 1888 to Bartholomew Linehan (labourer) and Elizabeth Keily of Knocknageehy

1897 – mother Elizabeth died of pneumonia – https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/ead9e811758062

1901 census – mother is missing – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Derragh/Knocknageeha_West/1150244/

1911 census – Jeremiah has left – http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Cullen/Knocknageeha_West/435998/

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First name(s) Fred
Last name Lynch
Birth year 1890
Birth date 22 Mar 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Cleveland City no 6
State Ohio
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

no sign of birth registration or in the census

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First name(s) Thomas Michael
Last name Lynch
Birth year 1891
Birth date 30 May 1891
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Boston City no 5
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

born on 15th April 1890 to Michael Lynch (Farmer Labourer) and Hanora (nano) Dennehy of Caherbarnagh, Ballydaly

https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/202b856058518

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Caherbarnagh/Ballydaly/1150923/

still in caherbarnagh in 1911

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Caherbarnagh/Ballydaly/436678/

the same one?

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First name(s) Michael Joseph
Last name Mahoney
Birth year 1890
Birth date 21 Dec 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland,England
Residence Boston City no 5
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

was this the same michael that had returned from the US and was killed in 1916. NO!
the birth date etc above are correct.
he was the son of Daniel Mahony (publican) main street and kate sheehan
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details-civil/a7835a6082799

1901 census – father is a road contractor
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Cork/Drishane/Main_Street/1151669/

1911 he was still at home with parents aged 21 – a general labourer
http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Cork/Drishane/Main_Street/437408/

(added also to his own article)

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First name(s) Jeremiah
Last name Mccann
Birth year 1887
Birth date 29 May 1887
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence South Boston City no 10
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Timothy
Last name Mcsweeney
Birth year 1893
Birth date 26 Jan 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 6
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) James
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1901
Birth date 14 Apr 1901
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 5
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Jerry
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1892
Birth date Dec 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Coos County
State New Hampshire
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 12 Jan 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 5
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John
Last name Murphy
Sex Male
Birth year 1892
Birth date 08 Sep 1892
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Ireland
Residence Silver Bow County
State Montana
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Card

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First name(s) Patrick C
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1895
Birth date 06 Jan 1895
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Contra Costa County no 2
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Name Patrick C Murphy
Event Type Draft Registration
Event Date 1917-1918
Event Place Contra Costa County no 2, California, United States
Gender Male
Nationality Ireland
Birth Date 06 Jan 1895
Birthplace Millstreet, Cork, Ireland

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZVZ-V97

 

First name(s) Timothy
Last name O’Leary
Birth year 1893
Birth date 23 Jun 1893
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Cleveland City no 7
State Ohio
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Daniel Edmund
Last name O’Meara
Birth year 1888
Birth date 10 Dec 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Chicago City no 85
State Illinois
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Patrick Joseph
Last name O’Shea
Birth year 1887
Birth date 17 Mar 1887
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John Aloysius
Last name Reardon
Birth year 1889
Birth date 05 Aug 1889
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 2
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Matthew
Last name Riordan
Birth year 1894
Birth date 10 Jul 1894
Birth place Millstreet,Ireland
Residence Brockton City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Cornelius
Last name Rioridan
Birth year 1892
Birth date 02 Sep 1892
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 158
State New York
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Timothy J
Last name Ryan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 16 Aug 1888
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Malden City no 1
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

 

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irst name(s) Dennis Joseph
Last name Ryan
Sex Male
Birth year 1895
Birth date 21 Feb 1895
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country United States
Residence Herkimer County No 1
State New York
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

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First name(s) James
Last name Mcdonald
Birth year 1895
Birth date 16 Oct 1895
Birth place Kilcorney,Cork,Ireland
Residence Needham City no 33
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) John J
Last name Sullivan
Birth year 1888
Birth date 25 Nov 1888
Birth place Kilcorney,Cork,Ireland
Residence Hyde Park City no 24
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Dennis
Last name Sullivan
Sex Male
Birth year 1896
Birth date 06 Jan 1896
Place of birth as transcribed Millstreet,Cork
Birth country Ireland
Registration year 1917-1918
Citizenship country Great Britain
Residence Silver Bow County
State Montana
Country United States
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards

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First name(s) Denis Ed
Last name Murphy
Birth year 1890
Birth date 23 Apr 1890
Birth place Dromtarriff Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 119
State New York
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) William Bernard
Last name Fitzgerald
Birth year 1894
Birth date 31 Aug 1894
Birth place Cullen,Cork,Ireland
Residence Lawrence City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

 

 

 

First name(s) Thomas
Last name Ring
Birth year 1891
Birth date Jul 1891
Birth place Cullen,Cork,Ireland
Residence New York City no 116
State New York
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

Son of Thomas Ring and Hanoria Ring of Molloghrue

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Daniel Cronin

Drafted in the USA 1918

Daniel Cronin
1882–1962
BIRTH 20 DEC 1882 • Keale, Millstreet Parish, Cork, Ireland
DEATH 28 FEB 1962 • Terrell, Kaufman, Texas, USA

Parents:
Michael Cronin1845–1926
Hannah Linehan 1857–1952
[ancestry]

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First name(s) Cornelius
Last name Cronin
Birth year 1887
Birth date 15 Oct 1887
Birth place Cullen,Miltsneo county Cork,Great Britain
Residence New York City no 166
State New York
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

First name(s) Timothy Michael
Last name Leahy
Birth year 1887
Birth date 04 Mar 1887
Birth place Rathcoole Cork,Ireland
Residence Contra Costa County no 2
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Thomas Patrick
Last name Barry
Birth year 1892
Birth date 01 Nov 1892
Birth place Mill Street Cork,Ireland
Residence Detroit City no 14
State Michigan
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Batt
Last name Crowley
Birth year 1886
Birth date 04 Oct 1886
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Thomas James
Last name Kelleher
Birth year 1890
Birth date 28 Jul 1890
Birth place Millstreet,Cork,Ireland
Residence Charleston City no 3
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country England
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
Collections from United States & Canada

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First name(s) Peter
Last name Lehene
Birth year 1886
Birth date 29 Jun 1886
Birth place Mill Street Cork,Ireland
Residence Everett City
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britian
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) John Thomas
Last name O’Hare
Birth year 1889
Birth date 01 Mar 1889
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country –
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) William
Last name Singleton
Birth year 1896
Birth date 02 Jul 1896
Birth place Mill Street,Cork,Ireland
Residence Lake County
State Oregon
Citizenship country Ireland
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Dennis
Last name Healy
Birth year 1892
Birth date 06 Jun 1892
Birth place Millsstreet Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) Daniel
Last name Donohue
Birth year 1888
Birth date 30 Mar 1888
Birth place Mill St Cork,Ireland
Residence San Francisco City no 1
State California
Citizenship country United States
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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First name(s) James
Last name Moynihan
Birth year 1890
Birth date 25 May 1890
Birth place Drishane Cork,Ireland
Residence Jamaica Plain City no 22
State Massachusetts
Citizenship country Great Britain
Registration year 1917
NARA series M1509
Record set World War I Draft Registration Cards
Category Military Service & Conflict
Subcategory First World War
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possibly from the drishane in west cork?

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Edward Joseph Kelleher

WWI Draft Registration Card (Pittsburg City):
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/6482/005270463_04602/25408932

born in millstreet. his contact Mrs Ellen Kelleher (mother?)

this birth?
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1869/03390/2243118.pdf

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/76958827/person/44353589878/facts

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/76958827/person/44353589878/facts

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Patrick Joseph Sullivan in the U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Patrick Joseph Sullivan
Race: White
Medium height, medium build , blue eyes, brown hair
Birth Date: 2 Oct 1897
Street address: 432 West 58th St, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Relative: Margaret Kelleher (aunt) 356 W 57th St
Occupation: Automobile Assembler, Chevrolet motors
Serial#: 2512
Order# 3545
Signed: Lester Comins  Sept 12, 1918
Local Card for Division#121 City of New York, State of New York. 117 West 61st Street, NY.

Son of Catherine Kelleher of Dooneen/Dromsicane, and Peter Sullivan of Mullingar. Born in Mullingar, and emigrated to NY when he was 1 year old. He went by the name Joe.

WWI: Denis J. 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 J. 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

The first advertisement for the Civic Guard (February 1923) reads:
The Freestate – An Gárda Síochána
We are recruiting two thousand (2,000) men for An Ghárda Síochana
Conditions: Age — –19-27 Height – 5′ 9″ Chest —-36″ Health—-Good
Examination subjects
(1)write a simple letter
(2) dictation, a small amount to write
(3) numeracy, simple questions to solve
500 places are reserved for fluent Irish speakers
We will only accept applications from individuals who worked on behalf of Ireland against England during the war against England
Send applications to the office of An Gárda Síochána nearest to you or write directly to
Eoin O’Duffey, Commissioner, An Gárda Síochána, Dublin Castle

 

 

 

 

[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”