Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art

Ann Lane (formerly of Ballinatona, Millstreet) has spent four years and traveled over 14,000 miles on an odyssey to catalog the country’s main pieces of public art. She said it was her initial encounter with Capall Mór, the ferro-cement over a steel structure, near Tralee, that depicts a Celtic war horse with broken chains around its forelegs, signifying freedom, which inspired her to undertake the task of cataloging the works …

This is from an article in the Irish Examiner today(5th Aug) describing her passion for public art, and her journey to this stage.

She featured on RTE Radio 1 yesterday morning (4th Aug) on the Kathryn Thomas Summer On One show, which can be heard in the podcast at the top of this page.  (from 9:13 to 11:10 – starts just before the middle of the audio).

Ann’s passion was featured in an article on the Global Post from September ’09, and it shows some of the wonderful photography she has taken.

Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art will be published this autumn by Wordwell Books.

with thanks to Kevin for the info on this article

[read more …] “Ann Lane’s photographic journal of public art”

Willie Neenan

He was running years before he met Marie his good and devoted wife
And Willie Neenan is still running with him ’tis a way of life
A World Masters Games over fifty silver medallist in nineteen eighty three
I remember in the fifties him and his brother John D
At cross country races in Liscahane just out of the Town of Millstreet
The famous Neenan brothers against Cork’s best did compete
Up and down the wet and high fields they set a cracking pace
For the glory of old Millstreet the young Neenan men did race. [read more …] “Willie Neenan”

Regional Report 1024 – 3rd August 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1024 from Millstreet.

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

On behalf of our community I’d like to say a fond céad míle fáilte (hundred thousand welcomes) to all those who are visiting us at the moment. We have lots to see and do and our mountain scenery is the best for walks or car-drives.

New loop walks are being signposted all the time, helping the walking enthusiast to enjoy their trip to the full. Further to that some beautiful new B ‘n  Bs have opened up close to the town, and some people in more remote areas along the Munster Way are beginning to show an interest. This would be a very welcome development. Anybody with an interest should contact IRD Duhallow at 029 60633.

And be reminded that our Town Park is a beautiful place to take a leisurely strole or a speedy run. The children’s playground there is state of the art, we have a double Tennis Court, Pitch ‘n Putt, as well as many ball game pitches.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1024 – 3rd August 2010”

A War Baby – Rags to Riches

This is a story about a baby who was born in to poverty in a back street area of Birmingham, just before the outbreak of World War II.

He suffered with ill health during the early part of his life and had little education leaving school at age of fifteen.

But with the help and determination of his mother, whose unceasing belief in him, drove him onwards and upwards and a chance meeting with an Irish colleen from Millstreet, County Cork who brought with her the luck of the Irish.

Tom Grainger was recently featured here on raising money for the Baby Jacob Fund selling pieces of wood-turning art in SuperValu. His website is and the books cam be purchased there. Tom himself says that the books feature many Millstreet people.

Camping and Caravan

This email arrived to us this morning:

We are two french hikers planning to hike in the area next week (from Millstreet to port magee on Valentia island). Our plan is to camp every night of our trip because of our small budget. But we couldn’t find any camping in Millstreet. So we wanted to know if by any chance there is something like a camp site in the town where we could stay overnight?

Etienne & Chloé

I’m sure there are no camping or caravanning facilities in Millstreet 🙁 (please correct this if it’s wrong), and in these days where people are traveling on small budgets, it’s important that these visitors are catered for too, rather than turn them away.
If anyone can help Etienne & Chloé leave a comment below or send a message using the Contact Us page, and we’ll forward the message. [Thankfully there have been two separate offers of a place to camp for the night – Geararoe B&B, and Green Glens thanks to them both]
[read more …] “Camping and Caravan”

Cork Cruise through

It’s been a good weekend for Cork football fans in Croke Park. The seniors pulled away in the second half to beat Roscommon by 1-16 to 0-10, and now face Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final in three weeks time. While earlier in the day, the minors scored a goal in the last kick of the game to beat Armagh by 3-11 to 0-19.
Millstreet were represented in Croke Park by the Comhaltas Group who provided the musical entertainment at half time in the Cork game (see the pic on the right), just as they did for the National League Final back in April.
But us Cork fans will be very happy that Kerry were dethroned yesterday by Down, and that we won’t have to try to beat them in Croker … that and the face that we won’t have to listen to the Kerry boys and girls for the Summer either :P

Parish Newsletter 1st August 2010

Parish Newsletter – Ballydaly, Cullen, & Millstreet

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 1st August, 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: Maria Healy, Curracahill

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter 1st August 2010”

Brendan heading to Afghanistan

LATE LAST year, Ranger Brendan O’Mahony from Millstreet, Co Cork had work as a carpenter on the few building sites still operating in west Cork. Next month, he will be in Nad-e-Ali in Afghanistan facing the Taliban.
Twenty-four-year-old O’Mahony, who signed up last November, is just one of 80-odd men born in the Republic and hundreds more from Northern Ireland who are now serving with the British army’s Royal Irish Regiment.
“The fall of the Celtic Tiger didn’t affect me. I was still working. That wasn’t why I joined. It was something I always wanted to do. My father did 22 years in the Irish Army. I thought the British army would be more of a challenge,” O’Mahony says.
“It’s challenging,” says O’Mahony. “My younger brother is jealous and my sister thinks it’s a bit mental.”

The above is an extract from an article in today’s Irish Times

[read more …] “Brendan heading to Afghanistan”

Drishane Drama Camp

Drishane Drama Camp Concert was held on Friday, 30th July 2010.   For the past two weeks a wonderful combination of international and local young people took part in the splendidly creative project.    The Concert presented a most enjoyable mixture of song, dance and drama.  There will be a full report with lots of pictures in next week’s “Corkman”.   Great credit is due to all who helped to co-ordinate the magnificent presentation.  Here we share the first of a number of images from this uplifting event at Drishane, Milllstreet.  (Seán)

Enjoying refreshments following the superb Drishane Drama Camp Concert on Friday, 30th July

Death Notice: Maria Healy, Curracahill

1989 Marie Healy of CurracahillThe death has occurred of Maria Healy (née O’Sullivan), late of Curracahill, Millstreet and formerly of Ballygrogan, Grenagh who passed away on July 30 at Cork University Hospital.
Lying in repose at Tarrants funeral home Millstreet. Rosary this Friday evening at 9pm. Removal takes place on Satuday at 8pm from Tarrents funeral home to St Patricks church Millstreet. Requiem mass takes place from Sunday at 11:30am. Followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Enquiries to Tarrants on 029-70176

12th Threshing and Vintage in Cullen

12th Old Time Threshing and Vintage Afternoon Sunday July 25th. 2010

For any outdoor event the weather makes all the difference, and this year the sun blazed down in Cullen for the hosting of the 12th Old Time Threshing and Vintage Afternoon, we were blessed with brilliant summer sunshine that lifted the spirits of all who attended “the Threshing” as well as honouring our own patron Saint – Laitiarain. Incidentally it was also Macra’s “Know your neighbour Weekend”.

The vintage enthuastics arrived early on the day, many having travelled long distances to display their rare items, which ranged [read more …] “12th Threshing and Vintage in Cullen”

Donncha Team Training at Town Park

Renowned Cork footballer, Donncha O’Connor was at Millstreet Town Park this evening (29th July) to conduct a very comprehensive training session with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Club members – the Under-14s and the Under-16s.   We were also introduced to the new addition to the local Juvenile Kit – the “Under Armour Skin” – clothing which keeps sportspeople cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.   Many thanks to Michael for alerting us to this Town Park happening.  (Seán)

Donncha O'Connor pictured with Millstreet GAA Juvenile Under-14s and Under-16s at the Training Session on this Thursday evening in Millstreet Town Park.

Lots more pics below [read more …] “Donncha Team Training at Town Park”

Cullen Vintage Event 2010

Joining renowned poet, Bernard O'Donoghue (Oxford) at the annual Cullen Vintage Day - from left, wife Heather and sister Eileen (Manchester). Bernard, a native of Cullen, will be presenting his musical choices at the next Millstreet Gramophone Circle on Friday, 20th August 2010 at 8.15p.m. in the Canon O'Donovan Centre, Millstreet.

A very successful Vintage and Threshing Event organised by Cullen & District Special Needs Association was held in Cullen on Sunday, 25th July to coincide with the Feast of St. Laitiaran.   One of the biggest attendances in recent years – and the number of participants also increased.  We recorded for our website and for LTV2.  We share just one of many pictures (more to follow in coming days) from this annual most enjoyable happening. (Seán)

Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to news report 1023 from Millstreet.

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

This weekend we welcomed our new Parish Priest Fr. John FitzGerald, he will have the daunting tack of presiding over the entire parish, with its three churches and a sprawling congregation. And as we welcome him in we assure him of our full support and co-operation. And may God bless his work.

And on the subject of people I want to say well done to the places who have started to hold ,”getting–to-know-the-neighbours” gatherings . In these days of doom ‘n gloom and uncertainty there is nothing more encouraging than to know the name of all those around you and be on friendly a familiar terms with them, I hope the idea grow and flourish in many other places.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1023 – 27th July 2010”

Spillanes baptised in Millstreet

I have just discovered that my great grand aunt and uncle (brother and sister) were baptised in Millstreet. Their names were Daniel and Catherine Spillane, their father Paul Spillane and their mother Catherine Driscoll. Their sponsors (god parents) were Michael Spillane, Ellen Driscoll, Tim Mccarthy and Ellen Spillane. Clonakilty is the recorded parochial area. I should love to know more about the family and hope someone will recognise the names. The family came over to England around 1841/2. Daniel became a Catholic priest and died in 1896 visiting family in New York.!
As far as I know Catherine never married and her parents died in England. I hope you can help, or point me in the right direction for further research”. Best wishes, Christine.

Please leave a comment below, or send a message using the Contact Us page and the message will be forwarded to Christine.

Book: Sráid an ṁuilinn – A History of its people, by its people, for its people

Sráid an ṁuilinn [Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland] A History of its people by its people for its people. Part 1. Arranged and published by Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork., no date, c.1930s.

Millstreet museum currently has a copy of this publication, as do some private residences locally, and there is a copy in the National Library of Ireland

Timothy Broker is a pseudonym, as it was actually written by Fr. William Ferris, a curate in Millstreet in the 1930s, who had a previous publication blocked by the Bishop of Kerry, so he used the pseudonym to get around this. He devoted himself to recording oral history and folklore in danger of going to the grave; as he put it, “Each time the east wind blows, it takes an old seanachaí with it”.


Fr William Ferris

Fr. William Ferris was in Millstreet Parish from 1934-1935.

Apparently it was compiled from information gathered at Station Masses, It is a comprehensive list of the antiquities of the area.  [2: Origin and Development of the Parish of Millstreet]

The book was published in 1937 (reprinted 1972 and 1982).

He is not to be confused with Fr. Owen McFineen Ferris who was Parish Priest of Drishane around 1700, and whose church was the old one in Ballydaly, about 250m south of Croohig’s cross. [2]

Read more on Fr. William Ferris in this other article: Fr Ferris Parish Histories (2018)


The book was reviewed in 1837 by the Cork Historical and Archaelogical Society. See the review here:


Sráid an Mhuilinn. A History of its People, by its People, for its People. Part I. Arranged and published by Timothy Broker, Millstreet, Co. Cork. Price 2s. net.

This booklet (of 56 pages) is, perhaps, a sign of the times. Its compilation is a sign that one man is interested in the history of his locality ; its publication is an indication of the author’s optimistic outlook that many others are sufficiently interested to be readers of the information he has brought together. We sincerely hope Mr. Broker’s optimism is justified and we wish the booklet every success. The sub-title is misleading. The booklet is not a “history ” of the parish ; it is, what is much more valuable, a survey of the archaeological remains in it : fulachta fiadh, megaliths, standing stones, holy wells, forts and souterrains, as well as some other finds and miscellaneous monuments. A book of this kind must not be judged by the same standards as one by a recognised authority on history or archaeology. Its faults are obvious, but it is, nevertheless, a very useful compilation and of value not only to those who live in the Millstreet area but also to those caring for Irish archaeology, wherever they live. The specialist will find in it some items of interest, e.g., the note on the finding of a bronze axe in a fulacht fiadh at Baile na Tona (p.11). It is further of considerable value to have as it were a statistical summary of all the remains of antiquity in a particular area, especially since so many of the remains are not so outstanding as to be noticed in archaeological literature generally and belong to the less ” respectable ” side of archaeology. The townland names are given in Irish. This is excellent, but, when unaccompanied by the Ordnance Survey Map form, leads to one inconvenience. The official map spelling of the name may be quite at variance with local pronunciation and philological accuracy, but it is the only one which the worker unacquainted with the district can use in order to find the name in the townland census or on the map. We therefore feel that the official names might have been inserted either in brackets under the Irish forms or as an addendum. Booklets of this kind are frequent in France. The author may be the local teacher, abbe or local official, and they vary much in excellence, but almost all are of use because they are local in their treatment. It is to be hoped that we shall have more of such work in Ireland. We conclude this review by a quotation from a passage (refreshing, whether we agree with it or not) in Mr. Broker’s Foreword : ” I like parish history. It is the best antidote for, as it is the antithesis of the daily newspaper, the latter focusing all space on one small point of time and making, in my opinion, for ignorance and savagery, and the former focusing all time on one small point of space and making for knowledge and civilisation.”

Death Notice: Seámus Maxwell

The death has occurred on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 of Seámus MAXWELL of Bearna Lodge, Oldtown, Templemore, Tipperary. Requiem Mass took place at the Church of the Sacred Heart Templemore on Saturday 17th at, and he was interred in Killea Cemetery afterwards.

Seamus was formerly an assistant bank manager in the Bank of Ireland in the 80s, an active member of the community, including Millstreet Tidy Towns Association and the Horse Show Committee, and was President of Millstreet Golf Society in 1984.

Town Park Flower Power

The wonderfully impressive work of the local FÁS Employment Scheme completing one of a number of splendid flower-beds at Millstreet Town Park. From left: Denis Hickey (Supervisor), Derry O'Connor, Pat Lane and Shane Browne.

Following on Hannelie’s recent uplifting feature on Millstreet Town Park we are preparing a series of pictures illustrating the magnificent amenity it truly is and we also focus on the dedicated team who continually maintain and develop the superb gem we have in Millstreet Town.   Here we focus on the excellent work of FÁS who on this very Monday morning added a further flower-bed feature further enhancing this hugely popular location. (Seán)

More photos below: [read more …] “Town Park Flower Power”

Hurlers crash out

Freemount 3-9 Millstreet 1-11

Millstreet crashed out of the Duhallow Junior Hurling Championship tonight after as Freemount came from behind in the second half to battle into the next round.

The game started well for Millstreet with two unanswered points in the first five minutes, but they were quickly wiped out when a long ball into the Millstreet square saw the defenders and goalie hesitate for a second as the Freemount forward raced in and stuck away a simple goal. [read more …] “Hurlers crash out”

Results and Fixtures: 24th-30th July 2010

  • Duhallow Junior Hurling Championship: Freemount 3-9 Millstreet 1-11. 7:30pm in Banteer 26th July
  • Co Premier 2 Minor Football League – Group 2: Donoughmore 2-13 Millstreet 1-13, Millstreet @ 8.00 pm 28th July

Camogie: Cork Junior C Championship 2010
SECTION C (four sections- Top team to qualify for semi finals)
ROUND 1: Castlelyons v Millstreet
ROUND 2 – Prov. Thur 29th July Millstreet v Passage West
ROUND 3- Prov. Thurs 12th Aug. Passage West v Castlelyons

Curaheen Park – 29th July

525 – P Barrett (Millstreet) Dapper Dippy (Westmead Joe-Dims Dippy) (3) 6/4, Lochbo rock (1) 2/1, Mannix Pines (5) 2/1, 2½l, 1l, 29.38. 2.70, 1.50, 1.70, 29.70, 28.50.

Sr. Christina

Sr. Christina with the Presentation Convent School in the Background

Sr. Christina O’Sullivan was born in Brosna Co.Kerry eighty two years ago. She entered the Presentation Congregation in the Noritiate, Oakpark Tralee. After her Profession, she was assigned to Millstreet Community until her death on 7th May 2005. She belonged a family of fourteen and had a sister (Sr.James) who predeceased her in Presentation Convent Killarney.

Sr. Christina was a woman of great faith, courage and was deeply spiritual. Her special devotion was the Rosary and she visited Tubrid Well almost daily. She loved people, and the people of Millstreet and surrounding areas loved her in return, which was shown by the crowds young and old who were present at her removal and funeral mass. [read more …] “Sr. Christina”

Minor upgrades

We’ve been working away quietly in the background for the last few days improving your experience on Most of these you won’t notice, but here are a few few of the things that you should be more obvious:

  1. The ever lengthening List of Categories have been removed from the right sidebar and now appear as drop-down menus on top of the header.
  2. The List of Pages have been removed from the right sidebar, and now appear as drop-down menus at the bottom of the header.
  3. There are a few improvements in navigation around the site: [read more …] “Minor upgrades”

Parish Newsletter – 25th July ’10



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: Angela Buckley, Aubane

[read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 25th July ’10”