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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 24th Oct. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 17th Oct.

In the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the Road Takes me’ this week,  John Greene looks at the history of brewing in Cork.  It also encompasses the commercial and social life in the City and County.

The programme focusses mainly on the Cork Porter Company, which later became Beamish & Crawford, until its closure in 2009. 

In Bandon we look at the story behind Allman’s Brewery and Distillers, which was bought and closed by Beamish & Crawford.  We also meet some of the former workforce at the West Cork plant.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 17th Oct. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 17th Oct.

In October of 1966, NFA President Rickard Deasy staked his reputation and the reputation of his association on the pivotal farmers protest march from Bantry to Dublin. 

Low incomes, an unfair taxation system, rates and the refusal of Government to either meet with or recognise their association, led to the association President leading sixteen West Cork farmers out of Bantry on a 217 mile walk to the gates of Dáil Éireann. 

In the concluding programme on Where the road takes me,  John Greene meets three of the surviving sixteen.

We also look at the commodity strike of January 1967, which resulted in the jailing of 19 farmers and the confiscation of their machinery.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 10th Oct. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 10th Oct.

Having been described as a ‘Pip-Squeak’ Organisation by the late Charles J. Haughey, the NFA, later to become the IFA, decided to show the former Agriculture Minister at the time, that they were anything but.

Fifty five years ago, almost to the day, sixteen West Cork farmers began a gruelling 211 mile protest walk from Bantry to Dublin.  By the time they had reached Dublin, thirty thousand farmers had converged on Dáil Éireann.

Eleven of those West Cork farmers are since deceased.  Of the five remaining,  John Greene meets three of them on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’.

In the first of a two-part programme we also meet some of those who remained behind to look after farm, home and family.  We also get access to the diary of Seán O’Brien of Goulanes, one of the six deceased.  Extracts from it are read by his Grandson Shane. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

“Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 – Remembering Billa O’Connell

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 3rd Oct. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 3rd Oct.

Billa O’Connell was as much a part of Cork as ‘Pana’, the Mardyke or his beloved Lough in Togher.  The entertainer passed away on September 23rd last at the age of 91. 

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene looks back at some of the recorded conversations he had with him at his home in Togher.

The burning of the Opera House, Summer Revels, marrying his real life Cinderella and bidding farewell to his great friend on and off the stage – Paddy Cummerford, are all up for discussion.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103 – Remembering Billa O’Connell”

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 26th Sept. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 26th Sept.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene goes in search of ‘characters’.  When your search takes you to the Northside of Cork City, it would be difficult to avoid them. 

Underneath the Bells of Shandon, we meet the ladies of Eason’s Hill Friendship Club.  Around the corner, Dan Linehan speaks about manufacturing boiled sweets, like Clove Rocks.  The same traditional methods and old machinery are in use since 1929. 

At the top of Cathedral Road, we meet iconic Northside shop owner Con O’leary who also dipped his toes in politics a number of years ago. 

And, Herbie Hendrick recalls almost seventy years as a band member and conductor of the Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band, affectionately known as ‘The Buttera’. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 19th Sept. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 19th Sept.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene meets the third Cork City Northsider in the series ‘The tale of three Norries’.

Son of the late Singing Fireman John O’Shea, Tony O’Shea talks about his father, growing up on the Northside and being a true and proud Norrie, choosing a guitar instead of a hurley at the North Mon and his  own  career as a Cork City Fireman, before retiring at the age of 54. 

We also hear songs from his CD ‘My Lovely Rose and You’, the title track dedicated to his late mother. 

Next week……… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 12th Sept. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 12th Sept.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene continues the Tale of three Norries.

In Programme two we meet songwriter John Murphy who was asked to write a number of songs for a CD to commemorate the burning of Cork City in December of 1920.

Although a launch and promotional events were out of the question because of Covid-19, the CD has almost sold itself.

Only seventy copies remain, with all proceeds going to ‘Alana’s Butterfly Wings’ 

Like the other two Norries, John has a story to tell which is unrelated to music.

Born in the UK, John was brought to Ireland for adoption.  He relates his story articulately, speaking about his dysfunctional and unfit adoptive parents in Cork.

Living the life of a loner as a child, without love, care and affection, John still finds difficulty in socialising.  Meeting his birth-mother for the first time and benefiting from her company for two years before her death, is a part of his story told emotionally. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 5th Sept. 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 5th Sept.

‘The tale of three Norries’ is a series beginning on ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening.

Basing himself in the North-Mon CBS School, John Greene meets three friends, all of whom attended the school.  All three are Norries to the core, all three are involved in music and all three have an interesting story to tell – not all of which involves music. 

In programme one, we meet singer-songwriter John Neville one of the co-founders of the Cork band North Cregg.

John is now pursuing a solo career and has recorded a song about Sunvalley Drive, where he grew up and ‘The Wobbling Man’, a song about his alcoholic father.

We are also joined by College Lecturer and New York Times opinion writer Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Boylan talks about her time at UCC and how ‘The Wobbling Man’ helped her enormously to take the final steps in her transformation from male to Transgender. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 29th August 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 29th August

Recorded a year before his death and with promises of plenty more in the reserve, this was in fact the last of many recordings with John O’Leary in Cobh.  John passed away last April at the age of 98. 

This week there are tales of a visit to Fatima with a Margaret Thatcher connection.

There’s a tale of Margaret Thatcher and her bitter battle with the Yorkshire Miners.  There’s Margaret Thatcher and the Hunger Strikers and Margaret Thatcher and her Kenmare roots.

And the mood is sombre, as John recalls losing three colleagues and friends in tragic circumstanses,  from his days in an Garda Síochána.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 22nd August 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 22nd August

Back by popular demand is a well worn cliché, but it’s so appropriate for this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’.

Listeners to the programme just can’t get enough of John O’Leary who passed away earlier this year at the age of 98.

Originally from Rathbarry, but living in Cobh, John was a member of an Garda Siochana from 1942 to 1955, all of which was spent in Dublin. 

This week we go on the beat with John to meet Brendan Behan, Margaret Pearse, Boxing Cyclone the reclusive Bill Warren and partying with the wonderful trading ladies of Moore Street.

Dublin wit and characters, through the eyes of a Cork Garda. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 15th August 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 15th August

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this week, John Greene concludes the story of Joe Mac.  The former drummer, singer and comedian is the only surviving member of the Dixies Showband following the death of Seán Lucey on July 28th last.

Now eighty five years of age and sixty seven years in show business, it hasn’t been all laughs.

In 1981, tragedy strikes the family when Joe and Anne’s son Aidan and his wife Linda are killed in a road collision. 

And……

       Why Brendan O’Brien’s electrocution in the Stardust Ballroom in Cork, was not the beginning of the lead-singer’s demise. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 8th August 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 8th August

On July 28th last, with obvious sadness, we learned of the death of Seán Lucey, a former member of the Dixies Showband.

That leaves Joe Mac as the only surviving member of one of Ireland’s most popular bands.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’ and in the first of a two part programme, John Greene brings you the Joe Mac Story.

We hear how Joe took the drums to his first gig on the Number 11 bus to Tivoli.

We hear how the Dixielanders became the Dixies and later Stage 2.

We hear how tragedy devastated his family in 1981 and his views on adoption.

And with Joe Mac, there’s always laughs and we bring you plenty of those too.0 [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 1st August 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 1st August

Dancing fanatics amongst you must be getting itchy feet at the moment.  The Foxtrots, quicksteps,  jives, waltzes and even the clingers may not be too far away, as you await the green light for a return to the dance floor. 

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this week John Greene offers a gentle reminder of what the dancing days of old were really like, just in case you had forgotten, which is highly unlikely. 

We meet two members of one of the most popular local dance bands ever to grace a dance-floor.

Twenty years of non-stop  performing must come with stories attached and there are plenty.   Mad cats, fires, political bomb scares and jiving in your underwear just add to the excitement. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 25th July 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 25th July

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene continues and concludes a look at the judicial system of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The programme also includes a look back at historic murders of the era and their outcome. 

This Week…….

Thomas Street in Mitchelstown in 1913 and the constant arguing of a father and son that eventually goes too far.

In Curraghmore in 1874, the brutal and cowardly murder and robbery of an elderly couple.  While local suspects were questioned, most people regarded it as the work of an opportunistic mobile serial killer. 

And in Rockmills near Castletownroche during  the height of the Land war, so called middle-men were regarded as more ruthless than landlords.  Motives and suspects are plenty in this brutal and depraved murder of a locally despised family.   But did they hang the real culprits, or was it a case of anyone will do.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 18th July 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 18th July

In ninteenth century Ireland, the laws of the land weighed heavily in favour of the rich and well-off.   For family members of murder victims, they had a lot to endure besides coming to terms with the death of a relative.

Inquests were held almost immediately in the victim’s house and those on the inquest jury panel were required to attend and view the remains.

Jury members were chosen from the well-heeled in society and in some case specifically for their tendency to favour a guilty verdict.

For the perpetrator of the crimes, he or she, if found guilty would normally be sentenced to hang.  There was little if any time for an appeal as the sentence was usually carried out within three days.   

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’ and in the first of a two part programme,  John Greene looks at how the judicial system has changed since then and we also delve into some of the historic murder cases from the 19th and early 20th centuries in County Cork.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 4th July 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 4th July

On this week’s ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene concludes his tribute to John  O’Leary, a regular contributor to the programme, who died on April 26th last at the age of 98.

This week, athletics and general sporting guru Fr. Liam Kelleher remembers a trip to Medjugorje with John. 

From the archives, John looks back on the talented politicians from all political parties, who contributed to the foundation of the State. 

And……… Did Taoiseach John A. Costello take offence to ‘Roaring Meg’  being placed close to his table at a function in Canada by a Unionist supporter in 1948, or were his words misconstrued.  We hear John O’Leary’s view on why the Irish Politician took everybody by surprise back home, when he announced the Government’s intention to repeal the ‘External Relations Act’, which would and did cut our ties with the Commonwealth. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme –27th June 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 27th June

He was one of the most featured on Where the road takes me, possessing a razor-sharp wit, an amazing recall and a lifetime of adventure.

John O’Leary who lived in Cobh but was originally from Carrigroe in Clonakilty passed away in his 98th year on April 26th last.

This week on Where the road takes me, John Greene looks back at some of his conversations with him

We hear about riding a donkey into classroom, being forced into the Blueshirts, joining the Gardaí and patrolling the tenement area of Dublin, being wrongfully blamed for the ‘Battle of Bray’  and how a Cork Wexford hurling final ended his career as a Garda. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme –20th June 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 20th June

Twelve years ago, US Airways Flight 1549 landed safely on the Hudson River in New York after a bird strike resulted in engine failure.  All 155 people on board were rescued.

This week on Where the road takes me, Fred Caruso joins John Greene to tell of his experience aboard a commercial flight to Germany in 1962, when the engines went on fire and the pilot ditched  the plane amongst house-high waves 500 miles from the Irish coast.  In three days the life rafts had almost reached the Galley Head Lighthouse.

Fred who was a 22 year old US Paratrooper at the time talks about writing a final letter of thanks to his parents and why he refused to take responsibility for one of the two children on board. 

Twenty two of the passengers died on the life raft and those who survived were brought to Cork.

Fred tells of his terrible battle with post-traumatic stress, meeting his wife Ellen and settling in Glengariffe. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th June 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 13th June

He’s been singing for over fifty years, and been more than adaptable to any challenges the ever-changing music industry has thrown at him. 

This week on Where the road takes me, Red Hurley joins John Greene to talk about the career that he loves, with a number of his songs included too.

There are hundreds to choose from, many of  which made it to No. 1 in the charts and many more the Top Ten. 

Representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest is also up for discussion and why it would be a bad decision for the likes of Westlife and Kodaline to do the same.  And…..The tension while performing in England during the IRA’s bombing campaign in the 1980s. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 6th June 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday 6th June

Once Flower Lodge, home to Cork Hibernians, Páirc Uí Rinn is now one of the GAA’s strongholds in Cork and named after one of the greatest hurlers of all time. 

Christy Ring was a very close friend of the late Paddy Martin, the Taoiseach’s father and on this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, Mícheál Martin joins John Greene in the Stadium to talk about his life and times. 

You’ll find the conversation moving swiftly from one subject to another.

Growing up in Turner’s Cross, soccer, hurling, dancing, the Gaeltacht, his international boxer father, becoming leader of his party and later Taoiseach, taking on the powerful tobacco industry and of course Covid-19 are some of the many subjects up for discussion.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 30th May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

Where The Road Takes Me – Sunday May 30th.

This week on ‘Where the road takes me, John Greene brings the three part programme on the sinking of the Lusitania to a conclusion.

In programme three, we outline the remaining years in the lives of the two protagonists, Capt. Bill Turner of the Lusitania and Capt. Walter Schweiger of submarine U-20.

Although Turner managed to clear his name somewhat, his scapegoating by Churchill made it an almost impossible task.

Schweiger, on the other hand suffered the same fate as the 1,197 Lusitania passengers he had sent to a watery grave two years earlier.

For passenger Julia o’Neill from Rosscarbery, tragedy followed her survival in her new home in Kilgarvan Co. Kerry.

And, were the Irish Government aware of the real identity of the German Submarine Captain they invited to Ireland in 1966 to commemorate the 1916 rising? [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 23rd May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

This week on ‘Where the road takes me’ it’s the second in a three part programme which looks at the sinking of the Lusitania in May of 1915. 

All three programmes deal with the myths and facts surrounding the ship and its sinking by German  submarine U-20 off the Old Head of Kinsale.

The programmes also deals in detail with the background to the Cork passengers, but one in particular, that of Julia O’Neill from Froe in Rosscarbery.  The part of Julia is played by Mary O’Leary.

The exact words used in reports by the crew of the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat on the day and local journalists, are repeated by members of Clonakilty and Barryroe Historical Society.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 16th May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

As we reach another anniversary of its sinking,  ‘Where the road takes me’ remembers  the tragic story of the Lusitania in a three part programme.

British and Irish Maritime Historians join John Greene, as they attempt to make sense of a ruthless act which claimed the lives of 1,197 people off the coast of West Cork on May 7th 1915.  

However, we do know that Lusitania was not an innocent passenger ship, as we also locate and translate the report of U-20 Submarine Captain Walter Schweiger, who ordered her sinking.

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Survival stories are supposed to have happy endings, but certainly not in the case of passenger Julia O’Neill from Rosscarbery, as a local historical group act out her story.

We launch a new song about the doomed ship and we meet the new owners of the wreck which lies in 300 feet of water off the Old Head of Kinsale.  [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 9th May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me’,  John Greene continues his conversation with former BBC & ITV presenter Denis Tuohy.

We return to a deserted ranch in California to hear more stories about his meeting with the Charles Manson Family. 

And, if you’re part of a  TV crew that’s suddenly regarded as being unwelcome,  there’s one big thing to remember if you’re asked to leave or forcibly ejected. 

And…… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 9th May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

On this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me’,  John Greene continues his conversation with former BBC & ITV presenter Denis Tuohy.

We return to a deserted ranch in California to hear more stories about his meeting with the Charles Manson Family. 

And, if you’re part of a  TV crew that’s suddenly regarded as being unwelcome,  there’s one big thing to remember if you’re asked to leave or forcibly ejected. 

And…… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 2nd May 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

 Where The Road Takes Me

Having spent forty years as the frontline face of flagship TV on BBC and ITV, Denis Tuohy came to Castletownbere for a number of years and an opportunity to tackle his autobiography.

Armed with a plentiful supply of conversational subjects, he joins John Greene this Sunday evening on ‘Where the road takes me’, in the first of a two part programme.

Tuohy had overseen eight General Elections in the UK and in her memoirs, the late Margaret Thatcher referred to her interview with him in 1979, as the most hostile of that campaign.

There was also a day spent in the company of the infamous Charles Manson Family, after locating them in hiding in a remote area of California.  As the mood darkened considerably, Tuohy and his camera crew were lucky to leave alive. (One of his interviewees was later jailed for life for the attempted murder of  American President Gerald Ford))

He was also thrown off a Pirate Whaling ship in Portugal for asking the wrong questions.

And although his acting career didn’t reach the dizzy heights of his broadcasting career, Denis Tuohy still managed parts in Fair City and Killinaskully. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 25th April 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

 Where The Road Takes Me

Next Wednesday April 28th is the centenary of the executions of four IRA Volunteers at what was then Victoria Barracks in Cork.

Patrick O’Sullivan and Maurice Moore who were arrested during the Clonmult ambush in East Cork, were executed with Patrick Ronayne and nineteen year old Thomas Mulcahy who were arrested at Mourneabbey five days earlier, during the War of Independence.

On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, John Greene  looks back at the Mourneabbey ambush and discovers that…… 

* The IRA had no escape plan.  (53 men –  made up from The Flying  Column and local volunteers)

* The unexpected arrival of the Manchester regiment confused the    Lancashires and allowed the Flying Column escape.

* The Black and Tans who were stationed nearby in Mallow were not  allowed to take part and why the British Railway Worker’s Union  were threatening all-out strike if they did.

* A spy was eventually identified and hunted, not only by the IRA, but  later also by ‘Free Staters’ during the Civil War.

The first of six casualties on the Local Volunteer side was Michael Looney who was shot twice on different occasions and died seven days later.  His nephew tells us exactly what happened. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 18th April 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

 Where The Road Takes Me

Never mind Clint Eastwood and the Bridges of Madison County.  This week on ‘Where The Road Takes Me’,  John Greene brings you Gerry Forde and the Bridges of Donoughmore.  Gerry has written an amazing book about the 71 bridges in the parish, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

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 In Ovens we meet retired Engineering Designer, Draughtsman and Chartered Surveyor Michael Kiely, who explains the age-old method of Triangulation and how you can simply measure the distance to the sun, without actually having to go there.

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In Ruby’s Bridge, John Barrett tells us about his father the Travelling Harness maker and his Grandfather who worked for the Muskerry Tram Company.  We also hear about a collision between a Tram and a Steam Roller on the Carrigrohane Straight. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 11th April 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.)

 Where The Road Takes Me

After singer Sandie Jones passed away in September of 2019, it was necessary to organise a ‘GoFundMe’ account in order to fulfil her wishes to be brought back to Dublin, to be buried beside her parents. 

It was a sad end for an extremely talented and beautiful woman who rose to fame in 1972. 

When Joe Mac and Brendan O’Brien left the Dixies Showband to form Stage 2 in 1972, it was Sandie Jones who took over as lead singer with the Cork band.

She won the National Song Contest staged in the Cork Opera House the same year and then went forward to the UK to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, coming 15th with ‘Ceol an Grá’. 

On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,  John Greene is joined by her brother Tony Jones who emotionally  tells the story of his beloved older sister. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Easter Sunday evening’s programme – 4th April 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

Where The Road Takes Me

In the second of a two-part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’ this week, John Greene once again invites you to join him on a virtual ‘here , there & everywhere’ tour of Mid Cork. 

Rosaleen Tonson-Rye tells us how her parents rebuilt their home near Crookstown, after the stately version had been burned in 1921.

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Now retired as a trainer himself, Jimmy Gordon tells us how he learned the ropes, or reins of his trade working for legendary horse trainer Vincent O’Brien at Churchtown.

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We hear how Noel lenihan, against advice, restored a children’s burial ground between Liscarrol and Buttevant.

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                            There’s tributes paid to deceased former contributors of the programme – Hubie Hurley of Farnanes and Johnny O’Mahony of Ballydesmond. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Easter Sunday on C103″

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

We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 28th March 2021 at 7pm on C103.  (S.R.) 

Where The Road Takes Me

On this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, John Greene goes here, there and everywhere – virtually of course and observing social distancing if required – which it wasn’t.

They were regarded as helpful and kind landlords, but their stately home was still burned in June of 1921.  A visit to Ryecourt to meet Rosaleen Tonson-Rye is planned.

In the aftermath of a successful Cheltenham festival for the Irish, we pay a visit to the homeplace of legendary horse trainer Vincent o’Brien.

And……..We recall a conversation with Hubie Hurley from Farnanes who passed away on February 9th last.  After his father died at a young age, Hubie’s mother pulled out all the stops to ensure all her family had  careers.  As a result, Hubie and his brother’ Pat’s talent is still on view in many churches today. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm this Sunday on C103″