Superb Book Review by Diarmuid Cronin on “Evening Echo”

Over the past few years quite a number of excellent Book Reviews by Students from Millstreet Community School have been published by Cork’s “Evening Echo”. On Friday, 21st July 2017 it was the splendid review of Diarmuid Cronin of Laught, Rathcoole which was published as one of two reviews. We congratulate Diarmuid. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Millstreet’s Luke O’Donoghue to Represent Ireland in Slovenia

Millstreet’s Luke O’Donoghue is to represent Ireland in early August in Slovenia at the World Junior Angling Championships. Sincere congratulations to 15 year old Luke and every success in such a hugely prestigious event. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)


Luke’s Grandfather – Michael Murphy and his Father – Billy – have truly inspired Luke as they both have a long and very successful history in the World of Fishing.

[read more …] “Millstreet’s Luke O’Donoghue to Represent Ireland in Slovenia”

“In The Light of Other Days” by Margaret O’Donoghue Sullivan – Splendid Autobiography

“In The Light of Other Days” by Margaret O’Donoghue Sullivan 

“In the Light of Other Days” is an autobiography from Margaret O’Donoghue Sullivan and documents her childhood growing up in rural Ireland.

Margaret lived on a farm with her parents and siblings and the love and importance of family was at the heart of this. The book contains fondly recalled events and stories during the author’s childhood as well as detailing the changing face of farming during the industrialisation of Ireland and of Ireland’s rich history, infused with evocative poetry.

The book is available in Wordsworth Millstreet, Easons bookshop Killarney, Eagers bookshop Killarney, Amazon. It’s a great read for adults and also for children.

We thank Margaret of Rathduane for presenting a copy of her splendid recently published book to Millstreet Museum.  It was the very well known Tom McSweeney who recently launched the Book in Killarney.  Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Kate Mary & Grandson Podge Collins Feature on Prestigious Match Programme 2017

We thank Marie Casey, Cloghoula for very kindly sending us this superb image which recently appeared in the official Match Programme in Thurles at the recent Cork v. Clare Match. Podge Collins is of course the truly superb G.A.A. Sportsman from Co. Clare and Kate Mary Cremin of Cullen is his Grandmother. Sincere congratulations to both on such highly prestigious national coverage. Kate Mary indicated to me that she had to be in Smithfield Square, Dublin not long after 7am for the photo shoot with her Grandson! Click on the picture to enlarge. (S.R.)

Millstreet Welcomes Our European Visitors to Prestigious Equestrian Event

Members of the Polish Team arrive in Millstreet. We look forward to the wonderfully colourful opening Parade at 6.30pm on Wednesday through Millstreet Town. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

A Very Happy 60th Birthday Martin

We extend sincere Birthday Greetings to Martin Goggin who celebrated his 60th Birthday on 17th July 2017. We thank Miriam O’Sullivan for the selection of images who states “I am sharing a few photographs from his party with his friends at the COPE Foundation in Mallow. The last photograph shows Martin cutting his birthday cake assisted by his housemother Cathleen O’Brien. We his family and his many friends wish him a very happy birthday on this important milestone.” Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Tonight from 9.30 to 11.00 on Cork Music Station

Among the many items about which we shall be chatting on “Radio Treasures” tonight … Reviewing our recent Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo.  Lots of excellent music from all over the world and of course, Ireland.   And musings aplenty also. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) To access the programme please tune into Do log into the Seán Radley Facebook to communicate with the Show or text 086 825 0074.   Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

We feature Norah’s magnificent song on our programme tonight. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight from 9.30 to 11.00 on Cork Music Station”

Cork North West Branch of MS Ireland’s Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo

Pictured in the Apparition Church at Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo on Thursday, 6th July 2017 – participants of the Cork North West Branch of MS Ireland including (at centre back) Fr. E. Murphy of Galway who celebrated the special Mass for the Group attending the Annual Three-day Pilgrimage.  Click on the image to enlarge.  (Picture: Seán Radley)

Humphrey Kelleher the Footballer

Humphrey Kelleher was undoubtedly one of the most under-rated full backs to play for Cork. He did not play inter-county minor or under-21, but once he broke into the Cork senior football team, he made the full back position his own. Although Humphrey was renowned for his great strength and fearless tackling he was also an excellent footballer. He was the perfect foil for any slick moving attack and he only had to look west from his home in Millstreet and the whole of Kerry shook with fright Diarmuid O’Donovan

INTER-COUNTY: By the late 1960’s Kelleher had joined the Cork senior team, however, the team was forced to play second fiddle to Kerry. In 1971 Cork were back. A 0–25 to 0–14 trouncing of back-to-back All-Ireland champions Kerry gave Kelleher a coveted Munster winners’ medal. Cork, however, were later defeated by eventual champions Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Two years later Kelleher secured his second Munster winners’ medal. The 5–12 to 1–15 defeat of arch-rivals Kerry showed the traditional football powers that Cork were coming. The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Cork against Galway. Teenager Jimmy Barry-Murphy scored the first of his two goals after just two minutes before scored a third for Cork after switching to left wing-forward. At full-time Cork were the champions by 3–17 to 2–13. This victory gave Kelleher a coveted All-Ireland winners’ medal.  [read more …] “Humphrey Kelleher the Footballer”

Sincere Thanks to All Who Made the Official Opening of Millstreet Daycare Centre Such a Superb Success

The Management of Millstreet Daycare Centre wish to thank all of you who attended our recent opening and very generously gave donations on the day.

A special thanks to those who gave their time and expertise voluntarily on the day.

  • Jerry Pat, Olga, Paulina and Claire who did great work on the BBQ.
  • Mary Jo and Pat Bucke for entertaining us with their music and songs.
  • Sheila , Vera, Mary, Teresa, Breda, Sheila and Danny for providing the lovely tea/coffee and refreshments.
  • Aoife and Jennifer for decorating the young boys and girls with their face painting.
  • The Red Cross for providing ambulance and first aid cover.
  • The wonderful photographers Seanie, Breda and Geraldine. Also to John Tarrant for highlighting our day on the Corkman.
  • To all the Day Centre staff, Maureen, Denis, Chris and others who did trojan work in preparation for the day and to everyone else who helped in any way. We really appreciate the voluntary contribution from the members of the community.  
  • We thank Mary Feeley for this important message.  (S.R.)

Many thanks to all of you for making the day the success it was.

Wishing Kevin Every Good Luck in Killarney

Every good luck to Sportsman Supreme, Kevin Crowley at the Munster Final in Killarney today where Millstreet Pipe Band is also attending following a long proud tradition. Kevin recently hoisted the third Green Flag at Derrinagree N.S. where he attended for his Primary Education. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Wishing Kevin Every Good Luck in Killarney”

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

We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information regarding this evening’s radio documentary.  (S.R.)

This year C103 are the sole media partners for the ‘Make your mark on Cancer’ walk which is now in its’ fifth year. The walk Begins at 10am from the Viaduct in Cork on Sunday July 16th next, passing through Innishannon and taking the high road to Bandon and on to the Town Hall. So far they have raised 200,000 Euro for the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and the target this year is to reach the quarter million mark. The walk is in memory of thirty five year old Mark Prendergast who lost a brave battle against testicular cancer at the Mercy Hospital in 2012.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to the Prendergast family to hear the poignant story of a young father, husband, brother and son, whose death has since given hope and comfort to others. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″

International First Holy Communion 2017 in Millstreet

Recently at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet two ladies from Malawi in Africa having been dedicatedly prepared by Sr. Rosemary Barter of Drishane House, Killarney Road – received their First Holy Communion during a mid-week Mass concelebrated by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. and Fr. Paddy O’Byrne.  Following the special ceremony the congregation congratulated the two Communicants and their families.  Later refreshments were enjoyed at “Nibbles” in West End.  Click on the images to enlarge.   We thank Mike Riordan for providing us with the names of the families. (S.R.)

Prudence Milonde and Bertha Musa are the two ladies who received their First Holy Communion. Their husbands are Frank Ndema and Chimango Manondo respectively. Their children are Ashley and Terence.  They are all from Malawi, Africa.

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

We thank John Greene, Presenter, for the following advance information re this evening’s radio feature (S.R.):

You don’t have to be a Leonardo Da Vinci or an Alan Titchmarsh to take part in the ‘Gardens and Galleries Trail’ which happens in Innishannon the weekend after next – (Sat July1st & Sun July 2nd). The novel idea last year to hold a week end garden and art trail was such a success that the Friends of Innishannon and the Tidy Towns committee have once again joined forces for what promises to be an exciting two days in the village.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, and accompanied by local author Alice Taylor, John Greene pays a visit to some of the gardens and galleries to meet the owners. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”

The Killing of Michael Dinneen

Early on the morning of the 24th of June 1921 I.R.A. Volunteer Michael Dineen from the Kilcorney Company County Cork was taken prisoner by Auxiliaries in a round-up of I.R.A. suspects. He was picked up at his brother’s house Ivale, and his body was later found at Tooreenbawn some three hundred yards from his home he had been shot.


“About 7 a.m. on Friday, June 24th., I noticed some Auxiliaries and a policeman at a little distance from my house. I have since ascertained that the policeman’s name was Dowd. I called my brother, Michael, who was in bed. He got up and dressed, and was saying his morning prayers when the Auxiliaries came in. They questioned him and charged him with being in the Rathcoole Ambush on the previous week, and with being an officer in the I.R.A., all of which was untrue, and which he denied. Then they took him out of the house and one of them went to his room, searched it and took some money. When this man came downstairs he ordered my brother to be brought in again, and questioned him about Sinn Fein, etc, and said: “I’m going to shoot you because you must be an officer in the I.R.A.” “If you do,” said Michael, “I can’t help it. I suppose you shot as innocent men as me.” He ordered Michael to be brought outside  [read more …] “The Killing of Michael Dinneen”

Donncha Raises the Wonderfully Impressive Fifth Flag for Cullen N.S.

Sincere congratulations to Cullen N.S. on recently being awarded their hugely impressive fifth Green Flag. What a marvellous achievement. Great credit is due to all who have so dedicatedly contributed to such success. It was sportsman supreme, Donncha O’Connor who recently hoisted the most recent 2017 Flag. We have also been provided with a full report seen below and we share a selection of images from the very special occasion. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)

And we continue to share lots more images and a full report:

Cullen N.S. was awarded its fifth Green Flag, the Biodiversity flag, on Thursday, May 11th at the Radisson Blu in Cork.  Four members of Cullen National Schools Green-School committee were presented with the coveted flag in recognition of the school’s environmental endeavours over the course of the past two years.  Various changes were made to the school grounds as part of Cullen N.S.’s Green-School Action Plan.  Nesting boxes for wild birds were attached to trees near the playground and a bird feeder was also erected.  A leaf-pile, a log-pile and a bug-hotel were created for mini-beasts to make themselves at home and an area of grass was cordoned off to be left unmanaged so that Irish wildflowers could thrive.  Pupils of Cullen N.S. also engaged in many biodiversity educational activities: They planted radishes, cress, broad beans, microgreens and a willow tree in the school field.  An ecologist and environmental educator visited the school to educate pupils on the variety of wild Irish birds and animals.  Senior class pupils enjoyed a trip to Fota wildlife park, where they learned all about the many wild animals of the world, threats to their existence as well as Fota’s quest to remain environmentally friendly.  Nuala, from I.R.D. Duhallow, came as a guest-speaker to inform pupils, parents and members of the community about invasive species in Duhallow and I.R.D.’s quest to eradicate Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam from local riverbanks and ditches.  Staff, pupils, parents and members of the community were delighted to welcome Donncha O’Connor, senior Cork footballer, on Wednesday, May 17th 2017 where he raised Cullen N.S.’s fifth Green Flag.

And below we feature many more images of the historic occasion:

[read more …] “Donncha Raises the Wonderfully Impressive Fifth Flag for Cullen N.S.”

Magnificent Cheque in Memory of Eimear Presented to Irish Community Air Ambulance

Following a recent hugely successful fundraising Coffee Day at the home of Anne Marie and Jerry O’Mahony of Clara a truly magnificent cheque for an amazing €5,450.00 was presented to Ann Kelly of Irish Community Air Ambulance.  The very special event in memory of Eimear O’Mahony was enormously supported by so many people whose memory of Eimear is of great significance in their lives.   Here we share images of the Coffee Day, Eimear’s Garden, the Tree planted by Jerry and Derry and the official presentation of the marvellously impressive cheque.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) We share 19 more images below:
[read more …] “Magnificent Cheque in Memory of Eimear Presented to Irish Community Air Ambulance”

Glorious Sunshine for Millstreet Corpus Christi Procession 2017

Millstreet’s Annual Corpus Christi Procession which took place on Sunday, 18th June 2017 was blessed with glorious sunshine. Here we share almost 150 images of the very colourful solemn occasion. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

AAAnd we continue to share some 130 more pictures of the special occasion.  The 18-300 Lens used for the first time has allowed more comprehensive coverage of the annual event which always evokes memories of Processions of bygone years in Millstreet. [read more …] “Glorious Sunshine for Millstreet Corpus Christi Procession 2017”

Michael Healy’s Retirement

Thanks to Geraldine Dennehy who has sent us a few shots from the Millstreet Fire Brigade’s presentation to Micheal Healy, Station Officer on his retirement after twenty five years of service to Millstreet Fire Station. On the night he was joined by his crew members who presented him with a beautiful piece of Art On Slate and by his wife Kathleen and his family.
Also we wish every success to fellow member Paula Healy/O’Shea on being appointed Station Officer.

[read more …] “Michael Healy’s Retirement”

Wonderful Wedding of Ciara & James on Saturday

We thank the Happy Couple – Ciara Hickey of Mount Leader and James Broxton of Cloghoula, Millstreet for permitting us to share a selection of images from their wonderful Wedding at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet in truly splendid weather conditions on Sat. 17th June 2017.  The superb Reception took place at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig with the After Reception on Sunday evening at The Bush Bar, Millstreet.   Sincere congratulations and every Happiness to Ciara & James.  (S.R.) And we continue to share some more images of the most enjoyable occasion. [read more …] “Wonderful Wedding of Ciara & James on Saturday”

Death Notice: Tadg Crowley, Drishanebeg, Millstreet

Tadg Crowley – Ar dheis Dé to raibh a anam dílis.

(CROWLEY) Drishanebeg, Millstreet. On June 14th, 2017, peacefully in the tender and loving care of the nurses and staff of Mallow General Hospital, TADG, beloved husband of Kathleen (née Collins) and loving father of Jerry, David, Noel, Finbarr, Declan, Elaine (née Dennehy) and the late Denis John.

Sadly missed by his loving family, daughters in law, Maria, Margaret, Dolores, Joanne, Hannah, son in law Anthony and grandchildren. Also his brother in law Vincent Collins and the late Ted Collins, sisters in law Kitty & Nora and cousin Nan O’Leary.
Lying in repose at Tarrant’s Funeral Home on Friday from 6pm with removal at 8pm to St. Patrick’s Church. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10am with burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Many he rest in peace.
[read more …] “Death Notice: Tadg Crowley, Drishanebeg, Millstreet”

Truly Superb Taekwondo Black Belt Achievers 2017 at Millstreet Centre

We thank Mary O’Sullivan, Rathduane for the very helpful background information (seen below) relating to the recent images we captured at Millstreet GAA Community Hall when we met with Taekwondo Instructor Supreme – Don Dalton – and his magnificently dedicated and gifted Class Participants some of whom have recently been awarded the highly prestigious Black Belt.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Truly Superb Taekwondo Black Belt Achievers 2017 at Millstreet Centre”

Millstreet Welcomes American Visitors Who Have Local Connections

At the home of Mary Fahy (nee Forde) in Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet we extend a heartfelt welcome to Patricia from Dayton, Ohio, USA who has Dennehy roots in Kilmeedy and O’Leary roots in Adrivale. Pat was accompanied by her husband and by Friends, Diane and Fred. All enjoyed a wonderful musical interlude with the Cronin Family of Laught at Mary’s very welcoming home. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Pictured at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Sunday night splendid American visitors with their McSweeney Family connections. Most of the guests are from Boston while one (Donny) is from South Carolina. The Irish connection springs from the Daly sisters of Lomanaugh (near Boherbue). From left: Donny, Sally, Nora Dennehy, Michael, Nuala and Sarah McSweeney, Blair, Lisa and Kathleen. The Visitors are also scheduled to visit Tallow, Co. Waterford where we hope they will have a wicked (!) enjoyable time! The only two places of which we are aware that use the word “wicked” meaning “very” seem to be Co. Waterford …. and Boston!


Presentation of Magnificent Millstreet Lotto Cheque to Donal Rahilly of Rathmore

On Sunday night 11th June 2017 at the Wallis Arms Hotel the wonderfully dedicated Millstreet Lotto Committee officially presented the truly magnificent cheque of €11,800.00 which has recently been won. Pictured holding the Grand Cheque (from left) are Tom Carroll of Millstreet (Seller of the winning ticket and receiving €1,180.00 – 10% of the overall win); Marie Twomey of Millstreet Lotto Committee officially handing over the cheque to John Rahilly of Rathmore who won the overall superb cheque. Sincere congratulations to John and Tom both of whom are Irish Rail Employees. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Presentation of Magnificent Millstreet Lotto Cheque to Donal Rahilly of Rathmore”

Wild Atlantic Relay Supported by Cork North West Branch of MS Ireland

Ted Linehan of Meelin representing Cork North West Branch of MS Ireland presenting a cheque to Karen & Paul McGovern who are presently undertaking the hugely inspirational 50 day Walk of the Wild Atlantic Way in aid of MS Ireland. Our photograph was taken by photographer supreme Donal Murphy, Newmarket as the courageous Couple reached Killarney on the 7th day of their amazing Relay. Centra Stores nationwide are supporting this most praiseworthy fundraising event. (S.R.)

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7 This Evening

We thank Presenter John Greene for this advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103:

Defining the job description of a fire fighter nowadays requires a little more thought. From primarily fighting and extinguishing fires, their role in protecting the public in emergency situations has expanded greatly. Road traffic collisions, chemical spills, flooding and general rescues are all in a day’s work for your local fire service.

In this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, and in the first of a two part programme, John Greene pays a visit to Bandon Fire Station to meet past and present crew members.

We meet Eleanor Tobin, Bandon’s only female fire fighter.

The crew recall their involvement with Bandon’s worst flooding in 2009.

The trauma of dealing with fatalities when on call to RTC’s (Road Traffic Collisions)

Barry Collins talks about his role as Senior Executive Fire Officer for the South-West Division

And…… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7 This Evening”