Dan O’Riordan Interview to Feature on TG4 at 7pm at a Future Date

Dan O’Riordan of Ballydaly is scheduled to appear in an interview regarding the importance of the Rathcoole-based Air Ambulance on TG4’s “An Nuacht” at 7 this Friday evening – 24th Jan. 2020.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)  Due to a Headline Story emerging Dan’s broadcast has had to be deferred to a future date at 7pm and this is yet to be confirmed.

Superb Progress on New Children’s Playground Development

We thank Geraldine O’Sullivan (née O’Leary) for the following comprehensive report and we feature some eight images illustrating the rapid progress of the Playground Development by Carrigadrohid based Co. Browne Brothers.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Town Park Committee wishes to thank  Irina Popova  for her fantastic fundraising efforts for the Playground Project.  Irina and her team  at Infinite Arts raised a whopping €1,623 from the combined Yoga classes, Health and Wellbeing Day and a personal online fundraiser. Thank you to everyone, individuals and businesses,   who supported or contributed in any way to any or all of Irina’s events.   

 It was great to welcome Irina and her daughter Sasha  to the Town Park to formally acknowledge her contribution on day 1 of the Playground transformation.Sasha, Irina and Luke in the background.

We are almost there but still need your help.  We welcome any contribution…every little helps. 

TO DONATE: you may

 (1) lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2 

(2) lodge cash or cheque in person  at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account 

(3) send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of  FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet

If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at  millstreettownpark @gmail.com. 

A superb cheque of €7,000.00 from Millstreet Community Council which includes the fundraising Millstreet Calendar 2020 was also presented to the Millstreet Town Park Playground Committee.

[read more …] “Superb Progress on New Children’s Playground Development”

BTYSTE 2020 Special Two Hour Programme Tonight on “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11:30 pm

Tonight from 9:30 we feature our annual BTYSTE programme recorded on 9th Jan. 2020 at Dublin’s RDS.  This broadcast will include the many Interviews with wonderfully enthusiastic articulate Students from Millstreet Community School who had five Projects (many award winning), from Boherbue Comprehensive School (further award winning projects) and with nationwide Post-primary School Students.   Hugely interesting themes include Owl Habitats, the recipe for Happiness, benefits of Music, awareness of Testicular Cancer in Young Men & Boys – to mention but some.   We share some 26 images here to further illustrate our visit to this very famous event which for the 11th time in its history had Cork Overall Winners.   Special thanks to Eileen & Francis Lyons from the Scientific Dept. of M.C.S. and also Jennifer O’Donoghue who were so very helpful on recording day at RDS.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)Cork Music Station …. To tune in just tap on the link.   Also in tonight’s “Radio Treasures” we include musings, music and songs galore.  We remember our Faithful Departed.   Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting 086 825 0074 or use Whatsapp using the same mobile number.  One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening!   Click here to tune into tonight’s Show.  (S.R.) [read more …] “BTYSTE 2020 Special Two Hour Programme Tonight on “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station 9:30 to 11:30 pm”

Millstreet Pictorial Updates 18th Jan. 2020

We present recent pictorial updates from our locality sharing a selection of colourful images.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

It was a true privilege meeting with inspirational Champion Jockey David Mullins (fifth from left) at Rathcoole Airfield on Fri. morning. Our picture features in today’s “The Echo” (18th Jan. 2020) with the uplifting story of the cheque presentation by David in gratitude for being airlifted following a serious injury in October. Thankfully David has recovered so well and looks forward to getting back to the equestrian world. He won the Aintree Grand National in 2016.

On the General Election 2020 Trail.

Jimmy and Thomas O’Leary appeared on “The Echo” this week.
Christmas is truly over as the dedicated Team takes down the Christmas Street Decorations.
AGM of Millstreet Town Park preceded by the celebration of Mass by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne at Millstreet Day Care Centre.
Some of the capacity attendance at Paddy O’Leary’s superb presentation at Millstreet Gramophone Circle on Friday 17th Jan.. Paddy from Kiskeam is pictured 8th from left holding a musical CD.
Pictured at the hugely successful Annual Machinery Show held during the week at the very impressive Green Glens venue.

[read more …] “Millstreet Pictorial Updates 18th Jan. 2020”

Hardings of Millstreet

“Hello friends! I am searching for Harding family members in the area, and tracing family back to Joseph and Mary Harding of Millstreet, shoemakers in the 1800’s. I know my G-G-Grandad (Bryan Harding) came to America in 1857, settled in Massachusetts then Rochester NY. His brother Daniel, sister Julia emigrated also. Any Harding descendants in the area? I am travelling to Ireland this April and would be so happy to learn more of my family.” – Mary McDonough [from this comment]

By the Admin: While there were Hardings in Millstreet:-  shopkeepers, egg-layers, carpenters, tradesmen, shoemakers (Bryan, Bridget, John),  we seem to have found no reference at all to any Joseph Harding, which would be unusual. Below is some of what we found, which may or may not be of relevance:  [read more …] “Hardings of Millstreet”

Martin Cahill, Constable R.I.C. (Millstreet c.1901-1929)

Constable Martin Cahill (#43535) was born in Clare in the 1850’s. He Joined the R.I.C in 1878, and was initially sent to Mayo where he stayed for seven years. At the start of 1885 he was transferred to Cork East where he was based in Clonbanin Barrack. A year later he married an Ellen Buckley who lived only a mile east of the station, at Skagh, near Derinagree. After getting married he was then transferred to Dunmanway, then Union Hall, and came back to Millstreet to be stationed there from 1901 to 1919. He and his wife had 17 children, of which 7 were alive in 1911. In Millstreet they lived at Pound Hill, and later at Minor Row. He left the police in 1920 on a pension when the real troubles were beginning to happen, after over 41 years in service, at a time when lots of officers retired because of low morale and a conflict of interest.
His wife died in 1923, and the remaining family seemed to have moved to Killorglin where more got married. Martin died in 1932 in Killorglin and was returned to Millstreet to be (most likely) buried with his wife.

Below are our notes on Martin and Ellen:  [read more …] “Martin Cahill, Constable R.I.C. (Millstreet c.1901-1929)”

Superb Rainbows Over Millstreet on St. Ita’s Day 2020

At least two very colourful Rainbows appeared over Millstreet on this Tuesday, 15th January 2020 – the Feast of St. Ita.   Celebrated in Killeedy, Co. Limerick where a beautiful Church Window (in Ashford in the Parish of Killeedy) depicting the renowned Saint may be seen – there is also a close link with St. Ita in Millstreet and is especially associated with Kilmeedy and Tubrid….which is oftentimes referred to as the Holy Well of Ita where in a bygone age people were baptised in the waters of Tubrid.  The two Rainbows serve as a reminder of St. Ita’s links to Millstreet.  Our images were photographed in West End and Mount Leader this Tuesday morning.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.(S.R.)

An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, Comóradh 100 Bliain in Carriganima on 20th and 21st March 2020

We thank Breandán Ó Caoimh for the following very interesting Press Release regarding the upcoming Centenary Commemoration of the renowned An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire.  (S.R.)An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, Comóradh 100 Bliain

The people of Carriganima extend a céad míle fáilte to everybody to join with them in commemorating the centenary of An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire.  The commemoration will take place over two days: Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21.  The renowned priest, scholar and author was born in the townland of Liscarrigane, in the parish of Clondrohid & Carriganima, and he spent his formative years here.  The locality had a profound impact on his work.  An tAthair Peadar was a strong advocate of vernacular Irish – the language of the people.  His most beloved works include Séadna and Mo Scéal Féin.  These stories, among other works, are much loved by students and scholars of Irish to this day.  Following his clerical formation in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, An tAthair Peadar, served as a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne, including in Macroom.  He died in Castlelyons in 1922, and he is buried there.  An tAthair Peadar is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Irish literature.   [read more …] “An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire, Comóradh 100 Bliain in Carriganima on 20th and 21st March 2020”

Thomas Barrett, R.I.C Constable (Millstreet c.1896-c.1905)

Thomas Barrett was and RIC Constable that worked here in Millstreet in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Originally from Limerick, he began working in Kerry, married Elizabeth Browne from Scartaglin in 1889, and was transferred to Carrigadrohid soon after. In 1896 he was transferred to Millstreet, where the family lived at the West End and the Killarney Road. Some of their children were born here, and some of them died there too. Thomas’ wife Elizabeth died young, and Thomas himself died a few years later at the family home on the Killarney Road.

Below are our notes on him and his family.


…To Mr Cronin — He saw about a hundred fish passing about in the river in dying condition that morning. Constable Barrett deposed to seeing Thomas Linehan take a out of river and Daniel Connell committed a similar offence about eleven o’clock in the day.
Constable Ryan saw Wm Murray about seven o’clock in tbe morning take a fish out the river, and about hour afterwaids he saw Patrick Lynch do same…. [Cork Constitution – Wednesday 15 June 1892]

[read more …] “Thomas Barrett, R.I.C Constable (Millstreet c.1896-c.1905)”

Millstreet Community School Features Very Impressively in BTYSTE 2020 Awards

We thank Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin for sharing this Friday evening (10th Jan. 2020) images from the BTYSTE 2020 at the RDS in which MCS features in a number of Award Winning Projects.   Sincere congratulations to All the Students who participated and a special mention to the Award Winning Projects.   Well done also to the Staff Members who have been wonderfully supportive.  One of the brilliant MCS Projects featured in today’s front page of the “Irish Examiner”.   Tap on the various images to enlarge.  (S.R.)   Pól has just shared the following update“What a proud night for MCS at BTYSTE! In total 5 group awards: 3rd for Harry, Donagh and Darragh in social and behavioural sciences;  2nd for Omar, Darren & Bevin in biological and ecological sciences and a special award from Teagasc.  2 highly commended Awards for Orlaith and Jenny and Eabha, Fia and Taragh.  Tremendous achievement! Thanks Seán for helping to create such a positive atmosphere & work ethic in MCS! (It was an  honour to be involved in this year’s brilliant event, Pól)  We celebrate this amazing success as a whole school community.”  During our radio interviews with the Students and Teachers they all emphasised how grateful they were to Millstreet Community Council for the annual much appreciated financial support given for the important BTYSTE experience.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Community School Features Superbly at BTYSTE 2020 in Dublin’s RDS

One of the many images captured during our visit to the truly magnificent BTYSTE at Dublin’s RDS on Thursday, 9th Jan. 2020. We recorded a wonderful amount of very interesting interviews for a special “Radio Treasures” programme on Cork Music Station on Tuesday, 21st Jan. from 9:30 to 11:30pm.. In this image we meet Students Darragh, Donagh and Harry with Science Teachers Eileen and Francy Lyons. We were also joined by Cancer Scientist Barbara. This important Project attracted enormous interest as did the other four Projects which we shall later share. This particular Project dealt with the Awareness of Testicular Cancer in Young Boys and Men. The very presence of such a Project at the National Exhibition could well lead to avoiding very challenging health issues through awareness of early diagnosis. Tap on the picture for further clarity. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Millstreet Community School Features Superbly at BTYSTE 2020 in Dublin’s RDS”

“Radio Treasures” On Air 9:30 to 11:00 This Tuesday Night

Tune into www.corkmusicstation.com for “Radio Treasures” from 9:30pm  (7th Jan. 2020) where we focus on stories relating to the attached ten images and we celebrate the 85th Birthday of Elvis who would have been 85 tomorrow.  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 above – Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) Feel most welcome to make contact by logging into our “Seán Radley” Facebook chat page or by texting 086 825 0074 or use Whatsapp using ther same mobile number.  One may also email us on millstreetmuseum @eircom.net – Happy Listening!   Click here to tune into tonight’s Show.  (S.R.)

Broadcaster, Marian Finucane pictured at the graveside of her ancestors in Ballydesmond in November 2000 during the wreath laying ceremony to the memory of her aunt, teacher and Credit Union pioneer, Nora Herlihy. ©Photograph: John Reidy 27-11-2000  …. I had not realised that I was also captured in this historic image by John Reidy as I continued to video the historic occasion in Ballydesmond in 2000.  I later photographed Marian by the graveside also and presented it to her some years later at a Book Launch in Dublin kindly coordinated by Marie O’Connor of Duarigle who is related to the late Marian.  May Marian rest in peace – Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Christmas Magic at “Adrivale”, South Douglas Road, Cork – the home of Artist Supreme – Neil Kelleher whose maternal roots are from Adrivale, Millstreet.


Visiting the Millstreet Church Crib on the Feast of the Epiphany – 6th Jan. 2020.


From left: Maria Casey, Deputy Principal presenting an Album of Memories to Retiring Principal, Joan O’Mahony having devoted almost four decades of superb service at Presentation N.S., Millstreet.


The many active participants attending the New Year Annual GAA Fundraising Walk/Run around the Glebe as they left West End, Millstreet.


Enjoying the annual post-Christmas Fireside chat, storytelling, song and music at Aubane Community Centre.
Ringing in the New Year with members of Millstreet Pipe Band at The Square, Millstreet.


Enjoying the Annual Table Quiz at Corkery’s Bar, Millstreet on St. Stephen’s Day 2019 in aid of Millstreet Community Hospital and Millstreet Children’s Playground Development.
Christmas 2019 Fireside chat, song and music at Aubane Community Centre.
A very impressive sign put in place before Christmas at Presentation N.S., Millstreet.

“Where the Road Take Me” – Bay City Rollers – C103 7pm Sunday

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 5th Jan. 2020.  (S.R.)

It was certainly debatable, but they were heralded as the greatest group since the Beatles.

A bunch of scruffy youngsters from Edinburgh called ‘The Bay City Rollers’ became a tartan teen sensation in the 1970s.

By the late 70s, Rollermania followed and Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir, Derek Longmuir, Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood and Eric Faulkner were known worldwide.  

Songs like ‘Remember’, ‘Shang-a-Lang’ and ‘All of me loves all of you’ were top ten hits, while ‘Bye Bye baby’ remained at No 1 in the UK charts for six weeks in 1975. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” – Bay City Rollers – C103 7pm Sunday”

John Bransfield – R.I.C. Millstreet 1902-1913


John Bransfield was born in Waterford in 1872. He had joined the RIC in 1894, and was first working in Limerick. He was in Ballinacurra (Limerick) when he got married in 1901, after which he was moved briefly to Galway East, and then only a month later to Cork West. He was stationed in Millstreet in from 1902 to 1913, and later was Sergeant in Kealkil (1915, 1916), Kilbrittan (1915 to 1917)and later again in Drimoleague (1917 to 1921) . where he was injured, and retired to become a grocer/publican/merchant in Dungarvan, where he lived until he died in 1957.


Service Record

Service Record
Jno Bransfield #56316:
Age when appointed: 22 8/12
Height: 5′ 9″
Native County: Waterford
Religion: Catholic
Marriage Date: 5/11/1901
Native County of Wife: Limrerick
Recommendations: D.I. Heard
Trade or Calling: Farmer
Appointment: 1/Feb/1894
Allocation:Limerick 15/Sept/94; Cork E.R 12/2/02; Cork W.R. 20/3/02
Promotions: Acting Sergeant 1/July/1913; Sergeant 1/oct/1915
Rewards / Marks of Distinction / Favourable records: 2FR 5/3/06; 2FR 18/7/08; 3FR 29/3/20; 1FR 27/5/21
Reason for leaving: Pensioned 1/1/22 £165.15.0; Final Pension from 1/4/1922 £195
Observations: Wife Continued in Clare & Kerry (??) [1]


Sergeant in Charge:

Kealkil: 1915 Jan (a.s.), 1916 Jan, 1916 July (??), 1916 July,  1917 Jan


His Family

His parents: Marriage of James Bransfield and Bridget Hayes on March 1st 1870 at Clashmore Chapel (Youghal, Waterford), He a farmer from Lackinsilla (?) the son of Edmond (?) Bransfield a farmer, she from Ballinsclash, the daughter of John Hayes a farmer, in the presence of David McGrath and Mary Brien

He was the oldest of at least 11 children
Birth of John Bransfield on May 5th 1871 at Lacansillagh (Lackensillagh, near Aglish, Co.Waterford), to Bridget Bransfield (Hayes) and James Bransfield a farmer.

His Siblings:
Redmond Bransfield (1872)
Margaret Bransfield (1873)
James Bransfield (1875)
Johanna Bransfield (1877)
Catherine Bransfield (1879)
Bridget Bransfield (1881 – 1976 Arlington, MA, USA)
William Bransfield (1882)
Maurice Bransfield (1884)
Declan Bransfield (1885)
Michael Bransfield (1888)

1901 census:  Residents of a house 1000 in Gouldavoher (Ballycummin, Limerick). This is Ballinacurra Barrack, Limerick [location, GMaps]

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
D C I 37 Male Co. Mayo Roman Catholic
D T 34 Male Co Roscommon Roman Catholic
H O 31 Male Co Roscommon Roman Catholic
Bransfield John 27 Male Born Co.Waterford
Speaks Irish and English
Roman Catholic
Not married
P J 27 Male Co. Kerry Roman Catholic

His family in the 1901 census: Residents of a house 3 in Lackensillagh (Dromore, Waterford)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Bransfield James 60 Male Head of Family
Roman Catholic
Bransfield Bridget 50 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Bransfield Redmond 27 Male Son
farmer’s son
Roman Catholic
Bransfield Joc Hannah 23 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Bransfield William 17 Male Son
farmer’s son
Roman Catholic
Bransfield Maurice 14 Male Son
farmer’s son
Roman Catholic
Bransfield Declan 13 Male Son
Roman Catholic
Bransfield Michael 11 Male Son
Roman Catholic

Marriage of John Bransfield and Maggie Nash at the catholic church of Newcastlewest on November 5th 1901 by William O’Shea CC. He a police constable in Ballinacurra, the son of James Bransfield a farmer, she from NewcastleWest, the daughter of John Nash a farmer. In the presence of James Prenderville and Norah Nash.

(John was noted in the Petty Sessions in Newcastle in 1900, presumably he met her there at that time)


“TRANSFERS: …Constable John Bransfield, from Limerick to Galway, E.R.
[Weekly Irish Times – Saturday 15 February 1902]

Note: It was normal to be transferred after getting married


On October 1902 he is noted at the Petty Sessions in Millstreet, so how did he transfer to Millstreet from Galway? … or was the transfer changed?


In 1903 he was godfather to the daughter of another RIC constable Thomas Barrett:
Baptism of ELIZABETH BARRETT of MILLSTREET on 6 April 1903 by Fr. C. O’Sullivan, daughter of Thomas Barrett and Elizabeth Browne, sponsored by John Bransfield and Catherine Moynihan.


Birth of John Bransfield at Minor Row on June 26th 1905 to Margaret Bransfield (Nash) and John Bransfield, a Constable Royal Irish Constabulary


Daniel Foley, Millstreet was sentenced to a month in a default of bail for alleged attempting to stab John Garvan during an altercation in a lodging house. Constable Bransfield had been passing the house when he heard a voice say: “Put up the knife”.
[Irish Independent – Monday 28 May 1906]


£28 STOLEN. Recently the premises of Mr. Robert Justice, baker. West End, Millstreet, were broken into, and a sum of £28 stolen … Being barefooted, and under cover of the darkness, the robber had difficulty in making good his escape. The police were immediately informed of the occurrence, and Sergeant Mulcahy and Constables Bransfield and Cahill were, promptly the scene. investigation, they found that entrance had been effected through the back window of the kitchen ; the catch of the window had been forced, and the shutters and window had been opened. The window had been left down from the top. There was a distract footprint on the window sill, arid the police attach much importance to this clue, and is stated that this footmark will form the subject expert inquiry. On making a search of the premises the police discovered the bag which contained the money on top of sewing machine inside the shop-counter. The bag was opened by Constable Bransfield, and it was found to contain about £l, made up of sixpenny and threepenny pieces. The balance of the £29 was gone, and it is surmised that the thief, having been disturbed in his nocturnal perambnlations. had not time to completely empty the handbag, but threw it away from him as left the shop. … [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 01 December 1908]


Birth of Bridget Mary Bransfield at the Barracks Millstreet on Fifteenth January 1909, to Margaret Bransfield (Nash) and John Bransfield, a Constable Royal Irish Constabulary


Millstreet Petty Sessions – Constable Bransfield summoned John Buckley for Having his horse on the public street without a bridle, and also for not having his name on the cart. Constable Bransfield deposed that he found the horse wandering on the street without any bridle, and had considerable difficulty in finding the owner. There was no name the cart. A fine of Is was imposed for each offence. [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 02 March 1909]


8th Jan 1910 (start of year RIC nominal return for Millstreet)

Service # Rank Name Religion Appointment Date  
52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 /
56316 Bransfield John RC 01/02/94 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
56899 Flynn John RC 01/05/95 M
58402 Sullivan Thomas RC 15/08/98 M
56257 Patrick Sheehan RC 02/01/94 M


1911 (start of year RIC nominal return for Millstreet)

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04 M
56316 Bransfield John RC 01/02/94 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
56899 Flynn John RC 01/05/95 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M


1911 census: Residents of a house 22.3 in Main Street (Drishane, Cork) (The family were living in the RIC Barrack.

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Bransfield John Male Head of Family
Bransfield Margaret 35 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Bransfield John 5 Male Son Roman Catholic
Bransfield Bridget Mary 2 Female Daughter Roman Catholic

His family back home in the 1911 census: Residents of a house 4 in Lackensillagh (Dromore, Waterford)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Brausfield James 78 Male Head of Family Roman Catholic
Brausfield Bridget 66 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Brausfield Redmond 31 Male Son Roman Catholic
Brausfield Michael 25 Male Son Roman Catholic
Brausfield Joahnnah 30 Female Daughter Roman Catholic


County of Cork, W.R. 56316, Bransfield, John Acting Sergeant. – Resolution of the Magistrates presiding at Millstreet on the occasion of his promotion, and consequent transfer to Kealkil, congratulating him on his promotion, and bearing testimony to the satisfactory manner in which he discharged his duties whilst stationed at Millstreet. [RIC Directory, Jan 1914]

Promoted to Sergeant noted in the 1916 register book

TODO; complete his nominal lists (like Patrick Sheehan

1916 Kealkil

1918 – Drimoleague

1919 – Drimoleague

1920 – Drimoleague



Transfers and appointments: “Sergeant Bransfield is taking charge of Kilbrittain from Kealkil” [Northern Whig – Monday 20 December 1915]

The following transfers have taken place in West Cork;—Sergeants Roynane (on his own application), Kilbrittain, to Carrigadrohid; Bransfield, Kilbrittain, to Kealkil; Acting- Sergeant J. Flynn. Ballygurteen, to Timoleague; Constable … [Larne Times – Saturday 01 January 1916]


John Bransfield was RIC Sergeant in Kealkil (Bantry District, Cork WR) when a small group of Irish Volunteers mobilised to there on Easter Sunday 1916 (what should have been part of Cork’s role in the Easter Rising). The attached – from a 2016 lecture I gave on the topic – refers to his encounter on that occasion with Sean O’Hegarty, who was O/C Cork No 1 (Mid-Cork) Brigade when Bransfield was injured in February 1921 in Drimoleague (Drimoleague was in the Cork No 3 Brigade area, as opposed to O’Hegarty’s No 1 area):
“O’Hegarty had to ask the local sergeant if he was looking for trouble as the RIC harassed some of the Volunteers as they disbanded. Sergeant John Bransfield probably chose wisely by saying he wanted no trouble — and the situation subsided. But the 44 year old from Co. Waterford was not so lucky in February 1921, when he was injured in an attack on the barracks at Drimoleague.”  – Niall Murray


Patrick CASEY b c1893 – WW1 alias CLANCY
Filed in the WW1 Service Records (WO 363) under John CLANCY – but which was his real name? The “modern” cover-note suggests Clancy – but even his Referee in 1911 (RIC Police Sergeant Jones) refers to him as Casey. So …

Patrick CASEY, home address BRUFF, Co Limerick. Parents John & Eliza. Sister Lizzie.
Joined the Royal Munster Fusiliers in September 1911, declared age 18y. (Regt No. 5719)
Joined the “Regular Army” (still Royal Munsters) in February 1912, declared age 18y 5m. (Regt No. 9762). Served in WW1 until declared a deserter on 1 January 1917.

Apprehended on 4 September 1917, by Sergeant John BRANSFIELD of the Drimoleague Constabulary. His report is headed “Descriptive Return of JOHN CLANCY ALIAS CASEY”, so I assume that Patrick was using the name John.

Unfortunately, the papers showing how he was dealt with are not there. But he evidently survived the rest of the war and served post-1920 as John CLANCY, Regt No 7213161 – but I can’t find the records of that service.

Was he a CASEY or a CLANCY? How confusing! – [Casey Clancy]


His wife died in 1917
Death of Margaret Bransfield, Drimoleague on October 26th 1917, Married, 43 yrs old, Sergeant’s wife, Diabetes Mellites Inderinite, Informant: John Bransfield husband Drimoleague


Attack Police Barrack. A few nights ago an attempt was made to blow up the police barracks at midnight in Drimoleague; Co. Cork. A bomb, or other powerful explosive, which was thrown through the window of Sergeant Bransfield’s room exploded, doing considerable damage, but fortunately no personal injuries were sustained one arrest been made – [Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 23 February 1918]


“Drimoleague Barracks, Co Cork, 12.2.1921
Edmund Charles Finlay, RN Telegraphist
56316 Sgt John Bransfield, Cork WR – wounded on this occasion, did he get a medal??” – Roger Willoughby


Marriage of Laurence Walsh and Bridget Mary Bransfield on July 10th 1933 at Dungarvan Church by Thomas O’Brien PP, he a bookkeeper of Abbeyside, the son of James Walsh a farmer, she from Dungarvan the daughter of John Bransfield a Publican, in the presence of Richard Walsh and Catherine Wall.


He got married secondly in 1933:

Marriage of John Bransfield and Caroline Ranson on November 29th 1933, he a widower, a merchant from Dungarvan, son of James Bransfield a farmer, she from Ballyduff, daughter of Robert Ranson, a pensioner, in the presence of Thomas Morrissey and Margaret Cunningham.


Death of John Bransfield on August 17th 1957 at Emerald Terrace Dungarvan, married 85 yrs, RIC pensioner, Cerebral trombosis 2 years – senility, Caroline Bransfield widow present at death


“My Grandfather JOHN BRANSFIELD served in the RIC.
From Jim Herlihy’s book I can get some information:
Brandsfield, John; Sergeant; RIC 56316; LDS 2O89/135B; Born Co. Waterford 1872; injured Drimoleague, Co. Cork 12/02/21.
… Thankfully, having retired he moved to Dungarvan and ran a grocery/licensed premises.
His daughter (my mother) married my father who had been active in the War of Independence, was Secterary to Count Plunkett and was subsequently active in the anti-Treaty forces.” – John Walsh (grandson)


Two policemen outside the RIC Barrack in the Square Millstreet c.1909 – Lawrence Collection. One of these may be John Bransfield. [photo 1] [photo 2 (below)]


Petty Sessions for John Bransfield:

He appears in the

Rathkeale 1898
Newcastle 1900
Limerick Liberties 1901
Millstreet 1st Oct 1902-1913
Then nothing for a few years (documents missing?)
Sergt J Bransfield Drimoleague 1917-1920 [ref] (he was injured in an attack on the barrack in 1921)


Disabled and Pensioned

Sergeant John Bransfield 56316 having been declared by the Surgeon of the Force unfit for further service in the Royal Irish Constabulary in consequence of sciatica arising from natural causes and neurasthenia following injury on duty (see annexed Certificate, I recommend, for the consideration of the Treasury, that he be discharged of the Treasury, tat he be discharged on an Annual Pension of £165:15:0 according to the provisions of recent Orders regarding pay and pension.
Sergeant Bransfield has been practically non-effective since 12th February 1921 when he was injured in the groin through being thrown to the ground when portion of Drimoleague Barracks was blown in by an explosion during an attack by the rebels. As a result of the injury he suffered from hernia for which he had to undergo an operation. He has been examined by the surgeon of the force who certifies he is unfit for the performance of further duty mainly as a result of sciatica arising from natural causes and partly due to neurasthenia following the injury received on duty. His ability to contribute in future to his own support is classified as slightly impaired as a result of the injury.
The ordinary pension for service in this case is £165:15:0 and I recommend that a provisional pension of that amount be sanctioned pending the making of an order dealing with injury cases. In view of the report of the surgeon the case does not appear to be one in which any addition to the ordinary pension can be made with respect to the injury.
At Skibbereen Quarter Sessions on the 23rd Apri last the Sergeant was awarded £5000 compensation under the Criminal Injuries (Ireland) Acts.
Deputy Inspector General [1]



Pensioned (Unfit cases):
Date: 1/Jan/22 (Discharged 31st Jan 21)
Age: 50
Current Rank: 6yrs 3months
Time in force: 27yrs 11months [2]

Pension Leger 1922:
Sgt John Bransfield
Born 1871
Annual Pension 165.15.
Commencement: 1st January 1922
Where paid: Dungarvan

TODO: his pension was raised later due to the claim for his injuries. (figure out how much and when)


To Acting Sergeant (Jan 1914 Directory)




The Attack on the RIC Barracks on February 12th 1921

Witness Statement of Daniel O’Driscoll, Drimoleague

About midnight on February 11th, 1921, 30 members
of the column were taken into Drimoleague. I was
instructed to lead a section of 6 members of the column
to the rear of the barracks where we took up a position
behind a fence about 30 yards from the building. As far
as I can recollect, Con McCarthy, Bandon, was in charge
of this section. All were armed with rifles. Another
section were detailed to carry a mine into the village
and to lay it against the wall of the R.I.C. barrack.
The party travelled nearly a mile in their stockinged
feet –
carrying the mine – which was laid on the barbed
wire entanglements set up by the garrison between the wall
bounding the public road and the wall of the barrack.
When the mine was exploded there was a deafening roar.
Fire was immediately opened on the enemy post by the
members of the column, who were in position at the front
of the building.. The members of the garrison returned
the fire and sent up a number of Verey lights. It
transpired that the barrack had not been damaged by the
explosion and, after a short time, all sections of the
attacking party were ordered to withdraw.



Attack by Flying Column of 3rd Cork Brigade IRA on Drimoleague RIC Barracks.  Even though the IRA mine exploded (first time for 3rd Cork Brigade) it did not breach wall of barracks. No casualties on either side.  (Barry disputes Deasy’s account of this attack.)




Presentation to Marymount in Memory of Pat O’Keeffe, Glountane

Cheque presented to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, on the 2nd of January 2020, from donations received, in memory of the late Pat O’Keeffe, Glountane, Cullen, Mallow, Co. Cork. RIP 26 October 2019. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam dílis. Coladh sámh

[read more …] “Presentation to Marymount in Memory of Pat O’Keeffe, Glountane”

Richard and Hanora Forde of Bolomore

> Hi Millstreet … but of a long shot. I have traced my great great grandparents back to Bolomore Rathcoole… just wondering if any Forde people in the area ?  – FB: Daisy Barrett Genuardi (14th Jan 2020)  [comment] [facebook<email> FB

> Thanks so much I will certainly give it a go ! I was in millstreet on 2011. We scattered my grandads ashes !

> My great gran was Ellen ( their daughter She married a Barrett)

> My dad talks about grandad’s brother Richie who went to america

Below are our notes on the family:

[read more …] “Richard and Hanora Forde of Bolomore”

William Higgins, Sergeant R.I.C. Millstreet 1890s-1900s

Sergeant William Higgins


TODO: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results/1850-01-01/1899-12-31?basicsearch=sergeant%20higgins%20and%20%22millstreet%22&freesearch=higgins&phrasesearch=millstreet&somesearch=sergeant&exactsearch=false&retrievecountrycounts=false&country=ireland


Besides posting the proclamation in the conspicuous parts of the ‘town, Head-constable McEntee and Sergeants Higgins were occupied /during Saturday in visiting prominent members of the Millstreet Branch and members of the band with the view of officially notifying them that the meeting to held ten miles away would be suppressed. Although it was not the intention of the branch, to be represented, as an answer to such impertinent interference a large contingent left for Duhallow. [Cork Examiner – Tuesday 01 May 1900]


 lined Is and costs. Sergeant William Higgins summoned Timothy O’Keeffe for having persons his licensed premises at Milletreet, the night 30th July. Mr Barry, solicitor, pleaded guilty on behalf of the defendant; he slated that two young men came into his premises after 10 o’clock for tobacco, and he gave them a drink thinking it was no harm. There was no conviction against the licensed premises since IS9O, and Mr O’Keeffe was never convicted and not under any circumstances could the licence interfered with. The magistrates fined O’Keeffe and costs. Nenagh Floral and Uokticultiral SOCIETY.—The



Millstreet Petty Sessions:
Sergeant W Higgins, Inspector Weights and Measures, summoned Jeremiah Herlihy tor having two unstamped weights; they were otherwise correct. Mrs Herlihy explained that they got the weights but the day before from Cork.
Cork Examiner – Thursday 04 October 1900


Lynch, X>r R R Leader.) District Inspector Beirne charged Mrs Buckley, publican, living at Millstrect, for supplying drink to a woman of the tramp class, Mary Foley, on the Ist of March (fair day). fine of 5s was imposed, which was further reduced to 6d in view 11s costs. Daniel Rahilly, publican, Millstreet, was also prosecuted for a siimilar offence the same date. From the evidence adduced, the Chairman, said the case was not serious; but being the second conviction they could not impose a lesser penalty than £l. Sergeant William Higgins proved the offence. Mr W Keller, solr, Kanturk, defended. Sergeant William Higgins, Inspector Food and Drugs, prosecuted Timothy Murphy, contractor for milk to the MtHstreet Union. The case was adjourned since last petty sessions. the Bench being divided. Mr E A Beytagh, solr, said had a preliminary objection to make. His client asked for a sample of the milk and was refused. Sergeant Higgins—l cannot leave that go uncontradicted. He never asked for a sample which was denied except on a case which has been already decided, when he had neither name nor address on the cart or tankards. Prosecutor deposed that in pursuance of his duty he one pint of milk from the defendant’s servant, Tom Shine tho iVuilstreet Workhouse, on the 15th of January. The analyst’s certificate (produced) showed that the milk was below the…
[Cork Examiner – Friday 19 April 1901]


RIC INSPECTORS APPOINTED The “London Gazette” of last week publishes an order of the Home Secretary, appointing with the concurrence of the Lord Lieutenant, and on the recommendation of the Inspector-General) 30 sergeants of the R I C, to act as Inspectors of Explosives in Ireland. The following are appointed in the south—Sergeants West. Ballincollig ; Collins- Charleville ; Dennehr, Castletownbere: Higgins, Millstreet • Brosnan, Tralee; Owens, Limerick, and Quinn, Clonakilty.. Colonel
[Cork Examiner – Monday 08 October 1900]


Higgins is mentioned in 1896 in the aftermath of the burning of the Mill, giving a donation


Marriage of William Higgins and Eleanor Savage on July 19th 1897 at St. Michael’s Church Cork City by A.J Nicholson (?). He a sergeant in the RIC in Millstreet, son of Edmund Higgins a school teacher. She from Norhbins’head (??) Cork, daughter of John Savage a shopkeeper, in the presence of John Savage, Lizzie Savage and Richard Savage

Birth of Edward James Savage Higgins in Millstreet on September 2nd 1898 to Eleanor Higgins (Savage) and William Higgins, Sergeant Royal Irish Constabulary

Birth of Eleanor Savage Higgins at the Barrack Millstreet no November 11th 1899, to Eleanor Higgins (Savage) and William Higgins, Sergeant Royal Irish Constabulary

Death of Eleanor Higgins at the Barracks Millstreet November 19th 1999, married, 28 yrs old, wife of William Higgins a Sergeant in the Royal Irish Constabulary, child birth 8 days puerperal septicaemia 5 days (register of this child?)

1901 census: for the Millstreet Barrack:
William is the only Church of Ireland member listed in Millstreet Barrack, all the others are Catholic.

H (Higgins) W (William) 43 Male Sergeant
Commercial Clerk-Leather
Church of Ireland

1901 census: Residents of a house 44 in Fisher Street (Kinsale Urban, Cork)
William’s two children, Eleanor and Edward,  are staying with (TODO: possibly) his wife’s parents in Kinsale. (Eleanor died 16 month previously)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage John 66 Male Head of Family
Merchant and Boat Owner
Savage Helena 61 Female Wife Wesleyan
Savage Frances Emma 20 Female Daughter Church Ireland
Higgins Eleanor Savage 1 Female Grand Daughter Church Ireland
Higgins Edward Jas Savage 2 Male Grand Son Church Ireland
Mc Carthy Mary 30 Female Gen Servant-Domestic Roman Catholic
Holland James 32 Male Baker Roman Catholic
Holland Cain 20 Male Baker Roman Catholic

1911 census: Residents of a house 52 in Fisher Street (Kinsale Urban, Cork)
The children stayed in Kinsale

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage Helena 71 Female Head of Family
Church of Ireland
Savage Frances Emma 30 Female Daughter Church of Ireland
Higgins Eleanor Savage 11 Female Grand Daughter Church of Ireland
Higgins Edward Jas Savage 12 Male Grand Son Church of Ireland

TODO: Where is William in 1911? did he remarry? did he die?

1901 census: Residents of a house 3 in O’Connor Ville (Cork No. 5 Urban (part of), Cork)
widower living with sister and niece; reader; 2 children, 2 living.
TODO: what is the family connection savage-higgins, what is a reader?

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Savage Charlotte 50 Female Head of Family
married 21 yrs
2 children
1 living
Church of Ireland
Savage Helena 18 Female Daughter
Church of Ireland
Higgins William 53 Male Brother
2 children
2 alive
Church of Ireland

1901 census: Residents of a house 52 in Newbridge Street (Birr Urban, King’s Co.)
TODO: cross reference -surely this isn’t him? probably not, but a relation of some kind

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Higgins William 54 Male Head of Family
Superannuated Serg R.I.C.
born in Cork
Roman Catholic
Higgins Agnis Francis 17 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic
Higgins Anna Mary 14 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic
Higgins Eleanor 13 Female Daughter
born in King’s county
Roman Catholic

Death of William Higgins of 4 Gillabbey Terrace, at the South Infirmary, widower 65 yrs, ex Sergeant RIC, Cerebral haemorrhage coma

TODO: add sons details to his WWI profile

TODO: add details of Eleanor Savage


[William Higgins on ancestry (DMacCabe19)]

End of 2019 Updates

  1.  Millstreet Pipe Band is scheduled to welcome the New Year at The Square, Millstreet 7pm on this New Year’s Eve.   Always a welcoming and uplifting occasion.
  2. “Radio Treasures” will be broadcast on Cork Music Station tonight 9:30 to 11:00pm featuring the very best of music and song as well as focusing on the Years of the Zero from 1920 to 2010 as we enter 2020 – a Leap Year and the Year of the Olympics.
  3. Boherbue’s Music Room begins its first programme on this Thursday, 2nd Jan. 2020 with Listeners’ Choice where people are encouraged to bring along a Music CD or two for inclusion in this annual presentation.
    Santa’s recent visit to Carriganima…transported by Elf Liam! Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Presentation by Millstreet Bridge Club to ROCS

From left: Helen Curtin on behalf of Millstreet Bridge Club recently presented a substantial cheque to Michelle O’Keeffe and Phil Sheehan representing R.O.C.S. (Reach Out Cancer Support) at Millstreet Day Care Centre. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Following the cheque presentation a number of awards were presented to Millstreet Bridge Club Members as it was the annual prize night by the Club.

Happy Christmas from All at Millstreet Website

On behalf of All at the Millstreet Website – especially Hannelie, Michael, Seán & our supportive Team including Eily and Bernard who are such regular Contributors to our Website– we extend sincere Christmas Greetings to everyone.   May a very Bright 2020 bring many Blessings, good Health, Peace and Fulfilment.  Nollaig Shona is Athbhlian Fé Mhaise.  (S.R.)

Exquisite Christmas Window Display 2019 by Teresa and Dan Collins (Tanyard) at the home of Breda and Tommy Sheehan (Australia) in Main Street, Millstreet – formerly the home of the late Mary Cronin. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Next “Radio Treasures” Broadcast on Tuesday 31st Dec. 2019 at 9:30pm

Liam Flynn (on right) pointing to his Christmas floral feature outside St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Liam arranges on a voluntary basis superb floral arrangements at this location throughout the year splendidly enhancing the appearance of the Church facade. On right is Denis Murphy whose Harmonica playing will feature on “Radio Treasures” on www.corkmusicstation.com at 10pm on Tues., 31st Jan. 2019 when Denis also shares memories of a very popular Local Showband “The Starlighters” of the 1950s and 1960s. There will not be a transmission on this Tuesday (Christmas Eve).

62 Christmases in New York

Tommy Ring moved from Cullen to New York in 1957, one of many that left behind what was known as the decade of doom. He featured this week in an article about the Seniors Christmas Lunch at the New York Irish Centre:

… While measures of success can be hard to quantify, on an anecdotal level, the regulars at the New York Irish Centre appear to have had no regrets, and were able to push past feelings of homesickness and loneliness to build lives here, often ending up in Irish-centric enclaves like Woodside in Queens.

Tommy Ring, who left Millstreet, Co. Cork in 1957 as a “strapping young lad” at the age of 20, was motivated by the same thing that drove so many of Ireland’s youth over the Atlantic at that time: opportunity.

In New York, he found it in the form of a career spanning 43 years as a ramp serviceman in two of the city’s major airports; 10 of them at JFK and 33 at its sister airport, LaGuardia.
And unlike the diaspora of the previous century, there wasn’t as much of a sense of finality in moving to the US.
“I used to go back to visit [Ireland] twice a year,” he said, referencing one of the perks of working for the airports. “We got free travel after 15 years.”…

Tommy Ring pledges the oath of allegiance at the New York Irish Center’s annual Christmas lunch.

[read more …] “62 Christmases in New York”

Season’s Greetings 2019 from Teddy Herlihy Livestock

Teddy Herlihy extends Best Wishes to Everyone for a Very Happy Christmas and may a very Bright 2020 bring many Blessings and  Joy to All.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

A very beautiful Christmas Window 2019 at West End, Millstreet.

An Interview with Con Hartnett

An Interview with Con Hartnett
10th May 2004, By Danny O Neill

Four Millstreet men were on duty during that famous September day in 1973. Starring in the half~back line was Connie Hartnett as the Sam Maguire Cup was reclaimed by the rebels.
Born in 1951 Connie Hartnett was always destined to be a footballer as his mothers first cousin was Din Connors a member of the All~Ireland winning Cork team of 1945.
Ironically, Din Connors played at left~half back against Cavan in that final, the next time Cork would win an All Ireland another Millstreet man Connie Hartnett would be playing in the same position.
Growing up and playing with Millstreet, who were strong at underage level at that time, Con was picked for the Cork Minor team.”I was very lucky to be picked on such a talented team that won back to back All~Irelands in 1968 and 69.  [read more …] “An Interview with Con Hartnett”

Impressive Cheque Presented to Town Park Project on Joan’s Last Day as Principal of Millstreet Presentation N.S.

A magnificent cheque of €900.00 was presented to representatives of the upcoming development of the Children’s Playground at Millstreet Town Park by Presentation N.S. as the result of a school fundraiser. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
On the very same day as the cheque presentation – Friday, 20th Dec. 2019 – a tree planting ceremony took place at Presentation N.S., Millstreet marking Principal Joan O’Mahony’s final day in school. We all wish Joan a very Happy Retirement following four decades of wonderfully dedicated service in Primary Education.

[read more …] “Impressive Cheque Presented to Town Park Project on Joan’s Last Day as Principal of Millstreet Presentation N.S.”