Avondhu

Once more the Summer decks the hills round dear old Millstreet town
The breezes waft the scent from flowers of green Duhallow down
The sunshine chases shadows fleet o’er Muskery’s meadows wide
And light and shade guild every glade by sweet Blackwater’s side

Sweet it is when Clara hill is clad in sunset glow
And happy lovers shyly meet in many a vale below
They breathe the balmy Irish air and roam the meadows through
Where Finnow witching waters join the far famed Avondhu

Oh. Avondhu by many a field your shadowed waters glide
Where I have life[s golden hours your restful banks beside
Now scattered afar the comrades all my careless boyhood knew
Alas we’ll never meet again beside sweet Avondhu

Some sleep beside that grand old stream in the graveyard on the hill
They closed their eyes in dreamless death while life seemed pleasant still
Light lay the sod upon their clay may heaven’s sweetest dew
For ever bless each comrade’s grave beside sweet Avondhu

The fairest land on earth art thou Oh Ireland grá mo chroí
Your Exiles brave in every land are wrath to make you free
Their dearest hope that yet some day in Freedoms light they’ll view
Their Native hills that sleep for aye beside sweet Avondhu

J. Doody (Author)
Dooneen,
Millstreet,
Co. Cork

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Storm Frank: Water Water Everywhere

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The western side of Drishane Bridge, with the railway line on the opposide side of the flooded field

Storm Frank brought incessant rain all yesterday afternoon (76.9mm in total in town). On top of ground that was already totally saturated, all the rain went straight to the rivers and flooding was inevitable. This morning the Blackwater and Finnow are at the highest they’ve been in a number of years. Loads of roads in the area are closed, so travelling today isn’t a great idea. photos below are thanks to Michelle. (For lots more photos/videos/info on flooding in Cork, see Cork Flood Alerts)

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Wallis’ Bridge (or Drishane Bridge) What you don’t see is that the arches under the bridge were totally underwater for a while :-\

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The Blackwater peaked at 8am this morning at a height of 3.233m, the highest it’s been in a number of years. [read more …] “Storm Frank: Water Water Everywhere”

“Walking the Munster Blackwater” Book Launch – Available at “Wordsworth”

Author Jim O'Malley with Annmarie Burke and Sheila O'Keeffe of IRD Duhallow at the November Book Launch in Cork. "Walking the River Blackwater" is a fascinating book documenting Jim's courageous walking of the entire length of the Munster Blackwater. Millstreet features quite significantly. The photographs, writing and maps are excellent and it truly makes a great Christmas gift. It's on sale at "Wordsworth" Millstreet and in towns along the Blackwater and beyond. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Author Jim O’Malley with Anne Maria Bourke and Sheila O’Keeffe of IRD Duhallow at the November Book Launch in Cork. “Walking the Munster Blackwater” is a fascinating book documenting Jim’s courageous walking of the entire length of the Munster Blackwater. Millstreet features quite significantly. The photographs, writing and maps are excellent and it truly makes a great Christmas gift. It’s on sale at “Wordsworth” Millstreet and in towns along the Blackwater and beyond. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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The Cork Launch took place on 12th November 2015 at “Waterstones” while there was also a launch in Youghal (where Jim grew up) and in Beaufort, Co. Kerry where Jim resides with [read more …] ““Walking the Munster Blackwater” Book Launch – Available at “Wordsworth””

Progress Record on Boeing Bridge Construction

We thank Eileen who lives close to the River Blackwater for providing us with splendid images regarding the construction of the Boeing Bridge ("Áth an Mhuilinn").
We thank Eileen who lives close to the River Blackwater for providing us with splendid images regarding the ongoing construction of the Boeing Bridge (“Áth an Mhuilinn”).   Despite a number of recent challenging floods in the River progress on the impressive construction has been very evident with great credit to John D. Buckley and his wonderfully dedicated Team.  Eileen appreciates the very kind cooperation received in recording the historic development and has been mindful of the importance of health and safety during the current project.  We share just a small selection of the many pictures Eileen has made available to us.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

9Construction of the Boeing Walk Bridge 2015 -600 8Construction of the Boeing Walk Bridge 2015 -600 3Construction of the Boeing Walk Bridge 2015 -600We share a further eight images of this truly historic development at [read more …] “Progress Record on Boeing Bridge Construction”

Official Launch of O’Sullivan Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps in Dublin

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. officially launched the Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamps at a highly impressive event in Dublin's Mansion House on Wednesday, 15th May 2013.  Here we share some of the images from the landmark night (We shall upload a full feature next week).   The Taoiseach was delighted to receive a drawing of the Bridge over the Boeing from the O'Riordan children of Dromsicane, Millstreet.   Jim O'Sullivan from Castletownbere - the true hero in the overall project - and his family  as well as the Millstreet Group were joined by Taoiseach Enda before he left for yet another engagement that night.    A special thanks to Jerry Kelleher of Minor Row who is for many year in the Dept. of An Taoiseach - for his outstanding assistance to us at the event.  (S.R.)
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. officially launched the Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamps at a highly impressive event in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday, 15th May 2013. Here we share some of the images from the landmark night (We shall upload a full feature next week). The Taoiseach was delighted to receive a wonderful drawing of the “Bridge over the Boeing” from the O’Riordan children of Dromsicane, Millstreet. Jim O’Sullivan from Castletownbere – the true hero in the overall project – and his family as well as the Millstreet Group were joined by Taoiseach Enda before he left for yet another engagement that night. A special thanks to Jerry Kelleher of Minor Row who is for many years in the Dept. of An Taoiseach – for his outstanding assistance to us at the event.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)

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Boeing Swim Attracts Enthusiastic Swimmers and Supporters

The enthusiastic and brave swimmers who
The enthusiastic and brave swimmers who participated in the Annual Boeing Swim today at 12.30 p.m. in the river Blackwater.    This year’s Swim was in aid of the Canon O’Donovan Centre.   Even Ken Stanley’s dog “Buster” enjoyed a great swim.   More pictures to follow later.   The event was recorded for LTV2 by Brendan Murphy and press coverage was by John Tarrant.   Eileen and Richard made the announcements.   (S.R.)