Shannon Cruise – Part One

Beautiful Killaloe Harbour from where we began our River Shannon Cruise

We invite you to join us for Part One of a recent  Darren Kealy’s Coaches day tour to the River Shannon and beyond.  Here we share images of our arrival at Ballina, Co. Tipperary where some 51 people enjoyed a very warm welcome at the Lakeside Hotel from Manager, Eoin Little and his very friendly Staff who served delicious scones with coffee and tea.   With William Fitzgerald as Driver of our coach and Charlie Drake as a very helpful Guide/Co-ordinator we then proceeded to the nearby very scenic Killaloe Harbour, Co. Clare where

[read more …] “Shannon Cruise – Part One”

Death Notice: Sr. Brendan Cronin

The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 of Sr. Brendan CRONIN of Scartaglin, Co. Kerry and Drishane, Millstreet. At St Joseph’s Convent, Model Farm Road. Reception prayers this Wednesday evening at 7pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

Regional Report 1028 – 31st August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1028 from Millstreet.

Fondest greeting dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this beautiful Tuesday morning the last day of August.

The beautiful weather continues to make work and play very enjoyable for everyone. For the past couple of weeks people are out picking blackberries, some for the very first time and seeking advice from the more experienced about how to make jam, the proper sugar to use, how to freeze them and so on. On the wider scale the grain harvesting is almost complete with returns as were seldom seen as good  before, and prices up 50%, because of the drought in other countries. Everything else like silage, potatoes, vegetables etc.  falls into the same  line. The fine weather brought young and old out in the great out of doors to enjoy country walks, trips to the sea, or just messing around at home.

The schools are re-opening this week and for once the children have a fine summer to their backs as they face the confines of the classroom. And please be on the lookout for the extra traffic ,especially around schools, school buses and so on.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1028 – 31st August 2010”

Death Notice: Sr. Joan Scannell

SCANNELL (Cork) Aug. 29, 2010, (peacefully) at St. Joseph’s, Model Farm Road, Cork, Sr. Joan (Infant Jesus Sisters Drishane), (late of Rathcormac and Dromcollogher); deeply regretted by her sisters Sr. Maureen and Sr. Réidín, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and Community. Reception Prayers at 6 o’c. today (Monday) inhe Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross Cork. Requiem Mass tomorrow (Tuesday) at 11 o’c. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet.

Author Tom in Millstreet


Meeting with author Tom Grainger (on right) at the Wallis Arms  Hotel today.   Tom’s excellent book “A War Baby – Rags to Riches” (See Tom’s splendid website  www.tomgraingerbooks.com ) is now in its second edition and will soon be available at “Wordsworth” Bookshop, The Square, Millstreet.   Tom has many wonderful connections [read more …] “Author Tom in Millstreet”

Death Notice: Nora Coleman

The death has occurred on Friday 27th August 2010 of Nora Coleman of Murphy’s Terrace. Unexpectedly, at her daughter’s residence, Tullig, Millstreet. Rosary at her daughter’s residence, Tullig, this Saturday evening at 9pm. Removal tomorrow, Sunday, to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, followed by Funeral Mass at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Regional Report 1027 – 24th August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1027 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely Tuesday morning with an air of Autumn.

Our first word this morning will have to go to our victorious Cork team on their nail biting win against Dublin on Sunday. They did us proud, well done also to our own Set dancing team on coming second at the All Ireland finals of Fleadh na h-Eireann, which were held in Cavan town at the weekend.

Our Pipe Band was very busy attending key events, The Rose of Tralee parade on Saturday evening and the Michael Collins Memorial service at Beal na Blath on Sunday. and well done to them also.

Notes for Clara News went in at the Weekend and the next copy is due out on Sunday, September 5th.

This is Heritage Week with lots of special events planned to celebrate it. Our lovely Country Park is celebrating the first year of their magnificent water falls, Mont des Arts. With a full program to mark it. Look up their Web Page.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1027 – 24th August 2010”

Death Notice: Dan O’Connor

The death has occurred on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 of Dan O’CONNOR of Dodsboro Road, Lucan, Dublin, and Cloughoulabeg, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Peacefully, in the loving care of the staff of Hazel Hall Nursing Home, Clane. Dan, beloved husband of the late Jane (née Tarrant). Deeply regretted by his loving daughter Maura, sons Donal and Val, daughters-in-law Mary and Bridie, grandchildren Sinead, Paul, Valerie, Donal, Katie and Morgan, relatives and friends.
Rest In Peace. Removal tomorrow, Wednesday evening, from the Nursing Home to St. Patrick’s Church, Esker arriving at 7pm. Funeral on Thursday, after 12 noon Mass, to Esker Cemetery.
“Our Lady of Tubrid pray for him”.

Lilies Galore!

Planted by Noel Collins these supremely amazing Lilies have grown at his home in Clara Road, Millstreet. Here we meet (from left) Noel's wife, Eileen with Breeda Tarrant and Anna Enright (Eileen's sister from Cork). Eileen and Anna are natives of Ballydesmond and are thrilled with Donncha O'Connor's sporting performance in Croke Park yesterday when Cork qualified for the All-Ireland Football Final on 19th Sept. 2010. We thank Eily Buckley for alerting us to the truly gigantic beautiful Lilies still in magnificent bloom at Clara Road. (Seán)

Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth

Millstreet Pipe Band not only featured in the main RTE news bulletins on Sunday but also in many of today's national newspapers including this picture in the "Irish Daily Star". The Band has dedicatedly been attending the annual Béal na mBláth commemoration for many years and adds enormously to the atmosphere of the national historic event. We thank Patsy McAuliffe for alerting us to the above picture and to "Centra" for acquiring a copy for us before closing time. (Seán)

[read more …] “Pipe Band at Béal na mBláth”

New lights on Mullaghanish

Work is ongoing on the the new digital TV transmitting mast on Mullaghanish which is beside the old analogue transmitter.  Signal testing has been taking place over the last while, and last week they turned on the beacon lights for aircraft etc … but they are so much stronger than the old lights, as to actually hurt the eyes if you look at them, and Millstreet is six miles away! The masts are easily visible from parts of Millstreet, and several locals have complained about how bright and intrusive they are (you can even see the lights during the day).

Lots of people were ringing into C103 radio station last Friday complaining about them, and there was a also this letter in the Examiner:

Mast light blots out the sky and pierces the eyes

AND so they have finally wiped out the sky. Stargazers lament. The strobe-like light atop the new TV mast at Mullaghanish in Co Cork must be the worst case of light pollution I have ever witnessed. [read more …] “New lights on Mullaghanish”

Death Notice: Edward Byrne, Ahane

The death has occurred on Sunday, August 22, 2010 of Edward (Ned) BYRNE of Ahane, Cullen, Cork, formerly of Garryadeen, Grenagh. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal this Monday evening at 8pm to the Church of the Nativity, Cullen. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Twinning Twirl

Not so much a dancing but a talking "twirl" by members of Millstreet Twinning Association who had a very pleasant get together at McCarthy's Bar, The Square, Millstreet on this Sunday evening (22nd August) in the knowledge that Cork are now in the All-Ireland Football Final. Our Friends from Pommerit-le-Vicomte will be arriving in Millstreet on 18th September 2010 marking the 25th Anniversary of the official twinning of our two communities. (Seán)

Fr. Con’s Presentation in Ballydaly

Fr. Con Kiely is presented on Friday, 20th August 2010 at Ballydaly Community Hall with a cheque in excess of €10,000.00 in support of his wonderfully dedicated missionary work in Ecuador, South America. Included with Fr. Con and Josephine Kiely who is presenting the money which is the result of a recent fund-raising project within Millstreet Parish are Fr. Con's sisters (from left) - Mary Dillon, Mairéad Sherlock and Sr. Agnes Kiely. More pics. to follow later during the week. (Seán)

Bernard’s Splendid Choices

Bernard O'Donoghue, Cullen & Oxford (centre back row) with just some of the large attendance at his presentation of this month's Millstreet Gramophone Circle's meeting in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet on Friday, 20th August 2010. Bernard's Classical and Irish musical choices were universally applauded. Maurice Linehan expressed splendid words of thanks and appreciation. (Seán)

“Hot Country” on Sky 201

A reminder that the “Hot Country” music programme is transmitted on the Showcase Channel (Sky 201).     Hugh O’Brien,  Co-ordinator of this wonderfully popular Country and Western broadcast which includes  lots of  Irish inputs , indicates that the weekly one hour programme may be seen on Sundays (8-9pm), Mondays (8-9pm), Tuesdays (2-3pm) and Saturdays (2-3pm)(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)

Unveiling in Kilcorney

Last Sunday in blistering sunshine, Kilcorney unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour of the visit of Cardinal William Levada to his great-grandmothers home-place in Kilcorney on Easter Sunday 2008. The unveiling happened after 10:30am mass which was celebrated by Fr Winter and concelebrated by Monsignor Mulcahy (an uncle of Donie Howard), and the unveiling was performed by Aiden Horgan, a relative of Cardinal Levada.

Monsignor Mulcahy gave a very interesting sermon which detailed Cardinal Levada’s (the Pope’s right hand man)  life, how he ministered with him in Santa Monica (California), and how he rose to his current position of Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He also talked about his great-grandmother Kate Horgan who had emigrated across the Atlantic all those years ago from Horsemount, and crossed the USA and settled in California.

A large crowd gathered outside St Nicholas Church immediately after the mass for the [read more …] “Unveiling in Kilcorney”

Regional report 1026 – 17th August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1026 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this rather changeable but warm Tuesday morning.

Last week we held our breath, hoped for the best and prayed, and all of our efforts paid off  a hundred fold. Our Summer Horse Show at the mighty Green Glens was a resounding success. Horses and people came pouring in, the weather was ideal, and the atmosphere was electric and when nights fell in, jumping went on till late in the indoor arena at night.  At various times young riders from Mallow’s Riding School put on beautiful displays to the strains of Strauss music. And on Sunday afternoon the Grand Prix brought our Summer Show to a spectacular close. The Duggan Family issued heartfelt thanks to all those who supported them in any way.

In conjunction with the show an Artisan / Craft Fair was held in the town square on Saturday with everything from hot food the painted pictures, glass wear, jewellery, etc on sale. It was very well supported.  The pubs and hotel put on music every night  giving  visitors to the show got good value for their money.

[read more …] “Regional report 1026 – 17th August 2010”

Death Notice: Theresa Twomey (née O’Mahony)

The death has occurred on Saturday, August 14, 2010 of Theresa TWOMEY, (née O’Mahony) of Rathcoole and Cullen Cork. Reposing at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal this Monday evening at 8pm to St John’s Church, Dromagh. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Cullen Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, in lieu, to Marymount Hospice.

Taking a Stand for Mallow Hospital

Thanks be to God someone is standing up for our services and our local  hospital which of course is Mallow. In an article in the Irish Examiner today, Dr Pat  Casey is one of a number of doctors who are standing up in defense of Mallow Hospital:


Millstreet GP Dr Patrick Casey questioned the motives behind the investigation: “I am a senior GP in the area and have worked for 45 years and always referred patients to Mallow and they have always been more than satisfied with the service.

“Furthermore, I have been a patient there myself and so have members of my family and we have been very satisfied.

“I wonder if this is a back door message, certain agreements were made around reconfiguration, that some services would transfer to Cork but that emergency services would be kept at MGH.”

Dr Casey said emergency services were vital for the large rural areas around Mallow.

Regional Report 1025 – 10th August 2010

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Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1025 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely calm and sunny,Tuesday morning.

And a very fond hello to Betty Carroll of Liscarroll, who listens in every Tuesday morning, nice to have you along Betty.

Well this is the week that we’ve all been waiting for, The Millstreet Summer Horse Show. It’s had a fairly rough ride but  now its all systems go. Entries are flowing in and the venue looks a picture with all the new improvements that have been added plus a host of flowers and shrubs in full bloom. On site stabling for hundreds of horses. Self service Restaurant, plus shops and trade stands. Admission is free all week, and prize money on €130,000 up for grabs, sponsored entirely by the Duggans.

It will run from to-day to Sunday. Starting off quietly to-day and building up over the  coming days to the  mighty Grand Prix on Sunday with prize money on €30,000.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1025 – 10th August 2010”

Death Notice: Margaret O’Callaghan, (née Cremin)

The death has occurred on Saturday, August 07, 2010 of Margaret O’CALLAGHAN, (née Cremin) of Rathduane, Rathmore, Kerry. Removal this Monday evening at 8pm from Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet, to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Tuesday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in Drishane Cemetery.