Regional Report 1151 – 22nd January 2013



Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to News Report 1151 from Millstreet. Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this cold, icy, snowy, wintery Tuesday Morning.

This morning we send our best wishes to the lovely Sheila O Riordan formerly of Ballydaly and now at Teach Altra, on celebrating her 100th birthday. Her family and friends have planned a gala party to mark her big event, and we wish her continued health and happiness in the future.

All are invited to the Official opening of our E Centre in the Town Square on to-morrow Wednesday at 3.30 pm.

The Annual Machinery Show which was held at the Green Glens Arena for two days last week drew great crowds, and exhibitors were very pleased with the results. Local businesses also benefited from the extra crowds that it brought into town.

Next up at the same venue will be the spectacular Bride and Groom Show on February 9/10th.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1151 – 22nd January 2013”

Parish Newsletter – 20th January, 2013


Second SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 20th January, 2013

Canon John Fitzgerald P.P.   Tel Nos. Millstreet  029-70043  / Mobile  087-7752948

Email:  <email>


10.00a.m.-1.00p.m. & 2.00p.m.-5.00p.m.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the souls of the following and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time, and for those for whom masses will be offered during the week:

RECENT DEATHS:             Michael Looney, Minor Row & Dublin           

  [read more …] “Parish Newsletter – 20th January, 2013”

Regional Report 1150 – 15th January 2013



Eily Buckley

Dia is mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to News Report 1150 from Millstreet.Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best on this rather cold ,but calm Tuesday morning.

The Great Machinery Show will be held in the comfort of the Green Glens Arena on to-morrow Wednesday and again on Thursday, from 12noon until ten each day.

As usual it will attract keen interest and draw great crowds into the town which will be a welcome boost at this usually quiet time of year.


And the sparkling  Bride and Groom show will be held on February 9 and 10th.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1150 – 15th January 2013”

Aubane Social Club / Christmas Day Mountain Climb

The proceeds of the Mushera Mountain Annual Christmas Day Climb will be presented to “Suicide Aware” on Wednesday, the 23rd January at 8.00pm sharp at Aubane Community Centre. Those with sponsorship cards might please attend early at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!!!!

If you are unable to attend, you can return your sponsorship cards to either John F Kelleher, Secretary – 086 1942161 or Sonya O’Riordan, PRO – 087 2285570.

We look forward to seeing ye there.

Regional Report 1149 – 8th January 2013



Eily Buckley


Dia is Mhuire diobh go leir a cairde and welcome to News Report 1148 from Millstreet.

Fondest greetings dear listeners and I wish you all the very best as I welcome you all to the year 2013, on this nice calm Tuesday morning.

Christmas is over for another year and life is returning to normal as we head off into the New Year. We had a wonderful Christmas, in that we had no sensations or tragedies during the Festive Season.  Our streets were lit up in a manner which our town could afford and the shops and services did well.

Local Voluntary bodies made every effort to make it a good Christmas for everyone. Church services were a joy, with all three churches of the parish brightly lit and suitably decorated, and well trained choirs filling them with the message of Christmas. All the Schools did the story of Christmas.

150 people did the annual Christmas Day Climb of Mushera Mountain on Christmas Day and raised great money in aid of Suicide Awareness.


Our lovely Pipe Band played in the New Year in their own inimitable way as they do every year.

[read more …] “Regional Report 1149 – 8th January 2013”

Bureau of Military History – Millstreet

2013-01-07 Bureau of Military History - Con Healy Witness Statement - front page“The Bureau of Military History Collection, 1913-1921 (BMH) is a collection of 1,773 witness statements; 334 sets of contemporary documents; 42 sets of photographs and 13 voice recordings that were collected by the State between 1947 and 1957, in order to gather primary source material for the revolutionary period in Ireland from 1913 to 1921. The Bureau’s official brief was ‘to assemble and co-ordinate material to form the basis for the compilation of the history of the movement for Independence from the formation of the Irish Volunteers on 25th November 1913, to the 11th July 1921’ (report of the Director, 1957).”

The Bureau of Military History website is now searchable. It has a number of witness statements from people in the Millstreet area from around this time (listed below). For example this witness statement from Con Healy which outlines his activities as a member of Millstreet Battalions Flying Column. It has information about the IRA in Millstreet, downed British Army aircraft, ambushes, reprisals, bank robberies and [read more …] “Bureau of Military History – Millstreet”

Blackwater Way – Trail from Mushera to Bweeng

2013-01-06 Blackwater Way - Map for Mushera to Bweeing
2013-01-06 Blackwater Way – Map for Mushera to Bweeing

The Blackwater Way (the combined Duhallow and Avondhu Ways) is a 168 kilometre linear long distance walking route that stretches from the borders of west County Waterford across north County Cork and into the County of Kerry, following the valley of the River Blackwater. It in turn is part of the European E8 route which stretches from Kenmare to Bulgaria (some 4,300km). Here we highlight part of the route near Millstreet, from Mushera to Bweeing, a route which is described on

“This is the complete section from the pub at Bweeng to the Carpark at Mushera (at the highest point of the butter road). The sections across Mossy Bed and Nadd Bog are very wet all year round. Forest operations at the start of the Nadd bog section means that the way markings are [read more …] “Blackwater Way – Trail from Mushera to Bweeng”

Mushera Christmas Day Climb in aid of Suicide Aware

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Pictured are some of the 150+ who did the annual Mushera Christmas Day Climb today in aid of Suicide Aware. Early climbers were hit with fog and rain, but those that were a bit late were treated to a lovely day of sunshine on top. Well done to all involved, and if you didn’t meet Mary at the bottom, you can get your sponsorship card from her at 087-6800698, or from any of the Aubane Social Club members. [read more …] “Mushera Christmas Day Climb in aid of Suicide Aware”

Mushera Christmas Climb 2012 – in aid of Suicide Aware

2012-12-13 Aubane Christmas Climb - poster Social Club Annual Christmas Morning Climb takes place Tuesday 25th December at 10.30 am, meeting place at St John ‘s Well Car Park. The Climb this year is in Aid of Sucide Aware. Sponsorship cards available From Aubane Social Club Secretary John F. Kelleher (086 1942161). Please give it your best support as this is a very worthy charity…
[read more …] “Mushera Christmas Climb 2012 – in aid of Suicide Aware”

Two Superb Pictures from Fr. James McSweeney

First snow of winter up on Mushera (Butter Road) looking down across Millstreet and Duhallow I took the picture earlier this morning. We thank Fr. James for this wonderfully atmospheric picture. (S.R.)
Gerard McSweeney (Tooreenbawn) who got married recently to Karen White (Clondrohid) in St.Colman’s Church Macroom. Picture was taken next to Bealick Mill, Macroom. Gerard is of course Fr. James’s brother. Every happiness to the Happy Couple and many thanks, Fr. James for the splendid picture. (S.R.)

[read more …] “Two Superb Pictures from Fr. James McSweeney”

Jack Lane Speaks at the Kerryman’s Table on 19th August 2012

Historian supreme, Jack Lane gave an outstanding address at the Kerryman’s Table, Mushera, Millstreet at noon on Sunday, 19th August 2012.   Jack emphasised the importance of the Butter Road and gave a very interesting history of the famous Road.   It was held during Heritage Week 2012 as well as on the very same Sunday as the celebration of the centenary of Aubane N.S..  (S.R.)

While it was raining for part of Jack’s address this did not dampen the spirits of all who attended on the Sunday at this wonderfully picturesque setting.   Jack also introduced [read more …] “Jack Lane Speaks at the Kerryman’s Table on 19th August 2012”

The Narrow Mountain Roadway

Across so many bridges above river, stream and rill
Up the steep rise from Rylane to Mushera and to Aubane downhill
And on uphill to Tullig the road winds up and down
The back road from Cork City that leads to Millstreet Town.

A narrow mountain roadway through the hilly countryside
Through a rugged scenic valley that is known far and wide
Since tourists from all Nations have often passed this way
The scenery breathtaking on a clear and windless day.

[read more …] “The Narrow Mountain Roadway”

Musheramore Cross Reached on Recent Walking Festival

Gordon O'Keeffe leading the enthusiastic walkers to the summit of Musheramore on Sunday, 15th April 2012. The participants in this "B" Walk were hugely impressed by the splendid views in evidence that day from the Cross - a perfect day for such a walk when the scenery could not have been clearer. We thank Gordon for making this superb picture available to us. (S.R.).

Mushera Christmas Day Charity Climb

Christmas Day Mushera Charity Climb 2011 – above are some of the weather beaten  climbers at the top of Mushera who are raising money this year for the upkeep of St.Johns well on the slopes of Mushera. There were lots of more climbers on the mountain today, but they didn’t linger at the top [read more …] “Mushera Christmas Day Charity Climb”

The Great Hero Of Mushera

He was the great hero of Mushera the All Ireland two mile hurdle champion of nineteen hundred and ten
I knew him when i was a youngster he was showing the wear of time then
He did not have to boast of his achievements his great record did say it all
When Duhallow old timers talked of famous athletes Paddy Keeffe’s name was one they did recall
In two mile hurdles in his prime in Ireland he was the number one athlete
But he never went to the Olympics Ireland then as a team did not compete [read more …] “The Great Hero Of Mushera”

The Narrow Road By Old Mushera

The narrow road by old Mushera it winds up and down
The backway from Cork through Rylane that ends at Millstreet Town
In Winter the drivers crawl slow through the fog
That steals down the mountain and cloaks Togher Bog
But the scenery is breathtaking on a nice Summer’s day
For the tourist who drives on the mountain roadway
The Boggeragh Ranges above you the valley below
By the hills where gorse, heather and bracken do grow
Where in Spring and in Summer the male lark does fly
Up from the rank bracken to sing in the sky
A small speck in the universe till in gray clouds he disappear
The bird out of sight though his music one hear
On the narrow high road by Mushera from here far away
The tourist amazed at the beauty today.

Radio Field Day on Musheramore

The North Cork Radio Group have just been awarded a Group call-sign EI1NC (echo India 1 November Charlie).

In celebration of gaining this call and also International Marconi day (commemorating the birthday of Guglielmo Marconi), the Group will be holding a field day event from the mountain of Musheramore at Millstreet north Co Cork today, 24th and weather permitting running through into Sun 25th.

Operation will start at approx 10:30am on most, if not all bands. Further info about our group and its future plans will be accessible via

from the Southgate Radio Club with more information on

Mushera Christmas Day Climb 2009

Brave souls that ventured to the top of Mushera Mountain for the annual Christmas Day Climb in aid of the Baby Jacob Trust Fund (click to see the full picture
About 40 brave souls that ventured to the top of Mushera Mountain for the annual Christmas Day Climb in aid of the Baby Jacob Trust Fund (click to see the full picture).

Despite the roads being treacherous because of rain freezing when it hit the ground, there was a good crowd who were all in good spirits. The ground was hard and icy, but the heather was good for getting grip. Thankfully it stopped raining for most of the walk, except for the last few minutes on the way down, and the wind was not as strong as it has been in the past, but the mountain was shrouded in cloud while we were up there. At the top, and on behalf of the Baby Jacob Trust Fund Jerry Pat O’Leary thanked everyone for their efforts in the difficult weather.

Wishing everyone a very happy and a peaceful Christmas.

Into God’s Eye at Musheramore

Cross on top of Mushera, looking south-west towards West Cork

Our condolences go to the family of  Paddy Mulcahy from Cork who died while out walking on Musheramore just above the Millstreet Country Park last Sunday September 13th during the recent fine spell. His son Thomás has written about this on his blog.

Paddy died suddenly on a lovely sunny September day in a beautiful spot called Musheramore, a small hill in northeast Cork, near Millstreet, while out hillwalking with his wife and friends.

[read more …] “Into God’s Eye at Musheramore”

Scenery from Mushera July 2005

I stumbled across some pictures on taken around Mushera Mountain and St John’s Well in July 2005 by a visitor to the area. I just thought some of ye might like to see them. The photography is simple but good, and even though the weather was dull, it shows Mushera as it’s beautiful peaceful self. I’ve put in a couple of the photo’s below, but you can see them all as a slide-show if you follow this link:

Mushera Christmas Charity Climb 2002

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The Jack and Jill Childrens Foundation – Helping the forgotten children of Ireland.

Christmas Morning 2002 sponsored climb to the top of Mushera Mountain – half of the amount collected went to The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
What does the foundation do?
The Jack and Jill Children’s foundation helps to alleviate the very
distressful suffering experienced by the tiny babies born with severe
development delay until they reach the age of four years. Today the sad
reality in Ireland is that succour for children under four years of age and
their family is at best underdeveloped and at worst non-existent. Most
people are not aware of this distressing “age gap” in healthcare services.
These tiny babies and their parents could be the forgotten people of Irish
society. So the Jack and Jill Children’s foundation was set up to help these
babies and their families.

The Jack and Jill foundation helps these tiny babies and their families by
providing them with early intervention and home respite care. At present
they have over 200 children and their families under their wing all over

Aubane Social Club raise money for the Jack and Jill foundation.

On Christmas day 2002 at 10.30 a.m seventy people climbed Mushera mountain
in aid of the Jack and Jill foundation. It was the largest turnout of people
ever to participate in the annual mountain climb. The duration of the climb
was 2 hours. On the day sponsor card were given to each climber. On January
2003 the total sum of 3,500 euro was presented two charities. 1750 euros was
presented to Hannah Crowley representing the Jack and Jill foundation and
1750 to the Daniel Brosnan Desmond Fund.


– from an old Millstreet website: