In 1992 when the the then owner Thade Mullane had a digger on his farm at Curragh, an Iron age Log Boat was discovered when landscaping the edge of Comeenatrush Lake. Made from oak, it had been preserved by the acidic bog water. It was dug out and researched by archaeologists from UCC and dated to 393 AD to 537 AD, it is the earliest boat found on the Blackwater Valley. After inspections, it was re-submerged into the lake to preserve it.
Other artefacts were also found in the lake, and these are now museum pieces .
The logboat discovered at Comeenatrush, seen here after it was taken from the water.
Nicole Ryan will be appearing on the Ray D’arcy Show on Saturday night week:
“Next Saturday 19th January, I will be on the Ray D’arcy Show where you can watch me talking more about the new programme launching next month, the upcoming 3 year anniversary of Alex, and how things are going in general. Do tune in as it’s going to be good viewing 😊😊” 
The RTE radio one programme ‘Ceilí House’ will come from Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel, on Saturday, 20th and Saturday, 27th October after the 9pm News. It will feature the Rockchapel Comhaltas based group, Ceoltoirí Sliabh Luachra, performing some of Sliabh Luachra’s oldest music. Much of this music comes from the manuscripts of Dave Dan Curtin of Stagmount, Rockchapel and the manuscripts of his father, Dan Curtin that go back to before 1850, and contain an older layer of Sliabh Luachra music that predates the polkas and slides that characterise the area now, and also from the manuscripts of Dave Leahy of Mountcollins who died in 1907.
We thank Jack Roche for this important notice. (S.R.)
We thank the wonderfully inspiring Celina O’Mahony who is presently on superbly praiseworthy volunteering work in India, for the very interesting update below and for also sharing an excellent short video of the location and of her work in education there. You will recall some months past of the uplifting generous response there was to Celina’s (and her Team) fundraising projects especially in the Millstreet area. (S.R.)
Here is Celina’s most recent update regarding her splendid volunteering work and the link to the relevant video:
Hope all is well in Sráid an Mhuilinn?! I have successfully completed the 1st part of my volunteering so I thought it best to send an update back.
I arrived into Delhi at about 3.40AM and was escorted to very basic accommodation in the centre, it was a total culture shock and a whole new world. I was here for about 2 days and then got a 14hour sleeper train to Pathankot in Himachal Pradesh and then about a 4hr car ride to the Idex volunteering house in Bundla, Palampur, I stayed here for the duration of the project, when I arrived there was an older lady, Barbara from Wicklow, just finishing a woman empowerment project then I was on my own until the last week when a travelling group and another volunteer arrived. [read more …] “Celina Shares a Wonderfully Interesting Update on her Volunteering Work in India”
As mentioned on Thursday, Graham Clifford of RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime Programme was in Millstreet and Carriganima to interview local ladies about the Women’s Little Christmas Celebrations in the area. The feature was aired about 5:40pm on Friday evening, and included a few words with Ann Marie Kelleher, Christopher (Barman at the Wallis Arms), Pat Randles, Noreen Dennehy, Sean Murphy and more ladies the Pub Carriganima. If you missed the feature, you can listen it on the RTÉ Player (from 1:08:40 to 1:16:00 in the programme). Below are some photos from some of the ladies that enjoyed themselves tonight in the Wallis Arms and in the Sandpit. We hope ye enjoyed yourselves tonight. Nollaig na mBan Shona Daoibh. [Listen here]
UPDATE THIS FEATURE WILL BE ON AT 5.30PM THIS EVENING (NOTE CHANGE OF TIME)
The Drivetime Programme which airs on RTE Radio 1 every evening Monday to Friday between 4.30pm and 7.00pm, is doing a feature on how Womens Little Christmas is being celebrated in the Millstreet Area. They plan to have the feature on their programme this Friday evening between 6 and 6.30pm approx. On the programme they will have a report from Millstreet and Carriganima on the preparations for celebrating Womens Little Christmas which takes place on this coming Saturday January 6th. On the Programme they plan to visit the Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet and the Pub in Carriganima which are both holding Womens Little Christmas Celebrations, and will talk to various people on what Womens Little Christmas means to them, so do tune in to Mary Wilson on Drivetime between 6.00pm and 6.30pm, tommorrow Friday and if there is any change on the broadcast time for this we will keep you informed here on millstreet.ie with any update on this.
Roger Kiely (principal of Cullen National School 1938-1961) is the central figure on the cover of a new book from UCC entitled the “Atlas of the Irish Revolution“, but for some reason best known to the editors they did not have the courtesy to identify him. He was an intelligence officer with the Millstreet Battalion.
They might have included the description of him by the artist Sean Keating: “Roger Kiely was about the best and finest man I ever knew. A few years ago I went to look for him in County Cork. I found him a poor school-teacher in a poor little school near Kanturk. I asked him about the others and found that death, poverty and America had claimed them – the Unknown Soldiers.” (BMH Witness Statement 505). – Jack Lane [read more …] “Roger Kiely – The Men of the South”
Unfortunately St. Nicholas’ Church in Kilcorney lost part of its roof yesterday during Storm Ophelia, but thankfully no-one was hurt. Today, Pat Sheehan from Kilcorney NS Board of Management was interviewed on RTE Radio 1 by Evelyn O’Rourke about what happened, and what will happen. Listen to the interview from 2:25 in the RTE Podcast below:
A few short years ago we were thrilled when Mark Ellis became the first Millstreet hurler on the Cork Senior Hurling team. Now in command of the centre back spot he is one of the senior players on the team, much is expected of him and others as Cork take on Tipperary today with a host of new players.
Cork beat Tipp in the league earlier in the year, but Tipp are smarting a big defeat in the league final. Expect Mark to drop back in front of his full back to help prevent goals, but it won’t be easy for Cork today against the All Ireland champions.
Munster SHC quarter-final: Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, 4pm. There will be live coverage of the game on RTÉ2 (TV), RTE Radio, C103, Radio na Gaeltachta with updates on Cork’s 96FM, Red FM, Cork GAA website and Twitter page, but nothing beats being there!
The very best of luck to Bernard O’Donoghue who has been nominated for the 2016 T.S. Eliot poetry prize for his new collection of poems The Seasons of Cullen Church. “This collection of expert lyric poems movingly animates the characters of his childhood in County Cork; it confirm O’Donoghue’s place as one of the most approachable and agile voices in contemporary Irish and British poetry.”
Among the theses in the book are: “a schoolboy beaten so hard by his teacher that his bare feet jiggle on the floorboards, a wife disinherited when her husband dies suddenly, and medieval tales which echo to how we live now.”
It is Bernard’s second time nominated for the T.S. Eliot prize. In 2011 he was nominated for Farmers Cross. The winner will be announced on January 16th. Here is one poem from the book called The Will:
When they discovered that my grandfather was going, unexpectedly, to die young of meningitis, they naturally set about ensuring that his wife would not inherit the farm. They assembled a group of solid men – as they might have for the threshing: his brother who lived south on the mountain; a shrewd solicitor; and a man from Doon with a good hand who often testified to wills.
On Sunday July 24 and Sunday July 31 at 9pm on “The Rolling Wave” RTÉ 1 Radio programme Peter Browne will broadcast highlights from this year’s World Fiddle Day Concert which took place on May 21 in Heritage Centre Scartaglin . Below we feature some images for that very special Concert:
Nicole Ryan spoke to Ryan Tubridy this morning on RTÉ Radio 1, on the death of her brother Alex, and dealing with the aftermath. She wants to go out and share his story with others, in schools and colleges to warn young people about the dangers of drug use and “give kids the information they need to not make the same mistake my brother did”, starting in Ireland, and moving across Europe and onto Asia.
Listen to it below, or click here for more information on her campaign.
Kilcorney man David Nolan and his fiancée Katie Healy, who survived the November terrorist attack on Paris venue the Bataclan Theatre, have paid tribute to the Parisians who helped them in the aftermath of the atrocity, describing them as “fantastic people”.
In a heart-rending interview on Saturday’s Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1, the newly engaged couple recounted the events of Friday November 13 and the days that followed.
They also talked about evacuating from the Shelbourne Hotel during a fire alarm and how difficult life gets when you’re disabled (more).
The podcast is from the RTÉ website here (or here as an mp3), and the interview starts at 3:06 in the audio. It is reported by RTÉ news here.
A number of Millstreet people appeared on national TV and Radio this weekend: First up was Eoin McCaul on the TV3 Toy Show, where he gave a superb performance of an Adele song. Watch Eoin on the TV3 Player (from 37:50 to 40:30)
Next up were the Millstreet Toddler group who won the RTÉ and Irish Rail “Journeys on Us” competition on the Countrywide programme. They hosted Brenda O’Donoghue for an afternoon when the recording was done. Listen to them on the RTÉ Radio Player (from 18:20)
Last Night it was the turn of Joanne O’Riordan who was appeared on the Ray D’Arcy Show and spoke to ray about her recent award and how life is progressing Watch Joanne on the RTÉ Player (from 1:03:00)
Also on the Ray D’Arcy Show was Katie Healy, girlfriend of Kilcorney man David Nolan who was shot in the massachre in the Bataclan Theatre in Paris last weekend Watch Katie on the RTÉ Player (from the start)
On Monday evening Áine Collins TD was speaking on the Claire Byrne Live Show on RTÉ One TV, about gender quotas for the upcoming election. Watch her on the RTÉ Player (from 33:40)
Update (8th Nov): Listen to the documentary podcast from RTÉ:
—- On Saturday afternoon (7th Nov 2pm) the “Documentary on One” is called “The Brits, The Blitz and The Bedwarmer” – it’s a documentary on Elizabeth Bowen, who was a famous novelist and a much-loved landlord of her ancestral estate Bowenscourt in Kildorrery. But it asks the question was she more – was she a British spy?
Jack Lane of the Aubane Historical Society is interviewed in the documentary. His connection is that in 2008 The Aubane Historical Society released a publication entitled: “Notes from Éire” – Espionage Reports to Winston Churchill, 1940-42 (by Brendan Clifford), an account of Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen’s World War II intelligence reports to Britain. The book marked an abandonment of the [read more …] “The Brits, The Blitz and The Bedwarmer”
Local farmer Conor Sheahan was interviewed by Cian McCormack live on RTÉ Radio 1 this morning, where he was one of the 124,000 people that attended the National Ploughing Championships today in Laois. Listen to the interview below (from 5:53)
Joanne O’Riordan gave a superb interview on RTÉ’s “John Murray Radio Show” this morning. The interviewer was Miriam O’Callaghan who is currently standing in for John Murray. The wonderful feature with the cheerful Joanne may be heard on the audio player below, and is over 16 minutes long. (S.R.)
Well done to the 15 members off the Charlevile/Ballyhea group “No to the bondholders bailout” and the support from the surrounding parishes in protesting outside the ECB Bank this morning the 6th June. They were present when the head of the ECB bank Mario Draghi turned up.
They presented their letter of demands to the head of the Irish central bank Patrick Honahan. They also got the attention off the Irish media with interviews from Morning Ireland on RTE 1 and our own C103fm and 96fm – from Lynette [read more …] “Protest in Frankfurt”
Click the audio player above to listen to Noel C.Duggan reminiscing on the Eurovision Song Contest which was held in his “cowshed” in Millstreet 19 years ago (1993). It’s from an interview with Damien O’Reilly on the CountryWide Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, this morning Saturday 26th May 2012. (6mins 25secs long) The 2012 Eurovision is on tonight at 8pm on RTE TV.
Ann Lane (formerly of Ballinatona, Millstreet) has spent four years and traveled over 14,000 miles on an odyssey to catalog the country’s main pieces of public art. She said it was her initial encounter with Capall Mór, the ferro-cement over a steel structure, near Tralee, that depicts a Celtic war horse with broken chains around its forelegs, signifying freedom, which inspired her to undertake the task of cataloging the works …
This is from an article in the Irish Examiner today(5th Aug) describing her passion for public art, and her journey to this stage.
Laurence Graham, the Methodist Minister for Millstreet has dropped us a note that RTE Radio 1 will be broadcasting from their Church in Kenmare tomorrow (Sunday) morning:
… the Broadcast Service on RTE Radio 1 this Sunday (22nd) is coming from the Methodist Church in Kenmare. It is on from 10.45 – 11.30 a. m. but only on Long Wave and Internet. It’s not on FM. That would give people an opportunity to hear something of how we worship etc.