Regional Report 1000 at C103

Pictured at the C103 Studio in Mallow celebrating Eily Buckley’s Regional Report No. 1,000. Seated from left: Eily Buckley and Patricia Messenger. At back from left: Seán Radley, William Fitzgerald (LTV2), Geraldine Dunne (Eily’s daughter) and John Paul of C103. LTV2 Programme 156 on this Thursday at 10.00pm will include a feature on this historic occasion. (Picture by Sheila Fitzgerald)

Marymount Hospice Cheque

Photographed at the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet marking the presentation of a substantial cheque to Marymount Hospice, Cork following a major country-and-western event at the Gleneagle, Killarney organised by John J.Herlihy & Friends of the Knocknagree Cancer Committee.   Seated,  from left: Michael O’Keeffe, Antoinette O’Sullivan (for Marymount Hospice), John J. Herlihy.At back,  from left:  Lilly O’Sullivan, Denis Hickey and Noelle Feeney.    A cheque for the same amount of €11,401.73 has already been presented to Kerry Cancer Care Group resulting from the same event. (Picture:  Seán Radley)

Snow In Millstreet Today

Two inches of snow today in Millstreet Town
Through the almost deserted Main Street cars slowly move up and down
And in the calm of the afternoon blanketed white
The old hill of Clara a beautiful sight.
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On a phone call from Jimmy Sullivan in Millstreet faraway
He told me Duhallow is snowbound today
The bushes and trees and every hedgerow
Are heavily laden with January snow.
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Such news took me back to when I was a boy
In Winter the snowball games I did enjoy
With my young friends from many decades ago
By the old town where into young men we did grow.
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The snowfalls in Duhallow live in my memory
In front gardens of homes where children lived snowmen for to see
The children with each other used to compete
At the building of the finest snowman in Millstreet.
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Jimmy Sullivan told me so in a phone call
In Millstreet today a two inches snowfall
Snow on roofs, streets and roads, fields and on every bush and tree
It must be a wonder of Nature to see.

by Francis Duggan

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

Mary Brigid Ring

The gift of memory is a marvellous thing
I still remember Mary Brigid Ring
In all weather sunny, windy, wet and cold and cool
From Coolinarne she cycled to and from the Millstreet Secondary Convent School.
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A few years older than me far as I know
Her wavy hair dark as wing of a crow
She had great warmth in her cheerful hello
I am going back some fifty years ago. [read more …] “Mary Brigid Ring”

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

Kathleen Corcoran And Peter Dineen

Two good people who in Millstreet Parish will never more be seen
But amongst friends and families and those who knew them memories of them evergreen
Kathleen Corcoran a good woman who lived in Dooneen
And a quiet man from Cloghoula likeable Peter Dineen.
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In their Townlands by Millstreet Town they had lived for many years
And doubtless their funeral services did give rise to parting tears
For death is very final that does seem sad to say
And by Cashman’s Hill in St Mary’s their remains forever lay.
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They are only dead physically in spirit they remain
And in our mental pictures we do see them again
From Cloghoula and from Dooneen they may well be gone
But in the minds of friends and families and those who knew them they are living on.
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What can anyone ask of any human being only to live as their best
And what it takes to live as a good person Kathleen and Peter passed that test
One can only hope their departure from life was a painless release
And by Cashman’s Hill forever their remains rest in peace.

by Francis Duggan

Going to Haiti to help

A KISKEAM builder and a Millstreet butcher are planning to make a return trip to Haiti in April to help with the relief effort in the earthquake-stricken country.

John F O’Connor from Kiskeam and Jerry O’Leary from Millstreet were in Haiti last October when they took part in the Haven house building project. Both Duhallow men have also been to South Africa on a number of occasions with the Niall Mellon Trust.

The two men, who would have met many times on the playing field, were greatly taken aback when the horror of the earthquake unfolded. They now want to return to Haiti in April to help by providing much needed housing.

They are now working to raise funds for their relief effort and to kick start the fund-raising they will be holding a number of events in the next two months and would greatly appreciate any help from the community.

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) [read more …] “In Passing – January 2010”

Fireball in the Sky before 6pm tonight

http://election.ie/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/meteor.pngListening to Matt Cooper on his Last Word radio show on TodayFM this evening, he said that he had just got a text saying that someone had just seen a huge light in the sky over Millstreet moving north east towards Kanturk. He thought it was a hoax at first, but then they started getting loads of texts from all around the country. It looks like it was a large meteorite, hundreds of times bigger than your normal shooting star. Here’s a video of the meteorite on youTube.

“Looked like a firework at first, kinda green, but far too big. Then it seemed to disappear for a split second, the reappeared looking more orange/yellow” – boards.ie

Did anyone have to good fortune to see it? I didn’t. Let us know if you did.

Update March 2010: Looks like the videos have been removed from YouTube sorry 🙁 … but here’s another one where David Moore of Astronomy Ireland talks about the meteor

also covered on RTE news

Denehy, O’Leary, Dineen & Sullivan

I am a descendant of John Denehy and Hanora O’Leary Denehy who were married in Millstreet 3/1/1870 and emigrated to Clinton County Ohio in 1873. John had a sister Hanora who married Wm. Haley s/o Dennis and Julia (Creedon) from Macroom and emigrated in 1868. Jeremiah a brother of John and Hanora joined them later. John’s father was Jeremiah Denehy married to Johanna Dineen. Hanora O’Leary Denehy’s parents were Patrick O’Leary and Johanna Sullivan O’Leary. If there are any Denehy, O’Leary, Dineen or Sullivan researchers who would like to share information I would love to hear from them.
Regards, Deanna Lyon

The marriage record is here: Marriage of JOANNES (JOHN) DENAHY of KEELMEEDY and HONORA LEARY of ADRIVAL on 1 March 1870

Leave a comment, or send a message to millstreet.ie (using the Contact Us page) and we will make sure that the reply gets to Denna.

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

Helen Kiely Retirement

The recent retirement of Helen Kiely, Station Road, Millstreet from Lyre N.S. following many years of superbly dedicated teaching service, was marked by a special I.N.TO. reception held recently at Randles Court Hotel, Killarney. Included, seated in front, from left: Brendan & Helen Kiely, Joan O’Mahony and Mrs. Helen Murphy (Helen’s mother). At back, from left: Mary Browne, Elaine Kiely, Anne Faye and John Daly from I.N.T.O., Pat Breen, Eilίn Nί Chadhla and Martina Kiely. (Pic.: Seán Radley)

The photo appears in the January issue of the Duhallow Matters magazine

February 1st: St. Bridget’s Day

Today is first day of February, and as always is the feast day of St Bridget one of the few Irish saints.

St Bridget's Cross

We grew up knowing about the St. Bridget’s Cross and the confusion in trying to make it correctly, or to make the biggest and best one. According to tradition a new cross is made each Saint Brigid’s Day (February 1), and the old one is burned to keep fire from the house … but of course customs vary by locality as some people keep them for years.

Another local tradition is that you hang a cloth outside for the night before St Bridget’s day, and rub it to any sores that you get during the year, and it will help to make the pain go away more quickly.

Give it a go at making the cross: If you missed the demonstration last Friday in the Library, just read these instructions on how to make a St Bridgets Cross. You will of course need about a dozen rushes to make one. There’s loads of rushes in the fields this year, and the farmers will only be too be glad to see you taking them (in fact take all of them if you want!). Best of luck.

Maura Dowling

Often see her in my younger years in my better days in life
An attractive looking woman Maura, Dathai Dowling’s wife
A good mother to her children married to a decent man
The Dowlings of Murphy’s Terrace are a well known Millstreet clan,
I did feel sad on reading that Maura has passed away
For all of us eventually a final night and day
From the Dowling family gatherings her’s will be a missed face
The mother of the family there is none to replace,
Often seen her with Dathai and their children in Millstreet church on sunday
Since then so many years in time have ticked and ticked away
The role of wife and mother she did perform well
If there is a life after death with angels she now dwell
She remains young in memory as if time had stood still
With Dathai and their children in the Town by Clara Hill.

by Francis Duggan

Owen

Eoin who? (click on the image for a bigger photo)

I photographed this lovely gentleman about 20 years ago on a rainy day in a pub on a dreary day in Millstreet. Spent a few hours chatting with him as I waited to pick my sister up from Drishane. I believe his name was Owen. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Aidan Bradley.

This came in as an email to millstreet.ie. Can anyone help? … and I was wondering what pub is it, as i don’t recognise that windowsill. If so, leave a comment please. (there have been a number of helpful comments already,  click here to read them)

[read more …] “Owen”

One Man and his Dog … and his Goat

Nathan, Bob the goat and Cara and the dog, with the Paps in the background

There were some turning heads in Millstreet yesterday on seeing a hiker walking through the town. Not that hikers are unusual at all around here, but the fact that he was accompanied by a dog and goat! All in a days walking for Nathan Kingerlee, or should I say a week and a half’s walking! They are walking the Blackwater Way (168km) in aid of Kerry Mountain Rescue, and passed through Millstreet yesterday on their way to Geararoe B&B on the Macroom road. In Millstreet:

… People seem to very much take it in their stride, when they see us coming; although we did get a couple of strange looks, one couple crossed the street to avoid us, and Bob gave a little old granny a bit of a fright when he went to say hello to her!…

He is writing a blog every day of the trip, and yesterday he featured his trip to Millstreet. It’s an interesting read, with some great pictures.

Read about of their planned trip across the Blackwater Way before they started.

Read about their day from Rathmore to Millstreet

Lily Guerin

A woman who was indeed larger than life
Lily, John Justice’s daughter who became Dan Guerin’s wife
A beautiful down to earth person untainted by guile
She had such great warmth in her wonderful smile.
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One might say of her in a class of her own
The woman of the shop there was well liked and well known
By all in Ballydaly three miles from Millstreet
As nice a person as one could wish to meet.
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One known for her kindness and generosity
In Ballydaly she raised her family
Her family and friends will farewell her in tears
But good memories of her will outlive her by years.
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In the shop where for many years she did reside
Amongst family and friends and relations Mrs Guerin died
To be kind and loving and hospitable her claim to fame
A Lily by nature and a Lily by name.

by Francis Duggan

Donal Coffey Running

Carrauntoohil May 31st 2009

In this weeks Regional Report, Eily mentioned that Donal Coffey finished 2nd in the Puck Warriors 10K Jingle Run held in Killorglin recently (28th Nov 09)  in a time of 34:58 (full results here).

Donal never seemed like an much of an athlete when he was younger, but he has been posting some really impressive results in the last 4 to 5 years.

Not alone does he do road running, but he also partakes in mountain running around Ireland, which is organised by the Irish Mountain Running Association. His results here have also been really impressive finishing on average 4th for all races in 2009 and 7th in 2008. One seasoned athlete told me many times that you’d have to be crazy to run up and down mountains! For the rest of us, it can be a challenge even to walk to the top of these mountains and back, which makes running them at top speed seem all the more impressive.

Also, the full results for the Clara Mountain Run 2009 have been added to the Millstreet.ie site.

See below for Donal’s results and some more photos:

[read more …] “Donal Coffey Running”

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