Mick Kelleher’s Heart

He works hard and he has drunk many a beer
And he has lived in Australia for many a year
As good a person as one could wish to meet
But Mick Kelleher’s heart it is still in Millstreet.
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In Claraghatlea in Millstreet he first saw light of day
And he often recalls old friends and places far away
Where the old Finnow river it babbles on down
To the mighty Blackwater close to Millstreet Town.
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He talks of Claraghatlea, Inchaleigh and Claramore
So many miles inland from Hibernia’s shore
But distant from Duhallow he may live out his life
With his children and grandchildren and Rosemary his wife.
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What is a great loss to Ireland is surely Australia’s gain
But loyal to Duhallow Mick Kelleher remain
And though here he may live out his last night and day
His heart is by Clara Mountain far away.

by Francis Duggan

The Pride of Rathcoole Annmarie

A beautiful young woman with blue eyes and shoulder length wavy hair of brown
She lives between Banteer Village and Millstreet Town
The Pride of Rathcoole Annmarie
One who does sing so beautifully.
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She is surely a princess of song
One could listen to her all night long
Her voice so soulful, melodious and clear
More of her doubtless we will hear.
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Annmarie O Riordan remember her name
For her’s will be more than a Duhallow wide fame
With youth and beauty and a great voice and time on her side
She could become famed Worldwide.
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The gift of song is a marvellous thing
The songstress who does love to sing
And she is not yet in her prime
She will only get better with time.
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How could one with her but not feel impressed
To possess such a singing voice she is truly blessed
In her fan club she now does have me
Go sing it again Annmarie.

by Francis Duggan
Visit Annmarie’s website

Breeda Broderick

She was Breda O Connor before becoming Pat Broderick’s wife
In Millstreet she raised her children and lived there for the most of her life
But a heart that was full of kindness sad to say forever still
And she will be missed by many in the Town by Clara Hill,
In Millstreet in Duhallow the changes happening fast
And memories of times gone by are all that seem to last
Yet in memory she has not died as she was she does remain
And in our mental pictures of her she looks well and young again
I last saw Breda Broderick years ago and far away
In the West End of Millstreet Town on a cold November day
A harsh wind blew from Clara Hill quite cold enough to snow
But as ever she was happy she possessed the inner glow
In the minds of those who knew her she’s still living and she hasn’t aged a day
‘Tis only her mortal remains in the Millstreet graveyard lay.

by Francis Duggan

Peg Coleman

2013-01-13 Millstreet Mastero - Peg Coleman

She was mother of Billy and John Coleman two Millstreet sportsmen of sporting renown
And wife of Paddy of the Coleman Brothers reputable business men of Millstreet Town
A family woman devoted to her husband and children in life her friends in numbers they did grow
Peg Coleman will be missed by all who knew her and by her many friends in Minor Row,
She lived to be a good age in her nineties in nine decades there’s many a night and day
Amongst the dead of Millstreet Town and Parish Peg Coleman now at peace forever lay
A good person she deserves to be remembered memories of her will outlive this simple rhyme
When I was a boy she was a mature woman and that is going back many years in time
Most of the adults of my childhood are now deceased and our biological clocks on our lives tick away
It would be great if we could live forever but for all of us a final night and day
Yes it would be nice if we could live forever but only Nature lives forever more
Peg Coleman she did live to be a great age for a decade of years at least with four score
To live that long in itself an achievement but she did live quite a successful life
A good mother to her sons John and Billy and to Paddy Coleman a devoted wife.

by Francis Duggan

Eily broadcasts her 1,000th report

A LADY at the heart and soul of all current affairs in Millstreet celebrated a very important milestone in her career on Tuesday as regional reporter for C103 Radio Station when she visited the studio in Mallow and read report No 1,000 live on air.

Eily Buckley was warmly welcomed by presenters Patricia Messenger and John Paul McNamara, who she speaks to regularly in her weekly link up with the station. Eily’s colleagues from LTV2 local television Sean Radley and cameraman William Fitzgerald were also on hand to record this historic occasion.

The regional reports, broadcast weekly from several locations around the county, are a vital link for listeners, and people like Eily are invaluable, said presenter Patricia Messenger.

Read the rest of this front page article  on the Corkman this week!

Niamh Kavanagh Eurovision 2010

Niamh Kavanagh - Eurosong 2010!from one of our readers:

Hi, just want to let the people of Millstreet know that Eurovision winner 1993, Niamh Kavanagh has made it to the last 5 in the Eurosong qualifiers this year. Eurovision this year will be held in Oslo. The Eurosong is on March the 5th and it would be great to have the people of Millstreet rooting for their own winner by voting for her on the night!! She has set up a page on facebook for updates- ‘Niamh Kavanagh Eurosong 2010

Regional Report 1000 at C103

Pictured at the C103 Studio in Mallow celebrating Eily Buckley’s Regional Report No. 1,000. Seated from left: Eily Buckley and Patricia Messenger. At back from left: Seán Radley, William Fitzgerald (LTV2), Geraldine Dunne (Eily’s daughter) and John Paul of C103. LTV2 Programme 156 on this Thursday at 10.00pm will include a feature on this historic occasion. (Picture by Sheila Fitzgerald)

Mary Brigid Ring

The gift of memory is a marvellous thing
I still remember Mary Brigid Ring
In all weather sunny, windy, wet and cold and cool
From Coolinarne she cycled to and from the Millstreet Secondary Convent School.
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A few years older than me far as I know
Her wavy hair dark as wing of a crow
She had great warmth in her cheerful hello
I am going back some fifty years ago. [read more …] “Mary Brigid Ring”

Kathleen Corcoran And Peter Dineen

Two good people who in Millstreet Parish will never more be seen
But amongst friends and families and those who knew them memories of them evergreen
Kathleen Corcoran a good woman who lived in Dooneen
And a quiet man from Cloghoula likeable Peter Dineen.
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In their Townlands by Millstreet Town they had lived for many years
And doubtless their funeral services did give rise to parting tears
For death is very final that does seem sad to say
And by Cashman’s Hill in St Mary’s their remains forever lay.
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They are only dead physically in spirit they remain
And in our mental pictures we do see them again
From Cloghoula and from Dooneen they may well be gone
But in the minds of friends and families and those who knew them they are living on.
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What can anyone ask of any human being only to live as their best
And what it takes to live as a good person Kathleen and Peter passed that test
One can only hope their departure from life was a painless release
And by Cashman’s Hill forever their remains rest in peace.

by Francis Duggan

Going to Haiti to help

A KISKEAM builder and a Millstreet butcher are planning to make a return trip to Haiti in April to help with the relief effort in the earthquake-stricken country.

John F O’Connor from Kiskeam and Jerry O’Leary from Millstreet were in Haiti last October when they took part in the Haven house building project. Both Duhallow men have also been to South Africa on a number of occasions with the Niall Mellon Trust.

The two men, who would have met many times on the playing field, were greatly taken aback when the horror of the earthquake unfolded. They now want to return to Haiti in April to help by providing much needed housing.

They are now working to raise funds for their relief effort and to kick start the fund-raising they will be holding a number of events in the next two months and would greatly appreciate any help from the community.

Helen Kiely Retirement

The recent retirement of Helen Kiely, Station Road, Millstreet from Lyre N.S. following many years of superbly dedicated teaching service, was marked by a special I.N.TO. reception held recently at Randles Court Hotel, Killarney. Included, seated in front, from left: Brendan & Helen Kiely, Joan O’Mahony and Mrs. Helen Murphy (Helen’s mother). At back, from left: Mary Browne, Elaine Kiely, Anne Faye and John Daly from I.N.T.O., Pat Breen, Eilίn Nί Chadhla and Martina Kiely. (Pic.: Seán Radley)

The photo appears in the January issue of the Duhallow Matters magazine

Maura Dowling

Often see her in my younger years in my better days in life
An attractive looking woman Maura, Dathai Dowling’s wife
A good mother to her children married to a decent man
The Dowlings of Murphy’s Terrace are a well known Millstreet clan,
I did feel sad on reading that Maura has passed away
For all of us eventually a final night and day
From the Dowling family gatherings her’s will be a missed face
The mother of the family there is none to replace,
Often seen her with Dathai and their children in Millstreet church on sunday
Since then so many years in time have ticked and ticked away
The role of wife and mother she did perform well
If there is a life after death with angels she now dwell
She remains young in memory as if time had stood still
With Dathai and their children in the Town by Clara Hill.

by Francis Duggan

Owen

Eoin who? (click on the image for a bigger photo)

I photographed this lovely gentleman about 20 years ago on a rainy day in a pub on a dreary day in Millstreet. Spent a few hours chatting with him as I waited to pick my sister up from Drishane. I believe his name was Owen. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Aidan Bradley.

This came in as an email to millstreet.ie. Can anyone help? … and I was wondering what pub is it, as i don’t recognise that windowsill. If so, leave a comment please. (there have been a number of helpful comments already,  click here to read them)

[read more …] “Owen”

One Man and his Dog … and his Goat

Nathan, Bob the goat and Cara and the dog, with the Paps in the background

There were some turning heads in Millstreet yesterday on seeing a hiker walking through the town. Not that hikers are unusual at all around here, but the fact that he was accompanied by a dog and goat! All in a days walking for Nathan Kingerlee, or should I say a week and a half’s walking! They are walking the Blackwater Way (168km) in aid of Kerry Mountain Rescue, and passed through Millstreet yesterday on their way to Geararoe B&B on the Macroom road. In Millstreet:

… People seem to very much take it in their stride, when they see us coming; although we did get a couple of strange looks, one couple crossed the street to avoid us, and Bob gave a little old granny a bit of a fright when he went to say hello to her!…

He is writing a blog every day of the trip, and yesterday he featured his trip to Millstreet. It’s an interesting read, with some great pictures.

Read about of their planned trip across the Blackwater Way before they started.

Read about their day from Rathmore to Millstreet

Donal Coffey Running

Carrauntoohil May 31st 2009

In this weeks Regional Report, Eily mentioned that Donal Coffey finished 2nd in the Puck Warriors 10K Jingle Run held in Killorglin recently (28th Nov 09)  in a time of 34:58 (full results here).

Donal never seemed like an much of an athlete when he was younger, but he has been posting some really impressive results in the last 4 to 5 years.

Not alone does he do road running, but he also partakes in mountain running around Ireland, which is organised by the Irish Mountain Running Association. His results here have also been really impressive finishing on average 4th for all races in 2009 and 7th in 2008. One seasoned athlete told me many times that you’d have to be crazy to run up and down mountains! For the rest of us, it can be a challenge even to walk to the top of these mountains and back, which makes running them at top speed seem all the more impressive.

Also, the full results for the Clara Mountain Run 2009 have been added to the Millstreet.ie site.

See below for Donal’s results and some more photos:

[read more …] “Donal Coffey Running”

Nollaig na mBan

Christmas treeToday is Nollaig na mBan (also known as Womens Christmas, Little Christmas, and The Feast of the Ephipany) where the men get to take over the house and the women get to enjoy themselves.

After a long cold Christmas the women amongst us deserve to put up their feet for the day and enjoy themselves for once if they can … with the hope of not getting food poisoning! 😉

For those that have never heard of it, the tradition of “Nollaig na mBan” is an old custom that’s still celebrated by women all over Ireland (and indeed in Irish emigrant communities all over the world). It goes back to the days when large families were the norm. Men never lifted a finger in the house to help, and were never expected to. If a man washed the dishes, he would be called an “auld woman” by other men. No full blooded Irish man was prepared to risk that! I’m not really sure that it applies in these days where work is less well defined between the sexes, but it still a good tradition which celebrates the importance of the women amongst us.

There’s a nice article that you can read here on Womens Christmas

Willie Neenans Night

I was there that night in eighty three as one of the massive crowd
For to celebrate our great athlete he made us all so proud
The speeches were made in the Town Square the band played up and down
From San Juan he had brought a World Championship medal with him to Millstreet his Hometown.
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The Town Square full of people it was an amazing sight
Surrounded by friends and family it was Willie Neenan’s night
We felt honoured for to honour him in the old Town of Millstreet
In a place of many sporting greats he was our best athlete.
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One who worked so hard for his success and fame the miles of road he ran
Cork County, Munster, All Ireland and World Championship medals he was a mighty man
Yet he was always down to earth untainted by conceit
At cross country meetings when I was young he was the one to beat.
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How often he ran up and down to and from the cross on Clara Hill
Will Millstreet see his likes again I doubt it ever will
In five hundred years or more from now with the life from him long gone
The legend of Willie Neenan will still be living on.

by Francis Duggan

Marina Cassidy on the Drishane Concerts

Killarney soprano and harpist Marina Cassidy has also joined dozens of musicians and singers who will perform at a sell-out benefit concert at Drishane Castle in Millstreet on December 6th for the Baby Jacob Trust.

The Killarney woman became aware of baby Jacob six weeks ago when she sang at the opening of the restored chapel at Drishane Chapel on the invitation of the Duggan family.

“That night, the Duggans were talking about the fund-raising for Baby Jacob and they asked me to be involved in the concert and I’m delighted to be,” Marina said. “There was just an incredible atmosphere in the church that night.

“When I heard about the little baby, I felt I really wanted to be part of it.”…

Read the full article on the Kerry’s Eye Newspaper

Baby Jacob has his First Operation

Little baby Jacob has gone through the first operation for his condition anophthalmos and his mother Wiola has written about it on his website:

A few days ago Jacob had his first operation in Germany. It was an emotional experience for us. We were very worried when they were taking him into the operating theatre. I was thinking: he is still so little, how will he take a general anaesthetic?
During the operation, Jacob got his first expanders, which from now on will be stimulating orbital growth. Thanks to a few operations like this one Jacob will be able to receive his ocular prostheses.
When after the operation we were called into the recovery room, I found myself looking at the huge IV catheter inserted into his tiny hand. I was wondering why it is so in this world that children are born sick and …

You can read the full article here. Also, ff you haven’t done so already, there are still tickets available for the extra concert in Drishane on December 6th in aid of Little Jacob.

In Millstreet Only One Cormac Dineen

He was a man we used to celebrate
A Millstreet and a Cork footballing great
A fearless fellow in his younger years
His passing would have been a source for tears.
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Born on the Cork and Kerry border near Rathmore
The green of Millstreet and the red Of Cork he wore
And memories of him remain evergreen
In Millstreet only one Cormac Dineen.
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As a person for his integrity respect to him was shown
A Millstreet vet one admired and well known
One in the flesh we never more will see
He will be missed by friends and family.
[read more …] “In Millstreet Only One Cormac Dineen”

Casey’s Prize-Winning Cups

20091115_Cn_056donie&marie09Donie & Marie Casey, Cloghoula, Millstreet pictured with a magnificent
collection of prestigious prize-winning cups recenly won by Donie for his
outstanding lifestock at Castleisland Dairy Show & Sale.   The cups (from left) signify:  Supreme Champion for Calved Heifer Section, Prizewinner in Springing Heifers, First and Second Prize winner in the Spring Calving Class.  We congratulate Donie & Marie on such remarkable success at Castleisland Mart.
(Pic. by Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )

Much loved family man respected for his work in addiction treatment and services

1940-2009 PATRICK BUCKLEY, Caherlsee, Tralee and formerly of Millstreet, Co Cork, whose death occurred on Thursday, October 29, made an immense contribution in helping to establish addiction treatment services in his adopted county of Kerry …

… Patrick hailed from Millstreet, Co Cork and was one of four children born to Patrick and Mary Buckley. His siblings were sister Kathleen and brothers Denis and Kevin ( deceased). Patrick joined the family business of Buckley’s Stores in the 1950s, starting out on the shop floor learning the basics. He progressed to become managing director of company until the business ceased to operate during the recessionary 1980s …

The above is an extract from an article in this weeks Kerryman newspaper about Patrick Buckley formerly of Millstreet who died recently in Tralee.

Marathon run for Children’s Cancer Care

Thomas-600bThomas O’Leary, Drishane Road, Millstreet, having participated in the recent Dublin City Marathon 2009 (finishing in a time of 3hrs 49mins), presenting a cheque for 1,700 Euro to Julie Harris (fundraising officer for Mercy Hospital).   Thomas raised sponsorship for the Mercy University Hospital Foundation in Cork, specifically for the Children’s Cancer Care Unit. Well, well done Thomas on such a praiseworthy and superb achievement.  (Picture by:  Dr. Micheál Sheridan, Executive Director)

Thomas also received a letter from the MUH Foundation thanking him on his super efforts. It is well worth a read, just click here to view it.