Denis set to retire as Keeper of the Blarney Stone

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!” [1]

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.

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2017 Irish Red Cross Leslie Bean De Barra award

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.

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Truly Impressive Cheque Presented by Millstreet Vintage Club

Already previous posts on our website outline the very impressive presentation occasion which took place at Millstreet Parish Centre on Saturday night.  Here we share further images kindly recorded by William Fitzgerald.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)  [read more …] “Truly Impressive Cheque Presented by Millstreet Vintage Club”

Superb Cine Film Footage of Millstreet in 1960s Shared by Colm

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.

Colm O’Connor (on right) pictured in Millstreet Town Park with Margaret Healy and Liam Gallagher in August 2016.
Tommy Radley (on right) as an altar boy in the 1960s during the Millstreet Corpus Christi Procession.
Simon, Mary and Eamonn O’Connor with Jerry Lehane (on right) at Drishane Road.
John “Sing” O’Sullivan with Denis O’Donovan (on left).

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

Tonight….We feature the very best of music and song and we have a selection of musings of a wide and interesting variety.   And we shall also be learning about a number of famous yet not well known Irish Inventors!             

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

The Magnificent Shandrum Céilí Band pictured in Buttevant Church in May 2017.

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A Sunday Hunt

From the overnight rain the by road was wet
As by the cottage of Con C the hunting party met
All of them locals for a Sunday of fun
In rain coats and second hand clothes not expecting any sun

On a Sunday morning in September in the Fall of the year
The sound of the wind in the trees rather pleasant to hear
Across the face of Clara low fogs of rain did crawl
On a typical enough morning for the early Fall

The brothers Con, Jerry and Michael O’ Connor were there
In anticipation a chase of a fox or a course of a hare
Young tall and sturdily built Michael Murphy of Shannaknock with browny his cattle dog
Arrived for the hunt via a shortcut through the bog

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Magnificent Banner Presented to Millstreet A.R.A.

On Friday night (29th Sept. 2017) at Millstreet Parish Centre following the annual Mass of Millstreet Active Retirement Association in St. Patrick’s Church – the Creedon Family of Laught, Rathcoole presented a truly magnificent Banner to the Association in honour of their late mother – Nora Creedon – who was such a highly esteemed and wonderfully loyal member of Millstreet A.R.A. for many years.  Here we share a selection of images from the very special historic occasion.  During the provision of refreshments in the Parish Centre the impressive gathering was entertained with a marvellous story superbly delivered by All-Ireland award winning Diarmuid Cronin (grandson of Nora) introduced by A.R.A. Coordinator, Annabelle O’Sullivan.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Banner Presented to Millstreet A.R.A.”

Tubrid Holy Well in the 1950s

Patrick W. O’Leary of Louisville, USA had in August (as well as others) suggested that an opportunity should be given to people nationally and internationally who may at any time wish to contribute towards the upkeep of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website …. and to this effect we have arranged to set up an electronic system with the Bank of Ireland here in Millstreet (where our Museum/Website account exists) whereby anyone can transfer a desired donation to the account by just quoting at one’s own Bank our relevant numbers which are:   IBAN No.: IE22 BOFI 9058 0334 0531 43 and the BIC No.: BOFIIE2D.  This was mentioned in August and recently a most kind lady with Millstreet connections and who resides in USA contributed a very generous €100.00 through the above Bank Account.   Sincere thanks to this much appreciated Donor who is our first person to contribute through this newly introduced Bank system for our Museum and Website. Please note also in a recent Tweet that our Liscahane Ogham Stone at the Museum is now available to view in amazing 3D following a visit by two superb Experts from Dublin and Cork Universities to the Museum over the Summer. (S.R.)

From the Hickey Family Archive (West End) recently presented to Millstreet Museum a photograph of Tubrid Holy Well in the 1950s showing (from left) the late Garret Hickey and Garda Edmond Coffey praying at the newly built Grotto. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

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

Tonight on our programme we share news about the images below recorded in recent times.     We feature the very best of music and song and we have a selection of musings of a wide and interesting variety.   Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
       
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 The images below include John D. Neenan in Millstreet during August 2017, the wonderful wedding of Melissa and David (full feature on a number of local Weddings later), Visitors from the Netherlands on a bicycling holiday…and one of our most colourful sunsets over Millstreet during the Summer!

John Twomey The Poet Of Ivale

When i was a boy he was in his physical prime
But this is going back many decades in time
With words he was one who did have a way
And many of his poems and songs are living today

Beyond the green borders of the Duhallow countryside
John Twomey The Poet Of Ivale was known far and wide
In song and verse Duhallow and it’s people by him glorified
To know of a poet of his stature to many was a sense of pride
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John Greene Talks with Jake Carter on C103 from 7pm

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding this week’s “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7 this evening (S.R.):

He is regularly referred to as ‘Nathan Carter’s younger brother’, but Jake is a different model of the Carter family. While proud to be Nathan’s sibling, this young man is determined to be different – so you won’t see any waistcoats or accordions on stage, and you won’t hear ‘Wagon Wheel’ or the Wild Rover.

He cites the likes of ‘McFly’, ‘Busted’, ‘Rascal Flats’ and ‘Hunter Hayes’ as being heavy influences on his fledgling career so far. He is after all only eighteen years of age. [read more …] “John Greene Talks with Jake Carter on C103 from 7pm”

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

Tonight on our programme provides (at 10pm) a special Preview on Next Week’s Special Transmission on the recent wonderful Tribute to the late Chrissie Nolan which took place in Lisselton near Listowel.  Our images below share just some of the many splendid people who participated in the very special occasion.

Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

We hear the voice and the music of Mick Del of the Showband Era.  We include two of John McCormack’s best loved songs.   We hear of the amazing Shandrum Céilí Band’s Magnificent 3rd All-Irl. Win. We share some of the best 6-Word Short Stories.   We remember those who have recently gone to their Eternal Rest and as usual play the late Tom Goggin’s “Phonecall to Heaven”.   We share a variety of funny jokes.                                                     We feature the very best of music and song and we have a selection of musings of a wide and interesting variety.   And we shall also be learning about a number of famous yet not well known Irish Inventors!       

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 www.corkmusicstation.com

Storyteller Supreme Diarmuid Cronin First at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2017

Diarmuid Cronin of Laught, Rathcoole who achieved First Place in the recent All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil Under-15 Storytelling Competition in Ennis, Co. Clare. Diarmuid’s late Grandparents – Diarmuid and Nora Creedon would have been so very proud of such an excellent achievement. Sincere congratulations to Storyteller Supreme Diarmuid and indeed to the many local wonderfully talented young people who were so successful in the prestigious national event. Click on the picture to enlarge. (S.R.)

Hugely Successful Vintage Day 2017 at Millstreet Town Park

Tremendous credit is due to Millstreet Vintage Club regarding its excellent coordination of such a very successful Vintage Day on Sunday, 27th Aug. 2017 in a wonderfully colourful Millstreet Town Park.   The range of very interesting activities was most impressive – including a marvellous demonstation by Millstreet Fire Brigade Officers giving the huge attendance a splendid insight into the rescue of a “car crash victim” – also superb displays of vintage tractors, cars, bikes and trucks – excellent live music by “Back on Track” (Danny and Pat) – Broomhill Team from Coachford building a tractor in record time…And Millstreet Pipe Band added greatly to the splendid atmosphere….. And so much more.  Here we share some of the many images we captured on the most enjoyable day blessed with ideal weather conditions.   We shall share further posts on the event later.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Hugely Successful Vintage Day 2017 at Millstreet Town Park”

Cyclists Supreme Connie & James Participate in Tour de Munster 2017

Cyclists Supreme Connie Roche, Drishane Road, Millstreet and James Cronin, Kilmeedy pictured here participating in the recent Tour de Munster 2017 on Day 3 climbing Moll’s Gap in Killarney. We thank James for the wonderful picture. Click on the image to enlarge. ( S.R.)

Millstreet News Update Sunday 27th August 2017

Some of the wonderfully dedicated members of Millstreet Vintage Club preparing for today’s much anticipated Vintage Event in Millstreet Town Park in aid of such a praiseworthy cause. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

And in Green Glens today some excellent Showjumping events at international level.

 

Wonderful Family Day at Drishane Cross Country Equestrian Event Today

With perfect weather, free admission and exquisite surroundings Drishane Estate is the place to truly enjoy today – Sat. 26th aug. 2017.  Tomorrow the focus is on Green Glens for Equestrian Sport.  Click on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Wonderful 90th Birthday Celebrations for Lattie Murphy, Claramore

We thank Mary Feeley for this superb picture recording the recent 90th Birthday Celebration at Millstreet Day Care Centre of Lattie Murphy, Claramore, Millstreet. We extend sincere congratulations to Lattie.  Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

How you can help Millstreet Day-Care Centre.

If yourself or members of your family are spring cleaning please remember our Thrift Shop.  We accept bric-a-brac, children’s clothes, buggies, toys, and curtains etc., any clothes that are in good condition.  All proceeds from the shop go towards the Day-Care Centre.

We also accept clothes not fit for resale e.g. old curtains and blankets, quilt covers, towels etc.  We sell them for recycling to the National Council for the Blind.  Not alone does this create an income for the Council for the Blind but we put the money we get from them into our Social Fund – which helps pay for tutors and volunteers (music, exercise classes, red cross etc).

Old clothes can be handed into the Thrift Shop or the Millstreet Day Care Centre.

Any donations or unwanted china especially (cups and saucers) would be greatly appreciated.

We try to provide as much entertainment as possible during the day – birthday parties, sing-along, exercises, games etc., but funding is always a problem.

Thank you all for your continuing support and please encourage your neighbours or friends to come and join us.

We thank Mary Feeley for this superb insight into support for the Centre.  We now share a selection of images recorded at the recent reopening of Millstreet Day Care Centre following most impressive renovations.

Containers for “Revolution” Series Purchased at Museum

Thanks to two very kind €20.00 donations presented since our recent Church gate collection we’re been able to purchase at Herlihy’s Centra a further two containers to protect our weekly “Revolution” Paper/Poster Pack.   By November 2017 we shall have all copies of the full 100 in the series.  We thank the generous Donors.

One of the very useful containers at Millstreet Museum. (S.R.)

Shane Seeks “Hill 16” All-Ireland Ticket

Shane Browne has made contact with us requesting  that he would appreciate it very much if anyone may have a “Hill 16” ticket to sell for the All-Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park on Sunday, 3rd Sept. 2017 at which his favourite Waterford Team will be playing.  Apparently Shane has never missed these All-Ireland final games in over 25 years!  Shane may be contacted on 086 167 2153. (S.R.)

A Million Thanks from Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire, Farnanes

Bríd Clifford on behalf of Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire, Farnanes shared the following communication with us:

“Money is an on-going concern at Cuan Mhuire but the collection last Saturday and Sunday in Millstreet realized a very welcome sum total of €1,416.00.  I would be most grateful if you could include a note of gratitude in the Millstreet News expressing our appreciation to all who assisted us and donated most generously to the Cuan Mhuire annual collection. The support and kindness we received will in turn give hope and help to many individuals coming to terms with addiction…..With every good wish, Yours Sincerely…Bríd Clifford . ”  Below we share a selection of pictures which we recorded at last weekend’s Church Gate Collection.  (S.R.)

Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)