Ron & Tom Support Fund

Tom Grainger’s friend Ron Gerrard from England is a gifted woodturning craftsman. Because of his own sight challenge, Ron was delighted on today (Friday) to set up a table of his exquisite art pieces at the inner entrance of O’Keeffe’s Supervalu, Millstreet with the kind permission of Manager, Joe Fitzgerald & Owner, Maurice O’Keeffe. The proceeds of the sale will be presented to the Baby Jacob Fund tomorrow evening. Here we share images of today’s fund-raising project.

Tom Grainger & Ron Gerrard at their Baby Jacob Fundraising Project

[read more …] “Ron & Tom Support Fund”

School Photo of 1950s – Coming Soon

Photographs from the Past are one of the most popular features on our website. Joe Hickey of Glenflesk, Killarney and formerly of Shanaknuck, Millstreet  has very kindly made a school photograph of the 1950s available to us. This we shall feature on the site in a few days time when we have identified as many names as possible. We would hope to also feature it on “Clara News” and on a possible future publication “Picture Millstreet Again”.

Joe Hickey with school photograph of 1950s

Popular website returns

Fr James McSweeney’s popular website is back and is bigger and better than before.

This website recently celebrated its 6th birthday. Two weeks ago so many were logging on together that it simply crashed. During the past few weeks it has been rebuilt.  The website became part of our daily lives and was missed by so many people.

Welcome back!

Book Launch Success

Here we share a selection of pictures from the very successful Book Launch of Gerard O’Meara’s “Magic Moments” which took place at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 14th July 2010.   The book was officially launched by Paddy Carleton in the presence of a capacity and very appreciative audience.

“Magic Moments” Book Launch

On Wednesday,  14th July 2010 (Bastille Day),  supreme photographer Gerard O’Meara’s fascinating book of enormously interesting photographs of the 1960s, ’70s and 80s relating mainly to the Mallow area, will be launched after 8.00 p.m. at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. In a splendid foreword to Gerard’s book, the renowned Declan Hassett writes: “There is an innate sense of decency about Gerard O’Meara. He brings to life, and to his chosen profession, photography, that natural awareness of the importance of those with whom he comes in contact in his work as a “recorder of local history” through the camera lens.” The superb book is available in Mallow at Philip’s Bookshop, Katie’s and Monument House. We wish Gerard every success with this highly significant publication – guaranteed to be in huge demand and a best seller.

Gerard O'Meara, Photographer, Mallow with "Magic Moments"

Art Supple Interview

LTV2 recently recorded an interview with Art Supple of Youghal who continues to be such a supreme legend in the world of Showbands. The interview will be broadcast when LTV2 season recommences in the Autumn. Special thanks to videographer Denis O’Leary (Macroom) who kindly provided technical facilities for the interview.

Art Supple being interviewed by LTV2's Seán Radley

Regional Report 1021 – 13th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1021 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this nice rich,calm Tuesday morning.

The people of Cullen enjoyed great celebrations recently when Arch Bishop Raymond Leo Burke of St Louis, came to visit. His forebears came from the Cullen area and his cousins the Cremin, Burke, and McSweeney still live there and came to meet him. He was appointed Prefect  of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, by his Holiness the Pope, which is equal to Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Archbishop Burke could very well be in line for Pope at some future point. LTV2 cameraman Wm FitzGerald attended the celebrations and filmed it for your viewing when programs return in September and there’s a full report on our website.

Last week the West Coast of Clare resounded to the sound of music at the Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay, with many fans from the South making the journey for their annual feast of traditional entertainment. And to continue the trend I have a note from Jack Roche to say that the weekly sessions have resumed at Bruaic na Carraige,Rockchapel, on  Tuesday nights for July and August starting at  9pm.  Great  nights not to be missed, great place to take visitors and tourists.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1021 – 13th July 2010”

Results & Fixtures

Minor Hurling League: Millstreet 4-14 Nemo Rangers 5-15 (12-7-2010)
Duhallow Junior A Football Championship: Rockchapel 0-18 Millstreet 1-09
Junior B Football League: St.John’s 1-08 Glenlara 1-07
County Minor Football League Group 2:  Millstreet 1-15 Youghal 2-8
County Fé 14 B quarter-finals: Millstreet 2-16 Thomas Russells 2-8
Co Premier 2 Minor Football Championship: O’Donovan Rossa 3-10 Millstreet 1-06
Fixtures (updated 13th July)

Co Minor “A” Regional Hurling Championship: Millstreet v Ballinascarthy at Millstreet @ Thursday July 15th 7.30 pm. (Ex/Time if Reqd.)

Minor Hurling Championship:  Millstreet -v- Ballinascarthy in Ovens at 7.30p.m. Thursday 15th July

Jnr. Football Championship:  Millstreet -v- Kanturk in Banteer at 8.00p.m. (extra time) Tuesday 20th July.

Jnr. Hurling Championship:  Millstreet -v- Freemount in Banteer on Monday 26th July at 7.30p.m. (extra time)

Death Notice: Margaret Casey, formerly of Brookpark

Margaret Casey (nee Twomey) Peacefully at home with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer on July 9, 2010. Beloved wife of 44 years, Dermot Casey; loving mother of Jeremiah (Jerry) Casey; daughter of the late Matthew & Nora Twomey; sister of Michael (Nora), Dan (Phil), Joan, Matthew (Betty), and the late Nora (Nellie) Dennehey; sister-in-law of Dan (Mary) Casey, all of Ireland, Ann (Steve) Bonney of Seattle, Washington, and the late Breda (Ted) Kinsler of England and Benjamin Casey of San Francisco. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews in Ireland and the U.S.A. A native of Brookpark, Kilcorney, Co. Cork, Ireland. Age 72. A proud member of The Rebel Cork Ladies Association of San Francisco, the United Irish Cultural Center and the Y.L.I. A retired employee of Laguna Honda Hospital. [read more …] “Death Notice: Margaret Casey, formerly of Brookpark”

Cullen & District Special Needs Association 12th Annual VIntage Rally & Old Time Threshing

Cullen & District Special Needs Association 12th Annual VIntage Rally & Old Time Threshing

Sunday July 25th (Laitiarain Sunday) Cullen GAA Grounds.

Fun for all the Family

Live Music – Cullen Pipe Band followed by Mike, Helen and Southern Pride.

Children’s Sports @2pmTractor Competitions, Sheep Dog Exhibition, Raffles, Numerous Side Shows.

Parish Newsletter – 11th July 2010



Fr. Declan O’Connor P.P. & Fr. David Gunn C.C.

Tel Nos. Millstreet 029-70043 / Cullen 029-79028 / 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: Stephen Cashman, Boston & Inchileagh (Hospital Cross)

Margaret Casey (nee Twomey) San Francisco & formerlyBrook Park

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

Charles Barry

In the family home in Murphy’s Terrace he lived his last night and day
And his last remains rest in St Mary’s from there about a mile away
He was a good man Charles Barry of life he had a lengthy span
He will be missed by his family and many friends this well liked and honourable man.
One of the senior citizens of old Millstreet the famous Town by Clara Hill
The Seasons and years do pass quickly and for anyone time doesn’t stand still
One might say he had a good innings but he had the will to live on
When most of those he went to school with were to the forever long gone.
[read more …] “Charles Barry”

Archbishop Burke in Cullen

At 5pm on Thursday, 8th July 2010 in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cullen,  concelebrated Mass was celebrated with, as the main celebrant, Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke who not only has been the Archbishop of St. Louis, U.S.A. but is now one of the most high-ranking prelates in the Vatican. On June 27, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Burke to the office of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, a position equivalent to that of Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, or President of the Conseil d’Etat of France. As such, immediately after the Pontiff, Archbishop Burke holds the highest judicial office in the entirety of the Roman Catholic Church.   His court, as the final possibility for most all appeals unless they go to the Pope, ranks higher than the Rota or the Apostolic Penitentiary. In terms of the importance of his Curial post, Archbishop Burke is the second-highest ranking American prelate at the Vatican after  Cardinal William Levada, who took Pope Benedict’s place as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.   And, as you may well recall, Cardinal Levada celebrated Mass in Kilcorney Church on a recent Easter Sunday.    It was Tom Goggin who very kindly alerted us to that Kilcorney visit a few years ago.   So having two such direct links to the Vatican with such close connections to our area is truly quite phenomenal.   Here we share images of the Archbishop’s Culllen visit where he was truly delighted to meet with relatives (among whom were the Cremin and McSweeney Families as well as others) and Friends.   Fr. Paddy O’Byrne knew the Archbishop in U.S.A. and we thank Fr. Paddy and also Photographer, Sheila Fitzgerald for alerting us to the visit.    William Fitzgerald and I recorded an LTV2 interview with the wonderfully obliging and cheerful Archbishop. (Seán Radley for )

Photos below: [read more …] “Archbishop Burke in Cullen”

Vintage Run in aid of Cork Alzheimer’s Society

Blarney Vintage Club hosting “The Chris Pardoe Memorial Vintage Run” will again be stopping at Millstreet Country Park after a scenic driving route from The Sunset Ridge Cork this coming Sunday 18th July 2010.

An impressive collection of beautiful classic and vintage cars will be on display from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Live music and entertainment by John White in Visitor Centre.

Millstreet Country Park was last weekend at the Mallow Home and Garden Festival at Cork Racecourse Mallow.

Congratulations to our 5 daily prize winners over the three day event and reminder to all guests who visited our stand that 50% admission discounts are valid until and including Sunday 11th July 2010.

[read more …] “Vintage Run in aid of Cork Alzheimer’s Society”

Cork star John Coleman still motoring on

An All-Ireland minor medal in 1968, a senior award in 1973 and a club junior championship memento last season.

Save Clare’s audacious breach of that which had been ordained to be since 1936, football at senior level down in Munster has been unashamedly incestuous in nature. The Godfathers of Kerry and Cork have, for over fifty years now, bred legions of children of God whose collective footballing talents have ensured that the country’s southern provincial crown has been a real family affair. The twin giants have dwarfed their neighbours’ achievements with a measure of comfort that has come nowhere near to being matched in any other province in the country in modern times.

Yet, almost paradoxically, such is the nature of gaelic games, that the long standing Godfathers of the game down south have been forced to share their parental duties of propagating that winning feeling. By definition, they have been forced to sit in the losers enclosure too. The Rebel county and the Kingdom have learned how to lose as well as win. [read more …] “Cork star John Coleman still motoring on”

Regional Report 1020 – 6th July 2010

Regional Report 1020 by Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1020 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this lovely Tuesday morning.

The Faith ‘n Light group led by Mrs. Nessa Lucey, Macroom paid their annual visit to Tubrid well on Saturday. Local volunteers saw to it that their every need is met when these special people came. Peter Roche  always takes the necessary seating to the well-side for the Mass. And their beautiful singing fills the afternoon air. Following the Mass the hundred or so special people along with their minders and parents, some from as far away as Tipperary, made their way to our Community Hall   for teas and other refreshments which were prepared by local ladies and FÁS workers. There was a time when this group went to Lourdes, but on discovering the wonders of  Tubrid Holy Well, they never went to Lourdes again. Mrs. Lucey wants to say a very sincere word of thanks to everybody who made them so welcome on Saturday.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1020 – 6th July 2010”

To John Ryan

I knew him in my school going days a few years younger than I
With foxy hair and fairly tall he was a hardy boy
In Cockhill he grew into a man two miles from Millstreet Town
Yet the undulating roads he walked on before he’ll never again walk up and down.
From that green countryside by the Boggeragh hills his journey through life began
John Ryan went to live in England when he was a young man
The wanderlust was in him and as many others had done before
He left for to seek his fortune on the big sister shore. [read more …] “To John Ryan”

The Secret Garden – July Events

from the Secret Garden

What an amazing summer so far, almost makes up for the winter! We hope that you are making the most of your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labour.   Although this is a quiet time in the garden, remember to water, weed & feed. Keep deadheading roses and annuals to keep plants flowering for longer. This is also a good time to sow vegetable seeds for quick croping plants (beetroot, radish, salads, scallions,carrots, french beans) as well as winter-hardy crops such as kale, cabbage and winter lettuce.   We have three events coming up in July:

1)  Bee Day –  In association with The Duhallow Beekeepers Group   Come along to find out all you need to know about keeping bees. Practical demonstrations, advice and a chance to quiz the experts on all things Bee!

Local honey for sale.   Specials served in the Troom, including Cream Tea.

“if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein [read more …] “The Secret Garden – July Events”

Disappointing Night for GAA Teams

2010-06-26 Michael Vaughan scores a goal against Tullylease

Tonight in Kanturk, two local teams were defeated in their respective championship games.

In the Duhallow Junior B County Qualifier Final St Johns were beaten by Kilbrin on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-6.

Afterwards in the Junior A Hurling Championship, Millstreet were defeated by Banteer on a scoreline of 1-18 to 0-12. A sharper Banteer side deserving their victory due to their ability to take their chances throughout the match. The first half was relatively even though Banteer lead by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break, but Millstreet will rue their many missed chances in the second half while their game when they still had a chance to get back into the game, while Banteer seemed to score with every chance.

Update 2010-06-05: However, there was good news  from the underage teams playing in the county. Results were:

  • Fé 14 B county quarter-finals: Millstreet 2-16 Thomas Russells 2-8
  • County Premier 1 Minor Football League Group 2: Millstreet 1-15 Youghal 2-8

Parish Newsletter 4th July 2010


Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th JULY, 2010

Fr. Declan O’Connor P.P. & Fr. David Gunn C.C.

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: John McAteer, Boston

Noreen Shannon (nee Kelleher), Dromsicane & England

Margaret Linehan, Newmarket & formerly Pound Hill, Millstreet

Charles Barry, Murphy’s Terrace

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

Death Notice, Charles Barry, Murphy’s Terrace

The death has occurred peacefully at his residence on Thursday, July 01, 2010 of Charles BARRY of Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet. Lying in repose at Tarrant’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal on Saturday evening at 8pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass tomorrow, Sunday, at 11.30am, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Millstreet Carnival Queen 1949

Millstreet Carnival Queen with her six ‘ladies in Waiting’, circa 1949.

Seated in front: Carnival Queen Mary Frances Mulcahy
Back row (left to right): Dole O’Byrne (West End), Miss Collins (Rathcoole), Mary Hickey (Main Street), Kitty O’Leary (West End), Hannah Mary Moynihan, Estie Cashman-Manley (Tullig House)

Also in the picture are some local gentelmen: Timmy Hickey (Centre Back), and Garda Coffey (on the right)

more photos below, with thanks to Dole for the photos [read more …] “Millstreet Carnival Queen 1949”

Connie McSweeney

Connie McSweeney was a good hard working fellow devoted to his family and his wife
He was well liked and he formed many friendships and he made the most of his great gift of life
He did not live on for to become an old man perhaps just a few years with the three score
He will be missed by all in Ballydaly in Millstreet Parish and his old homeplace in Cloghoulamore
He will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him a friendly bloke not hard to get to know
One can only hope he had a peaceful ending that death for him was not painful and slow
At least his suffering is now behind him his friends and family for him left to grieve
His mortal remains are in Nature’s bosom the earth that feeds us our remains receive
His bones at rest by Cashman’s Hill forever where many of the dead of Millstreet lay
The Reaper does not spare the life of any for all of us a final night and day
But what matter most Connie he was a good man I only say of him what is his due
The World was better for him living in it to the higher self he was one who was true
Young enough to die perhaps in his early sixties his bones in St Mary’s Cemetery forever lay
In life he was a good and decent person what more of him can anybody say.

by Francis Duggan

Seán’s Impromptu Barbeque

Amidst the magnificent scenic area of Knocknakilla, Millstreet during a recent summer evening blessed with excellent weather,  Seán Murphy decided to organise an impromptu barbeque in the picturesque setting of his garden. Lots of Friends were alerted and dutifully attended to enjoy a superb barbeque, excellent live music by Danoel (Danny Creedon & Noel O’Leary) and a most memorable campfire singalong where the annual St. John’s Night bonfire tradition was upheld.   A brief LTV2 feature was also recorded at this very happy and utterly cheerful event.  Such was the success of the mighty occasion that it may well become an annual event….perhaps!
(Seán Radley for ) All photos below: [read more …] “Seán’s Impromptu Barbeque”