Francis Duggan, Poet

Francis DugganIn Penshurst lives a poet
Francis Duggan is his name
he posts work on the internet
as well as earning local fame
his birth place was in Ireland
now he calls Australia home
every day writes rhyming verse
in lyrical traditional form
his themes range from bird and tree
through to complex human nature
soul sees both beauty and misery
sympathises with living creature
he wrote a wonderful anthology
called ‘Songs of Sherbrooke’
exploring many aspects of life
examines closely cranny and nook
if there’s something that you want
to know about life down-under
follow Frank’s heart, see through
poet’s eyes world full of wonder

by Lee Emmett, Australia


(1946 – Present) I have been penning stuff since 1973 have written up to nine thousand individual pieces which can be seen on various online poetry sites, I was born and raised in Claraghatlea, Millstreet Co Cork Ireland and I have been living in Victoria Australia for the past twenty three years (since 1989) – Francis Duggan.


Contact Francis: <email>

Parish Newsletter – 11 April 2010

PARISH NEWSLETTER for Ballydaly, Cullen & Millstreet
Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday – 11th APRIL, 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>
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:

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 11 April 2010”

Horse Show Schedule 2010

The Millstreet Horse Show which is back on again this year after missing out on 2009 have just published their schedule for this years show (10th to 15th of August) on their newly revamped website.

They also have an updated accommodation list for the show, so if you’re looking for information on the horse show, that is the place to go

from and their facebook page

The Cails

From Kippagh Mountain Lake downhill it does travel
It splashes around rocks and scurries down the gravel
In fields of Ballydaly swelled by rills and drains it grows to a small river
As onwards it does flow with a babble in it’s quiver.
Through Feirm and Annagloor in Millstreet in Duhallow
It’s natural destiny it is destined for to follow
Through Shannaknock, Liscreagh and Claraghatlea to a bigger river growing
Where it joins the Finnow to the Blackwater flowing.
The Cails is not renowned in song and in story
To be born in Kippagh is it’s great claim to glory
But long before the first human, beast or bird came to Ballydaly
The Cails from the hills to the Finnow has babbled on gaily.
Unlike the great waterways it does not have a rating
But I feel that the Cails is one worth celebrating
With the Finnow it flows to the Blackwater to it’s sea destination
A very old river in a very old Nation.

by Francis Duggan

Michael Cremin, Grand Marshall of Bergen County St.Patricks Day Parade

The day was an Irish green, albeit with a little gray, and although it came two weeks later than originally planned — and just more than 10 days after its raison d’etre (due to a horrendous nor’easter storm) — the 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, led by Millstreet native Michael Cremin as Grand Marshall still showed marchers and spectators what it’s like to be Irish, even for just a day.

So, even though Sunday was a bit gray, the green did manage to shine through after all.

Our original article before the parade can be read here
You can read the full article on Thanks to Joanie for the photos below

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Spin SW – DJ Brian Young

***** Here it is Our first Big Event Of Summer 2010. *****
For The First Time Ever
Wallis Arms Millstreet in association with Spin Southwest
Lots Of Prize’s And Giveaways On The Night
Great Party Atmosphere Ensured
Make Sure U Get In Early For This Great Event

Niamh Kavanagh on Millstreet

In an interview with ESC Ireland, Niamh Kavanagh has a few words about her times here in Millstreet in 1993 when she won the Eurovision here.

It’s a shame I can’t say that Millstreet was the deciding factor, but it’s safe to say that I fitted in there no worries and it certainly gave me an experience that has never been nor likely to be repeated!

There is more on Millstreet, and she also talks about the upcoming Eurovision in Oslo.

Read the full article on

Baby Jacob family express their gratitude on TV3

Baby Jacob was on TV3 news yesterday evening again. This time saying thanks for all the support they have received in the last few weeks.  There were some video clips taken in the square and in O’Leary’s butchers with cameo’s by Ursula Manley and Jerry Pat O’Leary.

You can view the video clip on the TV3 website

There’s also an article on this weeks Cork Independent on how baby Jacob is doing after his recent operation and an update on the forthcoming single release for the Baby Jacob Trust Fund. Here’s an excerpt:

The Project started recording the song ‘Something Inside So Strong’ this week to raise funds for the Baby Jacob Fund. It is hoped the single will be available to purchase and for download by the end of April. Cork woman Ann Murphy has now joined the campaign to raise funds for Jakub through her new business.

[read more …] “Baby Jacob family express their gratitude on TV3”

Quarter of a Million thank you’s

In the last few days has reached the milestone of quarter of a million page views since last August. That’s quite an achievement for a small community site like our own, but it has been of great encouragement to us to know that the readership is rising all the time.

[read more …] “Quarter of a Million thank you’s”

Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 2 of 2)

Below are the second part of the photos from the Vintage Family Fun Day at the Green Glens. The first part can be seen here. Photos by Sean Radley while also reporting for LTV2

[read more …] “Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 2 of 2)”

Regional Report 1007 – 6th April 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to news report  1007 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear Listeners and I wish you all the very best on this wet ,’n calm ,Tuesday morning.

It’s great to be back with you again following two wonderful weeks in far away Nebraska ,land of Indian tribes and descendents of  so many  Irish Immigrants.

Many congratulations to Fr. Paddy O Byrne who celebrated the Golden Jubilee  of his Ordination at Lincoln, Nebraska on March 29th.where he had missioned for over forty years . It was indeed  an honour for me  to be present at this historic ceremony which saw the mighty Cathedral of that City packed to capacity. Up to a 140 priests in all attended, as did countless numbers of nuns, The Knights of Columbus and the hundreds of people to whom he has endeared himself over the years.  The popular Fr. Paddy will be further honoured by his own people here in Millstreet at a later date.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1007 – 6th April 2010”

Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 1 of 2)

Down at the hugely successful Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens. A true credit to the dedicated organisers of such a spectacular occasion. Below are the first group of photos which give an idea of the fun atmosphere on the day (photos by Sean Radley) [read more …] “Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens (Part 1 of 2)”

Results & Fixtures – 5th April

Millstreet Celtic player-manager Tim Kiely controls matters in the Cork AUL Division 2A contest against Coachford

Camogie U14 BL: Cloughduv 4-0 Millstreet 0-0; Na Piarsaigh 4-6 millstret 4-1;
Bord na nÓg Feile Iomaint A Round 3: Youghal 2-9 Millstreet 1-3
JAHL Tullylease 2-14 Millstreet 0-7

Co Premier 2 Minor Football Championship: Millstreet v Eire Og at Carrigadrohid, Wed 7th 6.30 pm

1A: Bohemians 1 Rathcoole Rovers 2
2A: Millstreet Cel 3 Coachford 2; Millstreet Cel 4 Glanworth Utd 1;
3A: Los Zarcos 0 CFC Banteer 1; CFC Banteer 1 Rathcoole Rovers 0

Death Notice: Denis O’Sullivan

The death has occurred on 24th March 2010 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, of our father Denis O’Sullivan aged 84 years.
Denis was born in Ballydaly Upper on 20th October 1925.
He lived the most part of his life in Conna (County Cork), and England but returned for a short while with his wife to Kippagh in 1982.
Denis leaves his widow Kathleen, Margaret and Kevin his daughter and son. A much loved husband, father, father in law and grandfather.

The funeral will be at Holy Souls Church in Scunthorpe, tomorrow 6th April at 12:30.

with thanks to Kevin

Easter Sunday 2010

Easter Sunday 2010 in Millstreet was a very busy day indeed. With Easter Mass, a Collenction for the Irish Lifeboat Association, the Annual Easter Parade led by Millstreet Pipe Band, the Proclamation read by Nóirín Ní Ealaithe, the Tricolour raised by Con Foley, the wreath laid by Tadhg Crowley, the oration given by Tom Meaney and Jerry Lehane as Master of Ceremonies. (Lots of photos below by Sean Radley)

Also on Easter Sunday was the Vintage Family Fun Day at Green Glens, and there are loads of photos from this which will appear over the next few days.
[read more …] “Easter Sunday 2010”

Easter Vigil Mass

The scene at St.Patrick’s Church, Millstreet for the 2010 Easter Vigil (03 April).   The concelebrants were Fr. Declan O’Connor and Fr. Paddy O’Byrne. A special Easter Feature is in place near the Church entrance.  The Choir provided superb harmony during the ceremony.
A very Happy Easter to All!  (Lots more pics below by Seán R.)

[read more …] “Easter Vigil Mass”

Parish Newsletter – 4th April 2010

Easter Sunday, 4th April, 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>
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:

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 4th April 2010”


2010-03-27 Ladies Football Munster U16 A Championship - Alannah Barry playing for Cork v Kerry in Millstreet

Saxone Cup semi-finals: Millstreet Cel 5 Hibernians “A” 1
3A: Ballinhassig 3 Rathcoole Rovers 1; Los Zarcos 2 Strand Utd 4.
St. Michael’s Cup semi-finals: Passage 3 Rathcoole Rovers “A” 0.
Ladies Football Munster U16 A Championship – Cork 2-8 Kerry 1-9. Played in Millstreet last Saturday, Alana Barry is on the Cork team.

LTV2: Programme 161 – Bloopers and Music

LTV2 studio bloopers from the archives (2005) and some country music from Sean O’Brien.
If you want to contact us at LTV2 Millstreet with any information on upcoming events or have a request for anyone that you want put out on air please feel free to text or ring 085-1144252 or email us at <email>

from the LTV2 YouTube Channel, and the LTV2 Facebook Page

If you want to contact us at LTV2 Millstreet with any information on upcoming events or have a request for anyone that you want put out on air please feel free to text or ring 085-1144252 or email us at <email>

Upcoming Methodist Meeting

Our next meeting in Millstreet is on Sunday 11th April at 7.00 p. m. in the Canon O’Donovan Centre on Clara Road.  You would be most welcome to join us for an informal time of worship, prayer and Bible study.

Before that, over the Easter weekend, we are greatly looking forward to the visit of Glengormley Methodist Youth Choir to the area.  The choir are based in a large Methodist Church on the outskirts of Belfast and has been in existence since 1978.  During this time there has been a constant flow of new members so that it remains a youth choir even today!  Rev. Laurence Graham, the Methodist minister in Killarney, spent five years in this choir when he was a youth a long time ago!!  On the evening of Easter Sunday at 7.30 p. m. the choir will perform a presentation of the Easter story in music and drama which they have produced.  This should be a very enjoyable and inspiring evening and is to be held in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Church in Killarney (kindly granted).  Admission is free although there will be a voluntary offering to help cover expenses.  Why not have a trip to Killarney on Easter Sunday evening.

For further information on any of the above please contact Rev. Laurence Graham at 064 6631613 or

Happy Easter to Everyone.

Regional Report No. 1.006 (30th March 2010)

Presenter:   Seán Radley (deputising for Eily Buckley)

Good morning, Patricia and greetings, dear Listeners, from Millstreet in Co. Cork.   In this our 1,006th Regional Report we hear about Easter preparations, upcoming “Round the Fireside” features, LTV2 updates ….. and  there’s more – much more!

Our good Friend, Jerry Lehane of the Millstreet National Monument Committee, reminds us that the traditional Easter parade led by Millstreet Pipe Band will proceed from West End after 11.30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church onwards to The Bridge and Main Street arriving at our National Monument  in the Square.   This highly significant Celtic Cross memorial of course was unveiled by Austin Stack in 1927 and has undergone a number of  maintenance works over the years.   The most recent restoration work has borne very impressive results.    Remembering the late Conchubhar Ó hÉalaithe  – his daughter, Nóirín, will read the 1916 Proclamation, prayers will be recited, the wreath laid and an address delivered by a significant speaker.

[read more …] “Regional Report No. 1.006 (30th March 2010)”

Eily in Nebraska

YORK — “God and His mother be with you all my friends.”

So Eily Buckley conveys her greetings, in Irish Gaelic, to her listeners during her weekly radio report from Millstreet Town, County Cork, Ireland.

Eily has been in Nebraska since St. Patrick’s Day. She will be in York County a short while longer, before heading to Lincoln next week to celebrate her cousin’s Diamond Jubilee in the priesthood. Father Paddy O’Byrne, now  retired from the Diocese of Lincoln, is the link between Eily and her rural Bradshaw hosts, Elizabeth and Terry King, and Toni and Kent Allen.

When the Kings and Allens wanted to travel to Ireland last year, Fr. O’Byrne pointed them to Eily’s bed and breakfast in Millstreet, a town of about 1,400 people in northwest County Cork. About another 3,000 live in the surrounding countryside.

The Nebraskans soon counted Eily among their friends, and welcomed her when she flew to Nebraska with Fr. O’Byrne.

from the York News Times
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