Truly Historic Axe Very Kindly Presented to Millstreet Museum

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.)

The Historic Stone Axe found at Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet by the late John Kelleher in the 1960s. We place a €2 coin near the historic item to illustrate the size of the precious Stone Axe. Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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Remembering Catherine’s Visits to Millstreet

From the Pictorial Archives of Millstreet Museum we share a memory of the late Catherine Linehan’s many visits to Millstreet from San Francisco, USA during which there was always a royal welcome at her home in Main Street, Millstreet for many a wonderfully happy gathering of Relatives and Friends.  We also include the caption from the Summer 2000 photograph. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

“Radio Treasures” Travels Back to 1980 Tonight on CMS

“Radio Treasures” is on air tonight (Tues., 8th Dec. 2020) on Cork Music Station from 9.30 to 11.00.   We feature our regular items with a splendid blend of uplifting songs and music… tonight we feature a selection of songs and music with lots of variety as well as lots of interesting musings and words of wisdom.  Feel most welcome to contact the Show on corkmusicstation @gmail.com …. On Facebook (Seán Radley) …Or WhatsApp or text 086 825 0074.   Happy Listening!  (S.R.) Highlights of tonight’s programme:

  1.  Our 10pm Main Feature tonight brings us back to Monday, 17th March 1980 for the official Opening of Millstreet Museum – Listen to recordings from that morning’s St. Patrick’s Day Mass, the Parade (including the drumming of the late John “Sing” O’Sullivan).  That afternoon we hear our introduction to the historic event where we greet “The Millstreet Rovers”, Cork Co. Librarian – Pádraig Ó Maidín who officially opened the Museum, Fr. John B. O’Sullivan who blessed the Museum.  All recordings from 40 years ago!  And we remember the late Catherine Tarrant one of the Founder Members of Millstreet Museum who was laid to rest this afternoon.  R.I.P..
  2. We listen to the musical hits of 1980 including Frank Sinatra, ABBA, Dolly Parton and more.
  3. We recall the many famous people who have visited our Museum over the past 40 years – illustrated below.
  4. And we chat about the images which we now share:
    Carnegie Hall 1980 – home of Millstreet Museum and (below) the very same location four decades later! Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

    Just some of the many important young Visitors outside the Museum in the 1980s.
    Inside the Museum….no social distancing necessary then!
    Renowned Cork Actor and Author – James N. Healy at the Museum.
    Actor supreme Brian Dennehy spent two hours at the Museum in 1990.
    Christmas at Tubrid Holy Well…Many thanks to the Loyal Visitor to Tubrid for sharing this golden image of Christmas at this Haven of Peace.

    Piper Supreme, Con Houlihan played a superb musical tribute to the late Catherine Tarrant at her Funeral this afternoon. 

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Liscahane Grotto Original Drawing Plan Presented to Museum

We thank Mary Fahy of Murphy’s Terrace, Millstreet for a wonderful selection of historic items which she has very kindly presented to Millstreet Museum.  Included are many historic receipts, documentation relating to the CYMS Millstreet Branch plus the original drawing plan for the Liscahane Grotto which was officially blessed and opened in the late 1950s.   It was Mary’s father – the late Jackie Forde of Church Street, Millstreet who created the plan for the Grotto.   Jackie was gifted as a superb Craftsman and completed many beautifully designed inlaid tabletops which would be quite similar to the Religious Bookstand which has also been donated to Millstreet Museum.  Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Cornelius Forde completing a magnificent painting of the very same beautiful Grotto at Liscahane in recent years.

Millstreet Museum Opening Times

This week Millstreet Museum is open on Thursday 9.30am to 2.00pm.   We offer our sincere sympathy to our Assistant Curator, Catherine Cronin on the sad departure of her dear Mum (Judy Cronin) to her Eternal Reward. R.I.P..   From next week our usual opening times will apply:

Monday to Wednesday:  9.30am to 2.30pm

Thursday: 9.30am to 2.00pm.

Also open by appointment:  Email seanradley8jan @gmail.com

Opening of Museum Extension in 1993.

Final Update of Fundraising for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website

As we conclude our fundraising for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website we are presently compiling a record in the Museum of the many very generous Individuals, Businesses and Local Organisations such as Millstreet Town Park Committee, Millstreet Community Council, Millstreet Vintage Club, Millstreet GAA and Millstreet Community Singers to mention but some – all of whom have been so enormously generous, supportive and encouraging.   Below we share the final update which we have just published on the GoFundMe platform.   While we have already individually thanked many of our very generous Donors we have yet to write to many acknowledging their contributions and extending thanks.

“Dear Wonderfully Supportive Friends we’ve reached our Final Update of our phenomenally successful GoFundMe Campaign in aid of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Community Website. Our Grand Total of €6,534.84 (after fees) in the GoFundMe Project is absolutely magnificent and very much beyond our expectations. We wish to extend our most sincere thanks to the many people who have so very kindly supported this Project and who have been so hugely encouraging not only with their greatly appreciated Donations but also by their superbly uplifting comments. We also wish to thank the GoFundMe Team especially Ida for their professional guidance and assistance. This tremendous response to our Project will cover our ongoing costs and will also allow for important developments at the Museum and on the Website that up to now could not have become a reality. In addition to our GoFundMe total we have also received separate Donations from very generous Local Organisations, Businesses and Individuals reaching €2,908.00. When added to our GoFundMe total – the overall Grand Total is a hugely impressive €9,442.84. To everyone who has been so very generous, supportive and encouraging on this wonderful GoFundMe platform – heartfelt sincere thanks. As we say in Irish “Míle, míle buíochas” – a thousand, thousand thanks. As we shall shortly be deleting this GoFundMe Project we extend very best wishes to everyone. Your amazing generosity and tremendous support is greatly appreciated. Sincerely – Seán  Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum and Member of Millstreet Website.”

Millstreet Museum is open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Also open on Thursday from 9.30am to 2.00pm.

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Museum & Website Fundraising Success

Having now ended our hugely successful GoFundMe Project we observe the attached image of Clara Mountain, Millstreet, Co. Cork, Ireland at the foot of which nestles Millstreet Town where our Museum and Community Website are very much part of everyday Millstreet life.   It is, therefore, superbly uplifting to have witnessed such amazing generosity from so many wonderfully kind people and organisations at home and abroad who have supported our fundraising project.   By 20th August 2020 a total of €6515.67 will have been transferred from the GoFundMe platform to our Museum Bank of Ireland Account.   The total raised was €6,750 and fees of €234.33 were deducted.   A million thanks to all our splendid Supporters and also to the GoFundMe Company for making such an excellent fundraising platform available.   In addition the extra donations received by post and by hand will be included with the GoFundMe total when on Thursday, 20th August 2020 we shall publish on the Millstreet Website the overall Grand Total.   Renewed heartfelt thanks to Everyone who has so generously supported our fundraising for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website.  Míle Buíochas – Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum and Member of Millstreet Website Team.

Clara Mountain, Millstreet in August 2020. Tap on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Final Day of Phenomenal GoFundMe Project for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website

As we reach our final day (Tuesday, 4th Aug. 2020) of the GoFundMe fundraising project in aid of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website we are so totally amazed at the superb generosity of so many wonderfully kind Supporters locally, nationally and internationally.  Presently with fees deducted our total in the GoFundMe Project is €4879.59.  The phenomenal response far exceeds our expectations and will truly afford us the opportunity to maintain and, above all, to further develop our services. In addition to our GoFundMe campaign further generous Supporters have sent donations by post and also delivered by hand. We shall share on our website the final amount donated on this coming Thursday. While we have sent a personal thank you message to all our GoFundMe Contributors we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has so very kindly responded to this annual appeal for the Museum and Website. Sincerely – Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website Team Member. [read more …] “Final Day of Phenomenal GoFundMe Project for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website”

Museum & Website Online Fundraising Ends on Tuesday

Before we end our Go Fund Me Project on this coming Tuesday, 4th August 2020 we extend sincere thanks for the absolutely amazing generous response we have received for Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website over the past few days. In addition to donations received by post and by hand which have amounted to €450.00  our Go Fund Me fundraising has by this Friday, 31st July 2020 reached a hugely impressive €4, 175.00. We shall on this coming Wednesday publish the final amount received. Such an outstandingly generous response from home and abroad will allow us to now update our older well worn recording equipment and will also permit us to explore the availability of podcasts of current and historic audio recordings. Upgrading of software to share video and audio recordings and broadcasts will now also become a possible reality. Although a personal thank you has been sent to all who have contributed we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has in any way been so very supportive in this year’s fundraising Project for the Museum and Website. It is truly appreciated. The accompanying very kind comments received with different donations are also a wonderful source of encouragement. Keep safe and well All. Míle buíochas….Seán Radley, Curator, Millstreet Museum & Website Team Member.

Clara Road with Time Capsule Platform
Clara Mountain as viewed from Drishane in August 2019.

Truly Magnificent Response to the Annual Funding of Museum & Millstreet Website

The amazing generosity of the very kind Supporters of Millstreet Museum and Millstreet Website has been superbly demonstrated within the past 22 hours when a magnificent €1,575.00 has been very kindly donated through our Go Fund Me page by 35 wonderfully generous people at home and abroad.  To reach such an uplifting target in less than one day is utterly incredible and is hugely appreciated.   It allows us to continue our work at Millstreet Museum and to maintain the Millstreet Website.   The work of Volunteers in these Projects is vital and to them we extend heartfelt thanks.  Our Go Fund Me page will remain open until the end of next week coinciding with the week of our usual Church Gate Collection which due to COVID-19 this year has been replaced by this Go Fund Me project.   Míle buíochas to All.  (S.R.) 

Carnegie Hall where Millstreet Museum is located

Annual Funding of Millstreet Museum & Millstreet Website

(Update Already within the first 15 minutes of launching our Go Fund Me page we have received greatly appreciated support from Rebecca, Michael & Siobhán, AnnPatrick from USA continues to support Millstreet based projects in a most generous manner.   Míle buíochas, dear Friends.)

Although we have our annual permit for the holding of our Annual Church Gate Collection for this coming weekend 1st & 2nd August 2020 we shall not be holding this Collection due to COVID-19.  Instead, for this year, we are setting up a Go Fund Me page to afford the opportunity of supporting the two local community-based voluntary services – Millstreet Museum & Millstreet Website.   Running costs at our Museum include annual insurance of €1,000.00 plus lighting, heating and development expenses while for the Millstreet Website we have hosting and domain name costs.

One can visit our Go Fund Me page by clicking  this Go Fund Me link.

Our main source of funding for Millstreet Museum and the Millstreet Website is through an Annual Church Gate Collection in August.   This year, however, due to COVID-19 we cannot hold this Collection.   Thus we extend an invitation to our Supporters to kindly consider contributing towards this Go Fund Me appeal so that we as Volunteers can continue to make our Museum and Website Services available.   The running costs of both are quite substantial.   We greatly appreciate any contribution received.    Sincere thanks also for the wonderful words of encouragement we constantly receive regarding the provision of these two community-based important Services.   Míle buíochas – Seán Radley, Curator Millstreet Museum & Team Member of Millstreet Website.

Mícheál Martin (now Taoiseach) at Millstreet Museum in 2019
Carnegie Hall where Millstreet Museum is located

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Eileen Presents Additional Wonderfully Historic Items

Following the recent presentation of the splendid 1916 Soldier’s Belt strongly believed to have been taken from Eamon de Valera following noble surrender at Boland’s Mills, Dublin in 1916 – Eileen Cronin of Scrahan, Knocknagree has recently very kindly sent by post a number of additional items for display in Millstreet Museum.  These include a letter from New York sent in 1896 by a gentleman to his relatives in the Knocknagree area.  (We shall share the contents of this letter in next Tuesday’s “Radio Treasures” on CMS.) Other items include a superb postcard collection of Cleethorpes in UK sent by Major John Robson in 1954 with an interesting “Post early” stamp at the back of the envelope.  It was Major John who originally sent the historic Belt to Eileen in the 1960s.   We sincerely thank Eileen for such great kindness to our Museum where we shall soon create a full display of the fascinating items.  (S.R.)

Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

Millstreet Museum’s New Email Address

For decades our email address at Millstreet Museum has been millstreetmuseum @eircom.net .   From Monday, 11th May 2020 this email address will no longer apply.   Our new email address going forward is now millstreetmuseum @gmail.com .

Carnegie Hall – Home of Millstreet Museum

Sincere Thanks to John for Museum’s 40th Anniversary Feature

Sincere thanks to “Corkman” Journalist and Photographer Supreme John Tarrant for his greatly appreciated feature in last week’s “Corkman” regarding the 40th Anniversary of Millstreet Museum.  Here we also share one of the 2014 images from our Museum Archive of a panoramic view from a Hoist in Millstreet Town Park.   The scene shows a new Astroturf looking superb and it also shows the Carnegie Hall in the background – the home of Millstreet Museum.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Millstreet Museum Presented with the West End O’Connor Family Archive Collection

We at Millstreet Museum are so very grateful to have today (Monday, 23rd March 2020) been presented with what we shall now entitle “The West End O’Connor Family Archive Collection” which consists of a truly magnificent collection of historic newspapers with fascinating supplements especially from the 1932 Eucharistic Congress in Dublin as well as a wonderful selection of booklets and newscuttings of very real relevance to Millstreet.  Below we share 14 images of just some of this hugely appreciated Historic Collection which Mrs. F. O’Connor and Family of West End, Millstreet have shared with Millstreet Museum to be enjoyed by future generations.   Sincere thanks to Jerry O’Connor who delivered these treasures today to my home….within recommended social distancing measures.   The superb items will later be on display at our Museum Centre.   Tap on the images below to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Museum Presented with the West End O’Connor Family Archive Collection”

Millstreet Museum’s 40th Anniversary Today

It’s exactly 40 years to the very day when on St. Patrick’s Day 1980 Pádraig Ó Maidín, Cork Co. Librarian officially opened Millstreet Museum at the Carnegie Hall in the presence of the “Millstreet Rovers Band” and a very large attendance.   To celebrate this very special 40th Anniversary we take you on a Virtual Tour of the present Museum featuring some 13 images.   Sincere thanks to the very many people who have been hugely supportive of our Museum work over the past 40 years.   Míle buíochas.   Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh go léir.   Tap on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Millstreet Museum’s 40th Anniversary Today”

Pictorial News Updates from Museum Archives

Appearing in this year’s “Holly Bough” David and Eileen Dineen.
Eurovision Week during May 1993 at The Square, Millstreet. We featured Jerry Pat O’Leary’s memories of the great 1993 event on “Radio Treasures” this Tuesday on www.corkmusicstation.com … Tap on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

We thank Mary Lynch of Ballydaly for sharing these two newscuttings (Killarney Advertiser and Killarney Outlook) where we read that Mary Gleeson’s grandson, Rian Gleeson, is to feature on this coming Friday night’s famous “Toy Show” on RTÉ 1 Television. [1]