Eily’s Report – 8th October

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

The Autumn chill is in the air but as we escaped the ravages of the hurricane, we can easily put on extra clothes to keep warm. Some people complained about the media saying that they over did the prediction of what was to come but it was some record that not one life was lost by the monster wind. It’s comforting to know that we have such a broad based array of advisory bodies to warn us in such detail of impending  forces of Nature. And we can only say a heartfelt word of thanks to all those who showed such an interest in our welfare.

Fire Safety Week starts on this Friday October 11th  and members of our local Brigade will be at our  shops  in the town to meet the public and chat with them about their work. It will give us all the  chance  to meet the people who are on call at all times in case  of fire outbreaks  or other  disasters.                    So please take advantage of this rare opportunity.

Many congratulations to Linda McAuliffe, daughter of Patsy and Angela who was among the students of Kerry ETB Radio, Broadcasting and Digital Journalism Course who won Gold and Bronze featuring the Sounds and Soundscapes of Kerry, entitled Clauis Ciarraí, Millstreet.

An important meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight,starting at 8.30.   All members please attend.

Our Tidy Towns Committee want to thank all those who helped them to gain six more points in this years National Event and they are asking everybody to row in behind them in their effort to win silver next time round.   The time to start preparing is now. So please their goal, your goal for 2020.

A date for your diary – a mock wedding will take place in the Bush Bar on Saturday the 19th October  at 8 pm in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). Invitations €10  Music by the Kelts, a good night assured.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 8th October”

37th National Dairy Show

37th National Dairy Show
Saturday 19th October 2019
Green Glens Arena – Millstreet – Co. Cork

The 37th National Dairy Show to take place in Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on Saturday 19th October

As autumn beckons thoughts turn to the last agricultural show of the year, the National Dairy Show, which takes place on Saturday 19th October in the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet.

The fun, family, farming day out offers something for everyone and has steadily grown into Ireland’s premier indoor agricultural event. The Show always offers a wide range of attractions and this year is no different with an extended Trade Stand area with over 150 trade exhibits, marketing agricultural based products and equipment.

A new addition to the Show this year are the informative, bite-size seminars from leading companies in the agricultural industry offering further advice and insight to help farmers in their day to day business, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to meet and discuss with suppliers of a wide range of products from the latest in milking technology to animal nutrition, veterinary products, detergents, animal dosing, AI companies and leading financial institutions to name but a few.

[read more …] “37th National Dairy Show”

West Cork based Late Late Toy Show Stars to Appear at Millstreet Vintage Club Model and Toy Show on next Sunday


With just days left now the countdown is now on in a big way for the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club which will take place on next Sunday Oct 13th.
This Year the Event is heading to a New Venue up at the K and L Transport Depot in Millstreet,the Show is always a great day out and has something for everyone both Young and Old, amongst some of the Attractions this Year is a Big Lego Display and Play Area,this will be an experience not to be missed for all Lego Fans,also the Biggest Remote Control Display of the Year will be on display at the Show and both Kids and Adults alike will be able to show off there Remote Control Driving Skills by taking part in a Remote Control Tractor Driving Challenge over a specially Layed out Course,if you are a Fan of Remote Control Models and in particular Tractors you cannot miss this and as usual there will be plenty more to see and do on the day.

Doors Open at 10.30am. Admission is €5 and Children are Free.

For more information, contact Donie Lucey on 086-8545873, or Daniel Lucey on 086-8680807.

Gold and Bronze for Linda at the IMRO Awards

Congratulations to Linda McAuliffe and the students of the Kerry ETB Radio Broadcasting and Digital Journalism Course who came away from the IMRO Awards with a Gold in the Short Feature Category, and a Bronze in the Digital & Social Innovation Category, for their innovative feature on the sounds of Kerry, called ‘Cluas Ciarraí’.
Their series, about the sounds and soundscapes of County Kerry, was inspired by students Barry O’Donnell and Dara Ó’Cinnéide – who are both visually impaired and who successfully completed the course this year.
Millstreet was also represented by Joanne O’Riordan who was nominated for her podcast on RedFM, and Ed Smith was there also with TodayFM.

[read more …] “Gold and Bronze for Linda at the IMRO Awards”

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm this Sunday

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this week’s programme plus the recording of a future programme.  (S.R.)

This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me, John Greene continues and concludes a two part programme entitled – ‘The future for Bandon – What lies ahead’.

Having faced all the usual challenges that most towns have to deal with, Bandon was also lumped with floods, diversions and roadworks that never seem to end.

Approximately 40 million euro is now earmarked for Bandon, and on this week’s programme we meet people with a positive attitude, who believe that in four to five years time, the town will be one of the finest in the country.

We also hear from the Gardai, Irish Water, and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey.

Where the road takes me, goes to air at 7, this Sunday evening on C103.


On Thursday evening October 17th next, a musical edition of Where the road takes me, will be recorded at Ray’s Bar, Emmet Row, in Bandon.

Musical contributions from………  Joe Mac (Dixies), Gina of the Champions,  Art Supple, Gerald o’Flynn, Liz Bryan and Danny o’Leary. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm this Sunday”

Parish Newsletter – 6th October, 2019

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 6th October, 2019
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
Email:  <email>    www.dioceseofkerry.ie
10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

RECENT DEATHS: Donagh O’Leary, Ballydaly; Dermot O’Callaghan, Banteer, Eileen Keane, Ballymacelligott.

Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                 Catherine & Sean Buckley, The Hall, Kilcorney
Ballydaly   9.00 a.m.                       Deceased members of the Carroll family, Coolinarne
Cullen      10.15 a.m.                          Kathleen O’Sullivan & her son Timmy, Ballydaly
Millstreet 11.30 a.m.                         Pa Buckley, Aunagloor

ANNIVERSARIES: Teresa Casey, Clara Road; Nora Dennehy, Gneeves; Frank & Katie O’Riordan, Ballinatona; Martin Moran, Ballyvouskil; Mary Dineen, Laharn;  [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 6th October, 2019”

Sergeant Thomas James Deegan, R.I.C. Millstreet 1915-1922

There’s an interesting article on the RIC Facebook page  on one RIC member Thomas Deegan who was the last Sergeant in  Millstreet when it was disbanded. He had arrived as a constable in 1915, and was promoted to Sergeant on March 1st 1921 [RD]:

“After years of wanting to visit the archive centre at Kew I eventually did it yesterday. My grand father and great grandfather were RIC constables. My great grandfather Thomas Deegan 29408 was appointed 12.4.1864. He was 5ft 111/2ins, from Queens County and aged 20. He was pensioned off 1st Aug. 1879 at the age of 35 after 15 years 3 month service in the Dublin Docks. After being pensioned off Thomas Deegan became a bank messenger and later lived above a bank on the North Wall, Dublin.
Thomas James Deegan 63563 was born in Common Street, Dublin 4th Nov 1881. He was appointed to the RIC on 16 Dec 1907 and discharged by being pronounced unfit by the Surgeon on 18 Dec 1907. He was appointed again on 23 April 1908. He was initially stationed in Wexford. The RIC stayed in a large house/post office near to Bridgetown. On the 1/10/1915 he was moved to Cork W.R. and he worked and lived in Millstreet. He remained there until the RIC was disbanded 07/04/1922. Because of the hostility towards the RIC at this time he was moved to Stamford, England and lived in Rutland Road. My father recalls other former RIC constables living in the same street.”

It was posted by James’ grandson Ron Deegan, who also posted a photo of James with his wife Ellen (Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford), and their four children [ref].

“A photograph of my Grandfather Thomas James Deegan and his family.This would have been taken a couple of years after the RIC were disbanded. My father Harold Deegan was the boy on the right standing next to his mother. Her maiden name was Ellen Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford” [rd]


Another of Thomas Deegan’s grandchildren Holly Andreosso “Journeyed to Ireland from Canada, in 2015 to find my mother’s actual place of birth, March 13, 1918…this house, known as ‘The Barracks’, Millstreet, Co Cork….”. She posted photos on the Forgotten Ireland FB page.


“A group of Royan Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) stationed in Millstreet c. 1921” – from Millstreet Museum. The little girl in front is Patricia Deegan, with her father Sergeant Thomas J Deegan.


Birth of Thomas James Deegan on fourth November 1881 at 21 Common Street, North Dublin – father: Thomas Deegan 32 Commin Street, Port and Docks Constable – mother: Anne Deegan née O’Reilly.

Marriage of Thomas Deegan and Ellen Walsh on 24 May 1915 in Wexford

Birth of Harold Francis Deegan on 27th June 1915 at Sweet Mount, Bridgetown – to Thomas James Deegan, Bridgetown, Constable RIC, and Ellen Deegan (Walsh)

Patricia Deegan: born 13th March 1918 at the Barrack Millstreet – Eveline Gertrude Patricia – Female – father: Thomas James Deegan, The Barracks Millstreet, Constable Royal Irish Constabulary – mother: Ellen Teresa Deegan née Walsh – Michael Fitzgerald assistant registrar. (She was born in the day room at the Barracks)



Read More: Deegan Family RIC Members remembered – “… In 1995 I went with my father to Ireland and visited the places he remembered as a child. He pointed out the large house just outside Bridgetown where the RIC where posted. We also went on an interesting journey around Millstreet. We found the remains of the barracks at the rear of a shop that had been built on the spot where the barracks were. At the rear of the shop we were shown a large gate that was leaning against a wall. We also saw the remains of what my father referred to as the day room. A room that he had been taken to and spent time there where he had seen what ever went of in the barracks yard.”

Kids Halloween Fancy Dress Disco in Aubane Community Centre on Friday October 25th

Aubane Social Club are holding a Kids Fancy Dress Disco in Aubane Community Centre on Friday 25th October between 7 and 9pm,there will be Face Painting and Fun.

Kids Come in Costume.

Admission Free.

Qualifications from Drishane Convent?

I wonder if anyone can help with the following question we received today, likely about Drishane Convent School:

“Hello, a cousin of mine studied at a residential post primary college in or near Millstreet in the early 1950’s. It might have been called Drishane Castle. What qualifications might the pupils have got in Domestic Science or kindred subjects? I would be grateful for any information to put in her obituary that will be needed any day.
Many thanks, Mary”

If you know, please leave a comment below, or send an email to <contact@millstreet.ie>, and we will forward the answers.

Big Remote Control Display planned for Millstreet Vintage Club Toy Show on Sunday Oct 13th

The Biggest Remote Control Display of the Year will be on display at the Millstreet Vintage Club Model Show which will take place on Sunday October 13th at the K and L Transport Premises in Millstreet,Kids will be able to display there Remote Control Driving Skills by taking part in a Remote Control Tractor Driving Challenge over a specially Layed out Course,if you are a Fan of Remote Control Models and in particular Tractors you cannot miss this,Doors Open at 10.30am Adults €5 Children Free.


Part-Time Cleaner for Cullen National School

Cullen N.S. invites applications for a Part – Time Cleaner. 8 hours per week. Cullen National school, Mullaghroe, Cullen P51 TK70 Roll no. 17171V.  Application by post to Chairperson BOM by 9th October. Please include cover letter and CV (with two referees)  and mark envelope “Applications”.

Big Lego Display set for Visit to Millstreet Vintage Club Model Show

There is a Lego Display and Play Area coming to the Millstreet Vintage Club Model Show which will take place on Sunday October 13th at a New Venue in the K and L Transport Premises in Millstreet, and the good news is that it is FREE for children to enjoy. This is an experience not to be missed for all Lego Fans. Doors Open at 10.30am.

Lest We Forget (10)

(Continuing our series on the events of 1919 with the help of the daily newspaper of the First Dail, the Irish Bulletin.)


The sentences passed on political offenders in the six days above mentioned totalled three years and three months.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 20th, 1919.
Arrests:- Capt. Rev. Thomas J. O’Donnell, an Irish Australian Army Chaplain was arrested at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin. The charge is unstated. Fr. O’Donnell is now under close guard and is not permitted visits even from his law advisers. Mr. Joseph Birrells, Dundalk, recently released from Belfast Prison in broken health was rearrested by armed military and police. Military and police surrounded and arrested 25 young men who were spending their Sunday on the hills outside Dublin. They are being detained on a charge of illegal drilling.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (10)”

Eily’s Report – 1st October

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.

October the first, it seems only like a few days ago since we had the start of September. But the month did give us some nice sunny days and gave us a chance to enjoy the great out of doors and admire the beauty of nature. Land owners got on with harvesting their crops and storing up the precious winter feed both for man and beast.  The lovely Mountain Ash, (Rowan Tree) excelled itself this year with the amount of berries it produced, the limbs were weighted down with its mega crop of bright red produce. Blackberries were also there in abundance but the hazel nuts and wild damsons exceeded them all. I don’t know how many people collect these fruits nowadays, but having known them since youth  harvesting them every year brings back vivid memories of carefree happy days of climbing trees and devouring the fruits of nature long into the Winter months.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 1st October”

Boherbue’s Music Room Presentation This Thursday at 8pm

Maurice Linehan (holding CD) presented a splendid programme at Millstreet Gramophone Circle last Friday night – pictured here with just some of the capacity audience. Con Kelleher  (on extreme left) accorded the official thanks to Maurice.  Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
The Presentation at Boherbue’s Music Room this Thursday (3rd Oct. 2019) will be given by Eithne O’Keeffe of Boherbue (pictured 4th from left) while Joe Kennelly of Inniscarra and Millstreet (7th from left in centre) will present in Millstreet on Fri. 18th Oct., 2019.

Death Notice: Eileen Hickey, Hollymount Cross, Knocknaloman

The death has occurred of Eileen Hickey (née O’Mahony) Hollymount Cross, Knocknaloman/late of Caunaguileen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
On September 29th 2019 passed away unexpectedly at her residence in the presence of her loving family, sister of the late Peggy Vida. Beloved wife of Patrick, dear mother of Adrian, Damien, Alan, Caitríona, daughters in law Aileen, Sylvia, Damien’s fiance Margaret and Caitríona’s boyfriend Connie, adored grandchildren Faye and Hugh, brothers Jerry and Michael. Sadly missed by her sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Lying in Repose at her residence Eircode (P51 E4X9) on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Reception into St Joseph’s Church Rathmore on Thursday for 11am Mass burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please donations in lieu to friends of the children of Chernobyl. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. [rip]

Tidy Towns Results 2019

Many congratulations to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association who achieved a Bronze Medal and jumped up another six points in this year’s Tidy Town Competition, which was announced today. It’s the result of lots of planning and hard work by out dedicated Tidy Towns Association. Thank you for making Millstreet a better place to live. Below is the Millstreet Adjudication Report for 2019:

Tidy Towns Competition 2019
Adjudication Report
Centre: Millstreet – Sráid an Mhuilleann Ref: 480
County: Cork(North) Category: C
Date(s): 03/07/2019
Mark: 327

Max 2018 2019
Community – Your Planning and Involvement 60 46 46
Streetscape & Public Places 60 43 44
Green Spaces and Landscaping 60 45 46
Nature and Biodiversity in your Locality 50 34 35
Sustainability – Doing more with less 50 17 18
Tidiness and Litter Control 90 67 68
Residential Streets & Housing Areas 50 34 35
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes 50 35 35
TOTAL MARK 470 321 327

Community – Your Planning and Involvement / An Pobal – Pleanáil agus Rannpháirtíocht:
“Cuireann an moltóir seo fáilte roimh Millstreet – Sráid an Mhuilinn páirt a ghlacadh i gComórtas Náisiúnta SuperValu na mBailte Slachtmhara 2019. Many thanks for your application form, map, Tidy Town plan, biodiversity action plan and additional material… [read more …] “Tidy Towns Results 2019”

Millstreet Vintage Club Model Toy Show happening on Sunday October 13th


The countdown is on to the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club which will take place on Sunday Oct 13th,this Year the Event is heading to a New Venue up at the K and L Transport Depot in Millstreet,the Show is always a great day out and has something for everyone both Young and Old.

Admission is €5 and Children are Free.


Keep a lookout on the Website here or on the Millstreet Vintage Club Facebook https://www.facebook.com/esatclear.ie/ for all the latest updates on this. 

For more information, contact Donie Lucey on 086-8545873, or Daniel Lucey on 086-8680807.

Yoga Fundraiser New Town Park Playground

Millstreet  Town Park Committee would like to sincerely thank Irina Popova of Infinite  Arts who is generously giving her time with this initiative contributing to the funding of the proposed new  Playground – see  Irina’s post below for details.   Please support this great community spirit.

If you’re not of the Yoga persuasion and  wish to make a financial contribution for  a new playground in our Town Park you may:

  1. lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account at IBAN: IE61 BOFI 9058 0332 1050 69, BIC:BOFIIE2D
  2. lodge cash or cheque in person  at Millstreet Credit Union – reference Millstreet Town Park account
  3. send a cheque payable to ” Millstreet Town Park ” care of  FÁS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet.

If you wish to confirm your contribution  or hold your own fundraiser we would be delighted to hear from you at  <millstreettownpark@gmail.com>

Plans for the new Children’s Playground:  millstreet.ie/blog/2019/07/10/plans-for-the-new-childrens-playground
[read more …] “Yoga Fundraiser New Town Park Playground”

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

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s programme at 7 on C103 – Sunday, 29th Sept. 2019.

Online shopping, the high cost of rent, rates and insurance, are all making survival difficult for people in business today.

A history of flooding, combined with roadworks and diversions that never seem to end,  have added greatly to the challenges now facing the town of Bandon. 

In the first of a two part programme on Where the road takes me, with positivity as its theme,  John Greene examines what lies ahead for the town known as the ‘Gateway to West Cork’. 

Tim Lucey, Chief Executive of Cork County Council, tells us that  – ‘We’re basically re-building Bandon.’ 

Along with representatives from the Business Association, Tidy Towns, the Gardaí, shop and pub owners and restaurateurs. we hear how they believe that in four to five years, Bandon will  stand shoulder to shoulder with any town in the country.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

Death Notice: Donagh O’Leary, Ballydaly

The death has occurred of Donagh O’Leary, Ballydaly. Passed away on 28th of September 2019, as a result of an accident. Donagh (24) was the adored son of Denis and Mary (Guerin O’Leary), cherished and loved brother of Jonathan and Noríde, sister-in-law Siobhan, niece Réiltín, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives, large circle of friends and kind neighbours.
Reposing at his residence (Eircode P51 PP90) on Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. Reception into Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballydaly, on Monday for 12 noon Mass, burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. [rip]

[read more …] “Death Notice: Donagh O’Leary, Ballydaly”