Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)

During the years of the troubles the man in charge of the R.I.C. in Millstreet was Sergeant Patrick Mulcahy. Likely a decent man, it is interesting to read that the local IRA said that they never laid a hand on the local police, which says enough in itself (the same is not true for the black and tans / auxiliaries that were here). A father of seven children, three were born here in the barrack, and all grew up here.
A Tipperary man originally, he joined the RIC at the age of 20, giving his occupation as a groom. He served first in Kerry at Tarbert and Castleisland stations for seven years, until he married  Johanna O’Callaghan of Droum in 1895. He was then transferred to Bantry where he spend time before being moved to Kilbrittain where he became first an acting sergeant in 1903, and then a full sergeant in 1905. Two years later he was moved to Millstreet where he was the Sergeant in Charge until the latter half of 1921 when he became a Head Constable.
When the force was disbanded in 1922, he went to live in Newbridge. He died in April 1938 at Kildare Infirmary, Athy.  [read more …] “Patrick Mulcahy, Sergeant R.I.C. (Millstreet 1906-1921)”

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Table Quiz on Friday Night Feb 21st for The ICRR Air Ambulance Service

Millstreet Vintage Club Charity Table Quiz in McCarthys Bar Millstreet on Friday Night February 21st at 8.30 pm for The ICRR Air Ambulance Service,why not come along for a Good Night Out for a Great Cause,Everybody Very Welcome,

Table of 4 €40.

For Details Call Myra on 087 2742596.

“Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Medjugorje and Nebraska

Radio Treasures tonight (Tues. 11th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special feature at 10pm when we briefly interview two visitors from Nebraska – Michael & Willie Cronin who with Eily Buckley visited Millstreet Museum on Nov. 11th 2019.  And on day – 11th Feb. which is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes we listen to two beautiful hymns recorded in Medjugorje.  We reflect on the success of the recent two broadcasts from “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy.  We hear two wonderful songs from Sarah Dennehy – “Caledonia” and “Travelling Soldier”.  And we refer to happenings illustrated below.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Visitors from Nebraska at Cinnamon in Nov. 2019. We briefly interview Michael & Willie Cronin.

Presentation of €20,500.00 Cheque to Hugh Ryan, Chairperson, Kerry Parents & Friends Association at final night of Rathmore Panto 2020.

Members of the Linehan Family, Dooneen, Millstreet at final night of Rathmore Panto 2020.
Civil Defence meeting in Millstreet in late 1970s.
Tour of Alps Factory in 1988.
Cobh Historical Animation Ladies Group at Carriganima 2016 Commemoration.
An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire
Eurovision Week at The Square – May 1993

Below – A magical moment from the final performance of Rathmore Pantomime 2020! [read more …] ““Radio Treasures” Tonight Features Medjugorje and Nebraska”

Eily’s Report – 11th February

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

The severe weather warnings at the weekend painted a pretty solemn picture of what  we were to expect and we were well advised to pay attention.  The elements didn’t make it easy for us to cast our votes on Saturday but the howling winds and heavy rains  did nothing to dampen the determination of the multitudes to come out and avail of their just right to have their say at the ballot box. The outcome was to say the least dramatic and you’d wonder if our elections were always held on a Saturday would the response be as great.  I was talking to two university students the other day. The first lad hardly knew what I was talking about and didn’t bother to register while the other  had secured his paperwork and was all set to cast his first ever  vote when he got home at the weekend. I don’t know what that proves but it’s nice to know what the young people think because they are our future.

I don’t know about you or what you thought of the Election. The winners and the losers and so on  but I’m going to tell you that I’m glad to see the back of Minister Shane Ross. His handling of the drink/driving laws was nothing short of a criminal act. With the stroke of a pen he penalised our elderly rural dwellers and subjected them to a life of loneliness that sent them to their graves.  Alright maybe to say you can’t drink and drive but give something instead. Provide a reliable rural transport system that they could avail of to bring them to town to meet their friends for a drink and chat. It was such a beautiful social thing, which kept them clean, tidy and happy. To go to town they should shave, change into clean clothes and in some cases just wash the wellingtons. I always thought they looked great.  They kept the stories and folklore of old alive but when the new laws came in, we lost all of that.    To see them growing lonely, unkempt and sad   before our very eyes was painful to see.   The trend is still there today which caused the closing down of so many rural pubs and they were important to rural Ireland.

Can you blame me for not being sorry to see the last of Shane Ross?

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 11th February”

FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student

FUNDRAISING CONCERT in aid of local student, Patrick Buckley’s trip to help with Street and Slum Children in Kolkata, India, with the HOPE FOUNDATION.

When:   Friday February 21st, 2020 at 8pm.

Where:   Millstreet GAA Hall.

Great line-up of Acts, including:  the 2019  U12 & U18 All-Ireland winning Crossfields Bands;
The 2020 All-Ireland winning Freemount Plearacha Group;
Millstreet All-Ireland Set Dancers,
Recent All-Ireland winning Singers, Dancers, Storytellers & and other performances.
A great night of entertainment assured.Great prizes on the night also with a Raffle.
€10 adult entry, €20 per family, €5 per student.

Tickets for sale from Patrick or Bridget Buckley at 087 9927042.

Tickets also available at O’Regan’s Mills, Station Road, Millstreet

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

 

Parish Newsletter – 9th February, 2020

PARISH NEWSLETTER
BALLYDALY-CULLEN-MILLSTREET
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th February, 2020
Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.  
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043/Mobile 087-7752948
Email:  <email>    www.dioceseofkerry.ie
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS:
MONDAY-TUESDAY- WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY
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:   Michael Twomey, Banteer; Breeda Trend (nee Murphy), Plymouth & Ballydaly; Frank Thornton, Drishanebeg

Mass Intentions this Week-end:
Millstreet Vigil 6.30 p.m.                 James & Catherine O’Connor, Kilcummin & their daughter Betty Smith, Boston
Ballydaly   9.00 a.m.                         Denis O’Brien, Ballydaly
Cullen      10.15 a.m.                          Jerry O’Donoghue, Cullen
Millstreet 11.30 a.m.                         Peter & Nora Dineen, Cloghoula

Anniversaries: Dan McSwenney, Murphy’s Terrace; Pat Joe Kelleher, Pound Hill; Mary Cronin, Main Street; Billy Murphy, Coole; William, Elizabeth & Vincent McSweeney, Flintfield; Eileen & Thomas O’Mahony, Kilmeedy; Betsy Murphy, Killarney Road; Willie Neenan, Ballydaly; Johnny Cremin, Gortavehy;  Dan Joe McSweeney, Ardnageeha; Joan Herlihy, Knockane; Nora & Denis O’Sullivan, Inches;  Kathleen O’Mahony, Clonakilty; William Hickey, Kilcommon, Thurles. [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 9th February, 2020”

Breeda Trend, Plymouth (née Bridget Murphy of Ballydaly)

TREND Bridget (née Murphy). Passed away peacefully on 31st January 2020, aged 77 years (28th Nov. 1942). Dearly loved wife of the late Michael, loving mum to Alison and Andrew, much loved nan of Jacob, Tim, Rachel, Mathew and Emma. Funeral service on Wednesday 26th February at Weston Mill Crematorium at 11.30am. Family flowers only, donations for St Luke’s Hospice Enquiries to Wyatt Brothers 5-7 Durnford Street Plymouth PL1 3QJ Tel: 01752 600437 [Funeral Notices]

She was the sister of the late Mary, Mella, John Anthony, and Eddie, and is regretted by her sisters Margaret (Casey) and Noreen, and brother Brendan, and was the second youngest of the family.
Breeda joined her sister Mary (Flaherty) in Plymouth U.K. about 1955, where she married Michael Trend, and they had two children: Alison and Andrew. Her husband Michael died January 22nd 2019. She was a fabulous lady, kind and thoughtful. She stayed in touch with all branches of the family by phone, and gave the most warm hugs. Everyone loved her. She will be missed. – Russell
[read more …] “Breeda Trend, Plymouth (née Bridget Murphy of Ballydaly)”

Frank Thornton, Drishanebeg


The death has occurred of Frank Thornton, Drishanebeg, Millstreet, Cork. Passed away peacefully on February 9th 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family with the wonderful support of the Marymount Hospice Team. Deeply missed by his beloved wife Peggy, daughters Sheila (Murphy), Mary (Carr), Angela (Carey), Colette (Hackett), Teresa (O’Donnell), sons Michael and Frank, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law Denis Mulcahy, relatives, neighbours and friends. “May he rest in Peace”.

Lying in repose in Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet on Monday evening from 5.30pm to 8pm. Reception into St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet on Tuesday for 12 noon Mass followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to Marymount Hospice. [rip] [1] [2]

Millstreet Museum Archive Images from 2000

Here we share a selection of images from our Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives from the year 2000.   Our pictures from 20 years ago refer to Ardfert, Aubane and Ballydaly.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Pictured at Ardfert Retreat Centre in 2000 – From left: Sr. Christina O’Sullivan, Peggy Twomey and Mary Dennehy.
Three special images recorded at the official unveiling of the very impressive monument in honour of Captain Con Murphy at Ballydaly in 2000. Many famous people were in attendance.

Time for refreshments at Aubane Community Centre in 2000.

Patrick Flynn, Constable R.I.C. (Coolykerane P.P. 1911)

One of three men named Flynn (all of different families) that were constables in the Millstreet area at the same time around 1911, Patrick Flynn was only briefly sent to the Protection Post at Coolykeerane from his base in Macroom, and happened to be there when the Nominal Returns were filled out at the start of 1911.  In any event he was in Macroom in 1910, and back there again for the census of April 1911.
Son of a farmer from near  Ballymacarbry in Waterford, his time in the force was only ten years, spent in Cork West, Down, Limerick and finally Cork East, before he resigned in 918 to the home farm, luckily avoiding the troubles that were to come.  [read more …] “Patrick Flynn, Constable R.I.C. (Coolykerane P.P. 1911)”

Millstreet Pictorial Updates – Sat. 8th Feb. 2020

Here we share images of recent happenings in the Millstreet area in our regular Pictorial Updates.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Children’s Playground Development Project well advanced.
Millstreet Polling Station for General Election 2020 at Killarney Road on this Saturday 8th Feb..

Issue No. 11 of the very popular fortnightly Free Magazine “Discover Duhallow” is now available in local shops and outlets. Lots of photos again in this issue relating to Millstreet, Ballydaly and Newmarket…and beyond.  The magazine may also be viewed online.

[read more …] “Millstreet Pictorial Updates – Sat. 8th Feb. 2020”

Stephen Nolan on WTRTM on C103 at 7pm Sunday

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” – 9th Feb. 2020.  (S.R.)

Travelling to a Formula One Grand Prix in Silverstone, Brazil or the US, or how about meeting many of your favourite world famous Country Music or sporting stars, or taking a motorbike ride across Alaska.

Anyone of these may be on your bucket list.  However, on Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, John Greene meets a man who has managed to tick them all off, one by one.  And he’s not finished yet, having every intention of adding more to his long list of ‘have dones’.

Stephen Nolan was born in the village of Ballinspittle, once famous for its moving statue.  His job which provided him with the time and the finance to fulfill an amazing bucket list, is deserving of a programme on its own.

For forty years, Stephen has worked for the Catterpillar Company on the Oil Sands of Fort McMurray in Canada.

In his spare time, he has met Mohammed Ali, Marvin Haggler, Sugar Ray Robinson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. [read more …] “Stephen Nolan on WTRTM on C103 at 7pm Sunday”

Coffee Morning at McCarthys Bar Millstreet on this Saturday Morning February 8th in aid of Millstreet Play Ground

Joanne of McCarthys Bar in Millstreet is holding a Coffee Morning/Afternoon in the Bar on this Saturday Morning February 8th from 10.30 am to 2.00 pm in aid of Millstreet Play Ground.

Everybody very Welcome to Attend.  

 

Coffee Morning to mark International Women’s Day 2020 – Wed. 4th March

Tap on the Poster to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Women Hold up Half the Sky”

To mark International Women’s Day we’d like to invite active retired ladies to a  Coffee Morning in Millstreet Parish Centre on Wednesday 4th March between 10.30am and 12 noon. 

It’ll be a chance for us to have a chat about changes in society through the years and how they have affected women. We’d love to see you there!

From: Millstreet Community School Transition Year Global Citizenship Education group (2019/2020)

St. John’s Aubane GAA Victory Social in Killarney Features in the Media

We thank St. John’s Coach supreme Jimmy Murphy for sharing and alerting us to this week’s “Kerry’s Eye” impressive photo of this past weekend’s Victory Social in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney.   Tap on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Benjamin Jenkinson, Constable RIC (Millstreet c.1911)

Constable Benjamin Jenkinson (#53887) spent a little time in the Millstreet around 1911. He was noted at the Coolykerane Protection Post, near the Railway Station in Millstreet in the Nominal Returns for January 1911, and also is there also for the 1911 Census. A native of Antrim and Galway, he was unusual for the time, he was Protestant, and married to a Catholic lady Sarah Williams from Kanturk where he had been stationed initially. As well as Kanturk, he had spells as a policeman in Roscarbery and Macroom. The family settled in the Coolcower area, east of Macroom where they brought up their eight children. Benjamin died in 1946 at his daughters residence on the Commons Road.

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Service History [1]
53887 Benjamin Jenkinson
Joined: 20yrs
Height: 5’10” 1/2
Native of: Galway W, Antrim
Religion: Protestant
Married: 6/Feb/1897
Wife’s County: Cork E.R.
Recommended by: D.I. Fleury
Trade: none
Appointed: 23 July 89
Allocations: Cork E.R 11/Feb/90, Cork W.R. 1/3/97
Punishments Un.Res 2/6/92; f10/= 4/4/95; F10/= 9/1/04
Reason for Leaving: Pensioned 13/3/1915
Gratuity to Family if deceased W/P. RIC 1/307/1 (TODO: what does this mean?)

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Nominal Return Books
(Station list at the start of each year)

1910 Dooneen PP
1911 Macroom

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Pensioned off in 1915

In 1915, Benjamin was pensioned off at the age of 45, after 25 years. Payment of the pension for the first number of years at least was from the post office in Macroom where they lived.

25+ years service (on retirement)
53887 Cork W.R Jenkinson Benjamin Constable 45 yrs, 25yrs 7mo in force, pay:£80:12; average £70.15.1; Award of board £42.9.0; date as 13.3.1915 (on retirement)

53887 Jenkinson, Benjamin, Cork W.R., Pensioned [July 1915 Constabulary list]

Pension Leger 1919-1923 – paid at Macroom
Pension Leger 1915-1919 – paid at Macroom

TODO: when did they move to Cork?

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Petty Session cases he brought that made the papers:

1890 Kanturk – Drunk and Disorderly

1904 Roscarbery – After hours drinking

1908 Roscarbery – suicide

1910 Macroom  – Drunk and Disorderly

1911 Macroom – theft of a horse

He does not appear in the petty session books after 1890 as they seem to have been destroyed.

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Family Details of Benjamin Jenkinson

Birth of Benjamin Jenkinson at Tohermore, Tuam on October 20th 1868; to Anne Jenkinson (Flemming) and Henry Jemkinson

Birth of Sarah Williams of Newmarket on January 16th 1874, to Hannah Williams (Brown) and George Williams a shopkeeper, Johanna Healy Newmarket present at birth. The oldest child of ten [parent’s marriage]

Marriage of Benjamin Jenkinson and Sarah Williams at Newmarket Church on February 6th 1897 by Richard Ahern (RCC); He an RIC constable from Newmarket, son of Henry Jenkinson a farmer; She a bar maid of Kilbrin, daughter of George Williams a baker; in the presence of Stephen Crowley and Katie Kearny
Q: Jenkinson was a Protestant … how were they married in a Catholic Church?

Wife: Sarah Williams (1874–1963)

Children:
Birth of HENRY JENKINSON in 1897, Shinnagh (Rathmore)  d.1987 Cork
Birth of GEORGE JENKINSON on 15 March 1900, Macroom. d.1982 Cork
Birth of ANNIE JENKINSON on 10 May 1901, Macroom. d.1913 Macroom
Birth of JAMES JENKINSON on 21 February 1903, Macroom. d.1970 NY
Birth of WILLIAM JENKINSON on 18 July 1905, Clonakilty. Died 1908 in Clonakilty
Birth of EDWARD JENKINSON on 16 March 1908, Clonakilty. d.1988 Newmarket
Birth of BENJAMIN JENKINSON on 24 May 1909, Clonakilty. d.1992 Glanmire
Birth of HANNA JENKINSON on 11 January 1913, Macroom. d.2002 Cork
Birth of RICHARD JENKINSON on 21 February 1915, Macroom. d.2005 Cork

1901 census: Residents of a house 9 in Carrigadrohid (Aghinagh, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Jenkinson Benjamin 31 Male Head of Family Episcopalian Irish Church
Jenkinson Sarah 26 Female Wife Roman Catholic
Jenkinson Henry John 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Jenkinson George 1 Male Son Episcopalian Irish Church
Williams George 10 Male Brother in Law Roman Catholic

1911 census: Residents of a house 99 in Gurteenroe Street (Macroom, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Jenkinson Sarah 36 Female Head of Family Roman Catholic
Jenkinson George Patrick 12 Male Son Roman Catholic
Jenkinson Annie 10 Female Daughter Roman Catholic
Jenkinson James Francis 8 Male Son Roman Catholic
Jenkinson Edward 3 Male Son Roman Catholic
Jenkinson Benjamin 2 Male Son Roman Catholic

1911 census: Son Henry John is with his grandparents in Newmarket

Marriage of Johanna Jenkinson and John Loftus on 21 September 1937 in Macroom. She gave an address of Coolcower.

Marriage of BENJAMIN JENKINSON and Mary SHEEHY on 31 October 1944. His address is Coolcower. [3]

Benjamin died at 13 Springview Terrace, Commons Road, Cork on March 27th 1946, aged 78. His wife Sarah was present at death. [GMaps: 13 Springview Terrace]
(Maybe he moved to his daughter’s house on the Commons Road to be cared for late in life)

Death of Sarah Jenkinson of 14 Springview Terrace Commons Road on May 10th 1963, aged 90, OAP, cerebral haemorrage, Joan Loftus Daughter 14 Springview terrace.

Marriage of Richard Jenkinson and Eileen Ryan 1951. [4]

[ancestry: jbjenkinson2]
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John Brosnan, late of Murphy’s Terrace

The death has occurred on Sunday 2nd February 2020 of John Brosnan, late of 31 Murphy’s Tce, Millstreet, Cork. Passed away unexpectedly at his home in Ghana, Africa. Beloved son of the late Catherine [Kitty Née Daly] and Jerome Brosnan, late husband of Hannah McCarthy. Mourned by his sons Conor, Josh, and Billy, daughters Jasmine, Katie [Vaughan], Laura [O’Connor],Cora [Keohane]. Sister Cora brothers Bernard, and Eugene, aunt Maureen Horgan, grandchildren, daughter in law, son in law,Sister in law, cousins relatives and friends. Private funeral will take place at a later date. May John Rest In Peace. [rip] [1, 2]

Playground Donation Thank You

Millstreet Town Park Committee wish to thank  Aidan and Tony McCaul  of McCauls of Millstreet  for their very generous  donation to the Playground Project.  Great to have two generations of this long serving local business contribute to the upcoming generation of Sráiders.   If you are in business locally and wish to help get the Playground over the line  for your  future little shoppers  we would be delighted to receive any amount. 

TO DONATE: you may
(1) lodge online to Millstreet Town Park bank account: BIC-BOFIIE2D; IBAN-IE61BOFI90580332105069
(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  FAS Offices, Millstreet Community Gym,  Millstreet
If you wish to confirm your donation we would be delighted to hear from you at  <millstreettownpark@gmail.com>

Toddler Tractor Unit with playhouse,slide and sensory boards to feature in new Playground in Town Park

 

“Radio Treasures” on CMS Tonight Recalls Culture Night 2019

“Radio Treasures” on air tonight (Tues. 4th Feb. 2020 from 9:30 to 11.00 pm) on www.corkmusicstation.com.… Special features at 10pm – We recall 20th Sept. 2019 at the Wallis Arms Hotel where we listen to three splendid songs from Millstreet Church Choir and we also hear the Aubane Set Dancers.   And we refer to the many other topics illustrated here.   Happy Listening!   Feel very welcome to contact the programme live on 086 825 0074 0r on the Seán Radley Facebook Page.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Church Choir at Wallis Arms 20th Sept. 2019.
Aubane Set Dancers at Wallis Arms Hotel on Culture Night 2019.
“Curious Minds” Creche Supporting Millstreet Playground Development.
Millstreet Golf Society supporting Playground Development.
“Little Treasures” Creche supporting Playground Development.
The wonderfully colourful Cast of Marian Players Rathmore Panto 2020 “The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe” with its final two performances on Sat. 8th Feb. at 7.30pm and on Sun. 9th Feb. at 3pm.
A comic scene from the superb Rathmore Pantomime 2020 with Nanny Rose Trellis (Conor Linehan) being surprised by Molls (Margaret O’Sullivan)!

[read more …] ““Radio Treasures” on CMS Tonight Recalls Culture Night 2019″

Frank Creedon of Adrivale, shot dead in 1921

Born in 1880 Francis Creedon was the son of Michael and Abby Creedon, farmers from Adrivale. In 1902 he joined the police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary, a peaceful time when a job as a policeman was seen as being well paid with a pension. He served in Armagh, Kerry,  Coachford and Blarney. He married Hannah O’Reilly of Blarney in 1916, after which he was moved to Clashmore, and Tallow in Waterford.

On the morning of Saturday July 2nd 1921, a blistering hot day, he and nine other policemen were sent on patrol from Tallow Police Barracks, which they did every day. This was at the height of the War of Independence and tensions were high. Unfortunately for the patrol, the I.R.A. had been observing their movements, and it was noticed that their usual procedure was to take different roads on alternate days on departure from the town. With rifles and machine guns, the I.R.A. took up positions in the Old Military Barracks, and on an adjoining hill on the expectation that they would move out by a certain road. However, the patrol went by an adjoining road which did not exactly meet the positions the I.R.A. had taken up.

In haste, those positioned on the hill fired early, leaving those positioned in the Old Barrack a couple of hundred yards away from their target, instead of 30 yards away as intended. Not ideal from an attacking viewpoint, which was further complicated by couple of loads of hay on the street during the attack.

When the firing ceased after about ten minutes, the ambush parties withdrew to Boultha, Ballynoe, and later to Castlelyons area. Constable Francis Creedon lay dead, two more policemen wounded, while the remaining policemen had rushed into some adjoining houses and escaped the fire. Francis had been killed in the first volley of firing and died immediately, shot in the head and above the heart.

He was buried in the middle of the night two days later July 4th at Drishane Cemetery, leaving behind a young wife and two small children. Nine days later (July 11th) the ceasefire was called and the War of Independence was over.  [read more …] “Frank Creedon of Adrivale, shot dead in 1921”

Eily’s Report – 4th February

 

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

The Month of February has dawned and Spring has sprung and  the countryside is taking on the look of Spring itself. La le Breeda, Candlemas Day and the Feast of St. Blaise with the Blessing of the Throats are all annual reminders.   We look forward to the lovely St. Bridget’s Crosses every time and make sure to secure a new one to replace the old rather tired looking model that has kept us safe from all harm during the past twelve months. At Masses on Sunday, which was Candlemas Day the Priest blessed the candles which will be used on the alter for the coming year and people were free to bring their own for the blessing  if they wanted them in their own homes. In Blessing the candles Canon John extended a special blessing to the entire congregation. The Feast of St. Blaise synonymous with the Blessing of the throats always draws a big crowd with many people saying they never suffer any throat problems because of it and last night was no exception in our parish church.  It’s sad to say that there isn’t much interest on holy things today, but in the past the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water were vital in every home. Especially in the Spring at calving time, the Holy Water was brought out to be sprinkled on any new born animal, on the crops in the fields and people were not ashamed to thank God for his blessings.  Worried mothers shook the Holy Water on their boys and girls going out to dances or on himself taking a cow to the Fair so that she’d make a good price. There was very little guarantee with anything that time. No fixed price for eggs, livestock or any farm produce, so the Blessed Candle and the Holy Water seemed to have given people the confidence that all will be well. And if it didn’t it gave them the strength to fight on and to cope anyway. That inner ingredient is missing in a lot of things now and it’s a pity. ‘It’s not what matters to you but how you react to what matters that counts.’(A borrowed quote)

[read more …] “Eily’s Report – 4th February”

Today’s Date (Sunday) – A Perfect Balance!

Today’s (Sunday) date is: 02/02/2020

And at 20 seconds past 8.20pm earlier this evening it read:

20:20:20 02/02/2020 !! 

Sunday’s date is a rare palindrome that hasn’t happened in over 900 years!

  We thank John Kelleher, Patricia Hick , Gene Sheehan and Others for reminding us of this unique time and date fact.  (S.R.)

Edmund Prendiville, RIC (Millstreet 1903-1905)

Edmond Prendiville was born near Listowen in County Kerry in 1871. He joined the RIC at the age of twenty-four (1896) and served in the counties of Monaghan,  Cork, and Tipperary. Six years after joining (1903) he was promoted to acting sergeant, and moved to Millstreet. His time here was relatively uneventful, and he remained in Millstreet for two years before he was moved to take charge in Union Hall. About 1912 he was moved to Tipperary where spent the rest of his time in the force until he was demobilised on  April 3rd 1922.

The following day, he was enlisted into the Civic Guard. Prendiville claimed that he had approached a senior Sinn Féin member during the War of Independence about his intention to retire from the force and stated that ‘he advised me not to on any account, that I was much more useful where I was’. Before his demobilisation, Prendiville had been serving in Clonmel, County Tipperary, and was active in the RIC Representative Body. He was part of a delegation that travelled three times to London in 1921 to discuss future policing arrangements in Ireland with Sir Hamar Greenwood. During the course of the meetings, he came into ‘constant touch’ with senior Sinn Féin representatives at the Treaty negotiations, and was later asked to become a member of the organising committee. On accepting a place on the committee, Prendiville was placed on the ‘Training’ sub-committee and offered a position in the Civic Gua rd.

In May 1922 he was one of five officers abruptly removed from their posts in an incident called the Kildare Mutiny, where trainee Civic Guards protested at the appointment of former RIC officers to the Civic Guard.

After that he lived in Kilmainham where he married Hanna O’Leary. He died in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital 1948. [read more …] “Edmund Prendiville, RIC (Millstreet 1903-1905)”