Magnificent Prestigious All-Ireland Award for Diarmuid Cronin, Laught, Rathcoole

Sincere Congratulations to Diarmuid Cronin, Laught, Rathcoole who won the U18 Storytelling Competition at The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil at the weekend in Drogheda.  What a truly magnificent achievement by the wonderfully talented Diarmuid.  His late grandparents Diarmuid and Nora Creedon would have been so very proud of such a prestigious award for their grandson.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Leaving Cert Results Day at Millstreet Community School 2018

Photo 1: Pictured at Millstreet Community School on Wednesday having obtained the Leaving Cert Results. From left: Pól Ó Síodhcháin (incoming Principal), Pat Pigott (Retiring Principal), Oskar Wolak, Jamie Brophy, Grzegorz Bala, Frances Moynihan (Deputy Principal). Pictures by Seán Radley
Photo 2: Pictured at Millstreet Community School on Wednesday having obtained the Leaving Cert Results. From left: Pól Ó Síodhcháin (incoming Principal), Dieko Amujo, Mah Noor Zahid, John
Magee (Chaplain), Zain Zahid, Qiqa Maqubella and Teachers Denise O’Leary and Suzanne Sheehy.

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New York’s Last Rubber Stamp Maker

“This is a story about Casey’s Rubber Stamp, owned by Millstreet man, John Cyril Casey. JC is one of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet, one visit to his unique shop and you’re hooked. [1]” John is grew up here at Drishane Road. If you’re in New York call into his shop which is on 322 East 11th St.

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Mícheál Martin, T.D. on “Radio Treasures” Tonight Rebroadcast of Interview…Also John Linehan’s Winning Commentary

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Mícheál Martin, T.D. visited Millstreet on Wednesday, 18th July 2018.   He was given a royal welcome as he began his tour at Coleman’s, dining at Café Aroma and continuing through the town arriving at Millstreet Town Park where the annual Cul Camp was in progress.  He then visited the Carnegie Hall which included a period at Millstreet Museum where he very kindly gave an audio interview which will be rebroadcasted tonight at 10:00 on Cork Music Station on our weekly programme “Radio Treasures” which begins at 9:30 and ends at 11:00pm.   The F.F. Leader was accompanied by Michael Moynihan, T.D. and members of the Millstreet F.F. Cumann.   Here we share some 40 images from the special visit.  Feel welcome to message our live broadcast on the Sean Radley Facebook Page or text 086 825 0074.   And tonight also we listen to John Linehan’s  superb Winning Commentary regarding the purchasing of ice creams for the Family (pictured below). Happy  Listening.  Click on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Mícheál Martin in Millstreet at The Square
The Linehan Family thrilled having won such a magnificent prize through John’s very witty and funny Commentary.
Mícheál Martin at Minor Row
Mícheál Martin at Café Aroma
Mícheál Martin in Minor Row
Mícheál Martin at Millstreet Museum
Mícheál Martin recording an interview at Carnegie Hall
Mícheál Martin at The Square, Millstreet
Visiting the annual Cul Camp at Millstreet Town Park

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Smart Store Cooking at O’Keeffe’s Supervalu Millstreet

We thank Mary Louise Ward for the following interesting information regarding Smart Store Cooking.  (S.R.)

Change habits to save money and reduce food waste

Did you know that food waste costs Irish households a whopping €700 each year. A few simple changes to habits could help reduce food waste, saving time and allowing you spend your precious pennies more wisely. To help make some smarter choices, you will find lots of tips and advice in-store at O’Keeffe’s SuperValu as well as on-line from Smart Store Cooking’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. Enjoy cooking some delicious healthy recipes from the Smart Store Cooking recipe book which is currently on sale at O’Keeffe’s SuperValu at a special promotional price of €5.00. Easy recipes, using ‘Smart’ ingredients (all indicated in-store as “I’m a Smart Ingredient”), ensure you cook more efficiently with less food waste. Chat with Mary Louise & her team during their visits to O’Keeffes, sample something tasty from the cookbook and discover how you can improve your planning, shopping and cooking habits. Don’t forget to pick up some FREE recipe cards when visiting O’Keeffe’s SuperValu.


Special Sacred Space for Papal Visit 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet

A magnificent Sacred Space has been created at St. Patrick’s Church to especially mark the upcoming Papal Visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.   Coordinated by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. and Parish Secretary, Sharon Lane the wonderful feature is further enhanced by the work of Millstreet Men’s Shed (crafting the very beautiful tree), the photography of Fr. James McSweeney (superb image of the Cross on Clara Mountain) and the splendid art design of Declan Crowley of Milltech.  The overall theme is World Meeting of Families 21 – 26 August 2018. Here we share a selection of images illustrating the Sacred Space and also showing further Papal features within the Sanctuary.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Special Sacred Space for Papal Visit 2018 at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet”

Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes – Church Gate Collection This Weekend

There will be a Church Gate Collection in Millstreet this weekend18th/19th August 2018 – in aid of Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes.   This highly regarded facility treats Girls who experience addiction problems including substance and alcohol dependency.   Your support would be greatly appreciated.

— see Cuan Mhuire on facebook

Ballydehob and Mayo Themes on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s feature on C103 at 7pm.  (S.R.)

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks into the life and times of one of Ireland’s last street singers. Gail McMenamen talks about her brother Basil Morahan who was known throughout the country as ‘Dan the Street Singer’. A schoolteacher by trade, Basil’s attempts to keep the street singing tradition alive often embarrassed his family by dressing as a tramp. But the multi-talented Mayo man was in constant demand to sing and play in all parts of the country.     And….

In Ballydehob we reminisce on two local
sisters who ran a famous hostelry in the village, where everybody regardless of social standing was treated the same. Nell and Julia Levis are still fondly remembered by all who knew them. [read more …] “Ballydehob and Mayo Themes on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103″

Millstreet Parish Credit Union Magnificent 50th Anniversary Celebrations on Friday Evening

Friday, 10th August 2018 marked the historic 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Millstreet Parish Credit Union.   The magnificent occasion began with the celebration of Mass by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet with the participation of many Credit Union Committee Members in the special liturgy enhanced by Millstreet Parish Choir.   Dermot Kiely with Ted Kiely then unveiled a very impressive plaque at the Credit Union H.Q. in The Square.   Then followed a most enjoyable evening of refreshments, speeches, a special Draw and lots of memories evoked in the Wallis Arms Hotel.   We extend sincere congratulations to All who have given so generously of their time, talents and dedication over the past decades where friendliness, support and sound advice have been hallmarks of our very own Millstreet Parish Credit Union.   Every success in the years ahead and long may the spirit of Nora Herlihy continue in true evidence.  Here we share images from the wonderful occasion on Friday night.  (And some more pictures to follow later.) Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Coinciding with the exact moment of unveiling by Dermot Kiely – Donal Cashman superbly guided his hang-glider into Millstreet Town Park!

Members of the Staff of Millstreet Parish Credit Union – From left:  Bridget Fitzgerald (Manager), Catherine Daly, Mary Crowley and Bernadette Goulding.

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Millstreet Community School Debs 2018

The exquisite style of the young people was clearly in evidence on Thursday evening (9th August) as preparations for the Debs Event 2018 got underway at West End, Millstreet.   Two buses transported the very happy groups to the superb occasion in Limerick.  Here we share the first of our features illustrating the magnificent colour of the annual event.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Community School Debs 2018”

Finding Garrett Cotter: the story behind the man whose name is on the Cotter Dam

For nearly 200 years, a brave young rebel from Millstreet, convicted and transported to Australia for firing on the His Majesty’s troops, has been the heroic name behind the river, the valley, the gap and dam that supplies potable water to Canberra. Below is a brief overview of his life:

Garrett Cotter was born in 1802 to peasant farmers, north of Millstreet in County Cork. British penal laws had denied Catholic families like Cotter’s not just the vote, but any education, land and major assets as well. They were consigned to penury and effective servitude.

This was a society, fumed reforming Edmund Burke in the House of Commons, “as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of the people, and the debasement of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man”.

[read more …] “Finding Garrett Cotter: the story behind the man whose name is on the Cotter Dam”

Tessie Celebrates her Hundredth Birthday

Tessie Kelleher,  Cullen, celebrated her hundred years young birthday last night at the Sandpit House Pub Dromtariffe at the Irish Trad Night with her family and friends where she comes without fail too once a month! Although Tessie’s birthday isn’t until this coming Friday, she will be waiting for the cheque from the president of Ireland! She still ran rings around us all and enjoyed the music, dancing, cake, finger food and laughter in her honour! There is another party planned for Saturday in Cullen for family, Have an amazing time Tess! Your an inspiration to us All!! – article thanks to Tom

more photos below… [read more …] “Tessie Celebrates her Hundredth Birthday”

“Radio Treasures” Visits Cullen Vintage Event 2018 & Meets Christy Costello

On this evening’s “Radio Treasures” we visit the recent Cullen Vintage Event 2018 where we recorded a truly interesting interview with Christy Costello from the Listowel area of Kerry.   This we shall broadcast at 10pm on Cork Music Station.  We also feature lots of uplifting songs, music and musings.   And we report on our recent Museum Collection, on recent Visitors to our area, on Show preparations and we review our Listeners’ messages, texts and emails.  Feel most welcome to make contact with us on our Seán Radley Facebook chatline, our text line on 086 825 0074 or our email communication on millstreetmuseum  .  We share below images of our recent visit to Cullen Vintage Event.  Happy listening!  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Interviewing Christy Costello of North Kerry at Cullen Vintage Event in July 2018.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Visits Cullen Vintage Event 2018 & Meets Christy Costello”

Millstreet B.N.S. in 1953 Located at Clara Road

We thank Seán Murphy (formerly of Mill View, Millstreet) for providing us with this wonderful picture which will evoke many special memories.  Seán also provides us with a list of the names that he knows in reference to the photograph.   The Principal Teacher, Patrick O’Doherty is present in the image.   In 1953 the location of Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS was on Clara Road opposite to the Presbytery.   Please make contact (in our comment section) or email <> if you can identify any further people in this truly historic and very interesting picture.  Many thanks to Seán’s nephew, Jason Murphy, for delivering the picture and name list to us.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet BNS 1953
List of 1953 names to BNS picture

“Cinnamon” Prepares to Open in West End, Millstreet

Formerly the location of “Nibbles” the new “Cinnamon” is presently preparing to open on Wednesday, 15th August 2018.  Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm –  Saturday: 9am to 3pm.  Here we share images of the preparation.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Cinnamon 1
West End location of “Cinnamon”
Cinnamon 2
Saturday evening in West End

[read more …] ““Cinnamon” Prepares to Open in West End, Millstreet”

Museum & Website Church Gate Collection this Weekend in Millstreet

Our Annual Church Gate Collection takes place this coming weekend (4th/5th August 2018).   Sincere thanks to those people who have already contributed generously to both Projects.   Here we share three images from our Archives recalling Eurovision 1993 in Millstreet.   Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Official Poster for our Annual Collection
A warm welcome for Eurovision 1993 as seen in Ballydaly in 1993
Linda Martin plants a special tree at The Square in 1993 seen with Noel C. Duggan and Brendan O’Keeffe as well as a wonderful gathering of local people

[read more …] “Museum & Website Church Gate Collection this Weekend in Millstreet”

“Where the Road Takes Me” Features Shandon Sweets on C103 at 7pm This Sunday

We’re on Cork City’s Northside under the watchful eye of St. Anne’s Church
and Shandon Bells, for this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’.

We meet the ladies of Eason’s Hill friendship club for chat and loads of
craic, while in John Redmond St., we meet a second and third generation of
boiled sweet makers.

Dan Lenihan of Shandon Sweets looks back on all the great characters in the
area down through the years, including the real Taoiseach – Jack Lynch, who
was a regular caller to the shop when he returned from Dublin every week-end
. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Features Shandon Sweets on C103 at 7pm This Sunday”

“Radio Treasures” Tonight from 9:30 to 11:00 on Cork Music Station

This evening 9:30 to 11:00 on Cork Music Station our 10pm Interview is with Brendan & Marie Fleming, Millstreet…. who created the splendid balloon figures and the very popular arm tattoos at the Annual “School’s Out” Party. During our chat recorded on 27th June 2018 at the Annual School’s Out Party Brendan and Marie tell us about their input in the annual event and we also chat about “The Animal Roadshow“.  We have lots of uplifting songs and music as usual. We share musings galore. We link with our live Seán Radley Facebook messages and comments. Feel most welcome to send such to our chatline or text 086 8250074.  Below we share images of more of the “The School’s Out” Party.  And we hear about a Banquet at the Boeing.  Happy Listening. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)

Marie & Brendan Fleming and members of the “Animal Roadshow” Team.
Marie Fleming creating a magnificent tattoo.
All delighted with balloons and ice-cream at the School’s Out Party.
Enjoying a recent Banquet at the Bóinn near the River Blackwater.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight from 9:30 to 11:00 on Cork Music Station”

Exciting Soapbox Race Impresses Enthusiastic Spectators

Superbly organized by the dedicated members of Millstreet’s Men’s Shed the Annual Soapbox Race took place on Sunday, 22nd July 2018 starting at the K&L Complex and finishing on Clara Road.  Commentator supreme Richard O’Sullivan introduced some eight adult competitors plus (new this year) a host of young people with their own toy vehicles.   Here we share just the beginning of a much longer feature later – just to give an idea of the truly wonderful atmosphere (despite the very humid weather conditions).  We begin by meeting the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners .  We also meet with representatives of the overall winners – Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Winners all!
Healy’s Bar, Kilcorney – overall Winners…with Friends and Organisers.
Solving a problem brilliantly!
One of the many brave competitors during the race.
A very large crowd follows the excitement of the Race.
The new Junior Participation proved very popular with each young person receiving a gold medal.

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Upcoming Features on our Website from 21st July 2018

The following images illustrate a variety of topics for which we’re presently preparing full features which will be uploaded later.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Mícheál Martin, Leader Fianna Fáil, visits Millstreet’s Cúl Camp with Michael Moynihan, T.D..
Cúl Camp 2018 at Millstreet Town Park with special guest Darragh Fitzgibbon – renowned GAA Star from Charleville….pictured at back left with dark blue jacket.
Matron Margaret Collins welcomes “Peppa the Pig” – one of the real stars of the visiting Mobile Farm!
Gerard Cleary and son Colm from Hospital, Co. Limerick – Coordinators supreme of visiting Mobile Farm at Millstreet Community Hospital.
Mobile Farm at Millstreet Hospital….Funded by the Friends of Millstreet Community Hospital.

Home Safe and Sound!

Diarmuid Murphy from Millstreet is home today after three months in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations on board the LÉ Samuel Beckett, which was participating in an EU Naval Mission, Operation Sophia!!

His Uncle Lieutenant Commander Martin Tarrant (Moher) showing them the way! Diarmuid’s Parents Eileen Tarrant (Moher) and Jerry Murphy (Rathcoole) and family are thrilled, thankfully and so proud of their boy and to have him Home again! ( Photo Credits Eileen & Jerry )

[read more …] “Home Safe and Sound!”

Millstreet Ambulance Service To Be Fully Restored

“Millstreet Community Council welcomes the result of the review carried out recently regarding the Millstreet Ambulance Service. Now, after six years, the Millstreet Ambulance Service is to be fully restored—which is indeed great news. Millstreet Community Council has been working behind the scenes with the H.S.E. on this very important issue.”

Noel Buckley (Chairman)

We thank Noel for this truly uplifting news and we congratulate Millstreet Community Council for having placed such vital focus on the all-important health issue.   We all extend a heartfelt welcome back to the fully restored Millstreet Ambulance Service.  (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Features “School’s Out” Party Tonight

This evening 9:30 to 11:00 on Cork Music Station our 10pm Interview is with Greg, Manager of Herlihy’s Centra , Millstreet.  During our chat recorded on 27th June 2018 at the Annual School’s Out Party Greg shares his thoughts on the very successful Annual Party and we speak about Greg’s Polish roots.  On a follow-up programme in a few weeks time we shall be chatting with Marie and Brendan (who created the splendid balloon figures and the very popular arm tattoos) of The Animal Roadshow   And, of course, we have lots of uplifting songs and music.   We share musings galore.   We link with our live Seán Radley Facebook messages and comments.   Feel most welcome to send such to our chatline or text 086 8250074.   Below we share images of Greg, the dedicated Centra Staff and the many young people who had just got their Summer Holidays.  Happy Listening.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Greg of Herlihy’s Centra.
“School’s Out” Party 2018
Dedicated Staff – Shauna, Mary, Karen and Greg
All enjoying the delicious ice-cream
The very colourful, creative balloons are hugely popular.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Features “School’s Out” Party Tonight”

Great Success for Frank & Danielle at Tullamore Sports Event

Frank O’Riordan (U12 Shot Putt) claimed Gold for Gneeveguilla AC in Tullamore on July 7th 2018 at the Irish Life Health National B Track and Field championships also claiming a new Personal Best.  His sister Danielle (U13 Shot Putt) claimed a Bronze medal.   Well done to them both on such a wonderful achievement.

Frank O’Riordan at Tullamore.

Upcoming Features on Millstreet Website

While working on future features for our website the following 17 images will hopefully whet the appetite for the variety of subjects and events we shall be covering.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Smart Store Cooking at Supervalu with Mary Louise and Eimear (in centre).
Exquisite Fairy Village Development at Millstreet Day Care Centre.
Jim O’Malley, Writer, Educationalist and Walker of Beaufort and Youghal revisits Millstreet (after 8 years) walking from Ballyvourney.
Magnificent Vintage Events in Millstreet.
Amazing transport sights pass through Millstreet.
Millstreet in Magical Bloom.
Denis Cronin in his wonderful 1932 vintage car at Cullen’s Vintage Day 2018.
High Nellie Bike Race at Coachford Festival 2018.
Munster Autotest Championship at K & L setting on Sunday, 15th July 2018.
Determining exact location of Coomlogane House at Green Glens with Brendan and Dan.

[read more …] “Upcoming Features on Millstreet Website”

“Where the Road Take Me” at 7 This Evening on C103

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene speaks to a Cork based Kerryman who reflects on an unusual childhood.

Gearoid Cheaist (Kesht) o’Cathain was reared on the Blasket Islands without priest, electricity, doctor church or school. National Geographic magazine referred to him as the loneliest boy in the world.

The home of Peig Sayers and Tomas o’Criomhain got it’s name from the Norse word ‘Brasker’, meaning dangerous place. Although it was such a place, it was still home to a closely knit community.

Gearoid is now the only surviving member of that community, and shares his story on Where the road takes me – this Sunday evening at 7 – on C103.

Update: The programme has been uploaded onto by C103, and can be listened to here.


“Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00

Our 10pm Interview this Tuesday night takes us to Skibbereen where Eily Buckley and I meet with Katherine and Finbarr Hourihane.  It was Finbarr of “Clohane Wood Products” made the famous “Trolly Chair” which featured on the recent Daniel and Majella’s visit to Eily’s home for the very popular television series on the B&B Roadshow.  We also hear about the Dungarvan link! Click on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Katherine, Eily and Finbarr in Skibbereen with one of the original “Trolly Chairs”
Pictured within the very impressive Clohane Wood Products Showroom in Skibbereen.

Tonight our programme makes reference to the following images and we have our usual blend of music, songs and musings all on air from 9:30 to 11:00.  (S.R.) Do join us tonight and let us know if you wish that you are tuned in.  Feel welcome to text the programme on 00353 86 825 0074 (from overseas) or 086 825 0074 (from within Ireland).   Or better still use the chatline on the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  To access the programme find us on Internet Radio under Ireland/Country or log into

We chat about Cork on 4th July 2018.


We visit Killarney on 4th July 2018.
We hear about the Development of the fascinating Fairy Village at Millstreet Day Care Centre (full pictorial feature to follow later).
Enjoying the Summer at Millstreet Day Care Centre.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00″

Mariusz & Wiola Nowak Express Sincere Thanks

Mariusz and Wiola Nowak have resided in Millstreet since 2006.   With their children Paula and Jacob they are now returning to their native Poland with the possibility of coming back to Millstreet sometime in the future.  They wish to express their heartfelt thanks to so many people in Millstreet with whom they have formed great friendships over the past number of years.  We wish the wonderfully popular Family every happiness and fulfilment in the years ahead.   Our Millstreet Community has been truly enriched to have had Mariusz, Wiola, Paula and Jacob within our Community.   The Family members have been great and inspiring Ambassadors for Poland.  (S.R.)

Mariusz & Wiola Nowak. Click on the image to enlarge.

Millstreet Active Retirement Association Annual Outing 2018

The Millstreet  Active Retirement Association recently had its  Annual Outing 2018 to Kenmare, Kenmare Seafari followed by a wonderful evening meal at the Abbey Hotel, Ballyvourney …. and then reluctantly home!  We thank Mary O’Mahony for this splendid selection of images and also the captions.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

8 of the 9 Marys on tour with Millstreet ARA annual summer outing. Missing from picture is Mary McSweeney.

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Two Rare Sights at Millstreet Town Park!

Matthew Dennehy of Millstreet GAA displays the final score between Cork and Kerry at the Final of the Humphrey Kelleher Football Championship on Sat. 7th July 2018 in Millstreet Town Park. A rather rare scoreline! Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Our second very rare sight at Millstreet Town Park on Sat. 7th July 2018 is demonstrated here by Evan and Liam. Because of the extreme dry weather conditions the original driveway to the former Coomlogane House of the McCarthy-O’Leary Family is presently visible within the Pitch & Putt Course….near Green No. 2. The print of the driveway only becomes visible during very warm Summers.
May Kelleher, wife of the late Humphrey presents the Humphrey Kelleher Cup to Shane Kingston, Captain of the victorious Cork Team.
Cork – with team members from West and Mid Cork – The football final Winners of the Humphrey Kelleher Cup 2018.
Wonderfully loyal Cork Supporter, Margaret Healy of Minor Row, Millstreet shares the Cup with Cork Captain, Shane Kingston.

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