A photograph taken at the home of Daniel Kelleher, Carrigacooleen, Millstreet, Co. Cork (seated), who has every expectation of reaching the great age of 100 years in June next. With him is his grandson. Mr. Kelleher is hale and hearty. He is in excellent possession of all his faculties. He has no special recipe for longevity and is neither averse to alcoholic refreshment in moderation or to the companionable influences of tobacco. He has a rich store of folklore, is a fluent Irish speaker, and, should be a valuable asset to those interested in the collection of first-hand information regarding the events of the past 80 years or more. For instance, he has a vivid recollection of the great Irish famine and relates how he saw the people of that period eat nettles and only sorry not to have enough of them to ward off the pangs of hunger. There were years came after black ’47 every bit as bad, he says but sickness and hunger came together in that year. He recollects having seen the Liberator pass along the road near his home on one occasion, and he has a particular recollection of the peculiar kind of cap worn by O’Connell. The stage coach from Cork to Tralee regularly passed his house. Modem transport he regards as quite an improvement on that of his young days but, he added in this connection, “the young people now are gone foolish entirely”. Mr. Kelleher goes regularly to Macroom, some four miles away. He likes to visit the town now and again. He is quite active for his years, walks about unaided and takes a keen interest in the events of the times. [Irish Examiner Wednesday, February 25, 1931] [read more …] “Daniel Kelleher, Carrigacooleen (1831-1931)”
In loving memory of Kathleen Cotter of No. 1 Old Coach Avenue, Liscahane, Millstreet, who passed away on the 11th of March 2019.
On this, the first anniversary of our beloved mother and grandmother, we her family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who attended her rosary, removal and funeral mass. Those who sent mass cards, flower tributes, and to those who visited her home and brought food and refreshments.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Christine Walsh, Marymount, the Public Health Nurses, Palliative Care, night nurses, home help, Reen’s Pharmacy, and her wonderful neighbours and friends. Thank you for your compassion, kindness and friendship for helping us to care for mam in her home.
To Fr. jack Fitzgerald, Fr. Paddy Byrne and Fr. Gerard O’Leary for their support and guidance, Helen Kerins for the beautiful singing and music, Tarrant’s Undertakers for their professionalism, compassion and courtesy, and Corkery’s Bar who provided refreshments.
As it’s difficult to mention everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as a token of our grateful appreciation. The Holy Sacrifice of the mass has been offered for your intentions. First anniversary mass for Kathleen is on Sunday 8th of of March, St. Patrick’s Church at 11:30am.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding his programme this Sunday (1st March 2020) at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
“He could pluck any type of song from anywhere and make it his own”. A comment referring to Terry McCarthy, former lead singer with the Dixies Showband, who died suddenly in July of last year.
He was equally comfortable singing pop, ballads or Opera.
In the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, members of his family, friends and fellow musicians and singers join John Greene in a tribute to the former Dixies frontman, who took over from Brendan o’Brien in 1985.
We hear some of his recordings which emphasise the range of his voice and the vast repertoire he possessed.
Former Dixies manager Ronnie McGinn and drummer Joe Mac remember great days with the Dixies in Abu Dhabi.
His wife Marie recalls meeting him for the first time as a sixteen year old and his brother Tadgh talks about Terry’s other talent as one of the old style stonecutters.
And from the archives an interview recorded with him five years ago. [read more …] “Dixies Showband Recalled on “Where the Road Takes Me””
We thank Brendan O’Keeffe for the following important update. (S.R.)
Carriganima Community Development has been making steady progress in organising the centenary celebrations for An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire. An tAthair Peadar, who was born in the townland of Liscarriguane, spent his formative years here. He was a renowned Gaelic scholar and a champion of the spoken Irish of the people. He wrote several works, and his novel Séadhna was the first novel in modern Irish. He died in March 1920, and it is only fitting that we, his own people, mark this important centenary.
The commemoration will commence on Friday, March 20 with an opening ceremony and a gathering of musicians in ‘The Pub’ – beginning at 8.30pm. Representatives of Carriganima Community Development will speak. Tim Joe O’Riordan will be the anchor musician, but all others are very welcome to join in.
On Saturday, March 21, there will be a guided bus tour to sites associated with An tAthair Peadar and his ancestors, including Carrignacurra Castle, Carraig na Madraí and Liscarrigane (the family homestead). The bus will leave the village at 12 noon, and return at approximately 4pm. Soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase in The Pub afterwards. All those on the tour must stay together, and comply with the Country Code. Carriganima Community Development is very grateful to the affected landowners for their permission to allow people to access sites as part of this tour. Prior booking is essential via Eventbrite. To book your place, please click here (You may need to hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key at the same time), or Google Tour An tAthair Peadar. This guided tour is compliments of Carriganima Community Development.
At 6pm, Rt. Rev. Msgr. James O’Donnell will lead a concelebrated bilingual Mass, before which he will bless a commemorative plaque, which is due to be installed in the Church. Local singers and musicians have been rehearsing for the Mass, and we welcome others to join in. After Mass, there will be a social gathering in The Pub, and refreshments will be served. Murt Kelliher will lead musicians, and again, others are welcome to join in.
The community has, under the stewardship of James O’Leary, compiled a book ‘Ár Scéal Féin’ – brimming with genealogy, stories, tales, heritage, history and folklore from the wider locality over the past one hundred years. This will be formally launched after Mass. Copies will be on sale, on the night, and patrons will have to be quick to get their copy of this momentous publication.
For further information, or if you would like to assist in any way, please email: carriganima2020 @gmail.com
All are welcome / Fáilte roimh chách.
The Pupils and Staff of Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS presented a magnificent Bouquet of Flowers to Librarian Supreme, Grace Tangney in the Library on Friday, 28th Feb. 2020. As we reflect on the wonderful dedication which Grace has so clearly demonstrated over the past three and a half years we extend our heartfelt thanks and very best wishes to Grace in her upcoming inspiring role at Mallow Library. Today at 11:30 a.m. (Sat. 29th Feb.) Grace presents a wonderful story telling event on her final day as our superb Librarian in Millstreet Library. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Presentation to Librarian Supreme Grace by Millstreet BNS Pupils”
Superb Author Ann Linehan introduced her beautifully illustrated book entitled “Sam & Sue Learn About Cybersafety“ to Siobhán O’Leary’s enthusiastic Class from Presentation N.S. on Wednesday, 26th Feb. 2020 in Millstreet Library at the invitation of Librarian Grace Tangney. And there was even a special Draw with many winners. Ann is scheduled to publish a number of other excellent Safety Books in the series in time to come. Here we share a selection of images from Wednesday’s inspiring occasion. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Just tap the highlighted Presentation N.S. Link to access updates on News from Presentation N.S., Millstreet which presently includes video footage of the superb singing and music in preparation for Feis Maitiú Corcaigh. (S.R.)
Tonight’s “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station (Tuesday, 25th Feb. 2020) we listen at 10 pm to an interview with Director of Nursing, Margaret Collins and Gerard Cleary of Hospital, Co. Limerick on the occasion of a most memorable visit of a delightful Mobile Farm (from Co. Limerick) to St. Joseph’s Community Hospital, Millstreet in July 2018. And we also hear a brief section of an historic interview recorded in Derrinagree in 1979. All this and more plus references to the images illustrated below. And of course lots of songs, musings and music. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to Brandy-Hall on the eastern side of Castletownbere.
We thank John for advance information regarding this Sunday Evening’s programme. (S.R.)
We visit the monument to Timothy Harrington MP on the western side of the Millbrook Bar on Brandy-Hall Bridge. In 1884, Harrington dismantled the Crown Prosecution’s case against the eight men accused of the Maamtrasna murders in 1882. His investigation led to the end of Gladstone’s Government.
We visit a monument on nearby Dinish Island which was erected to those who lost their lives at sea on the Beara Peninsula.
And we’re back in the Millbrook Bar for more music, song and story. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”
The regular “Sing Along” event at Millstreet Day Care Centre this Wednesday (19th Feb. 2020) evening was most enjoyable and a true credit to Helen, Petra and their dedicated Team. In a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere and with the aid of background music everyone participated in the group singing and we also had some uplifting individual presentations. Splendid refreshments were provided at half-time. Everyone is very welcome and we would encourage attendance at the next event. Here we share some 7 images to illustrate the relaxed setting and atmosphere. Numbers attending were influenced this evening by the coinciding of two other events elsewhere. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Very Successful “Sing Along” Event Most Enjoyable”
Radio Treasures tonight (Tues. 18th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special feature at 10pm when we recall meeting musician supreme Sharon Shannon and her Band including Jim Murray Jnr. plus five times world Dance Champion David Geaney from Dingle…Listen to the amazing music and picture the mighty dance steps. We reflect on the success of the recent two broadcasts from “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy. We hear a wonderful song from Sarah Dennehy . And we refer to the many happenings illustrated below. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Wednesday, 12th Feb. 2020 at Millstreet Town Park on an initial visit to Millstreet New Children’s Playground delighted children from Junior Infants, Presentation N.S., Millstreet and the children from “Curious Minds” Creche gave their 100% approval to what could easily be described as our very own “Disneyland”. While all the amazing units impressed it was the High Web Net which attracted the most attention! And we encourage you to experience the state-of-the-art very safe bouncy floor. We met with many members of the Coordinating Committee on the bright morning and we received a wonderful guided tour from Geraldine (née O’Leary) O’Sullivan of all the magical area of this truly magnificent facility which is going to be such a superb benefit for present and future generations of young children here in Millstreet and beyond. The very generous support received has made this possible. While the official opening is still in the future the Playground is presently open daily during daylight hours. Contractors Browne Brothers of Carrigadrohid must take a huge bow on completing such a fascinating facility to the very highest standards. Here we share 22 images from our visit to this magical location on Wednesday morning. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
Dedicated Committee Member Geraldine explains:
“The Contractors have finished the playground, our insurance is arranged and I’m delighted to share with you that we passed and are in receipt of our safety certificate 2 weeks ahead of time. In fact the completed project is some 2 months ahead of the original finish date. It’s great that on this Wednesday morning we are open . So very exciting for the children. We have a few remaining thank you notes to issue. The IRD Duhallow representative visited us on Friday and advised that they had been closely following the Playground Project on Millstreet.ie. He commented on the fantastic community forum that you and your team host and support for the people of Millstreet.
He also commented on the widespread backing from the overall community was really uplifting – from the volunteers running fundraising, the variety and number of events taking place , the involvement of children, clubs, businesses and the communication updates via our community website to the public was a perfect example of the community working together for the rural development that IRD stands and strives for. He also commented that this was some of the fastest fundraising efforts for a community of our size and with the €120,000 spend we now really have a top class playground.” Below we share 13 more images. [read more …] “Millstreet’s Very Own “Disneyland” Children’s Playground Totally Delights All”
During the years of the troubles the man in charge of the R.I.C. in Millstreet was Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy. Likely a decent man, it is interesting to read that the local IRA said that they never laid a hand on the local police, which says enough in itself (the same is not true for the black and tans / auxiliaries that were here). A father of seven children, three were born here in the barrack, and all grew up here.
A Tipperary man originally, he joined the RIC at the age of 20, giving his occupation as a groom. He served first in Kerry at Tarbert and Castleisland stations for seven years, until he married Johanna O’Callaghan of Droum in 1895. He was then transferred to Bantry where he spend time before being moved to Kilbrittain where he became first an acting sergeant in 1903, and then a full sergeant in 1905. Two years later he was moved to Millstreet where he was the Sergeant in Charge until the latter half of 1921 when he became a Head Constable.
When the force was disbanded in 1922, he went to live in Newbridge. He died in April 1938 at Kildare Infirmary, Athy. [read more …] “Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)”
Radio Treasures tonight (Tues. 11th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special feature at 10pm when we briefly interview two visitors from Nebraska – Michael & Willie Cronin who with Eily Buckley visited Millstreet Museum on Nov. 11th 2019. And on day – 11th Feb. which is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we listen to two beautiful hymns recorded in Medjugorje. We reflect on the success of the recent two broadcasts from “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy. We hear two wonderful songs from Sarah Dennehy – “Caledonia” and “Travelling Soldier”. And we refer to happenings illustrated below. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Below – A magical moment from the final performance of Rathmore Pantomime 2020! [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Medjugorje and Nebraska”
Here we share images of recent happenings in the Millstreet area in our regular Pictorial Updates. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” – 9th Feb. 2020. (S.R.)
Travelling to a Formula One Grand Prix in Silverstone, Brazil or the US, or how about meeting many of your favourite world famous Country Music or sporting stars, or taking a motorbike ride across Alaska.
Anyone of these may be on your bucket list. However, on Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, John Greene meets a man who has managed to tick them all off, one by one. And he’s not finished yet, having every intention of adding more to his long list of ‘have dones’.
Stephen Nolan was born in the village of Ballinspittle, once famous for its moving statue. His job which provided him with the time and the finance to fulfill an amazing bucket list, is deserving of a programme on its own.
For forty years, Stephen has worked for the Catterpillar Company on the Oil Sands of Fort McMurray in Canada.
In his spare time, he has met Mohammed Ali, Marvin Haggler, Sugar Ray Robinson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. [read more …] “Stephen Nolan on WTRTM on C103 at 7pm Sunday”
“Radio Treasures” on air tonight (Tues. 4th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special features at 10pm – We recall 20th Sept. 2019 at the Wallis Arms Hotel where we listen to three splendid songs from Millstreet Church Choir and we also hear the Aubane Set Dancers. And we refer to the many other topics illustrated here. Happy Listening! Feel very welcome to contact the programme live on 086 825 0074 0r on the Seán Radley Facebook Page. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)