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 original Millstreet 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.)
John P. Kelleher reminds us that Sunday, 5th March 2017 marks the anniversary of the Clonbanin Ambush while 10th March is the anniversary of the Nadd Ambush. (S.R.)
A Memorial Plaque will be unveiled at the
Republican Plot, Cullen
on Sunday 4th September 2016 at 7pm.
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 number of excellent speeches were delivered and refreshments were later served at Kilcorney. We shall share lots more images later. [read more …] “Wonderfully Impressive Tribute to “The Bard” at Mushera on Sunday”
We share some further images of the praiseworthy historic feature at The Square, Millstreet. [read more …] “Centenary of the Death of Sir Roger Casement Marked in Millstreet Today – 3rd August 2016”
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.
KERRY ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY will 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!
We thank Jack Lane for the following important notice (S.R.):
Unveiling of Monument Commemorating Centenary of Visit of Pádraig Pearse on 22nd of August 1915
A plaque unveiled commemorating the centenary of Pádraig Pearse’s visit to Millstreet on 22nd of August 1915 where he addressed an aeridheacht & later dined.
Event Type: History
Primary Category: Local History
22nd August 2015 19:30 PM to 20:30 PM
Venue Name: Corkerys Bar
Address: Main Street, Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland
County: Cork County
Is Booking Required: No
Admission Fee: Free
Suitable for Children: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Full
Car parking Available: Yes
Event Organiser/Organisation: Millstreet Monuments Committee
Email: duhallow @eircom.net
Marie is a member of the Cork Western Front Association and is of Church St., Millstreet as well as of Berrings.
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.)