We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday (18th Nov. 2018) evening’s C103 programme. (S.R.)
Over thirty years ago, environmental biologist Kevin Corcoran approached several tourism bodies with his suggestions for walking guide-books and walking holidays. All were rejected out of hand. Today, the popularity of activity holidays continue to soar.
Undaunted, Kevin Corcoran brought out his first guide book twenty eight years ago. It has since been updated on five occasions, and many more have followed. On this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, John Greene accompanies him on one of the featured walks in the book, which takes in Glengarriffe National Park.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding his very interesting radio feature which will be broadcast at 7pm on Sunday, 11th Nov. 2018. (S.R.)
Parkinson’s Disease and bee-keeping does seem like a strange combination for a radio programme.
On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, John Greene brings you the story of Tony and Kate Wilkinson who now live in Bandon.
Tony with a military career in the UK, met West Cork girl Kate Harrington in London.
Soon after they were married, Tony, while undergoing a routine operation, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. To escape the physical obstacles that a busy city like London would create, the couple moved to Bandon.
On the programme, they both speak about how Parkinson’s has changed their lives, and how they have confronted its challenges.
Although 967 people in Cork alone have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the HSE does not provide a support nurse service, as is the case in the UK.
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this Sunday evening’s radio programme. (S.R.)
This year the band ‘Natural Gas’ celebrates thirty years together. Mention lead singer Tim o’Riordan, and the ‘Langer Song’ is almost certain to enter the conversation.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene aims to prove that there’s much more strings to Tim’s bow as a singer-songwriter, than humerous songs.
His new album ‘Taibhse’ (Tivesha) which means spirit or ghost, includes originals about an iconic traveller woman who became a famous folk singer, the fighting men of Crossbarry, a Nazi spy in North Cork, and a poignant Christmas song.
After a recent three part programme on the Lusitania, Where the road takes me returns to the town of Cobh to meet one of the town’s greatest characters. Although born in Rathbarry in West Cork, John o’Leary has been a resident here for some time.
From joining the Gardai in 1942, to being present in a courtroom as a man was sentenced to hang. From confronting Eamonn De’Valera at an election rally in 1954, to being blamed for instigating the famous battle of Bray, even though he was nowhere near at the time. And all of this while being a member of the force. To this day John is adamant that had he been allowed to remain in the Garda Siochana, he would have made a great policeman, being blessed with ample amounts of common sense. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Sunday Evening”
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me, John Greene goes to meet a man with stories to tell. Steven Nolan, originally from Ballinspittle, has recently retired after forty years working for the Catterpillar Company on the Oil Sands of Fort McMurray in Alberta Canada. However, Steven’s lifetime stories do not end there…….
Being a fan of country music and boxing, Steven has met Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
* He has met Mohammed Ali, Lennox Lewis and Marvin Haggler, and spent an evening in the company of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, who became world champion in four different weights.
* He has crossed Alaska on a motorbike with his brother, and worked as a mechanic 750 feet underground in the copper mines of Zambia.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this week’s programme. (S.R.)
Agrophobia, and a serious road crash a few days before her wedding in 1992,threatened to end her singing career. Five years later, thanks to the love of her husband and family and her faith in God, she stepped back on stage for the first time .
Although Scottish born, country music fans in Ireland almost claim her for their own. This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene invites you to spend an evening in the company of Isla Grant, to hear her story and listen to her songs.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Our farms – Our Food – Our Future is a forum which takes place in Skibbereenon Saturday September 8th, as part of ‘A taste of West Cork Food Festival. It looks at the food we eat, how it effects our physical and mental health and how it’s produced.
This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene goes to meet chefs, food writers, Naturopaths and nutritional therapists who all sing from the same hymn sheet. While it is important to eat good healthy food, they also believe that it’s equally important to know where and how it’s grown and produced. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s feature on C103 at 7pm. (S.R.)
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks into the life and times of one of Ireland’s last street singers. Gail McMenamen talks about her brother Basil Morahan who was known throughout the country as ‘Dan the Street Singer’. A schoolteacher by trade, Basil’s attempts to keep the street singing tradition alive often embarrassed his family by dressing as a tramp. But the multi-talented Mayo man was in constant demand to sing and play in all parts of the country. And….
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information re this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Not a lot of people are aware that the second biggest animal in the world is only a short distance from our homes. The Fin Whale, next to the Blue Whale is the biggest animal in the world, and regularly patrols the West Cork coast in search of food. On this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, John Greene takes to the sea in search of Fin, Humpback and Minke Whales.
This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene speaks to a Cork based Kerryman who reflects on an unusual childhood.
Gearoid Cheaist (Kesht) o’Cathain was reared on the Blasket Islands without priest, electricity, doctor church or school. National Geographic magazine referred to him as the loneliest boy in the world.
The home of Peig Sayers and Tomas o’Criomhain got it’s name from the Norse word ‘Brasker’, meaning dangerous place. Although it was such a place, it was still home to a closely knit community.
Gearoid is now the only surviving member of that community, and shares his story on Where the road takes me – this Sunday evening at 7 – on C103.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th May 2018. (S.R.)
Two hundred and seventy years ago in 1748, and almost to the day, a fifty six mile straight road was opened between Killarney and Cork.
Although being awarded the contract for it, John Murphy from Castleisland had to raise his own finance, in the hope that he would recoup it all by making it a toll road. But the road brought financial ruin for Murphy, resulting in debts of over four thousand pounds. Nobody knows for certain what happened to him afterwards..
We thank John Greene, Presenter Supreme of the weekly radio programme on C103 for advance information re this Sunday’s programme (6th May 2018). (S.R.)
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, we meet Teddy Hayes from Rosscarbery, the recent recipient of an award for his constant fundraising down through the years.
After being initially given the ‘all-clear’, Teddy was later informed that Kidney cancer had spread to his lungs. Teddy has now organised a fund-raiser for Arc House in Bantry – this particular fund-raiser is personal.
On the programme……
* We hear Teddy’s story, and how initial anger and fear has changed to positivity.
* We meet Catríona O’Mahony – cancer support co-ordinator at Arc House
Launching the very impressive programme for Bealtaine 2018 the SAOI Group from IRD Duhallow will feature on Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” tonight (30th May 2018) from 9:50 until 11:00 on C103. A second programme will air on Monday, 14th May. Below we share two images photographed on Saturday – Jimmy Reidy and the C103 Studios in Mallow. (S.R.)
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, is the second of three programmes entitled ‘The sinking of the Lusitania – Myths, mysteries and theWest Cork connection’ The passenger liner was sunk by a German attack submarine off the Old head of Kinsale on Friday May 7th 1915, with the loss of 1, 198 lives.
This week on programme Two……
* We deal with the part played by Courtmacsherry Lifeboat after the sinking – Using the exact words spoken and written in the aftermath of the sinking, local people play the parts of crew members, witnesses and reporters.
* UK based naval historian Professor Eric Grove clarifies a point made in previous documentaries, that rescue services took their time in responding, for fear of being torpedoed themselves.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me , John Greene begins a three drama/documentary entitled – ‘The Sinking of the Lusitania – Myths, mysteries and the West Cork Connection’.
On Friday May 5th, 1915 the passenger liner Lusitania was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German U-Boat, with the loss of 1,198 lives. But was she as innocent as we were led to believe.
* In programme One – We look at the background to the sinking and how the Cork passengers on board fared, especially Julia o’Neill from Rosscarbery, whose poignant story continues in programmes two and three.
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information regarding his very interesting programme scheduled to be broadcast on C103 at 7pm this Sunday, 25th March 2018. (S.R.)
Not many bands can boast of being together for forty or even fifty years. This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene meets the Co-founder of a band, who this year celebrates sixty years together.
* The Donal Ring Ceili Band played their first gig to a packed Glen Hall in Blackpool in 1958.
* They were the first Ceili Band to enter the Irish charts. (‘Beautiful City’ spent six weeks at No 2)
* Despite playing six to seven nights per week, they never turned professional.