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”

Millstreet Museum’s New Email Address

For decades our email address at Millstreet Museum has been millstreetmuseum .   From Monday, 11th May 2020 this email address will no longer apply.   Our new email address going forward is now millstreetmuseum .

Carnegie Hall – Home of Millstreet Museum

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, 10th May 2020 at 11.30 am  for People of the Parish.

Our Weekday Broadcasts of Mass will be preceded daily at 9.35 am by the Recitation of the Rosary during the month of May.

Mass on Monday (11th) for John Sherlock, Skibbereen at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Tuesday (12th) for Hannie & Jackie Lane, Aubane at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Wednesday (13th) for John O’Shea, Millstreet & Aughrim (recently deceased) at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Thursday (14th) for Private Intention at 10.00a.m.

Mass on Friday (15th May) for Jack Healy, Kilmeedy  at 10.00a.m.

To make contact with Cork Music Station :

Email corkmusicstation

Candlelit Procession in Knock, Co. Mayo – July 2016. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Parish Newsletter – 10th May, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter –  10th  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 and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time:

RECENT DEATHS:  John Joe O’Shea, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow & late of Cockhill; Fr. Michael Fleming Parish Priest, Killorglin;  Martin Hickey, Cullen & New York.

ANNIVERSARIES:  Bridget & Patrick O’Sullivan, Dooneen; Fintan Kiely, Liscahane; Lena, Philip, Dan & the deceased members of the Cronin family, Pound Hill; Michael Dennehy, Coomlogane; Peggy Twomey, The Bridge; Michael Ryan, Killarney Road; Dan & Mary Breen, Killarney Road; Thomas & Eileen O’Mahony, Kilmeedy; Mary & Michael Flaherty, Ballydaly; Julia & Patie Hickey, Cullen; Matthew Bradley, Knocknagurrane; Nan, Sr. Adeline & the deceased members of the O’Donoghue family, Gortnacreeha; Timothy Kelleher, Lislehane; Jerry McCarthy, Cork & Knocknagree; Emma Dineen, Carrigaline.



  • SUNDAY (10th) at 11.30a.m:  Mass is for People of the Parish and I will be praying especially for the children of the Parish who would be receiving their First Holy Communion at this time, their families and teachers.
  • MASS ON MONDAY (11th) for John Sherlock, Skibbereen at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON TUESDAY (12th) for Hannie & Jackie Lane, Aubane at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON WEDNESDAY (13th) John O’Shea, Millstreet & Aughrim (recently deceased) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON THURSDAY (14th) for (Private Intention) at 10.00a.m.
  • MASS ON FRIDAY (15th) for Jack Healy, Kilmeedy at 10.00a.m.




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.

The lives of each of us have changed dramatically since the first case of COVID19 was diagnosed.  Contact with family and friends is now done electronically rather than personally, a lot of people are working remotely which means less contact with work colleagues, schools and college doors are closed, children aren’t meeting their friends and the preparation and anticipation of summer holidays have been put on hold.  All these changes are hard at many levels, but by staying strong and by continuing to follow the advice we are being given by our HSE leaders and Government we can look forward to better days with our family and friends.

We have all been receiving “What’s app’s” with varying content – prayerful, spiritual, comical and amusing. I have put together some contents from these messages and perhaps when reading them take a moment to ponder on each one and the relevance in your life. Stay safe and thank you for the support and encouragement I continue to receive.


  1. The past cannot be changed
  2. Everyone’s journey is different
  3. Things always get better with time
  4. Happiness is found within
  5. Positive thoughts create positive things
  6. Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.
  7. Always remember God loves you even on your worst days.


The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is on next Wednesday 13th May and this was a day which the Legion of Mary would celebrate the Apparitions of Our Lady by saying the rosary publicly.  However due to COVID19 restrictions this is not possible this year.  Instead parishioners are invited to recite the rosary in their own homes at 3.00p.m. if possible or whatever times suits you. The hope of the Legion is that this sizeable gift be given to Our Lady for her intentions at this time.

Thunder and Lightening

We were warned about slow moving thundershowers with lightening, and that’s what we got. For two hours there was lots of noise, lots of flashes, and heavy showers, as cold air moved in on our lovely warmth. It feels like summer is rolling in 🙂 The picture below shows the lightening strikes from 4:30 – 5pm.

[read more …] “Thunder and Lightening”

Meals on Wheels – May 11th-15th

The Millstreet Meals on Wheels service is available for anyone who needs it. All food is prepared in Millstreet Day Centre & we operate the service 5 days a week. You can order a hot dinner for as many days as you like, delivered to your door from Mon-Fri for just €6 a day for the main meal & €2 for dessert.

A variety of meals are served throughout the week and the staff will endeavour to facilitate individual tastes when preparing meals. Please see our menu for next week below.

If you or anyone you know would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels Service over the coming weeks please contact the kitchen on (029) 30998 or the office on (029) 70926 (please leave a message if no answer) or email <email>

Active Home School Week – Toilet Roll Challenge

The pupils and staff in St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole took part in Active Home Week last week. They completed the Toilet Roll Challenge. It was a lovely way to motivate each other to get active and to unite our pupils and staff during this time. Have a look at what they got up to in the video below:

Russell Murphy’s Creative Postcard

Russell Murphy from Australia with Murphy Family roots in Ballydaly has superbly created a post card of a recent poem by Francis Duggan and an image we captured during the week in the Clara Road area.  Tap on the card to enlarge.   Many thanks to Russell who is a Loyal Follower of the Millstreet Website and of Cork Music Station.  (S.R.)

Caherbarnagh (or Cahirbearna) is part of the chain of mountains which stretches westward from Millstreet to Killarney. Its name means “the hill of the four gaps”.

Jerry Horan, Cahirbarnagh

The death has occurred of Jeremiah (Jerry) Horan, Cahirbarnagh, Rathmore, Kerry / Cork. On May 7th, 2020, peacefully in the loving care of nurses and staff at University Hospital Kerry, Jerry (in his 96th year), predeceased by his wife Kitty (née Scannell) and his daughther Judy. Loving father of Frank, Jerry, Dan, Breeda, Nora Mai, Mary and Kate. Very deeply regretted and lovingly remembered by his family, sisters Maura (Rynne) and Kitty (Scannell), brother-in-law Jerry, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends. Go Bhfanfaidh Sé i Suaimhneas. Donations in lieu of flowers to Millstreet Daycare Centre. [rip]

In accordance with H.S.E guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private Requeim Mass and Burial will take place in St Joseph’s Church Rathmore, on Friday May 8th at 2pm. To view a live stream of the Mass, go to MCN Media St Joseph’s Church Rathmore. A Memorial Mass for Jerry will take place at a later date. If you wish to offer your condolences online, please use the Condolence Page on RIP.

“Lunchtime Favourites” Request Programme Every Sunday on Cork Music Station

Because of the great interest in our Sunday Lunchtime Musical Programme following the celebration of Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet at 11.30am we are introducing the sharing of requests.   “Lunchtime Favourites” which we are now calling our programme begins every Sunday directly after the celebration of Mass and continues until 1pm.   We invite our Listeners to submit requests for Family and Friends for whom we shall play favourite songs and the very best instrumental music.   These mentions will be shared with our worldwide audience.   Feel very welcome to send in requests anytime especially in advance of this Sunday’s programme on 10th May 2020Our Second Programme in the series  So feel most welcome to share your requests from any part of the world with Friends anywhere in the world!  To make contact with your requests:   Email corkmusicstation or send a Text or WhatsApp message to 00 353 86 825 0074 (from outside Ireland) or 086 825 0074 (from anywhere in Ireland).  One may also send in requests to the Seán Radley Facebook Page.   Happy listening to Cork Music Station .  (S.R.)

Live broadcast of “Lunchtime Favourites” from our Millstreet Studio.

Eileen’s Sewing Service – Face Masks

Are you in need of a face mask? I am making face masks with all new material and elastic.  I am giving of my time and only taking payment for material. Orders now being taken and due to demand, please allow 5 working days for masks to be produced.  Masks are €3 each and postage can be arranged, at an extra cost. As companies are now supplying masks to workers, washable masks are definitely an option.
087 2403947 /  <email>


John Joe O’Shea, Aughrim and Millstreet

O’Shea, John Joe, Tinakilly, Aughrim, and formerly of Millstreet, Co. Cork, May 05th, 2020. Passed away peacefully after a short illness, bravely fought in the loving care of the St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, brother of the late Billy (Cockhill) and grandad to the late Cailiosa Rose. Mourned and sadly missed by his loving wife Ann, children Paul, Kieran, Sean, Angela, and Barry, daughters-in-law Marie, Deirdre, Majella and Laura, son-in-law Patrick and his 16 grandchildren.
John Joe will also be sadly missed by his brothers Pat, Denis, Dermot, Ted, his sisters Anna, Mary and Kathleen together with their families and his wide circle of friends. May He Rest in Peace. [rip]
In accordance with current government guidelines John Joe’s Mass will take place privately in the Sacred Heart Church, Aughrim and is restricted to family members only. If you wish you can join the Funeral Mass celebration online at 11.00am Friday morning on followed by burial in Macreddin Cemetery Lower. Expressions of condolences can be made on this  RIP link.