Something inside so Strong

“Something Inside, So Strong” the charity single by the Project in aid of Baby Jacob was officially released by iTunes yesterday morning, and is now available for download worldwide. It will cost you just 99 cent (or your local currency equivalent), with all proceeds going to Jacob!!

So go and download it from iTunes. It’s for a great cause.

Don’t know about Baby Jacob? Visit his website (babyjacob.ie), or his Facebook Page [read more …] “Something inside so Strong”

Kilcorney Feis May 29th/30th

Kilcorney Centenary Community Feis (1910 – 2010)
Feis Chill Cóirne Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th of May, 2010
Kilcorney Community Centre
Rince: Sun. 10.00am
Comórtaisí Eile: Sat. 12.00pm
Admission: Adults: €5.00
Children: Free
Competitors and dancing teachers admitted free
Enquiries: 087 6534813 Website: http://kilcorney.com

The timetable for Saturday and Sunday competitions are given below

See the Kilcorney Feis website for the history and old photos of the feis

[read more …] “Kilcorney Feis May 29th/30th”

Eurovision 2010 – Niamh Kavanagh

Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet way back in 1993 is representing Ireland again this year in Oslo (Norway). The second semi-final is on tonight and Niamh and Co. will be doing their piece. You can’t vote for her if you’re in Ireland, but be sure to cheer them on. It starts at 8pm tonight on RTE2. Below is a video of her from the dress rehearsals in Oslo last night.

update 27th May: They’re in the final on Saturday night 🙂 Video from the semi final is below:


[read more …] “Eurovision 2010 – Niamh Kavanagh”

LTV2 Programme 163: Interview of Crystal Swing

Seán Radley Interview with Crystal Swing at the Charleville Park Hotel on March 21st 2010.

The initial interview at the album launch from 2009 with Crystal Swing which Seán refers to in the above video is included below: [read more …] “LTV2 Programme 163: Interview of Crystal Swing”

Féile Cheoil Tribute to Stephen Carroll

The Annual Millstreet Féile Cheoil was organised by the Millstreet Branch of CCÉ (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) and held at Millstreet Community School on Sunday, 18th April 2010. During that evening a special tribute was paid to the late Stephen Carroll who had been  a dedicated Judge at a number of Féile Cheoil events but who sadly died at such a young age since last year’s event.   Stephen’s parents, Michael & Sheila as well as family members, Adrian & Sinéad from the Kilcummin/Gneeveguilla area were present to witness the presentation of the new Stephen Carroll Shield for Button Accordian to Damien Mullane who was this year’s Judge in that competition.   It was James Linehan and Michael O’Riordan of Millstreet CCÉ who organised this special and lasting tribute to the late Stephen.   Stephen had always been such an obliging, talented, welcoming and sincere Friend to so many.   We include a picture (taken in the hospitality room)  from Millstreet Féile Cheoil 2009 (19th April) where Stephen is seated first from left.   Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie).

More photos and a tribute to Stephen are below: [read more …] “Féile Cheoil Tribute to Stephen Carroll”

Spring at Last


Spring has come at last, but it looks as if we have headed straight into Summer. The swallows have arrived over the weekend zipping around the place excited about the imminent nesting, and the long bright evenings have put a smile on most faces, and got them out and about. Below are some interesting photos from the last week from the Millstreet area.
[read more …] “Spring at Last”

Millstreet’s Cultural Icons

Now quite a well known artist his fame known far and wide
And to the people of Millstreet and Duhallow his success a sense of pride
The likeable Bertie Buckley people like him are rare
His knowledge of art and his gifts with other people he is prepared to share.
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The singer songwriter Eugene Brosnan for Millstreet waves the flag
A world wide known entertainer that is surely worth a brag
At many a big concert the favourite of the crowd
And of his remarkable achievements he ought to feel quite proud.
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The genius Bernard O Donoghue is one worthy of note
In the World of modern literature he is a major poet
As good as Brendan Kennelly and Seamus Heaney some have been known to say
Two of the leading writers in the Ireland of today.
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Claraghatlea’s own Jerry Kelleher is no stranger to renown
He has become quite famous long miles from Millstreet Town
His books ‘Irish journeys in America’ have brought their author fame
And in the World of literature his is a well known name.
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[read more …] “Millstreet’s Cultural Icons”

Young Musicians receive Doc Gleeson Awards

Kenneth Cremin on the Sax

Recently I was at a concert in UCC were Kenneth Cremin (son of Breda and Denis from the Priest Cross) and Cáit Buckley from Derinagree both received the 2010 “Doc Gleeson” award for Musical Achievement at a special concert held at the Aula Maxima, Main Campus at UCC. Kenneth played a piece of Classical music by Steve Reich on the electric guitar while Cait Buckley played a collection of music on the harp. Two other students who also received the Doc Gleeson Award were Enda Buckley who played rock music on the guitar and Tara Breen from County Clare played a section of Irish jigs on the fiddle Tara who was on the recent series Lorg Lunny on TG4 has been chosen by music legend Donal Lunny to be part of his new band Cirrus who played their first concert last Saturday night on television .

Cáit Buckley (on the left) plays the Harp

A Gamelan concert was held in late March which Kenneth Cremin performed playing different intruments. this is a concert of new music, dance and traditional Javanese music performed by the UCC Gamelan with special guests Colin Dunne of Riverdance fame and Kate Ellis renowned cellist. This concert also honours Aloys Fleischmann Professor of Music at UCC from 1934 to 1980 the title of the concert was “Telephones and Gongs”. Current Professor of music at UCC Mr Mel Mercier said that the present class of music students were very talented group. After a non stop two hour concert a five minute standing ovation was given by a full audience to the students. So well done to Kenneth and Cáit and Millstreet

by Danny O’Nell (grandson of Rosie Todd)

[read more …] “Young Musicians receive Doc Gleeson Awards”

Annmarie in Philadelphia

Annmarie O’Riordan was singing her way around Boston, New York and Massachusettes a week ago in the run up to St.Patricks Day. Below are nine videos taken in Philadelphia and posted on youTube:

Above: Annmarie sings at the March 4, 2010, pre-St. Patrick’s Day Parade party at CBS3 in Philadelphia.

Above: “The unbelievable voice of the 20 year old Annmarie O’Riordan sings the song Grace, about the 1916 Easter Rising, accompanied by Pat Kildea on keyboard, Paraic Keane on fiddle and Fintan Malone. At the Irish Center, Philadelphia March 5, 2010.”
[read more …] “Annmarie in Philadelphia”

Munster Senior Scór Semi-Finals

The Munster Scór Sínsear semi-finals yesterday evening took place in Millstreet GAA Hall. There was a home victory for the Millstreet Question Time team. In a diverse cultural programme, Cork teams enjoyed success and progressing to the provincial final are:

Rockchapel (Instrumental Music)
Eimear Guiney of Newmarket (Recitation)
Freemount (Ballad Group)
Cloyne (Novelty Act)
Millstreet (Question Time)

The Munster Senior Scor finals go ahead in the Tinteain Theatre, Ballybunion on Sunday, March 20. (More on this hopefully soon)

from the Cork GAA Website

Niamh Kavanagh going to Eurovision Again!


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Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet back in 1993, last night won the Irish Eurosong last night with maximum votes from all the judges groups and the general public (tele-voting). She will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision 2010 in the Telenor Arena in Olso, Norway in the semi-final on May 27th and hopefully in the final on May 29th.

The Telenor Arena is actually a soccer stadium with a roof that can hold 23,000 people for a concert!

Expect to be hearing Millstreet ’93 being mentioned a lot in the run-up to the competition in Oslo. Well done Niamh and best of luck in Oslo!
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Eurosong 2010

Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet in 1993 is in the Eurosong National Final again tonight. You can listen to her song which was released yesterday in the video above. It is on RTE1 at 9:30pm tonight. Give her your vote 😉

Update: She won with maximum votes! Now go and read our follow up post for the details.

LTV2: Program 157


LTV2 Millstreet:Highlights from Programme No 157 Featuring Ann Marie O`Riordan, Millstreet 2010 Scor Champions, and the laying down of the Time Capsule back in Clara Road recently.
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Coming up tonight: LTV 2 Millstreet:Programme 158. On this weeks programme we have music from Crystal Swing,The Celts,and Johnny Bremmner amongst others,we go to Cullen for a presentation to Fr O`Leary to wish him well on his move to Killarney,also we go to the Abbeydorney Ploughing competition,plus all the usual features as well so tune in next Thursday night at 10.00pm with a repeat showing the following Sunday Evening at 8.00pm.

Annmarie Touring in the States

The wonderful Annmarie O’Riordan from Rathcoole is embarking on a ten day tour  of America where she will be performing. If you’re from one of those areas you could do a lot worse than to go to one of her concerts.

Also, Seán has let us know that there is an American radio channel called the Irish Rambler Radio Show (in Boston) which often features the songs of Annmarie O’Riordan and is promoting her forthcoming American Tour. Give it a visit and the latest radio show will come on automatically. It’s quite good so give it a listen.

U.S TOUR DATES:

  • Fri. March 5: The Irish Centre, Philadelphia
  • Sun. March 7: The Irish Cultural Centre of New England-Canton, Massachusetts
  • Mon. March 8: Bad Abbott, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Thurs. March 11: Rory Dolan’s, Yonkers, NY
  • Sat. March 13: Devon Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Sun. March 14: On float with Donegal Association followed by The Irish Centre, Philadelphia. (For more info: Please contact Marianne MacDonald)

More from Annmarie about her tour dates on her Facebook page

Scór Sinsear – County Finals

The Millstreet Team which won the Munster Scór Sinsear Question Time in 2009. The team were (front row): John Tarrant, Liam Flynn, Pat Sheehan

The County finals of the Cork Scór Sinsear are on tonight in Eire Óg GAA Pavilion in Ovens at 7pm. Millstreet are represented in the Novelty Act (Cian O’Mahony and Jerry Doody) while they are also in the Question Time (John Tarrant, Jerry Doody and Pat Sheehan)

RESULTS: County Champions in the Question Time, Second in the Novelty Act
Millstreet enjoyed success at the County Senior Scór Finals hosted in the Eire Og GAA Pavillion, Ovens last night. A question time team of Jerry Doody, Pat Sheehan and John Tarrant retained their county title. Millstreet added a runner up position in the novelty act per a trio of Geraldine Dennehy, James Linehan and Jerry Doody.The triumphant Millstreet team progresses to a Munster semi final scheduled for home soil in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Sunday, March 7. – (reporter John Tarrant)

Indeed Duhallow competitors won 7 of the 8 titles on offer: Results and more below

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Instrumental Music All-Ireland Champions

Scór na nÓg All-Ireland finals: Millstreet were popular winners to capture the Instrumental Music category from a quintet of Donal Linehan, Alanna Barry, Kelly Murphy, James Linehan and Cian Dennehy who delivered a series of rousing tunes to capture their first title. In doing so, Millstreets efforts met unaminous approval and fended off the challenge provided by Corofin(Galway),Scottstown(Monaghan) and Dromard (Longford). Pictured with GAA President Christy Cooney (right). (click on the photo for a better shot)

Congratulations to all involved, because it takes a lot of effort to get everything right for the five different stages to win the All-Ireland.

Photos and full report from John Tarrant (more below)

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The Bould Thady Quill

Sung by Tim Browne from Kanturk. In his own words:

“This is a version of the great Cork song written over 100 years ago by Johnny Tom Gleeson. Recorded for “Mutiny in the County” a solo album made in 2003. The lyrics were published in the 1993 edition of the wonderful Seanchas Duthalla Magazine in an article written by one James Chisman. It is a mighty song and many versions of it, even one in the Irish language, are known. I particularily like this version because of its Land League component and Chisman mentioned in his article that this version is thought to be the nearest lyrically to the original version. The song has undergone many changes and additions since the original believed to have been written in the 1880’s and first published around the early 1920’s. It is a much favoured drinking song possibly due to the references to drinking black porter as fast as you’ll fill etc., Some extra lines have been added to this version so perhaps in one hundred years time or so Thade Quill will have become an internationally recognised academic, and maybe even an assissinated President of America…………….!!!”

View and listen to lots more songs by Tim Browne on his YouTube channel

Duhallow Senior Scór Results

Congrats to all the performances by Millstreet in the Duhallow Senior Scór Friday night Jan 29th at Kanturk Golf Club. Success for Millstreet was in the Question Time (John Tarrant, Jerry Doody and Pat Sheehan) and in the Novelty Act (Cian O’Mahony and Jerry Doody). Runners up spots went to Conor Linehan in the Solo Singing, and Conor Linehan + Mícheál Gleeson in the Instrumental Music.

The honours on the night went to:

  • Figure Dancing:  (1) Rockchapel (2) Boherbue
  • Solo Singing: (1) Sinead Guiney (Newmarket), (2) Conor Linehan (Millstreet)
  • Instrumental Music: (1) Rockchapel (2) Millstreet (Conor Linehan, Michéal Gleeson)
  • Recitation: (1) Eimear Guiney (Newmarket), (2) Annette O’Donnell (Rockchapel).
  • Ballad Group:  1) Freemount (Louise Burke, Ellemarie Burke, Michael O’Regan)
  • Novelty Act: (1) Millstreet (Cian O’Mahony, Jerry Doody)
  • Question Time: (1) Millstreet (John Tarrant, Jerry Doody, Pat Sheehan) (2) Kilbrin
  • Set Dancing: (1) Rockchapel (2) Boherbue

Scór na nÓg Munster Success

Millstreet Instrumental Music Group, Winners of the Munster Scór na nÓg in Mallow 31-Jan-2010

Congrats to the Millstreet Instrumental Music group (Donal Linehan, Alanna Barry, Kelly Murphy, James Linehan, Cian Dennehy) who won the Munster Scór na nÓg Final in Mallow last night. Unfortunately the Novelty Act from Cullen just came up short on the night. The full results were:

  • Figure Dancing: (1) Glenflesk, (2) Carrigaline
  • Solo Singing: (1) Kelly Ryan(Ahane), (2)Saoirse O’Connor(Ballylongford).
  • Instrumental Music: (1)Millstreet, (2)Brosna
  • Recitation: (1)Brian Murphy(Causeway), (2)Grainne Gibbons(Shamrock Gaels).
  • Ballad Group: (1) Na Gaeil, (2)Newport
  • Question Time: (1)Boherbue, (2)Loughmore -Castleiney (1)Kilteelty/Dromkeen, (2)Moycarkey/Borris
  • Set Dancing: (1)Boherbue, (2)Lissycasey.

from Cork GAA news

Millstreet and Cullen into Munster Scór na nOg final

Cullen Novelty Act, after they won the Cork County Scór na nÓg (picture from "Duhallow Matters" which is in the shops today and is FREE

BOHERBEE, Millstreet and Cullen will be among the finalists at this year’s Coiste na Mumhan Scór na nOg after they won through their semi-final on Sunday last.

The Coiste na Mumhan Scór na nOg semi-final at Ovens involved clubs from Cork, Kerry and Waterford and this very popular competition drew a huge attendance to the Cork venue.

Read the full article on the Corkman website, or another article which is also on the Corkman

We Sound Unsure

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

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

[read more …] “We Sound Unsure”