We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this week’s programme where the focus is on Dr. Croke. (S.R.)
When Thomas William Croke was born in Kilbrin in 1823, the struggle for Catholic Emancipation was almost over. Yet, his mother Isabella, a Protestant aristocrat, was still shunned by her family, because of her marriage to a Catholic estate agent.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene continues and concludes the story of the man after whom GAA Headquarters is named.
This week we hear how £1,872 was raised from the Croke Memorial hurling and football Tournament in 1913. The sum of money raised allowed the GAA to purchase Jones’s Road, which now became Croke Park.
Although his name is synonymous with hurling and football, Thomas Croke’s first love was handball, and we hear about his legacy to the sport in Fermoy.
Former GAA President Seán Kelly tells us why he feels Thomas Croke would be happy about the stadium being opened up to other sports today. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” – Focus on Archbishop Thomas William Croke”
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 concludes a two part programme entitled – ‘The story and songs of Boney M’.
Original members and lead singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett speak about their rise to success with a group that sold almost 150 million records from 1976 onwards.
In programme two Marcia Barrett tells us how positivity and faith in God helped her overcome many setbacks, after being diagnosed with cancer in 1994.
We hear about the death of sole male member of the group Bobby Farrell, and the irony of where it occurred. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Born in Kilnap Place in Farranree on the Northside of Cork City, Liam P
Foley was credited with promoting Irish music and dancing enormously in his
native City and County.
This week on Where the road takes me John Greene discovers a unique
character who laid down stringent rules and regulations that were definitely
Collar and tie had to be worn, no alcohol consumed, and no close dancing was
allowed, but still the punters flocked to his dances in the fifties, sixties
Also……. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 This Evening on C103″
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday evening’s programme – 13th May 2018. (S.R.)
Two hundred and seventy years ago in 1748, and almost to the day, a fifty
six mile straight road was opened between Killarney and Cork.
Although being awarded the contract for it, John Murphy from Castleisland had to raise his own finance, in the hope that he would recoup it all by making it a toll road. But the road brought financial ruin for Murphy, resulting in debts of over four thousand pounds. Nobody knows for certain what happened to him afterwards..
In a two part programme on Where the road takes me……. [read more …] “Butter Road on “Where the Road Takes me” on C103 at 7pm Sunday”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information regarding this evening’s programme on C103 at 7. (S.R.)
Our food and scenery are constantly rolled out to promote our County, and
rightly so. But we must also never forget how rich we are in Cork when it
comes to music, especially traditional music.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, and before a ‘live’ audience, John
Greene goes to meet three of our best box-players – Ger Murphy, Tim-Joe
O’Riordan and Jerry McCarthy.
There’s also a guest appearance by Tim O’Riordan of Natural Gas, who gives a rendition of both ‘The Langer Song’ and ‘Lizzie Windsor’. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday’s programme. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me , John Greene begins a three
drama/documentary entitled – ‘The Sinking of the Lusitania – Myths,
mysteries and the West Cork Connection’.
On Friday May 5th, 1915 the passenger liner Lusitania was sunk off the Old Head of Kinsale by a German U-Boat, with the loss of 1,198 lives. But was she as innocent as we were led to believe.
* In programme One – We look at the background to the sinking and
how the Cork passengers on board fared, especially Julia o’Neill from
Rosscarbery, whose poignant story continues in programmes two and three.
* In programme two , and in dramatisation format, we feature the
role played by Courtmacsherry lifeboat on the day, using the exact words
spoken by crew members and witnesses. [read more …] ““The Sinking of the Lusitania” on “Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday on C103 at 7pm”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information on this evening’s programme on c103 at 7pm. (S.R.)
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’,……….
* A crash landing, an internment with a carnival atmosphere and a
requiem for a monkey from Marrakech – a World War 11 story from Clonakilty.
* With mechanic Jack Kelleher on board, and piloted by Philip Joyce,
we try out the Tri-Shaw bicycle on the streets of the town.
* We conclude the story of Colonel Joe o’Reilly from Bantry – the
man that history has forgotten.
* You have heard the famous song – now join us on a journey to the
Cliffs of Dooneen.
* And……. [read more …] “‘Where the Road Takes Me’ This Sunday at 7pm on C103”
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information on his radio feature this evening. (S.R.)
Marconi, Charles Stewart -Parnell, and Michael Collins stayed
here, but the seven generations of family who run this hotel have a
background that’s almost as interesting
* The town that became the first in Ireland to be awarded a
worldwide chapter which affords residents of nursing homes and mobility
impaired elderly people the opportunity to go cycling. [read more …] ““Where the Road Take Me” on C103 at 7 This Evening”
We thank Presenter John Greene for information re this week’s programme.(S.R.)
In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, we conclude our two
part programme which looks at the importance of gut health and it’s bearing
on optimal physical and mental health. Gut health is now regarded as a hot
topic in research and medicine.
In the final programme, John Greene takes a look at ongoing research at the
Microbiome Institute at UCC and the Cork Cancer Research Centre. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me on C103 at 7pm”
We thank Radio Presenter supreme, John Greene, for the following advance information regarding this evening’s programme at 7 on C103. (S.R.)
This week on Where the road takes me we continue and conclude our two part programme on Tom Crean a true hero in the history of Polar exploration.
This week John Greene meets his Grand-daughter Aileen and her partner Bill Sheppard, who along with her two sons attempt to follow in Crean’s
footsteps, exactly one hundred years after his third and final expedition to the Antarctic. After an 800 nautical mile journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia, Crean, Shackleton and Worsley managed the first crossing of the mountainous island to seek help for their comrades still stranded back on Elephant island.
One hundred years later, after breaking her leg, his Grand-daughter
discovers that out on the Antarctic, there are no emergency services to call upon.
We also meet Mike Barry, the first Irishman to reach the South Pole. After building a replica lifeboat of the ‘James Caird’, Barry and his colleagues attempt Crean’s 800 nautical mile (1500KM) epic sea crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia. And……
Aidan Dooley talks about his one-man show ‘Tom Crean – Arctic Explorer’. After playing to forty people initially [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” – Tom Crean Feature – Part Two”
We thank John Greene for the following advance information re this evening’s C103 programme at 7pm. (S.R.)
There is no doubt but that Tom Crean from Annascaul in County Kerry was an
unsung hero of the heroic age of Polar Exploration. He joined Captain Scott
and Ernest Shackleton on three of the four great British expeditions to the
Antarctic. His landing of the James Caird lifeboat on South Georgia in May
of 1916, having navigated 800 nautical miles through icy winds and
mountainous seas in the Antarctic, is still regarded as one of the greatest
feats of seamanship ever. [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me”
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for the following advance information on his weekly programme being broadcast at 7pm on C103 – Sunday, 1st Oct. 2017. (S.R.)
On Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, our journey takes us to the East of the County to Shanagarry. John Greene pays a visit to author,
teacher, celebrity chef and co-founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School – Rory O’Connell.
After what he describes as a ‘free range’ upbringing in the village of
Culahill County Laois, Rory tested his resolve for a career in both the
legal and auctioneering professions. Deciding eventually that neither
careers were for him, and on the suggestion of his mother, he went to join his sister Darina Allen at Ballymaloe House, where he worked under Myrtle Allen.
Honing his skills under Nico Ladenis in Chez Nico in London and with Alice Waters in California, he returned to Ballymaloe House as head chef.
There are food matters galore to be discussed on this week’s programme
including why we Irish murder vegetables and have an unwarranted fear of fish.
While the regulations seem to be sufficiently stringent, Rory O’Connell
believes that the whole area of organic growing requires more explanation
for the consumer.
And…. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7 this Evening on C103″
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”