Billy Coleman was Irelands most successful rally driver ever. He first came to province in 1969 in rather tatty self-prepared green Mark I Escort (TIU 250) on the Circuit of Ireland when he took special stage time off the works Escort of Rodger Clark which was almost unheard of at the time. Billy was born in 1948 in Millstreet. From an early age he developed an interest in motor cars, confessing for the bug when he sat up on his fathers knee to drive the car when he was five years old. His father owned a garage in Milstreet and was the Ford Main Dealer which helped nurture Billy’s interest in cars.
Billy is famous in rallying circles all over Ireland for his exploits in the 70s and 80s, in Ireland, Britain, and even as far away as Poland, Corsica and Monte Carlo.
A DVD on Billy’s exploits in the Irish Tarmac Championship is available to buy from Murray Motorsport amongst others.
Also added below are loads photos of the cars that he drove.
Below are extracts from the “Handbook for Travellers in Ireland (with Maps) 1866” which refer to the Millstreet area.
Note: the spelling is not great because a computer was used to scan it and copy to text, but the information of the time is interesting. Coal:
… the only practicable coal being in Clare, where there are thin beds of culm, from which, however, one colliery-owner clears his 4000?. a year. This exception is in the barony pf Duhallow, in the neighbourhood of Kanturk and Millstreet. Here are six veins of anthracite coal, three of which, known as the Bulk-vein, Rock- vein, and Sweet-vein, are of tolerable thickness and have been pretty extensively
worked. ” The coals of the Munster field lie in a series of troughs, the hills usually striking from E. to W., and the strata dipping on either side, N. and S., at considerable angles, often perpendicular.” — Kane,
The coal rocks in Clare are of an estimated thickness of 3350 ft., and consist of limestone band …
The Fine Gael Cork North West Constituency AGM takes place in Millstreet this evening. Fine Gael Education Spokesman, Brian Hayes TD will deliver a speech on why there needs to be a new deal between teachers and the Government.
If I had a fiver for everyone who told me that the Department of Education HQ was a downtown office of the Irish teachers’ unions, I would be a very wealthy man. The common perception is that the unions simply click their fingers in Marlborough Street and get everything they want.
It is true that we have seen some dreadful deals down the years where educational outcomes were not the priority. But can it be said after the effective reduction of between 15% to 19% of teachers take home pay over a twelve month period that the teacher unions still dominate the agenda? Any objective observer would have to say that this is not the case.
The Munster Scór Sínsear semi-finals yesterday evening took place in Millstreet GAA Hall. There was a home victory for the Millstreet Question Time team. In a diverse cultural programme, Cork teams enjoyed success and progressing to the provincial final are:
The eldest daughter of Denis and Elizabeth McCarthy her beauty I recall
When she was young in Pound Hill the fairest one of all
Though the years go by so quickly and fleeting is our prime
The memories of her beauty remain undimmed by time
Tall and blond and young and graceful in my mind she remain
Such lovely mental pictures of Phil to retain
She rests at peace in Dublin well north of Millstreet Town
Far from the streets where with her young friends she often walked up and down
Unaffected by her beauty she was free of conceit
What was a win for Dublin was a loss to Millstreet
She would have been in her sixties as far as I know
One can only hope her end was peaceful and not painful and slow
The years go by so quickly and time does not stand still
May she rest in peace in Dublin far from the Town by Clara Hill.
Former Cullen man Michael Cremin is to be the Grand – Marshall of the upcoming 29th annual St. Patrick Day’s Parade for North Jersey will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. An active member of the community, he has been nominated by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County. Here is what the article says about him:
Michael Cremin of Dumont, the grand marshal, is originally from Cullen, County Cork, Ireland, the son of the late Edmond and Catherine Cremin.
He worked as an apprentice carpenter before he immigrated to America in 1962. He worked for Pan American and later for United Parcel Service.
DUHALLOW has welcomed a new club on the launch of the newly formed St John’s GAA club. The club takes its name from a landmark in the Aubane area and those associated with St John’s have a good reason to look forward with a buzz of exciting anticipation for the season that lays ahead.
It’s all of 28 years since a GAA club operated in the area.
For all concerned, it’s a challenging task in difficult times, yet meetings to date have delivered a positive and decidedly upbeat message about St John’s club on and off the field.
Officers elected for 2010 are President Denis Kelleher, Chairman John Twomey, Vice Chairman Jerry Kelleher, Secretary Don O’Riordan, Joint Treasurers Gerdi Buckley and Michael O’Riordan.
Currently they are training two nights a week, and new members are welcome to join the setup.
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: MONDAY-TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m. Yourprayers 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:
It was children’s allowance collection day on Tuesday, and the steady stream of customers through the doors of Cullen Post Office were all wondering if it would be the last time they transacted their business in their own village.
That’s because Cullen Post Office closed on Wednesday and, as the locals wished postmistress Mary Forde a healthy and lengthy retirement, political pressure was building to ensure that the local applicant who wants to set up a replacement An Post agency in the village is allowed to do so.
Mary Forde has run Cullen Post Office for 35 years and she confirmed this week that, had the funds been available to do so 15 years ago, she would have participated in the first round of post office automation.
Millstreet’s Michael Vaughan won All Ireland with the Vocational Schools footballers last Saturday February 28th. Vaughan worked hard and played well throughout and notched up two points for his efforts as Cork edged out Monaghan on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-7.
Sweet revenge for Cork as they shaded a gripping duel with Monaghan to lift the All-Ireland Vocational Schools senior football championship title in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow, last Saturday.
It was Cork’s second victory in the final against Monaghan in three seasons, but they had been ousted at the semi-final stage in 2009 by the Farney County students, who went on to replace them as champions.
Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet back in 1993, last night won the Irish Eurosong last night with maximum votes from all the judges groups and the general public (tele-voting). She will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision 2010 in the Telenor Arena in Olso, Norway in the semi-final on May 27th and hopefully in the final on May 29th.
The Telenor Arena is actually a soccer stadium with a roof that can hold 23,000 people for a concert!
Well known and well liked Millstreet man John Tarrant, who writes the Millstreet notes on the Corkman every week, is PRO for Millstreet and Duhallow GAA, as well being a high achiever in quiz circles has outdone himself again. This time he been announced as one of the 30 winners of the 2000-2009 Review Quiz which was published on the Irish Independant on December 31st last. We can only assume that he got all the answers correct which is a fair achievement. Well done John.
AN ELDERLY man who was unable to attend a family funeral in Millstreet was robbed last week by a heartless conman who posed as a pension officer.
The man, in his 90s, was at home alone while his family attended the funeral of his young daughterin-law who had suffered from cancer for a number of years. A ‘very professional and well dressed man’ knocked on his door and talked his way into the house at around 3.30pm. The bogus pension officer engaged the elderly man in conversation but managed to steal money from him.
The man is described as being of stocky build and was driving a silver saloon car. A Garda spokesperson at Millstreet said “the man was very professionally dressed and very professional in his approach”.
Vodafone Ireland who recently took over BT Telecom in Ireland have been investigating bottlenecks in their broadband networks. Millstreet (along with other towns) was identified as slowing down considerably in the evenings (too many pictures on millstreet.ie 😉 ), and has been upgraded in the last few days to sort out this problem. So if you are with Vodafone and have noticed that the internet has been slow in the evenings, then hopefully your problems have been sorted. Now, if we could only get broadband to outlying areas like Rathcoole (which have big problems at the moment), it would be of benefit to all.
Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet in 1993 is in the Eurosong National Final again tonight. You can listen to her song which was released yesterday in the video above. It is on RTE1 at 9:30pm tonight. Give her your vote 😉
Names, dates and places of death taken from the Irish Memorial Records, listing all those from Millstreet that died in WWI over in Europe.
LONG TIMOTHY 1914-08-27 FRANCE, from KILCORNEY
O’LEARY EDWARD 1914-10-03 FRANCE
CRONIN DANIEL 1914-10-19 FRANCE
BYRNE PATRICK 1915-01-19 FRANCE
DESMOND MICHAEL 1915-04-26 GALLIPOLI
MURPHY JAMES 1915-08-09 GALLIPOLI
HICKEY DENIS 1915-11-27 GALLIPOLI
BREEN DENIS 1916-03-27 FRANCE
KELLEHER DENIS 1916-01-12 FRANCE
CREEDON PATRICK 1916-04-30 FRANCE
BENNETT DANIEL 1916-05-09 FRANCE, from DROMTARRIFFE
MAHONEY MICHAEL 1916-09-09 FRANCE
HICKEY JOHN F. 1918-01-26
CORKERY DANIEL 1918-03-21 FRANCE
CREMIN JOHN 1918-03-23 FRANCE
Note: the Irish Memorial Record is incomplete, often incorrect and can contain duplicates. Nonetheless it is interesting information. From a discussion on wartime newspapers which lists all the dead from Cork
update (2014-01-12): this article has been superceeded by another which has more WW1 war dead, and much more information on each one
A RECOGNITON for total commitment and excellence in community, sport, culture and enhancing the life of others is evident on the selection of the Millstreet People of the Year Awards.
Friday, 12 March, in the Wallis Arms Hotel, will present an opportunity for Millstreet to honour people valued and appreciated not only by their own community but beyond.
The categories and recipients are Hall of Fame, Fr. Paddy O’Byrne; Service to Youth, Youth Club Leaders; Cultural Award James Linehan; Achievement Award, Stephen O’Riordan; Service to the Community, Eily Buckley and Unsung Hero, Moira O’Keeffe from Cullen.
Check out the off road ‘moment’ at 5:30 in the above video! – “I was thankful that the tyres found some grip and just barely pulled the car away from the rock bank”
Charlie Drake and Eoin Moynihan took Premier League honours in last weekend’s Rally Tasmania. Here’s Charlie’s report on the weekend…..
We had a really good weekend in Tassie and are happy we got the premier league points which was the aim for the weekend.
It was a last minute decision to do Rally Tasmania but I had never been there and I’d always wanted to try a tarmac rally so on the day the entries closed I rang Dasher(Darren Williams) and asked him could the car be repaired from the off in Batemans Bay last year? I got my answer quickly and it was a BIG NO…. but a miracle happened and the boys made the impossible possible. We were three hours late for scrunity – that’s how last minute the final car assembly was…….
Photograph shows Marius (Jacob`s father) and Jerry Pat O`Leary (Chairperson) accepting a cheque for €1000 for the Baby Jacob Trust Fund from the Transition Year Students. Half of this money was raised through Charity fund-raising events in the School and the other half came from the “Tastes of Christmas”cookery demonstration which was held last December.
LTV2 Millstreet:Highlights from Programme No 157 Featuring Ann Marie O`Riordan, Millstreet 2010 Scor Champions, and the laying down of the Time Capsule back in Clara Road recently.
. Coming up tonight: LTV 2 Millstreet:Programme 158. On this weeks programme we have music from Crystal Swing,The Celts,and Johnny Bremmner amongst others,we go to Cullen for a presentation to Fr O`Leary to wish him well on his move to Killarney,also we go to the Abbeydorney Ploughing competition,plus all the usual features as well so tune in next Thursday night at 10.00pm with a repeat showing the following Sunday Evening at 8.00pm.
Clement Carroll’s photo of Ross Castle in Killarney in the snow and ice which we featured on millstreet.ie a few weeks ago has won second place out of 900 entries in the RTE Weather Photo Competition and is appearing as the background at the start of all the weather bulletins on RTE today.
Welcome to our new golfing year, below are the main points from our AGM held on the 28th of January.
To try and re-generate interest in the society it was decided to do away with team competitions and have 4 single competitions at the courses listed below.It was also decided to have a golfer of the Year and the overall winner from the 4 competitions will receive The John Cronin Memorial Trophy.
Again we appeal to people when entering competitions can you please pay the entry fee on entry, collection of money is becoming a big job at outings and the committee have enough to do without this extra job.
Sponsors were again thanked for their support in 2009 and we look forward to their continued support in 2010. Due to the current economic climate sponsorship of an outing has been reduced to €100 , this includes free golf on the day.
Membership for 2010 is €20. Please fill in the attached form and return with money before the 26th of February to the address below,only paid up members will be contacted for outings.
A member of the Irish Workers Party and a Socialist and a true Republican
And he loved Ireland and the Irish Language Neil Healy was a very special man
A family person and a quiet achiever he was one worthy of far greater note
I’d like to write a poem in his honour were I born with the genius of a poet.
One who did speak the Irish Language fluently not many like him that seems sad to say
In the changing face of twenty first century Ireland in the ever changing World of today
A loyal supporter of Joe Sherlock of the Workers Party to the colours he believed in he was true
To many one who did choose to be different for that alone great credit is his due.
People like he was make a case for re-incarnation I’m only saying how it does seem to me
He did love places distant from Duhallow old towns in France in Celtic Brittany
His passing a huge loss to Celtic Culture he is one who will be hard to replace
In Millstreet he will always be remembered where his will live as a remembered face.
He always stood for what he did believe in one who was as honest as the word can be
And ’tis sad to think that on the streets of Millstreet he is one that in the flesh we never more will see
But the World was better for him living in it of him that would be a fair thing to say
Conchubar O hEalaithe is one well worth remembering and good memories of him will live for many a day.
Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1002 from Millstreet.
Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on the second day of March and it is foggy and cold, but very calm.
A very successful Coffee morning was held by Particia Guerin at the GAA Hall on Friday last, which raised over € 1,500, Patricia , who is well known for her great work on behalf of the needy, would like to say many thanks to all those who helped her with the venture and supported it.
The money will be shared between The Church Restoration Fund, The Haiti Fund and the fund for Baby Jacob. Well done Patricia.
Requiem Mass will be offered in St Patrick’s Church, Millstreet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 3, at 12 noon for the repose of the souls of Sheila and Mary Bridget Ring who died recently in Miami. Burial immediately afterwards in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.