Save Millstreet Town Park

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Where the line of trees once stood, is now bare. The plan is to erect fencing the same as the astro pitch in its place

I was utterly disgusted to find the destruction of the southern line of conifers in Millstreet Town Park now complete. A number of years ago the line sheltering the car park was cut down. Last year another dozen or more were cut down to make way for another football pitch…and now the carnage is complete. (Or is it???) I can think of no good reason why these perfectly healthy trees should have been cut down. They provided shelter from the southern gales and a brief but pleasant escape from the concrete and metal jungle that we have surrounded ourselves with in our daily lives. No More.. Now we have the inglorious view of the gable end of the National School complete with 40ft steel container, more floodlights and a huge floodlit metal cage (see picture above).
The lovely sycamore which adorned the entrance to the hare escape, which I believe was planted by the late Joe Buckley, was also hacked down. (The pale stump being left to remind us of the beautiful colours of the leaves it would be displaying this autumn.) That was pure malicious. The hare escape continue reading the full article “Save Millstreet Town Park”

A Thank you to Millstreet

from Kerry Peck: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Millstreet and all it’s residents for making everyone attending the EJC feel so welcome and for organising the glorious weather 😉  We all had a fabulous time and it was so lovely to meet so many of the local community who were so generous with there support for the event, it certainly felt like we became part of the community for the time we spent in Millstreet.  Plus the parade was amazing with so many people lining the streets and we hope you all enjoyed being a part of the juggling community. Special thanks also to Sean for his enthusiasm about the EJC and his great tours of Millstreet. Hope we all get the chance to come back…….” continue reading the full article “A Thank you to Millstreet”

Thank you, Noel

Perhaps the uplifting Tweet of  “Evening Echo” journalist, Pádraig Hoare when referring to the reaction of Cllr. Noel Buckley at the Election Count Centre when final results emerged last night:  “(Noel)…Conducted himself with outstanding class. All media present were struck by his dignity and graceful exit. A good man” …  so expresses the feeling of so many who over the past ten years have got to witness Cllr. Noel as such an approachable, cheerful and supremely dedicated local Councillor of Cork Co. Council who achieved so much for Millstreet Parish.   One clear example relates to his Trojan work in bringing about the reopening of Millstreet Museum and Tourist Information Centre.   There were numerous other projects with which Noel has been associated – all of which have had fruitful results.    We sincerely wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to both yourself Noel, Margaret and Family.   We wish you every happiness, fulfilment and excellent health for the future…and  hoping that your hugely regarded commitment to Millstreet will continue for many years to come. Your enormous contribution to our native parish of Millstreet has been utterly inspiring.   Míle, míle buíochas.  (S.R.)

Eily says

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Eily says

 

County Elections.

 

Election day is drawing near, on Friday next May 23rd, we all have the privilege to go to the polling booths and vote. To have a vote is a wonderful thing, it gives us the power to choose the person who, in our opinion will work for us and our community in the months and years ahead.
It’s not an easy decision to make You see the posters on the walls and poles all over the country, all striving to get the go ahead for their own party or group. Picking one is just a game of chance, because you really don’t
know them, You’ll see the party they represent, but what of the individual. You just don’t know.

continue reading the full article “Eily says”

Poll: When should the Christmas Start?

The Christmas lights were turned on in Dublin during the week, tonight they will be turned on in Cork City. There was a message posted on Millstreet.ie by a reader who was annoyed with the Christmas decorations being up in Centra (West End) two weeks ago, so what do you think?

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continue reading the full article “Poll: When should the Christmas Start?”

Successful Outcome to Computer Drive Problem

The famous and consistently fruitful “Lost” Prayer yet again was instrumental in restoring what appeared to have been an enormous store of photographic and video files from being permanently lost.   The Prayer “Jesus was lost.   Jesus was found.  Jesus find (whatever is lost).”….truly came to the rescue as it seemed likely that photographic files such as the most recent one of Cloghoula N.S. Pattern Day had become permanently lost in an extension hard-drive which had been suddenly affected by an unexpected scanning programme.   And that hard-drive was (unwisely) the only one in existence!   Thankfully to my surprise and delight today the same scanning programme restored all files.   And what a lesson I’ve learned!    All eggs in continue reading the full article “Successful Outcome to Computer Drive Problem”

Wallis’ Bridge

One of our regular readers was looking at old Ordinance Survey maps from the 19th century, and noticed that the bridge over the Finnow on the Glebe at the back gate of Drishane was named Wallis’s Bridge (click on the map – right). Seeing as he’s not heard it called that before, he’s wondering what it’s called these days, either officially or unofficially?

There’s a postcard from the 1940’s Lawrence Collecion that refers to it as simply “Drishane Bridge”.

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A postcard of Drishane Bridge from some time in the past
A postcard of Drishane Bridge from some time in the past

Description
Five-arch road bridge over Owennagloor River, built c. 1870, having dressed sandstone walls, having stepped parapets with sandstone copings. Cut sandstone chamfered voussoirs to pointed arches. Ashlar sandstone V-cutwaters to south elevation, with ashlar sandstone imposts. Stile to north wall with roughly dressed sandstone steps leading to river.

Appraisal

Wallis’s Bridge is a well-designed and finely executed structure bridge, clearly constructed by skilled craftsmen. The pointed arches are unusual in form and present an attractive, rhythmical silhouette in the landscape. The dressed sandstone masonry fits tightly together, with a high degree of precision. The stepped parapet walls add interest. The cutwaters, whilst primarily functional, add decorative interest to the south elevation. The bridge retains sandstone steps to the north which lead to the river. The bridge is associated with Drishane Castle demesne.

 

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Photo: Drishane Bridge (1990)

Who will you vote for in the Presidential Election 2011?

To get an idea of the mood of people, here’s a quick poll to see who do you intend voting for in tomorrow’s Presidential Election 2011? It’s totally anonymous, and you can choose up to three candidates.
Note: Poll was closed at 9am on the morning of the election.
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As it turned out. First preferences in Cork North west went like this:

  1. 38.4% Sean Gallagher
  2. 34.3% Michael D. Higgins
  3. 11.3% Martin Mc Guinness
  4. 7.6% Gay Mitchel

Details are from irishpoliticalmaps.blogspot.ie

On the Spencer visit of 1884

Jack Lane had written an article on Earl Spencer’s visit of 1884 which puts into question validity of the article written by the Irish Times (as added her last weekend). He has kindly allowed us to publish it on millstreet.ie.

The nationalist and Land League leader, William O’Brien M.P., used to refer to the Irish Times as the “Liarish Times.” He had good reason to do so as it was an inveterate opponent of national independence and the land struggle and consistently distorted and denigrated the aims and activities of both movements.

A classic example of this was its report of the visit of the Lord Lieutenant, Earl Spencer, to Millstreet on 7 September 1884. The Earl was an ancestor of Lady Diana. He unexpectedly visited the town and was accompanied by mounted and armed Hussars. The town had developed a reputation as a hotbed in the land war but this was only because the activities of the Land League had been highlighted by the local Parish Priest who uniquely among his peers was an inveterate opponent and used the media and the Unionist media in particular to promote his opposition over a number of years. He was articulate and well connected and also participated in various Government commissions to further his views. Millstreet was not much different from elsewhere but his media outpourings made it appear so and it gained a reputation for what was called lawlessness and the Irish Times report, naturally enough, lays this on with a trowel which continue reading the full article “On the Spencer visit of 1884”

Ballydaly School Records

Yesterday a comment came in from Jerry Kelleher to do with the Keel Graveyard. It deserves recognition in its own right because it lays the foundation for maybe getting some archives for the Workhouse in Millstreet, and in turn the Keel.

Also, at the end, he also asks a very relevant question:

…if Ballydaly School is closing down – what steps are being taken to preserve its records, photos, roll books etc?

In Passing – April 2010

Musician Awards
We thank Danny O’Neill, Cork whose mother is Mary, daughter of Rosie Kelleher, Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet, for the following uplifting information regarding the impressive success of two local very talented musicians (whose photographs appear on millstreet.ie). Here is Danny’s very fine article:
Recently I was at a concert in UCC where Kenneth Cremin, son of Breda and Denis from the Priest Cross Millstreet and Cáit Buckley with connections to Aubane both received the 2010 “Doc Gleeson” award for Musical Achievement at a special concert held at the Aula Maxima, Main Campus in UCC. Kenneth played a piece of Classical music by Steve Reich on the electric guitar while Cáit Buckley played a collection of music on the harp. continue reading the full article “In Passing – April 2010”

On Local Businesses

A comment on millstreet.ie this morning questioned the value of putting what was in effect advertising for small local business on the front page of the site like all other new articles on the site. Now maybe Seamus had a point, and I agree that they should not overrun the site, but I feel that it’s more important to keep our local businesses going by giving the support we can.

By pure coincidence there was an interview on the Mooney Show (RTE Radio 1) with David McWilliams, on how towns all across Ireland are dying, and on how locals are fighting back and saying “enough of this, how do we attract the locals to shop in town”.

They describe a very interesting thing of how a town dies.  A business closes …. maybe a second one … then ‘to let’ signs … then ‘for sale’ signs … buildings don’t get let out and are not maintained … and prospective buyers say I don’t like the look of that, and choose to move somewhere else … and then because nobody does nothing, the town becomes a ghost time.

It’s a very interesting interview, and reminiscent of the efforts of the Millstreet Development Group before the Christmas period. Honestly we don’t want our towns to end up like the ghost towns in Middle America with the big shopping mall outside their towns.

Listen to the interview which is on the RTE website (starts at 27:50)

In Passing – January 2010

In Passing
by Seán Radley (January 2010)

Rare Winter
People recalled the snows of 1982, 1963 and 1947 as we witnessed one of the coldest Winters in decades. Considering the fact that for days major heating and water supply difficulties were experienced by many of us I doubt if anyone will be booking a holiday to either the North or South Pole anytime soon! One uplifting benefit, however, was the capturing of truly rare and superbly picturesque snow pictures over the prolonged period. These have been shared on www.millstreet.ie , on Facebook and on “The Corkman” – especially the images of the very creative igloo at Old Coach Avenue, Millstreet and of the “Gigantic Ice Fish” image (identified by Margaret Kelleher, Mount Leader when she saw the many Blackwater digital images) continue reading the full article “In Passing – January 2010”

Get off yer Backsides!

While having a few of the black ones the pub last week I got to talking to a young lad of about thirty that was in for a similar hit, and who was giving out about the state of the council, leaning on their shovels, arriving for work late, extended tea breaks, and any other bit of idling they could get up to. Sure, people were talking about the council on the radio all day as well so it was fine to do it.

Now God bless them if those lads can get away with it, and I know that shoveling is a tough job cos God knows  I’ve spent enough time doing it myself, but surely they themselves realise that if they don’t pull up their breeches they themselves will be joining the dole queues as have some of their compatriots already due to this damn recession thing that’s apparently going on at the moment.

continue reading the full article “Get off yer Backsides!”

In Passing September 2009

by Sean Radley

New Look Website

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

Museum News

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

Old Guestbook 2000 – 2009

In the previous version of millstreet.ie, there was a Discussion forum where people could leave comments. This is no longer in use, because you can comment everywhere on the blog, but here are the comments that came in regardless.

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i am trying to trace the family of cornelius murphy born 1st april 1877 he was born in cullen and registered as living in millstreet his father was denis murphy, mother was mary mahoney .He left in 1898 on the ship pavonia with his brother denis murphy and his cousin mary murphy they were bound for boston america but cornelius got off at liverpool uk and then moved to wales and dont know at this time if his brother and cousin stayed in the uk or continued to boston if anyone has any information please could you contact me continue reading the full article “Old Guestbook 2000 – 2009”

In Passing – June 2009

Two Centenaries

Both Drishane and Kilcorney Feis Centenaries were celebrated in a very impressive and memorable manner during May 2009. Over the next few weeks visual records of the historic events will appear on www.millstreet.ie . The “Buίochas” DVD produced for the Drishane Centenary is truly excellent with some rare historic film footage, brilliant editing and production. The pageant which preceded the celebration of Mass at Green Glens on Saturday, 16th May was most memorable and gave a very creative insight into the history of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus. The symbolic features within the setting were so tastefully illustrated such as the symbols of the farm, the brush factory, the missions etc. continue reading the full article “In Passing – June 2009”

Brief Updates for December

BOOK LAUNCH

Fr. James McSweeney contributes a splendid Thought for Reflection on page four of the daily Cork “Evening Echo”. Many of Fr. James’s magnificent pictures also feature on that popular newspaper….as well as on his globally popular website www.todayismygifttoyou.ie . On Thursday, 22nd November 2007 a wonderful book of these reflections and pictures entitled “A Year in Reflection” was launched in Ballyvolane in Cork. An ideal Christmas present! Fr. James’s annual Calendar was also recently launched. Do look out for both the Book and the Calendar on sale locally in many local outlets.

continue reading the full article “Brief Updates for December”

In Passing March 2005

In Passing
by Seán Radley

CORK 2005

January 8, 2005 saw the official opening of Cork as the European Capital of Culture for 2005.    What a colourful firework display was witnessed on that Saturday.   On the Sunday an occasion which had a direct link with Millstreet took place in Cork City Hall at a spectacular Tea Dance. The famous Pádraig Pearse Harp which had been presented to Drishane Convent many years ago by Senator Margaret Pearse (sister of Pádraig) had, in turn, been given to the Cork School of Music where it would continued to be played rather than be a Museum display item.   In recent years it has been superbly restored. It was officially played for the first time since restoration at Cork City Hall with the Cork Pops Orchestra on Sunday, 9th January as a very significant cultural event of Cork 2005 – European Capital of Culture.

The historic event featured recently on LTV2.

WEB

Over 21,000 hits on http://www.millstreet.ie/ in the first eleven days of January is certainly uplifting news for Hannelie O’Connor and all those involved with the newly revised Millstreet website.   This proves the popularity of the website with an increasing number of new visitors who become regular browsers of the site.   Feedback to our email address <email> is wonderfully encouraging with lots of suggestions like the inclusion of a street map of Millstreet and continuation of photographic galleries of life in our parish.    We’ve even had web visitors from Austria, Hungary and lots from emigrants in the five continents.   This month’s website Personality of the Month is John Kelleher, Aubane.   We encourage you to inspire your relatives abroad to log into our website at least weekly for updates of their native Millstreet and to visit our “Links” on the site which includes Fr. James McSweeney’s excellent spiritual site http://www.todayismygifttoyou.ie/ which changes daily.   The valuable assistance of Michael Cashman, Tullig in the ongoing development of our local website is deeply appreciated.   We especially appeal to those abroad who regularly visit http://www.millstreet.ie/ to let us know by sending us a brief email to <email>

LTV2 MILLSTREET

We’ve now reached Programme 10 with our signal continuing to improve.   Response has been enthusiastic.  One of the easiest ways of receiving the Local Channel is to tune into Channel 4 (UK) on the Seán O’Connell,  Knocknagree multichannel service (should one already have this system in place) on Thursdays from 10.00 to 11.00p.m. with a repeat on Sundays from 8.00 to 9.00p.m..   The Local Channel just logs into the UK Channel 4 for those two hours weekly.   Alternatively (but a more complicated approach) one may also get both LTV and LTV2 (Millstreet & Macroom) by arranging to automatically tune into the VHF (just above RTE 2) signal from Mushera or UHF (Channel 50) from Tullig but this is, however, dependent on correct direction of the aerial system in one’s home.

The present LTV2 service is being provided free of charge through the voluntary group of enthusiasts who believe in the tremendous potential of a Local Channel which is community based and non-commercial.    While lots of necessary equipment has been voluntarily bought by members of the core group the cost of transmission aerials and broadcast equipment used on the mountains and in the studio is quite substantial and will need public financial support if the weekly broadcasts are to continue. In the near future ways by which the funding of such projects will be suggested.

MUSEUM  NEWS

The famous “Irish Examiner” photograph taken by photographer Denis Minihan continues to reappear consistently in the newspaper in its promotion of its professional prints service of past pictures of the national paper.   It was taken  in Millstreet’s Carnegie Hall in the 1980s and features Rosemary Healy, daughter of Denis and Nora who lived in Church Street at the time.    The child is seen reading a book in front of the beautiful stained-glass door at the entrance of the
Carnegie Hall.
We thank Maurice Walsh of Ickenham for much appreciated copies of the “Irish Post” which included an excellent photograph of Tony and Delia Barrett receiving a presentation in recognition of their splendid work for the London Cork Association.
To James O’Shea of Cork we also extend thanks for extra very interesting information relating to his remarkable research into the history of the O’Shea Family who originally came from Carrigacooleen, Millstreet.   A splendid Clan Gathering took place at the Duhallow Park Hotel last Summer.   Members of the Family were very much involved in the construction of some of Cork’s most famous buildings including the renowned Opera House.

One of the most significant presentations to Millstreet Museum took place recently when Seán & Catherine Buckley together with Nora Creedon arranged to donate the many historic Cups and a Shield associated with the very famous Kilcorney Feis.   The important occasion was recorded by John Tarrant and has received much newspaper coverage.   It will also be shown on LTV2 Millstreet.    Míle buíochas to the Kilcorney Feis Committee for such a generous gesture.   The valuable items will be on display for generations to come.

Millstreet Museum / Tourist Information Centre is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 3.30pm and on Wednesdays/Fridays from 10am to 5.00pm.    Our e-mail address is <email> while our telephone number is 029-20844.

Our  Faithful  Departed

The very special tribute delivered in such a heartfelt manner at the funeral of the late Seán O’Riordan, Church Street, Millstreet by Jerry Doody appears under the GAA webpage on http://www.millstreet.ie/ .   We also very especially remember the most memorable 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood of the late Fr. Michael Cashman of Tullig who recently went to his Eternal Reward in New Zealand where he has so dedicatedly ministered for many years.   The late Timothy Duggan, West End was such a wonderful Barber who shared a wealth of fascinating stories and humorous tales in such a welcoming manner.

We also extend our sincere sympathy to the relatives of Mary Goggin, Priest Cross;  Jim Fitzpatrick, Carrigaline, Rathmore;  Christopher (Sonny) Byrne, Dublin & Rathcoole;  Liam Miller’s two daughters who died in a road accident in France….Liam had directed Eurovision ’93 in Millstreet;  Michael O’Connor, Coolikerane; Denis (Denny) Murphy, Shanaknuck;  Denis Sheahan, Glenbeigh Village, Co. Kerry (father of Billy, Wallis Arms, Millstreet);  Adrian Ryan, London & West End, Millstreet (brother of Marie,  “Moyne Hill”, Station Road);  Anne Lehane (mother of Michael of LTV Macroom);  Helena Hegarty, Churchtown,  Dublin (mother of Edel Fraser, Claraghatlea, Millstreet);  Sr. Pius Singleton (Drishane Sister)  of Cullen and the English Mission;  Hannah McSweeney, Meenskehy East.

May they all rest in peace.

BRIEFLETS

We extend heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to John Kelleher, Aubane on his recent retirement following many years of wonderfully dedicated service to the Millstreet Branch of Cork Co. Council.   As Martin Corcoran, B.E. who made one of the many presentations to John at a hugely attended special retirement function at the Duhallow Park Hotel, stated John’s utter commitment to such major projects as the construction of the new Keale Bridge, was of enormous importance.   John recently presented very generous financial support for the work of LTV2 Millstreet.

We congratulate Eilish O’Rahilly, Killarney Road, Millstreet on her recent engagement to Brendan Breen, Beaufort, Co. Kerry.

When the ever-popular dog “Rooter”, at the age of fifteen, died recently it marked a very real change at the Square, Millstreet.  Owned by the Manley Family, the black dog became a favourite pet not only to Anthony, Ursula and Family but became such a popular animal friend throughout the town.  He used even win the local Lotto Draw!   He used to recognise my car or even the sound of it when I lived at the Square and make his way over to patiently wait for his favourite biscuits.

Two excellent articles appeared in recent “Ireland’s Own” issues (January, 2005)…. one on the history of Kilcorney Feis beautifully written by Mary Gaffney, Killarney Road, Millstreet and featured a colour picture of Seán Buckley, Kilcorney.   The other very interesting article related to the Showband series when the featured Band was “Pat Max and the Specialists” with its members from Ballydaly, Rathduane, Rathmore and Millstreet.

Thought for reflection:  When considering the Country Code – Take nothing but photographs – Leave nothing but footprints!

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