Dr. Patrick (Pat) Casey

The death has occurred of Dr. Patrick (Pat) Casey, Millstreet, Co. Cork.On February 18th 2021, peacefully in the exceptional care of the staff of Cork University Hospital. Beloved husband of Nora, much loved father to Michael, Louise, Desmond, Patrick and Teresa, and adoring grandfather to Conor, Aoife, Méabh, Tom, Íde and Paddy. Very sadly missed by his wife and family, daughters-in-law Maria and Gráinne, sons-in-law Derek and Seb, sister Eileen, brother-in-law Desmond. Predeceased by his brother Tom and sisters Brigid and Mary. Dearly remembered by his niece, nephews, relatives, wide circle of many great friends, colleagues and patients.

Due to the current restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will take place in St. Patrick’s Church Millstreet on February 20th at 2.30pm. Those who would like to have attended but cannot, may view the service which will be livestreamed on www.churchservices.tv/millstreet

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Messages of sympathy may be left on this condolence link.

Book to mark the Clonbanin Ambush

The Centenary of the Clonbanin Ambush is on the 5th March 2021 and the Clonbanin Ambush Commemoration committee has launched a book  to mark the event. It tells the story of the Ambush and events surrounding it. The book is for sale at local outlets throughout Duhallow and is priced at €10. We would like to thank all the businesses who facilitated us in the sale of the book.

Millstreet Parents Association Pancake Competition

Millstreet Parents Association would like to thank all the talented children who sent in entries from both the Presentation N.S. and Scoil Mhuire B.N.S.  The children sent in a lot of fantastic pictures of how they like to have their Pancakes, lots of wonderful designs and colours, I am told it made the decision of who the winner was such a hard job.  Here are the pictures, some great talent here I think you’ll agree.

Also if you would like to follow the Millstreet Parents Association on Facebook the link is https://www.facebook.com/Millstreet-Parents-Association-104178005023702

Michaela Dennehy, Age 8
2nd Class Presentation N.S.

CRR Air Ambulance


Life saving service provided support to HSE in 13 counties in 2020

The Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance was tasked to 490 incidents across 13 counties during 2020, which was its first full year in operation.

The ICRR Air Ambulance, based in Rathcoole in County Cork, works in tandem with the National Ambulance Service to provide both paramedic support and transport to hospital for seriously ill patients.

Figures from the ICRR show that July was the single busiest month, with the Air Ambulance being tasked a total of 59 times. Road traffic accidents account for the most incidents, with a total of 94 taskings throughout the year.


(picture sent by Darragh Kane) 

[read more …] “CRR Air Ambulance”

Ash Wednesday 2021 in Millstreet

The finishing touches were put to the very beautiful Lenten Garden this Ash Wednesday evening (17th Feb. 2021) at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet by Sharon and Denis Lane.   This year sachets containing the Blessed Ashes  which had been blessed this Morning at Mass by Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. were made available.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Ash Wednesday 2021 in Millstreet”

Children’s Art to be displayed on the Boole Library

An exhibition of drawings that presents the creativity of young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants will be launched at University College Cork on Thursday February 18th.
‘Art in Action’ will see the artworks of children from the Drishane Castle Direct Provision Centre in Cork be installed on the exterior of UCC’s historic Boole Library, in a powerful collaboration with the Glucksman Art Gallery. [Read more about the exhibition in today’s Echo]


“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm

“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 16th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

On tonight’s Show:  Lots of wonderful songs and music including Jim Lyons singing “My Home in Sweet Lyracrompane”, Shandrum Céilí Band’s 2015 All-Ireland performance of “The Killavil Set”, The Clare Céilí Band with “Kilrush Polkas”.  Selections from “The Mikado”, Breeda Tarrant’s “Friendship” …. and many, many more. 

We celebrate a significant Birthday of a Loyal Listener, a gifted Singer and a True Gentleman – Jim Lyons– by virtually visiting Knockalougha Rambling House in Knocknagoshel through the kindness of Kathleen Herlihy of Ballymacelligott.  And also on tonight’s Show we share Entertaining Definitions Galore such as the definition of a “Smile”: “A curve that can set a lot of things straight!” 

At 10pm we remember two people who recently went to their Eternal Reward.   And we chat about the following images:

Corpus Christi Procession at The Square, Millstreet 1964. From the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Spring is here! Daffodil outside Millstreet’s St. Patrick’s Church today.
Cloud formation viewed from Mount Leader today – looking a little like the map of Ireland!
Lenten Garden at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet arranged by Parish Secretary, Sharon Lane.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm”

Millstreet Meals on Wheels service

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.


A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.


If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>

Eily’s Report – 16th February

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

The first half of Monday was like a real touch of spring. I’m glad that I took advantage of it to out in the garden and indeed found plenty to do which I thoroughly enjoyed. Even in Summer I’m not a one to sit out, not for very long anyway until I see a weed or something that needs my attention. This time I was surprised to find the runners of the Virginian Creeper were gone way up the wall  and not a leaf on them. If left to their own devises they’d have the neighbours and all covered before long. Needless to say they had to be brought down to earth because their season doesn’t come until the autumn . All the other plants in the garden must get their chance before then. The little cheeky robin accompanied me all the whole time, almost striking into me now and then before landing on a nearby branch to sing it’s heart out for me. Lucky for me that I went out in the forenoon because later the heavens opened.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 16th February”

Mary Cashman, Ballyphehane & Millstreet

Cashman (Connolly Park, Ballyphehane, Cork and late of Millstreet), On February 13th 2021, unexpectedly but peacefully surrounded by her loving family and in the wonderful care of the staff of MSSU Ward, Cork University Hospital, MARY (nee Buckley) beloved wife of the late Patsy and loving mother of Kathleen, Kevin and Seán. Sister of the late Denis and Peggy. Sadly missed by her loving family, daughter-in-law Suzann, grandchildren McKenzie, Conor, Ryan and Saoirse, brother-in-law Fr. Dan Cashman SMA, sisters-in-law Eilse and Moira, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends. May She Rest in Peace [rip]

In accordance with the current government guidelines on public gatherings the funeral will be private. Mary’s Requiem Mass will be streamed on Tuesday at 10.30 on churchservices.tv/ballyphehane. To leave a message for the family, please use the RIP Condolence Page.

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 14th Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

In the immediate aftermath of the War of Independence and the signing of the Truce, it wasn’t victorious stories of Kilmichael, Crossbarry and Tooreengarive that were spoken of, but instead the IRA’s worst defeat in a single engagement. 

In the Battle of Clonmult on February 20th 1921, the IRA lost fourteen volunteers, seven of whom were shot dead after they had surrendered.  Two more were later executed.  A local community was traumatised and the East Cork Flying Column was no more. 

Join John Greene on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, as we follow the sequence of events during the battle and the many strange decisions that led to it.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 14th Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm

We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 14th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast today from 12:30pm until 1.30pm.  Being St. Valentine’s Day our musical focus will of course be on “Love” with songs by Al Jolson, ABBA, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe…and lots more.

 This is our seventh Lunchtime programme of 2021 where our songs and music are full of variety.   We feature songs by Breeda Tarrant (one we recently discovered recorded at Tarrant’s Bridge Bar in 2012), Jim Lyons, Colin Paul, The Taylor Brothers, Mallow’s Thomas Davis Pipe Band…plus the music of the Alan Finn Group, André Rieu, James Last, Mantovani and lots more.  Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074.   Or check out the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  And we chat about these images below from the years 1995, 2000, 2004 and 2021 (sourced from Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives) during our Show. (S.R.)

Celebrating St. Valentine’s Day 2021.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
From the year 2004 we see Jimmy O’Sullivan checking out the Lambretta Scooter observed by John Twomey, Noel Keating and Ronan Galvin.
From the year 2000 Joan O’Mahony with her Sixth Class pupils on a History Tour of Millstreet Town. Here having reached High Mill Lane where Babe Han O’Riordan and Nell Hickey provided some wonderfully interesting historic information.
Back now to 1995 where we visit Main Street, Millstreet and meet with John O’Keeffe, Babe Han O’Riordan and Lena O’Keeffe.

[read more …] ““Lunchtime Favourites” Sunday 14th Feb. 2021 – 12.30 to 1.30pm”

Query Regarding Irish Ancestry

Greetings from New Zealand….
I’m searching for the parents of Denis Murphy, possibly born 22 October 1922 in County Cork. Marriage certificate has his birth year as 1926 and father as Patrick Murphy, but these may not be accurate. Denis married in England in 1966, and didn’t discuss his family back in Ireland. His children are curious about who their grandparents were and where their father was from.
Using DNA from Denis Murphy’s children it’s possible that Denis was descended from Patrick O’Sullivan (born about 1818, died 18 Dec 1898 Tooreenclassagh) and Hanora O’Keeffe (baptised 20 Jan 1854 Rathmore, died 30 Dec 1930 according to a headstone at Christ the King Church Cemetery, Knocknagree).
Another couple that it seems likely that Denis is descended from is Jeremiah Murphy (born about 1826, died 21 Mar 1907 Knocknashannagh) and Johanna Guerin (born about 1840, died 12 Mar 1905 Knocknashannagh).
Most of their DNA matches have family trees that lead back to the area between Millstreet, Rathmore and Ballydesmond.
I’m researching this from New Zealand and while there are many resources online, some local help would be appreciated! If anyone can give me some clues as to the parents of Denis Murphy I can be reached on the following email address: a.wilson2017 @outlook.co.nz
Kind regards,
Abbey Wilson

Millstreet Parish Newsletter 14th February 2021



Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

14th February  2021

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  millstreet @dioceseofkerry.ie    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:

RECENT DEATHS:   Kathleen Naughton, (nee Murphy), Killarney & Ahane, Cullen

ANNIVERSARIES: Danny, Eileen, Pat & Mary Teresa Buckley, Liscahane; James O’Byrne, West End; Sr. Florence O’Sullivan, Drishane Convent; Pauline Lyons, Dooneen; Jerome O’Riordan, Dromsicane; Billy Murphy, Coole; Michael Casey, Toorenbawn; John & Margaret Mullane, Coolikerane; Nellie White, Ballydaly; Mary O’Mahony, Meenagloherane; Mary, Neily & Eddie O’Sullivan, Lyreaoune; Desmond Kelleher, Kilmeedy & Australia.


 SATURDAY 13th February at 6.30p.m:   Agnes & Tim Kiely, The Bridge.

SUNDAY 14th February at 11.30a.m.: Donal & Nora Murphy, Killarney Road, The deceased members of the Murphy Family; Mary & Noel Horgan, Cork;  James Murphy, Cork.

MONDAY 15th February at 7.30p.m: Séamus Murphy, Ballydaly  (recently deceased)

TUESDAY 16th February at 10.00a.m: John Linehan, Dooneen & Cullen  (recently deceased);  Julia & Daniel Duggan, Claraghatlea

WEDNESDAY 17th February at 10.00a.m: ASH WEDNESDAYPauline & Dan Lyons, Dooneen; Thomas & Eileen O’Mahony, Kilmeedy.

THURSDAY 18th February at 10.00a.m.: Bridget & James Burke, Murphy’s Tce., their daughters Breeda Hickey & Sheila (Judy) & her husband Noel Doocey.

FRIDAY 19th February at 7.00p.m.:   Stations of the Cross followed by Mass at 7.30p.m. for Patrick & Kitty McCarthy,  Donoughmore & James & Julia Cotter, Mill View 

SATURDAY 20th February at 10.00a.m: Kathleen O’Sullivan, Gortavehy  (recently deceased)

SATURDAY 20th February at 6.30p.m: Paddy Murphy, Gurrane, Carriganima

SUNDAY 21st February at 11.30a.m: Peter Roche, Drishanebeg   [read more …] “Millstreet Parish Newsletter 14th February 2021”

Millstreet Community School “Lockdown Live” Presentation

Recently a most impressive “Lockdown Live” presentation was held on Zoom during which many very talented Students of Millstreet Community School participated in a most enjoyable Show displaying a magnificent range of talent in the world of music, song, outdoor games and novelty acts.   It was introduced by Principal, Pól Ó Síodhcháin with members of Staff commenting and judging the various performances.   The music and singing was excellent as well as the outdoor sports while one Student presented a superb ability to solve a Rubik Cube puzzle in record time and another Student proved the true magic of music from a tin whistle.   It is hoped to have a further presentation in time to come.   Well, well done to All who participated.  Check out full details of MCS Updates on https://www.millstreetcommunityschool.ie/

The very impressive opening title of the Presentation. (S.R.)

“Worth The Wait – The Drishanebeg Train Ambush” Book Now Available

The outstanding book “Worth the Wait – The Drishanebeg Train Ambush” has been printed locally by Kanturk Printers and is now available to purchase from the following Millstreet shops for just €10. 
  • Wordsworth, The Square.
  • Coleman’s Centra
  • Herlihys  Centra
  • Supervalu.
  • Anglands Filling Station, Dromagh.
  • Guerins Filling Station, Ballydaly.
The Committee would like to thank these businesses for facilitating & supporting the sale of this publication. 

Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
The Book is an excellent compendium of all available information from numerous sources and historians and includes many new photos that have never been previously published.. On this the 100th anniversary of the Ambush, the Book is a fitting memorial to the bravery of those who took up arms against an Empire and will help ensure that their memory lives on.

The Tricolour is flying at the Clonbanin monument

The Tricolour is flying at the Clonbanin monument to commemorate the Centenary Anniversary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush on the 11th February 1921.The Volunteers of the Millstreet Battalion IRA achieved a major  success over British forces by stopping and boarding the train, travelling from Mallow to Killarney,  and seizing rifles and ammunition from the troops on the train. The Volunteers had taken up positions at the Ambush site, on eight consecutive nights not knowing when they would be called into action.

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address by Jack Lane

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address

 by  Jack Lane 

 Aubane Historical Society


11th February 2021

I want to thank the Committee for organising this event and inviting me to speak. A good indication of their efficient and professional approach was to ask me to speak here some months ago. That is much appreciated. I also want to thank the Committee for doing this and making such an event as we have today.

I think many of you will agree that this type of event was unimaginable a few years ago. Irish history writing by our academics and commentators went through a very bad period for a number of years.

There was an attempt to give us a bad conscience about the war of independent and these types of commemorations were seen as in bad taste.  The only disagreement I have with the commemorations is that they should be called celebrations but never mind.

There was an attempt to create a narrative of the War of the Independence that was designed to give us bad conscience about the whole thing because it was alleged to be a sectarian episode; that it was war against Protestants. This was incredible to anyone who had any knowledge at all of the people who fought that war or the events of the war. It was an attempt to try to prove that our state was deformed at birth, so to speak.

The location of the Ambush at this cutting, just over 90 years later, Tuesday 8 March 2011, near MP17½, looking towards Millstreet where, on Friday 11 February 1921, the 5:15pm train from Cork to Tralee was ambushed. (Photo: Oliver Doyle)
The train afterwards, 3rd class 6-wheel carriage No. 663 at Tralee Bay platform, blood-stained and with bullet holes, Saturday 12 February 1921. The platform side of the coach with substantial window damage. (Photo: Museum of the Royal Fusiliers, HM Tower of London)

[read more …] “The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address by Jack Lane”

Today is the Centenary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush

Pictured at the Drishanebeg Ambush Commemoration Site marking the Centenary on this 11th Feb. 2021 – the Crowley Family – from left: Kevin, David, Margaret and Emmet. We thank Michael Thornton for the photograph. (S.R.)

We thank Michael Thornton for the following wonderfully comprehensive feature regarding the upcoming historic Centenary Event.   And thanks to Michael also for the recent photo of Tom Meaney at the Ambush Commemoration Site by the main Millstreet – Mallow Road near Keale Bridge.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R)


On 11th February 100 years ago, men from Millstreet and the surrounding areas successfully carried out an audacious and meticulously planned operation against British soldiers travelling by train between Mallow and Killarney.  Two volunteers boarded the train at Rathcoole and by holding the train driver and fireman at gunpoint, forced them to stop the train at Drishanebeg, where an ambush had been prepared. After a period of intense gunfire, the British troops who had suffered casualties, surrendered.  Fourteen rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition plus sundry equipment was taken, before the train, with the wounded onboard, continued to Killarney.

The arms captured at Drishanebeg proved to be of immense help to in later engagements at Clonbanin and Rathcoole.

This event was deemed one of the more successful engagements against the Crown Forces for the Millstreet Battalion Volunteers during the War of Independence.

The Drishanebeg Train Ambush Commemoration Project Committee was established to commemorate the events of that historic night at the Glebe Railway Cutting. [read more …] “Today is the Centenary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush”

Regarding hill walkers on Mushera/Maulnahorna  mountain 

To whom it may concern 

Regarding hill walkers on Mushera/Maulnahorna  mountain
We the landowners wish to inform the public due to constant sheep attacks by dogs .
Walkers will no longer be permitted to bring their dogs onto the mountain
in order to keep the hill open for walkers
Please respect this rule

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm

“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 9th Feb. 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook.  Happy Listening!  (S.R.)

On tonight’s Show:  Lots of wonderful songs and music including Jim Lyons singing “Brosna Town”, Shandrum Céilí Band’s 2015 All-Ireland performance of “The Killavil Set”, The Clare Céilí Band with “The Duke of Leinster” and “The Dublin Reel”.  Selections from “The Mikado”, Breeda Tarrant’s “Mulroy Bay” …. and many, many more. 

At 10pm we hear about Charlie Chaplin’s Four Suggestions for Happiness.   And we chat about the following images:

Brendan Murphy was recently very impressed on receiving a framed photo of himself on Rossbeigh Beach – presented in celebration of his recent birthday by his grand daughter Katelyn. The photo had been taken on 18th Sept. 2020. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
This is the original photo taken on Rossbeigh Beach on 18th Sept. 2020. Please feel most welcome to suggest a caption….A possible one might be: “Me and my shadow…!” But we’re sure that many more creative captions will hopefully be shared!

Sunday, 14th Feb. is St. Valentine’s Day – We chat about quotations from famous people on the subject of Love.

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” This Tuesday on CMS from 9.30 to 11.00pm”