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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 21st Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

After bringing you stories of battles on ‘Where the road takes me’ recently, we bring you a story of music this week on the programme. 

We also need to borrow that well worn cliché – ‘Even the sewing-machine was a Singer’ – because that’s the best way to describe the famous Keane family from Galway, most notably Dolores and Seán. 

This week, John Greene invites you to eavesdrop on a conversation with Seán Keane.  The story has everything – Happiness,  stress, loneliness, romance, heartbreak, legal battles that never seemed to end, but also success and of course music – plenty of it.

Overall, it’s the story of an extremely talented man, with a refreshing outlook on life. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 14th Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

In the immediate aftermath of the War of Independence and the signing of the Truce, it wasn’t victorious stories of Kilmichael, Crossbarry and Tooreengarive that were spoken of, but instead the IRA’s worst defeat in a single engagement. 

In the Battle of Clonmult on February 20th 1921, the IRA lost fourteen volunteers, seven of whom were shot dead after they had surrendered.  Two more were later executed.  A local community was traumatised and the East Cork Flying Column was no more. 

Join John Greene on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, as we follow the sequence of events during the battle and the many strange decisions that led to it.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 7th Feb. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

Linking up with historian and author John L. O’Sullivan, John Greene resumes his journey through the parish of Ballinhassig on this week’s edition of Where the road takes me. 

There’s a visit to the Half-Way village, where we discover that the bricks on the railway bridge,  built in 1846, are held together with butcher’s blood. 

Born in 1795, local poet JJ Callanan’s poem ‘The Recluse of Inchydoney’ is listed in a book of all time greats by Seamus Heaney.   There’s a visit to his ancestral home of Baile na Bearna.  (Bare-Nah)

And…….

                     We visit the ‘Priest’s Leap’ where the infamous and evil Seán Dearg Nash was, on this occasion, foiled in his attempt to hang every priest from the gates of his home at Brinny Cross.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 31st Jan. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

This Sunday evening in the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’,  it’s a pre-lockdown journey through the vast parish of Ballinhassig.

John Greene begins in Ballinhassig, where police shot dead eleven people during a faction fight in 1845.  However, there was little time to dwell on the tragedy, as the famine came hot on its heels and provided more to worry about.

Later, but not far away, the McCarthy family move to London after being evicted from their home.  Their son Liam is born.  His name is now synonymous with Michael Collins and Sam Maguire.  As a result, the local GAA pitch is named in his honour and the cup for the winners of the All Ireland senior hurling championship bears his name. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 24th Jan. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

This Sunday evening on Where the road take me, John Greene goes on a virtual Journey to Newmarket, where he discovers a high octane start to the War of Independence one hundred years ago in the area. 

Local historian and author Donie Murphy outlines the background to murders, reprisals and houseburnings, as we take a closer look at both the Tooreengaraibh and Meelin ambushes of January 1921.

We also hear how the spoils of war enabled one group of IRA volunteers make it to the Church on time.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 Features “The Butter Road”

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 17th Jan. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,  John Greene concludes the two part programme on the Cork Butter Road and the elusive man who built it in 1747.  Kilcummin based genealogist Rachel Foley traces  the background to John Murphy from Castleisland. 

Singer Seán Ó Sé wonders if his Grandfather was the first courier in Irish history.  (Carrying butter to the Cork Buttermarket for his neighbours from the Beara peninsula with horse and cart.) 

And after thriving worldwide as an industry for 150 years, the Cork Butter market unbelievably failed to move with the times and paid the price for it.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 Features “The Butter Road””

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 Features “The Butter Road”

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 10th Jan. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

In the middle of the 18th century, Kerry was making a name for itself in tourism circles.  There was a desire in Cork to connect with their nearest neighbours.

As the road network was virtually non existent, a John Murphy from Castleisland was commissioned to build a 56 mile long stretch of road linking Killarney with Rathmore, Millstreet and Cork City.

He would have to include a total of 24 bridges along the way and raise the money himself to do so. 

Having completed the work, Murphy was in financial ruin, but his road network helped one industry to thrive and flourish.

‘The making of the Butter Road’ – the first of a two part programme. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 Features “The Butter Road””

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 27th Dec. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

The 2015 movie The Revenant, was known for more than its storyline,  with several actors and crew leaving the set because of the gruelling conditions,  the demands of its director and running unnecessarily over budget.

When stuntman and actor Glenn Ennis signed on,  he would never have realised that his three minute cameo in the film would bring him fame and be one of the main talking points of a movie that was not always historically accurate.

Playing the part of a grizzly bear protecting her cubs, the ferocity and horror of his attack on Di Caprio, made it the most talked about film piece of the year.  Questions were also asked if the bear had molested Di Caprio.

This week on Where the road takes me, Glenn Ennis talks to John Greene about how this gruelling scene was done,  the dangers of stuntwork and  – Tom Cruise – the only actor who does his own stunts. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 20th Dec. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On Where the road takes me this week, John Greene is joined by former lead singer with Dé Danann Eleanor Shanley and classical guitarist John Feely. 

Both discuss their careers and how combining their various music styles produced a beautiful album – ‘Cancion De Amor’. 

We also hear about a local collaboration which resulted in a history of bands and music in Bandon over one hundred years.

Former members of the Ritz Showband and ‘Southern Comfort’Michael McCarthy and  Jerry Larkin have just published a book which leans heavily on a photographic history of a town with a lengthy tradition in all types of music, musicians and bands.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th Dec. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

It’s a virtual journey to the village of Crookstown this week on ‘Where the road takes me’, as John Greene goes to meet members of the local Social Club.

Having had to cancel the majority of their planned events during the year, the club decided to diversify and produce a valuable social history of the village and surrounding areas.  The end result is a book entitled ‘The way we were’

On the programme this week we meet historian and author Michael Galvin who outlines the course of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, which claimed 20,000 lives in Ireland.

We hear about Poulanargid Harrier Club whose first outings one hundred years ago were in earshot of the Kilmichael Ambush.

And……….

                      In Aherla, we speak to hurley maker and repairer Ted o’Mahony who also played minor, junior and senior hurling with Cork.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 6th Dec. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’e edition of Where the road takes me, retired Detective Chief Supt. John O’Brien who is originally from Kileady,  Ballinhassig rejoins John Greene to speak about his Garda career from 1968 to 2006. 

Up for discussion this week…………

* ‘Dublin Jimmy’ your typical career criminal of the time.

* The complex and costly Smithwick Tribunal.

* The criminal Justice system – How well is it working.

And…..

The new Operating model for the Gardaí,  the proposals which John O’Brien believes are intrinsically destructive and posing an existential threat to the Garda Síochána.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 22nd Nov. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Saturday November 28th next is the centenary of the Kilmichael Ambush, an event that would prove to be not only militarily significant, but historically as well. 

Where the road takes me remembers the event as John Greene is joined by Historian and author Meda Ryan and Joe Creedon from Inchigeelagh. 

Local filmaker Brendan Hayes from Dunmanway talks about his documentary –  ‘Here’s to the Boys – Kilmichael – One hundred years later’.

Because of Covid 19, Brendan has had to scupper his plans to Launch and show the documentary to the public on the weekend of the centenary.  It will be shown at a later and appropriate date.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 15th Nov. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s ‘Where The Road Takes Me’,  John Greene puts the finishing touches to ‘The Christy Ring Story’, continuing and concluding with the final part, in what was a two part programme. 

Just like the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, most people also remember where they were when news of Christy Ring’s death broke.  Contributors to the programme recall how they received the sad and tragic news……… 

And…..

Mr. Sherif Sultan, a professor of vascular surgery based at the Galway Clinic, looks at some of the possibles, as to why a seemingly fit, strong and healthy man, who never smoked or drank,  suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the age of 58.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 8th Nov. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,  John Greene brings you the first of two programmes entitled ‘The Christy Ring Story’.   As well as looking at the hurling aspect of his life, the programmes also delve into Christy Ring the person. 

Contributors to the programmes include………….

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh.

Former Tipperary hurler and manager Babs Keating.

Former Glen Rovers and Cork Inter County dual player Denis Coughlan.

Dr. Con Murphy, and author of ‘Christy Ring-Hurling’s Greatest’ – Tim Horgan.

We also hear from Glen Rovers Camogie Club President – Nora Newman who recently celebrated her 90th birthday. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 1st Nov. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Between 1959 and 1979 the three Williamson brothers along with Victor Sullivan, plied their trade as the Bluebell Quartet around the dance-halls of Cork and Kerry mainly.  Sadly, both Eddie and Harry Williamson are since deceased. 

This week on Where the road takes me, Victor Sullivan and Willy Williamson join John Greene on a whirlwind virtual tour of their favourite venues and recall the stories associated with them. 

Being attacked by a mad cat, saving the occupants of a house and the house itself from a fire, and the night everybody seemed to be dancing without their clothes on, are stories up for discussion.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

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

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 18th Oct. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene heads for the kitchen to meet TV Chef, author and Co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery school Rory o’Connell.   

Slow roast shoulder of lamb, proper scrambled eggs and the health benefits of bone broth are up for discussion.

We also discover that his frustration hasn’t waned over poor ingredients, and he still finds chaotic and ‘war-zone’ type kitchens offensive. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 11th Oct. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

After being diagnosed with throat cancer, Michael was advised to put his affairs in order.  Fortunately, Michael had completely different plans for his future. 

Almost fifty years later he fulfills a lifelong dream to build a wooden boat.  He also throws in a few obstacles of his own to make it more challenging – like knowing nothing about boat-building and not visiting any hardware store for materials of any kind. 

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening,  John Greene travels to Burnfort in North Cork, to hear one man’s amazing story of determination, a belief in the involvement of a higher power, and how everything in life is mapped out for us, on the day we are born.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 4th Oct. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

‘In conversation with Dr. Con Murphy’ concludes on ‘Where the road takes me this Sunday evening at 7. 

Dr. Con who served in the dug-out as medical doctor to the Cork senior hurlers and footballers will look back at over forty years service to the GAA in Cork. 

Billy Morgan, Kevin Hennessy, Ciarán O’Sullivan and former Meath coach Seán Boylan will also contribute to the programme as well.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 27th Sept. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, both presenter and guest share some common ground to begin their conversation.  Both have strong Bere Island connections. 

Arguably the GAA’s most famous general practitioner, Dr. Con Murphy joins John Greene to chat about life in the Cork hurling and football dug-out for over forty years. 

In a two part programme, former Cork goalkeeper and coach Billy Morgan, former Midleton and Cork senior hurler Kevin Hennessy, and former Meath coach Seán Boylan also contribute to the programme.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

Seán Murphy on C103 Regarding the Reopening of “The Pub”

Seán Murphy of The Pub in Carriganima was interviewed by Patricia Messinger on C103’s “Cork Today” on Tuesday morning (22nd Sept. 2020) before 11am in regard to the Reopening of The Pub following the COVID-19 shutdown since March 2020.   The excellent Interview may be heard hereSeán’s Interview begins 33 minutes into the Podcast….after the ad!  Seán is pictured wearing the visor in our photo below. (S.R.)

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th Sept. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

The four part series ‘The Makers and Collectors’ continues this Sunday on Where the road takes me at 7.

The series looks at the musicians, composers and collectors who have contributed to the survival of Traditional Irish Music down through the years.

In Part 3, John Greene visits Ardgroom on the Beara peninsula and the town of Skibbereen to find out more about Canon James Goodman.

Goodman who was a Church of Ireland Rector, was also a staunch Unionist.

This amazing man who was a fluent Irish speaker and lecturer, managed to collect and catalogue over 2,300 Irish tunes and songs during the latter half of the 19th Century. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 6th Sept. 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

‘Traditional Irish Music – The Makers & Collectors’, continues on Where the road takes me this Sunday evening. 

In part two, John Greene meets with Rathduff fiddle player supreme Matt Crannitch, former De Danann box player Jackie Daly from Kanturk and the bands co-founder Frankie Gavin.

We also hear how champion tin-whistle player from Dublin Mary Bergin hid her involvement with traditional music in the early days, because of it’s percieved ‘un-coolness’.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 30th  August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Traditional music in Ireland is very much part of our culture. 

Beginning this Sunday on Where the road takes me, and in a series entitled ‘Traditional Music – The Makers & Collectors’, John Greene meets some of the finest traditional musicians in the country. 

Members of the Dwyer family, Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Mary Bergin and Frankie Gavin will join us. 

And we look into the life of Canon James Goodman, the Church of Ireland Clergyman and staunch Unionist, who compiled over 2,300 Traditional tunes.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 23rd August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

A colourful and unique politician, former Fine Gael TD for Cork South-West PJ Sheehan, died on August 10th last.  His wife Frances died just seven days previously on August 3rd.  Inseparable in this life, they are together again in the next.

In 2002 John Greene sat down with both of them in a room behind the family grocery store in Goleen.  It was a week before Christmas and seven months after PJ had lost his seat in Dail Eireann after 21 years. 

This wasn’t to be a political interview, or a lament for the loss of a Dail seat, but instead a look into the lives of a unique couple from the moment they were born.

PJ speaks about ………..

Growing up in Kilbrown and his enterprising father.

Taking over the business and receiving a ‘gift’ of a lorry from his father, which he himself had to pay for.

And…….  That famous last joust with Charles J. Haughey.

Frances speaks about………

How a ‘pretence’ story from home  forced her return from England.

Being far from impressed when she initially heard that her husband  was entering politics.

And …  An opportunity to gather her thoughts and plans while driving her husband to and from Dáil Éireann………………  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 16th August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On a rummage for old books while cocooning, author Alice Taylor comes across one that she believes could change your outlook on life. 

Alice joins John Greene on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’ to talk about it, and we track down its author in San Francisco Bay, who explains what exactly he means by ‘changing your life’. 

We also conclude our tribute to the late Johnny O’Mahony of Tooreenduve, Ballydesmond, who died in 2015.

While we will never know what his views on Covid-19 would have been, we do know his views on diseases of old and their so-called cures.

And Fr. Pat McCarthy who offered up Johnny’s funeral mass, remembers a colourful character with an ever so sharp memory.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 9th August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

There’s a long road to travel this week, as John Greene invites you to join him for ‘Where the road takes me’, as we take in Crookstown, Farnanes, Ballydesmond and Churchtown.

We conclude our look at the life of legendary horse trainer Vincent O’Brien in Churchtown.

Rosaleen Tonson-Rye looks at her early years in Ryecourt, as Hubie Hurley from Shandangan recalls some ‘horsey’ stories from the estate.   And……..

                        Saturday August 8th next  is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Johnny O’Mahony of Ballydesmond, who died on January 2015.

A regular contributor to the programme, we look back on some of the stories from a man who at 95 years of age, was able to boast of a Degree in 3rd Level Education and a diploma in Social Studies.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 2nd August 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

There’s a mixed bag of subjects and a lot of miles to cover on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, as John Greene goes in search of interesting stories and the people behind them.

In Churchtown we look back at the lives of legendary horse trainer Vincent O’Brien and poet Seán Mac Giolla Mear.

After his sister and father died young, Hubie Hurley from Farnanes, tells us how his wonderful mother, managed,  with just ten shillings a week, to make skilled and artistic tradesmen and a nurse out of her three sons and  daughter.

Once a stately home on beautiful lands, Ryecourt House near Crookstown was one of three local houses burned during the ‘troubles’ in June of 1921.  We pay a visit to Rosaleen Tonson-Rye who still lives on the grounds.

And……………….

                       A native of Toames in Kilmichael, Canon Humphrey o’Mahony joins us from Scotland to talk about the dissolution of the monasteries in Ireland, and how Kilcrea Abbey in Farnanes was one of the largest to fall foul of Cromwell and his Henchmen’s murderous plans. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 26th July 2020 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Seven years ago on ‘Where the road takes me’, we brought you the intriguing and at times unbelievable story of a Land-War shooting during Ireland’s troubled past in the late 19th Century.

The following year we brought you an update on the story, identifying the man with the gun, but stressing sympathy for his actions, as he was, we felt, a victim of circumstances, as was, some others felt, the victim himself.

There are many strange and eerie happenings attached to this story.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, and two days before the 132nd anniversary of the shooting, we return to the story for very good reason.

Back in 1920, a local priest known for his fire and brimstone sermons and accurate predictions, visited and blessed the scene.  Soon afterwards he stated that despite Mother Nature’s and man’s best efforts to remove it, a visible reminder of the shooting would remain at the scene for one hundred years.

Many strenuous efforts were made down through the years to destroy it but failed.  The one hundred years are now up and we return to the scene to discover how accurate, if at all, the priest was back in 1920, and if a conclusion can be brought to a story that was tragic, intriguing and eerie. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on Sunday 12th July 2020 on C103

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

Having once been described as ‘the man in the shadows’,  he emerges from them this week, to speak to John Greene on Where the road takes me, and we discover that he has quite a lot to say for himself. 

Mid-ways through the four part series, we change from singer to songwriter and meet Johnny Duhan, author of iconic songs such as ‘The Voyage’ and ‘Don’t give up till it’s over’.

A writer of poetry, novels, essays on various subjects and people, a spiritualist and a keen fan of Johann Sebastian Bach, the former leader of 1960’s beat group ‘Grannies Intentions’, believes that his audiences diminished, once he announced he was a practicing Catholic. 

Apart from Joni Mitchell, Johnny Duhan doesn’t have a songwriting mentor.  He firmly believes that most big hit songs would never have made it, without the backing of ‘The Machine’ as he refers to it.  He also likens himself to Cervantes fictional character ‘Don Quixote’.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on Sunday 12th July 2020 on C103″