Tuesday night is usually “Radio Treasures” broadcast night but this week the programme will be transmitted from 9 to 11 pm on this Thursday (15th Feb. 2018) on www.corkmusicstation.com . And we have a very special programme tonight featuring the highlights of Anna Buckley’s magnificent Fundraising HOPE Concert which took place at Millstreet GAA Community Hall on Saturday night. Mike Murphy of Cork Music Station very kindly broadcast his programme on Tuesday night in the “Radio Treasures” slot. Happy Listening! Below we feature three of the many images from Saturday’s superb Concert. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
On this Ash Wednesday we’re also celebrating St. Valentine’s Day 2018. To experience the special day in Millstreet we visit St. Patrick’s Church, Herlihy’s Centra (where Pancake Day 2018 was especially marked by a wonderful fundraiser for “Cork’s Penny Dinners” on Shrove Tuesday), O’Keeffe’s Supervalu and Pat’s Minor Row Hair Salon window – we share images from all these venues. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “St. Valentine’s Day 2018 in Millstreet”
It was Michael Cronin who presented a truly excellent programme of music and song with special emphasis on the 1960s and 1970s – at “The Music Room” in Boherbue on Thursday, 1st February – Feast of St. Brigid and on a night of the very impressive “blue moon” which I visually captured on the way home! (S.R.)
Following a very successful fundraising Women’s Little Christmas Event 2018 at the Wallis Arms Hotel in January a very generous cheque was presented to R.O.C.S. (Reach Out Cancer Support) at the Hotel on Friday, 26th Jan. 2018. We share a selection of images from the Presentation. Sincere thanks to Mary Bucke and Ethan Desmond for assisting us with some of the photographs. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
On this day one hundred years ago, Private John Francis Hickey of Mill Lane was killed in an accident. He is one of only two WWI soldiers killed during wartime that is buried in St.Patrick’s Church Cemetery in Millstreet:
SAD DEATH OF MILLSTREET MAN IN CORK.
Deep regret was felt in Millstreet and locality when the sad news of the death under tragic circumstances of Private John F. Hickey, 2nd Royal Irish Regiment, at the Cork Railway Station, became known. The deceased joined the colours at the outbreak of the war, and had been on active service at the front, and was wounded on two occasions. The deceased was a general favourite in Millstreet, and his untimely end has evoked deep regret. At Christmas he was at home on leave for a few weeks, and was then in the best of health. On Tuesday a large and representative concourse of people assembled at the Millstreet Railway Station, awaiting the remains off the 2.50 train from Cork, and accompanied the remains to the family burial ground at Millstreet churchyard. Deep regret is extended to his family in their sad affliction. The prayers at the graveside were recited by the Rev. J. Breen, CC, Millstreet. A beautiful wreath from his comrades was placed on his grave. The chief mourners were: Mr. Timothy Hickey (brother), Mrs. Ellen Hickey, and Master Frank Hickey of Mill Lane. (Cork Examiner 1/2/1918)
Due to the fact that Broadband Coverage was not available in our Millstreet Studio last night (Tuesday) we were not able to broadcast “Radio Treasures” as scheduled. William Fitzgerald kindly transmitted his own Thursday Show instead. Consequently “Radio Treasures” will this week be broadcast this Thursday (25th Jan. 2018) from 9 to 11pm (an extra half-hour bonus!)…Seán R.
Tomorrow (Thursday, 25th Jan. 2018)….We feature the very best of music and song and we have a selection of musings of a wide and interesting variety. We reflect on last Friday’s Millstreet Gramophone Circle and on Sunday’s Vintage Event. We talk about Killarney House which has recently been superbly renovated.
We continue out musical tour to such places as Portugal, Italy, New Zealand, England, America, Medjugorje to mention but some interesting locations we visit musically. We also feature interviews with “Winny” of “Mrs. Brown’s Boys“. We listen to wonderful music from Lisselton and there’s more – much more!
At 10pm we continue to share the Years of the “8” when we hear about what happened in 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008.
And we especially remember those who have recently gone to their Eternal Reward. In particular we recall the very special occasion at Buttevant Church in May 2017 when the late Marie Collins was present with her Family and Friends to witness the CD launch of the Shandrum Céilí Band with which Marie’s Family is closely linked. At dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Many images of that very memorable occasion may be viewed on: http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2017/05/09/shandrum-ceili-band-cd-launch-on-radio-treasures-tonight
Do join us ….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 www.corkmusicstation.com
It was indeed an honour to have been present at Millstreet Vintage Club’s first exciting event of 2018. Sincere thanks to the very dedicated Committee and Members who extended such an uplifting welcome back to me following my absence for a number of months due to beneficial treatment for my recent illness. Photographer supreme, Tom Corbett recorded a wonderful selection of images as well as a Live Video of the very successful event – all these may be viewed on Tom Corbett’s Facebook Page….And also Tom’s Twitter Features. Special thanks to Noreen for providing truly delicious refreshments at the well known Café Aroma in Minor Row, Millstreet. Such uplifting refreshments were financed by the Club and many Members also renewed their annual €10.00 Subscription providing important funds for the vibrant Club. My heartfelt thanks to Bernard Crowley and Donie Lucey as well as other Committee Officers who extended the very kind invitation to this first splendid event of 2018. I now wish to share a further selection of images captured this morning and afternoon (Sun. 21st Jan. 2018) which will give an idea of the wonderful atmosphere felt by all.Please click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
As Fr. James McSweeney had earlier today suggested quite a number of projects had been shortlisted and predicted the wonderfully talented Simon Meehan of Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig would win and now has won the overall Young Scientist of the Year. I’ve just been chatting with Fr. James and with Simon’s Dad – Jeremy whom many of us know from his central role in “Bóthar” for many years – and the atmosphere in the background is electric with all the excitement at the RDS venue. Simon Meehan and others will now appear in tonight’s “Late Late Show”. Below are two images showing Winner Simon:And our sincere congratulations to All Students who qualified to appear at this year’s prestigious event – We’re also delighted for Darragh Twomey and his Group of Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk who were presented with many valuable Awards. Below we view Darragh’s Group. Darragh is second from left. (S.R.)
We share further scenes from 2009 emphasising the wonderful colour in evidence. These are just a brief selection of the countless images within the pictorial archive of Millstreet Museum. In recent times we’ve had some very kind financial contributions towards our website and Museum. These we shall later acknowledge and shall extend our sincere thanks. (S.R.)
Buckley, Jeremiah (1862–1937), newspaper proprietor, accountant, and nationalist, was born 16 November 1862 in Coomlogane, Millstreet, Co. Cork, the second son of John Buckley, gentleman, and Ellen Buckley (née Mullane), of Curragh, Millstreet, Co. Cork. He entered King’s Inns (1890) and was called to the bar in 1893. Having dealt with only a few cases he went on to become a chartered accountant, as a junior at Kean and Co., Dame St., Dublin. He bought this company on Kean’s death, retaining its working name. Around 1900 he also obtained ownership of the Limerick Leader, which had been founded in 1889 as a pro-nationalist journal, and run into financial difficulties. He revitalised the paper, securing its finances and maintaining its pro-nationalist stance. In 1902 he was jailed for one month because of a Leader editorial in which he denounced those who occupied the land of evicted tenants. The paper was again in trouble in 1919 when it was suppressed by the authorities for supplying information on the national loan organised by the first Dáil.
The man takes a hold of me as I lie down on my back. I grab two metal poles behind me and start to arch myself until my head is perpendicular to the rest of my body. The man then starts to lower me down into a hole in the floor. This is not the most natural of feelings but these are the things you do to kiss the most famous stone in Ireland.
The man’s name is Dennis – I guess it’s appropriate to at least be on a first name basis with someone holding me so intimately as I share my saliva (albeit with an inanimate object). He’s seen his fair share of strange things from his perch up here on the top of Blarney Castle.
“When someone takes a dive at the stone,” is his answer when I ask about weird things that happen.
“It never happens with a lady, it’s always with a man. He comes down here, he’s very quiet and nothing happens and when he comes here, it’s a dive he does. And he’s never small. He’s always big. I can’t tell you the words I use in my own mind – they’re not gracious words!” 
Thanks to Gillian who let us know that today’s newspapers featured Millstreet man Denis Cronin who is set to retire from his role of Keeper of the Blarney Stone after 13 years of holding thousands of visitors each day as they hope to gain the gift of the gab. [Irish Examiner] [Journal.ie]. The very best to Denis, who you can often meet in their local shop in Millstreet – An Siopa Deas.
This is a picture of my uncle Jeremiah Murphy from Prohus, Rathcoole, on the right with the trowel, RIP 1993. Does anyone know the other man on the left? – Paddy Sullivan.
Solved: the man on the left is Roger O’Brien of Rathcoole (see comments below for details) [fb]
Gerald Duggan Rathcoole was recently nominated for the 2017 Irish Red Cross Leslie Bean De Barra award for his commitment to caring for his parents.
In his recognition for the award Gerald, his brother John and Patrica Guerin attended the Cork Irish Red Cross event at the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig . Members of the Local Red Cross branch Kanturk/ Millstreet were present to share in the celebrations.
We sincerely thank Colm O’Connor who lives in Rotterdam and who originally hails from Millstreet for so very kindly sharing quite fascinating film footage of the Millstreet of the 1960s. Colm’s father, the late Eddie O’Connor, captured a variety of very interesting scenes with his cine-camera and here we view the footage which includes a Corpus Christi Procession and playing ball on a traffic-free Drishane Road. Among the others appearing on this hugely popular footage: John Coleman, John Lucey and Anthony Forde. Click on the following link to view the scenes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3EnYQ9jGn2Eek1zUm8xN09VUzQ/view?usp=sharing&ts=59eb54fb
We also share some still images from the footage and we meet with Colm when he visited in August 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) If ye recognise people in the pictures, do let us know please.
At the recent fundraising Dance in the Edel Quinn Hall, Kanturk, superb singer Norah Hickey (pictured below) was among the many talented artists who sang at the event which was in aid of Kanturk and Millstreet Hospitals. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)