Senator Dan Boyle Opens Millstreet Art & Poetry Event

Kathy O’Connor of Le Chéile Millstreet welcomes Senator Dan Boyle who had just arrived at O’Driscoll’s Shop, The Square, Millstreet where he officially opened the Art Exhibition and Poetry Reading event on Thursday, 14th Oct. 2010.  (Seán)

There was a wonderfully enthusiastic gathering of people present for Thursday’s official launching of “Silent Voices” (a collection of poems written by asylum seekers living in Drishane) and “Speaking Faces” (Paintings by Kordula Packard – based in Sherkin Island).   It took place at the premises of O’Driscoll Travel in the Square, Millstreet.   Among the speakers were [read more …] “Senator Dan Boyle Opens Millstreet Art & Poetry Event”

Brian Dennehy to get Lifetime Achievement Award

Irish American stage and screen giant Brian Dennehy is set to be honored with the 2010 Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish American Writers and Artists (IAW&A) association. He will receive the award at a special ceremony to be held at The Manhattan Club (upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Ave. at W. 52nd St.) on Monday October 18th.

Dennehy, whose grandfather hailed from Millstreet, Co. Cork, will be forever associated with Sheriff Will Teasle in 1982’s Rambo: First Blood, but has excelled in many more feature films including Gorky Park, Cocoon, Legal Eagles, Presumed Innocent, Tommy Boy, Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet and Peter Greenaway’s The Belly of an Architect, for which he received the Chicago Film Festival Award for Best Actor.

He has been nominated for Emmy Awards six times for his television movie roles, including for his performance as John Wayne Gacy in To Catch a Killer (1992) and for Our Fathers (2005), which focused on [read more …] “Brian Dennehy to get Lifetime Achievement Award”

Sam’s Tour Continues – Visiting Millstreet on Tuesday

A wonderful welcome for Sam Maguire Cup at Coleman's Centra & Garage today. John Coleman and Con Hartnett who are holding the Cup with Jerry O'Sullivan (Cork Selector) played in the 1973 victorious Cork All-Ireland winning Football team. Pictured from left: Paul O'Flynn, Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P., Tom Meaney, Con, John, Jerry, Donncha O'Connor and Fr. Paddy O'Byrne. (Seán)

Sam’s Tour continued today (Tuesday) with Donncha O’Connor (Ballydesmond) and Paul O’Flynn (Ballyclough) starting off in Meelin this morning.   Arriving in Millstreet just after midday it was firstly to Presentation N.S. for a very colourful and enthusiastic reception.    Superbly colourful welcomes were accorded in various settings.   It was then on to [read more …] “Sam’s Tour Continues – Visiting Millstreet on Tuesday”

Áine for FG ticket?

Áine Collins

God only knows when the next General Election may happen, but the papers are saying that Áine Collins will be on the voting card for FG in the next election and looks like getting in at the expense of FF:

Newmarket-based Gerard Murphy, who contested the 2007 election for Fine Gael in the north of the constituency, has already withdrawn his name from the race. Áine Collins, who runs a financial services company in Millstreet, is the front-runner to win the party’s nomination for a candidate in the north of the constituency. A Fine Gael insider said that she would offer voters a fresh perspective.” – Evening Echo

With just under 50 per cent of the vote, the FG team of Michael Creed and Áine Collins are sure of two seats.” – Irish Independent

Margaret’s Wonderful 100th Birthday

Margaret Radley (nee Linehan) celebrated with her many relatives and friends her 100th Birthday on Tuesday, 21st September 2010 at Kingston-upon-Thames near London. Margaret, a native of Ballinamona near Mitchelstown was married to the late Denis Radley of Millstreet and has lived in Chessington, Surrey for many years. Margaret still has her same wonderful Irish accent and is ever-cheerful with that truly superb laugh which uplifts all in her company. She is Aunt to local Millstreet people - Marie Carroll (nee Radley), Killarney; John, Tommy and Denis Radley, Dungarvan as well as Denis & Tadhg Murphy, Ballydaly. Niece, Breeda Condon of Mitchelstown presented President McAleese's cheque of almost two and a half thousand Euro to Margaret and read the President's wonderful letter sent especially to Margaret from Áras an Uachtaráin. Margaret's daughter, Johanna, presented the Queen's card to her Mum. Highlights of the historic occasion will be broadcast on LTV2 Millstreet. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

Training to become a Deacon

THREE Kerry men have started training to become deacons in the Catholic Church. A programme for a permanent diaconate in the Kerry Diocese was announced a year ago, following approval from Rome for its introduction in Ireland. Three applicants – Conor Bradley, Milltown, Raymond Gilbourne, Millstreet, and Jean Yves Letanneur, Sneem – have now begun a first-year programme at the Dominican Ennismore Conference Centre, in Cork.

Deacons played an important part in the life of the church for the [read more …] “Training to become a Deacon”

Millstreet’s Sports People

In sports perhaps Derrygallon’s Pat O Callaghan was Duhallow and Ireland’s best
The champion of champions when he was put to the test
The dual Olympic Gold Medallist and World Record Holder his legend lives on
Though for many Seasons the life from him has gone.
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But so many great sports people in and near Millstreet Town
Who on their own right can lay claim to renown
In Gaelic Football alone so many one could name
Who in their chosen sport did scale the heights of fame. [read more …] “Millstreet’s Sports People”

The Rose Of Warrnambool

Unmarried in her early twenties without children a teacher in a primary school
Tall, beautiful and charming, down to earth and kindhearted the Rose of Warrnambool
With eyes as blue as ripened sloes and shoulder length hair of chestnut brown
Her mum an Aussie from nearby Dennington her dad from distant Millstreet Town.
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Though ’tis a place she vows to visit in a not too distant day
She has never been to her dad’s Hometown in Duhallow faraway [read more …] “The Rose Of Warrnambool”

Drishane Mass on the eve of the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux

Celebration of Mass at Drishane Church on 30th Sept. 2010

On Sept. 30th 1897 St. Therese of Lisieux died at the age of 24.   She had become known worldwide as “The Little Flower”.   Last year Mass was celebrated on that date in Drishane Church and likewise this year of 2010.   The Celebrant tonight (30th Sept. 2010) was Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P., Millstreet.   Exquisite music and [read more …] “Drishane Mass on the eve of the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux”

Kerry Life Education Mobile Unit in Cullen

Mobile Unit at Cullen Church Car Park
Kerry Life Education Mobile Unit in Cullen today (30th Sept. 2010)

Children from Cullen and Carriganima National Schools attended the Kerry Life Education Mobile Unit within which a wonderfully educational presentation superbly co-ordinated by Séamus Whitty took place in the Car Park of Cullen [read more …] “Kerry Life Education Mobile Unit in Cullen”

Our Wise Woman

This Saturday Ann-Marie McCarthy launches a book entitled “Of Constant Heart – Conversations with wise Women in Ireland“.

Amongst the wise women in the book is our own Eily Buckley (who does the Regional Report every week). Here is a a short extract from her conversation with Ann-Marie in the book:

I’ll tell you… one beautiful day, I can still feel the warm sun on my face, Dan and myself were coming away down the road, linking arms after putting the cows away. We met a school bus going up the byroad. The inspector stopped and asked us something about route or roads or something. As it sailed away down the road from us, Dan said, “That is something you could do. You could drive a bus.”  I said, “I could never do that.” “You could,” he said. “You have plenty of experience driving the tractor around the land and driving the car and all the rest of it.”  So, I applied for the job and got it. I trained for three or four weeks then took my test and passed it. I was driving a bus the following Monday morning. That opened another big life for me. But that was Dan the whole time … <read the full extract>

At the book-launch this coming Saturday Eily will host a conversational workshop from 2:00-3:45pm with topics that will be finalised with the participants on the day. Later at 4pm she will be in a Wisdom Council that will discuss passing wisdom to future generations. [read more …] “Our Wise Woman”

Contract Signed for New Cullen N.S.

The official signing of the contract for the new Cullen N.S. took place this evening (29th Sept. 2010) at the present National School. Seated from left: Hannah Kelleher (Principal), Gerard O'Keeffe (Chairperson, B.O.M.), Cormac Smith, Contractor ( MMD Construction, Cork Ltd.) and Joe O'Sullivan, Architect (Joe O'Sullivan Architectural Design Planning). Back row (from left): Finbar Murphy, Sinéad Murphy, Maria O'Sullivan and John Linehan. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

Tadgh Moynihan

Tadgh Moynihan’s life ended in Australia in a tragic way
And back home in Millstreet his last remains lay
Perhaps in his fifties luck not on his side
In an accident it has been reported he died.
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As a young man for Ballydaly his home club gaelic football he played
And all around Duhallow many friendships he forged and made
His family and friends for him left to shoulder grief’s cross
His friendship to those who knew and loved him an irreplaceable loss.
[read more …] “Tadgh Moynihan”

Dromtariffe Active Retirement Members on Walk to Boeing

Marking National Heart Foundation Day on today, Sunday 26th Sept. 2010, members of the Dromtariffe Active Retirement Association participated in a very pleasant and healthy walk to the Boeing by the River Blackwater near Millstreet. With Ita Fitzgerald on camera we arranged to record a little feature for LTV2 Millstreet. Our thanks to Joe O'Connell for alerting us to the special event. (Seán)

Due recognition for Brother Vincent

HARDLY an adult at the age of 20, Irish lad Vincent J. Corkery set sail on the Peninsular & Orient S.S. Carthage for Malaya, half a world away, in 1948.

Leaving his family in Millstreet Town (Liscahane), a little known place in Cork County, Ireland, he was about to embark on his first teaching post as a La Salle Brother.

Since then, the former Brother Director of St Michael’s Institution Ipoh has continued to lead an active role in the development of local education.

In recognition of his contribution, Brother Vincent was conferred the Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) award, which carries the title Datuk, by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah in April this year.
Sterling service: Brother Vincent with the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak award from the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah.

He recalled that he had to travel for three weeks on a ship when he first came to the country.

“We would port at different places for two to three days. Our first stop was at Port Said, and then on to the Suez Canal, [read more …] “Due recognition for Brother Vincent”

Corks Physio

Congrats to Mick O’Leary who has been physio with the Cork footballers for the last few years.

… a very popular figure in the squad, is also a key man and has been in the backroom team  the last couple of years and his role, like Frank, is to ensure that the team is ready for battle.

Mick runs a Physiotherapy Clinic upstairs over Michael Thornton’s Duhallow Properties in the Square Millstreet. [read more …] “Corks Physio”

Civic Reception Accorded in Derry

The second half of our Cork Group who were accorded the greatly appreciated Civic Reception at Derry's Guild Hall on Thursday, 16th Sept. 2010. Mayor Colm Eastwood (at 27 - one of Europe's youngest Mayors) and Mr. John Hume could not have been more welcoming and even presented a Derry tie to all gentlemen present and a beautiful pen to all the ladies. Lots more coverage of the overall Northern Ireland visit to follow next week. (Seán)

Derry warmly welcomes Cork Group

A Civic Reception in the historic Guild Hall, Derry City from Mayor Colm Eastwood and Nobel Prizewinner, John Hume for the Cork group who travelled last week on a superb five-day tour of Northern Ireland with Kealy's Coaches, Cullen. Here we see half of our group enjoying the wonderful Derry welcome. We recorded the entire trip on digital images and by LTV2. Next week we shall upload a full feature on this quite amazing visit. (Seán)

Welcome to our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte

Our twelve Friends from our Twin Town, Pommerit-le-Vicomte in Brittany pictured at Macroom Road, Millstreet on Saturday, 18th Sept. 2010 following the tree planting ceremony and the unveiling of a special plaque marking 25 years of twinning between our two communities. (Seán)

Memories Of Toots Kelleher

In Gaelic Football for Cork and Millstreet Toots Kelleher did play
One of Ireland’s best forwards when in his prime day
One never found to be wanting when put to the test
For Club and for County he always performed at his best
That he never played a bad game a remarkable feat
One jubilant in victory and gracious in defeat
In Croke Park and Killarney, Cork, Coachford and Macroom
He made a big name for himself in the prime of his life’s bloom
The spirit of the true gael the great man personified
For his ability and sportsmanship in his chosen sport he became known far and wide
In Gaelic Football circles Toots Kelleher from Millstreet Town became a household name
In the length and breadth of Ireland he knew of widespread fame
Fond memories of the man he was to this day I retain
And often in my flights of fancy I watch him play again.

by Francis Duggan

[read more …] “Memories Of Toots Kelleher”

Liz Lyons – Books

A love for books like the Famous Five, BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox set Cork author Liz Lyons on a road that has seen her write two hugely successful novels. From Kilcorney in North Cork but exiled to Ardcath on the Meath/Dublin border, Liz always had an interest in reading and books, she didn’t discriminate and would read “anything I could get my hands on”. Naturally it was at English that she excelled at the Community School in Millstreet.

This led her to study English and History at Trinity College in Dublin (TCD), but it would be a while before she tried her hand at writing.

“I initially thought that I might end up teaching,” she recalled. “But I soon found out that I didn’t have the temperament for teaching, I just don’t have the patience.” When Liz graduated from TCD it was into book selling she went and found herself staying at it for ten years. “It was ideal for me. I was near books all the time, I was like a kid in a sweet shop and everyday I was getting more treats. [read more …] “Liz Lyons – Books”

Breaking News! – Cork’s 2010 Official Song Chosen – “A Rebel’s Cry”

We are delighted to share the wonderful news,  just phoned in by Seán Moylan,  that his Band’s superb Cork supporting song “A Rebel’s Cry” has just won the competition making it now Cork’s Official Song for the 2010 Season – perfect timing for Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park – Cork v. Down.    Sincere congratulations to Seán & all the splendidly enthusiastic members of “Loose Connection”.   One can listen to the song and view the video on:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHszrnhKhtk .   Undoubtedly the excellent song will be played on many radio stations and television channels during the coming week….and, who knows, perhaps an appearance on “Up for the Match” might well become reality.   What a mighty achievement for the superbly talented song writers, musicians and musical arrangers!   Every success to All the members of “Loose Connection” –  Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.     (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )
[read more …] “Breaking News! – Cork’s 2010 Official Song Chosen – “A Rebel’s Cry””

Australian Television Crew & Niamh in Millstreet

Stephen (Director), Ashley (Sound), Jim (Camera) - The highly presigious Australian Television Crew presently in Millstreet filming important footage for a major Documentary on Eurovision. The renowned Niamh Kavanagh is also in Millstreet to participate in this hugely significant event. (Seán)

A Reunion of Minor Row Friends

A wonderful reunion in Church Street, Millstreet today when (second from left) Eamonn McSweeney (Cork) met with Ron O'Connor (Australia) together with his brother Joe (Millstreet) and sister Margaret (Millstreet). All four (including yours truly behind the camera!) are all natives of Minor Row, Millstreet where we all grew up in the 1950s,1960s and 1970s. Note the exquisite view of Clara Mountain in the background. (Seán)

“A Rebel’s Cry” – Cork All-Ireland Song by “Loose Connection”

The superby talented Duhallow based “Loose Connection” Band have just released a truly fantastic song entitled “A Rebel’s Cry” in honour of Cork’s All-Ireland Football Championship Match with Down at Croke Park on Sunday, 19th September 2010.    This is a splendidly lively and hugely appropriate song with Seán Moylan as main vocalist.   It is performed with mighty enthusiasm by the very popular Band.    Hopefully it could very well feature on RTE’s “Up for the Match”.   Judge for yourself as you can now view the excellent video and hear the brilliant song. Now available on YouTube on  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHszrnhKhtk (Google YouTube Music and search for A Rebel’s Cry by Loose Connection.)   “A Rebel’s Cry” is written by Seán Moylan, produced by Neil Moylan at EQUINOX STUDIOS and performed by “Loose Connection”.   Members of the Band: Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.  Having viewed the video and heard the song it’s surely a case of “Up Cork!” … and… “Every Success on 19th September”.   (Seán)

Noel Collins, Clara Road, Millstreet (a true Kerryman) is supporting Cork in this year's All-Ireland.

Presentations at Millstreet Library

The culmination of the wonderfully successful "Summer Reading Challenge" which took place throughout Summer 2010 at Millstreet Library, was marked this Saturday evening with the presentation of Certificates to the many young participants. Pictured here are some of the enthusiastic readers receiving their personalised Certificates from Librarian, Breda O'Leary who coordinated the excellent scheme and by Kathleen Moynihan (Raheen, Rathmore), Storyteller supreme and Book Club Facilitator. Appetising refreshments were provided for everyone to mark the celebratory occasion. A Book Club is organised on a Saturday throughout the year on a monthly basis. Lots of updates on Millstreet Library happenings on http://twitter.com/corkcolibrary (Seán)