We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 25th Oct. 2020 at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
In 1946, a nine year old boy on holidays on his Grandmother’s farm on the Beara peninsula, unearths a revolver from the ground while driving a horse-drawn harrow. Even at such a young age, Victor Sullivan is aware that his find is part of a secret that adults refuse to speak about and children should not concern themselves with.
Seventy five years earlier, in 1871, nine year old Johnnie Gill is involved in a farm accident that leaves him unable to walk, stand or sit for the remainder of his life. Deemed a cripple, he is shut away in an upstairs tiny chamber to prevent him from bringing shame on the family.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, Victor Sullivan joins John Greene to talk about the amazing story of Johnnie Gill – his Grand-Uncle. It’s a story of how one brave man overcame his disability and challenged the extreme social prejudices of two centuries.
Where the road takes me goes to air at 7, this Sunday evening on C103.