We thank Presenter John Greene for providing advance information on this evening’s programme – 21st July 2019. (S.R.)
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene begins a two part programme entitled ‘The Light-keeper’s daughter, and the story of U260.
Our story centres around the scuttling of a German submarine, three miles south of Glandore in 1945, and the arrest of all crew aboard her.
The events are seen through the eyes of Mary Glanville, now Mary mcCarthy a twelve year old schoolgirl on the Galley Head lighthouse at the time.
Although this submarine was on its ninth patrol when it reached West Cork waters, it had seen very little if any action.
So what exactly was it doing during these patrols, and what reason did the crew have for sinking this vessel of war. And why has the Captain’s logbook been resealed, and not to be re-opened until the year 2045.
In both programmes we look at the two main theories for her sinking, but can only speculate as to what she was doing in the area on that date.
Many thanks to Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103 (14th July 2019 – Bastille Day – so very special greetings to all our French Friends) – S.R.
In the early 1950’s residents of the Gaoire near Macroom were offered approximately forty pounds per acre under compulsory purchase of their land.
Compulsory purchase, when enforced, usually allows a public infrastructure to go ahead for the common good. In this instance, construction of the Lee Valley Hydro Electric Scheme was deemed to be for the common good. Electricity at the time was making its way slowly but surely into rural Ireland.
In the second programme on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to what was once the village of Annahalla, before being flooded in 1954.
Now a statutory nature reserve and a walker’s paradise, the area was once home to many families, including a future Bishop of Cork and a college president.
Sincere thanks to Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this week’s programme on Sunday 7th July 2019. (S.R.)
One man’s successful battle against compulsory purchase has been making news this week. But on Sunday’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks back at a time in Ireland when compulsory purchase was met with disgruntled acceptance.
In 1954 the Gaoire (Gwayrah) near Macroom was flooded to make way for the arrival of a little known commodity called electricity. While the project created hundreds of badly needed jobs, it also forced many people from their homes.
Now the area is a statutory nature reserve, and on this week’s programme, John walks through Annahala, and meets some of the people who once lived here, forming a closely knit community with their own shop and pub.
Sincere thanks to Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this week’s programme on Sunday 16th June 2019. (S.R.)
Costing thirteen million euro and an expensive golf iron, the recent visit of American President Donald Trump was not controversy free.
Fifty six years and ten American Presidents earlier, John F. Kennedy was the first head of his country to drop by and say hello. Unlike ‘The Donald’, Kennedy’s visit was a morale booster for a nation in the midst of a depression.
Unlike Kennedy, it would be difficult to imagine a photograph of Trump keeping the Pope company on Irish kitchen walls.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information for his C103 Programme this Sunday (9th June 2019) evening at 7. (S.R.)
This week John Greene returns to the village of Innishannon on Where the road takes me. It’s all about gardens and gardening as we pay a visit to people who have transformed their gardens into a place of pride and joy.
This week we get gardening advice and a philosophical look at life in general from Johnny o’Sullivan or Johnny of the welcomes.
Since our last visit to the home of Seán and Ann MacSeoin, Seán who was diagnosed with cancer has since passed away. Ann tells us how her garden has been a source of comfort to her and the family since.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information re this evening’s programme (26th May 2019). S.R.
To celebrate the recently held International Dawn Chorus day, John Greene was on hand to record not only the feathered orchestra in the early hours of the morning, but also their evensong as well.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, we discover that the performance is not really for our benefit, but mainly to defend their breeding territory or to attract a new mate. Whether or which, it’s an ideal opportunity to experience Mother Nature at her very best.
Two C103 programmes were recently recorded in Freemount Heritage Centre for Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” programme promoting Bealtaine Festival 2019 and featuring many local voices. The second programme will be broadcast at 10pm this Monday 13th May on C103. Happy Listening! (S.R.)
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this evening’s C103 Programme Where the Road Takes Me at 7. (S.R.)
The storm that pounded the Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979, was described as an exceptional weather event. It must have been. It caught weather forecasters by surprise, and caused the deaths of fifteen yachtsmen and four spectators.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, and on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene marks the anniversary with a three part programme.
Yachtsmen, helicopter pilots, lifeboat crews, Fastnet Rock lightkeepers and weather forecasters all give their version of events.
The organisers of the race, The Royal Ocean Racing club, reflect on how they handled and coped with the unfolding tragedy.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme. (S.R.)
It’s 25,000 years ago since the last ice-age in Ireland. But it’s an ill-wind that doesn’t blow some good. At least Kerry got the Gap of Dunloe – a narrow mountain pass separating the McGillacuddy Reeks in the west, from the Purple Mountains in the East.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene travels over the County Bounds to meet Ger Healy. Born in the Gap, Ger is a popular singer and multi-instrumentalist – and just like his father before him, he’s also a jarvey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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″
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.
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.
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.
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.