We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding his upcoming radio feature on C103 at 7pm this Sunday. (S.R.)
Forget Catherine Cookson and your Mills and Boon novels, the greatest romance of all comes from the annals of Irish mythology. Tinged with tragedy and suspense, the story has a West Cork sequel.
This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene travels to Murragh (pronounced Mur-Rah) where two local groups have recently surveyed the local graveyard which goes back to the 18th century. The church here which is now in ruins goes back to the 12th century and the area itself to 200BC.
The survey includes the causes of erosion which eradicated forty per cent of the graveyard. The difficult job of identifying and deciphering headstone inscriptions was fully completed and local legends were unearthed.
The triangular love story of Grainne, daughter of King Cormac macAirt eloping with Diarmuid o’Duibhne at her betrothal feast to Fionn mac Cumhaill, ends in tragedy in West Cork, where Fionn exacts revenge.
After exhaustive research, Ballineen and Enniskeane heritage group and Murragh and Templemartin Parish group locate the tumulus of Diarmuid in Murragh graveyard.
The book ‘Murragh – A place of graves’ was launched recently in the BEDA Hall in Ballineen.. Changes to the River Bandon, family history and local legends, including the pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne are all on the menu on Where the road takes me – this Sunday evening at 7 – on C103.