We thank Presenter, John Greene for the following advance information of this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me, we are off to the townland of Tullymurrihy in the parish of Enniskeane. Here in 1898 Mick Flynn was born – War of Independence veteran, farmer, poet, songwriter, playwright and character of renown.
Mick the poet as he was affectionately known as, was very much influenced by the old Irish Bards, and indeed became a bard of the modern era himself. Inspiration for his songs and poetry came from events in the locality, and the idiosyncrasies and quirkiness of its people. His songs and poetry on children’s allowance, rationing, the local rail service, currant cake and pub licencing laws are still sung and recorded today. Unfortunately having been written in a ‘paper and pencil’ era, a lot of Mick’s works have been lost in the passage of time.
From the farmhouse where he was born in Tullymurrihy, John Greene meets family and old friends of Mick the poet, and we hear some of his songs most of which were written with tongue in cheek.
Having studied extensively at the University of Life, the story of this gentle and reserved genius is an interesting one. To hear it, join us on Where the road takes me this Sunday evening at 7 on C103