Farther Joe Breen, Chaplin Drishane Convent

Hello,
I am hoping for some assistance/information concerning Father Joe Breen who was transferred from Tralee to Drishane Convent in 1916 due to his involvement with the Irish Volunteers. He was still in Milltown in 1921 but I have so far been unable to find further reference to him after that.

I am keen to acquire any and all information that is available regarding him including his relationship (if any) to Miss Kate Breen of Killarney. She was Chairperson of the Kerry Board of Assistance and Health from 1927 until her death in 1937. They were both active in Kerry during Easter week 1916 and knew each other but I am unsure of their family ties if such exit.

My paternal Grandmother was a Breen and I am [read more …] “Farther Joe Breen, Chaplin Drishane Convent”

Helping Others to speak English

Could you give an hour a week to speak English with an asylum seeker?

Many of the daily tasks that we take for granted such as shopping, visiting the doctor, helping children with homework, are extremely difficult when English is not your first language. We need volunteers to help asylum seekers improve their English? Support and resources will be provided.

For further information contact Mike Riordan, Drishane Castle (086) 4106364.

Exquisite Setting for International Horse Trials 2015 at Drishane & Green Glens

All in readiness at Drishane for the International Horse Trials with the Cross Country dimension taking place on Sunday 30th August 2015 in the exquisite setting. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
All in readiness at Drishane for the International Horse Trials with the Cross Country dimension taking place on Sunday 30th August 2015 in the exquisite setting.   Green Glens is also looking splendid for Saturday’s Showjumping and Dressage.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Easter Monday – Sunshine and Showjumping

2015-04-06 Easter Monday Sunshine - Welcome Tour at Green GlensWall to wall sunshine this Bank Holiday Easter Monday for the first of the Eventing Ireland one day events – Cross Country gets underway in Drishane Castle from 1pm! The Welcome tour is on from April 2nd to 12th, taking a break tomorrow April 7th. Full details on millstreethorseshow.ie with updates and more on their facebook page.

Our own Gerladine Dennehy has been taking photos at the show for the last few days. Here are links to the photos from the first few days: Day 4 – Easter Sunday (52 photos); Day 3 – Easter Saturday (38 photos); Day 2 – Good Friday (19 photos); Day 1 – Holy Thursday (20 photos) [read more …] “Easter Monday – Sunshine and Showjumping”

Inaugural Millstreet / Drishane Castle International Horse Trials

2015-08-28 Millstreet & Drishane Castle International Horse Trials - a new Date for the diaryHaving built a new cross country course for the overwhelmingly successful European Pony Championships last year, Millstreet Horse Show have announced a new date on the equine calendar:

Millstreet / Drishane Castle
International Horse Trials

which will be held from August 28th to 30th.

See more on MillstreetHorseShow.ie

Below is a sample of the action from the European Pony Championships:

Death Notice: Sr. Enda Beasley, Infant Jesus Sister

BEASLEY (Cork and Ballybunion, Co Kerry): Peacefully, on January 22, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Convent, Model Farm Road, SR. ENDA (JOSIE), Infant Jesus Sisters. Sadly missed by her Community, nephews, cousins, relatives, staff at St. Joseph’s and friends.

Reception prayers at 5pm on Friday evening in the Church of The Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday. Funeral afterwards to the Convent Plot, Drishane Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Song: The Plains of Drishane

The Plains of Drishane - music sheet and lyricsOh one morning bright as Phoebus shone quite illuminative
When Flora’s decorations had painted the green
With footsteps quite unwavered—from Millstreet I roamed Eastward
To view the navigation of that pleasing grand scene
Absorbed in meditation—I pondered in amazement,
Admiring each plantation and far spreading lawn,
That have won such admiration for this far famed dwelling station,
Whose proper appelation—or name—is Drishane.

There’s a mill for grinding corn and an engine ploughing the farm,
Fine oxen that are stall fed, the largest to be found:
And the yard resounds with screech of guinea-hen and peacock.
The swan upon the lake and he sailin’ all around.
The lime-kilns are kept blazing with columns most unsparing, [read more …] “Song: The Plains of Drishane”

In this House of Brede

In December 1974 there was an air of excitement in Millstreet as filming for part of the movie “In this House of Brede” took place at Drishane Castle. Adapted by James Costigan from the best-selling novel by Rumer Godden, In This House of Brede stars Diana Rigg (of the Avengers fame) as a widowed, fortyish business executive in search of a more meaningful life. She turns her back on the world of commerce and capitalism to enter a strict order of Benedictine nuns at Brede Abbey. Here, the peace of mind that Rigg seeks remains elusive, especially when her fidelity to her vows is questioned by the younger novices. Filmed on location at genuine convents in London and Ireland, In This House of Brede premiered February 27, 1975.

Above is a ten minute shortened version of the film, while below are some photos, and interesting extracts from newspapers. [read more …] “In this House of Brede”

International Celebration in Millstreet on Wednesday

A truly international celebration at Drishane and at The Square, Millstreet as special Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the many wonderfully helpful international people who assisted Millstreet Tidy Towns Association over the past nnumber of weeks.  Businesses in  The Square sponsored a most enjoyable barbeque on the Square Plaza in glorious weather on Wednesday evening, 20th August 2014.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
A truly international celebration at Drishane and at The Square, Millstreet as special Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the many wonderfully helpful international people who assisted Millstreet Tidy Towns Association over the past number of weeks. Businesses in The Square sponsored a most enjoyable Barbeque on the Square Plaza in glorious weather on Wednesday evening, 20th August 2014 while another splendid Party took place earlier on the day at Drishane Castle.   Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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11International Celebration in Millstreet 20 Aug. 2014 -80042International Celebration in Millstreet 20 Aug. 2014 -800Here we share a further 45 images from both important occasions.   We thank Patsy Corcoran and Mary Kelleher of Millstreet Tidy Towns Association for alerting us and for extending invitations to [read more …] “International Celebration in Millstreet on Wednesday”

Justin Black’s Superb Coverage of FEI European Championships for Ponies

We thank Justin Black of Justborn Photography, West End, Millstreet for this superb selection of six of his photographs from the prestigious Eventing Cross Country occasion at Drishane on Saturday, 2nd August 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
We thank Photographer supreme, Justin Black of Justborn Photography, West End, Millstreet for this superb selection of six of his photographs from the prestigious Eventing Cross Country occasion at Drishane on Saturday, 2nd August 2014.   Click on the images to enlarge.    (S.R.)

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Denis O’Regan’s Magnificent Pictorial Coverage of EJC2014 Event & The European Pony Championships at Green Glens and at Drishane

We extend sincere thanks to Denis O'Regan (pictured below) for sharing truly superb images of both the Juggling and Pony Events.  Click on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)
We extend sincere thanks to Denis O’Regan (pictured below) for sharing truly superb images of both the Juggling and Pony Events. Click on the pictures to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Magnificent Drishane Cross Country Event Delights Huge Attendance on Saturday, 2nd August 2014 in Brilliant Sunshine

Huge crowds arriving at Drishane Cross Country Course on Saturday, 2nd August 2014 were absolutely enchanted by the magical 21-jump course.  All this in brilliant sunshine.   Here we feature Part One of our coverage.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Huge crowds arriving at Drishane Cross Country Course on Saturday, 2nd August 2014 were absolutely enchanted by the magical 21-jump course. All this in brilliant sunshine. Here we feature Part One of our coverage.   Click on the images to enlarge.    (S.R.)

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Impressive Presentations, Exquisite Dining & A Superb Concert

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Very impressive presentation ceremonies at Green Glens, a visit to Galty Valley Mobile Customised Catering Marquee and a splendid Concert at Drishane with Marina Cassidy & Friends were all part of our Thursday, 31st july recordings at the European Pony Championships 2014.   One can view the various competitions  online by logging into www.millstreet2014.com.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Very impressive presentation ceremonies at Green Glens, a visit to Galty Valley Mobile Customised Catering Marquee and a splendid Concert at Drishane with Marina Cassidy & Friends were all part of our Thursday, 31st july recordings at the European Pony Championships 2014. One can view the various competitions live online by logging into www.millstreet2014.com. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Universal Praise for Drishane and Green Glens Equestrian Courses

Visitors from all over Europe are universally according praise for the extremely high standard of the Courses at Drishane and in Green Glens.   The absolutely beautiful scenic settings are enchanting all present at the European Pony Championships.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Visitors from all over Europe are universally according praise for the extremely high standard of the Courses at Drishane and in Green Glens. The absolutely beautiful scenic settings are enchanting all present at the European Pony Championships. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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EJC2014 Visitors Hugely Impressed by Drishane on Wednesday Tour

Our Wednesday Walking  Tour included a brief visit to the Drishane Estate where superb preparations for the European Pony Championship are taking place.  The wonderfully talented participants on the tour were most impressed.  Lots more images of Wednesday tour to follow shortly.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Our Wednesday Walking Tour included a brief visit to the Drishane Estate where superb preparations for the European Pony Championship are taking place. The wonderfully talented participants on the tour were most impressed. Lots more images of Wednesday’s tour to follow shortly.  It will be later next week when we shall be in a position to share images of the splendid Cross Country Eventing Course at Drishane.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Superb Evening of International Choral Music at Drishane on Friday

In the exquisite setting of the Church of the Little Flower at Drishane Castle, Millstreet an international celebration of Choral Music featuring The Duhallow Choral Society (pictured above) and Sweden's Christianstad's Motet Choir (below) took place on Friday evening, 2nd May 2014.  Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
In the exquisite setting of the Church of the Little Flower at Drishane Castle, Millstreet an international celebration of Choral Music featuring The Duhallow Choral Society (pictured above) and Sweden’s Christianstad’s Motet Choir (below) took place on Friday evening, 2nd May 2014. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Toughathlon Event in Millstreet Today – OFF

Update: The recent heavy rain has made parts of the course inaccessible to medical personnel and for safety reasons the December 29th event has now been rescheduled for Saturday the 8th of February 2014.

This is a poster which I photographed in Killarney Town over the Christmas which promotes today's Toughathlon event in Green Glens and at Drishane.   Click on the poster to enlarge.  (S.R.)
This is a poster which I photographed in Killarney Town over the Christmas that promotes today’s Toughathlon event in Green Glens and at Drishane. Click on the poster to enlarge. (S.R.)

Death Notice: Sr. Paschal, Infant Jesus Sister

2011 Sr.Paschal IJS - on her 100th birthdayO’SULLIVAN (Cloughduv, Co. Cork and Japan) : On December 17, 2013, peacefully in her 102nd year at St. Joseph’s Convent, Model Farm Road, SR. PASCHAL(Jennie), Infant Jesus Sister (Drishane). Sadly missed by her loving Community, nephews Tim, John, Michael and Jim, nieces Anne, Bids and Angela, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews, great-grandnieces, extended family relatives and friends.

Reception prayers on Wednesday evening at 5pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, Dennehy’s Cross. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Drishane Cemetery, Millstreet. [read more …] “Death Notice: Sr. Paschal, Infant Jesus Sister”

Liam Flynn Takes Us On Tour of Toughathlon Course in Drishane

On Sunday we met with Liam Flynn who took us on tour of just some of the very challenging Toughathlon Course in the Drishane area which so impressed the many participants on Saturday's amazing Toughathlon experience.  In the exquisite surroundings of the Drishane Estate Liam demonstrated just some of the serious obstacles such as the barred wire under which the participants had to crawl in the muddy ground to avoid the danger of injury.  More pictures of our visit to appear later.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
On Sunday we met with Liam Flynn who took us on tour of just some of the very challenging Toughathlon Course in the Drishane area which so impressed the many participants on Saturday’s amazing Toughathlon experience. In the exquisite surroundings of the Drishane Estate Liam demonstrated just some of the serious obstacles such as the barred wire under which the participants had to crawl in the muddy ground to avoid the danger of injury. More pictures of our visit to appear later. Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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School of Housecraft, Drishane

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Postcard of the Classroom in the School of Housecraft, at the Convent of the Holy Jesus, Drishane. The picture is from the first half of the twentieth century, but can anyone hazard a guess?

We also came across some other historical photos from Millstreet, some of which we had not seen before, on the Irish Historical Picture Company website. Seán Radley informed us that this shop used to be open in Dublin, and over the years he has purchased most of the photos for the Millstreet Museum collection.

In the Newspapers: 18th July 2013

It’s a Bug’s life in Millstreet – Cork Independent 18th July

Getting ready for Ireland’s first ever ‘Bug Festival’ which is taking place in Millstreet Country Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.

Farmers feeling the heat as drought anguish takes hold – Irish Independent 17th July

Local vet Mairead Piggott with a few words for farmers the current drought.

Collins: ‘Lapgate’ not typical of Dáil behaviour – Breakingnews.ie 17th July

Millstreet TD Áine Collins says that the incident last week was not typical of behavior in the Dáil.

Rwanda’s women get ahead, while Ireland prepares for quotas – deshocks.com – 13th July

Political commentator Deirdre O’Shaughnessy after a trip to Rwanda to meet women politicians there, spends time with two TDs who are mothers – Mary Lou McDonald and Áine Collins

Come to our creepy crawly wonderland – Jul 11th

A WeekendD of creepy crawlies, bugs and slugs await as Ireland’s first ever Bug Festival is set to take place in Cork.

Exciting action in Sing Cup – Jul 11 2013

Terriffic fare emerged for the Sing Cup hosted at Millstreet Pitch and Putt.

Scratched face over husband kiss tale – Corkman 11th July

AN asylum seeker in Millstreet who “scratched” the face of another woman was fined €100 by Judge Brian Sheridan.

Junior Hurling Championship: Millstreet 0-12 Banteer 0-11 – Corkman 4th July

Millstreet battened down the hatches to brave a late comeback from Banteer in the EPS Bison Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship in Kilbrin on Saturday evening last.

Sars see off brave Duhallow bid – Jul 11th County

PMHC Quarter Final Match Report (Bearchairt O’Connor on the Duhallow team)

Millstreet chef has recipe for success – Corkman 4th July

DJ Desmond’s restaurant Preston House in Abbeyleix won the ‘best emerging business’ gong at an awards ceremony celebrating businesses across the midlands region.

Green fingered Rathcoole pupils raise first ever Green Flag – Corkman Jul 4th

‘Put the litter in the bin, that is the way to win’ was the slogan on everyone’s lips at St. Brendan’s National School in Rathcoole during the past year, and it certainly worked a treat because last week, amid much celebration, the school’s first Green Flag was raised.

Big turn-out for St.John’s Well mass – Corkman June 27th

THE Annual Mass on the slopes of Mushera Mountain took place at [read more …] “In the Newspapers: 18th July 2013”

Toughathlon Videos

The first Toughatlon was held in the Green Glens and Drishane last Saturday. There were lots of brave people who signed up to get wet, dirty, electric shocked and exhausted. The fact that the ground was saturated from a week of heavy rain only made it that much more interesting. One of the competitors had a GoPro camera attached to her head and have put the video of their course on youTube. (thanks to Joseph for letting us know about the video)

There’s a few more spectator videos and photos below: [read more …] “Toughathlon Videos”

Exquisite Bealtaine Concert at Drishane with Duhallow and Swedish Choirs

Duhallow Choral Society & Katarina Kammarkor Choir from Sweden performing at a hugely enjoyable Cork Choral Fringe Festival Concert in the Church of the Little Flower at Drishane on Thursday, 2nd May 2013 from 7pm.   (S.R.)
Duhallow Choral Society & Katarina Kammarkor Choir from Sweden performing at a hugely enjoyable Cork Choral Fringe Festival Concert in the Church of the Little Flower at Drishane on Thursday, 2nd May 2013 from 7pm.    (S.R.)

11Cork Choral Fringe Festival at Drishane 2013 -800We now share over forty images from the very special and memorable evening at Drishane.   Great credit is due to IRD Duhallow on organising such a very successful Bealtaine 2013 event.   Superb refreshments were provided by the Staff in the beautiful Hall after the performance while marvellous live piano music was played by Ignacio – Jazz Pianist.   The unforgettable occasion was recorded by Paddy Buckley, Paddy Tobin and I also made a recording while Pat [read more …] “Exquisite Bealtaine Concert at Drishane with Duhallow and Swedish Choirs”

Drishane Castle Concert Venue

2013-01-07 Drishane from the airCon O’Donovan who is promoting Drishane Castle as a concert venue has been interviewed recently on two radio stations, Bondi Tunes Radio in Australia (listen above), and Dublin City FM (listen below). The aim is to bring large national and international music events to Drishane. The project is due to go for planning permission in the next few weeks. It would be great to see concerts come back to Millstreet after many were held in the Green Glens in the last 20 years.

To find out more, and to give your support to the project, see the Drishane Castle Concert Venue facebook page.
[read more …] “Drishane Castle Concert Venue”

Drishane Castle as a Music Venue

An interesting presentation on youTube today with plans for future open-air concerts on the grounds of Drishane Castle. The next Slane? 🙂  Here is what is says:

“Drishane Castle, is ideally located to host any national or international music event. Located in West Cork on the Cork and Kerry boarder it has spectacular views. Just 2.8 KM from the castle is Millstreet train station. This allows for the [read more …] “Drishane Castle as a Music Venue”

The Human Costs of Deportation

Yesterday saw the launch of a campaign of a new group called Anti-Deportation Ireland who are against the system of direct provision and the practice of deportation. One asylum seeker Aisha Yusuff wrote of the pain inflicted on her family by the deportation of her husband:

“I reside in Drishane Castle in Millstreet Accomodation Centre with my two children ages four and two, both born in Ireland. I arrived in Ireland in July 2008 with my husband to seek asylum. We were given deportation letters by the justice system a year later. The letters explained that as a family we were not to be separated and would be deported together.

We were asked to continually report to the GNIB office in Dublin so that our removal from the state could be facilitated. We did this for [read more …] “The Human Costs of Deportation”