Inspiration from the Past on WTRTM at 7pm on C103 Today

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday (17th May 2020) evening’s programme at 7 on C103.  (S.R.)

In unprecedented times like these, inspiration from others is a helpful tool to see us through.  In national and world history there are ample examples.

On Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, John Greene brings you the first of three programmes entitled ‘Inspiration from the past’.

The theme on all three is incarceration and how the incarcerated dug deep to battle unbelievable odds and in one case turn the tables on their captors.

While lockdown or self isolation for Covid-19 is definitely not  incarceration, it is hoped that the mental resolve of the people in our three stories will help you to deal with any problems associated with the aforementioned.

Programme one tells of how a romance blossomed in one of the most evil places on Earth, not only blossomed, but lasted for fifty eight years afterwards. [read more …] “Inspiration from the Past on WTRTM at 7pm on C103 Today”

First Anniversary Mass for Margaret Lehane on Wed. 20th May at 10am

The First Anniversary Mass for Margaret Lehane, late of Caherdowney, takes place at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Wednesday, 20th May 2020 at 10am.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  The celebration of Mass will be broadcast on Cork Music Station.

Mass Broadcast Schedule This Week on Cork Music Station

Schedule of Radio Broadcasts of Masses from St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet with Celebrant Canon John Fitzgerald, P.P. on Cork Music Station  This Week 

Mass on Sunday, 17th May 2020 at 11.30 am  for People of the Parish.

Our Weekday Broadcasts of Mass will be preceded daily at 9.40 am by the Recitation of the Rosary during the month of May.  Recitation of the Rosary will not take place on Monday, 18th May

Funeral Mass on Monday (18th) for John Barry, Lackabawn at 12.00 noon

Mass on Tuesday (19th) for Eileen Murphy, Kippagh at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (20th) for Margaret Lehane, Cahirdowney  at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (21st) for Timothy & Hannah Mary Kelleher, The Bridge at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (22nd) for  Donal & the deceased members of the O’Riordan family, Tullig & the Duggan family, Carriganima  at 10.00a.m.

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Parish Newsletter – 17th May, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter –  17th May 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following:

RECENT DEATHS: John Barry, Lackabawn; Connie O’Connor, Knocknagurrane; Eddie Vaughan, Ballymaquirke; Sheila Murphy, Rathcoole; Maureen O’Connor, Kanturk.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Tom, Joan & Claire Grainger, Birmingham & Cloghoulamore; Jimmy & Kathleen Cashman, Clara Road; Tony Galvin, Main Street; Maimie Twomey, Mill view; Nell Twomey, Pound Hill; Margaret Lehane, Cahirdowney; Jimmy Buckley, Aubane; Mary & Peter Cremin, Flintfield; Eileen Murphy, Kippagh; Julia, James & Bob O’Sullivan, Gortavehy;  Paddy Murphy, Rathduane House; John Dineen, Cahirbarnagh; Maureen Murphy, Coolikerane; Michael McAuliffe, Knockduff; Denis, Hannah Mary, Noel & Dan McSweeney, Knocknageeha; Christy & Bonnie Morley, Lislehane & their daughter Nuala Joyce, Tralee.


  • SUNDAY (17th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish  
  • MONDAY (18th) Funeral Mass for John Barry, Lackabawn at 12 noon
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (19th) for Eileen Murphy, Kippagh at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (20th) Margaret Lehane, Cahirdowney at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (21st) for Timothy & Hannah Mary Kelleher, The Bridge at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (22nd) for Donal & the deceased members of the O’Riordan family, Tullig & the Duggan family, Carriganima at 10.00a.m.



Our Church choir will be singing “virtually” at Mass from next Sunday 24th, through recorded hymns sung individually at home while complying with Covid19 lockdown restrictions.


On next Wednesday we will be re-opening Churches in our Parish for private prayer.  While this a welcome move we need to continue to be cautious and proceed carefully.  Over the weekend we will be working to make each Church as safe as we can for everyone. These are the precautions that will be in place:

  • Front doors will be left open to avoid contact with door handles.
  • Hand sanitisers will be placed at each entrance door – please use them.
  • Please observe social distancing of 2 meters at all times.
  • Holy water fonts will remain empty & seats will be taped off

We encourage everyone to follow the  Diocesan guidelines received: “Walk around, stand and pray, don’t sit down and touch nothing”

Millstreet Church will open after morning Mass each morning and close at 6.30p.m.

Ballydaly & Cullen Churches will open at 11.00a.m. each day and close at 4.00p.m. This will allow for necessary cleaning to be carried out.

The Parish office continues to be closed to the public but our secretary can still be contacted by phone (029 70043) or email for anniversary inclusions, mass cards or any other queries.

(Grotto to our Lady at Aubane Cross [1])

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew.  Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others.  Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone. Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus. Our Lady, pray for us. (Pope Francis)

Kall & Dyyne

Millstreet’s new restaurant Kall & Dyyne open their doors in the Square today. With a first day menu that includes bacon & cabbage, chicken curry, battered cod, beef burger, wraps, starters, all day breakfast, and much more, there promises to be something for everyone. However, due to the current lockdown situation, the restaurant will operate with a takeaway menu for the moment.  We wish Sharon and co. the very best with their new business! Ring them at (029) 71079

[read more …] “Kall & Dyyne”

John Barry, Lackabawn

The death has occurred of John Barry, Lackabawn, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Peacefully at the Mercy Hospital. Brother of the late Seamus and Peggie and grandfather of the late Liam. Dearly missed by his wife Ann, son Dan, daughter-in-law Anne, brother Dan, sisters-in-law Eileen (Bailey), Kathleen and Ann, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. [rip] [f]

Due to current government guidelines a private family funeral mass will take place on Monday May 18th at 12 noon. Messages of sympathy may be left on the RIP Condolence Page.

Eoin McCormack with Millstreet Connections Inspires All

An eight-year-old boy from Dublin who was due to make his First Holy Communion tomorrow is instead cycling a marathon close to his home for a charity close to his heart.   This wonderfully uplifting and very inspiring story recently featured on the RTÉ Television News. He has already raised nearly €11,000 through his GoFundMe Page !!   Update: The Fund has now reached an absolutely amazing €67,172.00 which includes a very generous contribution by Conor McGregor of €50,000.00! (S.R.)

Man biking


Well done Eoin on behalf of all the coaches and boys from Kilmacud in Dublin….was just one of the many messages shared with Eoin.

This is Eoin McCormack of Dublin who is Essie Roche’s Grandson. Eibhlín, Bríd & Ciarán Roche wish their cousin the very best of luck.  Sincere congratulations to Eoin on his truly inspirational project.   Eoin’s Mum is Margaret (née Roche) of Drishanebeg.  Tap on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

[read more …] “Eoin McCormack with Millstreet Connections Inspires All”

Celebrating Today the 27th Anniversary of 1993 Eurovision

To celebrate to the very day (15th May) the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 at Green Glens, Millstreet we share 23 images from the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum which will hopefully evoke many wonderful memories of the truly historic occasion.   Thanks to Noel C. Duggan & Family, the Local Eurovision Committee and RTÉ the Eurovision Song Contest on 15th May 1993 in Millstreet was an outstanding success with Ireland’s Niamh Kavanagh winning and according the opportunity in 1994 bringing about the first performance of “Riverdance” in Dublin.   Enjoy our trip down memory lane!  Keep safe and well All.  Tap on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)  [read more …] “Celebrating Today the 27th Anniversary of 1993 Eurovision”

World Fiddle Day 2020 in Scartaglin – Online on Sat. 16th May at 7.30pm

We thank Coordinator P.J. Teahan for alerting us to this important annual cultural event.  Below are the links to tap so as to join the online Concert on Sat.  16th May 2020 at 7.28pm.

Sheila Murphy (née O’Sullivan), Moynihan Terrace, Rathcoole

The death has occurred of Sheila Murphy (née O’Sullivan), Moynihan Terrace, Rathcoole. Late of Dromagh. Passed away peacefully in the presence of her family in the excellent care of the doctors, nurses and staff at the Mercy University Hospital Cork beloved wife of the late Jeremiah and dear mother of Jerry, Noreen (Murphy-Clery) and Margaret (Green). Sadly missed by her heartbroken family, brothers, sisters, grandchildren Julie and her partner Martin, Olivia and her partner Paudie, Michelle, William, Martin and his partner Danielle, Diarmuid and his partner Mara and their mother Eileen, great grand daughter Caoimhe, sons-in-law Liam and Chris, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, Jerry’s partner Fiona, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives kind neighbours , close family friend Aoife and her many friends. Requiescat in pace. [rip]

In accordance with HSE and Government Guidelines Sheila’s funeral shall take place privately. Condolences may be added on the RIP Condolences Page. Thanking you for your understanding at this time.

Digitise memories captured on tape with a VHS to DVD conversion

Have you come across any VHS tapes during this lockdown??

Pivot Media & Events are offering the ability to digitise your precious memories captured on tape with a VHS to DVD conversion. Prices start from €13/tape
If you know someone who may have tapes from long ago please let them know of this service. Please contact 02970200 or their Facebook page for more information.”

Donated Windows at St. Nicholas Church, Kilcorney

During the restorations at the St Nicholas’ church in Kilcorney, there was an appeal to the parish to donate stained glass windows to the church. At that time there were only bare PVC windows in the building. The response was great and in January we fitted the 7th set of panels. Integrated in the first 4 windows are over 100-years old stained glass panels, depicting 8 Saints.
We would like to thank the Kilcorney parish and the donors for the opportunity to create these windows. The parish is still looking to fill 2 large windows and 1 small one in the church. If you are interested in donating, please contact us or Fr. Winter in Banteer.
Thank you and stay safe – Ildánach Stained Glass Studio

Cheap Irish Homes – Ballydaly House Featured

Maggie Molloy brought this week’s house hunting couple on Cheap Irish Homes (RTÉ1) to Ballydaly to see a cottage that’s been unused for a few years. Of the houses they were shown, they said it was by far their favourite, for the space provided, and also probably for the price also. You can still see this week’s episode on the RTÉ Player.

[read more …] “Cheap Irish Homes – Ballydaly House Featured”

“Radio Treasures” This Tuesday 9.30 to 11.00 pm

An Invitation to tune into our weekly “Radio Treasures” on Cork Music Station at 9.30 until 11pm this Tuesday (12th May 2020).   Happy Listening!  (S.R.) 

  1.  Music and Songs aplenty including new releases.
  2.  Call outs to our Loyal Listeners worldwide.
  3.  Filming “Ryan’s Daughter” 50 years ago in West Kerry!
  4.  Time to smile!
  5.  Time to reflect – Wise Quotes.
  6.  Remembering our Faithful Departed.
  7. Carriganima Book just published…We share how Irish words are so much part of our English language in this area.
  8. Musings and Chatting about the attached images (Tap on the pictures to enlarge):
    Millstreet Recycling Centre during Coronavirus COVID-19 times.
    Sportman supreme Millstreet’s Darragh Cashman keeps on track with training during these times. Pictured on a run in the Dooneen area passing Millstreet Railway Station.
    A spectacular double rainbow viewed from Millstreet Town Park following a recent thunderstorm
    The exquisite scenic view of Caherbarnagh Mountains as viewed from Clara Road, Millstreet.

    One of the many recent superb sunsets as viewed from Mount Leader, Millstreet.

Kennedy Home Shot-At Because Son Joined The Dublin Police

11th May 1920, Millstreet, Cork: As the IRA’s campaign against the RIC escalates, policemen’s families become increasingly easy targets. In Millstreet, the home of John Kennedy, an elderly ex-RIC man, is shot at. Kennedy’s son, John, had recently joined the Dublin Metropolitan Police”

The shots were likely more intimidatory in nature as opposed to attempted murder, and we might never know what exactly happened! The boycott of police was coming into its height at the time, and anything to ward off Irish men from joining the police was carried out. It didn’t drive out the family though, as they lived here for at least another ten years … but who were the Kennedys? Below, we try to explain where they came from and and what happened to them: [read more …] “Kennedy Home Shot-At Because Son Joined The Dublin Police”

Connie O’Connor, Knocknagurrane

The death has occurred on Monday 11th May 2020 of Connie O’Connor, of Knocknagurrane, Cullen. Peacefully in the presence of his loving family and in the loving care of the staff at Windmill House Nursing Home. Beloved husband of Loretta, loving father of Kevin, Aidan, Carmel and Collette. Sadly missed by his loving family, sons-in-law Pat and Eamon, daughters-in-law Karen and Dolores, grandchildren Erica, Laura, Conor, Ciara, Mary, Clodagh, Ellen, Liam, Eamon and grandson-in-law Peter. [rip] [f]

Due to current government guidelines Connie’s funeral will be private. If you wish to leave a message for the family please use the Condolence Page.

Eily’s Report – 12th May

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

I must say a special thanks to all those who contacted us during and after the radio program that Sean Radley and myself did on Cork Music Station last week. It was indeed a great honour for me to be invited by Sean . We are so glad that people enjoyed it. People from all over the world got in touch, to say they were with us. The power of the media knows no bounds and it is such a privilege for us to be able to draw our people from near and far under the umbrella of Cork Music Station for even a couple of hours.  At the risk of leaving somebody out I’d better not mention any names, but it was great hearing from you. Sean does this wonderful program every Tuesday night and it never fails to bring a taste of home to Millstreet people wherever they may be.

Thank God we all survived the dreadful thunderstorm that came to visit us on Saturday afternoon. It’s a long time since we got one as severe or as prolonged and coupled with the heavy rain it was dramatic to say the least. It caused power cuts in some areas and the  lightening caused fiery sparks to fly off many overhead wires while a house in another area was set alight. Dogs ran amuck as dogs always do when there’s thunder.  Owners have to pay special attention to their pets, because they need lots of comforting at such times.  Personally I have to say thanks to the thunder I was having an afternoon nap after doing a big clean up, removing garments  to another press of many that are now out of season and indeed out of use for the unforeseeable future. Having hung them out in brilliant sunshine I decided to leave the rest to God  and take a break until I was woken up with a bang  as the place shook around me, flashes of lighting lit up the world. Loud bangs of thunder and big drops of rain just starting to fall. In no time I had them all in the basket dry as a cork, and gave thanks that I caught them in time.

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 12th May”

Millstreet Railway Station – Upgrade Works in 1993

Millstreet Railway Station was heavily upgraded in 1993 for the Eurovision Song Contest seeing the lengthened of the main (down) platform, the removal of the island platform, and the decommissioning of the loop track. Below are some photos of that time:

[read more …] “Millstreet Railway Station – Upgrade Works in 1993”

Last Night’s Sunset

The sunsets at the moment continue to amaze – Alan sent us this one of the sunlight from the setting sun hitting St.Mary’s graveyard, and the Deer Park above it. A few minutes earlier, Tom was in St. Mary’s taking this:

[read more …] “Last Night’s Sunset”

Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 Peoples Choice Voting

With their project from the2020  Young Scientist Awards, David, Úna and Finn are now in the running for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards – People’s Choice and are looking for some assistance to secure some votes! If you can spare a minute to help them, CLICK  HERE to cast your vote and use the code 2020-356 [read more …] “Young Environmentalist Awards 2020 Peoples Choice Voting”

Lest We Forget (19) – March 22nd-27th 1920

The Following are the Acts of Aggression Committed in Ireland by the armed forces of the usurping English Government — as reported in the Daily Press — for the week ending MARCH 27th, 1920.

The Sentences passed for political offences during the above six days totalled 6 years, 8 months, and 2 weeks.

MONDAY, MARCH 22nd, 1920

RAIDS:- In the course of a military “drive” through West Kerry, police and military raided upward of twenty houses. An extensive police and military raid was carried out on the premises of Mr. James O’Meara, Connaught Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The flooring of the bedrooms was taken up and considerable damage done to the interior fittings of the house. Police and military raided the houses of the following persons in Monaghan:- Prof. O’Duffy; Messrs. C.A. Emerson; G. McEneany; J.E. McCabe; J. McDonald; P.J. McCann; and D. Horgan.
Four private houses were raided in South Kilkenny by military and police. Police and military raided a house at Wood Quay, Galway, and searched the rooms of a Catholic Priest who [was] staying in the house.  [read more …] “Lest We Forget (19) – March 22nd-27th 1920”