Nora Burton – National President of the ICA from 1964-1967

Nora (known as “Nodie”)  was born in 1909 in the Square, Millstreet, to Kate and Denis P. Buckley. She married Con Burton of Minehill in 1936, and they lived and farmed in Ballinhassig. She became president of the Ballinhassig Guild from 1954-57, and later the National President of the Irish Country Women’s Association (ICA) from 1964-1967. She has the distinction of being the first woman to be elected on the council of the Irish Agricultural Institute, the national research body set up by the government to deal with all aspects of agricultural research.

As National President of the ICA, Mrs. Burton concluded her presidential address in 1969 with these words:

“Don’t ever forget that one of the main aims of the ICA membership is self fulfilment through self help and mutual help. What better way to attain fulfilment than through the development of our talents?”

This too was the theme of her presidency of the Federation. Every woman had the right to realise her potential, she felt, and every woman should be encouraged to avail of the resources about her – adult education courses, libraries, museums, and art galleries.

An inspiration to ICA members in Cork, her talents received national recognition when she was elected National President and she proved a wonderful ambassador for Ireland during the A.C.W.W (Associated Country Women of the World) Conference, in Dublin, 1965.
Delegates who came from all over the world spoke of her graciousness and resulted in an invitation to accept the nomination as World Vice President. After the conference she toured 7 sates in the USA as guest of the National Farm and Garden Women’s Association, being the Grace Freysinger Scholarship award – of that triennial. The following letter was published in “The Irish Countrywoman”, 1970:  [read more …] “Nora Burton – National President of the ICA from 1964-1967”

Death Notice: Margaret “Teresa” (O’Herlihy), Boston and Woodland Drive

MOYNIHAN, Margaret “Teresa” (O’Herlihy)– Of Somerville, Massachussetts, USA, formerly of Ballymountain Upton, County Cork, Ireland died on July 3, 2019.

Beloved wife of 50 years to  Denis Moynihan. Loving mother of Patricia D. Gomes and her husband Michael of Arlington, VA, Dennis J. Moynihan and his wife Jennifer of Somerville. Dear sister of Patricia O’Herlihy of Arlington, VA and the late Derry O’Herlihy. Cherished granny of Maeve Gomes.

Funeral procession from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq) Somerville, Wednesday morning at 10:30am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Ann Church, Somerville at 11:30am. Relatives and friends invited. Calling hours Tuesday 5-8pm. Interment at a later date County Cork, Ireland.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Teresa’s memory to the Irish Pastoral Centre, 15 Rita Road, Dorchester, MA 02124. [ [read more …] “Death Notice: Margaret “Teresa” (O’Herlihy), Boston and Woodland Drive”

Spring Horse Fair 1965

Video from the RTÉ Archives

The video above has been published by RTÉ of Millstreet coming to a standstill for the Annual Spring Horse Fair of 1965. The Fair was not only a time for bargaining and dealing. It was also a social occasion that continues to attract the crowds, young and old, to the town. The video above is from a Newsbeat report broadcast on 12 April 1965, and was probably held on Sunday February 28th 1965 (the closest Sunday to March 1st). [update July 2015: the video has since been removed by RTE 🙁 ]

Below is a gallery of 27+ stills from the video. It is likely many of the people are not locals, but it would be interesting if people could help us recognise some people in the photos: [read more …] “Spring Horse Fair 1965”

Aidan McCaul 30 years in Business in Millstreet

Aidan McCaul’s hardware & furniture shop is in business for 30 years this year in Millstreet. It started in Minor Row in June 1981 in the old Hibernian Dance Hall (owned by Kit Radley who was a  grocery shopkeeper next door) after Buckley’s Stores went out of business.  A year later it moved to the Square after Aidan purchased former executive offices of Buckleys, gutted them & turned them into a shop. For the past 30 years the business has continued with Aidan & Tim Long present throughout that time. In later years Aidan’s son Tony has also worked in the business. [With thanks to Aodan for the article]

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Much loved family man respected for his work in addiction treatment and services

1940-2009 PATRICK BUCKLEY, Caherlsee, Tralee and formerly of Millstreet, Co Cork, whose death occurred on Thursday, October 29, made an immense contribution in helping to establish addiction treatment services in his adopted county of Kerry …

… Patrick hailed from Millstreet, Co Cork and was one of four children born to Patrick and Mary Buckley. His siblings were sister Kathleen and brothers Denis and Kevin ( deceased). Patrick joined the family business of Buckley’s Stores in the 1950s, starting out on the shop floor learning the basics. He progressed to become managing director of company until the business ceased to operate during the recessionary 1980s.

As a student in Mungret College, Patrick developed a passion for rugby and wore the college colours on the field of play. He was an avid Munster supporter and gloried in their many victories and took their defeats on the chin. The recent red tide of support that has enveloped Munster rugby has seen a huge surge in their following, culminating in the two Heineken Cup victories.

Patrick’s rugby highlight was undoubtedly Munster’s famous victory over the All Blacks in the old Thomond Park on October 31, 1978. Many thousands have claimed to have been there on that famous day, but Patrick was one of the lucky ones who witnessed in person the historic and never to be forgotten victory.

Patrick’s other pastimes included reading and travelling. An avid reader, he travelled extensively in his early years and often recounted many of his enjoyable trips to foreign places.

Patrick’s family played a very central part in his life. A proud husband to his wife Breda, father, and grandfather, his love for his family was plain for all to see. Patrick and Breda celebrated their golden jubilee anniversary with a family get-together in Dingle in November, 2008. There to celebrate with them were their five sons, two daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and 20 grandchildren, who formed a huge part of his life and who idolised him.

The removal of Patrick’s remains took place from the Gleasure Funeral Home to the Church of Our Lady and St Brendan on Saturday, October 31. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Sunday morning at 10am, following which interment took place in St Mary’s Cemetery, Millstreet.

Patrick’s family got great solace at the removal and funeral from the large number of people who acknowledged his contribution to their successful recovery.

Patrick is deeply missed by his loving wife Breda, children Patrick, Mary, Carol, John, Jim, Donagh and Kieran, sister Kathleen, brother Denis, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends.

The above is from an article in this weeks Kerryman newspaper about Patrick Buckley formerly of Millstreet who died recently in Tralee.