We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme – 02/12/2018 – on C103 at 7pm. (S.R.)
When the people of Cork City and County moved into the 1980s, they did so with a swagger. Life was good, there was plenty of employment, and the real Taoiseach had been watching over them for ten years. They felt immune to any crisis.
But the storm clouds of a major recession were gathering. Within eighteen months, Fords, Dunlops and Verolme Dockyard had all closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. By 1985, the city was in chaos.
On this week’s Where the road takes me, John Greene meets journalist Michael Moynihan, whose new book – ‘Crisis and Comeback – Cork in the eighties’, has just been published.
We hear how the crisis and its collateral damage resulted not just in unemployment, but also in religious hysteria and crime.
- How 1985 was the year of craziness.
- And how the arrival of Apple in Cork was the catalyst for a comeback.
How Cork survived the biggest recession of its living history – Join John Greene on ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening at 7 – on C103.