This week, in the first of a two part programme entitled ‘Memories and
Miracles’, John Greene pays a visit to the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk, the
scene of many great dancing nights since it first opened back in 1955.
We look into the life of the young woman whose name is on the hall, and
discover that she is in ‘the waiting room’ for canonisation. Struck with a
severe form of tuberculosis, she continued to work tirelessly for the Legion
of Mary in Mombasa, before finally succumbing to the illness at the age of
36 in 1944. Fr. Mossie Brick, parish priest of Lixnaw in North Kerry gives
us the protocol required for her progression to sainthood. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Tonight at 7pm”
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.
People who suffer from depression, schizophrenia and those who suffer from
both tell their stories and raise their concerns on the current state of
mental health treatment in the country. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me at 7 This Evening on C103”
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.
He cites the likes of ‘McFly’, ‘Busted’, ‘Rascal Flats’ and ‘Hunter Hayes’ as being heavy influences on his fledgling career so far. He is after all only eighteen years of age. [read more …] “John Greene Talks with Jake Carter on C103 from 7pm”
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.
For many years victims of the famine from around this area were buried in a small hillside field – their graves unmarked – their plight and deaths forgotten. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”
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.
[read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” with John Greene on C103 This Evening at 7″
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”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding his Radio Documentary this Sunday. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me, we feature the second programme dealing with influences on the revival, survival and progression of Irish Traditonal music.
This week John Greene looks at the contribution of three musicians, who are regarded as being exponents in the art of playing their favourite instruments. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”
We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information regarding his radio documentary this evening. (S.R.)
Two of the reasons regularly put forward for the survival of traditional music in Ireland are that the country was not one of the battlegrounds in either of the two world wars, and also that our economy was largely agricultural, where tradition usually lives and thrives.
In a four part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks at some of the other reasons, like the influences of some of our most talented musicians, composers and collectors.
We look at the enormous contribution of Irish traditional music collector and Anglican Minister Canon James Goodman, curate of Ardgroom, Rector of Skibbereen and Canon of Ross in the late nineteenth century. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”
We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information regarding this evening’s radio documentary. (S.R.)
This year C103 are the sole media partners for the ‘Make your mark on Cancer’ walk which is now in its’ fifth year. The walk Begins at 10am from the Viaduct in Cork on Sunday July 16th next, passing through Innishannon and taking the high road to Bandon and on to the Town Hall. So far they have raised 200,000 Euro for the Mercy Hospital Foundation, and the target this year is to reach the quarter million mark. The walk is in memory of thirty five year old Mark Prendergast who lost a brave battle against testicular cancer at the Mercy Hospital in 2012.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to the Prendergast family to hear the poignant story of a young father, husband, brother and son, whose death has since given hope and comfort to others. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″
We thank John Greene, Presenter, for the following advance information re this evening’s radio feature (S.R.):
You don’t have to be a Leonardo Da Vinci or an Alan Titchmarsh to take part in the ‘Gardens and Galleries Trail’ which happens in Innishannon the weekend after next – (Sat July1st & Sun July 2nd). The novel idea last year to hold a week end garden and art trail was such a success that the Friends of Innishannon and the Tidy Towns committee have once again joined forces for what promises to be an exciting two days in the village.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, and accompanied by local author Alice Taylor, John Greene pays a visit to some of the gardens and galleries to meet the owners. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”
We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance information re this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Prior to their Open Day on Saturday July 15th next, John Greene returns to Bandon Fire Station to re -join the crew on this week’s edition of Where the road takes me.
In the concluding programme we look back at some of the major fires that the station fought down through the years.
The fire at Phelan’s paint shop on South Main Street in 1948 almost resulted in loss of life.
One of the town’s landmarks – The Mill was destroyed by fire in 1968, and there was also the fire at the cinema a number of years later,.
However, the fire at Flor Griffin’s Warehouse is regarded as being the worst and most dangerous fire, as emergency services considered evacuating the town. [read more …] “Where The Road Takes Me – On Air from 7pm on C103”
We thank Presenter, John Greene for the following advance information of this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me, we are off to the townland of Tullymurrihy in the parish of Enniskeane. Here in 1898 Mick Flynn was born – War of Independence veteran, farmer, poet, songwriter, playwright and character of renown.
Mick the poet as he was affectionately known as, was very much influenced by the old Irish Bards, and indeed became a bard of the modern era himself. Inspiration for his songs and poetry came from events in the locality, and the idiosyncrasies and quirkiness of its people. His songs and poetry on children’s allowance, rationing, the local rail service, currant cake and pub licencing laws are still sung and recorded today. Unfortunately having been written in a ‘paper and pencil’ era, a lot of Mick’s works have been lost in the passage of time. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me – C103 at 7 This Evening”
We thank presenter, John Greene for background information on this evening’s programme (7 – 8pm on C103)
Accompanied by Terri Kearney, manager of Skibbereen Heritage Centre and author of two books on the area, John Greene continues his journey around Lough Hyne on this week’s Where the road takes me.
Lough Hyne is Europe’s first Marine Nature Reserve and came to the attention of marine biologists as far back as 1886.
This week we meet Professor Tony Hawkins, who allows us to eavesdrop on the communication sounds of Pollock, Haddock and the common seal in the lake. [read more …] ““Where the road takes me” from Lough Hyne near Skibbereen”
We thank John Greene for the much appreciated advance information on his Radio Documentary this week. “Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Today (Sunday, 21st May 2017) on C103 is presented by John. (S.R.)
Lough Hyne is Irelands first Marine Nature Reserve and one of the most beautiful spots in the country. It’s situated 5 kilometres South-West of Skibbereen, just off the Skibbereen Baltimore road.
The marine lake is connected to the Atlantic Ocean via Barlogue Creek by a narrow channel known as the rapids. The area is a scientists paradise, steeped in history and with more folklore than you can imagine. Its history though is at times tragic, as half the population here died during the famine. Also, Fineen O’Driscoll, the last great O’Driscoll chieftain spent his final days here, destitute and alone in his island castle in the centre of Lough Hyne. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm Today on C103″
We thanks John Greene, Presenter supreme for background information on this evening’s Programme. (S.R.)
Many towns and villages close to Cork City showed a population increase in Census 2016. In the Mizen, Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas the story was much different. Rural decline is a real problem here.
In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the village of Goleen on the Mizen peninsula. Here the locals joke that one of their neighbouring parishes is New York. But unlike New York, this village has already lost its Garda station, has a limited GP service and the priest is now based in Schull. The local football team who won a junior football championship last year, have since lost three of their best players to emigration, with more due to follow. There’s an air of uncertainty over the future of the local post office. [read more …] “Goleen on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening from 7 on C103″
This week on “Where the road takes me”, we conclude the two part programme on Bandon Community Hospital. ‘From Workhouse to Cottage Hospital to state of the art Community Hospital’, traces the history of this building since it began its days as a workhouse in 1841.
Workhouse historian Peter Higginbotthom tells us how patients with mental health problems back then were admitted to a special unit for ‘Idiots’ and ‘lunatics’.
Liam Calnan, son of former Fianna Fail Senator Peter Calnan, remembers the days of the Cottage hospital, and when planning permission was withdrawn as quickly almost as it was granted.
Former nurses Ann Johnson and Maureen Mehigan remember the good and sad days at the hospital.
And……………. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on c103 This Sunday Evening at 7pm”
We thank Radio Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this Sunday’s C103’s “Where the Road Takes Me” (9th April 2017):
In the first of a two part programme, ‘Where the road takes me’ visits Mallow and Doneraile this week, to look at the life of a remarkable author and priest. Patrick Augustine Sheehan was born in Mallow in 1852 and was taken into care after both his parents and most of his siblings died from consumption.
Few would have foreseen this shy, timid and fair haired young boy later becoming a champion of his people and a world renowned author. In fact by the end of the nineteenth century no other writer in Ireland enjoyed such a worldwide reputation as he did. [read more …] “Canon Sheehan Feature on “Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday at 7pm”
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the National Learning Network in Donemark in Bantry – regarded by many as one of Ireland’s best kept secrets.
The NLN is Ireland’s largest non-Government training organisation. Their motto is ‘Investing in people and changing perspectives. They are striving hard to eliminate the misconception that they only cater for a specific group in the community. The NLN is for everybody from late teens to sixty five years of age, training is free and they even provide their own bus service to and from the centre. In fact, if you can’t come to them, they will come to you in your own home. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening on C103 at 7″
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information on this week’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me, we continue and conclude the story of Cork City Football Club. Rescued from examinership by their supporters in 2010, the club has since become a model of success both on and off the field. The manner of their rescue has since been an inspiration to much bigger clubs who find themselves in a similar situation. Next month representatives from Schalke-Zero-4 , one of the biggest clubs in Europe arrive in Cork to learn from Cork City’s supporter’s trust.
Vice Chairman of the board of Foras Cork City speaks about the ‘Friday night experience’ at Turners Cross, where huge emphasis is placed on accommodating families.
Former board member Niamh o’Mahony tells us about her role as CEO of ‘Supporters Direct Europe’, which helps fans to set up democratic co-operatives to gain influence in the running and ownership of their own clubs.
Striker Seanie Maguire looks back on his most memorable goal in the FAI Cup Final against Dundalk last year in the Aviva Stadium.
And……….. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday on C103 at 7pm”
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information on this evening’s C103 radio feature. (S.R.)
One of the first clubs in Ireland to field a team of professionals, and the longest surviving League of Ireland club in the city, Cork City Football Club was founded in 1984. Their 33 year history however has been a mixture of success on the field of play, and some financial trouble off it, including entering a period of examinership.
But Cork City fans are rated second to none, proof of which was evident in 2010 when Cork City supporters set about rescuing their club. A licence under Cork City Foras Co-Op was awarded to the fans who entered a team in the League of Ireland First Division. Two years later they were promoted back to the premiership division.
In the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the club to find out how this rescue plan worked both on and off the field. The manner in which it was achieved has attracted the attention of much bigger clubs across Europe who now seek Cork City’s help and advice.
Cork City Football Club is now part of the ‘Erasmus Plus project’, which involves six member clubs across Europe who learn from each other. Schalke-Zero-Four, one of the biggest clubs in Europe and with a membership of 140,000 are also involved in the project. They arrive in Cork in April to learn from Cork City FC with a membership of 400. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Evening at 7 on C103″
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for this advance information on this evening’s programme at 7. (S.R.)
As the country gears up to become awash with green and celebrate another St. Patrick’s Day, ‘Where the road takes me’ pays a visit to the North Cork town of Mallow to check on what will be their 31st parade and festival. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Rosemary o’Neill, daughter of the late Tip o’Neill, 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. His Great Grandparents were born, reared and married in Mallow.
At Mallow Castle we meet caretaker Ned Murphy who remembers a visit by the Irish American politician who was also greeted by actress Maureen o’Hara.
Chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Committee Noel o’Connor talks about the festival itself, and it’s theme for this year which is – ‘Mallow, a great place to live in’.
At the Tip o’Neill Park in the centre of town, Michael o’Neill who is a cousin of the famous Irish American family, looks at the Mallow family tree.
And………….. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for the advance notice of this week’s excellent programme. (S.R.)
Some people reckon that he is sixty five years of age, while others are of the opinion that he’s no more than 70. The truth is that in a few days time, Ned Hartnett from Kanturk will celebrate his 100th birthday.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to his home to hear his story. The youngest, and now the only survivor of a family of nine boys and one girl, Ned was born in Rockchapel in 1917, and came to Kanturk in 1955. His twin brothers Mortimer and Geoffrey officially celebrated their 21st birthdays at the ripe old age of 84.
Ned himself is a born storyteller, and while most of his many yarns are delivered with tongue in cheek, there is ample opportunity to travel with him through decades of Irelands social history.
There are stories from the recession of the 1930’s, stories about butter-making, and stories about his involvement with Kanturk Credit Union and Kanturk Boy’s club. And yes he does deal with the secret of a long and healthy life. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” in Kanturk This Evening on C103 at 7pm”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information relating to this evening’s radio interview. (S.R.)
Born in Scotland but known throughout the world as ‘Emerald Isla’ because of her close connection with this country, and possibly also because her Great, Great, Great Grandmother came from Glengarriff, there is no doubting that Isla Grant is now firmly established as an International Country Music Star.
From a dairy-farming background on the Scottish border, Isla Grant worked her way up the entertainment ladder to become a prolific singer-songwriter, now filling concert halls in faraway places such as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. In fact in Australis, one of her songs is credited with ending a lengthy drought which was causing farmers to take their own lives.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me, John Greene invites you to hear her story, listen to her songs, and spend an hour in her company.
But her rise to stardom wasn’t trouble free. In June of 1992, a few months before she married, Isla and Al were involved in a horrific road crash, when a male driver on his incorrect side of the road hit them head-on. The serious injuries that she suffered paled into insignificance compared to dealing with the anxiety disorder Agrophobia, which re-surfaced as a result of the accident.
Faith in the Lord and the love and support of her husband enabled her to return to the stage after a five year absence, when it was initially feared that she would never sing again. The song ‘It’s a dream come true’, was written in thanksgiving. [read more …] “Isla Grant Interview with John Greene This Evening on C103 at 7”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this week’s radio documentary. (S.R.)
Animal neglect, cruelty or abuse is still a major problem in Ireland today. According to the Dublin Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, Ireland is known as the ‘Puppy farm Capital’ of Europe.
But it’s not all negative news, because throughout the length and breadth of the country, there are many groups working tirelessly and often voluntarily in the interests of animal welfare.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene visits the West Cork Animal Welfare Group at their kennels in Owenahincha. They were founded in 1999 in response to a desperate need to help unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused animals in West Cork.
We meet people who foster, adopt, fundraise and showcase the work of the group.
We bring you the story of ‘Toffee’, the little Yorkshire terrier who had suffered serious neglect and cruelty, and suffered with a broken paw for twelve months, before it was discovered.
We meet a member of ‘Friends Forever’, a Swedish animal welfare group, and discover the huge difference between animal welfare legislation in both countries. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for this advance information regarding this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Three and a half thousand people who missed the programme, logged onto our website to hear the podcast of her last guest spot on ‘Where the road takes me’. So to say that West Cork based psychic tarot reader and paranormal investigator Karina Collins is back by popular demand, is not a cliché but a fact.
A step by step guide as to what happens when the soul leaves the body after death and heads for the spirit world. In fact it is not uncommon for the soul to ‘jump ship’ and leave the body a few moments before death.
Past lives and re-incarnation, and the 2000 proven case studies of children who spoke about their past lives. The children as young as six gave information about members of their families in a past life, which was later investigated and verified by their parents, and researchers.
A brief history of Tarot cards which goes back to the 15th century. We discover that they are not as scary as they look, and there is much more to them, than just predicting the future.
Recent ground breaking studies which show the power of prayer to heal. Why it is within everybody’s grasp to heal, but why most people do it incorrectly. Karina tells us how……. [read more …] “Where The Road Takes Me – 7pm Today on C103”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance notice of his very popular Sunday evening radio programme on C103 – Sunday, 5th Feb. 2017 at 7pm. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on ‘Where the road takes me’, we broadcast the third and final programme – ‘Professor Gerry O’Sullivan – Surgeon of renown – Legacy of hope’. It’s the conclusion of a look at the life and career of a larger than life, and an outstanding surgeon who passed away five years ago, almost to the day.
This week Michael O’Mahony from Glasheen speaks about his friendship with Gerry o’Sullivan, and how he arrived at his daughter’s wedding directly after performing a nine hour cancer operation.
At the Cork Cancer Research Centre which he founded in 1999, we discover that his office had to face West towards his beloved village of Caheragh. We meet some of the principal investigators here who tell us about their current work, and how they are also determined to discover cures for cancer which Gerry was adamant could be found with hard work and no excuses.
His wife Breeda tells us about her shock when they returned from a visit to the States to be told that her husband’s cancer had returned even more aggressively than before.
And his son Eoghan and daughter Orla on how their involvement and interaction with the Research Centre is a tangible link to the memory of their father. [read more …] ““Professor Gerry O’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope””
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance notice of this evening’s programme on C103. (S.R.)
On ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, we bring you the second of three programmes which look at the life, career and legacy of Professor Gerry o’Sullivan from Caheragh, who died almost exactly five years ago.
This week we speak to his brother Donal, who tells us that by hook or by crook Gerry would always make it to school every day, even if it meant having to walk the ten mile round trip to Skibbereen.
His wife Breeda talks about the nightmare for any consultant, when they are required to break the news to any patient that nothing more can be done for them
Believing passionately that a cure would be found for aggressive cancers, Gerry o’Sullivan set up the Cork Cancer Research Centre, which has since evolved into an ultra- modern facility, which now houses clinicians and scientists under one roof.
At the centre, we meet Principal Investigator Dr. Mark Tangney who fills us in on their main research topic, which is turning bugs into drugs..
Join John Greene for – ‘Professor Gerry o’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of hope’. [read more …] “Where The Road Takes Me”
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance notice regarding his upcoming 7pm Sunday radio programme (22nd Jan. 2017) on C103 (S.R.):
From a farming background in the rural village of Caheragh, he went on to become an outstanding cancer surgeon and founder of the Cork Cancer Research Centre. The sad irony is that the disease he spent almost a lifetime operating on and attempting to find cures for, seemed to take it’s revenge on him in the end.
On ‘Where the road takes me’, and over the course of three programmes, we look at the life and times, the career and many achievements of the larger than life Professor Gerry o’Sullivan, who passed away in February of 2012.
In Caheragh we meet his brothers Con and Donal. We meet the people behind the Threshing festival in the village who have raised one million euro so far, for a cause that one of their favourite sons passionately believed in. And we pay a visit to the Amenity Science Park in the village which honours the memory of a world renowned Cancer Researcher and surgeon.
We spend a day with the scientists and investigators at the Cork Cancer Research Centre, which was founded by Gerry o’Sullivan. Now in a state of the art facility, it houses clinicians and researchers under one roof, where new cancer treatments are brought to trial quicker.
And………….. [read more …] ““Professor Gerry o’Sullivan – Surgeon of Renown – Legacy of Hope” Part 1 on C103 Sunday at 7pm”