We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103 on 16th Feb. 2020. (S.R.)
In 1921, and a few weeks before the truce, a young Jack Breen refused to leave the bedside of his dying mother and evacuate their hotel, as the IRA came to blow up the adjacent Brandy Hall Bridge on the outskirts of Castletownbere.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to the area where he was born, reared and reluctantly educated.
Close by and accompanied by an old school friend, they view the reluctant path once taken by many to Brandy Hall National School and the ruins of a handball alley which doubled as a ‘sporting centre of excellence’ for the local youth.
In the first of a two part programme, we base ourselves in what was once Jack Breen’s Hotel, now the Millbrook Bar, run by his daughter Mary.
We meet Mary’s daughter, Dr. Fiona Kelly who was voted the best rural GP in the country last year.
We hear about local born journalist and MP Tim Harrington who was responsible for bringing an end to Gladstone’s Government in the UK
We eavesdrop on a music session at the Millbrook.
Music, song, story and childhood memories from Brandy Hall on this week’s edition of Where the road takes me – Sunday evening at 7 on C103.