Death Notice: Johnny Hickey, Shanaknuck

The death has occurred on Saturday 21st April 2018 of John (Johnny) HICKEY, Shanaknuck, Millstreet, Cork. After an illness borne with courage and patience. Beloved husband of the late Kathleen, father of the late Kevin, much loved brother of Ted, Joe, Sheila, Kathleen. Sadly missed by brothers, sisters, partner Ann, nephews, nieces, relatives, many friends especially his close neighbours Eileen, Mary, Mattie and Michael.
Reposing in Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Monday from 6.30pm, followed by removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet at 8.30pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rest in peace [1]  [2]

[read more …] “Death Notice: Johnny Hickey, Shanaknuck”

Memory of the late Wonderful Big Tom McBride & Rose

William & Ita Fitzgerald with Big Tom McBride following an LTV2 interview at the Hazel Tree near Mallow in Oct. 2009. We had just presented a portrait of Tubrid Holy Well to gentleman supreme Tom. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the McBride Family on the recent passing to their Eternal Reward of Tom (this week) and of his beloved wife, Rose (eleven weeks ago)…Ar dheis Dé go raibh a nanamacha dílse. Through their lifelong Friend, Michael Commins who broadcast a three-hour radio tribute programme on Wednesday on Midwest Radio – William, Ita and I got to meet and to record Tom and Rose (who were always so very welcoming and so very sincere) on a number of occasions. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Memory of the late Wonderful Big Tom McBride & Rose”

Birthday Celebrations at Millstreet Day Care Centre on Wednesday

We were delighted to record three wonderful Birthday Celebrations at Millstreet Day Care Centre today.  Coordinator Mary Feeley introduced us to Julia Murphy who is celebrating her 104th Birthday and who sang for us all a beautiful rendition of “My Donegal Shore” without even having to use glasses when referring to the words of the song!  Joining Julia was Kathleen Moynihan and Peg Tarrant.   A very Happy Birthday to all three splendid ladies.   Adding to the occasion there was a superb musical presentation by pupils from Presentation N.S., Millstreet.   A cheque of €500.00 was also presented to the Centre by the Pupils and Teacher Nora Murphy as the result of a recent Bake Cake Sale at the School.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Birthday Celebrations at Millstreet Day Care Centre on Wednesday”

Eily’s Report 17th April 2018

Dia is Mhuire  diobh go leir a cairde and welcome.

It is indeed heartening to see that in spite of wind and weather, we still have people who are determined to press on and bring help where help is needed, be it in the form of fodder for animals or ways of cheering people up in these trying times.

The Trad Fest which was held at the weekend was wonderful and varied. Little children got up early on Friday morning and travelled to Cork where they sang their little hearts out and came second in their category, much to the delight of their families and  they danced in our GAA Hall again with great success, next morning. Up to 90 sets in all entered the competition, and there was a capacity crowd at Wallis Arms that night for a Gala Concert. There was something for everyone.

Other than that there were pockets of music in the bars in town. And the Feile Ceol which was held at the Community School on Sunday brought a wonderful weekend to a close. Bringing Children out brings parents out and there was a wonderful atmosphere of enjoyment throughout. Well done to the hard working organisers.

And there’s a children’s Festival on April 28th.  [read more …] “Eily’s Report 17th April 2018”

Death Notice: Kitty O’Shea, late of Church Street

The death has occurred of CATHERINE (Kitty) O’SHEA, 5 Emmet Court, Clonakilty, Cork / Douglas, Cork.
O’SHEA (Clonakilty, late of Millstreet and Douglas, Cork): On April 14th 2018 peacefully in the exceptional care of all the staff at Bushmount Nursing Home. CATHERINE (Kitty), 5 Emmet Court, Clonakilty. Deeply regretted by her sister Mary, brother-in-law Jim (U.S.A.) Barry, Tom and Peadar and the Kirby Families to whom she devoted herself selflessly with great love throughout her life.
Reposing at her residence on Sunday April 15th 2018 from 6pm followed by Rosary at 9pm. Reception into Clonakilty Parish Church at 11am on Monday, April 16th 2018 followed by Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Funeral afterwards to St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clonakilty. Rest In Peace.[1] [read more …] “Death Notice: Kitty O’Shea, late of Church Street”

Magnificent Rainbow Over Millstreet Town Park This Evening

We were fortunate to record a truly magnificent Rainbow over Millstreet Town Park at 5.30 this evening (Sunday, 15th April 2018).  It looked like the end of the rainbow … with its pot of gold … appeared to be over the Pitch-and-Putt Course!  Even the walkers in the Park at the time never felt closer to a rainbow.   But when you come to think about it – the recent wonderfully upgraded Pitch-and-Putt Course must be gold to its many Loyal Players.  Here we share four images of this evening’s “rainbow magic”.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Magnificent Rainbow Over Millstreet Town Park This Evening”

“Where The Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening

Many thanks to Presenter, John Greene, for providing us with advance information regarding this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week on “Where the road takes me”,  John Greene brings you the 3rd and final programme on the sinking of passenger ship Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7th 1915.

This week……

* We pay a visit to Cobh to look at the role played by local Cunard
official Jerome Murphy and the people of the town, in the aftermath of the

* We conclude the poignant story of one Cork passenger – Julia
o’Neill from Rosscarbery. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”

“Radio Treasures” On Air 9:30 to 11pm on CMS This Tuesday

Radio Treasures tonight (Tuesday, 10th April 2018) on air – including special features and updates at 10pm – from 9:30 until 11pm on (S.R.)  Our 10pm Feature includes a special interview with two of the Coordinators of the Butter Road Food Trail – Máire Ní Mhurchú and John F. Kelleher.   We recall the very successful Divine Mercy Sunday ceremony in Millstreet…The Organisers of that special annual event wish to express sincere thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to the many Priests who heard Confessions at the ceremony….. and we feature the very best of music and song including tonight Maria Callas.  Below we share a selection of images about which we shall chat on tonight’s Radio Show. [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” On Air 9:30 to 11pm on CMS This Tuesday”

Eily’s Report – 10th April

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to my Weekly Report.

I was very pleased to have been part of the very prestigious launch of the Beara Breifni Way Heritage Stamps, which was held at the Abbey Hotel in Roscommon at the weekend. It was attended by over two hundred people  some from the very source of this epic development, Castletownbere itself, and many places in between. Including Michael and Marian O’Sullivan, Eileen O’Riordan and family, agus mé féin representing Millstreet.

The master of ceremonies was the well-known Deirdre Purcell, author and RTE presenter. There was an excellent line-out of speakers during the  day long event, and the final speaker was the Minister for Rural and Community Development Mr. Michael Ring TD who performed the official launch.

The launch marks another step forward in what is now being regarded as the Irish Camino Way. And the Great Jim O’Sullivan from Castletownbere can be thanked for starting its development from humble beginnings almost twenty years ago.  And he was highly commended for his work at the launch. Further information about the placing of the stamps will be given in due course.

A Community Council Meeting will be held tonight starting at 8.30 at the Wallis Arms Hotel.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 10th April”

Leo Murphy’s Wonderful Surprise 80th Birthday Party on Saturday

We were privileged to be present on Sat. 7th April 2018 for the superbly organized Surprise Birthday Party at the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet of Leo Murphy of Boherbue and formerly of Pound Hill, Millstreet.  Leo was accompanied by his wife, Eileen and was joined by his sister Mary (who presented one of her exquisite paintings to Leo), brothers Brendan and Christopher.   Leo’s sister, Lal, had another family celebratory occasion on the very same evening.  Leo’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren created a wonderful atmosphere and were present when Leo blew out the candles of his 80th Birthday Cake.  Musician Joe Guerin added greatly to the occasion when the dance floor was constantly full with talented dancers.   We also get to meet the youngest child present at the Birthday Party.  Photographer Noreen Fitzgerald  captured some splendid family groups before the meal. Here we share some 9 images which we recorded at the most enjoyable occasion.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Leo Murphy’s Wonderful Surprise 80th Birthday Party on Saturday”

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, is the second of three
programmes entitled ‘The sinking of the Lusitania – Myths, mysteries and the West Cork connection’ The passenger liner was sunk by a German attack
submarine off the Old head of Kinsale on Friday May 7th 1915, with the loss
of 1, 198 lives.

This week on programme Two……

* We deal with the part played by Courtmacsherry Lifeboat after the
sinking – Using the exact words spoken and written in the aftermath of the
sinking, local people play the parts of crew members, witnesses and

* UK based naval historian Professor Eric Grove clarifies a point
made in previous documentaries, that rescue services took their time in
responding, for fear of being torpedoed themselves.

* And……… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″

Progress on the Waste Water Treatment Plant

Irish Water is progressing the Upgrade of the Millstreet Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), which is located just off the Station Road. Notifications of  Compulsory Purchase Orders for small packets of adjacent lands in Coomlogane (by the WWTP) and Inchileigh (pumping station) appeared in the Corkman this week.

The project involves the decommissioning of the existing wastewater treatment processes, which will be replaced with a modern wastewater treatment plant constructed on adjacent vacant lands. The new wastewater treatment plant will cater for a future population equivalent of 3,220. The new WwTP will have capacity to treat the equivalent of over 2,500 wheelie bins of sewage. The existing WwTP is currently operating over its design capacity (capacity for 1,600 people, treating for 2250). The new plant will provide increased treatment capacity and facilitate future development within the town.  [read more …] “Progress on the Waste Water Treatment Plant”

Splendid Musical Presentation in Boherbue by Tim Murphy

Presenter Tim Murphy is seated fifth from left (holding music CD). Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Tim Murphy presented a superb programme of music and song at “The Music Room” in Boherbue on Thursday, 5th April 2018.   To mark the season one of Tim’s excellent tracks was “Easter Parade” with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire.  Here we share some images from the very enjoyable occasion which was attended by many people despite the very wet weather.  Millstreet Gramophone Circle’s next presentation is by Ivor Horton on Friday, 20th April 2018 (S.R.) [read more …] “Splendid Musical Presentation in Boherbue by Tim Murphy”

Colm Presents a Copy of His Most Recent Publication “Between the Ears”

We thank Colm O’Connor,  (son of the late Eddie and Mary O’Connor) formerly of Drishane Road, Millstreet and now a resident of Rotterdam for the past 35 years – for very kindly presenting a copy of his latest publication “Between the Ears” to Millstreet Museum.   This uplifting comic Irish fiction novel describes strange goings-on in sleepy Ballyloo!  Colm is blessed with a magnificent sense of humour and a wonderful turn of phrase.   We wish Colm every success with his present novel and future publications.   The novel is scheduled to be launched in June 2018 and will be available through many outlets including Amazon.  Click on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Fr. James Records Arrival of Silage Bales This Morning

We thank Fr. James McSweeney for sharing some 7 splendid images of the arrival of Silage Bales at Dairygold, Millstreet this morning to help relieve the present Silage SituationMinister Michael Creed was present as was Dairygold CEO, Jim Woulfe.   Paul Byrne and Cameraman filmed a TV3 Report most likely for TV3 News coverage this evening (Yes it was on the 5:30 TV3 News – see the details and photos below).
Michael (Web Administrator) has added lots more very interesting relevant coverage below. Click on the image to enlarge. 
(S.R.) [read more …] “Fr. James Records Arrival of Silage Bales This Morning”

“Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00

Tonight on “Radio Treasures” on we include lots of superb light classical music.  We listen to Norah Hickey’s splendid new song at 10:00.  We repeat “Highland Cathedral” due to its great popularity.  We reflect on lots of recent Millstreet happenings (many of which are pictured below).  We recall the annual Aubane Good Friday Quiz.   We feature lots of songs and music from hugely successful Stage/Film Musicals such as “Oklamhoma”.   We share our regular musings and stories…and there’s more – lots more!  Click on the images to enlarge.  One of the best ways to tune into our radio station is to click on Cork Music Station seen on the right of our homepage.  (S.R.) [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight on CMS from 9:30 to 11:00″

Eilys Report – 3rd April

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a cairde and welcome. Hope you are all well following yet another rather wet ‘n windy week.

This lovely message from our Parish Priest, Canon John Fitzgerald was included in our Mass leaflet at the weekend and it says. My sincere thanks to all who participated in our Easter Ceremonies, those who helped to prepare our Churches and for all those who attended ceremonies and helped to make them so meaningful for our Parish.

I welcome home all who have travelled to be with their families this Easter Season and we keep in our thoughts those who are not with us.

In return we want to thank the members of our clergy for a wonderful Easter Season. We are so fortunate to have such a fine group of priests on the wings as it were, to help out at busy times. Frs. Paddy O‘Byrne, Billy Radley,Sean Tucker, Con Kiely, and of course Canon John from over the road in Boherbue. For me at least its a joy because I knew their parents and families before them, and always look upon them as one of our own.  [read more …] “Eilys Report – 3rd April”

Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum

In this Easter Week 2018 we celebrate the recent presentation by Noreen O’Sullivan (née Hickey of Mill Lane, Millstreet), Kilcummin, Killarney of three wonderfully historic items relating to Denis Hickey who was awarded a prestigious medal having died in Gallipoli in 1915.   The excellent items are presented in memory of the late Owen Hickey, Coolatouder, Kileady, Ballinhassig whose father, Ted, is a native of Mill Lane, Millstreet.   The brother of Denis, J.F. Hickey of the Royal Irish Regiment who died in 1918 is remembered in the West End Cemetery.  We wish to express our sincere thanks to Noreen, Ted and the Hickey Family for this very important historic presentation to Millstreet Museum. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Presentation of Important Historic Items to Millstreet Museum”

Wonderfully Colourful Easter Parade 2018 in Millstreet on Sunday

Despite the very cold and wet weather conditions on Sunday, 1st April 2018 there was a superb gathering at the National Monument where Jerry Lehane who was MC Supreme at the ceremony and the dedicated Monument Committee had the flags flying, the public address ready, beautiful flowers enhancing the setting and arrangements for refreshments at the very welcoming McCarthy’s Bar under the splendid management of Joanne and Family.   Here we share some 66 images from the important annual occasion where we witness Millstreet Pipe Band, the Gardaí, Con Foley raising the national flag, the visiting Trumpeter playing the Last Post tribute, Tony McCarthy placing the Wreath, Jerry Doody reading the Proclamation, Siobhán Bean Uí Éalaithe reciting a decade of the Rosary and special Guest Speaker, Gerry White delivering an excellent address.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)     [read more …] “Wonderfully Colourful Easter Parade 2018 in Millstreet on Sunday”

Celebration of Easter Vigil 2018 in Millstreet

Millstreet Choir pictured after having greatly enhanced the Liturgy of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night in St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Lighting the Paschal Candle.
Sharing the Light in St. Patrick’s Church.

[read more …] “Celebration of Easter Vigil 2018 in Millstreet”

“The Sinking of the Lusitania” on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week on Where the road takes me , John Greene begins a three
drama/documentary entitled – ‘The Sinking of the Lusitania – Myths,
mysteries and the West Cork Connection’.

On Friday May 5th, 1915 the passenger liner Lusitania was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German U-Boat, with the loss of 1,198 lives. But was she as innocent as we were led to believe.

* In programme One – We look at the background to the sinking and
how the Cork passengers on board fared, especially Julia o’Neill from
Rosscarbery, whose poignant story continues in programmes two and three.

* In programme two , and in dramatisation format, we feature the
role played by Courtmacsherry lifeboat on the day, using the exact words
spoken by crew members and witnesses. [read more …] ““The Sinking of the Lusitania” on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm”