Cork Cruise through

It’s been a good weekend for Cork football fans in Croke Park. The seniors pulled away in the second half to beat Roscommon by 1-16 to 0-10, and now face Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final in three weeks time. While earlier in the day, the minors scored a goal in the last kick of the game to beat Armagh by 3-11 to 0-19.
Millstreet were represented in Croke Park by the Comhaltas Group who provided the musical entertainment at half time in the Cork game (see the pic on the right), just as they did for the National League Final back in April.
But us Cork fans will be very happy that Kerry were dethroned yesterday by Down, and that we won’t have to try to beat them in Croker … that and the face that we won’t have to listen to the Kerry boys and girls for the Summer either :P

Parish Newsletter 1st August 2010

Parish Newsletter – Ballydaly, Cullen, & Millstreet

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 1st August, 2010

Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P.

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

Email: <email>


MONDAY-TUESDAY-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: Maria Healy, Curracahill

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter 1st August 2010”

Brendan heading to Afghanistan

LATE LAST year, Ranger Brendan O’Mahony from Millstreet, Co Cork had work as a carpenter on the few building sites still operating in west Cork. Next month, he will be in Nad-e-Ali in Afghanistan facing the Taliban.
Twenty-four-year-old O’Mahony, who signed up last November, is just one of 80-odd men born in the Republic and hundreds more from Northern Ireland who are now serving with the British army’s Royal Irish Regiment.
“The fall of the Celtic Tiger didn’t affect me. I was still working. That wasn’t why I joined. It was something I always wanted to do. My father did 22 years in the Irish Army. I thought the British army would be more of a challenge,” O’Mahony says.
“It’s challenging,” says O’Mahony. “My younger brother is jealous and my sister thinks it’s a bit mental.”

The above is an extract from an article in today’s Irish Times

[read more …] “Brendan heading to Afghanistan”

Drishane Drama Camp

Drishane Drama Camp Concert was held on Friday, 30th July 2010.   For the past two weeks a wonderful combination of international and local young people took part in the splendidly creative project.    The Concert presented a most enjoyable mixture of song, dance and drama.  There will be a full report with lots of pictures in next week’s “Corkman”.   Great credit is due to all who helped to co-ordinate the magnificent presentation.  Here we share the first of a number of images from this uplifting event at Drishane, Milllstreet.  (Seán)

Enjoying refreshments following the superb Drishane Drama Camp Concert on Friday, 30th July

Death Notice: Maria Healy, Curracahill

1989 Marie Healy of CurracahillThe death has occurred of Maria Healy (née O’Sullivan), late of Curracahill, Millstreet and formerly of Ballygrogan, Grenagh who passed away on July 30 at Cork University Hospital.
Lying in repose at Tarrants funeral home Millstreet. Rosary this Friday evening at 9pm. Removal takes place on Satuday at 8pm from Tarrents funeral home to St Patricks church Millstreet. Requiem mass takes place from Sunday at 11:30am. Followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Enquiries to Tarrants on 029-70176

12th Threshing and Vintage in Cullen

12th Old Time Threshing and Vintage Afternoon Sunday July 25th. 2010

For any outdoor event the weather makes all the difference, and this year the sun blazed down in Cullen for the hosting of the 12th Old Time Threshing and Vintage Afternoon, we were blessed with brilliant summer sunshine that lifted the spirits of all who attended “the Threshing” as well as honouring our own patron Saint – Laitiarain. Incidentally it was also Macra’s “Know your neighbour Weekend”.

The vintage enthuastics arrived early on the day, many having travelled long distances to display their rare items, which ranged [read more …] “12th Threshing and Vintage in Cullen”

Donncha Team Training at Town Park

Renowned Cork footballer, Donncha O’Connor was at Millstreet Town Park this evening (29th July) to conduct a very comprehensive training session with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Club members – the Under-14s and the Under-16s.   We were also introduced to the new addition to the local Juvenile Kit – the “Under Armour Skin” – clothing which keeps sportspeople cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.   Many thanks to Michael for alerting us to this Town Park happening.  (Seán)

Donncha O'Connor pictured with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Under-14s and Under-16s at the Training Session on this Thursday evening in Millstreet Town Park.

Lots more pics below [read more …] “Donncha Team Training at Town Park”

Cullen Vintage Event 2010

Joining renowned poet, Bernard O'Donoghue (Oxford) at the annual Cullen Vintage Day - from left, wife Heather and sister Eileen (Manchester). Bernard, a native of Cullen, will be presenting his musical choices at the next Millstreet Gramophone Circle on Friday, 20th August 2010 at 8.15p.m. in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet.

A very successful Vintage and Threshing Event organised by Cullen & District Special Needs Association was held in Cullen on Sunday, 25th July to coincide with the Feast of St. Laitiaran.   One of the biggest attendances in recent years – and the number of participants also increased.  We recorded for our website and for LTV2.  We share just one of many pictures (more to follow in coming days) from this annual most enjoyable happening. (Seán)

Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1023 from Millstreet.

Fondest greeting dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely balmy Tuesday morning.

This weekend we welcomed our new Parish Priest Fr. John FitzGerald, he will have the daunting tack of presiding over the entire parish, with its three churches and a sprawling congregation. And as we welcome him in we assure him of our full support and co-operation. And may God bless his work.

And on the subject of people I want to say well done to the places who have started to hold ,”getting–to-know-the-neighbours” gatherings . In these days of doom ‘n gloom and uncertainty there is nothing more encouraging than to know the name of all those around you and be on friendly a familiar terms with them, I hope the idea grow and flourish in many other places.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010”

Spillanes baptised in Millstreet

I have just discovered that my great grand aunt and uncle (brother and sister) were baptised in Millstreet. Their names were Daniel and Catherine Spillane, their father Paul Spillane and their mother Catherine Driscoll. Their sponsors (god parents) were Michael Spillane, Ellen Driscoll, Tim Mccarthy and Ellen Spillane. Clonakilty is the recorded parochial area. I should love to know more about the family and hope someone will recognise the names. The family came over to England around 1841/2. Daniel became a Catholic priest and died in 1896 visiting family in New York.!
As far as I know Catherine never married and her parents died in England. I hope you can help, or point me in the right direction for further research”. Best wishes, Christine.

Please leave a comment below, or send a message using the Contact Us page and the message will be forwarded to Christine.

History of Millstreet – Publication from the 1930s

Sráid an ṁuilinn [Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland] A History of its people by its people for its people.
Part 1. Arranged and published by Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork., no date, c.1930s.

The museum currently has a copy of this publication, and there is a copy in the National Library of Ireland



The book was reviewed in 1837 by the Cork Historical and Archaelogical Society. See the review here:


Sraid an Mhuilinn. A History of its People, by its People, for its People. Part I. Arranged and published by Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Price 2s. net.

This booklet (of 56 pages) is, perhaps, a sign of the times. Its compilation is a sign that one man is interested in the history of his locality ; its publication is an indication of the author’s optimistic outlook that many others are sufficiently interested to be readers of the information he has brought together. We sincerely hope Mr. Broker’s optimism is justified and we wish the booklet every success. The sub-title is misleading. The booklet is not a “history ” of the parish ; it is, what is much more valuable, a survey of the archaeological remains in it : fulachta fiadh, megaliths, standing stones, holy wells, forts and souterrains, as well as some other finds and miscellaneous monuments. A book of this kind must not be judged by the same standards as one by a recognised authority on history or archaeology. Its faults are obvious, but it is, nevertheless, a very useful compilation and of value not only to those who live in the Millstreet area but also to those caring for Irish archaeology, wherever they live. The specialist will find in it some items of interest, e.g., the note on the finding of a bronze axe in a fulacht fiadh at Baile na Tona (p.11). It is further of considerable value to have as it were a statistical summary of all the remains of antiquity in a particular area, especially since so many of the remains are not so outstanding as to be noticed in archaeological literature generally and belong to the less ” respectable ” side of archaeology. The townland names are given in Irish. This is excellent, but, when unaccompanied by the Ordnance Survey Map form, leads to one inconvenience. The official map spelling of the name may be quite at variance with local pronunciation and philological accuracy, but it is the only one which the worker unacquainted with the district can use in order to find the name in the townland census or on the map. We therefore feel that the official names might have been inserted either in brackets under the Irish forms or as an addendum. Booklets of this kind are frequent in France. The author may be the local teacher, abbe or local official, and they vary much in excellence, but almost all are of use because they are local in their treatment. It is to be hoped that we shall have more of such work in Ireland. We conclude this review by a quotation from a passage (refreshing, whether we agree with it or not) in Mr. Broker’s Foreword : ” I like parish history. It is the best antidote for, as it is the antithesis of the daily newspaper, the latter focusing all space on one small point of time and making, in my opinion, for ignorance and savagery, and the former focusing all time on one small point of space and making for knowledge and civilisation.”

Death Notice: Seámus Maxwell

The death has occurred on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 of Seámus MAXWELL of Bearna Lodge, Oldtown, Templemore, Tipperary. Requiem Mass took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart Templemore on Saturday 17th at, and he was interred in Killea Cemetery afterwards.

Seamus was formerly an assistant bank manager in the Bank of Ireland in the 80s, an active member of the community, including Millstreet Tidy Towns Association and the Horse Show Committee, and was President of Millstreet Golf Society in 1984.

Town Park Flower Power

The wonderfully impressive work of the local FÁS Employment Scheme completing one of a number of splendid flower-beds at Millstreet Town Park. From left: Denis Hickey (Supervisor), Derry O'Connor, Pat Lane and Shane Browne.

Following on Hannelie’s recent uplifting feature on Millstreet Town Park we are preparing a series of pictures illustrating the magnificent amenity it truly is and we also focus on the dedicated team who continually maintain and develop the superb gem we have in Millstreet Town.   Here we focus on the excellent work of FÁS who on this very Monday morning added a further flower-bed feature further enhancing this hugely popular location. (Seán)

More photos below: [read more …] “Town Park Flower Power”

Hurlers crash out

Freemount 3-9 Millstreet 1-11

Millstreet crashed out of the Duhallow Junior Hurling Championship tonight after as Freemount came from behind in the second half to battle into the next round.

The game started well for Millstreet with two unanswered points in the first five minutes, but they were quickly wiped out when a long ball into the Millstreet square saw the defenders and goalie hesitate for a second as the Freemount forward raced in and stuck away a simple goal. [read more …] “Hurlers crash out”

Results and Fixtures: 24th-30th July 2010

  • Duhallow Junior Hurling Championship: Freemount 3-9 Millstreet 1-11. 7:30pm in Banteer 26th July
  • Co Premier 2 Minor Football League – Group 2: Donoughmore 2-13 Millstreet 1-13, Millstreet @ 8.00 pm 28th July

Camogie: Cork Junior C Championship 2010
SECTION C (four sections- Top team to qualify for semi finals)
ROUND 1: Castlelyons v Millstreet
ROUND 2 – Prov. Thur 29th July Millstreet v Passage West
ROUND 3- Prov. Thurs 12th Aug. Passage West v Castlelyons

Curaheen Park – 29th July

525 – P Barrett (Millstreet) Dapper Dippy (Westmead Joe-Dims Dippy) (3) 6/4, Lochbo rock (1) 2/1, Mannix Pines (5) 2/1, 2½l, 1l, 29.38. 2.70, 1.50, 1.70, 29.70, 28.50.

Sr. Christina

Sr. Christina with the Presentation Convent School in the Background

Sr. Christina O’Sullivan was born in Brosna Co.Kerry eighty two years ago. She entered the Presentation Congregation in the Noritiate, Oakpark Tralee. After her Profession, she was assigned to Millstreet Community until her death on 7th May 2005. She belonged a family of fourteen and had a sister (Sr.James) who predeceased her in Presentation Convent Killarney.

Sr. Christina was a woman of great faith, courage and was deeply spiritual. Her special devotion was the Rosary and she visited Tubrid Well almost daily. She loved people, and the people of Millstreet and surrounding areas loved her in return, which was shown by the crowds young and old who were present at her removal and funeral mass. [read more …] “Sr. Christina”

Minor upgrades

We’ve been working away quietly in the background for the last few days improving your experience on Most of these you won’t notice, but here are a few few of the things that you should be more obvious:

  1. The ever lengthening List of Categories have been removed from the right sidebar and now appear as drop-down menus on top of the header.
  2. The List of Pages have been removed from the right sidebar, and now appear as drop-down menus at the bottom of the header.
  3. There are a few improvements in navigation around the site: [read more …] “Minor upgrades”

Parish Newsletter – 25th July ’10



Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P. Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043 / Mobile 087-7752948

Email: <email>


MONDAY-TUESDAY-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: Angela Buckley, Aubane

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 25th July ’10”

Magnificent Millstreet are crowned county champions

Millstreet U14 Hurling County Champions (click for full size photo)

Report from John Tarrant

Millstreet delivered a terrific display of passion and pride to lift the Co. U14 B Hurling Championship title after overcoming Ballinhassig 2-15 to 3-4 in Blarney last evening.

Laced with surperb skill and brilliant touches, Millstreet allowed their hurling do the talking over the hour. Indeed a highly motivated Millstreet took control of the proceedings from an early stage and availed on the accuracy of Seán Óg O’Connor and Thomas Walsh to shoot pointed frees.

Ballinhassig managed to find their footing and a goal cut the arrears 0-7 to 1-2 at the break. Three Millstreet points upon the resumption were cancelled out by another Ballinhassig goal. With the game in the melting pot, Millstreet held a facility to step up a gear where their speed and first touch hurling put Ballinhassig on the back foot. [read more …] “Magnificent Millstreet are crowned county champions”

Munster title for Ellis

Congratulations to the Mark Ellis who played at wing back for Cork Intermediate hurlers in their victory over Waterford in the Munster Final tonight. While Cork trailed for most of the game, they never gave up and finally pulled ahead through a Bill Cooper point in the 59th minute before John Halbert sealed the victory with an injury time point. For the commentary of the game as it happened, see the Official Cork GAA Twitter page. For the lineup of the teams go to the Cork GAA Website.

Thanks be to god Waterford didn’t beat us twice in one week!

What’s on in Millstreet Library

Cork County Council have sent out a number of tweets today listing some special events that are coming up in Millstreet Library in the next month (July/August 2010). These are:

  • Thursday 22nd July & Thursday 29th 3pm – 4pm Felt-making workshop with Amanda Wright. Numbers limited, phone: 029-21920
  • Conversational Irish: held every Wednesday at Millstreet Library from 11am – 12pm. Everybody Welcome. Beidh “Comhrá as Gaeilge” sa Leabharlann, Sráid an Mhuillinn, gach Céadaoin, 11am go 12pm. Fáilte roimh gach Éinne.
  • Storytelling with Kathleen for 3-7 year olds takes place every Saturday morning from 11am-12pm. Children should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children’s Book Club meets once a month on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm. Suitable for children aged 10-12 years. Next meeting Sat Aug 14 at 12 noon.

from: Cork Co Council twitter page & the Cork Co Council website

New P.P. Arrives

Very Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, the newly appointed Parish Priest of Millstreet Parish celebrated his first Mass in the Parish Church, Millstreet at 10.00 a.m. today (Thursday).   Fr. Jack, a native of Boherbue,  had previously been the P.P. of Abbeydorney in North Kerry.

Welcoming Very Rev. Jack Fitzgerald, P.P. after Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet this morning (Thursday) – from left: Mary Murphy, Ballydaly; Con McSweeney, Tooreenbawn & Annmarie Murphy, Ballydaly.

Death Notice: Angie Buckley, Aubane

The death has occurred this morning (21st July 2010) of Angie Buckley (nee Dineen) of Aubane.  Reposing from 6pm to 8pm at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet this Thursday evening, followed by removal at 8pm to St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Funeral Mass tomorrow, Friday, at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet. Family flowers only. Donations, in lieu, to St Mary’s Ward, Mercy University Hospital Foundation, Cork.

From The Finnow Bridge To The Feirm Bridge

From the Finnow Bridge to Feirm BridgeBetween Millstreet Town Bridge and Feirm where my life’s journey began
Where I went to school from and I grew into a man
The changes keep on happening there or so I have been told
But everything it changes and we grow frail and old.
In the early thirties when my dad returned from the U S he hailed from Lisnaboy
He bought the farm at Claraghatlea off of Cashmans it was his pride and joy
Before marrying Mary Agnes Dinneen she was from Rathmore
I am going back in time now fifteen years with the three score. [read more …] “From The Finnow Bridge To The Feirm Bridge”

School Photograph of 1950s

As promised on 15th July 2010 we now feature that very special c.1954 school photograph kindly provided by Joe Hickey (Killarney & Millstreet) and identified by Joe, Jerry Lehane and Tommy Burke – all of whom appear in the picture. The location is Millstreet Boys’ National School on Clara Road and the teacher is Mr. William (Bill) O’Keeffe. It’s likely that there are two classes included – possibly, 3rd and 4th Class. We are hoping that someone may identify the one person we have been unable to identify.  (Seán Radley for )

Note: a larger photo has been uploaded for a better view of the picture. Click on the photo below to see it:

Front (from left): Connie Murphy, Tommy Dowling, Maurice Linehan, Teddy O'Mahony, Joe Devine, Teddy O'Leary, Brendan Burke, Tommy Burke. Second Row (from left): Eugene Barrett, Patrick (Patsy) Twomey, Brendan Kiely, Jerry Lehane, Michael O'Leary, Christopher Murphy, Michael Singleton, Joe Hickey, Michael Carroll, Connie Hickey. Third Row (from left): John Joe Forde, John Lee, Vincent McSweeney, Ted Cotter, John (Jack) Evans, Maurice O'Donoghue, Timothy Scally, Paddy Joe Cotter, Jerry Cronin, Daniel O'Shea, William (Billy) Corkery, Basil Gurry. Fourth Row (from left): Mr. William O'Keeffe, Patrick M. O'Sullivan, John Radley, Finbarr Buckley, John Carroll, Desmond Palmer, Kevin Cronin, Anthony (Tony) Fitzgerald.