Wallis Arms Hotel

The Wallis Arms Hotel have finished revamping their website (and a very good job they have done too), and have today issued a press release across across the media which you can read below. But go and visit their website at www.wallisarms.com, and see what they have on offer.

The Wallis Arms Hotel is in Millstreet, Co. Cork (Ireland). It’s a fully refurbished, family-run hotel that offers an outstanding accommodation in a location that’s hard to beat as a base for touring the delights of county Cork and county Kerry. Whether your destined for the lakes and mountains of Killarney,  the legendary Ring of Kerry or the stunning West Cork coastline, all are within easy reach of Millstreet and The Wallis Arms Hotel.

[read more …] “Wallis Arms Hotel”

Results and Fixtures: 01 May – 06 May

Cork Vocational Schools Senior Hurling Championship B quarter-finals: Millstreet CS 7-14 Davis Col Mallow 1-5
Duhallow JHL: Banteer 4-11 Millstreet 2-14
County Minor A Regional HL Group 2: Millstreet 1-11 Newcestown 1-10
Junior B League: Lyre 0-10 st johns football club 1-5

Saxone Cup Final: Millstreet Celtic 4 Glanvale 2 (After Extra Time)
League 1A: Rathcoole Rovers 2 Bohemians 0
League 3A: Macroom 2 Strand Utd 0; Rathcoole Rovers 1 Ballinhassig 3

Lyre 0-10 st johns football club 1-5

Cillín (Keel) Graveyard

Just beyond the grotto on the Clara Road and on the lower slopes of Clara Mountain, there is a small old graveyard known as Cillín (or ‘the Cill’ (pronounced “Keel”) Cemetery in English), but known by many as The Famine Graveyard. It is a sad place where many are buried without headstone. Neither is there  a list of names of who is buried there.

It dates from the middle of the 19th century and was located there because its close proximity to the rear of the Millstreet Union Workhouse (which is now St. Joseph’s Community Hospital). Many victims of the Famine (especially from the Mallow area) are buried there, including unbaptised babies born in the workhouse.

The graveyard is closed a long time now, but a few who have given of their time and energy have been laid to rest there. Hannah Mary O’Connor of West End was buried there because of her commitment to the restoration of the Cemetery and the placement of a large Crucifix in the middle of the sacred area (1965) [Read the comment by Jerry Kelleher below on her family connections to the Keel and the Workhouses].  In 1993, similar permission was given to the family of the late Christopher Fitzgerald who also did much to maintain the Cemetery. Christy’s wife Dorothy was also laid to rest there in 2011. No other person has since been permitted to be buried there.

Cillín – Graveyard Cross with Millstreet in the Background

Cillín - One of the many unmarked gravestones Cillín - Stones mark some of the graves

with thanks to Ola for some photos and Seán for information on Cillín

Dorothy’s husband – Christy Fitzgerald (1934-1993)

Graveyard name: Union Workhouse Burial Ground
Graveyard Code: CO-INCH-
RMP/Site number: CO-039-236-
RMP Classification: Burial Ground
Townland: Inchileigh


How to get there: From St.Patrick’s Church, go back the Clara Road about 1km, and it is just past the Marion Shrine, on your right. the view from the road is below [map]


Parish Newsletter – May 2nd 2010

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 2nd May, 2010

Fr. Declan O’Connor P.P. Fr. David Gunn C.C. & Fr. Micheál Manning A.P.

Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  /  Cullen  029-79028   / Mobile 087-7752948

Email:  <email> www.dioceseofkerry.ie



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 – May 2nd 2010”

Millstreet Golf Society – Time Sheet 02/05/2010

Killarney GC – Singles Stablesford

08:50 Eamon Tarrant Hughie O’ Connor Matthew Dennehy Don O’ Riordan
09:10 Eric Hickey Tommy Burke Donogh McAuliffe James Burke
09:20 Denis Hickey Paddy Roche Arthur Murphy Brendan Hickey
09:30 Connie Cotter Dan Daly John O’ Sullivan Eamon McCaul
09:40 Kevin Lucey Liam Burke Michael Dennehy Padraig Sheehan
09:50 Tom Flahive John Twomey Frankie Reen Michael Cotter
10:10 Michael Dineen Stephen Duggan Chris Twomey
10:20 Frankie Kirke Matt Murphy Tadgh O’ Flynn
10:30 Mick Feeley Peter Lawlor Noel O’ Connor

[read more …] “Millstreet Golf Society – Time Sheet 02/05/2010”

Billy Coleman in-car Porsche 911 footage

For those going to the Killarney Rally of the Lakes which will be in Millstreet this Saturday (May 1st), here’s a couple of Billy Coleman videos of in-car footage from the 1986 Circuit of Ireland rally, and also one of Colin McRae on Molls Gap to get you in the mood:

[read more …] “Billy Coleman in-car Porsche 911 footage”

Dripsey Family Fun Day in aid of sick Children

Childrens Leukaemia AssociationHi, just to let you know there is a Family Fun Day Fundraiser in Dripsey Sunday 9th of May. Lee Valley Vintage Rally and Auto Jumble at Kilblafer Dripsey. All proceeds raised in aid of:

Childrens Leukaemia Unit Mercy Hospital Cork
Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin Dublin

Motor bike run on the day finishing at Rally. Contact Denis Dineen (087)7460807 or (021)7334421

Rally of the Lakes 2010

The 2010 Killarney International Rally of the Lakes is on in a few weeks (April 30th to May 2nd). On the Saturday  there will be three stages in and around Millstreet, with a centralised service in Millstreet too.

The Saturday Stages will be 3 special stages ran twice and 1 evening special stage ran once with centralized service in Millstreet. Day 2 Sunday, the stages are 3 special stages ran twice service on Sunday is in Milltown and the rally will finish with one final stage, before the winners are announced at the finish ramp at the Gleneagle Hotel.

Rally info from RallyBuzz

Not too many locals competing in the rally this year, probably because of the excessive entry price of €850. Only three sort of locals in the race:

#53 Brendan Dennehy (‘S’ signs)

#9 Alan Ring (munster joinery)

#52 Stephen Linehan (bio-tech)

Timetables and maps are available in local shops along and near the routefor €10. The closest to Millstreet are: Guerins Ballydaly, Dennehy’s Shop, Coleman’s, Anglands (Dromagh). Service in Millstreet is due to start at 12:30pm Saturday, and will probably last 3+ hours, from the first in to the last out.

This article was originally posted on March 26th 2010

In Passing – April 2010

Musician Awards
We thank Danny O’Neill, Cork whose mother is Mary, daughter of Rosie Kelleher, Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet, for the following uplifting information regarding the impressive success of two local very talented musicians (whose photographs appear on millstreet.ie). Here is Danny’s very fine article:
Recently I was at a concert in UCC where Kenneth Cremin, son of Breda and Denis from the Priest Cross Millstreet and Cáit Buckley with connections to Aubane both received the 2010 “Doc Gleeson” award for Musical Achievement at a special concert held at the Aula Maxima, Main Campus in UCC. Kenneth played a piece of Classical music by Steve Reich on the electric guitar while Cáit Buckley played a collection of music on the harp. [read more …] “In Passing – April 2010”

Final LTV2 of the season

LTV 2 Crew at the final recording before the summer break in the studio recording programme # 166 which is to be aired tonight (Thursday 29th April) at 10pm with a repeat on next Sunday at 8pm.

Left to right are Brendan Murphy, William Fitzgerald, Bernard Crowley, Sean Murphy, studio guest Seamus Curtin from Kilcorney, Eily Buckley, Kathleen Kelleher, Jerry O’Riordan, John F Kelleher, Mary Ankatel, and of course Seán Radley is behind the camera!

All the LTV2 info can be found on the LTV2 Facebook page

Clara Mountain Run 2010

Local runners Chris Murphy and Mick Mullane on their way to the finish at the Grotto on the Clara road during the Clara Mountain Run last week

The Clara Mountain Run was run recently on the evening of Sunday 18th April. It was a lovely evening and for once the mountain was dry, so it was easier than other years. Over 40 brave runners started at the Presbytery on the Clara Road just after 7pm, heading back the Clara Road to the grotto and turning up Mount Leader and further onto Clara. Just over half an hour later it was won by Irish International Martin Bradshaw who emerged out of a group of three runners in the last 500m to take a comfortable victory.

There were some locals in the race field also: Michael Healy, Mick Mullane, Chris Murphy, Mary Finn and Shane Browne.

Lots of photos and the full results below [read more …] “Clara Mountain Run 2010”

Brother Vincent Corkery’s Datoship

Brother Vincent J. Corkery, Director of La Salle Centre in Ipoh, described the datukship conferred on him in conjunction with the Sultan of Perak’s 82nd birthday as “a signal” of recognition for St Michael’s Institution as a long established beacon of excellence, where young people without distinction are prepared to take their place in society and serve with honesty and dedication.
He is happy to receive the award, Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP), on behalf of the La Salle Brothers and St Michael’s Institution. “It will be greeted with joy amongst the thousands of our ever faithful alumni”, he said.
Brother Vincent, who was dressed in the ceremonial costume of Perak’s dato, received the award at an investiture ceremony in the throne room of Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on April 19. A total of 912 people, including the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, were conferred with awards and medals in the birthday’s honour list.

[read more …] “Brother Vincent Corkery’s Datoship”

UCC Focal Scoir Award for Seán Radley

Seán Radley was recently presented with an award by UCC Department of Education after giving an influential Lecture to the Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs teachers group.. He said himself:

It was quite an honour to have been asked to give the “Focal Scoir” lecture to the Munster Post Graduates who have just come to the end of their UCC Course in the area of Learning Support and Special Education Needs. They were such a supportive and uplifting audience. The picture was taken by Michael English in the exquisite gardens of Mardyke House, UCC.

There is an article on this weeks Corkman with the full details of this story

Regional Report 1010 – 27th April 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1010 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely soft but breezy Tuesday morning. This week I’d like to convey our heartiest congratulations to my dear brother, Bro. Vincent Corkery, of the De La Salle order who has been working in Malaysia for over sixty years and in appreciation of him great work, the Sultan of Perak (head of state in Perak, Malaysia) of that country conferred him with the highest honour in the land, namely the DATO title. It would be the equivalent of knighthood in this part of the world. He loves Ireland and comes home every year, but his Heart is in his beloved Malaysia. In accepting this great honour he said he was taking it on behalf of all missionaries, who worked in that land including all the Sisters of the Dishane Order .

Many congratulations to our own Sean Radley on receiving a very prestigious Award at UCC recently.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1010 – 27th April 2010”

1920s Postcard from Millstreet

An unposted c1920 postcard of Clara mountain and the valley below entitled “Mount Clara and Valley, Millstreet, Co.Cork”, which is currently on sale on eBay. (Click on the photo for a bigger clearer photo).

Anyone have an idea from where it was taken, and what house is in the right foreground?



Some of the doctors that have been in Westbourne

    • 1907 1914 1919 Richard Radley Leader
    • 1939 1945 1951 1955 : Dr Mary Esther O’Connell (née O’Shea) – CO. CORK DOCTOR APPOINTED The Commissioner acting for Leitrim Board of Health has, on the recommendation of the Appointments Commissioners , appointed Dr. Mary Esther O’Connell (nee O’Shea, of Killinadrush), Westbourne , Millstreet, Cork.[ref]. (Dr. O’Connell’s husband Jeremiah John who had relations in the Derrinagree direction, was also a doctor here when they married in UCC Chapel in 1922. He had suffered a stroke in the late 40’s)
    • 1945: Dr. ME O’Connell [1945]
    • 1959: John Cribbin (Registrar here from 1951 to after 1969). He was an ex army doctor. Registered first in 1927, and did further studies in the UK.
    • Michael Feeley

Though not a doctor, Jim Lucey Station Road became known as Jim the Doctor, as he was the driver for the doctor of that time.!

Other Doctors Locally

  • Dr. O’Connor was here some time during the 1940’s  (He was an uncle to Tadhg O’Driscoll. His sister was Jerry O’Driscoll’s wife, a teacher in Rathcoole NS. He was a chain smoker!)
  • Dr. Pat Casey set up initially in the Wallis Arms in 1965, before moving to the bottom of Tullig.
  • Dr. Steven Dillon had a practice at the West End from the early 70’s, setting up initially at the West End (near Christy’s Restaurant), before moving the practice to near the Community School entrance.


TODO : finish the list of doctors


This is the original photo from the Lawrence Collection (about 1909), the full size version can be see at the National Library of Ireland website here


So where was it taken from? In short, the back of the old boys school on Clara Road, across from the Presbytery, which are now dwelling houses.

Plotting a line from the forestry on the north side of Clara to the side of Westbourne House (as in the photo), leaves you at the back of the old boys school.  (see the plot lines below)

It was also taken from an elevated position (at first we though it was from an upstairs window, but the school only got an upstairs after it was sold as a school, and a second floor built during its conversion into dwelling houses.

Looking below at the OSI map from about 1900, this is where it would have been taken from. The low walls in the foreground of the original photo match the walls in the map below.Below is the old Boys National School on the Clara Road. The the photo of Clara was most likely taken from behind this building. This photo is also part of the Lawrence collection.



LTV2 Programme 163: Interview of Crystal Swing

Seán Radley Interview with Crystal Swing at the Charleville Park Hotel on March 21st 2010.

The initial interview at the album launch from 2009 with Crystal Swing which Seán refers to in the above video is included below: [read more …] “LTV2 Programme 163: Interview of Crystal Swing”

Results and Fixtures 24th-30th April

Ducon Cup: Rockchapel 3-13 Millstreet 2-13
JHL: Banteer 4-11 Millstreet 2-14
MARHL Group B: Na Piarsaigh B 2-23 Millstreet 1-4

Cork Minors beat Clare by 1-09 to 0-09 in the Munster Championship. Michael Vaughan was an unused sub.

Friendly:  kilnamartrya 0-11 St Johns Football Club 1-5

1A Park Utd 3 Rathcoole Rovers 1
2A Millstreet Cel 6 Inter City Cel 1
3A Rathcoole Rovers 1 Grattan Utd 2; Strand Utd 1 Los Zarcos 3

Kilcorney: Andrew Leary bt Seamus Sexton 1bwl €1,200 Martin Coppinger bt Edmond Sexton 1bwl €1,200


Co Minor “A” Regional Hurling League – Group 2: Newcestown v Millstreet at Kilmurry @ 7.30 pm 29th April

[read more …] “Results and Fixtures 24th-30th April”

Parish Newsletter – 25th April 2010

Parish Newsletter – Fourth Sunday of Easter –Vocations Sunday

25th 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> www.dioceseofkerry.ie



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:

RECENT DEATHS: Jeremiah (Jerry) O’Connor, Florida & late of Coolikerane

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 25th April 2010”

Radio Field Day on Musheramore

The North Cork Radio Group have just been awarded a Group call-sign EI1NC (echo India 1 November Charlie).

In celebration of gaining this call and also International Marconi day (commemorating the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi), the Group will be holding a field day event from the mountain of Musheramore at Millstreet north Co Cork today, 24th and weather permitting running through into Sun 25th.

Operation will start at approx 10:30am on most, if not all bands. Further info about our group and its future plans will be accessible via northcorkradiogroup.com.

from the Southgate Radio Club with more information on http://www.qrz.com/db/EI1NC

Eire Og 1-05 Millstreet 1-04

Co Premier 2 Minor Football Championship
Eire Og 1-05 Millstreet 1-04

Two late points from Daniel O’Connor saw Eire Og advance to Round 3 after this Co Premier 2 Minor Football Championship opening round game against Millstreet which was played in Carrigadrohid on Wednesday (7th April) evening.

After a tentative opening by both sides Eire Og finally got off the mark when in the 6th minute Ronan Dennehy sent over a neat point. As both sides continued to miss chances Eire Og began to come more into the game and with Craig O’Driscoll, Killian Murphy, Sean O’Connor, Daniel O’Shea, Barry McDonagh and Daniel O’Connor leading by example chances began to fall their way. Although scores were still at a premium they kept pressing forward and were rewarded with a brace of pointed frees from O’Connor to put themselves three up by the 21st minute. [read more …] “Eire Og 1-05 Millstreet 1-04”