Last Saturday night (11th Jan. 2020) the wonderful singer Michelle Murphy from Wexford accompanied by the excellent music of Pat Bucke appeared at The Pub in Carriganima to a capacity audience. Adding to the marvellous occasion there were Birthday Celebrations plus a Draw. And, then to our very pleasant surprise Seán Murphy with his brilliant Team of Organisers presented €200.00 to the Millstreet Website in recognition of the website’s promotion of Carriganima Events. The Team includes Jimmy Murphy, John Joe Moriarty and Bernard Crowley as well as a further number of Carriganima Supporters. Bernard Crowley himself is very much part of the overall Millstreet Website Team with very comprehensive regular reports on Millstreet Vintage Club and Carriganima plus Aubane Activities. Sincere thanks Bernard for such important features on our website. Here we share images from that very special night at The Pub in Carriganima on 11th January. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Splendid Support for Website from The Pub in Carriganima”
“Hello friends! I am searching for Harding family members in the area, and tracing family back to Joseph and Mary Harding of Millstreet, shoemakers in the 1800’s. I know my G-G-Grandad (Bryan Harding) came to America in 1857, settled in Massachusetts then Rochester NY. His brother Daniel, sister Julia emigrated also. Any Harding descendants in the area? I am travelling to Ireland this April and would be so happy to learn more of my family.” – Mary McDonough [from this comment]
By the Admin: While there were Hardings in Millstreet:- shopkeepers, egg-layers, carpenters, tradesmen, shoemakers (Bryan, Bridget, John), we seem to have found no reference at all to any Joseph Harding, which would be unusual. Below is some of what we found, which may or may not be of relevance: [read more …] “Hardings of Millstreet”
At least two very colourful Rainbows appeared over Millstreet on this Tuesday, 15th January 2020 – the Feast of St. Ita. Celebrated in Killeedy, Co. Limerick where a beautiful Church Window (in Ashford in the Parish of Killeedy) depicting the renowned Saint may be seen – there is also a close link with St. Ita in Millstreet and is especially associated with Kilmeedy and Tubrid….which is oftentimes referred to as the Holy Well of Ita where in a bygone age people were baptised in the waters of Tubrid. The two Rainbows serve as a reminder of St. Ita’s links to Millstreet. Our images were photographed in West End and Mount Leader this Tuesday morning. Tap on the pictures to enlarge.(S.R.)
We thank Breandán Ó Caoimh for the following very interesting Press Release regarding the upcoming Centenary Commemoration of the renowned An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. (S.R.)An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, Comóradh 100 Bliain
The people of Carriganima extend a céad míle fáilte to everybody to join with them in commemorating the centenary of An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. The commemoration will take place over two days: Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21. The renowned priest, scholar and author was born in the townland of Liscarrigane, in the parish of Clondrohid & Carriganima, and he spent his formative years here. The locality had a profound impact on his work. An tAthair Peadar was a strong advocate of vernacular Irish – the language of the people. His most beloved works include Séadna and Mo Scéal Féin. These stories, among other works, are much loved by students and scholars of Irish to this day. Following his clerical formation in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, An tAthair Peadar, served as a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne, including in Macroom. He died in Castlelyons in 1922, and he is buried there. An tAthair Peadar is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Irish literature. [read more …] “An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, Comóradh 100 Bliain in Carriganima on 20th and 21st March 2020”
Thomas Barrett was and RIC Constable that worked here in Millstreet in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, finished his career in Millstreet, but passing a few years later at the family home on the Killarney Road.
Below are our notes on him and his family.
…To Mr Cronin — He saw about a hundred fish passing about in the river in dying condition that morning. Constable Barrett deposed to seeing Thomas Linehan take a out of river and Daniel Connell committed a similar offence about eleven o’clock in the day.
Constable Ryan saw Wm Murray about seven o’clock in tbe morning take a fish out the river, and about hour afterwaids he saw Patrick Lynch do same…. [Cork Constitution – Wednesday 15 June 1892]
We thank Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin for sharing this Friday evening (10th Jan. 2020) images from the BTYSTE 2020 at the RDS in which MCS features in a number of Award Winning Projects. Sincere congratulations to All the Students who participated and a special mention to the Award Winning Projects. Well done also to the Staff Members who have been wonderfully supportive. One of the brilliant MCS Projects featured in today’s front page of the “Irish Examiner”. Tap on the various images to enlarge. (S.R.) Pól has just shared the following update: “What a proud night for MCS at BTYSTE! In total 5 group awards: 3rd for Harry, Donagh and Darragh in social and behavioural sciences; 2nd for Omar, Darren & Bevin in biological and ecological sciences and a special award from Teagasc. 2 highly commended Awards for Orlaith and Jenny and Eabha, Fia and Taragh. Tremendous achievement! Thanks Seán for helping to create such a positive atmosphere & work ethic in MCS! (It was an honour to be involved in this year’s brilliant event, Pól) We celebrate this amazing success as a whole school community.” During our radio interviews with the Students and Teachers they all emphasised how grateful they were to Millstreet Community Council for the annual much appreciated financial support given for the important BTYSTE experience. (S.R.)
Tune into www.corkmusicstation.com for “Radio Treasures” from 9:30pm (7th Jan. 2020) where we focus on stories relating to the attached ten images and we celebrate the 85th Birthday of Elvis who would have been 85 tomorrow. All this and much more tonight on Cork Music Station . Also in tonight’s “Radio Treasures” we include musings, music and songs galore. We remember our Faithful Departed. And we chat about such a variety of topics as illustrated above – Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting 086 825 0074 or use Whatsapp using ther same mobile number. One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening! Click here to tune into tonight’s Show. (S.R.)
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 5th Jan. 2020. (S.R.)
It was certainly debatable, but they were heralded as the greatest group since the Beatles.
A bunch of scruffy youngsters from Edinburgh called ‘The Bay City Rollers’ became a tartan teen sensation in the 1970s.
By the late 70s, Rollermania followed and Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir, Derek Longmuir, Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood and Eric Faulkner were known worldwide.
Songs like ‘Remember’, ‘Shang-a-Lang’ and ‘All of me loves all of you’ were top ten hits, while ‘Bye Bye baby’ remained at No 1 in the UK charts for six weeks in 1975. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” – Bay City Rollers – C103 7pm Sunday”
John Bransfield was born in Waterford in 1872. He had originally become an RIC officer in 1894, and was in Ballinacurra (Kinsale) when he got married in 1901. He was stationed in Millstreet in from at least 1905 to 1911 (that we know of), and later was Sergeant in Kealkil (1915, 1916), Kilbrittan (1915)and later again in Drimoleague (1918, 1921) where he was injured, and retired to become a grocer/publican/merchant in Dungarvan, where he lived until he died in 1957.
Here are some references to him:
Marriage of James Bransfield and Bridget Hayes on March 1st 1870 at Clashmore Chapel (Youghal, Waterford), He a farmer from Lackinsilla (?) the son of Edmond (?) Bransfield a farmer, she from Ballinsclash, the daughter of John Hayes a farmer, in the presence of David McGrath and Mary Brien
He was the oldest of at least 11 children
Birth of John Bransfield on May 5th 1871 at Lacansillagh (Lackensillagh, near Aglish, Co.Waterford), to Bridget Bransfield (Hayes) and James Bransfield a farmer.
Redmond Bransfield (1872)
Margaret Bransfield (1873)
James Bransfield (1875)
Johanna Bransfield (1877)
Catherine Bransfield (1879)
Bridget Bransfield (1881)
William Bransfield (1882)
Maurice Bransfield (1884)
Declan Bransfield (1885)
Michael Bransfield (1888)
TODO: where is John stationed for the 1901 census (Ballincurra for his wedding later in the year?)
His family in the 1901 census: Residents of a house 3 in Lackensillagh (Dromore, Waterford)
|Surname||Forename||Age||Sex||Relation to head||Religion|
|Bransfield||James||60||Male||Head of Family
|Bransfield||Joc Hannah||23||Female||Daughter||Roman Catholic|
Marriage of John Bransfield and Maggie Nash at the catholic church of Newcastlewest on November 5th 1901 by William O’Shea CC. He a police constable in Ballinacurra, the son of James Bransfield a farmer, she from NewcastleWest, the daughter of John Nash a farmer. In the presence of James prenderville and Norah Nash.
In 1903 he was godfather to the daughter of another RIC constable Thomas Barrett:
Baptism of ELIZABETH BARRETT of MILLSTREET on 6 April 1903 by Fr. C. O’Sullivan, daughter of Thomas Barrett and Elizabeth Browne, sponsored by John Bransfield and Catherine Moynihan.
Birth of John Bransfield at Minor Row on June 26th 1905 to Margaret Bransfield (Nash) and John Bransfield, a Constable Royal Irish Constabulary
Daniel Foley, Millstreet was sentenced to a month in a default of bail for alleged attempting to stab John Garvan during an altercation in a lodging house. Constable Bransfield had been passing the house when he heard a voice say: “Put up the knife”.
[Irish Independent – Monday 28 May 1906]
£28 STOLEN. Recently the premises of Mr. Robert Justice, baker. West End, Millstreet, were broken into, and a sum of £28 stolen … Being barefooted, and under cover of the darkness, the robber had difficulty in making good his escape. The police were immediately informed of the occurrence, and Sergeant Mulcahy and Constables Bransfield and Cahill were, promptly the scene. investigation, they found that entrance had been effected through the back window of the kitchen ; the catch of the window had been forced, and the shutters and window had been opened. The window had been left down from the top. There was a distract footprint on the window sill, arid the police attach much importance to this clue, and is stated that this footmark will form the subject expert inquiry. On making a search of the premises the police discovered the bag which contained the money on top of sewing machine inside the shop-counter. The bag was opened by Constable Bransfield, and it was found to contain about £l, made up of sixpenny and threepenny pieces. The balance of the £29 was gone, and it is surmised that the thief, having been disturbed in his nocturnal perambnlations. had not time to completely empty the handbag, but threw it away from him as left the shop. … [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 01 December 1908]
Birth of Bridget Mary Bransfield at the Barracks Millstreet on Fifteenth January 1909, to Margaret Bransfield (Nash) and John Bransfield, a Constable Royal Irish Constabulary
Millstreet Petty Sessions – Constable Bransfield summoned John Buckley for Having his horse on the public street without a bridle, and also for not having his name on the cart. Constable Bransfield deposed that he found the horse wandering on the street without any bridle, and had considerable difficulty in finding the owner. There was no name the cart. A fine of Is was imposed for each offence. [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 02 March 1909]
8th Jan 1910 (start of year RIC nominal return for Millstreet)
|Service #||Rank||Name||Religion||Appointment Date|
|52443||Sgt||Mulcahy Patrick||RC||25-4-87 /
1911 (start of year RIC nominal return for Millstreet)
|52443||Sgt||Mulcahy Patrick||RC||25-4-87 / 1-11-04||M|
1911 census: Residents of a house 22.3 in Main Street (Drishane, Cork) (The family were living in the RIC Barrack.
|Surname||Forename||Age||Sex||Relation to head||Religion|
|Bransfield||John||–||Male||Head of Family||–|
|Bransfield||Bridget Mary||2||Female||Daughter||Roman Catholic|
His family back home in the 1911 census: Residents of a house 4 in Lackensillagh (Dromore, Waterford)
|Surname||Forename||Age||Sex||Relation to head||Religion|
|Brausfield||James||78||Male||Head of Family||Roman Catholic|
Transfers and appointments: “Sergeant Bransfield is taking charge of Kilbrittain from Kealkil” [Northern Whig – Monday 20 December 1915]
The following transfers have taken place in West Cork;—Sergeants Eoynane (on his own application), Kilbrittain, to Carrigadrohid; Bransfield, Kilbrittain, to Kealkil; Acting- Sergeant J. Flynn. Ballygurteen, limoleague; Constable …
[Larne Times – Saturday 01 January 1916]
John Bransfield was RIC Sergeant in Kealkil (Bantry District, Cork WR) when a small group of Irish Volunteers mobilised to there on Easter Sunday 1916 (what should have been part of Cork’s role in the Easter Rising). The attached – from a 2016 lecture I gave on the topic – refers to his encounter on that occasion with Sean O’Hegarty, who was O/C Cork No 1 (Mid-Cork) Brigade when Bransfield was injured in February 1921 in Drimoleague (Drimoleague was in the Cork No 3 Brigade area, as opposed to O’Hegarty’s No 1 area):
“O’Hegarty had to ask the local sergeant if he was looking for trouble as the RIC harassed some of the Volunteers as they disbanded. Sergeant John Bransfield probably chose wisely by saying he wanted no trouble — and the situation subsided. But the 44 year old from Co. Waterford was not so lucky in February 1921, when he was injured in an attack on the barracks at Drimoleague.” – Niall Murray
Patrick CASEY b c1893 – WW1 alias CLANCY
Filed in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363) under John CLANCY – but which was his real name? The “modern” cover-note suggests Clancy – but even his Referee in 1911 (RIC Police Sergeant Jones) refers to him as Casey. So …
Patrick CASEY, home address BRUFF, Co Limerick. Parents John & Eliza. Sister Lizzie.
Joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers in September 1911, declared age 18y. (Regt No. 5719)
Joined the “Regular Army” (still Royal Munsters) in February 1912, declared age 18y 5m. (Regt No. 9762). Served in WW1 until declared a deserter on 1 January 1917.
Apprehended on 4 September 1917, by Sergeant John BRANSFIELD of the Drimoleague Constabulary. His report is headed “Descriptive Return of JOHN CLANCY ALIAS CASEY”, so I assume that Patrick was using the name John.
Unfortunately, the papers showing how he was dealt with are not there. But he evidently survived the rest of the war and served post-1920 as John CLANCY, Regt No 7213161 – but I can’t find the records of that service.
Was he a CASEY or a CLANCY? How confusing! – [Casey Clancy]
His wife died in 1917
Death of Margaret Bransfield, Drimoleague on October 26th 1917, Married, 43 yrs old, Sergeant’s wife, Diabetes Mellites Inderinite, Informant: John Bransfield husband Drimoleague
Attack Police Barrack. A few nights ago an attempt was made to blow up the police barracks at midnight in Drimoleague; Co. Cork. A bomb, or other powerful explosive, which was thrown through the window of Sergeant Bransfield’s room exploded, doing considerable damage, but fortunately no personal injuries were sustained one arrest been made – [Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 23 February 1918]
“Drimoleague Barracks, Co Cork, 12.2.1921
Edmund Charles Finlay, RN Telegraphist
56316 Sgt John Bransfield, Cork WR – wounded on this occasion, did he get a medal??” – Roger Willoughby
Marriage of Laurence Walsh and Bridget Mary Bransfield on July 10th 1933 at Dungarvan Church by Thomas O’Brien PP, he a bookkeeper of Abbeyside, the son of James Walsh a farmer, she from Dungarvan the daughter of John Bransfield a Publican, in the presence of Richard Walsh and Catherine Wall.
He got married secondly in 1933:
Marriage of John Bransfield and Caroline Ranson on November 29th 1933, he a widower, a merchant from Dungarvan, son of James Bransfield a farmer, she from Ballyduff, daughter of Robert Ranson, a pensioner, in the presence of Thomas Morrissey and Margaret Cunningham.
Death of John Bransfield on August 17th 1957 at Emerald Terrace Dungarvan, married 85 yrs, RIC pensioner, Cerebral trombosis 2 years – senility, Caroline Bransfield widow present at death
“My Grandfather JOHN BRANSFIELD served in the RIC.
From Jim Herlihy’s book I can get some information:
Brandsfield, John; Sergeant; RIC 56316; LDS 2O89/135B; Born Co. Waterford 1872; injured Drimoleague, Co. Cork 12/02/21.
… Thankfully, having retired he moved to Dungarvan and ran a grocery/licensed premises.
His daughter (my mother) married my father who had been active in the War of Independence, was Secterary to Count Plunkett and was subsequently active in the anti-Treaty forces.” – John Walsh (grandson)
Con Cronin, Dooneen, Millstreet.
Anniversary 2nd Jan 1976
Remembered by Brendan Cronin and family Carrigtwohill
Cheque presented to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, on the 2nd of January 2020, from donations received, in memory of the late Pat O’Keeffe, Glountane, Cullen, Mallow, Co. Cork. RIP 26 October 2019. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam dílis. Coladh sámh
> Hi Millstreet … but of a long shot. I have traced my great great grandparents back to Bolomore Rathcoole… just wondering if any Forde people in the area ? – FB: Daisy Barrett Genuardi (14th Jan 2020) [comment] [facebook] <email> FB
> Thanks so much I will certainly give it a go ! I was in millstreet on 2011. We scattered my grandads ashes !
> My great gran was Ellen ( their daughter She married a Barrett)
> My dad talks about grandads brother Richie who went to america
Below are our notes on the family:
- Millstreet Pipe Band is scheduled to welcome the New Year at The Square, Millstreet 7pm on this New Year’s Eve. Always a welcoming and uplifting occasion.
- “Radio Treasures” will be broadcast on Cork Music Station tonight 9:30 to 11:00pm featuring the very best of music and song as well as focusing on the Years of the Zero from 1920 to 2010 as we enter 2020 – a Leap Year and the Year of the Olympics.
- Boherbue’s Music Room begins its first programme on this Thursday, 2nd Jan. 2020 with Listeners’ Choice where people are encouraged to bring along a Music CD or two for inclusion in this annual presentation.
On behalf of All at the Millstreet Website – especially Hannelie, Michael, Seán & our supportive Team including Eily and Bernard who are such regular Contributors to our Website– we extend sincere Christmas Greetings to everyone. May a very Bright 2020 bring many Blessings, good Health, Peace and Fulfilment. Nollaig Shona is Athbhlian Fé Mhaise. (S.R.)
Liam Flynn (on right) pointing to his Christmas floral feature outside St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Liam arranges on a voluntary basis superb floral arrangements at this location throughout the year splendidly enhancing the appearance of the Church facade. On right is Denis Murphy whose Harmonica playing will feature on “Radio Treasures” on www.corkmusicstation.com at 10pm on Tues., 31st Jan. 2019 when Denis also shares memories of a very popular Local Showband “The Starlighters” of the 1950s and 1960s. There will not be a transmission on this Tuesday (Christmas Eve).
Tommy Ring moved from Cullen to New York in 1957, one of many that left behind what was known as the decade of doom. He featured this week in an article about the Seniors Christmas Lunch at the New York Irish Centre:
… While measures of success can be hard to quantify, on an anecdotal level, the regulars at the New York Irish Centre appear to have had no regrets, and were able to push past feelings of homesickness and loneliness to build lives here, often ending up in Irish-centric enclaves like Woodside in Queens.
Tommy Ring, who left Millstreet, Co. Cork in 1957 as a “strapping young lad” at the age of 20, was motivated by the same thing that drove so many of Ireland’s youth over the Atlantic at that time: opportunity.
In New York, he found it in the form of a career spanning 43 years as a ramp serviceman in two of the city’s major airports; 10 of them at JFK and 33 at its sister airport, LaGuardia.
And unlike the diaspora of the previous century, there wasn’t as much of a sense of finality in moving to the US.
“I used to go back to visit [Ireland] twice a year,” he said, referencing one of the perks of working for the airports. “We got free travel after 15 years.”…
Four Millstreet men were on duty during that famous September day in 1973. Starring in the half~back line was Connie Hartnett as the Sam Maguire Cup was reclaimed by the rebels.
Born in 1951 Connie Hartnett was always destined to be a footballer as his mothers first cousin was Din Connors a member of the All~Ireland winning Cork team of 1945.
Ironically, Din Connors played at left~half back against Cavan in that final, the next time Cork would win an All Ireland another Millstreet man Connie Hartnett would be playing in the same position.
Growing up and playing with Millstreet, who were strong at underage level at that time, Con was picked for the Cork Minor team.”I was very lucky to be picked on such a talented team that won back to back All~Irelands in 1968 and 69. [read more …] “An Interview with Con Hartnett”
Our 10pm Interview tonight on “Radio Treasures” is with Pat Wade of Castlemartyr who gives us in a bilingual manner a superb insight into the Group called “Gael Taca” based in Cork City which promotes the Irish Language in a most attractive manner allowing each member to progress at his/her own rate. I met with Pat yesterday in the train to Dublin where we are participants in a group of eight Retired Teachers coordinating the Reunion of the Class of 1970 which will take place in St. Patrick’s Training College in August 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
All this and much more tonight on Cork Music Station . Also in tonight’s “Radio Treasures” we include musings, music and songs galore. We remember our Faithful Departed. And we chat about such a variety of topics as illustrated above – Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting 086 825 0074 or use Whatsapp using ther same mobile number. One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening! Click here to tune into tonight’s Show. (S.R.) [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday from 9:30 until 11:00pm with Pictorial Updates and Music Galore”
We thank Maurice Linehan, Liscahane and Dan Duggan, West End for the following most interesting feature relating to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Framed Copy of Raphael’s Magnificent Painting In Our Church for More Than 170 Years”
We thank Presenter John Greene for information regarding this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on ‘Where the road takes me’, we feature the last journey into the archives covering a period of thirty years.
From May of 1997 during a two day visit to Cape Clear Island, John Greene spoke to retired seaman Connie O’Donoghue and retired pilot Duncan MacLachlainn. Connie had witnessed a number of his colleagues and fellow islanders perish, when a German submarine attacked his convoy off Tory island during WW11.
Duncan who was from East Cork, speaks mainly about his role as Secretery of the island branch of the IFA, and his hopes for the future of islanders and island farmers.
And during a visit to Tralee in 2013 we meet two former showband stars – Paddy Day who was a member of the Jim Cantwell Showband, and Tommy O’Connor from DJ Curtin and the Kerry Blues. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” 7pm C103 This Sunday”