Death Notice: Hannah Mary O’Riordan

Hannah Mary O’Riordan (nee Twomey), Crinaloo, Kilcorney passed away peacefully on January 24th at Marymount Hospice. Lying in repose at her son Matthew’s residence, Kilcorney on Wednesday 26th from 5 – 8 p.m. followed by rosary. Requiem Mass on Thursday 27th at 2.30 p.m. in St. Nicholas Church, Kilcorney, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Enquiries to: Tarrants Undertakers, Millstreet on 029-70176

Regional Report 1048 – 25th January 2011


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news  report 1048 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and  I wish you all the very best on this dull but calm and pleasant  Tuesday morning.

A million congratulations to Timmy Lehane from Aubane, who won the All-Ireland Final Of the  Novice Seniors Boxing Championship at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night at 64 Kgs.

Dean Desmond at 81 Kg competed as well and won the Semi Final on Friday night but sadly was beaten by one point in the Final on Saturday night.

So well done to them and to all concerned with then.

The Farm Machinery Show which was held at the Green Glens for three days last week drew large crowds from near and far. The amount of exhibits on display was well up on former years, and the fact that it was opened until 10.30 each night gave every body a chance to come and see.

On Friday night last the people of Ballydaly revelled in the glories of their involvement with the GAA over the past 60 years. Over two hundred and twenty avid fans enjoyed a beautiful meal at the Wallis Arms Hotel and this was followed by Presentations, reminiscing and a joyful event all round. Margaret Murphy (O’Brien) recited wonderful poems recalling past glories. Their big night was recorded on film for posterity and was eagerly admired several times since. We wish them every success for the future.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1048 – 25th January 2011”

Ballydaly G.A.A. Reunion at Wallis Arms Hotel on 21st Jan. 2011

Jerry & Tommy at Ballydaly GAA Reunion
Jerry Corkery and Tommy Tucker - dedicated stalwarts of Ballydaly G.A.A. over many years - display portraits of the Ballydaly Champions of 1957 and 1960 at the hugely successful Reunion in the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet on Friday, 21st Jan. 2011.

A capacity attendance enjoyed a superb Ballydaly G.A.A. Reunion at the Wallis Arms on Friday night.   Here we share images of the historic occasion.   Following a splendid meal,  a number of very interesting speeches evoking many memories of the 1957 and 1960 Duhallow Novice Championship Teams, were delivered.   Margaret Murphy, Poet, Cloghoulabeg recited a marvellous poem recalling the great Teams.  Lots of [read more …] “Ballydaly G.A.A. Reunion at Wallis Arms Hotel on 21st Jan. 2011”

Ann Lane on Tubridy

Yesterday morning, Ryan Tubridy was joined in studio by Ann Lane (formerly of Ballinatona), author of ‘By The Way: A Selection of Public Art in Ireland’. Ann travelled 16,000 miles around the country on her trusty Honda 75 motorbike to catalogue 760 sculpture pieces along the highways and byeways of Ireland.

She also talks about her time (28 yrs) as personal secretary for Mary Robinson, on how she developed her interest, travelled the country, and many stories about the sculptures. See below to listen to the interview: [read more …] “Ann Lane on Tubridy”

What a difference a day makes

It’s been a strange day on the politics front. This morning out sitting TD and Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe was being praised in the Irish Independent as being top dog in Munster, and quoted in today’s Examiner that he was going to contest the coming election. By lunch time news broke that he was quitting politics altogether after yesterday denying that he was considering quitting. (Locals knew there was something up when the Fianna Fáil convention in Millstreet last Monday to select candidates was cancelled at short notice).

Maybe he realised like the rest of the cabinet that since the chance of him getting into office the next time around was getting slimmer as the days went by and [read more …] “What a difference a day makes”

Farm Machinery Show Success at Green Glens

Three gentlemen discuss the very impressive display stands at the hugely successful Farm Machinery Show at Green Glens which continues today, Thursday, 20th Jan. 2011 from 1.00 to 10.00 p.m..

Green Glens, Millstreet is such a perfect setting for the Annual Farm Machinery Show.   Here we share images of the superbly impressive Show recorded when we visited the wonderfully popular event last night.   We would very much encourage a visit to the venue where not only does one receive lots of very useful information and hints on the most recent farm related innovations but also where the most modern farm machinery is on view and where there is quite an amazing [read more …] “Farm Machinery Show Success at Green Glens”

Regional Report 1047 – 18th January 2011


Eily  Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1047 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this Tuesday Morning .

Well the Kennelly Archives are certainly causing quite a stir in Millstreet and beyond. The Kennelly Archives are displayed on the Millstreet Website and they contain up to a hundred photographs taken at a dance in Millstreet in 1960. People from that time are glued to the screen trying to identify those on it. And there is an opportunity to buy the ones of your choice. Some people never seem to change. There are pictures of  courting couples  who went on to get married, others who were single,  all at the cross roads of life and thankfully, most of them are still with us to-day.

The Spring Farm Machinery Show will be held at the Green Glens Arena for three days this week, starting to-morrow Wednesday. Opening each day at noon and remaining open till ten each night.

The   people of Ballydaly, will hold a re-union of their  GAA teams past and present, at the Wallis Arms Hotel on this Friday January 21st .Music by the Kelt. Tickets at €25 each on sale over wide area.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1047 – 18th January 2011”

Regional Report 1046 – 11th January 2011


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go eir a cairde and welcome to news report 1046 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this calm rather wet Tuesday morning the 11th January 2011.

And still with the Wallis Arms the Party to celebrate the Women’s Christmas was an outstanding success there on the 6th of January. 172 women of all ages enjoyed good food  and wine, good music, scores of spot prizes  all for a mere €20 per ticket. And when all expenses were paid €340  was left over and it  was donated to Breast Cancer Research.

From once the first note was played by the popular Kelt the floor filled up with dancers and remained so till the National Anthem was played well after midnight.

The organiser Mairead Daly can take a bow for being the first one to hold a bash for the ladies, in Millstreet, on their Christmas night,  She wants to say a sincere word of thanks to all those who helped in any way to make it the outstanding success that it was.

Sadly, due to the huge demand for tickets, many were left without,  and so great was their disappointment that they have already booked  their place for next year.   Over 40% of   the tickets for next January are sold already.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1046 – 11th January 2011”

Millstreet President

While discussing Presidential candidates  in the upcoming Presidential Election (which is due to take place next October), on TV3’s Midday Show yesterday (10th Jan 2011), on which Aileen Hickie (formerly of the Square) was appearing as a guest, it was suggested (TIC) that maybe the next President could come from Millstreet!: you can see the crossfire from 32:00 minutes in the video:

Elaine Crowley: Aileen, do you have any particular preference?
Aileen: … I’d like a southerner, we’ve  had a northerner for the past 14 years, no harm to move it back to the other end of the country.
Fiona McLaughtlain: Now when you say southerner, do you mean Cork specifically?
Aileen: Well I wouldn’t if it was mind Munster, I’m not saying Cork, but Munster. Not just anyone from Millstreet … I mean if they were from Munster, I’d be happy enough. [read more …] “Millstreet President”

Part Two of Christmas Eve 2010 Snow Tour

This superb snow setting was one of many within the exquisite Drishane Estate on Christmas Eve 2010.

And so we arrive at our final Snow Tour as we recall the picture card scenes of Christmas Eve 2010 in the Millstreet area.    We begin within the very beautiful Drishane Estate, then proceed along the Glebe Road, Drishane Road, Millstreet Town, Station Road, Millstreet Railway Station and [read more …] “Part Two of Christmas Eve 2010 Snow Tour”

150 extra staff at Alps

Alps Electric returns to profit as 150 staff hired in last nine months

A Co Cork electronic parts manufacturer confirmed yesterday that it has employed an additional 150 staff in the past nine months following a recovery in the global automotive industry.

Managing director of Alps Electric (Ireland) Ltd, Brendan O’Shaughnessy confirmed the 150 jobs increase at the company’s Millstreet plant, which brings the number employed there to more than 560.

The jobs boost has received no publicity until now, and Mr O’Shaughnessy said: “We do things quietly here.”

Read the Full Article on the Irish Examiner

Conor Visits Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party

Conor Counihan was a very popular Guest of Honour at the Cullen & District Special Needs Association's Annual Christmas Party on 11th Dec. 2010.

The Annual Christmas Party at Cullen Community Centre was a wonderful success.   Beginning with the celebration of Mass by Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P.  and Martin Goggin as Altar Server, the many guests were treated to a delicious meal followed by [read more …] “Conor Visits Cullen & District Special Needs Association Christmas Party”

Brian Dennehy on the Late Late this evening

Irish-American Acting legend Brian Dennehy whose grandfather originally came from Church Street in Millstreet, will be appearing on the Late Late Show on RTE 1 this evening at 9:30pm.

He is currently in Ireland as he is playing The Bull McCabe in Field at the Olympia Theatre Dublin until Feb 12th. If you’re unable to see the interview tonight, you’ll still be able to see it on RTE Player for the next two weeks.

Read a previous article on Brian  Dennehy
With thanks to Padraig for the heads up

Herlihy’s Centra

Staff at Herlihy's Centra

From the Cork Independent:  The Herlihy Group continues to expand with the announcement this week of its acquisition of the Centra store in Millstreet, formally known as Dennehy’s Centra. The store, which has been providing for the people of Millstreet for over 20 years, now becomes the sixth store in the Herlihy Group and will see a significant investment programme over the coming months to develop the store in line with the rest of the Herlihy stores. [read more …] “Herlihy’s Centra”

Ice Hockey in Kanturk

Photos taken by Jim Mc Sweeney on Christmas Morning whilst James Mc Sweeney (in red), and Willam Mullane (in blue) were Ice Skating, playing Hockey on the river Dallow in Kanturk Town Park. Before the lads went on the ice we drilled a pilot test hole first and verified that the ice was 4″ thick. The two lads have played In Line Hockey for 10 years and have represented Ireland in the under 16 Team. The temperature was -15C at the time. The last time [read more …] “Ice Hockey in Kanturk”

Regional Report 1045 – 4th January 2011


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to News report 1045 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this very cold but dry, Tuesday morning.

A special New Year Greeting to William Foley, Cork city Busman and his wife Phil, they listen in to the repeats of C103 programs at night when he comes in from work and never misses my news report.

And now I want to wish you all a very Happy and prosperous New Year.

It was indeed a Christmas with a difference, right throughout Europe and beyond. And leaving many people, never wanting  to see a white Christmas again. The happenings were well published, so there is no need for me to go down that road, but it has to be said that merit due to all those involved in the travel business, who bore the stresses and strains of it all, without one loss of life or even an injury.

But the worst of situations always brings out a lot of good and it was great to hear of all the acts of kindness that came to the fore. People looked after needy neighbours, etc. and the feeding of the birds was a pastime in itself.  A thrush feeding off the window sill can add joy to  even the worst of days. Frozen water systems brought their own difficulties and for the first time ever when people were invited to a party, they were asked to please bring water as well as the customary bottle of wine.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1045 – 4th January 2011”

Millstreet Pipe Band Welcomes 2011 – Happy New Year to Everyone!

Upholding a wonderful tradition in welcoming the New Year here we meet some of the members of Millstreet Pipe Band who at 8.00 p.m. tonight gave a wonderful recital at the Square beside the very colourful Christmas Tree ... and no snow! We dedicate this uplifting image to people like Ted Barrett in Wales, to the McSweeney Family in Cobh and to All our wonderfully loyal Millstreet Website Visitors. A very Happy New Year to Everyone and may a very Bright 2011 bring much Happiness and Joy.

Millstreet at Big Tom Experience in Ballinasloe – 27th Dec. 2010

Pictured with Big Tom McBride in Ballinasloe on Monday, 27th Dec. 2010 - Ita and William Fitzgerald from Cullen.

On Monday evening we travelled to the Shearwater Carlton Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway to attend a superb Concert/Dance presented by the renowned Big Tom McBride and the Mainliners Showband.    Ita and William Fitzgerald have long been wonderfully loyal fans of the Band and, like many other true followers, have attended Big Tom Dances at various venues throughout Ireland.    Undoubtedly, Big Tom is the undisputed King of Country & Western Music here in Ireland and in an interview we recorded for LTV2 almost two years ago, the great man recalled with joy appearing in the famous “Star” Ballroom in Millstreet in the Showband days.    We were also blessed to meet with [read more …] “Millstreet at Big Tom Experience in Ballinasloe – 27th Dec. 2010”

Christmas Midnight Mass in Millstreet

Placing the Infant Jesus in the Crib at Christmas Midnight Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet.

On this Christmas Day night we share images of Midnight Mass celebrated in Millstreet last night.   The Chief Celebrant was Fr. John Fitzgerald, P.P. who was joined by Fr. Paddy O’Byrne and Fr. James McSweeney.   Millstreet Choir enhanced the Christmas liturgy with their beautiful singing.    The special event was recorded by [read more …] “Christmas Midnight Mass in Millstreet”

Preparing for Christmas on a Frosty Thursday, 23rd Dec. 2010

Dedicated members of the Altar Society - Sheila, Margaret M. and Margaret T. - prepare the exquisite Altar for Christmas at St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet on 23rd Dec. 2010.

Our “Snow Tour” of Millstreet on this Thursday could, in fact, be called our “Frost Tour” today such was the picturesque effect of the overnight frost on the the trees and bushes.   We take you close to the Finnow River on Clara Road and into the busy town.    People doing their very best to complete their Christmas shopping in daytime temperatures which did not rise above minus 4 degrees throughout the day.  In the Church we note the preparation of [read more …] “Preparing for Christmas on a Frosty Thursday, 23rd Dec. 2010”

Joe Lynam, Showjumping Commentator, Passes Away

The death has taken place in Dublin of Joe Lynam. Joe was 73 and worked for RTÉ as a showjumping reporter in the early 1980s.

He frequently covered events in Millstreet (especially in the 1980s)  and the RDS for Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio One with Jimmy Magee.

He knew many figures in the showjumping community and was very close to RTÉ’s Darragh and Eddie Mackin.

We thank Jerry Kelleher for sharing the RTÉ link with us :