Author Tom in Millstreet


Meeting with author Tom Grainger (on right) at the Wallis Arms  Hotel today.   Tom’s excellent book “A War Baby – Rags to Riches” (See Tom’s splendid website  www.tomgraingerbooks.com ) is now in its second edition and will soon be available at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, The Square, Millstreet.   Tom has many wonderful connections [read more …] “Author Tom in Millstreet”

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Millstreet at “Gaelforce West 2010”

"Gaelforce West" is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world. The 2010 event took place on Saturday August 21st. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking. The course of approximately 65km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach to Westport. En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. Pictured above (from left): Diarmuid Curley, Eamonn O'Keeffe, Mick Mullane, Mike Healy & Chris Murphy. (We thank Catherine Pomeroy-Murphy for splendid picture and very comprehensive caption)

Eamonn O’Keeffe actually won the short course version of Gael Force West which didn’t include Croagh Patrick, but all the others [read more …] “Millstreet at “Gaelforce West 2010””

Lilies Galore!

Planted by Noel Collins these supremely amazing Lilies have grown at his home in Clara Road, Millstreet. Here we meet (from left) Noel's wife, Eileen with Breeda Tarrant and Anna Enright (Eileen's sister from Cork). Eileen and Anna are natives of Ballydesmond and are thrilled with Donncha O'Connor's sporting performance in Croke Park yesterday when Cork qualified for the All-Ireland Football Final on 19th Sept. 2010. We thank Eily Buckley for alerting us to the truly gigantic beautiful Lilies still in magnificent bloom at Clara Road. (Seán)

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth

Millstreet Pipe Band not only featured in the main RTE news bulletins on Sunday but also in many of today's national newspapers including this picture in the "Irish Daily Star". The Band has dedicatedly been attending the annual Béal na mBláth commemoration for many years and adds enormously to the atmosphere of the national historic event. We thank Patsy McAuliffe for alerting us to the above picture and to "Centra" for acquiring a copy for us before closing time. (Seán)

[read more …] “Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth”

Timmy Duggan

Like his brother Andy, Timmy Duggan was a barber in Millstreet Town a good and decent man
He lived for eighty nine years in time a lengthy span
From Lisnaboy near Cullen at West End Millstreet he spent most of his life
Where he lived with Bina Creedon his soulmate and his wife
In his barber shop to his customers he had great stories to tell
A character in his own quiet way he could spin a yarn well [read more …] “Timmy Duggan”

Twinning Twirl

Not so much a dancing but a talking "twirl" by members of Millstreet Twinning Association who had a very pleasant get together at McCarthy's Bar, The Square, Millstreet on this Sunday evening (22nd August) in the knowledge that Cork are now in the All-Ireland Football Final. Our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte will be arriving in Millstreet on 18th September 2010 marking the 25th Anniversary of the official twinning of our two communities. (Seán)

Fr. Con’s Presentation in Ballydaly

Fr. Con Kiely is presented on Friday, 20th August 2010 at Ballydaly Community Hall with a cheque in excess of €10,000.00 in support of his wonderfully dedicated missionary work in Ecuador, South America. Included with Fr. Con and Josephine Kiely who is presenting the money which is the result of a recent fund-raising project within Millstreet Parish are Fr. Con's sisters (from left) - Mary Dillon, Mairéad Sherlock and Sr. Agnes Kiely. More pics. to follow later during the week. (Seán)

Doing us proud at Fleadh Cheoil 2010

Well done to the CCÉ Sráid an Mhuillinn 12-15 Mixed Set Dancers who came second overall at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2010 in Cavan on Friday. The group were Oisin Murphy, Darren Kiely, Patrick O’Callaghan, Conor Twomey, Jessica Dunne, Leanne Murphy, Kate Buckley & Áine McAuliffe . Well done to all and to their teacher Joanne Cullinane.

With thanks to Niall for the article. [read more …] “Doing us proud at Fleadh Cheoil 2010”

There Is Far More To Millstreet

There is far more to Millstreet and to Millstreet Town
Than show jumping or elite sportspeople who brought to the place renown
In Duhallow near Sliabh Luachra it is known far and wide
For it’s hospitable people in a scenic countryside.
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When people ask me what part of Ireland I come from to them I always say
From Claraghatlea near Millstreet Town far north and far away
In view of Clara Mountain overlooking Claramore
Though I’ve not seen the old homeplace for three years with a score.
[read more …] “There Is Far More To Millstreet”

Bernard’s Splendid Choices

Bernard O'Donoghue, Cullen & Oxford (centre back row) with just some of the large attendance at his presentation of this month's Millstreet Gramophone Circle's meeting in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet on Friday, 20th August 2010. Bernard's Classical and Irish musical choices were universally applauded. Maurice Linehan expressed splendid words of thanks and appreciation. (Seán)

National Heritage Week is HERE!

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 21st August to Sunday 29th August 2010 inclusive.

Millstreet Country Park has a lot to offer for National Heritage Week with a full programme of events taking place daily. Tours, lectures, guided walks and exhibitions will focus on the estates history, its outdoor life, heritage and culture.

Our resident pianist will perform both Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th in the Visitor Centre from 2pm – 5pm.  For further information on our events or events scheduled throughout the country please log onto www.heritageweek.ie or callsave 1850 200 878.

‘GET INTO IT. YOU’LL GET A LOT OUT OF IT’

Mont des Arts (Millstreet 2009) First Anniversary

Among the activities taking place Sunday 29th August 2010 is the celebration of the Official one year Opening of the Mont des Arts (Millstreet 2009). This celebration will [read more …] “National Heritage Week is HERE!”

“Hot Country” on Sky 201

A reminder that the “Hot Country” music programme is transmitted on the Showcase Channel (Sky 201).     Hugh O’Brien,  Co-ordinator of this wonderfully popular Country and Western broadcast which includes  lots of  Irish inputs , indicates that the weekly one hour programme may be seen on Sundays (8-9pm), Mondays (8-9pm), Tuesdays (2-3pm) and Saturdays (2-3pm)(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

National 800m Champion

Congratulations to Tony Kelleher (formerly of Minor Row) now based in Cork and runing for Togher AC, who last weekend became the Irish over-40 800m champion in a personal best time of 2:02:33. A fabulous achievement no doubt.

While looking at the Irish Masters Athletic Association website, I noticed that our own Willie Neenan is still the national record holder for the mens over 65s at 800m and 1500m with times of 2.32.12 and 5.08.87, which were both set in September 1998 in Italy.

There are lots of photos of the Irish Masters Athletics Championships on flickr. View the full results of the days athletics.

[read more …] “National 800m Champion”

Haunted Cork

Hello there
I’m currently writing ‘Haunted Cork’, to be published by The History Press Ireland early next year. To date I have collected 72 stories from all over the county, but I am still on the lookout for more! However, I appear to have a lack of stories from in and around Millstreet, and as an online central hub for the town, was curious whether you have anything on file or personally know and stories concerning myths, legends and ghosts concerning Millstreet?
All the best and many thanks for your time
Darren

From legends to hauntings to poltergeist, have a look at some of the other stories on the Paranormal Database, but if you have a story of your own, send it to Darren.

Seamus Maxwell

A banker in Millstreet Town many years ago
Where into young adults his children did grow
And though he is remembered in Millstreet today
Distant from Duhallow his last remains lay.

The words of a wise one for us to recall
There is a last day and last night for us all
Seamus Maxwell one devoted to his family and wife
But sad to learn he has lost his gift of life. [read more …] “Seamus Maxwell”

James/Jim Kelleher

Hello there, I am hoping someone in your community could help me with my search on a man named James/Jim Kelleher. I know you probably get these requests all the time and unfortunately I cannot provide a lot of information however I am hoping the details I can provide may jog someones memory in your elderly community. Jim/James Kelleher had ‘red’ hair and would have been born in the late 1800’s. He had a ‘limp’ (possible artificial limb) and used a crutch. May have been a farm hand on a farm over in Bruree in 1934 and did visit Croom on a few occasions around the year 1940. I have been told he may have been a soldier. Unfortunately that is all I can tell you and realise it’s a ‘rough shot’ but this search is important to me for personal reasons and I cannot abandon it. If anyone can help me I would be most grateful.
Thanks and Best Wishes. Helen Barrie

leave a comment below, or send an email to Helen if you have any information

Artisan Food & Craft Market

Artisan Food & Craft Market

The Square, Millstreet
Saturday 14th August

(During Millstreet Show Week)
10am – 4pm

Market produce available:
Home grown Vegetables, Homemade Jams, Free Range Eggs, Home Baking, Cup Cakes, Gluten & Wheat free Baking, Cakes & tasty treats, Artisan Coffees, Sweet & Savoury Crepes, Hot Food Stands, Freshly Baked wood-fired oven Pizzas, Herbal teas and infusions, Fresh fish, Hand Made chocolate, Pesto, Gourmet cooking sauces, soups, wide selection of cheeses, jewellery, wicker baskets, log baskets, wood carvings, kitchen utensils, plants, hand made soaps and lots more…

Enjoy the live music and the atmosphere! Browse through the various stands.

Click on the flier on the left to see it full size

Mid-Summer Barbeque Success

"Best Summer Outfit" Winner, Joseph Lawler, accepts his €100.00 prize from Tadhg O'Flynn (Sponsor) at the highly successful Mid-Summer Barbeque and Dance/Disco in the Wallis Arms Hotel on Friday, 6th August. Also included (from left) Connie Linehan ("The Kelt" member), Tony McCaul (Organising Committee member) and Tom Flahive ("The Kelt" member). More pictures to follow in coming days.

Pictured at Italia ’90

Last night RTE 1 aired a documentary “This Sporting Life – Tony Cascarino”. During it, there was a brief shot of Padraig O’Driscoll with the pipes in Italy. Padraig ODriscoll is playing the pipes, and it also shows Pat Barrett,  Michael Lehane (originally from Millstreet) and John Minihan of Clonakilty. You can view This Sporting Life – Tony Cascarino on the RTE website. The lads appear at about 10mins 25sec into programme.

Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art

Ann Lane (formerly of Ballinatona, Millstreet) has spent four years and traveled over 14,000 miles on an odyssey to catalog the country’s main pieces of public art. She said it was her initial encounter with Capall Mór, the ferro-cement over a steel structure, near Tralee, that depicts a Celtic war horse with broken chains around its forelegs, signifying freedom, which inspired her to undertake the task of cataloging the works …

This is from an article in the Irish Examiner today(5th Aug) describing her passion for public art, and her journey to this stage.

She featured on RTE Radio 1 yesterday morning (4th Aug) on the Kathryn Thomas Summer On One show, which can be heard in the podcast at the top of this page.  (from 9:13 to 11:10 – starts just before the middle of the audio).

Ann’s passion was featured in an article on the Global Post from September ’09, and it shows some of the wonderful photography she has taken.

Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art will be published this autumn by Wordwell Books.

with thanks to Kevin for the info on this article

[read more …] “Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art”

Willie Neenan

He was running years before he met Marie his good and devoted wife
And Willie Neenan is still running with him ’tis a way of life
A World Masters Games over fifty silver medallist in nineteen eighty three
I remember in the fifties him and his brother John D
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At cross country races in Liscahane just out of the Town of Millstreet
The famous Neenan brothers against Cork’s best did compete
Up and down the wet and high fields they set a cracking pace
For the glory of old Millstreet the young Neenan men did race. [read more …] “Willie Neenan”

A War Baby – Rags to Riches

This is a story about a baby who was born in to poverty in a back street area of Birmingham, just before the outbreak of World War II.

He suffered with ill health during the early part of his life and had little education leaving school at age of fifteen.

But with the help and determination of his mother, whose unceasing belief in him, drove him onwards and upwards and a chance meeting with an Irish colleen from Millstreet, County Cork who brought with her the luck of the Irish.

Tom Grainger was recently featured here on millstreet.ie raising money for the Baby Jacob Fund selling pieces of wood-turning art in SuperValu. His website is tomgraingerbooks.com and the books cam be purchased there. Tom himself says that the books feature many Millstreet people.