A Millstreet student was a winner at the DARE2BDRINKAWARE film awards ceremony in Dublin last week. The young Corkman demonstrated his acting chops in the film, which was called ‘Carpe Noctem’ or ‘seize the night’. Now in its third year, DARE2BDRINKAWARE is a film competition for third-level students, aimed at highlighting young people’s attitudes to alcohol.
For those going to the Killarney Rally of the Lakes which will be in Millstreet this Saturday (May 1st), here’s a couple of Billy Coleman videos of in-car footage from the 1986 Circuit of Ireland rally, and also one of Colin McRae on Molls Gap to get you in the mood:
Brother Vincent J. Corkery, Director of La Salle Centre in Ipoh, described the datukship conferred on him in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak’s 82nd birthday as “a signal” of recognition for St Michael’s Institution as a long established beacon of excellence, where young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
He is happy to receive the award, Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St Michael’s Institution. “It will be greeted with joy amongst the thousands of our ever faithful alumni”, he said.
Brother Vincent, who was dressed in the ceremonial costume of Perak’s dato, received the award at an investiture ceremony in the throne room of Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on April 19. A total of 912 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, were conferred with awards and medals in the birthday’s honour list.
Seán Radley was recently presented with an award by UCC Department of Education after giving an influential Lecture to the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs teachers group.. He said himself:
It was quite an honour to have been asked to give the “Focal Scoir” lecture to the Munster Post Graduates who have just come to the end of their UCC Course in the area of Learning Support and Special Education Needs. They were such a supportive and uplifting audience. The picture was taken by Michael English in the exquisite gardens of Mardyke House, UCC.
There is an article on this weeks Corkman with the full details of this story
Brother Vincent Corkery (Jerry Corkery) formerly of Liscahane, who has been on the Missions with the La Salle Brothers at St. Michaels Institution in Ipoh (Malaysia), was yesterday conferred a Datukship by the Sultan of Perak in recognition of his contributions in the education sector in Ipoh. The conferring is in conjunction with his Highness’ 82nd birthday (April 19th 2010). The investiture ceremony was held at the Iskandariah Palace in Kuala Kangsar.
We hope Brother Vincent had a great and eventful day. Congratulations!
Afterwards he commented:
I wish to express my deepest appreciation to His Highness the Sultan of Perak for this high honour, which I am happy to receive on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St. Michael’s Institution.
As we approach our first centenary, it is a signal recognition for St Michael’s as a long established beacon of excellence. Here young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
It will be greeted with joy among the thousands of our ever faithful alumni.
The honour is timely and much appreciated.
with thanks to his sister Eily Buckley for the news
The Annual Millstreet Féile Cheoil was organised by the Millstreet Branch of CCÉ (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) and held at Millstreet Community School on Sunday, 18th April 2010. During that evening a special tribute was paid to the late Stephen Carroll who had been a dedicated Judge at a number of Féile Cheoil events but who sadly died at such a young age since last year’s event. Stephen’s parents, Michael & Sheila as well as family members, Adrian & Sinéad from the Kilcummin/Gneeveguilla area were present to witness the presentation of the new Stephen Carroll Shield for Button Accordian to Damien Mullane who was this year’s Judge in that competition. It was James Linehan and Michael O’Riordan of Millstreet CCÉ who organised this special and lasting tribute to the late Stephen. Stephen had always been such an obliging, talented, welcoming and sincere Friend to so many. We include a picture (taken in the hospitality room) from Millstreet Féile Cheoil 2009 (19th April) where Stephen is seated first from left. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie).
More photos and a tribute to Stephen are below: [read more …] “Féile Cheoil Tribute to Stephen Carroll”
Spring has come at last, but it looks as if we have headed straight into Summer. The swallows have arrived over the weekend zipping around the place excited about the imminent nesting, and the long bright evenings have put a smile on most faces, and got them out and about. Below are some interesting photos from the last week from the Millstreet area.
[read more …] “Spring at Last”
Now quite a well known artist his fame known far and wide
And to the people of Millstreet and Duhallow his success a sense of pride
The likeable Bertie Buckley people like him are rare
His knowledge of art and his gifts with other people he is prepared to share.
The singer songwriter Eugene Brosnan for Millstreet waves the flag
A world wide known entertainer that is surely worth a brag
At many a big concert the favourite of the crowd
And of his remarkable achievements he ought to feel quite proud.
The genius Bernard O Donoghue is one worthy of note
In the World of modern literature he is a major poet
As good as Brendan Kennelly and Seamus Heaney some have been known to say
Two of the leading writers in the Ireland of today.
Claraghatlea’s own Jerry Kelleher is no stranger to renown
He has become quite famous long miles from Millstreet Town
His books ‘Irish journeys in America’ have brought their author fame
And in the World of literature his is a well known name.
[read more …] “Millstreet’s Cultural Icons”
Recently I was at a concert in UCC were Kenneth Cremin (son of Breda and Denis from the Priest Cross) and Cáit Buckley from Derinagree both received the 2010 “Doc Gleeson” award for Musical Achievement at a special concert held at the Aula Maxima, Main Campus at UCC. Kenneth played a piece of Classical music by Steve Reich on the electric guitar while Cait Buckley played a collection of music on the harp. Two other students who also received the Doc Gleeson Award were Enda Buckley who played rock music on the guitar and Tara Breen from County Clare played a section of Irish jigs on the fiddle Tara who was on the recent series Lorg Lunny on TG4 has been chosen by music legend Donal Lunny to be part of his new band Cirrus who played their first concert last Saturday night on television .
A Gamelan concert was held in late March which Kenneth Cremin performed playing different intruments. this is a concert of new music, dance and traditional Javanese music performed by the UCC Gamelan with special guests Colin Dunne of Riverdance fame and Kate Ellis renowned cellist. This concert also honours Aloys Fleischmann Professor of Music at UCC from 1934 to 1980 the title of the concert was “Telephones and Gongs”. Current Professor of music at UCC Mr Mel Mercier said that the present class of music students were very talented group. After a non stop two hour concert a five minute standing ovation was given by a full audience to the students. So well done to Kenneth and Cáit and Millstreet
by Danny O’Nell (grandson of Rosie Todd)
In Penshurst lives a poet
Francis Duggan is his name
he posts work on the internet
as well as earning local fame
his birth place was in Ireland
now he calls Australia home
every day writes rhyming verse
in lyrical traditional form
his themes range from bird and tree
through to complex human nature
soul sees both beauty and misery
sympathises with living creature
he wrote a wonderful anthology
called ‘Songs of Sherbrooke’
exploring many aspects of life
examines closely cranny and nook
if there’s something that you want
to know about life down-under
follow Frank’s heart, see through
poet’s eyes world full of wonder
by Lee Emmett, Australia
(1946 – Present) I have been penning stuff since 1973 have written up to nine thousand individual pieces which can be seen on various online poetry sites, I was born and raised in Claraghatlea, Millstreet Co Cork Ireland and I have been living in Victoria Australia for the past twenty three years (since 1989) – Francis Duggan.
Contact Francis: <email>
The day was an Irish green, albeit with a little gray, and although it came two weeks later than originally planned — and just more than 10 days after its raison d’etre (due to a horrendous nor’easter storm) — the 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, led by Millstreet native Michael Cremin as Grand Marshall still showed marchers and spectators what it’s like to be Irish, even for just a day.
So, even though Sunday was a bit gray, the green did manage to shine through after all.
Baby Jacob was on TV3 news yesterday evening again. This time saying thanks for all the support they have received in the last few weeks. There were some video clips taken in the square and in O’Leary’s butchers with cameo’s by Ursula Manley and Jerry Pat O’Leary.
There’s also an article on this weeks Cork Independent on how baby Jacob is doing after his recent operation and an update on the forthcoming single release for the Baby Jacob Trust Fund. Here’s an excerpt:
The Project started recording the song ‘Something Inside So Strong’ this week to raise funds for the Baby Jacob Fund. It is hoped the single will be available to purchase and for download by the end of April. Cork woman Ann Murphy has now joined the campaign to raise funds for Jakub through her new business.
So Eily Buckley conveys her greetings, in Irish Gaelic, to her listeners during her weekly radio report from Millstreet Town, County Cork, Ireland.
Eily has been in Nebraska since St. Patrick’s Day. She will be in York County a short while longer, before heading to Lincoln next week to celebrate her cousin’s Diamond Jubilee in the priesthood. Father Paddy O’Byrne, now retired from the Diocese of Lincoln, is the link between Eily and her rural Bradshaw hosts, Elizabeth and Terry King, and Toni and Kent Allen.
When the Kings and Allens wanted to travel to Ireland last year, Fr. O’Byrne pointed them to Eily’s bed and breakfast in Millstreet, a town of about 1,400 people in northwest County Cork. About another 3,000 live in the surrounding countryside.
The Nebraskans soon counted Eily among their friends, and welcomed her when she flew to Nebraska with Fr. O’Byrne.
Picture shows Joanne O’Riordan cheering on the Cork Footballers against Dublin in Pairc Ui Rinn last weekend, which Cork won on a scoreline of Cork 2-13 Dublin 2-06. Read how Cork defeated the dubs with ease on the RTE Sport website.
LTV2 recently interviewed with Catherine Costello and Tara Singleton at Macroom’s e business park on Monday evening to record a brief feature for LTV2 on two projects, of which details are shown in the photos below:
[read more …] “Macroom E”
… Tuesday was one hell of a day for Minister Batt O’Keeffe. First, he got promoted in the Cabinet reshuffle. Then he was buttonholed by the irate wife of a snubbed back-bencher. And finally, he attended a dinner organised by the class of 1963 from St Brendan’s College, Killarney.
Some people might remember 1963 as the year JFK was assassinated. But in Batt’s eyes, 1963 will forever be remembered as the year St Brendan’s lost the All-Ireland schools’ final by a point to St Mel’s of Longford.
Despite being the only Corkman on the team, Batt was the captain, displaying early leadership skills.
“I’m in the diocese of Kerry, but from the village of Cullen, which is near Millstreet on the Cork border,” he explains.
“I tried to twin Cullen with Tokyo when I was in Japan last week.”
Tuesday’s knees-up was arranged long ago and it was pure coincidence that it fell on the night of Batt’s promotion. His classmates and team-mates …
this is an extract from an article in todays Irish Times
I may die as I live without much to my name
To be Millstreet’s last old fashioned rhymer my one claim to minor fame
The word poet never does apply to such as me
The stuff I pen born to mortality.
From the countryside by Clara I’ve been too long away
I would feel a stranger in Millstreet today
A stranger in Claraghatlea and Millstreet Town
Where I once did know of some local renown.
[read more …] “Millstreet’s Last Old Fashioned Rhymer”
Somewhere 100 years from now in an office full of yet undreamed of computer gadgetry, a historian will take a break from work, look into the middle distance and marvel at Sean Radley. Sean Radley, probably even as you read this, is busy recording the life and times of an entire community, his beloved home town of Millstreet in north Cork. Thanks to Sean, almost every minute detail of Millstreet life – social, sporting, political, business, religious and much more – has been captured over 30 years, first on cine film, then in photographs, on audio tape, and, more recently again, on video.
The result is an astonishing archive of material – almost 30,000 photographs, over 2,500 audio tapes, 500 video tapes and thousands of…
Baby Jacob and his family were on the TV3 news yesterday (Tuesday) evening, and this morning were on Ireland AM, with Joan O’Mahony of the Baby Jacob Trust fund bringing attention to the efforts to raise money for the operations that he needs in the future.
For the next stage of the treatment, they are heading back to Germany next Sunday so that Jacob can get larger implants into his eye sockets, as his current implants are quickly becoming too small.
Unfortunately, we can’t show you the videos clips directly, but here are the links where you can see the videos
- the video of the report on the TV3 News,
- the video of the interview on Ireland AM this morning (11 mins long)
there are also lots of stills from the videos at the bottom of this article
Jacob Nowak suffers from an exceptionally rare condition whereby his eyes never formed in their sockets before his birth.
The condition, anophthalmia, affects fewer than one in 100,000 children but, in Jacob’s case, it left the him without eyeballs or optic nerves.
Jacob, who was born last August, is healthy in every other respect but now faces years of treatment to cope with his condition.
Billy Coleman was Irelands most successful rally driver ever. He first came to province in 1969 in rather tatty self-prepared green Mark I Escort (TIU 250) on the Circuit of Ireland when he took special stage time off the works Escort of Rodger Clark which was almost unheard of at the time. Billy was born in 1948 in Millstreet. From an early age he developed an interest in motor cars, confessing for the bug when he sat up on his fathers knee to drive the car when he was five years old. His father owned a garage in Milstreet and was the Ford Main Dealer which helped nurture Billy’s interest in cars.
A DVD on Billy’s exploits in the Irish Tarmac Championship is available to buy from Murray Motorsport amongst others.
Also added below are loads photos of the cars that he drove.
The eldest daughter of Denis and Elizabeth McCarthy her beauty I recall
When she was young in Pound Hill the fairest one of all
Though the years go by so quickly and fleeting is our prime
The memories of her beauty remain undimmed by time
Tall and blond and young and graceful in my mind she remain
Such lovely mental pictures of Phil to retain
She rests at peace in Dublin well north of Millstreet Town
Far from the streets where with her young friends she often walked up and down
Unaffected by her beauty she was free of conceit
What was a win for Dublin was a loss to Millstreet
She would have been in her sixties as far as I know
One can only hope her end was peaceful and not painful and slow
The years go by so quickly and time does not stand still
May she rest in peace in Dublin far from the Town by Clara Hill.
Former Cullen man Michael Cremin is to be the Grand – Marshall of the upcoming 29th annual St. Patrick Day’s Parade for North Jersey will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. An active member of the community, he has been nominated by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County. Here is what the article says about him:
Michael Cremin of Dumont, the grand marshal, is originally from Cullen, County Cork, Ireland, the son of the late Edmond and Catherine Cremin.
He worked as an apprentice carpenter before he immigrated to America in 1962. He worked for Pan American and later for United Parcel Service.
Well known and well liked Millstreet man John Tarrant, who writes the Millstreet notes on the Corkman every week, is PRO for Millstreet and Duhallow GAA, as well being a high achiever in quiz circles has outdone himself again. This time he been announced as one of the 30 winners of the 2000-2009 Review Quiz which was published on the Irish Independant on December 31st last. We can only assume that he got all the answers correct which is a fair achievement. Well done John.
The winners are published on todays Irish Independant
A member of the Irish Workers Party and a Socialist and a true Republican
And he loved Ireland and the Irish Language Neil Healy was a very special man
A family person and a quiet achiever he was one worthy of far greater note
I’d like to write a poem in his honour were I born with the genius of a poet.
One who did speak the Irish Language fluently not many like him that seems sad to say
In the changing face of twenty first century Ireland in the ever changing World of today
A loyal supporter of Joe Sherlock of the Workers Party to the colours he believed in he was true
To many one who did choose to be different for that alone great credit is his due.
People like he was make a case for re-incarnation I’m only saying how it does seem to me
He did love places distant from Duhallow old towns in France in Celtic Brittany
His passing a huge loss to Celtic Culture he is one who will be hard to replace
In Millstreet he will always be remembered where his will live as a remembered face.
He always stood for what he did believe in one who was as honest as the word can be
And ’tis sad to think that on the streets of Millstreet he is one that in the flesh we never more will see
But the World was better for him living in it of him that would be a fair thing to say
Conchubar O hEalaithe is one well worth remembering and good memories of him will live for many a day.
He works hard and he has drunk many a beer
And he has lived in Australia for many a year
As good a person as one could wish to meet
But Mick Kelleher’s heart it is still in Millstreet.
In Claraghatlea in Millstreet he first saw light of day
And he often recalls old friends and places far away
Where the old Finnow river it babbles on down
To the mighty Blackwater close to Millstreet Town.
He talks of Claraghatlea, Inchaleigh and Claramore
So many miles inland from Hibernia’s shore
But distant from Duhallow he may live out his life
With his children and grandchildren and Rosemary his wife.
What is a great loss to Ireland is surely Australia’s gain
But loyal to Duhallow Mick Kelleher remain
And though here he may live out his last night and day
His heart is by Clara Mountain far away.
A beautiful young woman with blue eyes and shoulder length wavy hair of brown
She lives between Banteer Village and Millstreet Town
The Pride of Rathcoole Annmarie
One who does sing so beautifully.
She is surely a princess of song
One could listen to her all night long
Her voice so soulful, melodious and clear
More of her doubtless we will hear.
Annmarie O Riordan remember her name
For her’s will be more than a Duhallow wide fame
With youth and beauty and a great voice and time on her side
She could become famed Worldwide.
The gift of song is a marvellous thing
The songstress who does love to sing
And she is not yet in her prime
She will only get better with time.
How could one with her but not feel impressed
To possess such a singing voice she is truly blessed
In her fan club she now does have me
Go sing it again Annmarie.
She was Breda O Connor before becoming Pat Broderick’s wife
In Millstreet she raised her children and lived there for the most of her life
But a heart that was full of kindness sad to say forever still
And she will be missed by many in the Town by Clara Hill,
In Millstreet in Duhallow the changes happening fast
And memories of times gone by are all that seem to last
Yet in memory she has not died as she was she does remain
And in our mental pictures of her she looks well and young again
I last saw Breda Broderick years ago and far away
In the West End of Millstreet Town on a cold November day
A harsh wind blew from Clara Hill quite cold enough to snow
But as ever she was happy she possessed the inner glow
In the minds of those who knew her she’s still living and she hasn’t aged a day
‘Tis only her mortal remains in the Millstreet graveyard lay.