This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene speaks to a Cork based Kerryman who reflects on an unusual childhood.
Gearoid Cheaist (Kesht) o’Cathain was reared on the Blasket Islands without priest, electricity, doctor church or school. National Geographic magazine referred to him as the loneliest boy in the world.
The home of Peig Sayers and Tomas o’Criomhain got it’s name from the Norse word ‘Brasker’, meaning dangerous place. Although it was such a place, it was still home to a closely knit community.
Gearoid is now the only surviving member of that community, and shares his story on Where the road takes me – this Sunday evening at 7 – on C103.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th May 2018. (S.R.)
Two hundred and seventy years ago in 1748, and almost to the day, a fifty six mile straight road was opened between Killarney and Cork.
Although being awarded the contract for it, John Murphy from Castleisland had to raise his own finance, in the hope that he would recoup it all by making it a toll road. But the road brought financial ruin for Murphy, resulting in debts of over four thousand pounds. Nobody knows for certain what happened to him afterwards..
We thank John Greene, Presenter Supreme of the weekly radio programme on C103 for advance information re this Sunday’s programme (6th May 2018). (S.R.)
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, we meet Teddy Hayes from Rosscarbery, the recent recipient of an award for his constant fundraising down through the years.
After being initially given the ‘all-clear’, Teddy was later informed that Kidney cancer had spread to his lungs. Teddy has now organised a fund-raiser for Arc House in Bantry – this particular fund-raiser is personal.
On the programme……
* We hear Teddy’s story, and how initial anger and fear has changed to positivity.
* We meet Catríona O’Mahony – cancer support co-ordinator at Arc House
Launching the very impressive programme for Bealtaine 2018 the SAOI Group from IRD Duhallow will feature on Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” tonight (30th May 2018) from 9:50 until 11:00 on C103. A second programme will air on Monday, 14th May. Below we share two images photographed on Saturday – Jimmy Reidy and the C103 Studios in Mallow. (S.R.)
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, is the second of three programmes entitled ‘The sinking of the Lusitania – Myths, mysteries and theWest Cork connection’ The passenger liner was sunk by a German attack submarine off the Old head of Kinsale on Friday May 7th 1915, with the loss of 1, 198 lives.
This week on programme Two……
* We deal with the part played by Courtmacsherry Lifeboat after the sinking – Using the exact words spoken and written in the aftermath of the sinking, local people play the parts of crew members, witnesses and reporters.
* UK based naval historian Professor Eric Grove clarifies a point made in previous documentaries, that rescue services took their time in responding, for fear of being torpedoed themselves.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me , John Greene begins a three drama/documentary entitled – ‘The Sinking of the Lusitania – Myths, mysteries and the West Cork Connection’.
On Friday May 5th, 1915 the passenger liner Lusitania was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German U-Boat, with the loss of 1,198 lives. But was she as innocent as we were led to believe.
* In programme One – We look at the background to the sinking and how the Cork passengers on board fared, especially Julia o’Neill from Rosscarbery, whose poignant story continues in programmes two and three.
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information regarding his very interesting programme scheduled to be broadcast on C103 at 7pm this Sunday, 25th March 2018. (S.R.)
Not many bands can boast of being together for forty or even fifty years. This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene meets the Co-founder of a band, who this year celebrates sixty years together.
* The Donal Ring Ceili Band played their first gig to a packed Glen Hall in Blackpool in 1958.
* They were the first Ceili Band to enter the Irish charts. (‘Beautiful City’ spent six weeks at No 2)
* Despite playing six to seven nights per week, they never turned professional.
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 callupon.
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……
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”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information on his weekly programme being broadcast at 7pm on C103 – Sunday, 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.
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.
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.
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding his upcoming radio feature on C103 at 7pm this Sunday. (S.R.)
Forget Catherine Cookson and your Mills and Boon novels, the greatest romance of all comes from the annals of Irish mythology. Tinged with tragedy and suspense, the story has a West Cork sequel.
This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene travels to Murragh (pronounced Mur-Rah) where two local groups have recently surveyed the local graveyard which goes back to the 18th century. The church here which is now in ruins goes back to the 12th century and the area itself to 200BC. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding his Radio Feature this evening. (S.R.)
During the Irish Famine of 1845 to 1847, those who raised enough money to emigrate were deemed the lucky ones, but those left behind faced the possibility of death from hunger or fever, or both. Many were buried where they lay, or dumped, unidentified into famine pits. Fortunately, some of these famine pits have since been transformed into dignified and consecrated burial places.
In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits one such burial place at Kilpadder, close to Kilmacsimon Quay, and the nearby village of Innishannon.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance notice re this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
In the second of a two part programme on Where the road takes me, John Greene speaks to Trevis Gleason about life with MS. Gleason is adamant that he doesn’t ‘suffer’ from it, but lives with Multiple Sclerosis.
While no longer cheffing for a living, Trevis still enjoys cooking. With that in mind, we introduce him to a number of local artisan food producers, and using their products, he tells us how to properly cook fish.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for the following advance information re his programme this evening (Sun. 6th Aug. 2017). (S.R.)
As a chef and chef-instructor, and working the top kitchens in New England and New York, Trevis Gleason’s career was enjoying a meteoric rise. But all of that came to a sudden halt when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in April of 2001. Coupled with the shock, there was also a snowballing effect, when his marriage ended, he lost his job and even his perceived persona.
Putting his life on hold, he moved to West Kerry to fulfil a long postponed dream. Adamant that he lives rather than suffers from MS, he has since moved to a bigger stage. Trevis Gleason is now a leading voice for people with MS. His Blog ‘Trevis S Gleason’s life with MS’, is one of the longest running, most widely read and respected on the topic. He is also on the editorial board of MS Ireland. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me – This Evening’s Topic – “Life with MS” – 7pm C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on his programme which is scheduled to be broadcast on this Sunday evening 23rd July 2017 at 7. (S.R.)
Influences on Irish Traditional Music on the ‘Where the road takes me’ series has now reached the half-way mark. This week we concentrate on one of our foremost music collectors who salvaged and preserved two thousand traditional songs and tunes.
This week John Greene travels to Inward Ardgroom, close to the village of Ardgroom, where Church of Ireland Canon James Goodman served as curate between 1858 and 1866. It was here in the beautiful and secluded rectory that Goodman packed his collection into four manuscripts. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”