All Ireland Football Champions :)

Cork captain Graham Canty ends a 20-year wait for Rebels everywhere, by lifting the Sam Maguire Cup at Croke Park after a one point win over Down in the 2010 All-Ireland final.

The result (0-16 to 0-15) was a huge relief after the game seemed to be going away from us in the first half, but a wonderful display in the second sealed the result.

There was a big crowd from Millstreet at the match. Hope they all get home in one piece. It looks like being a few good days and nights ahead!

Parish Newsletter 19th September, 2010



Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P. Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  / Mobile 087-7752948 Email:  <email>


MONDAY-TUESDAY-FRIDAY 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: Tadhg Moynihan, Millstreet & Ballydaly

Kathleen O’Flynn, West End, Millstreet

Barney Kelly, Tullow & Leitrim

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‘Rebels on the Move’

These photos represent a lot of hard work by both the staff and pupils of Presentation National School, Millstreet. Our school is decorated with flags, bunting and banners that wish the Duhallow Representatives in both minor and senior finals the best of luck.

They  began at the school gate and marched through the town, finishing at the Square in Millstreet. Here we sang ‘A Rebel’s Cry’.

[read more …] “‘Rebels on the Move’”

Pommerit-le-Vicompte Visitors

This weekend Millstreet welcomes twelve visitors form its Breton twin town Pommerit le Vicomte for a week. Residing with host families, the visiting party are due to arrive in Millstreet on Saturday at noon. From a formal twinning in 1985, key areas of mutual interest have been developed and copper-fastened on the latest chapter, described as one of the memorable visits undertaken between the centres. Everyone who would like to join the the twinning activities is very welcome. The schedule for the week is:

  • Sat 18th 12pm approx: Arrival and lunch with host families in McCarthy’s
  • Sat 18th 2pm: Tree planting ceremony – Cork road.
  • Sun 19th: Day with the host families
  • Sun 19th 8pm: Riverdance at the INEC Killarney
  • Mon 20th: Visitors leave Millstreet on a 2 day tour
  • [read more …] “Pommerit-le-Vicompte Visitors”

Memories Of Toots Kelleher

In Gaelic Football for Cork and Millstreet Toots Kelleher did play
One of Ireland’s best forwards when in his prime day
One never found to be wanting when put to the test
For Club and for County he always performed at his best
That he never played a bad game a remarkable feat
One jubilant in victory and gracious in defeat
In Croke Park and Killarney, Cork, Coachford and Macroom
He made a big name for himself in the prime of his life’s bloom
The spirit of the true gael the great man personified
For his ability and sportsmanship in his chosen sport he became known far and wide
In Gaelic Football circles Toots Kelleher from Millstreet Town became a household name
In the length and breadth of Ireland he knew of widespread fame
Fond memories of the man he was to this day I retain
And often in my flights of fancy I watch him play again.

by Francis Duggan

[read more …] “Memories Of Toots Kelleher”

Down in Millstreet

… a few hardy Down souls are determined to fly their county’s flag in Cork.
Millstreet Community School’s John Magee is intensely proud of his Mourne Mountains roots and will be cheering on Down despite his admission that he loves living in north Cork.
“They are quietly confident of a Cork victory, but I think Down will hold a surprise up their sleeve,” he said.
And despite the fact that Millstreet, Charleville, Kanturk and Newmarket are a sea of Cork flags, he has proudly adorned his car and home in the Down colours.
“It’s all in good nature,” he said…

from the Irish Independent

Liz Lyons – Books

A love for books like the Famous Five, BFG and Fantastic Mr Fox set Cork author Liz Lyons on a road that has seen her write two hugely successful novels. From Kilcorney in North Cork but exiled to Ardcath on the Meath/Dublin border, Liz always had an interest in reading and books, she didn’t discriminate and would read “anything I could get my hands on”. Naturally it was at English that she excelled at the Community School in Millstreet.

This led her to study English and History at Trinity College in Dublin (TCD), but it would be a while before she tried her hand at writing.

“I initially thought that I might end up teaching,” she recalled. “But I soon found out that I didn’t have the temperament for teaching, I just don’t have the patience.” When Liz graduated from TCD it was into book selling she went and found herself staying at it for ten years. “It was ideal for me. I was near books all the time, I was like a kid in a sweet shop and everyday I was getting more treats. [read more …] “Liz Lyons – Books”

Death Notice: Kathleen O’Flynn, West End

The death has occurred on Thursday, September 16, 2010 of Kathleen O’FLYNN, (née O’Hanlon) of 7 West End, Millstreet, Cork. Reposing in Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet today, Friday, September 17, from 6pm to 8pm, followed by removal to St Patrick’s Parish Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Saturday, at 11am. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

September Newsletter from the Secret Garden

September and October are busy months, so there’s quite a bit to get through in this newsletter!

We have now taken delivery of our bulb collection for this autumn – loose top-size daffodil bulbs, tulips, dwarf daffodils, snowdrops, alliums, hyacinths for indoor preparation amongst others. There are bulbs for meadows, pots and rockeries – a bulb for any situation!  There are some lovely little gift items for under €5 including the bulb planter with bulbs inside.

There is a lot of confusion as to when you should plant bulbs – for your daffodils and snowdrops, you want to get them in as soon as possible. For tulips, although now is a good time to buy before all the best varieties sell out, the ideal thing is to hold on to them until November and plant them then. The golden rule of planting is plant the bulb at least 2 – 3 times the depth of the bulb, and if you’re not sure which way is up plant on its side – it’ll find its way up!

[read more …] “September Newsletter from the Secret Garden”

Womens Soccer

It has been a tough summer for womens soccer locally. Both teams from Millstreet and Rathcoole struggled in Division 1 of the Cork Womens and Schoolgirl Soccer League, after successes by both teams in previous years. The final table and results are given below:

1 Riverstown FC 12 10 1 1 18 31
2 Youghal United 12 8 0 4 6 24
3 Crosshaven 12 6 2 4 0 20
4 St Marys 12 3 6 3 1 15
5 Rathcoole Rovers 12 4 2 6 -7 14
6 Buttevant 12 3 2 7 -7 11
7 Millstreet Celtic 12 1 1 10 -11 4

[read more …] “Womens Soccer”

Drishane Castle – an old drawings

Here we have two old images of Drishane Castle. The picture on the left is a watercolour from the 1770s and by Gabriel Beranger, while the photo on the right is from the William Lawrence collection in the early 1900s. (Click the photos above for larger images).


Main Author: Turner, Joseph Reverend ca. 1772-1835,
Contributors: Fisher, Jonathan, d. 1809

Summary: View of a five-storey tower house at Drishane, near Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. It shows the tower on a raised plinth reached by a set of steps, and with a curious, conical-roofed turret beside it
Hide full summary … View of a five-storey tower house at Drishane, near Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. It shows the tower on a raised plinth reached by a set …
Published: November 1794
Notes: From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. II
A similar copy by Gabriel Beranger (ca. 1730-1817), in watercolour, is preserved in Ms. TX 1958 in the National Library of Ireland. There is another copy also by Beranger, but in circular format, in a private collection in Dublin
Title inscribed in ink l.c. on sheet
Image within a circular ink frame 14.7 cm. Watermark u.l. on sheet is I S
Physical Description: 1 drawing pen and wash diam. image 14.6 cm., on sheet 18.3 x 26.7 cm.
Citations/References: The Castles of County Cork / James N. Healy. – Cork/Dublin, 1988 pages 328-331

Results & Fixtures

Co Prem 2 MFL Grp 1: Grp 2: Sam Maguires 4-6 Millstreet 2-9.
JBHL: Millstreet 3-9 Kilbrin 3-8 (7th Sept)
JBHL: Freemount 1-10 Milstreet 1-1 (11th Sept)
JBHL: Millstreet 1-9 Lismire 1-8 (15th Sept Millstreet)
U16 Challenge: Millstreet 4-11 Eire Óg 1-11 (17th Sept)
JBF Chalenge: St.Johns 2-8 Kilnamatra 1-9 (17th Sept)

AOH Cup 1st Round:Rathcoole Rovers A 3 Postal Celtic 1;Los Zarcos 4 Inter City Celtic 4 (Inter City won 5-4 on pens aet); Blackpool Celtic 1 Rathcoole Rovers B 2;

Saxone Cup 2nd Round: Hibernians A v Millstreet Celtic (18th Sept)
Presidents Cup 2nd Round: Kanturk B v Los Zarcos (18th Sept)

Bowling – Kilcorney
26/09/10 vin kiely d.cooney v n.murphy t.mallon b
03/10/10 pat kelleher v johnny donoghue c
[read more …] “Results & Fixtures”

Regional Report 1030 – 14th September 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1030 from Millstreet

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this wet and soft Autumn  morning.

We got a great psychological boost here this past week when an Australian film company came to make a documentary on the history of the EuroVision Song Contest and the places that hosted it. Niamh Kavanagh herself came too. They all stayed locally in Michael & Pam Thorntons beautiful new B ‘n B at Drishanebeg. They told us that there is more positive talk about Millstreet around the world than any other place that hosted it. It was different, it was great, and it was their reason for coming back to recall it all again. Cameras rolled  as  volumes of memorabilia  so lovingly preserved, were brought to light and stories of the whole euphoria were told again. Niamh wanted to meet everybody, shake every hand, hug everybody. It was as she said, like coming home. All too soon their three days were gone and they had to leave, but the memories and friendships live on. Lots of their visit was captured for LTV2, so you’ll see them in time. Look up our website also and in time we will get a copy of their entire documentary.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1030 – 14th September 2010”

Johnny Jack From Clara Or The Devil From Hell

A story from my childhood I often heard old timers tell
One that I remember as memory serves me well
Of Johnny Jack of Claramore two miles from Millstreet Town
To be a champion road bowler his great claim to renown.
On his way home from Macroom on horseback on a sunny sunday
The wildflowers were blooming in the prime of the May
Johnny Jack in his sixties then well past his life’s prime
Had been retired from road bowling for quite a long time.
Two miles out of Macroom on the road to Millstreet
Two young bowl players with their backers he happened to meet
And though the old bloke on horseback they had not seen before
From their fathers they would have heard of the champ from Claramore.
[read more …] “Johnny Jack From Clara Or The Devil From Hell”

Tidy Towns 2010

The results of the Tidy Towns are out today, with the overall winners being Tallanstown from County Louth. Millstreet got 287 points (up 3 from last year) and are winners of North Cork Category C, and finished second across all of North Cork behind the village of Coolagown (which is on the border with Waterford)

CATEGORY C: Millstreet 287, Newmarket 259, Kanturk 221, Rathcormac 210

Read the full report below, or on
Read the overall scores for all competing towns in Ireland
Visit the Millstreet Tidy Towns website, and get involved!

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Macra Muskerry Football Tournament

A huge congratulations to the Millstreet Macra lads 7-a-side football team who were victorious in the Muskerry regional tournament on Sunday Morning. They beat an excellent Ovens team in their exciting final, and a big well done to the ladies team who also did very well on the day, reaching the semi-final of the ladies tournament. (Click the photos above for the full size). With thanks to Rebecca for the photos.

Parish Newsletter 12th September 2010


Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th September, 2010

Fr. John Fitzgerald P.P.Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043 / Mobile 087-7752948

Email: <email>


MONDAY-TUESDAY-FRIDAY 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: Denis Walsh, Lackabawn

Sr. Gertrude Finn, Drishane Convent

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Breaking News! – Cork’s 2010 Official Song Chosen – “A Rebel’s Cry”

We are delighted to share the wonderful news,  just phoned in by Seán Moylan,  that his Band’s superb Cork supporting song “A Rebel’s Cry” has just won the competition making it now Cork’s Official Song for the 2010 Season – perfect timing for Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final in Croke Park – Cork v. Down.    Sincere congratulations to Seán & all the splendidly enthusiastic members of “Loose Connection”.   One can listen to the song and view the video on: .   Undoubtedly the excellent song will be played on many radio stations and television channels during the coming week….and, who knows, perhaps an appearance on “Up for the Match” might well become reality.   What a mighty achievement for the superbly talented song writers, musicians and musical arrangers!   Every success to All the members of “Loose Connection” –  Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.     (Seán Radley for )
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“A Rebel’s Cry” song by “Loose Connection” proving very popular

Almost 2,000 hits already on YouTube for the superbly talented Duhallow based “Loose Connection” Band who have just released a truly fantastic song entitled “A Rebel’s Cry” in honour of Cork’s All-Ireland Football Championship Match with Down at Croke Park on Sunday, 19th September 2010.    This is a splendidly lively and hugely appropriate song with Seán Moylan as main vocalist.   It is performed with mighty enthusiasm by the very popular Band.       Judge for yourself as you can now view the excellent video and hear the brilliant song. Now available on YouTube on Rebel’s Cry” is written by Seán Moylan, produced by Neil Moylan at EQUINOX STUDIOS and performed by “Loose Connection”.   Members of the Band: Cian Daly, Denis Meade, Neil Moylan, Mick Tobin and Seán Moylan.     (Seán)

Niamh Kavanagh very much at home in Millstreet

Niamh Kavanagh, Eurovision Winner Supreme at Millstreet in 1993 is very impressed by John Tarrant's headline in this week's "Corkman" newspaper which indicates that Niamh's return to Millstreet was to participate in an Australian directed major television documentary entitled "The Secret History of the Eurovision Song Contest" - scheduled to be broadcast before Eurovision 2011. Niamh is pictured at Green Glens Arena, Millstreet on Friday afternoon, 10th September following a very comprehensive interview by Director, Stephen Oliver of the Australian Film Crew. (Seán)

Niamh Kavanagh & Television Crew Visit Presentation N.S., Millstreet

Eurovision 1993 Winner Supreme, Niamh Kavanagh and the Australian Television Crew are accorded a royal and true Irish welcome at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Friday, 10th September 2010. (Seán)