“Where the Road Takes Me” Remembers Declan Ryan on C103

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information to this Sunday (24th March 2019) evening’s programme at 7 on C103 (S.R.)

Another one of Cork’s Showband stars has passed away.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Declan Ryan died peacefully at his home in Blackrock on Cork City’s Southside.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays tribute to the man who once fronted the ‘Regal’ and ‘Arrivals’ showbands.

We hear excerpts from an interview recorded with him over two years ago, in which he describes leaving his job at the parcels office in CIE, to become a fulltime singer and musician.  At seventeen years of age, Declan, as lead singer with the Regal, was now earning twice as much as his father was.

                  We hear how his big hit ‘I need you’ came about, and reached number six in the Irish charts in 1965.

And…………. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Remembers Declan Ryan 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 – Sunday, 3rd March 2019.  (S.R.)

This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, brings us to Gurranabraher, on the Northside of Cork City. 

Accompamied by family and friends, John Greene pays tribute to John O’Shea, who was affectionately known as ‘The Singing Fireman’.

John who spent the first five years of his life in Ballymacthomas close to the Bells of Shandon, later moved to what was known as ‘The Red City’ in Gurranabraher.  He passed away in February of last year at the age of eighty five.

 Working initially  as a farm hand for the famous Fr. O’Flynn, or ‘Flynnie’ as he was known as,  John later pursued a full time career as a fireman.

But it was his work on stage as a singer and story-teller, that brought him notoriety all over the City and County. 

Jimmy Crowley, Sean Ó Sé, John White and John O’Shea’s son Tony, join us on the first of a two part programme.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

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

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

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene brings you the concluding story of a war of Independence veteran, greyhound enthusiast, Gaelic footballer, renowned character and medical doctor.

Dr. Eugene Callanan was all of these, with many more descriptive adjectives required to totally sum up this unique man.

Coming up in the concluding programme…………..

In County Offaly we discover the Callanan connection to one of the greatest greyhounds of all time.

More reflections on a wonderful father-figure from the doctor’s daughters Catherine and Margaret.

And Diarmuid Begley remembers when his father’s dog had the last laugh, or should that be ‘BARK’, at the good doctor’s expense. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm This Sunday on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday, 17th Feb. at 7pm

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

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene tells the story of a war of Independence veteran, a Cork Gaelic Footballer, a golfer, a greyhound enthusiast, a singer, a raconteur and a comedian of renown.

But this is not the story of seven different people, but rather seven different sides to one person. 

It’s also the story of a rural doctor in Ireland in the forties, fifties and sixties, whose bedside manner may raise the proverbial eyebrows in a few circles today, but would be longed for in most. 

Family, friends and former patients all raise a glass and a story to a doctor who is as talked about today, as he was prior to his death thirty six years ago.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday, 17th Feb. at 7pm”

“Where the Road Takes Me” Features Jake Carter Sunday at 7pm C103

We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information on this Sunday’s C103 Programme at 7pm – 10th Feb. 2019.  (S.R.)

In the beginning he was living in the shadow of his older and more famous brother Nathan, but now Jake Carter is a performing artist in his own right. 

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene chats to him about his Liverpool upbringing, and the mandatory and expected love of the Beatles and Liverpool Football club. 

We hear about his Irish Granny who doubles up as a groupie, while also instilling a love of Irish music in all of the young Carters. 

Accompanied by his trusted guitar, he sings a few of his favourite songs, while there’s also time to chat about life on the road, wanting to be his own man, and plans for the future.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Features Jake Carter Sunday at 7pm C103″

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

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

Favoured by walkers and surfers, but unsafe for bathers, the Long Strand near the village of Rathbarry has a reputation of being an outdoor enthuasist’s Heaven. 

On this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, John Greene, accompanied by senior ecologist Kevin Corcoran, discovers that the reputation is well deserved.  Cliffs, sand dunes, marine life, a coastline caressed by the pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and a caring local community all contribute to make the Long Strand a breath-taking place of beauty.

And why does the neighbouring light from the Galley Head Lighthouse shine inland as well? [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information re this evening’s programme (Sunday, 26th Jan. 2019) – S.R.

A lively imagination that is deeply immersed in Cork City and County has helped him write over 200 songs.  

He describes himself as a musician, songwriter, recording artist, story-teller, poet and dreamer.  That’s a lot of character descriptions to have on your CV, but when it’s John Spillane you’re talking about, it’s not very surprising.  

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,  John Greene sits down with the Cork balladeer to hear his story and his songs. 

After his father died in 1962, his mother was left to rear five young boys. However, the West Cork relatives stepped in to help, and during his many visits to Colomane, music became very much a part of his rearing.  The rest, as they say, is history.  [read more …] “John Spillane on “Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103 This Sunday”

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

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

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene concludes a two part programme entitled – ‘The story and songs of Boney M’. 

Original members and lead singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett speak about their rise to success with a group that sold almost 150 million records from 1976 onwards. 

In programme two Marcia Barrett tells us how positivity and faith in God helped her overcome many setbacks, after being diagnosed with cancer in 1994. 

We hear about the death of sole male member of the group Bobby Farrell, and the irony of where it occurred.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday’s programme (13th Jan. 2019).  (S.R.)

‘ Mary’s Boy Child’ – probably the most played song during the festive season.  Although recorded in a hurry, it became a Christmas number one, and topped the UK charts for four weeks in 1978. 

For Boney M, it would be one of many number one hit songs during their ten years together, resulting in almost 150 million record sales. 

In a ‘Where the road takes me New Year special’, and in a two part programme, John Greene speaks to lead singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, two of the original members of Boney M.

Having come from poor Jamaican backgrounds, both girls went on to become pop stars with a band, guided by German record producer Frank Farian. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

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

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

By the age of thirteen he had won an amount of All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Cheoil competitions and was an accomplished musician in many instruments. 

The London Independent described him as ‘The musical find of the nineties.’

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene meets Seán Keane from Galway, a member of the famous musical Keane family and brother to Dolores. 

In the programme we hear about……..

Growing up in a family where music meant everything. [read more …] “Seán Keane on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday (30th Dec. 2018) evening’s very interesting programme.  (S.R.)

It’s thirty years ago almost to the day when new broadcasting legislation forced the closure of all pirate radio stations in Ireland. 

This Sunday evening on “Where the road takes me”, John Greene concludes a two part programme which marks the 30th anniversary of a significant milestone in Irish broadcasting history. 

Programme two includes recordings from NCCR, the pirate station in North Cork, and excerpts from the final hour of WKLR in West Cork.

Although the closing night was an emotional night for all concerned, tragedy was also added to the mix in North Cork, when one presenter suffered coronary failure and died almost instantly.  Former C103 engineer John Cahill and current C103 presenter Jimmy Reidy reflect on the occasion with sadness. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

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

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

This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’ is the first of a two part programme.

John Greene meets former UCC lecturer Michael Keane to hear a story of war, sex, corruption and land, involving the three Earls of Castlehaven. 

Hotelier, author and TV personality Frances Brennan takes us through the famous ‘Route 66’, and recalls being attacked at midnight on the Caymen Islands by a group of large and angry crabs, which eventually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.   And……….. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday Evening at 7″

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

We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme – 02/12/2018 – on C103 at 7pm.  (S.R.)

When the people of Cork City and County moved into the 1980s, they did so with a swagger.   Life was good, there was plenty of employment, and the real Taoiseach had been watching over them for ten years.  They felt immune to any crisis.

But the storm clouds of a major recession were gathering.  Within eighteen months, Fords, Dunlops and Verolme Dockyard had all closed, with the loss of hundreds of jobs.  By 1985, the city was in chaos. 

On this week’s Where the road takes me,  John Greene meets journalist Michael Moynihan, whose new book – ‘Crisis and Comeback – Cork in the eighties’, has just been published.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103″

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

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

It’s been a good year for the people and village of Innishannon.

Having won a bronze medal this year and last, the tidy towns committee celebrate fifty years of keeping the village bright, clean and beautiful.

Shortly, a book of guided walks around the village will be launched.

Having initially been launched as a once-off,  “Innishannon Candlelight”magazine celebrates thirty five years.

It’s fifty years since the Community Hall opened its doors and Alice Taylor has just launched a book which inspires its readers to value the here and now, rather than dwell on the past or future.  It’s advice that best- selling authors Eckhart Tolle or Anthony De Mello would give their stamp of approval to.

This week on Where the road takes me,  John Greene pays a visit to hear more about their good news. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” in Innishannon on C103 Sunday at 7pm”

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

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.

‘A walk in the wild side’ with Kevin Corcoran, Eco-Dweller, Environmental biologist, and a man who rejects all forms of mass consumerism. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm This Sunday”

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

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.

Tony is campaigning strenuously for the service, which he has calculated will save the HSE 300,000 euro per nurse, per annum. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm This Sunday”

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

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

While modern technology has connected us with the outside world, it has also managed us to dis-connect us from the importance and art of conversation amongst ourselves. 

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene meets Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae, an excellent conversationalist in his own right. 

His first book is neither political or a memoir, but it does remind us about how we Irish, who are supposed to be top class at the gift of the gab, have abandoned our art. 

From his book ‘A time to talk’, Michael relates a story about his cousin who became a whistle-blower, and paid for his good citizenship with his life.

There’s a story about a funeral, where miraculously ‘the dead’ came back to life, and the young girl who underwent a surgical procedure that will shock you.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

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

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.

The band have also recently returned from a tour of Canada, Australia, Russia and Abu Dhabi. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7pm Sunday”

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

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”

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

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.

*         And……    He has attended the Brazilian, Japanese, American and
British Grand Prix’s. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this week’s Radio Feature on C103 this Sunday at 7pm.  (S.R.)

On Where the road takes me this week, John Greene feature the second of two programmes entitled – ‘Jimmy Crowley – ‘His story & his songs’

In programme two, the Bard of Cork talks about his beloved city and how
progress hasn’t been all good. We talk of times gone by and good time on
Cork’s Coal Quay.

And unfortunately it’s not only the good old days that have passed on – so
also has some of Cork City’s best known and loved characters – wonderful and colourful people.

There’s a mention too for the ‘Boys of Fairhill’ in song and in story. [read more …] “Jimmy Crowley on “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday Evening at 7″

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.