Sergeant Thomas James Deegan, R.I.C. Millstreet 1915-1922

There’s an interesting article on the RIC Facebook page  on one RIC member Thomas Deegan who was the last Sergeant in  Millstreet when it was disbanded. He had arrived as a constable in 1915, and was promoted to Sergeant on March 1st 1921 [RD]:

“After years of wanting to visit the archive centre at Kew I eventually did it yesterday. My grand father and great grandfather were RIC constables. My great grandfather Thomas Deegan 29408 was appointed 12.4.1864. He was 5ft 111/2ins, from Queens County and aged 20. He was pensioned off 1st Aug. 1879 at the age of 35 after 15 years 3 month service in the Dublin Docks. After being pensioned off Thomas Deegan became a bank messenger and later lived above a bank on the North Wall, Dublin.
Thomas James Deegan 63563 was born in Common Street, Dublin 4th Nov 1881. He was appointed to the RIC on 16 Dec 1907 and discharged by being pronounced unfit by the Surgeon on 18 Dec 1907. He was appointed again on 23 April 1908. He was initially stationed in Wexford. The RIC stayed in a large house/post office near to Bridgetown. On the 1/10/1915 he was moved to Cork W.R. and he worked and lived in Millstreet. He remained there until the RIC was disbanded 07/04/1922. Because of the hostility towards the RIC at this time he was moved to Stamford, England and lived in Rutland Road. My father recalls other former RIC constables living in the same street.”

It was posted by James’ grandson Ron Deegan, who also posted a photo of James with his wife Ellen (Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford), and their four children [ref].

“A photograph of my Grandfather Thomas James Deegan and his family.This would have been taken a couple of years after the RIC were disbanded. My father Harold Deegan was the boy on the right standing next to his mother. Her maiden name was Ellen Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford” [rd]

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Another of Thomas Deegan’s grandchildren Holly Andreosso “Journeyed to Ireland from Canada, in 2015 to find my mother’s actual place of birth, March 13, 1918…this house, known as ‘The Barracks’, Millstreet, Co Cork….”. She posted photos on the Forgotten Ireland FB page.

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“A group of Royan Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) stationed in Millstreet c. 1921” – from Millstreet Museum. The little girl in front is Patricia Deegan, with her father Sergeant Thomas J Deegan.

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Birth of Thomas James Deegan on fourth November 1881 at 21 Common Street, North Dublin – father: Thomas Deegan 32 Commin Street, Port and Docks Constable – mother: Anne Deegan née O’Reilly.

Marriage of Thomas Deegan and Ellen Walsh on 24 May 1915 in Wexford

Birth of Harold Francis Deegan on 27th June 1915 at Sweet Mount, Bridgetown – to Thomas James Deegan, Bridgetown, Constable RIC, and Ellen Deegan (Walsh)

Patricia Deegan: born 13th March 1918 at the Barrack Millstreet – Eveline Gertrude Patricia – Female – father: Thomas James Deegan, The Barracks Millstreet, Constable Royal Irish Constabulary – mother: Ellen Teresa Deegan née Walsh – Michael Fitzgerald assistant registrar. (She was born in the day room at the Barracks)

 

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Read More: Deegan Family RIC Members remembered – “… In 1995 I went with my father to Ireland and visited the places he remembered as a child. He pointed out the large house just outside Bridgetown where the RIC where posted. We also went on an interesting journey around Millstreet. We found the remains of the barracks at the rear of a shop that had been built on the spot where the barracks were. At the rear of the shop we were shown a large gate that was leaning against a wall. We also saw the remains of what my father referred to as the day room. A room that he had been taken to and spent time there where he had seen what ever went of in the barracks yard.”

Boherbue’s Music Room Presentation This Thursday at 8pm

Maurice Linehan (holding CD) presented a splendid programme at Millstreet Gramophone Circle last Friday night – pictured here with just some of the capacity audience. Con Kelleher  (on extreme left) accorded the official thanks to Maurice.  Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
The Presentation at Boherbue’s Music Room this Thursday (3rd Oct. 2019) will be given by Eithne O’Keeffe of Boherbue (pictured 4th from left) while Joe Kennelly of Inniscarra and Millstreet (7th from left in centre) will present in Millstreet on Fri. 18th Oct., 2019.

“Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11pm this Tuesday

“Radio Treasures” tonight (Tuesday, 17th Sept. 2019) places focus on a broad selection of excellent songs and music from Irish Traditional to Classical to Country & Western.   We hear about the truly amazing story of the Cross in Knock at the start of July 2019 – a story which today appears in a feature by Journalist Michael Commins in the “Mayo News”.   We also relate about a somewhat inflexible door at UCC and how it was solved!

And we visit our audio archives for some very special gems also.   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 below:

Carriganima Tractor Run Sept. 2019

Staff & Cutomers congratulating Eileen Bradley on retirement from Brendan O’Keeffe’s Supervalu circa 1998….From the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum

The very large attendance at the two matches in Millstreet Town Park last Sunday as pictured by Patrick W. O’Leary, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

Click on the images to enlarge.  Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting 086 825 0074.  One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening!  Click on the image to enlarge.  Click here to tune into tonight’s Show.  See lots more images below.  (S.R.) [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11pm this Tuesday”

Millstreet Tidy Towns Anti-Litter Challenge Award Presented in Cork

Congratulations to Millstreet Tidy Town on finishing second in Category A of this year’s Anti-Litter Challenge. Accepting the Award at the reception in the County Hall for Millstreet – Tahira and Noreen.   Sincere congratulations to All. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Congratulations also to Cullen who were presented with the Most Improved Village prize on the night [1]

[read more …] “Millstreet Tidy Towns Anti-Litter Challenge Award Presented in Cork”

“Radio Treasures” Now On Air on Cork Music Station until 11pm

“Radio Treasures” tonight (Tuesday, 10th Sept. 2019) places focus on a broad selection of excellent songs and music from Irish Traditional to Classical to Country & Western.   And we visit our audio archives for some very special gems also.   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 below:

Patrick W. O’Leary at Museum.
Carriganima Annual Walk 2019
First Home!

Seen in Leap, West Cork!

Click on the images to enlarge.  Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting.  One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening!  Click on the image to enlarge.  Click here to tune into tonight’s Show.  See lots more images below.  (S.R.) [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Now On Air on Cork Music Station until 11pm”

Magnificent Response to Abina Karen Memorial Event for Marymount

Presentation of the truly magnificent cheque at Marymount, Cork – the result of the hugely successful event in memory of Abina Karen O’Keeffe (nee Barrett) held recently at Millstreet GAA Community Hall. We thank Hannah Crowley for the pictures and captions. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)    Hannah shares the following:  “The O Keeffe and Barrett family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who supported our style night in memory of Abina Karen in any way.  Our donation to Marymount of €7655.00  exceeded all our expectations.”
The wonderfully dedicated Organising Committee pictured at the conclusion of the superbly successful event at Millstreet GAA Community Hall.

Remembering Muhammed Ali on “Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm This Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding his programme this Sunday (8th Sept. 2019) at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Once voted ‘The greatest athlete of all time’,  Muhammed Ali‘s joint records of defeating  21 boxers for the World heavyweight title, and winning 14 unified title bouts stood for thirty five years.

Dubbed ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, his fight with George Foreman in Kinshasa in 1974 ,  has been called, arguably, the greatest sporting event of the 20th century. 

This Sunday evening in a ‘Where the road takes me Special’, John Greene speaks  to his daughter Hana about the father she adored. 

Her book is entitled – ‘At Home with Muhammed Ali – A memoir of love, loss and forgiveness. ‘ [read more …] “Remembering Muhammed Ali on “Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm This Sunday on C103″

John Joe Herlihy’s Dance Project Supporting Millstreet Community Hospital

We thank Margaret Collins, Director of Nursing, Millstreet Community Hospital for sharing the images below and also the captions recalling the recent presentation of a much appreciated cheque to Millstreet Community Hospital by John Joe Herlihy of Knocknagree following a fundraising event in Kilbrin at the present series of Dances being coordinated by John Joe.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

We thank John Joe Herlihy for the Poster. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
Left to right:  L. McAuliffe, Katherine Corregidor, Mary F. Howard, Eithne Hurley,
Back row from left:  Patrick O’ Connor, John Joe Herlihy, Margaret Collins, Pádraig O’Connor and Oliver Daly.
From left:  L. McAuliffe, Katherine Corregidor, Mary F. Howard,  E. Hurley.  Back row from left: Pat O’Connor, John Joe Herlihy, Margaret Collins, Pádraig O’Connor and Mairéad Helfrich.

[read more …] “John Joe Herlihy’s Dance Project Supporting Millstreet Community Hospital”

Impressive Aubane Cheque Supporting Marymount Hospice

Please find photograph of John F Kelleher Chairman Aubane Social Club, Noreen Kelleher Secretary and Gobnait Kelleher presenting a cheque for 1000 to Cait Mc Carthy Marymount Fundraiser at Aubane Community Centre. This was the proceeds of the Coffee Morning on Saturday 17 August.

A most impressive cheque of €1,000.00 – the wonderfully fruitful result of a recent Coffee Morning in Aubane – was presented to Marymount Hospice, Cork by Aubane Social Club on Wednesday, 4th Sept. 2019 at Aubane Community Centre. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Cáit McCarthy representing Marymount accepted the cheque from John F. Kelleher (centre), Noreen Kelleher, Gobnait Kelleher, and the dedicated Committee of Aubane Social Club. Also pictured on the right is visitor Patrick W. O’Leary from Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

[read more …] “Impressive Aubane Cheque Supporting Marymount Hospice”

Music Room & Gramophone Circle in September 2019

The next Music Room presentation in Boherbue takes place on Thursday, 5th Sept. at 8.00pm when Pat McCarron of Bandon shares his wonderful programme of music and song.

Millstreet Gramophone Circle at Millstreet Day Care Centre takes place on Friday, 27th September at 8.15pm with Presenter Maurice Linehan of Liscahane, Millstreet.

A warm welcome to All at both Presentations.  (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Tonight 9:30 to 11:00 – Improved Sound Achieved!

“Radio Treasures” tonight (Tuesday, 3rd Sept. 2019) places focus on a broad selection of excellent songs and music from Irish Traditional to Classical to Country & Western.   Tonight it’s Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddy who are our featured Artists.   And we visit our audio archives for some very special gems also.   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 DepartedAnd we are using a new microphone system so hopefully sound quality will improve! And we chat about such a variety of topics as illustrated below:

All Ireland Under 12 Céilí Band Champions Crossfields. Also included with the Wonderful Winners is their splendidly dedicated Coach – Alan Finn.

Click on the images to enlarge.  Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting.  One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening!  Click on the images to enlarge.  Click here to tune into tonight’s Show.  See lots more images below.  (S.R.)

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight 9:30 to 11:00 – Improved Sound Achieved!”

Historic Launch at Rathcoole Airfield on Monday Morning

With national media present at Rathcoole Airfield on Monday morning, 2nd Sept. 2019 – Coordinator supreme, John Kearney and his superb Team witnessed their dream become reality when Tánaiste Simon Coveney officially cut the tape to launch the start of the all-important Air Ambulance Service.   Here we share the first four of many more images recalling the historic event.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Sheila Fitzgerald with Pascal Sheehy of RTÉ

Every Success to Darragh Cashman on Sunday in Croke Park

UPDATESincere congratulations to Darragh on his magnificent game this afternoon (1st Sept. 2019) in Croke Park as an all-important member of the Victorious Cork Team.

To extend very best wishes to Darragh Cashman, Sportsman Supreme and a Student of Millstreet Community School in advance of his Croke Park appearance in the All-Ireland Minor Football Final as a member of the Cork Team on Sunday, 1st Sept. 2019 – Pól Ó Síodhcháin MCS Principal, Frances Moynihan MCS Deputy Principal and Darragh’s sister Clara accompanied Darragh on Friday (30th Sept.) to West End to be pictured in front of an array of hugely impressive Posters saluting Darragh.   Here we share some six images from the uplifting occasion.   Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Every Success to Darragh Cashman on Sunday in Croke Park”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance notice regarding this Sept. 1st 2019 Sunday evening’s programme at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

You Know the old saying – ‘It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good’.

And you can apply this to the Furey Brothers who were formed by accident, as a result of an accident. 

Now, over forty years together, they have been entertaining audiences worldwide ever since. 

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene takes us on a journey down memory lane with George and Eddie Furey.

We hear about having to choose between the pick and shovel or music.

A stint on Top of the Pops and teaching Kool & the Gang how to party Irish style.

Playing inside Carnegie Hall and busking outside of it.

Coping with the death of Paul, and the departure of Finbarr.

And in between the chat, there’s music as well,  including ‘Sweet Sixrteen’, and the story behind it.

EXTRA……….. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

Death Notice: Michael Healy, Clondrohid

Healy (Clondrohid, Macroom) On 30th August 2019 , peacefully, in the tender loving care of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice in the presence of his family Mike beloved husband of Anna, devoted father of Ella, son of Nora and the late Edward, brother of William ,Liz ,Con, Mary and Eddie. Deeply regretted by his family, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, uncle, nieces & nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing at Fitz-Gerald’s Funeral Home, Macroom, on Sunday from 6.30pm with Removal at 8pm to St John Baptist Church, Carriga­nima. Funeral on Monday after 12 noon Requiem Mass to St. Colman’s Cemetery, Macroom. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Marymount.

May he rest in peace.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. [rip]

Maria Murphy of Ballydaly – Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races


We thank John Tarrant for sharing the selection of photos received from Maria Murphy of Ballydaly who was the Best Dressed Lady at the recent Killarney RacesSincere congratulations to Maria.

Maria won 1st prize at Killarney Races Ladies Day & received a beautiful Diamond Pendant worth €700  sponsored by Keanes Jewellers of Killarney.
Judges on the day were the beautiful Yvonne Connolly and Greg O’Shea. Greg was winner of “Love Island” recently.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

[read more …] “Maria Murphy of Ballydaly – Best Dressed Lady at Killarney Races”

“Where the Road Takes Me” – Focus on Archbishop Thomas William Croke

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this week’s programme where the focus is on Dr. Croke.  (S.R.)

When Thomas William Croke was born in Kilbrin in 1823, the struggle for Catholic Emancipation was almost over.  Yet, his mother Isabella, a Protestant aristocrat, was still shunned by her family, because of her marriage to a Catholic estate agent.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene continues and concludes the story of the man after whom GAA Headquarters is named.

This week we hear how £1,872  was raised from the Croke Memorial hurling and football  Tournament in 1913.  The sum of money raised allowed the GAA to purchase Jones’s Road, which now became Croke Park.

Although his name is synonymous with hurling and football, Thomas Croke’s first love was handball, and we hear about his legacy to the sport in Fermoy.

And…………..

                  Former GAA President Seán Kelly tells us why he feels Thomas Croke would be happy about the stadium being opened up to other sports today. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” – Focus on Archbishop Thomas William Croke”

Historic Signs Then & Now – 1992 and 2019

On Thursday, 22nd August 2019 Nora McSweeney in the company of her son, Fr. James – very kindly presented to Millstreet Museum the official Country Markets Ltd. Sign which was in use in Millstreet at the hugely popular Friday Country Market held weekly in Millstreet GAA Community Hall from 1992 until 2006.  Nora dedicatedly brought the now familiar Sign every Friday from her home to the Market and then took it back home again as Nora was the Official Keeper of the Sign.   And we also view a further very impressive new Sign put in place by Millstreet Community School and Millstreet GAA wishing Sportsmen supreme – Darragh Cashman and Luke Murphy every success in the upcoming All-Ireland event in Croke Park.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Historic Signs Then & Now – 1992 and 2019”

Magnificent Successes at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019

We thank Helena and Frank O’Connor for kindly sharing these three splendid images captured at the recent Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2019 held in Drogheda.   Sincere congratulations to All the superbly talented Winners.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Muireann O’Connor of Cullen (daughter of Helena and Frank) All-Ireland Winner of the Flute Slow Air Competition in Drogheda.
All Ireland Under 12 Céilí Band Champions “Crossfields”. Also included with the Wonderfully Talented Winners is their splendidly dedicated Coach – Alan Finn.

Magnificent Response to Sr. Consilio Weekend Collection

Sr. Bríd Clifford, on behalf of the Sr. Consilio Centre in Farran, wishes to express her sincere thanks for the truly magnificent response to last weekend’s Church Gate Collection in Millstreet which amounted to a very impressive total of €1,750.50 in support of this most praiseworthy cause.   When speaking to local organiser Marie Casey of Cloghoula Sr. Bríd indicated that this is one of the largest Church Gate Collections ever received by the Centre.   And a special thanks also from the Bruree Centre in Co. Limerick to the people of Cullen and Millstreet … and beyond for their much appreciated generosity.  Míle buíochas to All for such a very generous response.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Weekend Pictorial Updates – 17th August 2019

It’s been a very busy weekend here in Millstreet with the superbly colourful Horse Show in the exquisite setting of Green Glens, a wonderfully successful Coffee Morning at Aubane Community Centre in aid of Marymount, royal welcome extended to the many visitors including John D. Neenan presently on holiday from the USA …. and an uplifting generous response to the annual Church Gate Collection for Sr. Consilio Centre in Farran. … as well as great support for HOPE fundraisers (Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk Students)Nancy with Niamh and Catherine Ferns.   He we share some 16 images from those many Millstreet events.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Weekend Pictorial Updates – 17th August 2019”

Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes – Church Gate Collection This Weekend


There will be a Church Gate Collection in Millstreet 17th/18th August 2019 – in aid of Sr. Consilio’s Cuan Mhuire Centre in Farnanes.   This highly regarded facility superbly treats Girls who experience addiction problems including substance and alcohol dependency.   Your support would be greatly appreciated.

— see Cuan Mhuire on Facebook

Every Success to Fisherman Supreme Luke O’Donoghue

As Fisherman Supreme, Luke O’Donoghue, presently competing in the World Youth Fly-Fishing Championships in the Czech Republic. His father, Billy shared two images of Luke with the Irish team preparing for the historic event.  The O’Donoghue Family wishes to express sincere thanks for the enormous support extended by the Millstreet Community and beyond for the wonderfully talented Sportsman Luke.  Every success to Luke and his Irish Team.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) 

Luke is pictured 6th from left.
Luke is pictured 2nd from left.

[read more …] “Every Success to Fisherman Supreme Luke O’Donoghue”

Death Notice: Eugene Winters, Kanturk

On August 13, 2019 peacefully in the presence of his loving family and under the tender and loving care of the staff of Kanturk Community Hospital, beloved husband of Marie (nee O’Byrne, West End,  Millstreet) and loving father of Liam, James, Iris (Sheedy) and Rita (Callan). Deeply regretted by his loving family, dearest grandchildren, brother, sisters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends. May he rest in peace.

Reposing at Graces Funeral Home, Kanturk on Thursday from 6pm followed by removal at 8pm to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kanturk. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in the adjacent cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to Kanturk Community Hospital. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. [rip]

Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling

Millstreet Museum Society  and Millstreet Website Team very much appreciate the wonderfully uplifting generous response to our recent Church Gate Collection in Millstreet.   The €2, 275.98 + €50.00 will greatly permit us maintain the two important local resources….meeting the costs (re the website) of web server and domain name….and (re Museum) the costs of insurance, heating, lighting and ongoing development.   Special thanks to Millstreet Community Council and Millstreet Local Lottery for splendid support.   And to those who contributed from abroad and who have direct Millstreet links – grateful thanks to All.   One may assist anytime throughout the year by using our dedicated Bank Account the number of which is: IBAN – IE22 BOFI 9058 0334 0531 43 & BIC – BOFIIE2D.

And so to our most recent delving into our Visual Archive of Millstreet Museum.   The date is 21st May 2000 when hundreds of people climbed (or were transported on the back of Tony Healy’s Tractor!) Clara Mountain marking the 50th Anniversary of the placement of the original Cross on Clara Mountain in 1950.   Mass was concelebrated in the presence of Millstreet Pipe Band and a wide cross section of people from near and far.   It was Tadhg O’Driscoll who unveiled the official stone plaque.   Here we share some 24 images from the truly historic occasion.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Mass on Clara Mountain in May 2000 & Plaque Unveiling”