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.
We thank Presenter John Greene for providing advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene travels to Dripsey to meet Mags McCarthy.
If you’re not familiar with her music and dancing, there’s a very good reason. The past number of years have been spent abroad, expanding her career worldwide – in over forty two countries to be precise.
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 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.
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.
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”
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.