Heading for Keim Turn (1912)

1912 The road at Keim, with Clara Moutain in the distance

A 1912 photo of a horse and cart making its way down to Keim Turn in the direction of Millstreet. The photo was taken from about 250m above the current entrance to Keim Quarry on the road to Macroom. In the distance is Clara Mountain, with the tree covered Ballyvouskill Hill in the centre and rising towards the left of the photo. In 1993 this dangerous bend was removed when rock was blasted and the road straightened in advance of the Eurovision, and Keim Quarry opened at that time.  [1]
We wonder if the rock on the right of  the photo still there, or has it been consumed by the quarry or the roadworks? If memory is correct, back then the roadside was much steeper where the photo was taken from. [read more …] “Heading for Keim Turn (1912)”

By the Way 2 – Officially Launched

Congratulations to Ann Lane of Ballinatona whose new photographic book on public art in Ireland By the Way 2 was launched yesterday by John Sheehan of the Dubliners, at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin. Also in attendance were the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, and a host of well known faces from politics, friends from her 28 years as personal secretary of past President Mary Robinson. An excellent gift for all!

By the Way 2 is available to purchase from Wordwell Books.

[read more …] “By the Way 2 – Officially Launched”

Shane’s Superb Photographic Study of Knocknakilla Stone Circle 2018

 

A superb pictorial study of the Knocknakilla Stone Circle by wonderfully talented Photographer, Shane McCarthy of Carriganima. We thank Share for sharing such a splendid silhouette image. Click on the picture to enlarge. (S.R.)

Help with 1962/63 School Photo

Many thanks to Brendan Cronin now of Carrigtwohill who sent us this photo that was taken in Millstreet Presentation Convent National School in or around 1962/63. Brendan says that he “has done his best to put names to faces, but there are many blanks.  Perhaps some of my old school mates would be able to identify the boys and girls in that photo”.
If you can help, leave a comment below, or send a message to us at <email>
Front Row: Jerry Buckley, Brendan Cronin, Pat Breen, Jerry O Connor, Jerry Sweeney,  Jack Sullivan, Richard Kiely, Kevin Marron, Connie Daly, Ted Carroll Crowley.
Second Row: Kieran Cronin, Billy Linehan, DanMurphy, Diarmuid Driscoll, Brendan/Kieran Coughlan, John Curtin, Greg Cleary (?), Michael Dennehy Kelleher, Donal Kelleher 2, John ‘Fox’ O’Connor, Declan O’Connor;
Third Row: Patsy Cotter, Eileen Dunne (Enright), Elizabeth Forde, Noreen Cremin, Mary Farrell, Margaret O’Keeffe, Maureen Murphy, Mairead O’Sullivan (Cooley), Kathleen Barry, Noreen Murphy;
Fourth Row: Chrissie Carroll, (……) (……), Kathleen Forde, Anne McAulliffe (Cullinane), Marion Galvin (Connell), Betty Buick (Twomey), Deirdre Dineen, Bibi White;
Top Row: Majella O’Connor, Mary Garvey, Claire Hickey, Frances Duggan (?), Theresa Barrett, Breeda O’Sullivan, (…….), Marie Hehir.
With thanks to all those that offered suggestions on this article’s cross post on facebook . Full size photo is available on request.

[read more …] “Help with 1962/63 School Photo”

The Week In Pictures: 30th March 2018

A very happy Easter to everyone. It’s been a while since we posted “In Pictures” and there’s been a lot going on with the weather, events in town, and people going about their daily business, so there are a lot of photos to see below. (window display above by TMC Photography)
[read more …] “The Week In Pictures: 30th March 2018”

Evening Snow in St. Mary’s

Tom has been taking lots of photos of the snow, but this may be his best this week. It’s St. Mary’s Graveyard taken last evening from the top looking down towards the road. There’s something lovely about the connection between the graveyard, and the life across the road with smoke and lights, and evening colours. But the first thing we noticed in the photo was that the paving was distinctly similar to the outline of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Whatever you think, it is a magical photo. See more of his photos at his TMC Photography website.Below are some more of Tom‘s photos from this week:   [read more …] “Evening Snow in St. Mary’s”

In Pictures – 26th November 2017

A Burning Issue … at Millstreet Country Park this week during a demonstration to show landowners how to burn safely for the sustainable management of our uplands.
In Pictures this week has nearly 40 photos of scenery, wildlife, people, unusual things and more, all taken in the Millstreet area this week, and published on social media. See them below: [read more …] “In Pictures – 26th November 2017”

In Pictures – 10th November 2017


Autumn is flying, and winter will be coming soon. There have been some lovely bright days and not much wind, allowing people to get out and about. Tony took some stunning photos of Millstreet, showing up the lovely autumn colours. Click on the photo above to see the wonderful detail in each of his photos. In Pictures this week actually covers a few weeks, and is as varied as ever, from sport, to streetscapes, landscapes, visitors, animals, the Dairy Show, the Young Riders Show, and much more. See the photos below: [read more …] “In Pictures – 10th November 2017”

In Pictures: 12th October 2017

Above: Sean Kelly MEP, with members of St.John’s GAA Club – Don O’Riordan, John Dinneen, and Noreen Kelleher at their Church Gate Collection last week. In Pictures, our look at pictures from Millstreet in the media this week, has photos of visitors, locals, history, memories, soccer, golf, scenery, and more: [read more …] “In Pictures: 12th October 2017”

In Pictures – 6th October 2017

Above: Millstreet from a quad-copter over the Town Park, as Mushera dominates the horizon. This week’s In Pictures has photos of sport, landmarks for sale, of mountains, of Dromagh, from the Community School … as well as videos of Millstreet from the air, singing, and rallying … and a bot more with it : [read more …] “In Pictures – 6th October 2017”

O’Leary’s Home from the 1800s

We came across the photo below this week and we wonder if anyone recognises the house in the photo. The writing on the photo says “Cornelius & Mary (Williams) O’Leary home in Ireland outside Millstreet County Cork, now owned by McSweeney”. The O’Learys lived there in the mid 1800s. The house is fairly distinctive with it’s double hipped roof and arch above the front door. Any help would be appreciated [1]

[read more …] “O’Leary’s Home from the 1800s”

Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen

Many thanks to Kevin McDermott for the above photo which shows his wife Noreen’s Grandfather and Grandmother -John and Katherine Cronin.  John Cronin was the Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen, Millstreet, and lived in the Gatekeepers cottage at the time.  He’m thinking that the photo was taken early in the nineteen hundreds probably around 1910.  Noreen (née Cronin) was formerly from Murphy’s Terrace.  [read more …] “Railway Gatekeeper at Dooneen”

A January Night In Millstreet Town

Children walking home in a light drizzle in Millstreet an evening this January. Photo Aleksandra Cashman

Few cars on the quiet street do pass up and down
On a cold Winter night in old Millstreet Town
The pub doors are locked not a human in sight
On what is a typical January weekday night

On one of the moonlit trees in the Town Park nearby
The silence is pierced by a barn owl’s shrill cry
In the depths of Winter and Spring nowhere near
For it and it’s kind a hungry time of year

In the moonlit sky quite a beautiful sight
Myriads and myriads of stars twinkling bright
The cold chill of frost in the freshening breeze
In weather temperatures below zero degrees

[read more …] “A January Night In Millstreet Town”

Inside the old Cloghoula National School

Cork-based archaeologist Enda O’Flahety documents what remains of the desolate buildings in a photography project aimed at capturing the long decline of rural Ireland.

O’Flaherty began the project last year after coming upon an abandoned schoolhouse during a work field trip and realising that few modern visual records of such buildings exist.

Recently he featured the old Cloghoula National School. There is a good description of the architectural features of the school, as well as a number of photos. The article can be seen here (or just click on the photo below)

2016-02 Inside the old Cloghoula National School [read more …] “Inside the old Cloghoula National School”

Jack the Clerk

Last week I was browsing photos from the (now) high resolution Lawrence Collection and I was wondering about the identity of a man who appears in one photo outside the front door of Millstreet Church in the early 1900’s (soon after the death of Canon Griffin in 1899, and before his headstone was erected):

1900s Jack 'the Clerk' Murphy in front of Millstreet Church[full photo here]

… then I noticed that he’s also in the Lawrence photo of the Presbtry: [read more …] “Jack the Clerk”

Bicycle in the Porch

1909 St.Patrick's Church Millstreet - Bicycle in the Doorway 02In this photo a bicycle rests in the front porch of St.Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. It is a zoomed-in image from one of the William Lawrence photos which was taken about 1910.

We don’t think anyone noticed the bicycle previously. Thanks to Mary for pointing it out.

Another interesting detail which can be seen in the full photo (again when you zoom in) are the rosary beads hanging on the railings and gates on the left and right of the entrance from the street.

The full photo can be seen on the NLI website here.

The grave in front of the door was that of Canon Griffin who died on 22nd February 1899. It was relocated to the right as you enter the church yard when the church was rebuilt in the early 1930s. [read more …] “Bicycle in the Porch”