Goleen on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening from 7 on C103

We thanks John Greene, Presenter supreme for background information on this evening’s Programme.  (S.R.)

Many towns and villages close to Cork City showed a population increase in Census 2016. In the Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas the story was much different. Rural decline is a real problem here.

In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the village of Goleen on the Mizen peninsula. Here the locals joke that one of their neighbouring parishes is New York. But unlike New York, this village has already lost its Garda station, has a limited GP service and the priest is now based in Schull. The local football team who won a junior football championship last year, have since lost three of their best players to emigration, with more due to follow. There’s an air of uncertainty over the future of the local post office.

In a two part programme we discover that the people of Goleen are fighting back. The community centre here is the envy of all and a hive of activity. The community council have made great strides in developing the area and taking care of the elderly. Mizen Rovers GAA club have developed an unique programme called ‘Care for our players’, and business people have pulled out all the stops in efforts to survive. With breath-taking scenery, tourism is also performing well here.

‘Goleen – A positive story’ – the first of two programmes on Where the road takes me, this Sunday evening at 7 on C103.

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