We sincerely thank Colm O’Connor who lives in Rotterdam and who originally hails from Millstreet for so very kindly sharing quite fascinating film footage of the Millstreet of the 1960s. Colm’s father, the late Eddie O’Connor, captured a variety of very interesting scenes with his cine-camera and here we view the footage which includes a Corpus Christi Procession and playing ball on a traffic-free Drishane Road. Among the others appearing on this hugely popular footage: John Coleman, John Lucey and Anthony Forde. Click on the following link to view the scenes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3EnYQ9jGn2Eek1zUm8xN09VUzQ/view?usp=sharing&ts=59eb54fb
We also share some still images from the footage and we meet with Colm when he visited in August 2016. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.) If ye recognise people in the pictures, do let us know please.
Patrick W. O’Leary of Louisville, USA had in August (as well as others) suggested that an opportunity should be given to people nationally and internationally who may at any time wish to contribute towards the upkeep of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website …. and to this effect we have arranged to set up an electronic system with the Bank of Ireland here in Millstreet (where our Museum/Website account exists) whereby anyone can transfer a desired donation to the account by just quoting at one’s own Bank our relevant numbers which are: IBAN No.: IE22 BOFI 9058 0334 0531 43 and the BIC No.: BOFIIE2D. This was mentioned in August and recently a most kind lady with Millstreet connections and who resides in USA contributed a very generous €100.00 through the above Bank Account. Sincere thanks to this much appreciated Donor who is our first person to contribute through this newly introduced Bank system for our Museum and Website. Please note also in a recent Tweet that our Liscahane Ogham Stone at the Museum is now available to view in amazing 3D following a visit by two superb Experts from Dublin and Cork Universities to the Museum over the Summer. (S.R.)
We thank Margaret and John Kelleher of Mount Leader, Millstreet for sharing with us a wonderful historic image of the Tóstal in Millstreet c.1957 where a very large number of Pipe Bands visited Millstreet on the occasion. I was six years old and can recall the huge excitement there was throughout the town and of course the splendid musical sound of the various Bands. Our image from a Ballybunion publication shows the Ballybunion Pipe Band pictured at The Square, Millstreet. Please note Tom Radley’s Forge with the wheel against the front wall. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
While most of us have been to the top of Clara Mountain, many don’t know that on top, the remains of an ancient hillfort lie under the heather. It can be made out in the photo above which shows Clara with Millstreet in the background. The hillfort is described in a new archaeological site: The Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland, which maps for the first time all the ancient hillforts across the landscapes of Ireland and the UK:
“Contour fort positioned at the summit of Claragh Mountain, overlooking the town of Millstreet. The circular enclosing element measures 122m in diameter and comprises a single bank of loose stone with no discernible ditch feature. It occupies a total area of 1ha. Possible original entrance at WNW. Up to four breaks in the bank have been created in recent years. Near the center of the interior, a sub-rectangular enclosure, 19m E _ W, 14mN _ S, is defined by a setting of stones. A cairn, 8m in diameter and 0.5m in maximum height is incorporated in to W section of the hillfort bank. Sections of peat at summit suggest an even blanket of peat approximately 0.2m in depth. Some heather growth in interior. There have been no archaeological investigations of this hillfort.
Entrance: Simple break in hillfort bank, 8m wide. West side”
A request to our Millstreet website – Does anyone have a photograph of the originalMillstreet Creamery on Drishane Road? It would be very much appreciated if anyone could email such an image to millstreetmuseum @eircom.net which we shall share with those who made this request. (S.R.)
A recent query to our Millstreet website….Does anyone recall a Garda Dance which took place in “The Star Ballroom”, Church Street, Millstreet between 1963 and 1967? We shall communicate any response to the gentleman who enquired. Any information may be provided through commenting on our Comment facility or by emailing millstreetmuseum @eircom.net. Míle buíochas. (S.R.)
An important Heritage Meeting regarding the Church and the Mill with the final presentation to be viewed and discussed before going to print will take place at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Tuesday, 21st March 2017 at 8:30pm. All are very welcome to this important meeting. We thank Margaret Bourke for this significant notice. (S.R.)
On this Sunday, 21st August 2016 President Michael D. Higgins will officially open the new state-of-the-art Independence Museum at Kilmurry (near Lissarda) following his delivery of the Michael Collins oration at nearby Béal na Bláth (at which Millstreet Pipe Band perform annually). The original Kilmurry Museum was named the Terence McSwiney Museum because of his close connection with the area. Several years ago before the official opening of Millstreet Museum in 1980 I recall visiting that impressive Museum where Mrs. O’Sullivan gave me such a wonderful welcome and provided a superb guided tour of the splendid Centre. To mark this Sunday’s historic event we here feature from our Lucey-Coleman Collection at Millstreet Museum a truly historic Terence McSwiney & Family Badge – part of a larger selection of important medals and badges. We hope to share images from this Sunday’s Kilmurry event at a later point. Incidentally, due to further very generous contributions towards our recent annual church gate collection for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website – our final amount has reached a much appreciated €1,820.00 for which we are truly grateful. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
A Pádraig Ó hIceadha Plaque will be unveiled at Cullen Community Centre this Saturday evening at 8 in Cullen. Renowned Poet, Bernard O’Donoghue of Cullen & Oxford will perform the unveiling to honour this superb gentleman – Pádraig – whose great love of Cuilinn Uí Chaoimh and the promotion of true Irish Culture and Heritage was universally recognised. Everyone is very welcome to this historic unveiling this Saturday, 23rd July 2016 at 8pm in Cullen. We thank Brenda O’Sullivan for alerting us to this very important occasion. (S.R.)
Comhartha ar a spéis san fheirmeoireacht is ea gur shiúil sé go Baile Átha Cliath in Eanáir 1967 chun tacú le feachtas mór chearta na bhfeirmeoirí. Bhí sé bainteach le Conradh na Gaeilge go hóg ina shaol agus dhéanadh mórchuid oibre i gCuilinn; ainmneacha Gaeilge ar shiopaí, fógraí agus comharthaí Gaeilge, cúrsaí Gaeilge, Feis Laitiarain, an iris Seanchas Dúthalla, sraitheanna léachtaí.
We thank Jerry Lehane of Ballydaly and Minor Row for these two wonderful images of a snowy Square in the Millstreet of the 1960s or 1970s. It was the late Tadhg O’Driscoll who took the truly historic pictures. We’ve been trying to read the Posters on the window of McCarthy’s Bar – One reads “Whist Drive”. And note the VW car owned by the Healy Family outside the Jeweller’s Shop. The petrol pumps outside Lucey’s Garage are also visible. We welcome the suggestions as to what Christmas it is exactly. Our Museum is being officially reopened on this Wednesday, 14th Oct. at 7pm. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
KERRY ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETYwill host a History Outing led by Fr. Seán Tucker & Seán Radley visiting Millstreet Museum, Drishane, Kilmeedy Castle & Upper Ballydaly and more on Sunday 12th July 2015. Meet at Carnegie Hall at 2.30p.m. All are very welcome!
Recording of Duhallow’s Historic Graves – Information Evening November 11th 2014
Following a very successful programme on how to Care, Conserve and Record Duhallow’s Historic Graveyards we are now calling out to all communities within Duhallow on how we can further develop this programme. All Community members interested in recording the stories of the historic graveyards in their area using 21st century technology are invited to attend an information session at the James O’ Keeffe Institute, Newmarket on the 11th of November 2014 at 7.30p.m. John Tierney of Eachtra Archeological Projects will be speaking at this event. The information session is free for everyone but we ask that people register for the session by contacting Mary Creedon on 029 60633. Light refreshments will be served on the night and all are welcome.
We thank Mary Creedon of IRD Duhallow for this important notice. (S.R.)