Millstreet savoured the taste of victory in the Co. non exam minor hurling league 12 aside final by overcoming Courcey Rovers 2-10 to 1-6 played in Ovens. The contest was delayed 15 minutes owing to rain sheeting down on the proceedings. Despite the slippery conditions, there could be no disguise the superiority of Millstreet.
All through, Millstreet hurled with the greater confidence and that was good enough to keep the Carrigdhoun side at bay. Owing to the conditions, scoring was at a premium early on and the prematch cloudburst ensured the early exchanges were bereft of free flowing hurling.
However Millstreet’s cause was boosted in the 9th min on a probing delivery by Michael Vaughan saw Michael Murphy get a stick to flick to the Courceys net.
A follow up point from Barry O’Reilly confirmed Millstreet’s stature. Courceys did open their account yet all the initiative stemmed and drive stemmed from Millstreet. They kept a foothold on the game thanks to the tenacious play of Dean Desmond, Tim Fitzgerald, Mark Ellis, Michael Vaughan and Darren Sheehan.
Two points in quick succession to Vaughan confirmed Millstreet’s supremacy yet they were jolted on a Courceys goal. However, Millstreet bounced back immediately and though Michael Vaughan was denied of a possible goal, Michael Murphy was on hand to steer the rebound home.
ourceys did answer to narrow the arrears 2-3 to 1-3 at the break.
Millstreet took up the running upon the resumption on quick fire points by Michael Murphy and Darren Sheehan.
Courceys attempted a comeback yet all they could show to their interval tally was three pointed frees. Territorially, Millstreet dominated and though some wayward shooting limited progress, their persistence paid off with points from Michael Vaughan, Darren Sheehan and David McCaul.
Millstreet lined out as Pa Rohan, Jamie Kelleher, Dean Desmond, Tim Fitzgerald, Mark Ellis, Liam Curtin, David McCaul, Barry O’Reilly, Michael Vaughan, Darren Sheehan, John Buckley, Michael Murphy. Sub. Tony Cronin.
Cloghoula Pattern Day wa a huge success, the showers earlier in the day died out and everyone enjoyed a warm summer’s afternoon. There’s loads of pictures if you click on the picture above, or if you follow this link: http://picasaweb.google.com/hoconnor15/Cloghoula1#
A summer walk on this past Sunday (10th May 2009) through Drishane Estate serves to remind us of the very historic Centenary Celebrations marking the arrival of the Sisters of the Infant Jesus to Drishane in 1909.
Full details of the Drishane Cemetery commemoration and further events on this Friday night as well as the Centenary Celebration at Green Glens on this forthcoming Saturday (16th May) may be found on www.ijs.ie . The people of Millstreet and beyond extend heartfelt and sincere best wishes to the Drishane Sisters on this very special historic occasion. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie)
Sr. Barbara Bowe, Chicago, U.S.A. on a recent visit to Drishane, Millstreet guided by yours truly. Sr. Barbara was tracing her Dinneen Family roots in the Millstreet area. (Picture: Seán Radley) [Sadly, Sr. Barbara Bowe, a Sacred Heart Sister, passed away in March the following year (December 1st 1945-March 14th 2010)]
A recent meeting of the Millstreet Branch of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society joined by Kerry Diocesan visitors at Millstreet Presbytery. (Picture: Seán Radley)
Siobhán Carroll (nee Hickey) presenting Matron Lena Kelleher with the impressive cheque resulting from the recent very successful launch of Kit Hickey’s CD and Video in aid of St. Joseph’s Community Hospital Fund, Millstreet.
Cappoquin hosted the Munster Scór Sinsear Finals and Millstreet made the trip to the Waterford venue to regain their provincial question time title with a team of Liam Flynn, Pat Sheehan and John Tarrant. Victory gained Millstreet their fifth Munster title in eleven years and the team goes forward to represent Cork in the All Ireland Finals in the INEC, Killarney next month. Scor
Cappoquin hosted the Munster Scór Sinsear Finals and Millstreet made the trip to the Waterford venue to regain their provincial question time title with a team of Liam Flynn, Pat Sheehan and John Tarrant. Victory gained Millstreet their fifth Munster title in eleven years and the team goes forward to represent Cork in the All Ireland Finals in the INEC, Killarney next month. (John Tarrant)
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Mrs O’Mahony Clondrohid, Tom Dineen Clondrohid, Teresa Mc Carthy Kilmeedy & Mairead O’Rahilly Kilcorney.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis
Congratulations to Caroline & Kevin Creedon Carrigaline on the birth of their baby boy.
Annual General Meeting:
The Annual General Meeting of the Aubane Social Club will be held in the Aubane Community Centre on the 18th March commencing at 9.00 p.m Sharp. New Members welcome to attend.
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm
Annual Christmas Morning Climb Supports St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund
The Aubane Social Club took time to time acknowledge a fundraising venture from one of it familiar hostings. All the participants in the club’s annual sponsored Mountain Climb which took place on Christmas Day morning were applauded for venturing out in great numbers to support the traditional staging and helping the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund.
Aubane Social Club’s Gerard Mc Sweeney commended the close on 150 participants who made it the most successful undertaking by the club. The brilliant weather added to the occasion in a venture growing in success supported by record numbers. This mountain climb on Christmas Morning has been ongoing now for over thirty years with a different charity benefiting each year. Last Year Marymount Hospice benefited from the proceeds of the climb but this year our beautiful historic St Patrick’s Church in Millstreet benefited. A cheque for €3,500 was presented by club member Sonya O’Riordan to Denis Lane Chairman of the St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund Denis Lane said that he was no stranger to the Aubane area as it was where he was born and reared and his late mother Hannie Lane was a member of the Aubane Social Club for many years. Mr Lane expressed gratitude for the generous contribution which will go towards enchancing and restoring the Church. Cannn Declan O’Connor also thanked the Aubane Social Club and the participants of the climb. The photographs of the climb can be viewed on www.millstreet.ie A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy & Mary Annakettel who filmed the climb from Dermot Healy’s Helicopter which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night which was an excellent programme. A special word of thanks to you all who climbed and those of you who subscribed to this worthy fund.
Presentation of €15,400 to Jonathon Irwin CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation:
In October Billy & Ellen Sheehan proprietors of the Wallis Arms Hotel Millstreet joined forces with the Aubane Social Club and a number of local businesses to raise the money for the Jack & Jill Foundation. A representative from the Millstreet Youth Club also presented a cheque from the proceeds of their Halloween Party. The staff from Supervalu in Millstreet also raised money for this fund by hosting an instore event where the staff dressed up in costumes for the day. On Friday 21st January the cheque for €15,400 was presented to Jonathon Irwin the founder of the Jack & Jill Foundation in the Wallis Arms. As part of his visit for the presentation of the cheque, Jonathon Irwin CEO of the Jack & Jill Foundation asked families in Cork & Kerry to donate their old mobile phones to buy more home nursing care for terminally ill children and children with severe neurological delay aged 0-4 years old being cared at home. There are 50 Jack & Jill babies in the Cork & Kerry Border today and up to 300 nationwide. Mr Irwin reminded people that 250 old mobile phones can buy home nursing care for a sick child a month. Mobile phones can be handed into the Wallis Arms. Billy Sheehan said that Eilin Ni Mhurcu is the Jack & Jill Liason nurse who covers both counties. Mr Irwin thanked everyone who helped raise this huge amount money for the Jack & Jill Foundation. The Aubane Social Club & Billy & Ellen Sheahan of the Wallis also expressed a special word thanks to everyone who made this event an outstanding success. . For further information on the Jack & Jill Foundation log on to www.jackandjill.ie.
TWO young Millstreet boxers gave it their all in a terrific campaign of fantastic endeavour only to be denied All-Ireland glory in the National Juvenile Championships. Both Seán Óg O’Connor and Eric Barrett are in their debutant season with Rylane Boxing Club and came close to securing outright honours. Seán Óg began his quest in the Boys 1 33kg grade on comprehensive wins over Jack Daly (Riverstown) and Patrick McDonough(Leeside) to capture county accolade.
And the momentum was maintained in the Munster campaign, Seán Óg to the fore in a marvellous provincial final against Patrick Doyle from Clonmel.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Nonie Lane late of Aubane & Doneraile, Kitt Buckley Glenleigh Kilcorney, Tom Dowling Killarney, Millstreet & Charleville, Sean Buckley Kilcorney, Nora Leader Kilcorney, Noreen Dennehy Millstreet, Denny Cashman Tullig, Joan Courtney Islandahill, Mary Kelleher (Nee Kelleher) Clondrohid & late of Aubane, Sr Tecla Kelleher Cork, Michael Keating Killarney, Bridie Kelleher Ballyclough, and Treasa Moynihan Ballymakeera.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis
Congratulations to Noreen Lane Newmarket & Shane O’Donoghue who were married on the 6th December
Annual Christmas Party
The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Thursday 18th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Canon Declan O’Connor PP and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night especially The Millstreet Choir, Ceolthois Ceoltoiri Eireann and to all the Aubane Social members who helped out on the night.
Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund. At 10:30am the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by at the Millstreet Country Park. It was a beautiful fresh crisp morning, but I believe they could see what lay ahead of them, the dense fog on top of the mountain From a distance was the sound of a helicopter which really surprised the climbers as the fog was very dense and some people thought he didn’t realize he was so near the mountain. When the helicopter landed on board was the Pilot Dermot Healy from Killarney & the LTV2 film crew Sean Murphy & Mary Anketell who interviewed the participants of the Climb. It’s the first time ever a helicopter landed on Mushera Mountain on Christmas Morning. So after about an hour of moving uphill at peoples own pace, they got to the top at about 11:30. There were already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before them. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there were over One Hundred or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, they headed back for base. A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy & Mary Annakettel who filmed the climb which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night which was an excellent programme.
Thanks to each and every one of you who climbed the Mountain on the day. For pictures of the day log on to www.millstreet.ie taken by Fr James Mc Sweeney.
Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 14th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre. Santa arrived in great syle in a BMW after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane. He received a warm reception from the crowd. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
There was also a bouncy castle, teas & biscuits for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped and to our Club Members Don O’Riordan and his wife Sonya who put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours. Thanks to everyone who attended despite the bad weather conditions. Also special word of Thanks to those who gave us sponsorship, Bernard Crowley from LTV2 who filmed the event and to John O’Sullivan for supplying the Bouncing Castle.
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm.
Around The Fireside
On December 30th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost over eighty people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all. In May another night will be held so watch this spot for the date. Thanks to all the singers and musicians who participated in this great annual get together.
American Tea Party
On Saturday 29nd November the Aubane Social Club hosted an American Tea Party at the Millstreet GAA Hall in Aid of the Aubane Community Centre Refurbishment Fund. Natural Gas entertained the crowd on the night. A huge crowd attended on the night. A special word of Thanks to who hosted tables and those who came on the night to support this event. Also Thanks to our sponsors, to the GAA Hall Committee who provided us with the venue and to Billy & Ellen Sheehan the Wallis Arms who provided us with tables & chairs.
Dancing Classes have now commenced in the Aubane Community Centre since Tuesday 13th January and will continue every Tuesday night from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. If anyone is interested please contact Eileen O’Riordan or Gerdie Buckley for further details-.
As Secretary of the Aubane Social Club I would to thank you all who supported us by attending our different events which we held during 2008 or those who helped us in anyway. It is very much appreciated and we hope to see you all again in 2009.
Bord Fáilte registered mountain side cottage situated on a 600acre hill farm. Panoramic views of hills, mountains and valleys. Walking distance from the famous Coomeenatrush Lake.
Adjacent to Millstreet Country Park and Green Glens Equestrian Centre.
O.S. Maps and Literature regarding The Duhallow Way – which includes (a) The Paps (b) Musheramore (c) Claragh (d) Cahirbarnagh are available to guests
3 bed roomed Cottage – Sleeps 6. All mod-cons, satellite television.
Knockdrish is a family run bed and breakfast within walking distance of town with a well lit footpath all the way. You’ll get a warm welcome, and home cooked food. Located adjacent to fishing, hill-walking, traditional music, Green Glens Equestrian Centre. It is an ideal touring base, just thirty minutes drive to Killarney, one hour from Cork Airport and one and a half hours to Shannon Airport. All the rooms are en suite. Features include home cooking and we also provide lockable sheds for bikes and drying area for clothes. – Full details on Knockdrish.ie
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Catherine Kelleher Carriginimma, Chris Forde late of Millstreet & Knocknagree, John Mc Sweeney Meenskeey & John O’Riordan Glounthane.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis
Congratulations to the following parents of New Arrivals
Margaret & Eugene Barrett Aubane on the birth of their baby boy.
Juliette & John O’Keeffe Gurrane on the birth of their baby boy.
Sonya & Don O’Riordan Tullig on the birth of their baby boy.
Kate & Jerry Kelleher Aubane on the birth of their baby boy.
Irene & Tim O’Mahony Flintfield on the birth of their baby boy.
Congratulations to the following couples Padraig Creedon Aubane & Kathleen O’Sullivan Cloughlamore and also to Mairead Kelleher Aubane Cross & Paul Quinn from Co. Down who announced their engagements recently.
Congratulations to those locally who participated in the Dublin City Marathon during the October Bank Holiday.
Around the Fireside:
On Tuesday 30th December a night of stories and song around the fireside will take place in the Aubane Community Centre commencing at 8.30 pm sharp. Everybody is welcome.
Santa Claus is visiting Aubane:
On Sunday December Santa Claus will pay a visit to the boys and girls in the Aubane Community Centre on Sunday 14th December commencing at 2.00 pm till 4.00. All are welcome.
Annual Christmas Party for Aubane & the Surrounding Areas:
The Annual Mass and Christmas Party for the Aubane community and surrouding area takes place in the Aubane Community Centre on Thursday 18th December at 7.30 p.m. A great night of food and entertainment is guaranteed.
Annual Christmas Morning Climb:
The Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place on Thursday 25th December at 10.30 am and the meeting place is the St John’s Well Car park not the Millstreet Country Park Entrance as we this year would like to get everyone starting from the same venue. The sponsorship cards will be available from myself or from any Social Club member. This year the proceeds of the climb will be in aid of St Patrick’s Church Millstreet Restoration Fund.
Annual Fancy Dress in Aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation :
The Annual fancy dress took place on Friday (31th October) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The annual event raises money for charity each year. Last year the money raised went to the Cullen & District Special Needs Association & The Aubane Social Club. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes. The variety, the colour and the great effort that everybody went to in dressing up makes this night, one of the best in Millstreet. Ghosts and Witches met up with the Teletubbies, Batman the Tyrone football team and many more at the popular charity fancy dress Halloween disco. The organisers Aubane Social Club & the Wallis Arms Hotel were thrilled by the response. The proceeds of €14,000 from the function went to the Jack & Jill Foundation. The staging of the Fancy Dress continues to grow in stature and is now a permanent event on the social calendar in Millstreet. This year’s event was the biggest ever attracting people from all over the Duhallow Area and from Cork City and beyond. The foundation provides early intervention home respite to families of young children with severe neuro developmental delay and palliative conditions requiring extensive medical and nursing care at home. The Wallis Arms teamed up with the Aubane Social Club to host the event where dance goers took the floor to the sound of the popular Eddie O’Gorman Pacific Blue which was followed by a party and disco in the Nite Club. An Auction of Jerseys from the Tyrone, Cork GAA and the rugby team provided great interest as did the individual fancy dress winners. Helen O’Flynn took the prize for best female costume and Con Dennehy collected the Male equivalent. As member of the organising committee a special thanks to all the sponsors, and those dressed up and came on the night to support the event. Also those on the organising committee both from the Aubane Social Club and the Wallis Arms Well Done.
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The set dancing has now gone from strength to strength with the dance floor full evey Monday Night and it is a credit due to the organisers so take a bow. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm sharp. On the 22 th December it is the Set Dancing Christmas Party Night
It was great to see many people visiting the area since the last edition of the Clara News. My good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart from Reims in France gave a trip home.
A Warm Welcome:
On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would to entend a warm welcome to those who have taken up residence in the Aubane Area recently. Happy Christmas to ye all in your new homes as it is your first Christmas in the area. Ye are more than welcome to come and join in the activities we host in our Community Centre.
The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher. The Aubane Social Club email addresses are <email> or aubane@eircom
Calendar in Aid of the Mercy Hospital Cork Pastoral Care
An ideal Christmas present this year is Fr James Mc Sweeney’s Calendar for 2009
This year all proceeds from the Calendar are going to a number of charities. With
the current recession and government cutbacks many charities are working harder
at ground level and also at the same time trying to raise money to keep going. Cork
Sick Poor Society is one of the oldest charitable societies in Cork. It was founded
back in 1853 to look after the needs of the less well off and it still works to provide
financial and other supports to those in need across the city. Stuart Mangan Fund:
Stuart is from Fermoy whose life changed forever last April when a simple tackle in
rugby left him with a devastating spinal injury. He is completely paralysed from the
neck down and unable to breathe without a ventilator. In coming to terms with his
horrific injury, Stuart has managed to show incredible courage and friends say he is
determined to deal positively with his drastically altered circumstances. The Stuart
Mangan Fund has been set up for his care. Vincent De Paul: The current downturn
has meant a great pull on its resources. They are working harder than ever to meet
increasing demands from those less well off. Their work is carried out quietly and
efficiently by a wide team of volunteers. Shine Autism Charity (IPAA) is based here
in Cork and help families with the diagnosis of autism. They also have a preschool in
Carrigaline and have a fantastic intervention team. They run an after school club and
help many families in the city and county. The Edith Wilkins Foundation: Edith
Wilkins is an amazing Cork woman who has spent the past 23 years caring for street
children in Calcutta and Darjeeling in West Bengal, India. She is a true Irish
missionary. Supported by family and friends she works 16 hours a day to make a
better life for those she cares for.
This is the 6th calendar that we have put together with the Evening Echo. Our target
is €25,000 and we are delighted to be able to bring you another quality calendar. This
calendar should retail for €12 but thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we can
keep the costs down to €7. Thanks to so many shops who sell this calendar without
commission. Your generosity makes such a difference to the charities involved
Pat and Nora Casey, Ballinagree beautiful alpaca made fo a most interesting
P.S. The calendar can also be posted to anywhere in the world for €10 (includes post
and packaging) Send on a cheque for €10 made payable to 2009 Charity Calendar
and send it on to Fr.James McSweeney, Chaplain,
Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co.Cork .
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at home and abroad a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2009! As I embark on my holiday to Thialand and Australia till Christmas Eve.
We extend our greatest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Johanna Lehane Aubane, James O’Connell Dripsey & Ballingarry, Queenie Piggott Gurrane.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis
Dancing Classes have now commenced in the Aubane Community Centre since Tuesday 7th October and will continue every Tuesday night from 8.00 to 9.00 pm. These classes are for eight weeks till the end of November. If anyone is interested please contact myself John Kelleher Secretary on 086 1942161 or Eileen O’Riordan or Gerdie Buckley for further information..
A Warm Welcome:
On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would to entend a warm welcome to those who have taken up residence in the Aubane Area recently. Ye are more than welcome to come and join in the activities we host in our Community Centre.
We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Ann Kelleher Finanefield, Gavin Tarrant Kilcorney, Joan Guerin Ballydaly, Chris Moynihan Boherbue, Mick Kelleher Kilowen, Arthur Anders Kilmeedy, John Buckley late of Mushera & Millstreet, David O’Connell late of Toorenbawn & Lombardstown, Bridie Murphy Shanaknuck, Catherine Lane Ballinatona, John O’Shea, Killowen Sean Sheehan Laugh, John Kelleher Lackabawn.
Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis
Congratulations to Carol Sheehan Rathmore and Denis Kelleher Aubane who announced their engagement recently while holidaying in Australia .
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre recommences on Monday night 29th September until May 2009. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm.
The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>
Happy Birthday :
Happy Birthday to Peter Moynihan Lackdota, who celebrated a very special birthday recently.
It was great to see many people visiting the area since the last edition of the Clara News. My good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart from Reims in France gave a trip home during the summer.
Kilmeedy tower house is situated within the parish of Drishane and situated “on the confines of the baronies of Magonihy, West Muskerry, and Duhallow”. (Lee, P.G. 1914. Notes on Some Castles of Mid Cork: Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society. Guy and Co. Ltd: Cork. vol. 20. p. 63). The builders of the castle were the MacCarthys who were in control of the area at that time and were the owners/builders of such castles as Drishane, Carrigaphooca and Downyne (Healy 1988, 58).
There are conflicting reports regarding the exact date of construction of Kilmeedy tower house. The earliest date of construction is 1436 (Lee 1914, 64) while the latest quoted is 1445 (Lewis 1750, 498). It is fair to say that it was constructed in the early to mid fifteenth century at any rate. The castle is supposed to have been built by Dermot MacCarthy in 1436 or by his son Teige in 1445 (Healy 1988, 58). These were the MacCarthys of Drishane and were father and son and Dermot was the brother of Cormac Làidir of Blarney (Healy 1988, 58).
This tower house was built by the MacCarthys as they wanted to defend the pass of Keim between Musherabeg and Claragh Mountains (Healy 1988, 58). The main road (which it is just located off) was originally called the ‘Mail Coach Road’ and was the main road linking Macroom to Killarney (Lewis 1750, 498).
The castle was inhabited by the MacCarthys of Drishane in 1638. (Healy 1988, 58). During the Cromwellian disturbances, the MacCarthys were dispossessed of Kilmeedy tower house but thanks to the intervention of Lord Muskerry, they regained it (Healy 1988, 58). The MacCarthys lost their lands again after the Williamite times but yet again it reappears in the will of Donagh MacOwen MacCarthy (the centarian) of 1728 (Healy 1988, 58).
The castle was attacked in 1713 by the dispossessed Tadhg O’ Keeffe of Ballymaquirke (Healy 1988, 58). The Sliocht Meirgeach O Mahonys, “chief stewards of MacCarthy Mór” are also said to have had possession of Kilmeedy in the seventeenth century (O’Murchadha, D. 1985. Family Names of County Cork. Glendale Press: Dùn Laoghaire. p.232). One final note to add to this brief history is that in 1651, one of the inhabitants of the castle, Charles MacCarthy was shot dead by a “span’d pistol” at the grate of the castle by a Colonel Ingoldsby (Lee 1914, 64). One last piece of local legend associated with the tower house is that “the golden gates of Kilmeedy are reputed to have been thrown in Comeenatrush (lake) in the neighbouring townland”. (Kiely, E. 2003. Seanchas Duthalla, vol. XIII. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork, p. 45).
Healy, J. N. 1988. The Castles of County Cork. The Mercier Press Limited: Dublin.
Kiely, E. 2003. Seanchas Duthalla, vol. XIII. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork
Lee, P. G. 1914. Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, vol. 20 (Second Series). Guy and Co. Ltd: Cork.
Lewis, S. 1750. A topographical dictionary of Ireland: Volume 1. Kennikat Press: Port Washington.
O’ Murchadha, D. 1985. Family Names of County Cork. Glendale Press: Dùn Laoighaire.
Power, D. 1997. Archaeological Inventory of County Cork, vol. 3: Mid Cork. Stationary Office: Dublin.
Church and Graveyard
Townland: Dromtarriff, Co. Cork.
The history of Dromtarriff church and graveyard is fairly sparse. The placename “Droumtarriffe” is derived from the two Irish words ‘drom’ and ‘tarbh’ meaning the ridge of the bull. (O’Muineachain, T. 1976-1977. Seanchas Duthalla. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork, p. 61). Dromtarriff church was “here listed in the Papal Taxation of 1291 (Hickson 1891, 46)”, as quoted from the inventory (Lane, S. Power, D. 2000. Volume 4, Part II, Entry 14419). Dromtarriff church and graveyard are located in the parish of Dromtarriff which is in the Diocese of Ardfert and Aghadoe (Lewis 1837, vol. 1, 509).
Dromtarriff church was burnt in 1652 by the troops of Lord Broggill (Lewis 1837, vol. 1, 509). There is a poem which states that the pikemen first hid in Knockbrack wood, and then ran for sanctuary in Dromtarriff Church – there were some fugitives and local people also in the church. (Shine, D. M. 2003. Seanchas Duthalla, vol. XIII. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork, p. 32). There is a commemorative plaque today within the grounds of the church (see fig. 1) which reads:
Here on 27th of July, 1651
(The day after the Battle of Knockbrack)
Dromtarriffe Church was burnt
By one of Cromwellian Lord Broggill’s Officers
Known as Butcher Maxwell
Approximately 400 persons perished in the fire”.
Therefore it can be established that the church was burnt with tragic loss of life during the Cromwellian era. N.B. there is a difference of a year between the date given by Lewis (1837) and by the commemorative plaque (which was erected on the 6th of May 2006). One last point of interest is that there was a church burnt in Kilcorney (a few miles away) also following the battle of Knockbrack by the same people. (Tarrant, C. 1986. Seanchas Duthalla. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork, p. 56). The church is no longer extant but the crossroads is still to this day called the old chapel cross.
Lane, S. Power, D. et Al. 2000. Archaeological Inventory of County Cork, vol. 4: North Cork Part 2. The Stationary Office: Dublin (Entry 14419)
Lewis, S. 1837. A topographical dictionary of Ireland, vol. 1. Lewis and Co.: London
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Tarrant, C. 1986. Seanchas Duthalla. Duhallow Historical Society: Cork
Townland: Coolnagillagh Lower, Co. Cork.
Written information on this fort is virtually non existent. Pat Kelliher mentions a fort in the glen, three or fourfeet higher than the surrounding surface and concludes that this is the fort’s surface. (Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of it’s people, by it’s people, for it’s people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet, p. 47). Broker claims (pg. 42) that the forts were abandoned around 1350 A.D. at the time of the Black Death. The only other information obtained was (from the landowner) that there are three ringforts (including this one) which are supposedly constructed in a line and are linked underground by passageways.
‘Coolnagillagh’ is the anglicised version of ‘Cùl na Coileach’. This translates as Cockhill. (http://www.englishirishdictionary.com/dictionary). The townland Coolnagillagh (Lower) is known locally by its English translation, Cockhill. There was a query lodged in the Cork Memoranda (II) over the townland name, i.e. the surveyor was unsure whether to call the townland Cockhill Upper or Coolnagillagh Upper. Coolnagillagh Upper was chosen as the official name.
Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of it’s people, by it’s people, for it’s people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet.
All the information for this section was sourced from the book: (Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of its people, by its people, for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet, p. 27).
The placename Knocknakilla was a source of dispute according to Broker’s book. It is outlined in the below quote:
“The Professor, however states that the name of the townland is Cnoc na Coille, not Cnoc na Cille. Not correct. On the other hand, Borlase who knew it was Cnoc na Cille, said the gallàn group was the Cill. Wrong again. The Cill was in Denis Buckley’s farm where a disused graveyard marks the site of an early Christian foundation”. Today, Denis Buckley’s farm is part of Millstreet Country Park – it is unknown today that there was such a cemetery – a good deal of his farm is in forestry.
The large outlying stone is called ‘Gallan Croum’ and there is supposed to be the print of fingers on it. (Broker, T. 1937, p. 27). Borlase called the large outlying standing stone ‘Dallan-crom-na-thittim’ (Broker, T. 1937, p. 27). “Margaret Kelleher (born 1795) of Ballyvourney, who married into the townland, said it was father and mother (thrown down) and five children” (Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of its people, by its people, for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet, p. 27).
There is a standing stone which measures six foot in height and five/six feet in girth in Con Lehane’s land in Abha Bàn, two miles off – this is said to have been thrown from Gallàn Croum in Knocknakilla by a giant (Broker, T. 1937, p.31).
Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of its people, by its people, for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet.
Townland: Lackdotia, Cork.
Barony: West Muskerry
History and traditions:
Lackdotia in itself is an unusual placename. The most satisfactory sources regarding the origins of the placename were to be found online. The best that can be fournished as regards a translation from “Leaca Doite” is “the flagstone” (http://www.booksulster.com/library/plnm/placenamesVocL.php) “of fire” (http://www.englishirishdictionary.com/dictionary) or “the side of a hill” (http://www.booksulster.com/library/plnm/placenamesVocL.php) “of fire” http://www.englishirishdictionary.com/dictionary).
According to Broker, “Gallàn, 4 feet high and 5 feet in girth. A couple of feet outside it were 6 or 7 smaller stones arranged in a circle. Smaller stones were removed by James Kelliher in 1915 when ploughing. Smaller stones were like flags, 2 feet under and 2 feet over the ground. Circle was 6 or 7 feet in diameter”. (Broker, T. 1937. Sraid an Muilinn: A history of its people, for its people by its people for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet. p. 28). The fact that there was a circle of flagstones around the standing stone links in with the first suggestion for the origin of the placename (the fire aspect may link to the idea of the gallàn as a sundial) but that is open to interpretation.
Broker, T. 1937. Sraid an Muilinn: A history of its people, for its people by its people for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet
“Two wells in commonage of Mushera mountain – one at the top (for cattle) and one at the foot (for Christians). Not many go to the top well but five or six hundred come to the foothill well…Both wells are called ‘Tobar na bhFaithní’, warts being cured by washing in them”. (Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of its people, by its people, for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet. p. 35).
St. Johns Well was founded by Michael Buckley of Aubane in 1954 (O’Brien, 1987, p. 8). It is said locally that when Michael Buckley died (1956), a light travelled down from the site of the well along the path he took (when travelling to it) and came to rest on the bridge in front of the house. The light then disappeared – a lot of people in Aubane are said to have seen it.
St. John’s Well has been a place of worship since pre Christian times according to O’Brien. According to a legend, this St. John had one brother and three sisters; Lasair, Inghean Bhuide and Latiaran (of Cullen), and St. Berihert (who founded a monastery at the defeated stronghold of druids at Tullylease) (O’Brien, M. 1987. St. John’s Well. St. John’s Holy Well Committee: Aubane, p. 7/8). According to O’Brien, their feast days more or less match those of the pagan celtic deities, St. John’s being Midsummers day, the 24th of June. This would suggest that the well may have had significance in pagan times.
There was a pattern day held up to the year c. 1940 – it consisted of tents set up about a mile and a half away from the well on the Macroom side in the townland of Moulnahourna. There is said to have been entertainment (e.g. three card tricks), sweet and cake stalls, porter stalls and even fights, sometimes involving factions. (O’Brien, M. 1987. St. John’s Well. St. John’s Holy Well Committee: Aubane, p. 8).
To sum up the recent history of the well, (as already mentioned) it was founded in 1954 by Michael Buckley. In 1958, there was a statue of the Infant of Prague placed at the well and it was blessed by Canon Costello of Millstreet. Mass was first celebrated at the well in 1974 and has been celebrated annually ever since. The Stations of the Cross were erected and blessed in the eighties. (O’Brien, M. 1987. St. John’s Well. St. John’s Holy Well Committee: Aubane, p. 8/9). The site is continuously been kept to this day by the St. John’s Well Committee.
Broker, T. 1937. Sràid an Muilinn: A history of its people, by its people, for its people. Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork: Millstreet
O’Brien, M. 1987. St. John’s Well. St. John’s Holy Well Committee: Aubane
Megalithic Tomb (Wedge Tomb)
Townland: Carrigonirtane, Co. Cork.
Carrigonirtane: from the Irish Carrig an Fheartàin which means ‘Rock of the little vault or trench’. (O’ Connell, 1988. p. 143).
As well as giving the name to the townland, the monument has given its name to the field which it is located in, i.e. “Phile a’ Chalir”. (O’ Connell, 1988. p. 140). This (according to O’ Connell) has something to do with the fact that the megalithic (wedge) tomb is shaped like a table.
O’Connell, D. 1988. Tales of the Foherish Valley. Kerry’s Eye Printing Works: Tralee.
I agree totally with Jerry Sheehan’s critique of official tourist bodies and their lack of support and appreciation for the tourist potential of areas outside the ‘honey pots’ such as Blarney and Killarney (Corkman, 28/8/08).
What makes Jerry’s case even stronger is that the unique Country Park he has created lies exactly halfway between both these tourist spots and all are directly connected by the first tourist project ever created in Ireland – the Cork-Killarney Turnpike road opened on 1st May 1748. His Park could, quite literally, be the centre of a new tourist product.
This road was built by John Murphy of Castleisleand who first saw the tourist potential of Killarney’s lakes and Blarney castle and created a road that joined them – which it still does – for those who know it. That road later thrived as the historic Butter Road for well over a century;
This road connects historic and cultural centres such as Shandon, Blarney, Tower, Mathey, Rylane, Mushera and Sliabh Luachra. There is a myriad historic and archaeological site along its route as well as new attractions such as the new International Golf Course at Tower, the Millstreet Country Park itself and the Green Glens in Millstreet.
The road and environs is also ideal for environmental friendly tourism and activities such as road, hill and mountain walking as well as appreciating the wildlife or simply enjoying the sheer scenic beauty.
It is a perfect introduction, and is complementary, to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. Its development and promotion could add a new dimension to tourism in the South West and add to the variety available.
Fáilte Ireland and others have indicated the potential of adding the Butter Road and what it has to offer to the tourist products available to visitors but it has yet to even appear on any tourist map or brochure. Why? Surely that would not be too difficult or expensive to arrange? The Butter Museum in Shandon is rightly promoted – so why not the Butter Road?
On Tuesday 26th August 2008 the Aubane Social Club & Aubane Historical Society was very privileged to have Batt O’Keeffe Minister for Education visit Aubane Community Centre for a very historical event. The Minister was welcomed by Jack Lane Aubane Historical Society and John F. Kelleher Secretary of the Aubane Social Club. He was then introduced personally to each of Aubane Social Club Committee Members. It is the Ministers third visit to Aubane as his first visit was in April 2005, then he came for Jack Lane’s last Launch in May 2007 and now his present visit. The proceedings got under way by the President of the Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane who welcomed everyone as there was huge attendance. IRD Duhallow was represented by its Vice Chairperson Jack Roche. Apologies were sent by Michael Creed TD, Eily Buckley, Fr Gerard O’Leary, Canon Declan O’Connor, Maura Walsh IRD Duhallow, John Sheehan, , Michael Moynihan TD and Don Crowley V Chairman of IRD whom were unable to attend the function. Two publications
Books were launched on the night. The first book is written by Mr. Dan Cronin from Shrone entitled Around the Cork Kerry Border, recalling the Rambling House. In this book Dan presents in collection of stories and historical Sketches from his native shrone and surrounding areas. It is a tribute to the people of his area, their knowledge, culture and resilience in face of many difficulties. They are stories and experiences that impressed and entertained him, and many others and they give a real glimpse into bygone age by someone who lived in it and became one of its narrators. Unfortunately Mr Dan Cronin was unable to attend the launch but his wife Margaret Cronin deputized on his behalf. The second book was written by Ballydaly native Fr Sean Tucker entitled the origins development of the Parish of Millstreet. In this publication Fr Sean Tucker traces the history of Millstreet Parish across nearly a thousand years. It is the first such record of the parish. It is based on detailed analyses of church records using primary resources and is the result of years of original research by Fr Sean Tucker – truly a labour of love. On the platform was Batt O’Keeffe Minister for Education, President of the Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane and Fr Sean Tucker.
Jack Lane in his opening speech said that it was very symbolic to have a launch in Aubane this week as it is National Heritage Week and these two books are a great contribution.
He also said that the Millstreet Area is steeped in local history and urged that the present generation should read and learn about all about the happenings of long ago. He said this history should be thought to second level students at school. Fr Tucker then spoke, he first said that we have a lot of wonderful local heritage even in the Millstreet area. Fr Tucker in his address said he went for a drive the other day around the circuit of Clara which is about 15km. On this route there are many historical sites such as the Old Workhouse at Millstreet Hospital, the old Georgian house at Mountleader and Kilmeedy Castle. Fr Tucker went to college in Waterford and the first Minister he met was Sean Moylan who was the Minister for Education at that era. He paid tributes to Sean Radley Curator of Millstreet Museum on his publication Picture Millstreet, Fr James Mc Sweeney on his recent publication A year in Reflections and Canon Michael Mannings writings on the history of the Stain glass windows of St Patrick’s Church Millstreet. Fr Tucker was truly delighted to have Cullen native and a Minister to launch his publication.
Minister Batt O’Keeffe then made his speech. Batt said it was a hounour and a great pleasure to come to Aubane to celebrate the publications of two great authors who enjoy writing. He praised the Aubane Social Club as it is a club which thrives in a small community by the hard work the club members put in. The Minister then said it was great to see Fr James as he is now the new chaplain in Colaiste Cholim Ballincollig which is just down the road from where the Minister resides, Tom Meaney who was previously a Minister of State and whom he always looked up to. From the Ministers reading of the books he found the two books were written in a picturesque language, interesting and very educational. He said that his 26 year old daughter asked him to give her the two books also to read as after a few pages she too found them interesting to read. He also thanked the two authors for an outstanding contribution to local history and also praised the Aubane Historical Society highly. From his reading of Dan Cronins Book he said it brought back many old memories to him such as the Stations in the local area, the whitewashing of the house, threshing days, the pig and the making of the puddings. He said Dan portrayed these happenings of long ago very well.
In Fr Sean Tuckers book he found that the spirit of hope was very evident. He then declared the two publications officially launched. Jack Lane in his final speech said he could n’t have asked for better launch and praised the Minister. Jack Lane thanked all those who helped in the organising of the launch. Jack Lane then presented the Minister with a hand painted slate which was specially commissioned by Artist Kate O’Keeffe from Ballydesmond.
Tea and Refreshments were served afterwards. Entertainment was then provided by local singers, among them was the very popular Annmarie O’Riordan. Local Musican James Buckley played the Concertina. MC was myself John Kelleher
The death has occurred on Monday 22nd September 2008 of Fr. Jack Roche, Carriganima, Cork. Columban Fathers, late of Korea and Bweeng. Reposing at Tarrants Funeral Home, Millstreet today, Wednesday evening, from 5.30pm with removal at 8pm to St. John’s Church, Carriganima. Concelebrated Requiem Mass tomorrow, Thursday, at 2pm in St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, Co. Meath, followed by burial in the Community Cemetery. Family flowers only, please.