Phil McCarthy

The eldest daughter of Denis and Elizabeth McCarthy her beauty I recall
When she was young in Pound Hill the fairest one of all
Though the years go by so quickly and fleeting is our prime
The memories of her beauty remain undimmed by time
Tall and blond and young and graceful in my mind she remain
Such lovely mental pictures of Phil to retain
She rests at peace in Dublin well north of Millstreet Town
Far from the streets where with her young friends she often walked up and down
Unaffected by her beauty she was free of conceit
What was a win for Dublin was a loss to Millstreet
She would have been in her sixties as far as I know
One can only hope her end was peaceful and not painful and slow
The years go by so quickly and time does not stand still
May she rest in peace in Dublin far from the Town by Clara Hill.

by Francis Duggan

Cullen Native Grand-Marshall for New Jersey Parade

Michael Cremin formerly of Cullen, but now of Dunmont, New Jersey

Former Cullen man Michael Cremin is to be the Grand – Marshall of the upcoming 29th annual St. Patrick Day’s Parade for North Jersey will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. An active member of the community, he has been nominated by the Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County. Here is what the article says about him:


Michael Cremin of Dumont, the grand marshal, is originally from Cullen, County Cork, Ireland, the son of the late Edmond and Catherine Cremin.

He worked as an apprentice carpenter before he immigrated to America in 1962. He worked for Pan American and later for United Parcel Service.

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St. Johns Football Club

DUHALLOW has welcomed a new club on the launch of the newly formed St John’s GAA club. The club takes its name from a landmark in the Aubane area and those associated with St John’s have a good reason to look forward with a buzz of exciting anticipation for the season that lays ahead.

It’s all of 28 years since a GAA club operated in the area.

For all concerned, it’s a challenging task in difficult times, yet meetings to date have delivered a positive and decidedly upbeat message about St John’s club on and off the field.

Officers elected for 2010 are President Denis Kelleher, Chairman John Twomey, Vice Chairman Jerry Kelleher, Secretary Don O’Riordan, Joint Treasurers Gerdi Buckley and Michael O’Riordan.

Currently they are training two nights a week, and new members are welcome to join the setup.

Parish Newsletter – 7th March 2010

Third Sunday of Lent, 7th MARCH, 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:

RECENT DEATHS: Conchubhar O’hÉalaithe, Drishane Road

Tom Enright, Newcastlewest,

Sheila Ring, London & Coolinarne

Mary B. Ring, Miami, Florida & Coolinarne

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 7th March 2010”

Cullen Post Office Closes

It was children’s allowance collection day on Tuesday, and the steady stream of customers through the doors of Cullen Post Office were all wondering if it would be the last time they transacted their business in their own village.

That’s because Cullen Post Office closed on Wednesday and, as the locals wished postmistress Mary Forde a healthy and lengthy retirement, political pressure was building to ensure that the local applicant who wants to set up a replacement An Post agency in the village is allowed to do so.

Mary Forde has run Cullen Post Office for 35 years and she confirmed this week that, had the funds been available to do so 15 years ago, she would have participated in the first round of post office automation.

full article is in the Corkman newspaper

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Vaughan tastes All Ireland Glory

Millstreet’s Michael Vaughan won All Ireland with the Vocational Schools footballers last Saturday February 28th. Vaughan worked hard and played well throughout and notched up two points for his efforts as Cork edged out Monaghan on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-7.

The match report below is from the Southern Star:

Sweet revenge for Cork as they shaded a gripping duel with Monaghan to lift the All-Ireland Vocational Schools senior football championship title in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow, last Saturday.

It was Cork’s second victory in the final against Monaghan in three seasons, but they had been ousted at the semi-final stage in 2009 by the Farney County students, who went on to replace them as champions.

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Niamh Kavanagh going to Eurovision Again!

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Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet back in 1993, last night won the Irish Eurosong last night with maximum votes from all the judges groups and the general public (tele-voting). She will be representing Ireland in the Eurovision 2010 in the Telenor Arena in Olso, Norway in the semi-final on May 27th and hopefully in the final on May 29th.

The Telenor Arena is actually a soccer stadium with a roof that can hold 23,000 people for a concert!

Expect to be hearing Millstreet ’93 being mentioned a lot in the run-up to the competition in Oslo. Well done Niamh and best of luck in Oslo!
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Know your Noughties

Well known and well liked Millstreet man John Tarrant, who writes the Millstreet notes on the Corkman every week, is PRO for Millstreet and Duhallow GAA, as well being a high achiever in quiz circles has outdone himself again. This time he been announced as one of the 30 winners of the 2000-2009 Review Quiz which was published on the Irish Independant on December 31st last. We can only assume that he got all the answers correct which is a fair achievement. Well done John.

The winners are published on todays Irish Independant

Lone Elderly Man Robbed while Family at Funeral

AN ELDERLY man who was unable to attend a family funeral in Millstreet was robbed last week by a heartless conman who posed as a pension officer.

The man, in his 90s, was at home alone while his family attended the funeral of his young daughterin-law who had suffered from cancer for a number of years. A ‘very professional and well dressed man’ knocked on his door and talked his way into the house at around 3.30pm. The bogus pension officer engaged the elderly man in conversation but managed to steal money from him.

The man is described as being of stocky build and was driving a silver saloon car. A Garda spokesperson at Millstreet said “the man was very professionally dressed and very professional in his approach”.

[read more …] “Lone Elderly Man Robbed while Family at Funeral”

Vodafone Broadband Upgraded

Vodafone IrelandVodafone Ireland who recently took over BT Telecom in Ireland have been investigating bottlenecks in their broadband networks. Millstreet (along with other towns) was identified as slowing down considerably in the evenings (too many pictures on 😉 ), and has been upgraded in the last few days to sort out this problem. So if you are with Vodafone and have noticed that the internet has been slow in the evenings, then hopefully your problems have been sorted. Now, if we could only get broadband to outlying areas like Rathcoole (which have big problems at the moment), it would be of benefit to all.

from the Vodafone noticeboard

Eurosong 2010

Niamh Kavanagh who won the Eurovision in Millstreet in 1993 is in the Eurosong National Final again tonight. You can listen to her song which was released yesterday in the video above. It is on RTE1 at 9:30pm tonight. Give her your vote 😉

Update: She won with maximum votes! Now go and read our follow up post for the details.

Millstreet’s WWI Dead

Names, dates and places of death taken from the Irish Memorial Records, listing all those from Millstreet that died in WWI over in Europe.


  • O’LEARY EDWARD 1914-10-03 FRANCE
  • BREEN DENIS 1916-03-27 FRANCE
  • HICKEY JOHN F. 1918-01-26
  • CREMIN JOHN 1918-03-23 FRANCE

Note: the Irish Memorial Record is incomplete, often incorrect and can contain duplicates. Nonetheless it is interesting information. From a discussion on wartime newspapers which lists all the dead from Cork

update (2014-01-12): this article has been superceeded by another (Millstreet’s WWI Solciers) which has 47+ WW1 war dead connected to Millstreet, more information on each of those, and also a list of 110+ who survived the war.

Millstreet Matters – 4th March 2010

A RECOGNITON for total commitment and excellence in community, sport, culture and enhancing the life of others is evident on the selection of the Millstreet People of the Year Awards.

Friday, 12 March, in the Wallis Arms Hotel, will present an opportunity for Millstreet to honour people valued and appreciated not only by their own community but beyond.

The categories and recipients are Hall of Fame, Fr. Paddy O’Byrne; Service to Youth, Youth Club Leaders; Cultural Award James Linehan; Achievement Award, Stephen O’Riordan; Service to the Community, Eily Buckley and Unsung Hero, Moira O’Keeffe from Cullen.

This and more on the horse fair, St Patricks Day Parade, Scór, GAA and much more can be read on this weeks Millstreet Matters on the Corkman newspaper.

Drake wins Premier League at Rally Tasmania

Check out the off road ‘moment’ at 5:30 in the above video! – “I was thankful that the tyres found some grip and just barely pulled the car away from the rock bank”

Charlie Drake and Eoin Moynihan took Premier League honours in last weekend’s Rally Tasmania.  Here’s Charlie’s report on the weekend…..

We had a really good weekend in Tassie and are happy we got the premier league points which was the aim for the weekend.

It was a last minute decision to do Rally Tasmania but I had never been there and I’d always wanted to try a tarmac rally so on the day the entries closed I rang Dasher(Darren Williams) and asked him could the car be repaired from the off in Batemans Bay last year? I got my answer quickly and it was a BIG NO…. but a miracle happened and the boys made the impossible possible. We were three hours late for scrunity – that’s how last minute the final car assembly was…….

[read more …] “Drake wins Premier League at Rally Tasmania”

Community School – Baby Jacob Cheque

Photograph shows Marius (Jacob`s father) and Jerry Pat O`Leary (Chairperson) accepting a cheque for €1000 for the Baby Jacob Trust Fund from the Transition Year Students. Half of this money was raised through Charity fund-raising events in the School and the other half came from the “Tastes of Christmas”cookery demonstration which was held last December.

LTV2: Program 157

LTV2 Millstreet:Highlights from Programme No 157 Featuring Ann Marie O`Riordan, Millstreet 2010 Scor Champions, and the laying down of the Time Capsule back in Clara Road recently.
Coming up tonight: LTV 2 Millstreet:Programme 158. On this weeks programme we have music from Crystal Swing,The Celts,and Johnny Bremmner amongst others,we go to Cullen for a presentation to Fr O`Leary to wish him well on his move to Killarney,also we go to the Abbeydorney Ploughing competition,plus all the usual features as well so tune in next Thursday night at 10.00pm with a repeat showing the following Sunday Evening at 8.00pm.

Millstreet Golf Society AGM


CAPTAIN:        Mr. Donogh McAuliffe

PRESIDENT:    Mr. Chris Twomey

Dear Member,

Welcome to our new golfing year, below are the main points from our AGM held on the 28th of January.



To try and re-generate interest in the society it was decided to do away with team competitions and have 4 single competitions at the courses listed below.It was also decided to have a golfer of the Year and the overall winner from the 4 competitions will receive The John Cronin Memorial Trophy.


Again we appeal to people when entering competitions can you please pay the entry fee on entry, collection of money is becoming a big job at outings and the committee have enough to do without this extra job.
Sponsors Sponsors were again thanked for their support in 2009 and we look forward to their continued support in 2010. Due to the current economic climate sponsorship of an outing has been reduced to €100 , this includes free golf on the day.
Membership Membership for 2010 is €20. Please fill in the attached form and return with money before the 26th of February to the address below,only paid up members will be contacted for outings.

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Conchubar O hEalaithe

2005 Conchubar Ó h'ÉalaitheA member of the Irish Workers Party and a Socialist and a true Republican
And he loved Ireland and the Irish Language Neil Healy was a very special man
A family person and a quiet achiever he was one worthy of far greater note
I’d like to write a poem in his honour were I born with the genius of a poet.
One who did speak the Irish Language fluently not many like him that seems sad to say
In the changing face of twenty first century Ireland in the ever changing World of today
A loyal supporter of Joe Sherlock of the Workers Party to the colours he believed in he was true
To many one who did choose to be different for that alone great credit is his due.
People like he was make a case for re-incarnation I’m only saying how it does seem to me
He did love places distant from Duhallow old towns in France in Celtic Brittany
His passing a huge loss to Celtic Culture he is one who will be hard to replace
In Millstreet he will always be remembered where his will live as a remembered face.
He always stood for what he did believe in one who was as honest as the word can be
And ’tis sad to think that on the streets of Millstreet he is one that in the flesh we never more will see
But the World was better for him living in it of him that would be a fair thing to say
Conchubar O hEalaithe is one well worth remembering and good memories of him will live for many a day.

by Francis Duggan

Regional Report 1002 2nd March 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1002 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on  the second day of March and it is foggy and cold, but very calm.

A very successful Coffee morning was held by Particia Guerin at the GAA Hall on Friday last, which raised   over € 1,500, Patricia , who is well known for her great work on behalf of the needy, would like to say many thanks to all those who  helped her with the venture  and supported it.

The money will be shared between The Church Restoration Fund, The Haiti Fund and the fund for Baby Jacob. Well done Patricia.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1002 2nd March 2010”

Trócaire Sleep Out

Minister for Education & Science, Batt O'Keeffe, T.D. joins over twenty students from Millstreet Community School as they prepare to have a Trócaire Sleep-Out on the grounds of St. Patrick's Church, Millstreet from 7pm on Monday, 1st March until 7am on Tuesday 2nd March. The very impressive project is part of the School's Trócaire Lenten Campaign 2010. Also included is John Magee (Chaplain) and Teachers Derry Morley and Jennifer O'Donoghue as well as Fr. Declan O'Connor, P.P., Millstreet.

… hope they didn’t feel too cold. It was -3C at 7am this morning!

read more information on the sleep out from a few days ago

Mick Kelleher’s Heart

He works hard and he has drunk many a beer
And he has lived in Australia for many a year
As good a person as one could wish to meet
But Mick Kelleher’s heart it is still in Millstreet.
In Claraghatlea in Millstreet he first saw light of day
And he often recalls old friends and places far away
Where the old Finnow river it babbles on down
To the mighty Blackwater close to Millstreet Town.
He talks of Claraghatlea, Inchaleigh and Claramore
So many miles inland from Hibernia’s shore
But distant from Duhallow he may live out his life
With his children and grandchildren and Rosemary his wife.
What is a great loss to Ireland is surely Australia’s gain
But loyal to Duhallow Mick Kelleher remain
And though here he may live out his last night and day
His heart is by Clara Mountain far away.

by Francis Duggan

Annmarie Touring in the States

The wonderful Annmarie O’Riordan from Rathcoole is embarking on a ten day tour  of America where she will be performing. If you’re from one of those areas you could do a lot worse than to go to one of her concerts.

Also, Seán has let us know that there is an American radio channel called the Irish Rambler Radio Show (in Boston) which often features the songs of Annmarie O’Riordan and is promoting her forthcoming American Tour. Give it a visit and the latest radio show will come on automatically. It’s quite good so give it a listen.


  • Fri. March 5: The Irish Centre, Philadelphia
  • Sun. March 7: The Irish Cultural Centre of New England-Canton, Massachusetts
  • Mon. March 8: Bad Abbott, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Thurs. March 11: Rory Dolan’s, Yonkers, NY
  • Sat. March 13: Devon Theatre, Philadelphia
  • Sun. March 14: On float with Donegal Association followed by The Irish Centre, Philadelphia. (For more info: Please contact Marianne MacDonald)

More from Annmarie about her tour dates on her Facebook page

Death Notice: Tom Enright, Newcastle West

The death has occurred of Tom ENRIGHT of Rathcahill East, Strand, Newcastle West, Limerick
Reposing in Reidy’s Funeral Home, Newcastle West on Monday from 6pm with removal at 8pm to the Church of the Visitation, Monagea. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am with burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Aware.