Renowned Poet Patrick Thomas Hammer from New York is presently paying his yearly visit to Ireland and especially to his Millstreet Relations – the O’Rahilly Family of Tanyard Wood. We thank Patrick for the presentation of his most recent Book of Poetry to the Museum. He is blessed with such a wonderful sense of humour and is so superbly witty. He is a magnificent Ambassador for America and so impressively proud of his Irish roots. As well as visiting Millstreet Museum on Saturday, 20th Oct. 2018 he was truly impressed by a visit to the excellent National Dairy Show at Green Glens – an event which this year received RTÉ television national News coverage. On a future “Radio Treasures” on CMS we shall feature a special interview with Patrick in which he recalls a splendid visit to John C. Casey’s New York shop. Here we join Patrick on his Millstreet visit. Click on the 27 images to enlarge. (S.R.)
We’re presently preparing a full feature on the special Mass and wonderful Reception for Hannah Kelleher who after fourteen years of dedication is retiring from Cullen N.S. where she has been Principal since 2004. We wish Hannah every happiness in her richly deserved retirement as she embarks on a new phase in life. Lots more pictures to follow in coming days. Click on the image below to enlarge. (S.R.)
In our current Millstreet Pictorial News we share scenes regarding the important visit of Millstreet Fire Brigade for fire drill at Presentation N.S. (on Wednesday, 17th Oct.); Halloween is celebrated at “Cinnamon”; we hear about a splendid fundraising Fashion Show in Rathmore; we view further images of the wonderful colours of Autumn; we continue our pictures on the hugely successful Toy Show on Sunday (14th Oct.) in Dromtariffe where we picture Noel Dempsey from Cork with his amazing display of famous buildings made entirely of matchsticks while we also view a most impressive model of the GPO and we witness a truly magnificent international 50th Birthday event at Millstreet G.A.A. Community Hall on Sunday…Special thanks to Thomas Duggan for the loan of tables for the superbly colourful event coordinated by Ini and Friends. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Tonight on “Radio Treasures” we share highlights from our presentation at Millstreet Gramophone Circle last Friday night….See music list below.
Our 10pm feature tonight is outlined below in the various images. Tonight on Cork Music Station we include our usual blend of music, song and musings. We remember the late Joe Dolan who would have been 79 on this very day. We hear, as always, the late Tom Goggin’s “Phonecall to Heaven” for those bereaved. Feel most welcome to tune in and to make contact on the “Seán Radley” Facebook Chatline You may also email <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on Saturday, 20th and Saturday, 27th October after the 9pm News. It will feature the Rockchapel Comhaltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music. Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.
We thank Jack Roche for this important notice. (S.R.)
On Friday, 12th Oct. 2018 Millstreet Gramophone Circle held its monthly meeting at the splendid Halloween decorated Millstreet Day Care Centre where a full programme of recordings, song and music was presented before a large appreciative audience. Oftentimes we are asked what type of programme is shared. So illustrated below is the programme which I presented last night. Each presenter shares different selections on other nights. It will be Maurice Linehan who presents at “The Music Room” in Boherbue on Thursday, 1st Nov. 2018. Click on the images below to enlarge. (S.R.)
This Saturday morning (13th Oct. 2018) at 10:30 a wonderfully enthusiastic group of walkers participated in the annual walk around the Glebe supporting the praiseworthy ongoing research into the Fight Against Breast Cancer. The very fit participants began their walk at Colemans returning there for much appreciated refreshments following the walk during which the rainy conditions did not dampen the uplifting spirit of the walkers. Here we share a selection of images from the community spirited event. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Glebe Walk from Colemans in aid of Irish Cancer Society”
Millstreet Community Council extends sincere congratulations to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association on its recent superb result in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018. Achieving seven extra marks and a further Bronze Medal is most encouraging. Visitors to our area consistently comment on the beauty and tidiness of our town. (S.R.)
And a further message from Noel Buckley, Chairman, Millstreet Community Council:
“At the monthly meeting of Millstreet Community Council congratulations were extended to the Tidy Towns Committee on achieving such high marks and winning their category in this year’s competition. With their continued dedication and commitment and with the continuing co-operation of everyone in the community, overall victory is now within sight.”
Mass will be celebrated in Cullen Church on Friday, 19th October at 7:00pm to bid a fond farewell to Hannah Kelleher, Principal, Cullen N.S.. The children of the school are busy practising their songs and readings for this Mass. Parents, current pupils, past pupils and members of the community and beyond are all most welcome to attend.
After Mass, all are invited to attend celebrations in the Community Centre. Music will be provided by past-pupils of Mrs. Kelleher, pupils who would have formed part of the School Band at some stage. These musicians are encouraged to bring their instrument of choice on the night, to be part of this momentous occasion.
We extend sincere congratulations to Hannah who has contributed so inspiringly to the education of so many young people in such a dedicated manner over many fruitful and uplifting years. We all wish Hannah a very Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement. Click on the images to enlarge.(S.R.)
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.
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.
Sincere congratulations to Aubane’s St. John’s G.A.A. Club’s truly magnificent win in the Junior B Football Championship on Saturday night in Millstreet Town Park. The very popular Club has members from not just Aubane and Mushera but well beyond. At the Club’s Annual Church gate Collection over the weekend not just one but two superb Cups were proudly displayed. Trainer Jimmy Murphy had a very busy schedule on Saturday night as he made it in time following the successful outcome in the important match to be present at “The Pub” in Carriganima to present substantial cheques to both Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals (fuller pictorial report on that event later) as a result of the Annual Fun Run in Carriganima. Since this event began a most impressive €13,000.00 has been presented to assist fundraising in the hospitals. Here we share some 11 images from the uplifting weekend. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “St. John’s G.A.A. Club’s Magnificent Win This Weekend”
After a recent three part programme on the Lusitania, Where the road takes me returns to the town of Cobh to meet one of the town’s greatest characters. Although born in Rathbarry in West Cork, John o’Leary has been a resident here for some time.
From joining the Gardai in 1942, to being present in a courtroom as a man was sentenced to hang. From confronting Eamonn De’Valera at an election rally in 1954, to being blamed for instigating the famous battle of Bray, even though he was nowhere near at the time. And all of this while being a member of the force. To this day John is adamant that had he been allowed to remain in the Garda Siochana, he would have made a great policeman, being blessed with ample amounts of common sense. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Sunday Evening”
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
Last Saturday evening in Toronto, Canada, Olympic Bronze medalist Con Walsh from Carriganima, was inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.
“Cornelius represented Canada at the 1908 Olympic Games in London where he won the bronze medal with a throw of 48.50m. He was a Canadian Champion in 1907 in both the 56lb weight and the hammer throw and set a Canadian record in 1910 for the hammer and weight for height events. Cornelius set a world record of 4.93m in the 56lb weight for height event in 1910.” [Athletics Ontario]
His nephew Ned (from the same farm in Carriganima) along with Ned’s daughter Anne and son Michael attended as honoured guests. Michael told the guests:
“We are extremely grateful and honoured to accept this award on behalf of Con and all of the Walshs back home in Cork. We are very proud of Con’s achievements and we look forward to sharing this experience with our family and friends and neighbours when we return to Con’s birthplace of Carriganima.”
We are really proud to announce that we, Raymond and Gillian Gilbourne, have been nominated for an award for “Most Stylish Duo 2018” at the Cointreau Hi 2018 Style Awards. It is a great honour for us but is now down to public voting. We would really appreciate your support by voting for us.
To vote simply send an email to <email@example.com>, containing the text: Most Stylish Duo: Raymond & Gillian Gilbourne
We have decided to make a personal donation to Marymount Hospice as a thank you to those who support our campaign for voting for us. You can now vote and voting is open to November 21st, 12 noon. Please support as every vote counts & once is enough to vote. Please share with family & friends & get them voting. We really appreciate it.
Thank you, Raymond & Gillian Gilbourne
For more than ten years Mary Fitzgerald (pictured below) has been wonderfully coordinating the Annual Coffee Morning for Marymount Hospice with her very dedicated Team at Millstreet’s GAA Community Hall. This past Thursday (27th Sept. 2018) marked Mary’s final organising of this special annual event. This year’s occasion was superbly supported as illustrated in the selection of images which we share from just one time period at the Coffee Morning. Sincere thanks to Mary for such truly great work over the years – work which was of such great benefit to many. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Wonderful Response to Hospice Coffee Morning in GAA Hall”
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me, John Greene goes to meet a man with stories to tell. Steven Nolan, originally from Ballinspittle, has recently retired after forty years working for the Catterpillar Company on the Oil Sands of Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada. However, Steven’s lifetime stories do not end there…….
Being a fan of country music and boxing, Steven has met Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
* He has met Mohammed Ali, Lennox Lewis and Marvin Haggler, and spent an evening in the company of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who became world champion in four different weights.
* He has crossed Alaska on a motorbike with his brother, and worked as a mechanic 750 feet underground in the copper mines of Zambia.
Here are just two of the many images captured on Friday night at the wonderfully successful Donal Guiney Memorial Table Quiz held in McCarthy’s Bar. Great credit is due to Deputy Michael Moynihan, T.D. and John O’Leary & Team for excellent preparation of the now Annual Fianna Fáil related Quiz. This year’s fund will later be presented to Millstreet Day Care Centre. Lots more pictures later. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Response to the Donal Guiney Memorial Table Quiz”
On Monday, 24th Sept. 2018 while visiting Ballyheigue in the Kingdom of Kerry Fr. Dan Cashman, S.M.A., Myra Sheehan and I just happened to meet Tony O’Connor formerly of Millstreet and now residing in Tralee while he also was taking a walk on a magnificent sunny day upon Ballyheigue Strand. We got to view Oisín Kelly’s splendid statue of Roger Casement and to experience the exquisite setting of Ballyheigue Bay. Then we got home in time to witness the very impressive harvest moon over Millstreet. Here we share a selection of images from the eventful and enjoyable day. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
The recent church gate collection in aid of The Friends of Mallow General Hospital Equipment Fund amounted to €1,090.00 for which they are very grateful. Sincere thanks to all who very kindly contributed to the praiseworthy fund. Thanks also to Mary O’Mahony for helping to coordinate the recent church gate collection in Millstreet. (S.R.)
On Sunday, 23rd September 2018 the annual GAA Hurling Games for the Connie Kelleher Memorial Trophy, the Tommy O’Connor and Alan O’Connor Memorial Trophies took place in splendid weather at Millstreet Town Park. This year a magnificent Trophy in memory of the late Connie Hickey (who was a dedicated Coach) was introduced and presented by the Hickey Family. The event was superbly organized with the inclusion of Millstreet Pipe Band, the flying of the National Flag and the presentations at the GAA Community Hall followed by excellent refreshments for everyone. A huge attendance was in evidence with many people travelling from afar for the special occasion. The dedicated Committee with such people as Mag O’Connor and John O’Riordan and many others ensured a most successful annual event. Here we share the first of our pictorial recordings from the uplifting occasion. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Wonderfully Successful Games at Millstreet Town Park on Sunday Blessed with Excellent Weather”