At 12 noon on Sunday, 21st Nov. 2021 the 101st Anniversary of Paddy McCarthy was commemorated at Mill Lane, Millstreet organised by the Millstreet Monument Committee. We thank Noel Keating for alerting us to the historic occasion and special thanks also to Shane Browne for sharing the excellent images. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Commemoration 2021 for Paddy McCarthy at Mill Lane on Sunday”
The Clonbanin Ambush Centenary Commemoration Committee
On Saturday 9th October 2021, our Centenary Commemorations / Celebration will take place in Derrinagree Church Carpark. This commemoration is to honour the men and women that participated in the War of Independence and the fight for freedom.
Our commemoration commences with Concelebrated Mass in Derrinagree Church at 1.30pm followed by Blessing of centenary monument. Some Ceremonial duties, Address by President Higgins’s Representative, Reading of the Proclamation, Oration by Cork County Mayor Gillian Coughlan, Chairman’s Address, The Raising of The Tri-Colour, accompanied a Colour Party from the I.U.N.V.A organization. (Irish United Nations Veterans Association). Followed by an evening of refreshments and entertainment in Dromtariffe Parish Hall. Everyone welcome but due to Covid restrictions we can’t guarantee everyone will get into the Church.
Mass will be relayed by outside speakers, to the Carpark only 160 persons allowed in the Church…so come early and avoid disappointments. Also, in the Parish Hall we will be restricted to 250 persons, or there about. We are also restricted to parking on the road, close to the Church, and there may be a bit of walking, but if everyone corporates with the parking stewards, it will be permitted to drop off people with walking difficulties, and then drive on a bit further to park. Parking on both sides of the road will not be permitted. The Committee appeal to every house around Derrinagree, Clonbanin, Dromagh and all over Duhallow, if possible, to proudly display our National flag to honour the occasion. Please come out in numbers and support the cause. It is our last commemoration of the War of Independence one hundred years ago. (We thank Charlie Drake for this feature)
The Clonbanin Ambush Centenary Commemoration Committee
wishes to announce the following dates of importance: Tuesday 21st September. A day trip to Spike Island, including a seat on a Luxury Coach, with reclining seats, arm-rests, head rests, plenty air-conditioning and ample leg room, total comfort guaranteed.
- Kealy’s Coach will pick at the following places: Derrinagree Church 08. 30am. Dromagh Church 08.40 am …… Kanturk Church 09.00am Mallow Race Course 09.30am.
- The day will consist of Coach tour to Cobh, then on to the 11 00am Ferry to Spike Island, where we will be met off the Ferry by our appointed professional Guide, followed by a 40/45 minute guided, historical and informative tour, a very comprehensive and detailed account of the War of Independence.
- Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel. The island’s strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison.
The military Gun Park alone has over a dozen exhibits used in coastal defence spanning over 300 years of warfare, as well as a recreation of the Battery Observation Post which would have targeted the guns on Spike Island. Plus, many more items of interest including military transport and smaller arms. It is much loved by military enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the War of Independence. It has plenty toilet and rest-rooms facilities. A Café for refreshments.
The return journey will be via Mallow with a stop-over at the Arches Bar & Restaurant where we will enjoy a 3-course meal. Main Course, Dessert and Tea / Coffee.
Total cost Including Coach, Ferry, Guided Tour and Meal : €40. Pints, Wine and Drinks at the table are extra at your own expense.
All names and monies will have to be submitted and paid up-front before Tuesday 14th September 2021 with no cancellations accepted, because the booking will only be finalized with Spike Island when paid in advance.
Seats are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. The Coach is almost full, with just a few seats left. This is a final reminder.
In accordance with H.S.E guidelines, masks will have to be worn on the coach and on the ferry.
The other date to put in your Diary is October 9th 2021…..our Centenary Commemoration Celebration day, more about that later. Any further queries contact (086/8403914) (087/ 8350255) (087 / 9832388) (097 / 6251056)
We thank Charlie Drake for this wonderfully detailed programme. (S.R.)
As we recall the First Anniversary of the late John Kelleher of Mount Leader, Millstreet we remember an historic occasion in the 1960s when John found a perfectly shaped and unused Stone Axe when digging in his garden at Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet. On professional investigation by Archaeologists it was believed to have dated between 3500 and 2500 B.C.. We, at Millstreet Museum, are so delighted to accept this truly historic Stone Axe which is being very kindly presented by John’s wife, Margaret and son Jim. This magnanimous gesture by the Kelleher Family of Mount Leader is greatly appreciated. Within the next week the very precious historic Stone Axe will go on display at our Museum Centre in Carnegie Hall in memory of the late John Kelleher, gentleman supreme and sportsman par excellence. Sincere thanks to Margaret and Jim for sharing such a treasure which will be admired for generations to come. Here we illustrate the Stone Axe plus information from “Seanchas Dúthalla” in the 1970s. (S.R.)
“Radio Treasures” Weekly Show is on air tonight (Tues., 29th June 2021) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.30 (Irish Time). Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation@ gmail.com or on Text/WhatsApp 086 825 0074 or check out the Seán Radley Facebook. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
- On tonight’s Show at 10pm we recall last Sunday’s Commemoration of the Centenary for Michael Dineen on 24th June 1921. Our highlights of the event are some 25 minutes in duration.
- We have our usual Musings and Musical Treats.
- We reflect on Jimmy Reidy’s Archival Programmes.
- We chat about our new outdoor seating at The Square, Millstreet.
- We hear two superb songs and music of the 1950s.
- We remember our Faithful Departed.
- And we have our Callouts to our many Loyal Listeners.
- Our Musical Star of the Week is Josef Locke. And there’s more … much more!! Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
A truly impressive Centenary Commemoration remembering Volunteer Michael Dineen was held in Ivale, Kilcorney on Sunday, 27th June 2021. Here we share some sixty images from the historic event which was superbly organised. The appreciative attendees were blessed with glorious weather in the wonderfully scenic setting. Look out for a full illustrated report by John Tarrant in the “Corkman”. Tap in the images to enlarge. (S.R.) Highlights of Sunday’s Event may be heard on tonight’s (29th June 2021) “Radio Treasures” programme on www.corkmusicstation.com at 10pm.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 30th May 2021 at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday May 30th.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me, John Greene brings the three part programme on the sinking of the Lusitania to a conclusion.
In programme three, we outline the remaining years in the lives of the two protagonists, Capt. Bill Turner of the Lusitania and Capt. Walter Schweiger of submarine U-20.
Although Turner managed to clear his name somewhat, his scapegoating by Churchill made it an almost impossible task.
Schweiger, on the other hand suffered the same fate as the 1,197 Lusitania passengers he had sent to a watery grave two years earlier.
For passenger Julia o’Neill from Rosscarbery, tragedy followed her survival in her new home in Kilgarvan Co. Kerry.
And, were the Irish Government aware of the real identity of the German Submarine Captain they invited to Ireland in 1966 to commemorate the 1916 rising? [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″
It’s truly amazing how very quickly we have received excellent information regarding the four photos below from a very kind person who permits us to share the very interesting information. Sincere thanks to this person for the much appreciated background information to the four pictures. The following is the information received:
“The family is indeed the Owen and Catherine (Horgan) O’Sullivan family in Kilmeedy. The men in the back left are Horgans also from Kilmeedy. Catherine is pictured to their right. The younger men are O’Sullivan/Sullivan and include Jerh and Tady who stayed home on the farm. The young woman in the center is Margaret O’Sullivan Lucey. (Photo One).
The Wedding was in San Francisco…..not sure if this was the son or daughter of Paddy. (Photo Two)
The man standing alone was Stephen who was a Sheriff’s deputy in San Francisco and died in the line of duty. (Photo Three)
Four historic photographs were recently shared in the hope that somebody may be able to identify those appearing on the images. It is believed that the first one with the large group was taken in Kilmeedy in the 1930s/1940s and is linked to the Sullivan Family. The other pictures may have been recorded in America. If you feel that you have any relevant information in regard to the images please email millstreetmuseum @gmail.com. This would be very much appreciated. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
We extend sincere thanks to John Tarrant for very kindly permitting us to share this wonderfully historic photo of the Class of 1945 which John’s late Mum, Nora had not only preserved for decades but has so very carefully written all the names of those in this superb image on the back of the photograph. This picture also appears in John’s splendid Millstreet Matters feature in this week’s “Corkman” (Thurs. 11th March 2021). The amazing coincidence we note is that not only is Nora Tarrant (née Buckley)…4th from left in 2nd row… featured in the picture but so also is Peggy Kelleher (née O’Connell).…6th from left in back row – both of whom went to their Eternal Reward over the past week. RIP. There are many others thanks to Nora’s excellent captions whom I recognise in this precious photo of 1945 even though I was not born until 1951. Renewed thanks to the Tarrant Family for sharing this true pictorial gem. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
We extend sincere thanks to Photographer Supreme Neil O’Connor of USA and West End, Millstreet for sharing two further superb images adding to our recent feature on “Millstreet Shopfronts Down the Years”. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
We thank Donal Kelleher for sharing images of the very impressive new Monument situated in the Church Car Park of Derrinagree Church remembering the Clonbanin Ambush of 1921 which on this Friday, 5th March 2021 is the exact Centenary of the historic event. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Clan Callaghan…..The O Callaghan Family of County Cork
Maureen Phibbs from Co. Wicklow (formerly Maureen Hickey of Cullen) is Editor of the renowned “Irish Roots” Magazine and has recently been in touch with us in regard to an important Book which has just been reissued. Maureen writes:
“The author is Joseph F. O Callaghan, (the “O” is without the apostrophe throughout the book) now aged about 93 and living in the US. He is professor Emeritus of Medieval History, Fordham University. He first published the book in 2004 after spending many years researching the history of the O Callaghans. The revised and updated edition is now just published. It traces the fate of the O Callaghans from the tenth to the twentieth century including the O Callaghans along the Blackwater valley from Mallow to Clonmeen against the background of local and national history. It has copious notes, 16 genealogical tables of family trees and the bibliography is an excellent research tool for anybody studying local or national history.
His father, William, was born at Dromcummer.
We are featuring the book in the next issue of “Irish Roots” which has just gone to print. We are publishing which is really the 10th article in the Clan Callaghan book.
- Wordsworth, The Square.
- Coleman’s Centra
- Herlihys Centra
- Anglands Filling Station, Dromagh.
- Guerins Filling Station, Ballydaly.
The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address
by Jack Lane
Aubane Historical Society
CENTENARY OF THE DRISHANEBEG AMBUSH
11th February 2021
I want to thank the Committee for organising this event and inviting me to speak. A good indication of their efficient and professional approach was to ask me to speak here some months ago. That is much appreciated. I also want to thank the Committee for doing this and making such an event as we have today.
I think many of you will agree that this type of event was unimaginable a few years ago. Irish history writing by our academics and commentators went through a very bad period for a number of years.
There was an attempt to give us a bad conscience about the war of independent and these types of commemorations were seen as in bad taste. The only disagreement I have with the commemorations is that they should be called celebrations but never mind.
There was an attempt to create a narrative of the War of the Independence that was designed to give us bad conscience about the whole thing because it was alleged to be a sectarian episode; that it was war against Protestants. This was incredible to anyone who had any knowledge at all of the people who fought that war or the events of the war. It was an attempt to try to prove that our state was deformed at birth, so to speak.
We thank Michael Thornton for the following wonderfully comprehensive feature regarding the upcoming historic Centenary Event. And thanks to Michael also for the recent photo of Tom Meaney at the Ambush Commemoration Site by the main Millstreet – Mallow Road near Keale Bridge. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R)
THE DRISHANEBEG TRAIN AMBUSH COMMEMORATION
On 11th February 100 years ago, men from Millstreet and the surrounding areas successfully carried out an audacious and meticulously planned operation against British soldiers travelling by train between Mallow and Killarney. Two volunteers boarded the train at Rathcoole and by holding the train driver and fireman at gunpoint, forced them to stop the train at Drishanebeg, where an ambush had been prepared. After a period of intense gunfire, the British troops who had suffered casualties, surrendered. Fourteen rifles, 600 rounds of ammunition plus sundry equipment was taken, before the train, with the wounded onboard, continued to Killarney.
The arms captured at Drishanebeg proved to be of immense help to in later engagements at Clonbanin and Rathcoole.
This event was deemed one of the more successful engagements against the Crown Forces for the Millstreet Battalion Volunteers during the War of Independence.
The Drishanebeg Train Ambush Commemoration Project Committee was established to commemorate the events of that historic night at the Glebe Railway Cutting. [read more …] “Today is the Centenary of the Drishanebeg Train Ambush”
We thank Seáno Murphy of Knocknagree (originally from High Mill Lane, Millstreet) for sharing this wonderfully historic photograph of 1956 showing the Millstreet Team playing an important Match in Macroom – a County Quarter Final. Seáno is pictured on the extreme left in the front row. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.) Seáno has just kindly shared the names of all in the picture:
Back Row from left: Ted O’Connor, John O’Shea, Denis Kelleher, John O’Keeffe, Con Corcoran, Brendan Moynihan, Teddy Kelleher, John Kelleher, Cormac Dineen, Neily Dennehy, J.J. Hinchion and Jim O’Connor (Dooneen). Front Row from left: Seáno Murphy, John Corcoran, John F. Daly, Dan O’Leary, Garda Mick Byrne stationed in Knocknagree – father of the former Garda Chief Commissioner, Pat Byrne (Goalie), Joe Buckley, John “Sing” O’Sullivan, William O’Leary, Pat Joe Kelleher and Anthony Manley.
Marking the Centenary on 1st Feb. 2021 of the death of Captain Con Murphy a dedicated Committee paid special tribute to his memory firstly at The Square, Millstreet today (Sunday, 31st Jan. 2021) at 10 a.m. and one hour later in Ballydaly. Here we share images from the historic events. Later in the week John Tarrant will share a full illustrated report in the “Corkman”. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)
We extend sincere thanks to Artist Supreme, Tony Barrett of Tullig, Millstreet for sharing his magnificent original Painting relating to 1916. Tony explains: ” The Painting depicts the surrender of Pádraig Pearse on the event of the Easter 1916 Rising to the British Brigadier General Lowe and his son Captain John Lowe.
Elizabeth O’Farrell who was a Nurse attending on the day served as a go between and approached the British barricade waving the white flag of truce. She seems to have been airbrushed out of the history books so I painted this to as a remembrance to her, to her bravery and to her contribution at this historic moment.”
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 10th Jan. 2021 at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
In the middle of the 18th century, Kerry was making a name for itself in tourism circles. There was a desire in Cork to connect with their nearest neighbours.
As the road network was virtually non existent, a John Murphy from Castleisland was commissioned to build a 56 mile long stretch of road linking Killarney with Rathmore, Millstreet and Cork City.
He would have to include a total of 24 bridges along the way and raise the money himself to do so.
Having completed the work, Murphy was in financial ruin, but his road network helped one industry to thrive and flourish.
‘The making of the Butter Road’ – the first of a two part programme. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 Features “The Butter Road””
We invite you to submit your Requests for our weekly Music Request Show “Lunchtime Favourites” (Sunday, 10th Jan. 2021) on Cork Music Station which is broadcast today from 12:30pm until 1.30pm. This is our second Lunchtime programme of the New Year where our songs and music reflect the favourite songs and music of the past year as well as beautiful songs by Charlotte Church and Bing Crosby. Just email your requests anytime either to corkmusicstation @gmail.com OR to millstreetmuseum @gmail.com or text/WhatsApp to 086 825 0074. Or check out the Seán Radley Facebook Page. (S.R.) And we reflect on the Minor Row of a bygone era – 1994 and before…. All from our Millstreet Museum Pictorial Archives. Tap on the following images to enlarge.
We thank John P.Kelleher for reminding us of this important Anniversary which occurs on Monday, 4th Jan. 2021. A full and excellent comprehensive account of this milestone event in the history of Millstreet may be viewed here: http://www.millstreet.ie/blog/2017/01/03/this-day-91-years-ago-today-in-millstreet
On Sunday afternoon, 29th Nov. 2020, a very impressive Historical Reenactment Group having travelled from the Kilmichael Site visited Millstreet to pay tribute at Mill Lane to the memory of Captain Paddy McCarthy the centenary of whose death in 1920 occurs about this time. A superbly dignified ceremony took place by the Group who came from Cork City and County. Following an uplifting introduction the Proclamation was read with great feeling. Appropriate prayers were recited. Seán Ó Cróinín from Cork City delivered an excellent speech regarding the life and death of Captain Paddy McCarthy. A gentleman with beautiful native Irish sang in a magnificent manner “Mo Ghile Mear” and “Amhrán na bhFiann”. The Organisers recognised that due to COVID-19 the event could not be advertised but hoped that in time to come a much bigger Tribute Event could take place with a far bigger attendance – at a time when COVID-19 will be a memory. Here we share a selection of images from Sunday’s event and we thank Seán Ó Cróinín for sharing two images recorded at Kilmichael over the weekend. (S.R.)
We are most grateful to Seáno Murphy of Knocknagree and formerly of Mill Lane, Millstreet for sharing a very important memory and two historic images relevant to the recent Centenary Commemoration of the death of Captain Paddy McCarthy at Mill Lane on 22nd Nov. 1920. Seáno writes:
“Seán, in keeping with your report on Paddy McCarthy’s death I have to mention the story my mother Katty Dineen told me about the night he was shot by the side of Lena and Agnes Dennehy’s house. She (my mother) and her mother moved three doors down to Neily Hickey’s garage for safety. Paddy’s body was brought down and laid in front of mother’s window where he died the following morning. My mother had to wash away his blood from under the window. I am sending two photos to illustrate the exact location of that very window where he died and also of the back of Lena Dennehy’s house where he was shot.”
An image from the 1950s showing Seán Casey of Cloghoula taken in Mill Lane with Lena Dennehy’s house in the background outside which Captain Paddy McCarthy was shot. At that time the entrance to Mill Lane from Main Street was much narrower. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
On this Sunday morning, 22nd November 2020 a special Committee assembled at Mill Lane, Millstreet to commemorate the late Captain Paddy McCarthy – a native of Meelin – who lost his life on this exact date one hundred years ago at Mill Lane. A wreath was placed by Tim Murphy and a prayer was recited to honour the hero of the War of Independence. Here we share a selection of images including a picture of the permanent plaque at the entrance of Mill Lane. Tap on the images to enlarge. A feature on the “Corkman” by John Tarrant will appear shortly. (S.R.)
Author, Noel Bourke has wonderfully fond memories of his Summer Holidays together with his brother, Paddy in the Millstreet of the 1950s especially when they both arrived from their home in Kilkenny on their annual holidays being greeted by superbly welcoming Relatives from Murphy’s Terrace and Kippagh and beyond. Over the past few years Noel has dedicated lots of energy and time in comprehensive research. The fruitful result is this 272 page book “Millstreet Memories”which will very shortly be available to buy in Millstreet at “Wordsworth” in The Square, Millstreet at €15.00. I believe it can also be obtained by post for an extra €5.00. Some twelve poems are also included as well as excellent place name explanations. Blank and white photographs further enhance the publication. Had it not been for COVID-19 there was to have been an official launch of the book in Millstreet and in Ballydaly. Here we share some images of the book cover. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Sunday, 25th Oct. 2020 marked the Centenary of the Death of Cork’s Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney. Noel Keating placed a wreath in commemoration of the highly significant 1920 happening. Jerry Lehane and his dedicated Team created a very dignified feature at the National Monument in The Square, Millstreet at 11.00 a.m.. Terence MacSwiney had visited Millstreet in 1915. Here we share a selection of some 14 images recalling Sunday’s historic event. Tap on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) [read more …] “Remembering Terence MacSwiney in Millstreet on Sunday”