(pics Michelle O’Keeffe)
The following article appeared in Fortnight Magazine (No. 318, June 1993, p. 33). Click on the article to see a bigger more readable version.
A note from Millstreet Community School that it will be re-opening on Thursday, January 14th 2009, after being closed for a week due to dangerous conditions caused by the wintry weather.
The death has occurred of Ellen (Nell) HICKEY, (née O’Sullivan) of Mill View, Millstreet.
At her daughter Noreen’s residence, Droumadeesirt, Kilcummin. Reposing at Manley’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal this Tuesday evening at 8pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass at 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Date published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Date of death: Sunday, January 10, 2010
Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to news report 995 from Millstreet.
Fondest greetings dear listeners and I hope that you are bearing up well to all the trials and tribulations caused by the inclement weather.
Again this week I have no lotto results because like so many other things it too fell victim to the bad weather on Sunday night. We can only hope that it will go ahead on next Sunday night when it will be held at the Clara Inn with a Jackpot on €2 200.
These times we really must take our hats off to our local radio station. Every one of the crew left no stone unturned to keep the public informed in minute detail of all the happenings or lack of happenings around the County. Its is at times like these that we see the value of having our own local station. Please support well at all times.
Taken last week, before the heavier snowfalls of the weekend
Rige Barbara, Ballyfermot,dublin10 € 900
Reardon Darregh, Co.Cork, Liscahane Millstreet € 50
Fenton Elisabeth, Fermoy, Co.cork € 100
It’s notoriously difficult to win on Play TV because there are so many different correct answers: you need a lot of luck! For anyone interested in it, there is a good discussion on boards.ie about PlayTV and their solutions.
It was on the afternoon of Sunday, 10th January 2010 that Millstreet was transformed into a winter wonderland when a heavy blanket of snow very quickly covered the entire area. We invite you to a tour of the town and environs as this transformation progressed. We begin with Monsignor Manning at Millstreet Presbytery, onwards then to West End, The Bridge, Main Street, The Square where we meet Billy Sheahan of Wallis Arms Hotel, then to Church Street, down to Minor Row where Joe Fitzgerald of Supervalu is still smiling (on a poster!) despite the freezing weather! We continue down to Coleman’s Garage & Supermarket. During our tour you will recognise many a local face. And so on to the Fair Field where I suddenly found myself on the ground…just like a Charlie Chaplin scene….embarrassed but thankfully unhurt (though aching!!). By the time I got back to The Bridge, Humphrey Hickey (of The Bush Bar) very kindly offered to drive me to the Boeing where sheets of ice were flowing on the River Blackwater (already so beautifully captured by Hannelie and displayed on the website). Because we arrived following really heavy snow we were fortunate to see the “ice fish”! In fact it’s a rock by the riverbank covered in snow but (as noted by Margaret Kelleher, Mount Leader) truly resembles a gigantic fish emerging from the Blackwater! And finally back to my home in Mount Leader for some truly magical night snow scenes having met Noel Collins and Patsy McAuliffe on Clara Road. Do keep warm in this frrrrrrreeeeeeezzzing weather!
(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )
Scenery of the river Blackwater Sunday 10th January 2009. When was the last time the river froze?
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I was born and raised in Claraghatlea near Millstreet Town
Though that hardly would rate as a claim to renown
Far north even by the short route as the birds choose to fly
From where I live now thousands of miles of sky
Where the Cails from Kippagh to the Finnow does flow
By ditches and through old fields where rank rushes grow
In that old countryside mine was a known face
But now I might be a stranger in the old Homeplace
A countryside that inspired the long dead bards to rhyme
Years before I was born that is going back in time
Through green Ballydaly by night and by day
The Cails from Kippagh ever babbles it’s way
Through Feirm, Annagloor, Shannaknock, Liscreagh and Clarghatlea where Finnow it does meet
In the old rushy fields near the Town of Millstreet.
Grace and Shauna O’Connor showing off the icicles they found in the snow
Spectacular pictures of the river Blackwater at the Boeing Crossing, Dooneen.
(pics. Michelle O’Keeffe)
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Route 40 Cork-Tralee is unable to serve Millstreet.
“Given the snow forecast for today throughout the country, Bus Éireann will continue to monitor this situation closely and we would advise customers to contact their local travel office for information on individual services or visit www.buseireann.ie,” said a statement.
“Bus Éireann would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”
A little-known Rebel Song from Co. Cork. It is sung here by the great singer and bouzouki player Tim Browne
(Tadhg de Brun) from Kanturk, Co. Cork.
The song tells of events that occurred in Millstreet, Co. Cork, probably in November of 1920, when the Black and Tans were attacked in the town centre by the Irish Republican Army.
In July 1920 Col. Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth addressed the Black and Tans in Listowel, Co. Kerry instructing them to shoot suspects on sight and not to mind the consequences should innocent people be killed, as he assured them no Black and Tan or RIC man would be charged or named. This prompted a change in IRA policy meaning that from then on Black and Tans would be shot on sight without warning or call to surrender. As for Col. Smyth, he was shot dead by an IRA unit lead by Dan O’Donovan in a prestigious Private Club in Cork City late in 1920. O’Donovan said to him: “Smyth, you gave the orders to shoot on sight. Well, you are in our sight now, so prepare to die!”
The Today with Pat Kenny show on RTE Radio 1 resident chef Rozanne Stevens gave a glowing review to the venison produced at Millstreet Country Park recently describing it as an alternative for Christmas dinner:
I get Irish venison from Millstreet CountryPark in Cork. To describe the taste and texture, it is like the most tender, most flavoursome piece of steak you’ve ever had.
The full article is given below:
THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
10th January, 2010
Fr. Declan O’Connor P.P. Fr. David Gunn C.C. & Fr. Micheál Manning A.P.
Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043 / Cullen 029-79028 / Mobile 087-7752948
Email: <email> www.dioceseofkerry.ie
PARISH OFFICE OPENING HOURS:
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:
Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January
The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, has told all primary and post-primary schools to close on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week due to the bad weather.
Minister O’Keeffe took the decision in the interest of the welfare of school children.
The Minister took the decision following a meeting today [Friday] of the Government’s emergency planning group and in the context of the poor weather outlook for the coming days.
Minister O’Keeffe said: ‘I took the decision to close all schools based on my concern for the health and safety of school children in these very challenging weather conditions.
‘I considered, in particular, the forecast for snowfall on Sunday and Monday which will cause further disruption.
Ignoring the sub-zero freezing conditions, swimmers and supporters made their way to the famous Boeing for the second annual New Year’s day swim.
Those participating defied the arctic weather to support the beneficiaries from the staging, the worthy Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses and LTV2.
This is part of the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman, which also talks about Scór, Ballydaly Christmas Party, and Adult education
Extract from a Cork County Council Meeting Minutes in 2009, there were some discussions on the Millstreet Relief Road. (New relief road from Drishane View, to Gerry Collins Tyre Centre, and coming out at the Hospital Cross on the Killarney Road. It was planned maybe twenty years ago, and they are still talking about it, an in the current economic environment, it is unlikely to be completed in the near future, although some ancillary works have been done in the last year.
REPORT UNDER ARTICLE 179 OF THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACT, 2000:
Proposed by Councillor Noel Buckley
Seconded by Councillor Patrick Buckley
“Noting that in accordance with Article 179 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 2000, notice of the proposed development was published, that no submissions were received in respect of the proposal, approval pursuant to Article 179 of the said Act is given for the following:-
Construction of approximately 610 metres of new road including footpaths, cycle lanes and ancillary works at Millstreet Relief Road in the townlands of Coomlogane and Liscahane
Also noted was the need of the council to sell one of their social housing units at 15 Fairfield Rise, Minor Row
We Sound Unsure are a Millstreet band and in their own words: “We hail from the tiny hamlet of Millstreet and we’re like the best band there. Seriously.”
They released an EP some time ago entitled “Awkward Times, Awkward Measures”. You can listen to five of their tunes on their myspace page, as well as their bebo page. The music itself is actually quite interesting, sounding at times quite like Cathal Coughlan (from his Fatima Mansions days).
Notice from Cork Co. Council in Mallow:
Millstreet Recycling Centre will remain closed up to and including Monday, 11th Jan., 2010 due to weather conditions.
THE first part of the Millstreet GAA review focuses on Millstreet GAA clubs Football season 2009
Millstreet GAA hosts its AGM in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on this Friday night commencing at 8pm. Looking at a football review this week, the JAFC campaign began on a 0-11 to a 0-7 defeat to defending holders Cullen. There was no disputing that Cullen were worthy winners yet Millstreet paraded six minor players over the hour and delivered a creditable showing.
Subsequently, Millstreet cantered clear of Newmarket 4-16 to 0-9 in the second round. Once Millstreet got into their stride upon the resumption, they possessed far too many aces in the pack for a second string Newmarket combination.
Read the full review of Millstreet GAA Football 2009 on the Corkman website
A newly completed promotional video of Millstreet Country Park by Creative Productions
Just in case anyone had forgotten, this is when the Eurovision visited Millstreet. Here is an article about how Liverpool took on Ireland in Millstreet … and came off second best!
It is an interesting read with a bit of humour too, and it also has lots of the videos of the songs from the night. So, go visit the article if you think it might be interesting to remember back.
PREPARATIONS are now well under way for the third annual Spring Farm Machinery Show which will take place at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet on the afternoons and evenings of 12, 13 and 14 of January 2010.
This exciting and innovative event will feature all the leading tractor and machinery dealerships in the area, numerous new exhibitors have booked with many previous companies requesting additional space.
The Spring Farm Machinery Show takes place at a time of year when farmers and contractors are looking forward to the season ahead and are keen to embrace new technology and ideas, our aim is to afford them this opportunity by bringing together a wide variety of exhibitors all in one venue in the comfort of heated indoor halls.
Read the full article on the Corkman Newspaper
More promotional information for the show is shown below:
The Corkman reports this week that lots of houses in Millstreet are without water
…and at least 16 new houses in an estate in Millstreet were also without water.
The Corkman understands that one resident in Millstreet was without water for the past three weeks…
Read the full article on The Corkman website
2009 saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights. In the first of a four-part series, John Tarrant gives an appraisal of January, Febuary, March
A New Year’s Day charity swim at the Boeing aids Millstreet Hospital.
The two day Millstreet Coursing meeting enjoyed favourable weather as a dedicated band return to the Millstreet Town Park.
Altar Girls introduced to serve at masses for the very first time.
Millstreet Mother and Toddler group celebrate 10th birthday.
Cullen and Special Needs Association launch annual Weigh In.
Patrons either side of the county bounds take the trip to the Rathmore Marian Players pantomime “Mother Goose”.
See the full article on the Corkman website
Cork City Council have published a Strategic Retail study of Cork City and County. There are some interesting references to Millstreet, but what i find interesting is the part of
Millstreet is a smaller town than either Charleville or Mitchelstown, but which nevertheless supports a reasonable amount (4,200m2) of retail floorspace, of which three quarters (3,100m2) is comparison goods and dominated by a single large store retailing predominantly furniture. Millstreet functions as a County Town and has the potential to expand the retail provision by the exploitation of opportunity sites in and around the town centre.
It expects the the population of Millstreet to be 1,270 in 2011 (this surely is the population of the town only) but does not give the expected population in 2020 like it does for other large towns like Mallow / Fermoy / Youghal / Kinsale which expect their population to grow by between two and three times … which seems astonishing in such a short length of time.
However, if you are interested in this kind of thing, it’s worth a read.
Program 143 LTV2:Brendan Murphy and Jerry O`Riordan showing some footage of windmills going up Tullig to Boggeragh Windfarm.
As expected, Bus Eireann buses are not not venturing to Millstreet at the moment:
Millstreet, Rathmore on route 40: Cork to Tralee and return, not being served due to ice on roads.
from a Bus Eireann service update at 8pm Jan 6th