Millstreet Community Council extends sincere congratulations to Millstreet Tidy Towns Association on its recent superb result in the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018. Achieving seven extra marks and a further Bronze Medal is most encouraging. Visitors to our area consistently comment on the beauty and tidiness of our town. (S.R.)
And a further message from Noel Buckley, Chairman, Millstreet Community Council:
“At the monthly meeting of Millstreet Community Council congratulations were extended to the Tidy Towns Committee on achieving such high marks and winning their category in this year’s competition. With their continued dedication and commitment and with the continuing co-operation of everyone in the community, overall victory is now within sight.”
The Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in Dromtarriffe on this coming Sunday has attracted Enthusiasts from all over the Country from both near and far,over 70 Exhibitors are expected at the Event in what promises to be one of the biggest Shows ever,there is something for everyone both Young and Old including a wide display of Model Cars,Trucks,Tractors etc,Farm Setting Layouts,Remote Control Cars,Trucks,and Plant Hire,Dolls Houses and Furniture displays and much more.Admission is €5 and Children are Free.
For more information,contact Donie on 086- 8545873,or John on 087-9230332 for details.
Mass will be celebrated in Cullen Church on Friday, 19th October at 7:00pm to bid a fond farewell to Hannah Kelleher, Principal, Cullen N.S.. The children of the school are busy practising their songs and readings for this Mass. Parents, current pupils, past pupils and members of the community and beyond are all most welcome to attend.
After Mass, all are invited to attend celebrations in the Community Centre. Music will be provided by past-pupils of Mrs. Kelleher, pupils who would have formed part of the School Band at some stage. These musicians are encouraged to bring their instrument of choice on the night, to be part of this momentous occasion.
We extend sincere congratulations to Hannah who has contributed so inspiringly to the education of so many young people in such a dedicated manner over many fruitful and uplifting years. We all wish Hannah a very Happy, Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement. Click on the images to enlarge.(S.R.)
This month’s meeting of Millstreet Gramophone Circle which takes place this Friday, 12th Oct. 2018 at 8.15pm in Millstreet Day Care Centre, Clara Road includes a broad selection of music and song with features on Museum Audio Archives, the World of Disney and the Walton Radio Programme. Our Presenter is yours truly. All are very welcome. (S.R.)
With just a couple of Days left now to the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in Dromtarriffe Hall on next Sunday Oct 14th, Conor McGregor who was all set to go to Dromtarriffe on Sunday is now unfortunately not going to make the Event after all as he has to fly back to the USA at short notice but Mickey Mouse and Charlie Chaplin are attending and Model Show Fan Donald Trump has sent a message to the Organisers wishing the Show well but is unlikely to be there this year due to Business Commitments but one never knows with Trump,the Show is always a great day out and there is something there for everyone both Young and Old including a wide display of Model Cars,Trucks,Tractors etc,Farm Setting Layouts,Remote Control Cars,Trucks,and Plant Hire,Dolls Houses and Furniture displays and much more.Admission is €5 and Children are Free.
For more information,contact Donie on 086- 8545873,or John on 087-9230332 for details.
Riding lessons for children and adults Also therapeutic and special needs Limited spaces, based in Cullen.
Also one space available for horse or pony breaking and schooling Grooming service available, head to toe Contact Deborah 0894341915
Horgan (Knocknageeha, Gneeveguilla and late of Drominagh, Clonbanin), On 8th October 2018, unexpectedly at his residence JOHN, beloved son of the late Paddy and brother of the late Con. Sadly missed by his wife Clarie (nee Doyle), mother Joan, brother Pat, sisters Kathleen, Marie, Sheila and Joanne, aunts Sheila and Margaret, father-in law, mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, and work colleagues.
Reposing at O’Leary Funeral Parlour, Knocknagree on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11.30am in Christ the King Church, Knocknagree, followed by private cremation. May he Rest in Peace. Family flowers only donations in lieu to Suicide Awareness.  
Today marks the centenary of the sinking of the Royal Mail Ship Leinster (10am October 10th 1918), after it was struck by two torpedoes from a German U-Boat 16 miles off the Dublin coast near the Kish Lighthouse. Commemorations are taking place in Dún Laoghaire for the 501+ passengers and crew died that day, the worst maritime disaster on the Irish Sea. Many of the passengers were military who were returning from leave in Ireland.
Among them was Dennis Creedon, of Laught, the son of Jeremiah and Norah Creedon, who was returning to Britain after leave at home. He was 31 years and left a wife Julia behind him. He was the last local person from Millstreet to die in World War I.
He had moved to Wales where he was working in the mines. He married Julia Moynihan in 1913, and when the war broke out, like his three brother in laws, he joined the British Army, seemingly like many others, for a better income to support his family. His time was apparently uneventful, and he was based in Bedford. He received a promotion to Corporal and transferred to the RAF on 17th September 1918 (#301441), where his trade within the army was as a “Hospital Orderly”. Having been on leave, he was returning to Britain, when he was drowned that day. His body was recovered, and was sent to Millstreet by train where it was waked in St. Patrick’s Church, and the following day buried at Kilcorney Cemetery with his family. He is also commemorated at the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton.
With only just a few days left now to the Millstreet Vintage Club Model Toy Show taking place next Sunday in Dromtarriffe Hall it looks like a couple of Characters may be in attendance at the Event,Conor McGregor is still reeling after his Defeat last Weekend but is now on his way to the Model Show next Sunday,McGregor is a big Fan of the Model Show scene and he is using the Dromtarriffe Event on Sunday as a way to relax and get away from the pressure and stress of Competition and was gutted he missed last years Event so is making amends for that,McGregor touched down at Dublin Airport yesterday Evening and is now thought to be staying at The Red Cow Moran Hotel for a couple of Nights before making his way down to Dromtarriffe on Sunday,its shaping up to be a great Event with something for Everybody both Young and Old,Doors Open at 10.30 am, looking forward to seeing ye all there.For more information,contact Donie on 086- 8545873,or John on 087-9230332 for details.
Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde and welcome to my report.
October, it’s the month that we are all asked to say the Rosery very often, every day if possible,or any prayer for that matter I suppose. And there is extra emphasis on prayer this year following the visit of Pope Francis. He needs our help more than ever, now as he tries to wade through the mountain of problems that surrounds our Church today. See what you can do.
And looking back on 2018 so far, we have a lot to be thankful for. The long wet winter and spring, followed by the long hot dry summer had us worried out of our minds, about food production for man and beast, and then came the change. Rain, sun, hope and we were bourne aloft with the joy of seeing lush crops, fresh home grown fruit and vegatables in the shops. Farmers cutting second crops of silage and much more. Surely good reason to thank the Good Lord for his great gifts.
With less than a week to go now the countdown is well and truely on for the Annual Model Toy Show hosted by Millstreet Vintage Club in Dromtariffe Hall on next Sunday Oct 14th.The Show is always a great day out and has something for everyone both Young and Old. Admission is €5 and Children are Free.
For more information,contact Donie on 086-8545873,or John on 087-9230332 for details.
In 1906, 17 year old Patrick Donohue from Bolomore, Rathcoole, a farmer’s son, one of nine children, arrived in Lawrence, Massachusetts, looking for work. He probably never imagining that a few years later he would be hailed a hero in France, earning a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.
Paddy, as he was known, was a Mill Worker in Lawrence, enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 to fight in World War I. He was assigned to Company G, 328th Infantry, 82nd All American Division. After training, he was sent to Europe in May 1918. On October 8th, 1918, he was one of 17 American soldiers that were tasked with taking out German machine gun nests near Châtel-Chéhéry on the French-German border. Hugely outnumbered by the Germans, they broke through the German line took a large number of prisoners, but then came under huge gun fire and suffered casualties, Donoghue also being wounded, but they still managed to take out the machine gunners, causing the Germans to withdraw, allowing the Allies to get behind the German lines.
G Company was known to the public because of the 1941 movie, Sergeant York, starring Garry Cooper (see the movie clips below). Sgt. York got the credit and Gary Cooper got the Academy Award. But as we know, one man alone was not responsible for the German defeat. Private Patrick Paddy J. Donohue of Lawrence was one of the unsung heroes of that battle.
Sincere congratulations to Aubane’s St. John’s G.A.A. Club’s truly magnificent win in the Junior B Football Championship on Saturday night in Millstreet Town Park. The very popular Club has members from not just Aubane and Mushera but well beyond. At the Club’s Annual Church gate Collection over the weekend not just one but two superb Cups were proudly displayed. Trainer Jimmy Murphy had a very busy schedule on Saturday night as he made it in time following the successful outcome in the important match to be present at “The Pub” in Carriganima to present substantial cheques to both Millstreet and Macroom Hospitals (fuller pictorial report on that event later) as a result of the Annual Fun Run in Carriganima. Since this event began a most impressive €13,000.00 has been presented to assist fundraising in the hospitals. Here we share some 11 images from the uplifting weekend. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “St. John’s G.A.A. Club’s Magnificent Win This Weekend”
Last weekend, Aubane Historical Society were at the 10th Annual Celebrating Cork Past Exhibition where Cork City Hall played host to many historical societies and groups from all over the City and County who come together each year to stage a unique exhibition that celebrates Cork’s rich colourful Heritage, Tradition and Culture – [Cobh Animation Team]
After a recent three part programme on the Lusitania, Where the road takes me returns to the town of Cobh to meet one of the town’s greatest characters. Although born in Rathbarry in West Cork, John o’Leary has been a resident here for some time.
From joining the Gardai in 1942, to being present in a courtroom as a man was sentenced to hang. From confronting Eamonn De’Valera at an election rally in 1954, to being blamed for instigating the famous battle of Bray, even though he was nowhere near at the time. And all of this while being a member of the force. To this day John is adamant that had he been allowed to remain in the Garda Siochana, he would have made a great policeman, being blessed with ample amounts of common sense. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Sunday Evening”
At the far end of Drishane Cemetery lie the remains of William E. Dennehy, who died serving the U.S. army, a hundred years ago today near the France-Belgium border. He was the second-last Millstreet man to die in World War I, only four weeks before the armistice that finished the war.
Born in Knocknakilla in 1890 to Daniel Dennehy and Margaret Murphy, he had and older brother Jeremiah and a younger sister Mary. Life must have been tough as his father died of TB when he was only three, so it was likely that the family was very poor. His grandfather lived with them until he died in 1906, and by 1911 we know that both boys were working as agricultural labourers. Two years later William moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where his aunt Mary and her husband Patrick Long (of Aubane) were living. He worked as a leather handler at the Armour Leather Company, and sent what spare money he had back home to support his family, but in 1917 he got drafted into the American army. He didn’t want to go as he stated in his draft registration that he was the breadwinner for his mother and sister. It didn’t matter. From September 1917 he trained in Camp Devens in the 301st Infantry, “Bostons Own”. In June 1918 he became an American citizen, and was transported to war in Europe aboard the S.S. Cedric, leaving New York on July 6th 1918. Landing in Europe the 301st was disbanded, and William was assigned to the 163rd, and two weeks later to the 58th Infantry, part of 8th Infantry Brigade, which was assigned to the 4th Division.
He saw action in Toulon, St. Mihiel, and finally in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, where he was reported missing on October 7th 1918 at Bois de Fays, about 3km west of the town of Brieulles-sur-Meuse.
He was buried there, but the American public wanted their fallen boys brought home. The French blocked the repatriations for three years, but relented, and eventually on May 21st 1922, sixty-four US soldiers of Irish birth arrived in Dublin at the request of their families. William was one of those, and he was brought to Millstreet and given his final resting place in Drishane Cemetery.
The Dennehy family around 1900. Left to right: Margaret (mother), Jeremiah, Mary, and William
Congratulations to O’Leary’s Family Butchers who won two Golds at the BLAS Irish Food Awards which were held in Dingle today. The awards celebrate and reward the very best tasting Irish food and drink products, and the passionate, driven producers who make it. The O’Leary Golds were for their:
Beef and Mozarella Slider in the “Beef Value added Burger Style” category, and their
Buffalo Burger which won the “Other Meats” category
MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK-END: Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m. Catherine Buckley, The Hall, Kilcorney Ballydaly 9.00 a.m. Willie Joe & Peggy O’Keeffe, Knockduff Cullen 10.15 a.m. Kathleen O’Sullivan, Ballydaly & her son Timmy Millstreet 11.30 a.m. Pa Buckley, Aunagloor
ANNIVERSARIES: Nora Dennehy, Gneeves; Frank & Katie O’Riordan, Ballinatona; Martin Moran, Ballyvouskil; Theresa Casey, Clara Road; Kevin Cronin, Clara Road; Dola O’Byrne, West End; Margaret & Patrick O’Sullivan, Liscreagh & Lackabawn; Margaret McCarron, Bandon & Cullen; Mary, William & Billy Gleeson, Glountane; Mary Dineen, Laharn; Mary & Edward O’Sullivan, Glenleigh & Kilcorney; Jerry O’Donoghue, Fethard. [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 7th October, 2018”
On this day one hundred years ago (Oct 5th 1918) West Cork Riding was declared Special Military Area. Nobody could enter area without a permit from the military authorities in Bandon. Measure was a direct (albeit belated) response to July 1918 Irish Volunteers Beal an Ghleanna Ambush that left 2 policemen injured. It was the first attack on the RIC since 1916. Fairs, markets, commercial travel and other business were severely restricted over the following months, as was personal travel, with military checks at trains arriving into stations on the many rail lines running through West Cork a century ago. West Cork Riding covered most of west half of county; not west Cork as we think of it today. Very roughly, imagine a diagonal line running from immediately west of Kinsale, through area west of Rylane, then, between Millstreet and Banteer, turning west toward Kerry.
Kelleher (Kanturk) On October 3rd.2018 peacefully at Cork University Hospital, Denis, Dromalour, beloved husband of Judy (nee Neville) and dear father of Denise, Patrick, Michelle, Denis, Brendan and James, brother of Eileen, Peg, Anne and the late Margaret, Clem, Mary, Thady,Nora, Sheila and Kate. Sadly missed by his loving wife, family, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of friends.
Reposing at Mc Carthys Funeral Home, Banteer on Friday evening from 6.30 followed by removal at 8 o’clock to St. John’s Church, Dromagh. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon followed by burial in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.  
Last Saturday evening in Toronto, Canada, Olympic Bronze medalist Con Walsh from Carriganima, was inducted into the Athletics Ontario Hall of Fame.
“Cornelius represented Canada at the 1908 Olympic Games in London where he won the bronze medal with a throw of 48.50m. He was a Canadian Champion in 1907 in both the 56lb weight and the hammer throw and set a Canadian record in 1910 for the hammer and weight for height events. Cornelius set a world record of 4.93m in the 56lb weight for height event in 1910.” [Athletics Ontario]
His nephew Ned (from the same farm in Carriganima) along with Ned’s daughter Anne and son Michael attended as honoured guests. Michael told the guests:
“We are extremely grateful and honoured to accept this award on behalf of Con and all of the Walshs back home in Cork. We are very proud of Con’s achievements and we look forward to sharing this experience with our family and friends and neighbours when we return to Con’s birthplace of Carriganima.”