A look at Millstreet from late spring to early summer

2009 saw Millstreet maintain a positive image with numerous highlights. In the second of a four-part series, John Tarrant gives an appraisal of April, May and June

Large crowds attend Holy Week and Easter Ceremonies. The annual Easter Commemoration takes place at the monument situated in the Town Square, the 82nd anniversary of the commemoration attended by guest speaker Jack Roche. Aubane Community Council host Table Quiz. Millstreet Bridge Club hosts Ryan Cup, won by Macroom. Friends from Millstreet and Mallow behind a Benefit Dance for Richie Barney O’Connell in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.

Millstreet Community Council elect new team of Chairman Councillor Noel Buckley, Vice Chairman, Denis Cremin, Secretary, Catherine O’Shea/Marie Burke, Treasurers Sylvie Murphy/Ronan Galvin. PRO Amanda Wright.

Read more on The Corkman’s website http://www.corkman.ie/local-notes/a-look-at-millstreet-from-late-spring-to-early-summer-2013271.html

2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status

Breakdown of the population of Millstreet Town (the town only) from the 2006 census. (click on the table above to see a bigger clearer table)

That’s a total of 1,401 people (744 male, and 657 female) just for Millstreet Town itself. Listed below also are the number of people in each of the Local Electoral Divisions that are in the Millstreet catchment area, which gives an idea of how many people live in our general area.

Male Female
Coomlogane 436 395
Drishane 853 809
Keale 161 156
Cullen 204 212
Kilcorney 152 163
Crinnaloo 108 92
Rathcoole 211 215
Skagh 225 208
2350 2250

See below for more details and some analysis of the census information for Millstreet:

[read more …] “2006 Census: Millstreet – sex, age, marital status”

Pommerit-le-Vicomte, our Breton Twin Town

Snow (some 20 cms!) pictures from  Pommerit-le-Vicomte, our very special Breton Twin Town, very kindly emailed to us by Yannick Perrot whose picture from our Brittany visit of 2006 I also feature.   We are truly uplifted to note that Yannick and many good Friends in our very beautiful Twin Town (with which we are twinned almost 25 years) are regular visitors to our website.

2007: Polish population in Millstreet

A report published in 2007 listed Millstreet as having the highest percentage of Polish nationals (14.17%)  in the community in all of Ireland. Since the recession has visited us, I know that quite a few of the Poles have returned to their homeland, but then a lot of our own younger generation have left or are going to leave for distant shores in search of work also, so it’s hard to say what the percentage is nowadays. Anyway, the short article can be read below:
[read more …] “2007: Polish population in Millstreet”

Death Notice: Ellen (Nell) Hickey, Mill View

The death has occurred of Ellen (Nell) HICKEY, (née O’Sullivan) of Mill View, Millstreet.
At her daughter Noreen’s residence, Droumadeesirt, Kilcummin. Reposing at Manley’s Funeral Home, Millstreet. Removal this Tuesday evening at 8pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Millstreet. Requiem Mass at 12 noon tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Date published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Date of death: Sunday, January 10, 2010

Regional Report 995 12th January 2010


Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a Cairde and welcome to news report 995 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I hope that you are bearing up well to all the trials and tribulations caused by  the inclement weather.

Again this week I have no lotto results because like so many other things it too fell victim to the bad weather on Sunday night. We can only hope that it will go ahead on next Sunday night when it will be held at the Clara Inn with a Jackpot on €2 200.

These times we really must take our hats off to our local radio station. Every one of the crew left no stone unturned to keep the public informed in minute detail of all the happenings or lack of happenings around the County. Its is at times like these that we see the value of having our own local station. Please support well at all times.

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Play TV – Millstreet Winner

Well done to Darragh Reardon on winning a few bob on the late night TV3 Game show Play TV.

WINNERS: 07.10.2009
Rige Barbara, Ballyfermot,dublin10 € 900
Reardon Darregh, Co.Cork, Liscahane Millstreet € 50
Fenton Elisabeth, Fermoy, Co.cork € 100

It’s notoriously difficult to win on Play TV because there are so many different correct answers: you need a lot of luck! For anyone interested in it, there is a good discussion on boards.ie about PlayTV and their solutions.

Winter wonderland

(160 pictures in total – click on the arrow on the picture to view all the pictures)

It was on the afternoon of Sunday, 10th January 2010 that Millstreet was transformed into a winter wonderland when a heavy blanket of snow very quickly covered the entire area.  We invite you to a tour of the town and environs as this transformation progressed.   We begin with Monsignor Manning at Millstreet Presbytery, onwards then to West End, The Bridge, Main Street, The Square where we meet Billy Sheahan of Wallis Arms Hotel, then to Church Street, down to Minor Row where Joe Fitzgerald  of Supervalu is still smiling (on a poster!) despite the freezing weather!   We continue down to Coleman’s Garage & Supermarket.   During our tour you will recognise many a local face.   And so on to the Fair Field where I suddenly found myself on the ground…just like a Charlie Chaplin scene….embarrassed but thankfully unhurt (though aching!!).   By the time I got back to The Bridge, Humphrey Hickey (of The Bush Bar) very kindly offered to drive me to the Boeing where sheets of ice were flowing on the River Blackwater (already so beautifully captured by Hannelie and displayed on the website).   Because we arrived following really heavy snow we were fortunate to see the “ice fish”!   In fact it’s a rock by the riverbank covered in snow but (as noted by Margaret Kelleher, Mount Leader) truly resembles a gigantic fish emerging from the Blackwater!    And finally back to my home in Mount Leader for some truly magical night snow scenes having met Noel Collins and Patsy McAuliffe on Clara Road.   Do keep warm in this frrrrrrreeeeeeezzzing weather!

(Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )

Far North Even By The Short Route

I was born and raised in Claraghatlea near Millstreet Town
Though that hardly would rate as a claim to renown
Far north even by the short route as the birds choose to fly
From where I live now thousands of miles of sky
Where the Cails from Kippagh to the Finnow does flow
By ditches and through old fields where rank rushes grow
In that old countryside mine was a known face
But now I might be a stranger in the old Homeplace
A countryside that inspired the long dead bards to rhyme
Years before I was born that is going back in time
Through green Ballydaly by night and by day
The Cails from Kippagh ever babbles it’s way
Through Feirm, Annagloor, Shannaknock, Liscreagh and Clarghatlea where Finnow it does meet
In the old rushy fields near the Town of Millstreet.

by Francis Duggan

Bus Éireann unable to serve Millstreet on Route 40

Route 40 Cork-Tralee is unable to serve Millstreet.

“Given the snow forecast for today throughout the country, Bus Éireann will continue to monitor this situation closely and we would advise customers to contact their local travel office for information on individual services or visit www.buseireann.ie,” said a statement.

“Bus Éireann would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”

Video: The Ballad of High Mill Lane

Tim Browne (Tadhg de Brún)
Tim Browne (Tadhg de Brun)

A little-known Rebel Song from Co. Cork. It is sung here by the great singer and bouzouki player Tim Browne
(Tadhg de Brun) from Kanturk, Co. Cork.
The song tells of events that occurred in Millstreet, Co. Cork, probably in November of 1920, when the Black and Tans were attacked in the town centre by the Irish Republican Army.
In July 1920 Col. Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth addressed the Black and Tans in Listowel, Co. Kerry instructing them to shoot suspects on sight and not to mind the consequences should innocent people be killed, as he assured them no Black and Tan or RIC man would be charged or named. This prompted a change in IRA policy meaning that from then on Black and Tans would be shot on sight without warning or call to surrender. As for Col. Smyth, he was shot dead by an IRA unit lead by Dan O’Donovan in a prestigious Private Club in Cork City late in 1920. O’Donovan said to him: “Smyth, you gave the orders to shoot on sight. Well, you are in our sight now, so prepare to die!”

Millstreet Country Park Venison

Rozanne Stevens
Rozanne Stevens

The Today with Pat Kenny show on RTE Radio 1 resident chef Rozanne Stevens gave a glowing review to the venison produced at Millstreet Country Park recently describing it as an alternative for Christmas dinner:

I get Irish venison from Millstreet CountryPark in Cork. To describe the taste and texture, it is like the most tender, most flavoursome piece of steak you’ve ever had.

The full article is given below:

[read more …] “Millstreet Country Park Venison”

Parish Newsletter 10th January, 2010



10th January, 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:

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Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January

Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January

The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, has told all primary and post-primary schools to close on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week due to the bad weather.

Minister O’Keeffe took the decision in the interest of the welfare of school children.

The Minister took the decision following a meeting today [Friday] of the Government’s emergency planning group and in the context of the poor weather outlook for the coming days.

Minister O’Keeffe said: ‘I took the decision to close all schools based on my concern for the health and safety of school children in these very challenging weather conditions.

‘I considered, in particular, the forecast for snowfall on Sunday and Monday which will cause further disruption.

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Millstreet Matters – 7 Jan 2010

Ignoring the sub-zero freezing conditions, swimmers and supporters made their way to the famous Boeing for the second annual New Year’s day swim.

Those participating defied the arctic weather to support the beneficiaries from the staging, the worthy Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses and LTV2.

This is part of the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman, which also talks about Scór, Ballydaly Christmas Party, and Adult education

Millstreet Relief Road

Extract from a Cork County Council Meeting Minutes in 2009, there were some discussions on the Millstreet Relief Road. (New relief road from Drishane View, to Gerry Collins  Tyre Centre, and coming out at the Hospital Cross on the Killarney Road.  It was planned maybe twenty years ago, and they are still talking about it, an in the current economic environment, it is unlikely to be completed in the near future, although some ancillary works have been done in the last year.

Proposed by Councillor Noel Buckley

Seconded by Councillor Patrick Buckley

“Noting that in accordance with Article 179 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 2000, notice of the proposed development was published, that no submissions were received in respect of the proposal, approval pursuant to Article 179 of the said Act is given for the following:-

Construction of approximately 610 metres of new road including footpaths, cycle lanes and ancillary works at Millstreet Relief Road in the townlands of Coomlogane and Liscahane

Also noted was the need of the council to sell one of their social housing units at 15 Fairfield Rise, Minor Row

15 Fairfield Rise, Minor Row, Millstreet, Co. Cork.

We Sound Unsure

We Sound Unsure are a Millstreet band and in their own words:  “We hail from the tiny hamlet of Millstreet and we’re like the best band there. Seriously.”

They released an EP some time ago entitled “Awkward Times, Awkward Measures”. You can listen to five of their tunes on their myspace page, as well as their bebo page. The music itself is actually quite interesting, sounding at times quite like Cathal Coughlan (from his Fatima Mansions days).

[read more …] “We Sound Unsure”

A year of highs and lows for our Footballers

THE first part of the Millstreet GAA review focuses on  Millstreet GAA clubs Football season 2009

Millstreet GAA hosts its AGM in Millstreet GAA Community Hall on this Friday night commencing at 8pm. Looking at a football review this week, the JAFC campaign began on a 0-11 to a 0-7 defeat to defending holders Cullen. There was no disputing that Cullen were worthy winners yet Millstreet paraded six minor players over the hour and delivered a creditable showing.

Subsequently, Millstreet cantered clear of Newmarket 4-16 to 0-9 in the second round. Once Millstreet got into their stride upon the resumption, they possessed far too many aces in the pack for a second string Newmarket combination.

Read the full review of Millstreet GAA Football 2009 on the Corkman website

[read more …] “A year of highs and lows for our Footballers”

Millstreet May 15th 1993


Just in case anyone had forgotten, this is when the Eurovision visited Millstreet. Here is an article about how Liverpool took on Ireland in Millstreet … and came off second best!

It is an interesting read with a bit of humour too, and it also has lots of the videos of the songs from the night. So, go visit the article if you think it might be interesting to remember back.

Spring Farm Machinery Show

PREPARATIONS are now well under way for the third annual Spring Farm Machinery Show which will take place at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet on the afternoons and evenings of 12, 13 and 14 of January 2010.

This exciting and innovative event will feature all the leading tractor and machinery dealerships in the area, numerous new exhibitors have booked with many previous companies requesting additional space.

The Spring Farm Machinery Show takes place at a time of year when farmers and contractors are looking forward to the season ahead and are keen to embrace new technology and ideas, our aim is to afford them this opportunity by bringing together a wide variety of exhibitors all in one venue in the comfort of heated indoor halls.

Read the full article on the Corkman Newspaper

More promotional information for the show is shown below:

[read more …] “Spring Farm Machinery Show”