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

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information on this week’s programme.  (S.R.)

This week on Where the road takes me, we continue and conclude the story of Cork City Football Club. Rescued from examinership by their supporters in 2010, the club has since become a model of success both on and off the field. The manner of their rescue has since been an inspiration to much bigger clubs who find themselves in a similar situation. Next month representatives from Schalke-Zero-4 , one of the biggest clubs in Europe arrive in Cork to learn from Cork City’s supporter’s trust.

This week…………..

Vice Chairman of the board of Foras Cork City speaks about the ‘Friday night experience’ at Turners Cross, where huge emphasis is placed on accommodating families.

Former board member Niamh o’Mahony tells us about her role as CEO of ‘Supporters Direct Europe’, which helps fans to set up democratic co-operatives to gain influence in the running and ownership of their own clubs.

Striker Seanie Maguire looks back on his most memorable goal in the FAI Cup Final against Dundalk last year in the Aviva Stadium.

And……….. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday on C103 at 7pm”

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

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information on this evening’s C103 radio feature.  (S.R.)

One of the first clubs in Ireland to field a team of professionals, and the longest surviving League of Ireland club in the city, Cork City Football Club was founded in 1984. Their 33 year history however has been a mixture of success on the field of play, and some financial trouble off it, including entering a period of examinership.

But Cork City fans are rated second to none, proof of which was evident in 2010 when Cork City supporters set about rescuing their club. A licence under Cork City Foras Co-Op was awarded to the fans who entered a team in the League of Ireland First Division. Two years later they were promoted back to the premiership division.

In the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the club to find out how this rescue plan worked both on and off the field. The manner in which it was achieved has attracted the attention of much bigger clubs across Europe who now seek Cork City’s help and advice.

Cork City Football Club is now part of the ‘Erasmus Plus project’, which involves six member clubs across Europe who learn from each other. Schalke-Zero-Four, one of the biggest clubs in Europe and with a membership of 140,000 are also involved in the project. They arrive in Cork in April to learn from Cork City FC with a membership of 400. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103″

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

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

As the country gears up to become awash with green and celebrate another St. Patrick’s Day, ‘Where the road takes me’ pays a visit to the North Cork town of Mallow to check on what will be their 31st parade and festival. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Rosemary o’Neill, daughter of the late Tip o’Neill, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. His Great Grandparents were born, reared and married in Mallow.

At Mallow Castle we meet caretaker Ned Murphy who remembers a visit by the Irish American politician who was also greeted by actress Maureen o’Hara.

Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Noel o’Connor talks about the festival itself, and it’s theme for this year which is – ‘Mallow, a great place to live in’.

At the Tip o’Neill Park in the centre of town, Michael o’Neill who is a cousin of the famous Irish American family, looks at the Mallow family tree.

And………….. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″

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

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for the advance notice of this week’s excellent programme.  (S.R.)

Some people reckon that he is sixty five years of age, while others are of the opinion that he’s no more than 70. The truth is that in a few days time, Ned Hartnett from Kanturk will celebrate his 100th  birthday.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to his home to hear his story. The youngest, and now the only survivor of a family of nine boys and one girl, Ned was born in Rockchapel in 1917, and came to Kanturk in 1955. His twin brothers Mortimer and Geoffrey officially celebrated their 21st birthdays at the ripe old age of 84.

Ned himself is a born storyteller, and while most of his many yarns are delivered with tongue in cheek, there is ample opportunity to travel with him through decades of Irelands social history.

There are stories from the recession of the 1930’s, stories about butter-making, and stories about his involvement with Kanturk Credit Union and Kanturk Boy’s club. And yes he does deal with the secret of a long and healthy life. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” in Kanturk This Evening on C103 at 7pm”

Isla Grant Interview with John Greene This Evening on C103 at 7

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information relating to this evening’s radio interview.  (S.R.)

Born in Scotland but known throughout the world as ‘Emerald Isla’ because of her close connection with this country, and possibly also because her Great, Great, Great Grandmother came from Glengarriff, there is no doubting that Isla Grant is now firmly established as an International Country Music Star.

From a dairy-farming background on the Scottish border, Isla Grant worked her way up the entertainment ladder to become a prolific singer-songwriter, now filling concert halls in faraway places such as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. In fact in Australis, one of her songs is credited with ending a lengthy drought which was causing farmers to take their own lives.

On this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me, John Greene invites you to hear her story, listen to her songs, and spend an hour in her company.

But her rise to stardom wasn’t trouble free. In June of 1992, a few months before she married, Isla and Al were involved in a horrific road crash, when a male driver on his incorrect side of the road hit them head-on. The serious injuries that she suffered paled into insignificance compared to dealing with the anxiety disorder Agrophobia, which re-surfaced as a result of the accident.

Faith in the Lord and the love and support of her husband enabled her to return to the stage after a five year absence, when it was initially feared that she would never sing again. The song ‘It’s a dream come true’, was written in thanksgiving. continue reading the full article “Isla Grant Interview with John Greene This Evening on C103 at 7”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this week’s radio documentary.  (S.R.)

Animal neglect, cruelty or abuse is still a major problem in Ireland today. According to the Dublin Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, Ireland is known as the ‘Puppy farm Capital’ of Europe.

But it’s not all negative news, because throughout the length and breadth of the country, there are many groups working tirelessly and often voluntarily in the interests of animal welfare.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the West Cork Animal Welfare Group at their kennels in Owenahincha. They were founded in 1999 in response to a desperate need to help unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in West Cork.

We meet people who foster, adopt, fundraise and showcase the work of the group.

We bring you the story of ‘Toffee’, the little Yorkshire terrier who had suffered serious neglect and cruelty, and suffered with a broken paw for twelve months, before it was discovered.

We meet a member of ‘Friends Forever’, a Swedish animal welfare group, and discover the huge difference between animal welfare legislation in both countries. continue reading the full article ““Where The Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″

“Professor Gerry O’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope”

We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance notice of his very popular Sunday evening radio programme on C103 – Sunday, 5th Feb. 2017 at 7pm.  (S.R.)

This Sunday evening on ‘Where the road takes me’, we broadcast the third and final programme – ‘Professor Gerry O’Sullivan – Surgeon of renown – Legacy of hope’. It’s the conclusion of a look at the life and career of a larger than life, and an outstanding surgeon who passed away five years ago, almost to the day.

This week Michael O’Mahony from Glasheen speaks about his friendship with Gerry o’Sullivan, and how he arrived at his daughter’s wedding directly after performing a nine hour cancer operation.

At the Cork Cancer Research Centre which he founded in 1999, we discover that his office had to face West towards his beloved village of Caheragh. We meet some of the principal investigators here who tell us about their current work, and how they are also determined to discover cures for cancer which Gerry was adamant could be found with hard work and no excuses.

His wife Breeda tells us about her shock when they returned from a visit to the States to be told that her husband’s cancer had returned even more aggressively than before.

And his son Eoghan and daughter Orla on how their involvement and interaction with the Research Centre is a tangible link to the memory of their father. continue reading the full article ““Professor Gerry O’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope””

“Professor Gerry o’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope” Part 1 on C103 Sunday at 7pm

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance notice regarding his upcoming 7pm Sunday radio programme (22nd Jan. 2017) on C103 (S.R.):

From a farming background in the rural village of Caheragh, he went on to become an outstanding cancer surgeon and founder of the Cork Cancer Research Centre. The sad irony is that the disease he spent almost a lifetime operating on and attempting to find cures for, seemed to take it’s revenge on him in the end.

On ‘Where the road takes me’, and over the course of three programmes, we look at the life and times, the career and many achievements of the larger than life Professor Gerry o’Sullivan, who passed away in February of 2012.

In Caheragh we meet his brothers Con and Donal. We meet the people behind the Threshing festival in the village who have raised one million euro so far, for a cause that one of their favourite sons passionately believed in. And we pay a visit to the Amenity Science Park in the village which honours the memory of a world renowned Cancer Researcher and surgeon.

We spend a day with the scientists and investigators at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, which was founded by Gerry o’Sullivan. Now in a state of the art facility, it houses clinicians and researchers under one roof, where new cancer treatments are brought to trial quicker.

And………….. continue reading the full article ““Professor Gerry o’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope” Part 1 on C103 Sunday at 7pm”

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday – Skibbereen Cathedral

We thank Radio Presenter, John Greene, for the following much appreciated advance notice regarding this coming Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” programme on C103.  (S.R.)

After careful thought and consultation between both clergy and members of the local parish council, it was decided that funds from a bequest should be channelled into the publication of a visitor’s guide booklet for Skibbereen Cathedral. On Sunday January 22nd next, the booklet will be launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Browne.

This week on ‘Where The Road Takes Me’, John Greene travels to the West Cork town to get the history of this historic and beautiful building which gained Pro-Cathedral status in 1850, and full Cathedral status in 1951.

Fr. Chris o’Donovan explains the set-up of a Cathedral parish – this particular one whose roots go back to St. Fachtna in the 6th century.

We meet Philip o’Regan, who along with Gerald O’Brien co-wrote the guide booklet for the Cathedral.

Pat Cleary fills us in on the amazing story of the sun-dial which was found during outside excavations in August of 1952.

And…………… continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday – Skibbereen Cathedral”

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

We thank Radio Presenter John Greene for the advance programme information. (S.R.)

We are often told to be careful of what we wish for, as it might just come true. In Chinese astrology, we have just entered the year of the Rooster, and by adapting some of the simple rules of the laws of attraction, anything we do wish for in 2017 could materialise.

That’s according to West Cork based Psychic Tarot reader Karina Collins who John Greene meets up with in this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’. Karina boasts 180,000 followers on facebook, and has a worldwide online clientele which includes Hollywood actors and directors. Karina is also a paranormal researcher, investigating evidence of the afterlife.

Tarot cards, Ouija boards, séances, near death experiences, reincarnation and life in the spirit world are all up for discussion on this week’s programme. We look at the significance of the year of the Rooster, and why there were so many celebrity deaths during 2016. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″

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

We thank Radio Presenter supreme – John Greene – for advance information on Sunday’s C103 programme.  (S.R.)

For the very first edition of Where the road takes me for 2017, John Greene travels to the village of Castletownkenneigh to meet a historian. A parish priest, a musician and a photographer – not four, but two very talented people.

We meet Fr. Tom Hayes, parish priest of the Enniskeane parish who fills us in on the history of St. Joseph’s Church in Castletownkenneigh.

We hear about the altar in the Church which was sculpted by John Hogan in the early part of the nineteenth century. It depicts the mother of Jesus in the tomb, beside the body of her son after the crucifixion. There’s also a lovely story as to how the alter came to be in the church in the first place.

Fr. Tom tells us about his hobby as a photographer, and how a collection of his photographs has ended up as a fundraising calendar .

In the adjoining cemetery, and beside an imposing monument, historian Colm Cronin gives us the background to four of the ‘Boys of Kilmichael’ who are buried side by side here. Pat Deasy, Michael McCarthy and Jim o’Sullivan died from wounds received in the ambush. The fourth man, Jeremiah o’Mahony died in March of the following year.

And……………. continue reading the full article ““Where The Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″

United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities – Focus of John Greene’s “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm

We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance notice:

Simple, everyday tasks like going to a shop, bank or post office, crossing a street or making your way along a busy footpath, can at times be a nightmare for a person with a physical disability.

To mark United Nations International day of people with disabilities, Clonakilty Access Group and the Cope Foundation have invited regular wheelchair users, but especially able bodies people to take a wheelchair journey through the streets of the West Cork town. Their hope is that ‘May a while in a wheelchair transform your views’.

In this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me’, John Greene joins all concerned to witness the event and discover the results.

Able bodied people tell us that the challenge was a complete eye-opener, while regular wheelchair users found that the challenge came with the usual obstacles found in any town.

Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll talks about work already carried out in the local church to make it wheelchair friendly.

Launching the event, Mayor of Clonakilty Anthony McDermott tells us that although his office does not have statutuory powers, he will be doing all he can to bring the results of the challenge to the relevant authorities.

And……….. continue reading the full article “United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities – Focus of John Greene’s “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”

“Where The Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm Features Road Bowling

We thank John Greene, radio presenter supreme for the following advance information re Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” programme:

In the first of a two part programme on Where the road takes me this week, John Greene takes a look at the old Irish traditional sport of road bowling.

We look back on some of the memorable senior All Ireland finals, like the 1964 final in Dublin Hill and the ’65 final in Armagh.

We examine the bowling ties between Cork and Armagh which began in 1963.

We meet Noel Magnier, the author of a new book entitled ‘Mick Barry – The bowler of all time’

We delve into the archives to hear an interview recorded twelve years ago with the late Mick Barry, who of course tells us about how he lofted the Chetwynd Viaduct on the Cork Bandon Road back in 1955.

Noel Magnier gives us his take on that famous event, but says that the acknowledged achievement belongs to a German

And…………….. continue reading the full article ““Where The Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm Features Road Bowling”

“Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm with John Greene

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for this advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s Where the Road Takes Me on C103 at 7pm.  (S.R.)

There are many roads taken in this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me.’

John Greene stops off in the West Cork village of Leap, to meet the people behind the very successful Scarecrow Festival. Only in its second year, the entries have doubled, as have the people who came to view them.

We pay tribute to a man who spent a lifetime at work on the railway.

Historian Michael O’Brien joins us on the ‘Fuschia Walk’ along the Seven Heads Peninsula, where we stop at the birthplace of Patrick Keohane. Once known as ‘The forgotton Irishman’, Keohane was a member of Captain Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition.

And………………..

We dip our toes just inside the Kerry border to meet Tom Randles. Back in 2008, Randles put the media world in excitement mode, when he played a competitive hurling match with his local club – at the age of 70.

Where the road takes me is on C103 this Sunday evening at 7pm.

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New Style of Mission on “Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday at 7pm

We thank Radio Presenter, John Greene for advance information on his Sunday Evening Programme of 13th Nov. 2016.  (S.R.).  John writes:

“He was known as an enforcer for organised crime gangs in London’s East End. His boss was a major drugs lord, who had taken over the business vacated by the infamous Kray twins.

John Pridmore never left home without his machete, knuckle dusters and can of mace. He had money to burn, fast cars, girls, expensive apartments, any drugs he required, and respect of a kind.

Fast forward to November of this year, and John Pridmore and his fellow lay missioners have just delivered the parish mission in Bishopstown.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to Dennehy’s Cross church, to hear about a new style of parish mission, completely unlike the hellfire and brimstone ones of old. continue reading the full article “New Style of Mission on “Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday at 7pm”

“Where the Road Takes Me” Explores Popular Irish Love Songs..7pmThis Sunday on C103 with John Greene

We thank John Greene for the following superb summary of his Radio Documentary this coming Sunday evening (6th Nov. 2016) :Unrequited love is love that’s not reciprocated, or may even be rejected. Experts in this area tell us that 97% of people will experience unrequited love at some stage in their lives.

In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks into the background of a number of famous and popular Irish love songs, with unrequited love as their theme.

With the help of Gerard Hanberry from Galway, a prizewinning poet, biographer, musician and teacher, we study songs like ‘On Raglan Road, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’, and ‘Nancy Spain’.

We discover to our surprise that Maud Gonne was not the intended subject of WB Yeats’s ‘Sally Gardens’. It was in fact not just one woman, but two. A third woman from Sligo was in the equation as well.

His love for a young medical student from Dingle, encouraged Patrick Kavanagh to write ‘On Raglan Road’, which the author gave to Luke Kelly twenty years later in 1964, at a chance meeting in a Dublin pub.

And………….

……….The title of another song was taken from the victim of an air crash in order to hide the identity of the authors true love, who wasn’t really Nancy Spain. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” Explores Popular Irish Love Songs..7pmThis Sunday on C103 with John Greene”

John Spillane Interview on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening

In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene invites you to spend an hour with singer-songwriter John Spillane. John is a native of Cork, a place he rightfully describes as the centre of the universe, and a place that has had a huge creative influence on him.

His father died at a young age, leaving his mother to raise five young boys. A lot of time afterwards was spent on their Uncle’s farm near Bantry tending to livestock, and listening to songs around the fireside.

Over his thirty three year career, John has written 200 songs, some of which have been covered by the likes of Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and Pauline Scanlon.

From his time with the Stargazers and Nomos, to following a successful solo career, there are many songs and stories to hear from John Spillane on Where the road takes me, this Sunday evening at 7pm on C103.

EXTRA…………..

If you missed the previous week’s programme on any occasion, you can hear it from mid-day the following Monday on our website. C103.ie

We thank John Greene for the Programme Information.  (S.R.)

“Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday 23rd Oct. at 7pm

We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for the latest update on his Sunday evening programmes.  (S.R.)

This week on “Where the road takes me”, we bring you ‘From Bantry to Dublin on foot – The farmer’s protest march of 1966’. This is the concluding programme which tells the story of 16 West Cork farmers who left the Square in Bantry and walked 217 miles to Dublin. It was the pivotal walk in a nationwide protest by farmers against rates, low incomes and high prices.

This week we meet Jim Morris, Jackie o’Sullivan and Johnny o’Sullivan, three of the five remaining members of the NFA who departed Bantry on Fair Day, Friday October 7th.

We hear how one of the 16 was later praised by Gardaí for diffusing a potentially volatile situation outside the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin.

We hear the final extracts from a diary written by the late Seán O’Brien during the walk

And……….

C103 presenter Jimmy Reidy reflects on an early morning trip to Limerick with his neighbours, to picket the jail in protest at the imprisonment of farmers during the road blockades and commodity strike. continue reading the full article ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday 23rd Oct. at 7pm”

Bealtaine Festival Features on c103’s “Round the Fireside” Monday Night

Jimmy Reidy's wonderfully popular "Round the Fireside" series tonight places focus on the upcoming Bealtaine Festival in Duhallow.  As noted in our photograph (which was taken by Photographer Supreme - Sheila Fitzgerald) lots of local inputs in the programme which begins at 9.50pm and ends at 11.00pm.  A second programme has also been recorded at Freemount's Heritage Centre which will be broadcast on Monday, 23rd May 2016 at 9.50pm.  Do enjoy the splendid blend of chat, music, song and poetry in tonight's transmission.  The Show has also been recorded by William Fitzgerald for later transmission on LTV2 Millstreet.  Click on the image to enlarge.
Jimmy Reidy’s wonderfully popular “Round the Fireside” series this Monday night places focus on the current Bealtaine Festival in Duhallow. As noted in our photograph (which was taken by Photographer Supreme – Sheila Fitzgerald) lots of local inputs in the programme which begins at 9.50pm and ends at 11.00pm. This second programme has been recorded at Freemount’s Heritage Centre and is being broadcast on Monday, 23rd May 2016. Do enjoy the splendid blend of chat, music, song and poetry in this transmission. The Show has also been recorded by William Fitzgerald for later transmission on LTV2 Millstreet. Click on the image to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Steven on Homelesness in Charleville

Steven O’Riordan was interviewed by Patricia Messenger on C103 about a homeless family in Charleville which he came across while canvassing for last week as a candidate for Cork North West in the 2016 election. Listen to the interview below (14 mins long):


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September is Suicide Awareness Month

The Street Fleet were there from 10am to 11:30am this morning, and have moved onto Macroom

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th. On that night there is a world-wide campaign to light a candle near a window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.

We at C103 have candles for our listeners to light at 8pm and the Street Fleet will be travelling around the county handing out the candles. The Street Fleet will be in Millstreet and Macroom on this Wednesday the 9th.

– from C103.ie

“Round the Fireside” on c103 Tonight Relates to Bealtaine Festival 2015

Pictured at the recent recording of "Round the Fireside" with Jimmy Reidy at Freemount Heritage Centre where the theme was the launch of Bealtaine Festival 2015 coordinated by IRD Duhallow.  The programme is scheduled for transmission tonight (Monday, 27th April) on c103 at 9.50pm.  Happy Listerning!  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Pictured at the recent recording of “Round the Fireside” with Jimmy Reidy at Freemount Heritage Centre where the theme was the launch of Bealtaine Festival 2015 coordinated by IRD Duhallow. The programme is scheduled for transmission tonight (Monday, 27th April) on c103 at 9.50pm.  Re the Kanturk Historical Walking Tour – there is a slight error in the official booklet – that walk takes place on Wednesday, 20th May at 2.30pm.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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Changes to the C103 Regional Reports

Some may not have noticed, but at the end of Eily’s Regional Report this week she notes: “Please take note that my weekly report will no longer be heard live on radio, except for a 30 seconds snippet, which will be heard at 10.30 on Tuesday mornings. After that my full report can only be accessed online, C103.ie. I believe that all the reports from round the county will be run starting at 10.30 on Tuesdays. I am sorry for all the people who aren’t online. However the new change will mean that people at home and all over the world will now be able to get the reports live from wherever they are at any time. Poor consolation I know for all those who don’t have computers. Modern methods always come at a price, unfortunately.”
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