“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. [read more …] “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. [read more …] ““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. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday 23rd Oct. at 7pm”

From Bantry to Dublin on Foot – The Farmers’ Protest Walk of 1966

Presenter Supreme on C103, John Greene kindly forwarded the following details of this Sunday night’s “Where the Road Takes Me”:

Charlie Haughey once referred to it as ‘a pipsqueak organisation’. However, the former agriculture minister would literally have to eat his words when 30,000 farmers, all members of the NFA turned up at Government Buildings. They were protesting against high rates, low incomes, and the Sean Lemass led Government’s refusal to either recognise or meet with the association. (The NFA was formed in 1955 – the precursor to the IFA, which was formed in 1971)

Thirteen days earlier, and almost exactly fifty years ago, sixteen farmers, eleven of whom who are since deceased, left the square in Bantry, as they began a 217 mile protest walk to Dublin. They were led by NFA President Rickard Deasy, with his trademark black beret and walking stick. Although thousands of farmers would converge on the Capital from all over the country, the Bantry walk was regarded as pivotal to a successful campaign.

This week, in the first of a two part programme on Where the road takes me, and on the 50th anniversary, John Greene meets three of the five surviving members of the Bantry walk. We look back on the reasons that drove these men to undertake this gruelling task. What did they hope to achieve, and did they succeed? [read more …] “From Bantry to Dublin on Foot – The Farmers’ Protest Walk of 1966”

Upcoming Programmes on C103 Include Wonderful Insight into Henry Ford

Presenter John Greene of c103 Local Radio and Correspondent Rosario Buckley have been in touch with us regarding the excellent Sunday evening radio series entitled “Where the Road Takes Me”.  They have kindly offered to share advance notice of the content headlines of each programme.   This is very much appreciated as it guarantees that we shall not miss what are oftentimes most interesting programmes indeed wonderfully researched and very professionally presented by John Greene.   Here we share a summary of the next programme scheduled for this coming Sunday, 9th Oct. 2016 at 7pm  …  We thank John and Rosario for the important update.   And we’ve also learned from Rosario that Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” on Monday, 10th Oct. at 9.50pm features Charlie Conway of Ballincollig and Friends.  Charlie has had lots of links with Banteer’s Glen Theatre.  (S.R.)

Here is a summary of the upcoming John Greene’s programme re Henry Ford:

“The story of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company has been well documented. Born in the Greenfield Township of Michigan on July 30th 1863, he became a child genius and eventually one of America’s greatest industrialists. His first car, the inexpensive Model-T, made it possible for many middle-class Americans to own their first automobile.

What’s less well known is Ford’s Irish ancestry, and his connection with the village of Ballinascarthy. [read more …] “Upcoming Programmes on C103 Include Wonderful Insight into Henry Ford”

“Where The Road Takes Me” – c103 on Sundays at 7pm

Presenter John Greene of c103 Local Radio and Correspondent Rosario Buckley have been in touch with us regarding the excellent Sunday evening radio series entitled “Where the Road Takes Me”.  They have kindly offered to share advance notice of the content headlines of each programme.   This is very much appreciated as it guarantees that we shall not miss what are oftentimes most interesting programmes indeed wonderfully researched and very professionally presented by John Greene.   Here we share a summary of the next programme scheduled for this coming Sunday, 2nd Oct. 2016 at 7pm  …  We thank John and Rosario for the important update.  (S.R.):

Having retired in the last few years as a metal fabrication teacher at CIT, Pat Lynch now lives with his wife on Model farm Road in the suburbs of Cork City.

But, what now seems like a former life, Pat was once lead singer with two of the top Showbands in the country. This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to his home to hear his story and his music.

Pat was born in Bantry, but grew up in Blackpool on the City’s Northside. He was giving tap-dancing lessons as a teenager, and became known as ‘Cork’s Al Jolson’.

While playing support act at a dance one night, Pat was offered the opportunity of a lifetime to become lead singer with the Clipper Carlton Showband, who have since been credited with starting the whole Showband era.

Later, as lead singer with the Airchords, he reached number one in the Irish charts with ‘When we were young’.

In 1968, he was pipped by a point in the National Song Contest by Pat McGeegan, who went on to represent Ireland in the Eurovision, eventually coming fourth with ‘Chance of a lifetime’. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” – c103 on Sundays at 7pm”

Millstreet Features Again on “Round the Fireside” c103 Radio Tonight at 9.50

A reminder that Programme One of Two featuring Millstreet Community Singers plus Tom & Noreen Meaney will be broadcast tonight on c103 Local Radio at 9.50 to 11.00.  Programme Two is on next Monday night at the same time.  Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)
A reminder that Programme Two of Two featuring Millstreet Community Singers plus Tom & Noreen Meaney will be broadcast tonight on c103 Local Radio at 9.50 to 11.00 on Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” series.  Many thanks to the very many people who kindly indicated their interest and delight regarding last week’s programme.  Tonight do listen out for lots more interesting  features including Valerie’s wonderful Edith Piaf’s song and a look back at the Walton Radio Programme of the 50s and 60s. Click on the image to enlarge. (S.R.)

Audio: Millstreet Community Singers on Round the Fireside

Programme one featuring Millstreet Community Singers, interviews with Tom & Noreen Meaney, organised by Seán Radley, which was on Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” show on c103 Radio last Monday night. Part two will feature next Monday evening.

Encouraging Millstreet Website Support Received

Today, while shopping in Millstreet an uplifting further gesture of support for our work on the Millstreet Website was received.   Following our recent church gate collection for the combined funding of both our Museum and Website it’s totally encouraging to note the response our appeal has received from loyal followers of our Website living elsewhere in Ireland and across the world in such a generous and concrete manner.  The relative of one such kind follower (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated €50.00 towards the support of our website.  Míle buíochas for this much appreciated gesture.   This contribution will be added to our overall fund as we continue to share such news as the following:

Millstreet Community Singers together with Tom and Noreen Meaney joined us at Freemount Heritage Centre for two recordings of Jimmy Reidy's "Round the Fireside" series which we were asked to coordinate during which a special tribute is paid to the late Tom Goggin.  The first programme on c103 local radio is scheduled to be broadcast on Monday, 29th Aug. 2016 at 9.50pm while the second one is being transmitted on Monday, 5th Sept. at 9.50pm.  Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
Members of Millstreet Community Singers together with Tom and Noreen Meaney joined us at Freemount Heritage Centre for two recordings of Jimmy Reidy’s “Round the Fireside” series which we were asked to coordinate during which a special tribute is paid to the late Tom Goggin. The first programme on c103 local radio is scheduled to be broadcast on Monday, 29th Aug. 2016 at 9.50pm while the second one is being transmitted on Monday, 5th Sept. at 9.50pm. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)

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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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