Isla Grant on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 Sunday Evening

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.

Popular in faraway places like Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, this
country music star is always assured of a warm welcome in Ireland. [read more …] “Isla Grant on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 Sunday Evening”

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

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 Skibbereen on 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″

Bay City Rollers on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7pm to 8pm this Evening

This week it’s an end of Summer special on Where the road takes me, as we
feature the story and music of the Bay City Rollers., one of the most
screamed at teenybopper acts of the 1970’s.

The Bay City Rollers and ‘Rollermania’ became the biggest teen pop
phenomenon of the decade.

On the programme we speak to lead singer Les Mckeown and hear some of the
songs that made them a world-wide hit – songs like Bye Bye baby,
Shang-A-Lang and Remember.

We hear about the sudden death of one of their founder members who passed
away last month…. [read more …] “Bay City Rollers on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7pm to 8pm this Evening”

Ballydehob and Mayo Themes on “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….

In Ballydehob we reminisce on two local
sisters who ran a famous hostelry in the village, where everybody regardless of social standing was treated the same. Nell and Julia Levis are still fondly remembered by all who knew them. [read more …] “Ballydehob and Mayo Themes on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103″

Four Famous Irish Love Songs Backgrounds on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday Evening at 7

We thank Presenter John Greene for interesting advance information on this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene examines the background to four famous Irish love songs.

Along with award winning poet Gerard Hanbury from Galway, we look at who wrote them and why. Who were they written for, and did they have the
desired effect.

Percy French for instance was known for his tongue in cheek humorous songs, but there was no laughing matter about Gortnamona. [read more …] “Four Famous Irish Love Songs Backgrounds on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday Evening at 7″

“Where the Road Takes Me” Features Shandon Sweets on C103 at 7pm This Sunday

We’re on Cork City’s Northside under the watchful eye of St. Anne’s Church
and Shandon Bells, for this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’.

We meet the ladies of Eason’s Hill friendship club for chat and loads of
craic, while in John Redmond St., we meet a second and third generation of
boiled sweet makers.

Dan Lenihan of Shandon Sweets looks back on all the great characters in the
area down through the years, including the real Taoiseach – Jack Lynch, who
was a regular caller to the shop when he returned from Dublin every week-end
. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Features Shandon Sweets on C103 at 7pm This Sunday”

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103

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.

[read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103″

“Where the Road Take Me” at 7 This Evening on C103

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.

Update: The programme has been uploaded onto player.fm by C103, and can be listened to here.

 

“Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding his radio programme this Sunday evening.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’ we look back at the life
and musical journey of Pat Lynch, one of Cork’s greatest showband stars, who passed away in January last.

Known in his teens as ‘Cork’s Fred Astaire’, Pat Lynch was born in Bantry,
but grew up in Blackpool in Cork – a member of a very gifted musical family.

Becoming lead singer with the ‘Airchords Showband’, Pat Lynch had a number one hit records in the Irish and Polish charts.

Remembering Pat Lynch – this Sunday evening on “Where the road takes me”.
Join John Greene at 7 on C103.

“Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

Built on the grounds of the old work-house, Bantry General Hospital which opened in 1959 has survived many threats of closure down through the years.

Since then, talk of closure has changed to talk of expansion, while the
present day hospital boasts a medical assessment unit, diagnostics and day surgical services.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to the
hospital to speak to people who have worked here down through the years. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

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

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

Born in Kilnap Place in Farranree on the Northside of Cork City, Liam P
Foley was credited with promoting Irish music and dancing enormously in his
native City and County.

This week on Where the road takes me John Greene discovers a unique
character who laid down stringent rules and regulations that were definitely
non-negotiable.

Collar and tie had to be worn, no alcohol consumed, and no close dancing was
allowed, but still the punters flocked to his dances in the fifties, sixties
and seventies.

Also……. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” – The Butter Road – C103 at 7 This Evening

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information re this evening’s programme. (S.R.)

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene concludes a two part
programme on the building of a tourist road between Killarney and Cork in
1748 – 270 years ago almost to the day.

The road which later became known as ‘The Butter Road”, was built by John
Murphy from Cahirciveen, who suffered heavy financial losses as a result..

This week….

* With the aid of Rachel Foley from ‘Ancestors from Ireland’, we
paint a more comprehensive picture of the elusive John Murphy

* At the butter market museum in Shandon, we discover how a failure
to move with the times resulted in the demise of the lucrative butter
business

And…. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” – The Butter Road – C103 at 7 This Evening”

Butter Road on “Where the Road Takes me” on C103 at 7pm Sunday

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..

In a two part programme on Where the road takes me……. [read more …] “Butter Road on “Where the Road Takes me” on C103 at 7pm Sunday”

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 on Sunday at 7pm

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

And…. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 on Sunday at 7pm”

Bealtaine Festival Features on Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” on C103 Tonight

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.)

Click on the images to enlarge.

“Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103 at 7.  (S.R.)

Our food and scenery are constantly rolled out to promote our County, and
rightly so. But we must also never forget how rich we are in Cork when it
comes to music, especially traditional music.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, and before a ‘live’ audience, John
Greene goes to meet three of our best box-players – Ger Murphy, Tim-Joe
O’Riordan and Jerry McCarthy.

There’s also a guest appearance by Tim O’Riordan of Natural Gas, who gives a rendition of both ‘The Langer Song’ and ‘Lizzie Windsor’. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” Visits Bantry – C103 at 7 This Evening

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information re this evening’s C103 programme at 7pm.  (S.R.)

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene examines people and
events that have shaped the town of Bantry during the 20th century.

* There’s William Martin Murphy for instance – His tangle with
union leader Jim Larkin during the Dublin Lock-out, overshadowed his
achievements back in Bantry.

* The Bantry GP who has eliminated men’s favourite excuse for not
going to a doctor.

* How the town got back on its’ feet after the Whiddy Island
disaster of 1979

AND….. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Visits Bantry – C103 at 7 This Evening”

“Where The Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening

Many thanks to Presenter, John Greene, for providing us with advance information regarding this evening’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week on “Where the road takes me”,  John Greene brings you the 3rd and final programme on the sinking of passenger ship Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale on May 7th 1915.

This week……

* We pay a visit to Cobh to look at the role played by local Cunard
official Jerome Murphy and the people of the town, in the aftermath of the
sinking.

* We conclude the poignant story of one Cork passenger – Julia
o’Neill from Rosscarbery. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”

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

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 the West 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.

* And……… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″

“The Sinking of the Lusitania” on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm

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.

* In programme two , and in dramatisation format, we feature the
role played by Courtmacsherry lifeboat on the day, using the exact words
spoken by crew members and witnesses. [read more …] ““The Sinking of the Lusitania” on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm”

Donal Ring Céilí Band on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday

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.

And… [read more …] “Donal Ring Céilí Band on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday”

‘Where the Road Takes Me’ This Sunday at 7pm on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this evening’s programme on c103 at 7pm.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,……….

* A crash landing, an internment with a carnival atmosphere and a
requiem for a monkey from Marrakech – a World War 11 story from Clonakilty.

* With mechanic Jack Kelleher on board, and piloted by Philip Joyce,
we try out the Tri-Shaw bicycle on the streets of the town.

* We conclude the story of Colonel Joe o’Reilly from Bantry – the
man that history has forgotten.

* You have heard the famous song – now join us on a journey to the
Cliffs of Dooneen.

* And……. [read more …] “‘Where the Road Takes Me’ This Sunday at 7pm on C103”

“Where the Road Take Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on his radio feature this evening.  (S.R.)

Marconi, Charles Stewart -Parnell, and Michael Collins stayed
here, but the seven generations of family who run this hotel have a
background that’s almost as interesting

* The town that became the first in Ireland to be awarded a
worldwide chapter which affords residents of nursing homes and mobility
impaired elderly people the opportunity to go cycling. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 this Evening on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information regarding his Radio Programme this Sunday evening, 18th Feb. 2018 on C103 at 7.  (S.R.)

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene travels to Rosscarbery
where he meets the Furey brothers George and Eddie. This year the band
celebrate forty years in the music business.

On the programme……

* ‘The music or the pick and shovel lads’ – Ted Furey’s career
advice to his sons.

* Playing inside and outside of Carnegie hall in New York on the
same day.

* ‘Celebration Time’ – leading Kool & the Gang astray with an Irish
party, during a stint on ‘Top of the Pops’.

And…. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 this Evening on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” in Beara Peninsula This Sunday on C103

We thank Presenter John Greene re advance information about his radio feature this Sunday, 11th February 2018 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

IN this week’s Where the road takes me, John Greene concludes his visit to
the Beara Peninsula.

IN this week’s Where the road takes me, John Greene concludes his visit to
the Beara Peninsula.

This Week:

* Frying doughnuts for the BBC

* WE join Castletownbere lifeboat crew on a training exercise in
Gale-Force Ten conditions.

* Effects of the famine still felt in Beara at the very end of the
19th century – Help arrives from Dublin’s Lord Mayor.

* And we look back at dancing days in the old Beara Hall to ‘Nano
Nano & her electric piano.

Where the road takes me goes to air at 7 on this Sunday evening on C103.

* Frying doughnuts for the BBC

* WE join Castletownbere lifeboat crew on a training exercise in
Gale-Force Ten conditions. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” in Beara Peninsula This Sunday on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” – Tom Crean Feature – Part Two

We thank Radio Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding this evening’s programme at 7 on C103.  (S.R.)

This week on Where the road takes me we continue and conclude our two part programme on Tom Crean a true hero in the history of Polar exploration.

This week John Greene meets his Grand-daughter Aileen and her partner Bill Sheppard, who along with her two sons attempt to follow in Crean’s
footsteps, exactly one hundred years after his third and final expedition to the Antarctic. After an 800 nautical mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia, Crean, Shackleton and Worsley managed the first crossing of the mountainous island to seek help for their comrades still stranded back on Elephant island.

One hundred years later, after breaking her leg, his Grand-daughter
discovers that out on the Antarctic, there are no emergency services to call upon.

We also meet Mike Barry, the first Irishman to reach the South Pole. After building a replica lifeboat of the ‘James Caird’, Barry and his colleagues attempt Crean’s 800 nautical mile (1500KM) epic sea crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia.   And……

Aidan Dooley talks about his one-man show ‘Tom Crean – Arctic Explorer’. After playing to forty people initially [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” – Tom Crean Feature – Part Two”

Where the Road Takes Me

We thank John Greene for the following advance information re this evening’s C103 programme at 7pm.  (S.R.)

There is no doubt but that Tom Crean from Annascaul in County Kerry was an
unsung hero of the heroic age of Polar Exploration. He joined Captain Scott
and Ernest Shackleton on three of the four great British expeditions to the
Antarctic. His landing of the James Caird lifeboat on South Georgia in May
of 1916, having navigated 800 nautical miles through icy winds and
mountainous seas in the Antarctic, is still regarded as one of the greatest
feats of seamanship ever. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me”

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 this Evening on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information on his weekly programme being broadcast at 7pm on C103Sunday, 1st Oct. 2017.  (S.R.)

On Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, our journey takes us to the East of the County to Shanagarry.  John Greene pays a visit to author,
teacher, celebrity chef and co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School – Rory O’Connell.

After what he describes as a ‘free range’ upbringing in the village of
Culahill County Laois,  Rory tested his resolve for a career in both the
legal and auctioneering professions.  Deciding eventually that neither
careers were for him,  and on the suggestion of his mother, he went to join his sister Darina Allen at Ballymaloe House,  where he worked under Myrtle Allen.

Honing his skills under Nico Ladenis in Chez Nico in London and with Alice Waters in California, he returned to Ballymaloe House as head chef.

There are food matters galore to be discussed on this week’s programme
including why we Irish murder vegetables and have an unwarranted fear of fish.

While the regulations seem to be sufficiently stringent, Rory O’Connell
believes that the whole area of organic growing requires more explanation
for the consumer.

And…. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 this Evening on C103″

Where the Road Takes Me at 7 This Evening on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene for the following advance information regarding his radio programme this Sunday evening.  (S.R.)

Having previously spent time in hospitals in Australia and New Zealand,
Denis o’Regan was diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder after Spanish Police
found him disorientated and lost.  He has since got his life back in order
and has started a social group called  ‘Inside Out’ especially for people
with mental health issues.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,  John Greene drops in
on their fortnightly meeting at St. Michael’s Centre in Bandon.

People who suffer from depression, schizophrenia and those who suffer from
both tell their stories and raise their concerns on the current state of
mental health treatment in the country. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me at 7 This Evening on C103”

John Greene Talks with Jake Carter on C103 from 7pm

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding this week’s “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 from 7 this evening (S.R.):

He is regularly referred to as ‘Nathan Carter’s younger brother’, but Jake is a different model of the Carter family. While proud to be Nathan’s sibling, this young man is determined to be different – so you won’t see any waistcoats or accordions on stage, and you won’t hear ‘Wagon Wheel’ or the Wild Rover.

He cites the likes of ‘McFly’, ‘Busted’, ‘Rascal Flats’ and ‘Hunter Hayes’ as being heavy influences on his fledgling career so far. He is after all only eighteen years of age. [read more …] “John Greene Talks with Jake Carter on C103 from 7pm”