Aubane Notes February 2008


We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Mary O’Sullivan and Teddy Lucey Carrigimma.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis


Congratulations to Ann & Billy Kelleher on the birth of their baby boy.

Easter Table Quiz:

A Table Quiz will be held in the Aubane Community Centre on Good Friday 21th March commencing at 8.30 p.m sharp. All are welcome to attend

Annual General Meeting:

The Annual General Meeting of the Aubane Social Club will be held in the Aubane Community Centre on the 27th March commencing at 8.45 p.m Sharp. New Members welcome to attend.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm

All – Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Millstreet Set Dancers whom were recently crowned All Ireland Champions in the All Ireland Scór na nOg Finals hosted in Athlone on Saturday 16th February The Set Dancers fulfilled their promise to collect a Munster title for the first time in January which allowed Millstreet and a Cork team enter new ground on representing the province in an All Ireland final at set dancing. But then on Saturday the 16th February their dream came through when their presentation of the Cavan Reel swept the boards much to the satisfaction of all concerned. The Set Dancing team involved were Allanah Barry, Leanne Daly, Kayleigh Sheahan, Aideen Buckley, Emer Twomey, Muireann Murphy, Orla Kiely and Regina Lane. The Aubane Social Club would also like to Congratulate their Team Coach Breeda Cremin, the lady who has been the person promoting and teaching set dancing in Millstreet over the years. Well Done to you all.

Congratulations to the Boherbue Instrumental Music Group who also won the All – Ireland Title in their Catergory in Athlone on the 16th February. Well Done to their mentors Mgt Kiely Nee Collins originally from Rathchoole and Alan Finn Buttevant who put a lot of work and time into tutoring the group on the run up to the finals.

Monument Unveiled honour World Champion Ploughman

On Saturday 16th February at Banteer Road, Kanturk a beautiful monument was unveiled to honour Tadhy Kelleher, the World Champion Ploughman. Denis Kelleher brother of Thady unveiled the monument and I have have told by many people that when the covers were taken off that the first thing that struck everyone was the true likeness of Tadhy down to the way he wore his cap. I would like to congratulate the Kelleher Family on unveiling such a beautiful sculpture in the memory of their brother Tadhy.

Aubane Climb supports St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice

The Aubane Social Club took time to acknowledge a fundraising venture from one of its familiar hostings. All the participants in the club’s annual sponsored Mountain Climb which took place on Christmas Day morning were applauded for venturing out in great numbers to support the traditional staging and helping the Marymount Hospice Fund.

Aubane Social Club Chairman Gerard Mc Sweeney commended the close on 150 participants who made it the most successful undertaking by the club. The brilliant weather added to the occasion in a venture growing in success supported by record numbers. This mountain climb on Christmas Morning has been ongoing now for over thirty years with a different charity benefiting each year. Marymount Hospice offers an invaluable service and it is vital cog to people in County Cork A €6,500 cheque was presented by club member John Kelleher Snr to Noreen Cahill Marymount Hospice. Ms Cahill said that she was no stranger to the Aubane Area as her relatives come from Ivale and was delighted to be back in Aubane again. Mary Cahill expressed gratitude for the generous contribution toward enchancing the working of Marymount Hospice and their plans for a new building which will be built on the Old Greyhound Track. A special thank you to all who climbed on the day and to those who donated their money so generously to the fund.

Aubane Notes January 2008


We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently Eileen O’Connor Fermoy, John Murphy West End, Oliver O’Connell Rathcoole, Paul Fitzgearld Clara Road, Paddy Healy Murphy’s Tce Millstreet and Eileen Murphy Killowen.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis


Congratulations to Noreen Lane Newmarket and Shane O’Donoghue Aubane who announced their engagement recently.


Congratulations to Ann & John O’Sullivan on the birth of their baby girl.

Annual Christmas Party
The Annual Mass and Senior Citizens’ party took place on Thursday 13th December in the Aubane Community Centre recently and was well attended by the local people. The Celebrants at the Mass were Monsignor Michael Manning and Fr James Mc Sweeney helped by a group from the Millstreet Church Choir. Following the mass, the party was held and patrons were entertained by a group from Ceomhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann who played music and sang, and were joined by people from the crowd who gave renditions of their own songs. To end the night Santa made a guest appearance. Many thanks to everyone that helped to make sure it was a thoroughly enjoyable night especially The Millstreet Choir, John A. O’Sullivan, Ceolthois Ceoltoiri Eireann and to all the Aubane Social members who helped out on the night.

Christmas Morning Climb
The Christmas morning tradition of walking up a Mushera mountain took place again on Christmas Day Morning. This year the Sponsorship Proceeds of the climb were in aid of St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City. At 10:30am the first group headed off from St John’s Well, while more were tackling the slightly easier route up along the wire by the Millstreet Country Park. It was a beautiful fresh morning, but we could see what lay ahead of us, the dense fog on top of the mountain. A small flock of sheep seemed the only other things moving. So after about an hour of moving uphill at our own pace, we got to the top at about 11:30. There was already a few dozen hardy souls plus a few dogs at the cross before us. By the time everyone had landed in the next half an hour, there was over One Hundred or so cheerful souls on top. After a few photos’ and a good long chat, we we headed back for base, and the warmth of Christmas Dinner. A special word of Thanks to Sean Murphy who filmed the climb which was shown on LTV2 on Christmas Day Night and also

Thanks to each and everyone of you who climbed the Mountain on the day.

Christmas Crib
Well done to Fr. James McSweeney on the beautiful crib, which he erected near his home in Ballyvolane, Cork over the Christmas period. People admired it from near and far. This year the proceeds of the crib are going directly to the Mercy Hospital Fund. I also invite you to check out The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated each day with a short thought for the day.
The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. On behalf of Aubane Social club, we would like to thank him for attending the various functions in Aubane over the Christmas period.

Santa Claus Visited Aubane:
On Sunday 9th December Santa Claus visited all the boys and girls at the Aubane Community Centre. Santa arrived in great syle in a chauffeur driven Ford Cortina after his sleigh broke down just outside Aubane. He received a warm reception from the crowd. He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
There was also an bouncy castle and biscuits and teas for everyone. Thanks to all the people that helped and to our Club Member Jerry Kelleher and his wife Kathleen who put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours. Also Thanks to the local Businesses who sponsored the day – William Kelleher Kitchens, Sean Kelleher Electrical, Sean Barrett Electrical, John O’Sullivan Bouncing Castles, C&D Plastering Contractors and Tim Lehane Roofing Contractor.

Set Dancing:
The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm. On the 23rd January the music will be provided the popular Ger Murphy, and on the 4h February 08 James Kelleher will provided the music

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over a year consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. During the Christmas Season a number of pictures were added so don’t forget to log on. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website under the Aubane Community News. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email> Also a special word of Thanks to Hannalee O’Connor and Michael Cashman for their help with the Aubane Homepage during the past year.

Around The Fireside
On December 28th a night of storytelling and singing took place in Aubane Community Centre around a nice homely warm fireside. A large crowd almost seventy people gathered from far and wide to participate in both song and storytelling. Music was provided by local musicians and was enjoyed by all.

Fr James Relaunches New Book in his homeland:

Aubane’s own Fr James Mc Sweeney launched his new book titled “A year in Reflections in Aubane Community Centre in the presence of a large attendance on Tuesday 18 December. “ A year in Reflections features a thought for each day of the year with a focus written by Fr James. Accompanying the text is a photograph for each day of the year. Mr Sean Radley launched the book and described publication as very special and a treasure. The book is dedicated to his parents Con & Nora Mc Sweeney. Supporting the publication were The Evening Echo newspaper and present at the launch were Dan Linehan CEO, and Diarmuid O’Donovan Circulation Manager. The book has now gone nationwide and remains on sale at bookshops and usual outlets.

Senior Student of the Year Award:

Congratulations to Cait Buckley daughter of Seamus & Maureen Buckley who was designated Senior Student of the Year by the County Cork School of Music and was award the Pilib O’Laoighre Perpetual Trophy.

Happy New Year to you All!!

Bridget “Bridie” Mannix (née Cronin) of Massachusetts & Millstreet

Mannix, Bridget “Bridie”(Cronin) of Quincy, December 29, 2007.

Wife of the late John F. Mannix. Daughter of the late Philip and Lena (Casey) Cronin, native of Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. Loving mother of Paul Mannix, M. Patricia Gavin and Sheila and her husband Thomas Bell all of Quincy, Philip Mannix and his wife Joellen of Marshfield, Eileen and her husband Richard O’Brien of Weymouth and Noreen and her husband Martin Millane of Belmont. Sister of Sheila O’Callaghan, Margaret Linehan and Theresa Sheehan all of Ireland and the late Jeremiah Nora, Daniel, Mary, Gobnait Cronin and Helen Walsh. Bridie is also survived by her 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bridget was a homemaker and devoted mother and grandmother. She was an active member of the Sacred Heart Ladies Sodality.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the NORTH QUINCY Keohane Funeral Home, 333 Hancock St., N. QUINCY, WEDNESDAY at 9 AM.

Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, N. Quincy at 10 AM.

Visiting hours TUESDAY 2-4 & 7-9 PM.

Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, W. Quincy.

Aubane Notes December 2007


We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently David Murphy Curraraigue, Magaret Murphy Watergrashill and Ted Corkery Shinnagh, Rathmore.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis


Congratulations to Dermot Golden Tullig & Mairead Byrne Wicklow who were married recently.


Congratulations to Con Twomey who participated in the Dublin City Marathon during the October Bank Holiday.

Around the Fireside:

On Friday 28th December a night of stories and songs around the fireside will take place in the Aubane Community Centre commencing at 8.30 pm sharp. Everybody is welcome.

Santa Claus is visiting Aubane:

On Sunday December Santa Claus will pay a visit to the boys and girls in the Aubane Community Centre on Sunday 9th December commencing at 2.00 pm. All are welcome.

Annual Christmas Party for Aubane & the Surrounding Areas:

The Annual Mass and Christmas Party for the Aubane community and surrouding area takes place in the Aubane Community Centre on Thursday 13th December at 7.30 p.m. A great night of food and entertainment is guaranteed.

Annual Christmas Morning Climb:

The Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place on Tueday 25th December at 10.30 am and the meeting place is the St John’s Well Car park not the Millstreet Country Park Entrance as we this year would like to get everyone starting from the same venue. The sponsorship cards will be available from myself by contacting me at 086 1942161 or from any Social Club member. This year the proceeds of the climb will be in aid of St Patrick’s Hospital Marymount Hospice in Cork City.

Annual Fancy Dress:

The Annual fancy dress took place on Friday (26th October) in the Wallis Arms Hotel. The annual event raises money for charity each year. This year the money raised went to the Cullen & District Special Needs Association & The Aubane Social Club. There was a fantastic turnout again this year with a very impressive display of costumes. The variety, the colour and the great effort that everybody went to in dressing up makes this night, one of the best in Millstreet. The winners for the best dressed this year went to Anita Sherlock and James Healy who both received fantastic prizes. During the past 7 years Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey have raised an incredible amount of over €25,000 for different charities. On Friday 9th November Jerry and Tony presented the two cheques to representatives of both the Aubane Social Club and the Cullen & District Special Needs Association. On the night also a beautiful hand painted slate clock was presented to Tony Twomey for the great the work he did in organising the event for the past 7 years. Jerry Kelleher and Tony Twomey both said on the night that they would not be organising the event anymore and that it was there last, but the good news is that the members of the Aubane Social Club will now continue role in organising the Annual Fancy Dress for next year and the years to come. Like every other year the money will be donated to different charities. On behalf of the Aubane Social Club I would like to wish Tony and Jerry every success for the future and thank you both for such a generous contribution, which will be put towards the Aubane Community Centre Roof Fund.

On Holidays:

It was great to see many people visiting the area since the last edition of the Clara News. My good friends Brigette & Pascal Friossart from Reims in France gave a trip home as also did Cisily Cashman from California to see her family in Tullig. The Long Family Aubane, Mamie Martin and Her Husband Ray from Chicago, Judy and Ann who reside now reside in London were also holidaying the area. I know Mamie is a regular reader of the Aubane Notes.

Accountancy Awards:

Congratulations to Noreen Lane Aubane on being the recipient of two awards from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants for her excellent achievement in Accountancy. Noreen came 1st in Ireland in Professional Auditing 1 & 2nd in Ireland in Professional 1 Strategic Management Accounting. She was also presented with another award from the Cork Institute of Technology in recognition of her great achievement at Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig recently.

Set Dancing:

The weekly set dancing at the Aubane Community Centre continues every Monday night. All the best Polka sets and Hornpipes are promised in the lively sessions. The set dancing has now gone from strength to strength with the dance floor full evey Monday Night and it is a credit due to the organisers so take a bow. The dancing on the floor commences at 9.15 pm sharp. On the 17 th December Set Dancing Christmas Party Night the music will be provided the popular Ger Murphy, and on the 7th January 08 Kevin Lynch & Marie Twomey will provided the music.

The Aubane Website Link:
The Aubane Community Website was set up over three years consisting of the History of Aubane, Aubane School, St John’s Well, Places of Interest around the Aubane Area, Aubane Community News and Photographs of the various events that were held during the year. The Link can be seen by logging on to the Millstreet Website under the Aubane Community News. During the month of December many events will take and so photographs will be taken and then put on the Aubane Webpage showing all the happenings. If anyone has any pictures or articles relating to the above that they would like to contribute please forward them to myself John F. Kelleher.or Michael Cashman. The Aubane Social Club email address is <email>

Calendar in Aid of the Mercy Hospital Cork Pastoral Care

An ideal Christmas present this year is Fr James Mc Sweeney’s Calendar for 2008. Last year’s Calendar was an outstanding success raising over €30,000 for St Patrick’s Church Restoration Fund. This year Fr James hopes to do as good with all the money going to the Mercy Hospital Cork Pastoral Care to mark the 150th Anniversary of its Foundation. The Calendar is €5 and you will be glad to know that your contribution will be going directly to the Mercy Hospital. Pastoral Care Fund. You can also get the calendar posted to anywhere in the world for €7.00 (Includes Postage and Packaging) or send a cheque to Fr. James Mc Sweeney, 1 Kilmorna Heights, Ballyvolane, Cork. Fr James’s Christmas Crib at 1 Kilmorna Heights in Ballyvolane, Cork City. will be open to the public on the 8th December. I also invite to check out The website is checked out by thousands across the world each day. A new photo is updated everyday with a short reflection for the day.

Fr James Launch New Book:

Congratulations to Fr James Mc Sweeney on the recent launch of his new book titled “A year of Reflections”. Which has 365 reflections one for every day of the year accompanied by a different picture. This is available at all Bookstores in Cork City.


Congratulations to Declan Kelleher Aubane, who recently received his Apprenticeship Award in Bricklaying & Stone Masoning and to John Lehane Aubane who received his Apprentice Award in Carpentry & Joinery.

Aubane Historical Society:

On Friday the 9th December Fr Sean Tucker gave an interesting lecture on History of Drishane Estate. The lecture was officially opened by the President of Aubane Historical Society Jack Lane. The lecture was very well attented. It was also nice to hear Jack Lane speak on Joe Duffy’s RTE Radio 1 programme about the 1916 Rising recently.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everybody at home and abroad a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2008!

John F. Kelleher

December 2007

Santa Visits Aubane 2007

by John F. Kelleher

Santy was back in Aubane last Sunday the 8th December. A big crowd filled with anticipation and trepidation gathered to greet Santa who arrived a little later.
He met all the children there and got notice of what they all wanted for Christmas! They all got a early gift from santa,and were asked to be good, and were delighted with themselves.
Thanks to all the people that helped to put the day together, and especially to Santa who took the time out of his amazing schedule to be with us for a few hours.

Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest


This window was in the old church. It consists of two sections which coalesce to form one scene – the Ordination of a priest. The window is in remembrance of Rev. Jerome Harding who died on 16 Nov. 1876, aged only 28 years. He was curate in Cahirciveen but his people were from Millstreet. His remains were brought to Millstreet for burial and it was a massive funeral. The inscription at the foot of the window reads: “in memoriam reverendi jeremiae harding: obiit die novembris decimasexta mdccclxxvi” (“In memory of Rev. Jerome Harding; he died 16th Nov. 1876”). [read more …] “Stained Glass Window – Ordination of a Priest”

Brief Updates for December


Fr. James McSweeney contributes a splendid Thought for Reflection on page four of the daily Cork “Evening Echo”. Many of Fr. James’s magnificent pictures also feature on that popular newspaper….as well as on his globally popular website . On Thursday, 22nd November 2007 a wonderful book of these reflections and pictures entitled “A Year in Reflection” was launched in Ballyvolane in Cork. An ideal Christmas present! Fr. James’s annual Calendar was also recently launched. Do look out for both the Book and the Calendar on sale locally in many local outlets.

[read more …] “Brief Updates for December”

Aubane December Notes

Marriage:Congratulations to Dermot Golden Tullig & Mairead Byrne Wicklow who were married recently.


We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends of the following who died recently David Murphy Curraraigue, Magaret Murphy Watergrashill and Ted Corkery Shinnagh, Rathmore.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis [read more …] “Aubane December Notes”

New Clara aerials have arrived

Our local television channel continues to provide an increasing variety of features. Those yet to be broadcast include the production of a typical “Cork Evening Echo”, a special sequence from the recent 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned Seán Moylan. During that historic day in Kiskeam we got to meet and interview the Minster for Justice, Equality and Law Reform – Mr. Brian Linehan, T.D… as well as many members of the Moylan Family. We shall be recording a Christmas special within a family home for transmission over the festive season. We were delighted to join the celebrations for the All-Ireland winning Céilί Band …the Allow …. in Freemount. World Snooker Champion, Ken Doherty, was given a royal welcome to Rathmore Community Centre on Thursday, 15th November where this very approachable national sports hero also gave LTV2 an uplifting interview with Brendan Murphy on camera.

[read more …] “New Clara aerials have arrived”

Millstreet Scor (pre 2007)

This is an archive of Millstreet Scór news before 2007 (all pictures are at the bottom)

Scór News
John Tarrant

Sucess in Duhallow and County Scór

Millstreet swept to a double success in the Co. Scór Sinsir Finals in Ovens. A Set dance team of Gretta Lane, Elaine Cleary, Daphne O’Connor, Ciara Hickey, Sinead Flahive, Laura Lynch, Daniel Roche and Shane O’Riordan performed the Sliabh gCua set to regain county accolades. Millstreet added a win in the question time from a team of John Tarrant, Liam Flynn and Pat Sheehan.
Also competing for Millstreet was Jerry Doody in recitation while Jerry teamed up with Cian O’Mahony in novelty act.
Millstreet enjoyed success in the Duhallow Scór na bPaistí Finals hosted in the Edel Quinn, Kanturk . Taking victory in the set dancing were a team of Aine McAulliffe, Leanne Murphy, Jessica Duinne, Kate Buckley, Conor Twomey, Darren Kiely, Patrick Cotter and Oisin Murphy. The team will compete in the County final in the Eire Og GAA Pavillion, Ovens on next Sunday in a programme underway at 2.30pm
[read more …] “Millstreet Scor (pre 2007)”

Kilford 1 Keim 2

KEIM F. Finbarr O’Riordan

Kilford 1  Keim 2

Keim collected 3 points this Sunday in a close affair. Kilford had the better of the 1st half and took the lead halfway through. Keim were unlucky not to score through Ciaran Patton who went close with a shot.

In the 2nd half Keim started to control the game with good passing and Alan Burton, James Broxton, Ger Lenihan all had efforts saved. Neil Corkery was fouled just outside the box and he picked himself up to take the free kick and dispatch it to the net. With 15 minutes remaining Keim piled on the pressure and Kieran Murphy had an effort well saved. With time running out James Broxton put a ball into the Kilford box and the clearance fell to Finbarr O’Riordan who found the net with a shot that went in off the post. Keim finished out the final minutes to collect the points.


Denis Kelliher, Sean Fahy, James Cronin, Ciaran Patton, Finbarr O’Riordan, Ger Lenihan, James Broxton, Diarmud Corkery, Donal Corkery, Neil Corkery, Alan Burton.

Subs; Kieran Murphy, Matthew Twomey.

Kilcorney Calling


Welcome to Kilcorney calling which will take a look at the life and times of Kilcorney and it’s people. We hope that over time the news and stories on this page will give people from Kilcorney at home or around the world the chance to read and see the many and varied activities that take place in our Community. A word of thanks to all at for giving us space on their website. If you have any ideas or views on this page why not give a call on

As we go into the new year lets take a few minutes to look back at the year that was in Kilcorney. The year began with the children of 5th Class of our National School preparing for their trip to Spain. The trip in conjunction with the Schola Project took place at Easter and was a wonderful experience for all concerned.

Minister of State Bat O Keeffe came to Kilcorney to turn the first sod on a new Sheltered Housing Development. The builders then moved in and the development is now in an advanced stage. This project will cost over 1 million euro with further plans for the forthcoming year. Cork County Council undertook a major upgrade of all local roads and later in the year a major upgrade of the village itself. The village got a new lighting system, new footpaths, and the carpark was tarred and lined. The overall cost of this was well in advance of half a million Euro.

Kilcorney has now been approved under the Clar Project for a set of solar power flashing lights for the village. These will cost over 10,000 Euro.

Work has also been completed on the driveway to the Church and around the church itself bringing it in line with the village itself. This work was undertaken by the Parish.

The last Sunday in May saw the annual fundraiser for the local river developments. This group over the past number of years have sat down river walks and leisure amenities and as the year came to an end news came through of a further allocation of 25,000 Euro from IRD Duhallow so we can expect to see even more improvements in the year ahead.

June saw the Annual Kilcorney Feis which is now almost 100 years old. The Feis is now being run by the Kilcorney Community Council with the help of the local National School.

June also saw the pupils of our National School get their holidays and by the time they came back in September and by the time they came back in September there were 2 new teachers on board. We wish best of luck to Christine O Shea and Noreen Nagle and we warmly welcome to our community Con Meade and Mairead Roche.

In August another major fundraiser took place at Moll Carthys Bridge this time to raise money for Rathcoole Lady Emma Harte who was fundraising for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Later in the month on a fine Friday Night mass was celebrated in our local graveyard a time to remember and to pray for all those people who have worked so hard down through the years to make Kilcorney what it is today.

In September the Community Council embarked on a major redevelopment of our Local Community Gym. This gym has been one of the great success stories over the past few years and with the financial backing of IRD Duhalllow has now been updated with new equipment and new shower rooms.

Later in the year the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Local Pioneer Association was marked with a Mass and a reception afterwards in the Community Centre. This was a very special occasion for a group of people who received Gold Pins marking 50 years unbroken membership of the Pioneer Association and also those people who received their Silver Pins marking their 25 years of unbroken membership.

Recipients of Gold Pins were Margaret Twomey, Michael O Callaghan, Joan Twomey, Ita Sexton, Michael Twomey, Paddy Leader, Christine Kelleher, Shiela Cremin, Timothy A Lane, Andrew Cremin, Bridie Cremin, Mary Linehan, Joan Tarrant, Catherine Buckley, Hannah Sheehan, John O Sullivan and Peggy Horgan.

Recipients of Silver Pins were Mary Curtin, Eileen Buckley, Hannah Mary O Riordan, John Buckley, Tim Buckley, Denis C O Sullivan, Marion Buckley, Delores Burke, Pat Golden, Martina Golden, Ned Tarrant, Majella O Donovan, Elizabeth O Connell and Sheila O Sullivan.

The Community Council AGM also saw major changes with long time servants Mary Cotter and Peg Dennehy stepping aside but however their vast experience will not be lost to the community as they have taken up positions with the Sheltered Housing Association.

As you can see from above it has been the year of “the spend in Kilcorney”. Our thanks go to all the state, semi-state, and local bodies for all the work and money that they have put into Kilcorney over the past year.

The end of the year is also a time of sadness for many families who have lost loved ones over the past year and our prayer is that those families will find comfort and peace in 2006.

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Stained Glass Window of Oliver Plunket

Oliver Plunket (East Aisle – first window on left up from door): St. Patricks Church, Millstreet

Oliver Plunket (1625-1681) was appointed archbishop of Armagh in 1669. The special cross he is holding in his left hand is a patriarchal or archiepiscopal cross. He was one of only two Catholic bishops in Ireland at that time and as a result he had a huge work-load – within the first few months of his appointment, he confirmed 10,000 people. He had good relations with the Protestant clergy and gentry. However, the panic caused by the false allegations of Titus Oates in 1678 resulted in his arrest. He was charged in Dundalk with plotting to bring 20,000 French soldiers into Ireland. He was imprisoned in Newgate in England until 1681. There was no basis whatever for the allegations brought against him but he wasn’t given time or opportunity to defend himself. He wrote a most interesting letter from prison a few days before his execution: “Sentence of death was passed against me on the fifteenth. It has not caused me the least terror or deprived me of even a quarter of an hour’s sleep. I am as innocent of all treason as the child born yesterday. As for my character, profession and function, I did own it publicly, and that being also a motive of my death, I die most willingly. And being the first among the Irish, I shall, with God’s grace, give good example to the others not to fear death. I expect daily to be brought to the place of execution where my bowels are to be cut out and burned before my face, and then my head to be cut off.” This is the barbaric death he suffered in Tyburn on 1st July 1684 – it is indicated in the lower part of the window. When this window was made, Oliver Plunket was “Blessed” but he was canonized in 1976 and his feast is on 1st July.

(The inscription at the foot of the window reads: “Erected to the memory of Denis and Margaret Crowley of Millstreet by their son Cornelius. 1944”)

by Msgr. M. Manning, P.P., V.G.


The stained glass window was made by Clement Watson & Co of Youghal, one of three Watson windows in St.Patrick’s Church [ref]


The stained glass window  was erected by Cornelius D. Crowley (1879-1972), of Finnstown House, Lucan, Co Dublin, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, and originally from Coole House, Millstreet. He was anxious to be remembered in his native Millstreet, and so in 1944 erected this window (and another at the same time) to his parents, Denis and Maria Crowley, in Saint Patrick’s Church, Millstreet, in 1944.

“At that time, Finnstown House was the home of my Great Uncle Con and Great-Aunt Hannah. Cornelius D. Crowley (1879-1972), of Finnstown House, Lucan, Co Dublin, and Roscrea, Co Tipperary, was originally from Millstreet, Co Cork. He was one of my great-uncles, a brother of my grandmother, Maria (Crowley) Murphy (1882-1953) of Millstreet, Co Cork.
For many years Con Crowley was a director of the Roscrea Meat Company with his brother Jeremiah D. Crowley of Wallstown Castle, Castltownroche, Co Cork – the other directors included Robert Briscoe TD and G Fasenfeld. After World War II, Con Crowley” – by Patrick Comerford



1979 – 2006

Annual Sponsored Weigh in.

The grand finale of our Annual Weigh in was on Monday Mar. 20th, when a large number of participants eagerly awaited the announcement of the winners in the different categories. They are as follows:-

Weight Loss; Ladies – 1st Mary Buckley, Rathcoole, 31 lbs.
2nd Julianne Daly,Clongeel, 21 lbs.
3rd Eileen Murphy, Shanacknuck, 19 llbs

Gents – 1st Patrick Fleming, Renasup, Gneeveguilla 32 lbs.
2nd Pat Hickey, Nohovaldaly, Rathmore 31 lbs.
3rd Con O’Keeffe, Banteer 24lbs.

Money Collected:- 1st Mary O’Brien, Carrigaline, € 770.00
2nd Pat Hickey, Nohovaldaly, Rathmore € 700.00
3rd Nora Ryan, Ard Mhuire, Rathmore, € 500.00

Total Money collected: – €14,000.00. Total Weight Lost :- 1,206 lbs.

Trophies were presented to all the above winners.

Many thanks to all our wonderful participants, sponsors and all who contributed in any way to the success of this annual event.

Special mention is merited by Hannah O’ Connor who has just completed her 10th year looking after and guiding the popular aerobic classes and whose contribution to the success of the Weigh-in is immense.

Our talented musicians never let us down, we know we can always depend on Kathleen O’Keeffe, Marie Casey, Finbar Murphy, Seamus Buckley and towards the end we were joined by the Linehan Family and friends from Millstreet.

Special mention was made of the late Alice O’Sullivan, Lisnaboy when her recent death was referred to. She was a true friend of the Association from the beginning in 1979 and always supported the many fundraising functions and events that are ongoing. Her pleasant smile and her warm hand of friendship will be sadly missed from all these events. Sympathy was extended to the O’Sullivan Family who are so actively involved in the Association. May she Rest in Peace.

The origins and history of:

Cullen & District Friends of the Handicapped

For decades past parents and families of mentally handicapped children had soldiered alone to care for their special children. With the advent of Community Care and community involvement in all aspects of Christian living, group at local level would be of tremendous benefit to everyone involved. Inspired by the wonderful work being done by other enthusiastic groups in outlying parishes under the auspices of Cork Polio, the wheels were set in motion for a new initiative in this respect.

Officials from Cork Polio and General After-care Association were invited to attend the inaugral meeting which took place in Cullen Community Centre (The Old Technical School) on April 10th 1979. Attendance by the local community exceeded all expectations which was very heartening indeed. Cork Polio officials present were John Birmingham, John Teegan, Con Dennehy and Mrs Dennehy. They presented a very informative programme consisting of an introduction talk by John Birmingham followed by a slide presentation showing the work being done by Cork Polio in the care of the mentally handicapped.

A local committee was formed. The first elected officers of the newly formed “Association for Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped” were as follows:

President : Fr Tom Pierse, C.C, (Cullen)
Chairperson : Geoff O’Sullivan
Vice Chairperson : Kit Hickey
Secretary :Brendan Murphy
Assistant Secretary :Peg Murphy
Treasurer :Mary O’Sullivan
Members included :Peggy O’Riordan, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Phyllis O’Connor, Margaret
Goulding, Eileen Murphy, Margaret Fitzgerald, Therese Murphy,
Bridgit Hickey, Sean & Nellie Murphy, Sean O’Sullivan, Noreen
Dennehy, Mary Forde and Nora O’Connor.



Having established the existence of a compact committee and a much larger support group, it was decided to plan a major fundraising event. Many ideas were proposed, but the final choice was an old time threshing and vintage exhibition, which became known as “The Gala Harvest Afternoon”


The Sponsored Weight Loss is the greatest fund raising event that we have each year. No. 1 is is most enjoyable where all participants meet on the first night to join up, they are weighed by Dr Pat Casey, Millstreet. Each person is given a card showing their weight on the night and after a little chat with the Doctor their ideal and target weight is also written on the card. They are then weighed every Monday night and their cards are marked by Dr Casey. It is quite easy to know how each person is doing because Dr Casey being a very jolly man asks for a round of applause for those who have lost weight .
Each night before they are weighed, the participants have the opportunity of taking part in an Aerobics Class. For those not interested in Aerobics but who like dancing, can dance to Polka sets or any other dance while shedding the pounds.

Our aim is to build a respite centre for the handicapped. We have purchased a site in Cullen with the money collected by our participants.

The Maid of Millstreet

The Maid of Millstreet

By Con “Poet” Ahern

As performed on a recent LTV2 show by Jerry O’Riordan, Ballinatona
It was on a fine Summer’s morning,
And I going to Drishane for some lime.
The birds in each grove sang most charming,
Sweet nature being all in its prime
When a nice looking bright looking fair one,
Per chance on my way I did meet,
Her beauty enticed me completely,
She’s that lovely nice Maid of Millstreet. [read more …] “The Maid of Millstreet”

The Famed Millstreet Website

Millstreet Town has it’s own World wide web site few dreams like that come true
And for that Web-master Hannelie O Connor credit is only due
A great achievement for her and for her back up team
Though lot’s of honest effort goes into this ‘twould seem.

To Millstreet migrants living around the World their Hometown web site is a marvellous thing
Photographs of familiar faces from the past nostalgic memories to them bring
The old friends may have visibly aged but time on none do wait

And on each and every one of us there is a use by date.
John Tarrant keeps us well informed on sports and the G A A
And Eily Buckley keeps us up to date on the local happenings of today
And Sean Radley ‘In passing’ to the recent local deceased due respect pay
The present is linked to the past ’tis always been that way.

They are Hannelie’s main back up team as well there are many more
Who help to bring the news from Millstreet to many a distant shore
And what better way for any Duhallow migrant than spending half an hour at night
On a nostalgic visit to the famed Millstreet Web site.


Read  more of Francis Duggan’s Poetry on or

European Juggling Convention July 2006 Videos

I was wandering around the internet (as you do) and found a few video’s done by people at the EJC. If you didn’t make it to the juggling, then here’s a flavour of what they were up to. It may look easy, but it’s really very hard!!!

and finally, a really good one!

added 2016:

Aubane Notes September 2007

By John F. Kelleher


We extend our deepest sympathy to the families, relatives and friends Michael O’Shea Ballinagree, Jim Coleman Millstreet, Tim Twomey Cloughlamore, Nora Twomey Lackabawn, Neily O’Leary West End Millstreet, Michael Joe O’Herlihy Knocknagree.

Ar dheis De go a raibh a namam dillis.


Congratulations to Gillian & Raymond Gilbourne on birth of their baby boy Patrick Xavier.

[read more …] “Aubane Notes September 2007”

Presentation to Batt O’Keeffe TD

The Aubane Historical Society (AHS) organised a local launch of its latest publication and presented a copy to Minister of State, Batt O’Keeffe TD. It is called “Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford and is dedicated to Jack Roche.

Jack Lane of the AHS welcomed all and apologised for the short notice. He explained the background to the publication and that it was a continuation of the story published by the AHS in Sean Moylan’s memoir and dealt with developments after the war over the Treaty and the coming to power of the first Fianna Fail government.

He was pleased to have a Government Minister present because the Government’s decision to open the Bureau of Military History archive and their decision to also make available the records of the successful applications for War of Independence pensions should be acknowledged. This involves making available tens of thousands of invaluable documents – primary sources of information. This was a great contribution to the study of Irish history. Disputes and disagreements are inevitable but all should accept that maximum information is the key to a proper understanding of our history. The essential requirement for settling disputes and disagreements is very simple – let’s have all the facts. The Government have helped greatly in this.

It was dedicated to Jack Roche in recognition of the great work he was doing for all aspects of Irish culture and history, locally and nationally. He had been a supporter of the AHS’s work for many years and helped ensure its successful publishing efforts in the early years through the support of IRD Duhallow.

Jack Roche said it was a most worthwhile publication and dealt with a contentious period in our history which has been by and large ignored. He discovered quite a lot that was new to him. He emphasised the lack of history as a subject in our current education curriculum. This was deplorable and he hoped it would be rectified. The work of the AHS was filling a vacuum.

Batt O’Keeffe recalled his previous visit to the Aubane Community Centre about two years ago when he discussed the tourist potential of the area and the development of the Butter Road. He was glad to see the recent improvements in the road.

It was very appropriate to dedicate this book to Jack Roche who personifies all that contributes to a vibrant rural society. He embodies the spirit of those who fought for our freedom in his idealism and the practical projects he has initiated in a variety of areas.

He liked the way that the AHS had recorded local history and also put it in a national context. The material was sometimes challenging and controversial but independent thinking was very important when it comes to the study of history. This latest book dealt with a period that he was particularly interested in.

He noted the strong tendency of immigration in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years and he saw the challenges of creating strong communities.

“One of the means by which our new citizens can become part of us is to share with them our own history, our own unique stories from our own unique places” he said.

It is unfortunate and regrettable that the men and women of the Independence struggle are sometimes denigrated today. A publication like this helps to set the record straight by showing the difficult – almost impossible – choices they all had to face and it thereby tries to be fair to all concerned.

*“Fianna Fail and the decline of the Free State” by Brendan Clifford published by the Aubane Historical Society is available at Liam Russell’s in Cork, Wordsworth’s in Millstreet, Philips in Mallow, Kanturk Bookshop and Macroom Bookshop.


The Town Park Committee continue to make improvements to this very valuable amenity over the last few years. The concentration was in upgrading the football pitches and installing a first class children’s playground. A half mile circuit of cinder track is the most used area. The latest venture of pathways, landscaping, fences and a lovely water feature will add to the beauty of the area.
At times three matches are playing at the same time. Millstreet is very lucky.

All these improvements needed a large amount of funds: Our thanks to all who participate in our local Lotto, to the great help we got from The National Sports Lottery Fund. I.R.D. Duhallow funded our improvements in the past and it is with this help we are in a position to carry on our present attractive feature.

(John O’Keeffe – Millstreet Town Park Committee)

Heritage Information Trail

On Sunday 27th August, IRD Duhallow hosted a Heritage Information Trail on the side of Mushera mountain in conjunction with the National Heritage Week. It was unfortunate that the timing clashed with a number of other events in the area, but all the same a nice but truthly interested group showed on what was a lovely sunny afternoon. It was a really simple but effective idea to stop at a local place of heritage, discuss, and move onto the next one. We visited the Kerrymans Table and Jack Lane talked about the Butter Road, it’s past history, it’s current working role and it’s role for the future. From there we moved to St Johns Well where Monsignor Manning and Jack Roche talked about it’s history, importance and a few stories of its past. Then onto the Country Park where Donie Howard led the group through the walk that remembers people of local and national importance, and the effect they had on the area. Finally, enough of the history and there were plenty of refreshments provided in the visitors centre of the Country Park.

Thanks especially to Helen O’Sullivan who organised and and sponsored the day on behalf of IRD Duhallow.

*Monsignor Manning, John Kelleher and John Sheehan listening to Jack Lane
*Jack Lane talks about the history and the hopes for the future of the butter road.
*Some of the intestered audience on what was actually a lovely sunny day
*Jack Roche from IRD Duhallow who organised the information trail
*Jack Lane spoke about the origins of St Johns Well and also the other two wells on the mountain. There were other stories of interest told also.
*Donie Howard speaking in the Country Park
*Jack Roche outlining the achievements and importance of TK Whitaker

Death Notice: Seán O’Driscoll,

A funeral Mass for Sean O’Driscoll, 84, will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception. Father Richard Hart will officiate. Interment will follow in Dublin Memorial Gardens.
Mr. O’Driscoll was born in Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. He was one of six children of John and Kathleen (Kate) O’Driscoll. He worked for the Irish Civil Service before enlisting in the British Merchant Navy, in which he served for nine years. He immigrated to the United States in 1954 and soon after began a 27-year career with Pan American Airways, holding several management positions at Idlewild/John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City and Nassau International Airport in the Bahamas. After spending 21 years of retirement in New Jersey, he and his wife moved to Dublin in 2004. In New Jersey, he was the founder of the American-Irish Club of Whiting and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus, and the Holy Name Society. He was also a loyal and enthusiastic fan of the New York Mets and Jets.

Mr. O’Driscoll died at home on Monday, July 9, 2007, following a lengthy illness.

Surviving family members include his wife of 57 years, Nancy; children, Cathy (Randy) Clark of Dublin, Helen (Tommy) Martin of Dublin and Anne Murphy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Sean (Allison) Clark and Brian (Kristen) Clark of Dublin, John Martin of Cleveland, Ohio, Neil Martin of Athens, Liam Murphy and Dylan Murphy of Brooklyn, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Greyson Clark and Madelyn-Gail Clark of Dublin; brother, Liam O’Driscoll of Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland; and several nephews and nieces.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building Fund of the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception or the American Cancer Society.

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home has charge of arrangements [Courier Herald]


Seán’s father was a west Cork man who worked at Drishane Convent. His mother was Kate Leahy, from adjacent to Ducey’s Railway gates at Rathcoole. More family details on his brother Liam’s obituary