Many thanks to Presenter John Greene for advance information re this Sunday (19th April 2020) evening’s programme on C103. (S.R.)
This week on ‘Where the Road takes me’, John Greene pays tribute to Mallow born musician, promoter, and New York based record company owner Paddy Noonan, who died on April 7th last, a few weeks short of his 84th birthday
An accomplished accordion player and entertainer, it was he more than most who paved the way for Irish artists in America.
From New York, his daughter Sheila joins us to talk about the difficulty of bereavement and saying goodbye to a loved one in a city ravaged by the Corona virus.
We speak to Donal Ring who provided the music at Paddy’s wedding to Galway woman Margaret Joyce and we delve into the archives to hear an interview recorded with Paddy Noonan eleven years ago.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this evening’s programme – Easter Sunday, 1th April 2020. (S.R.)
He once worked for the ESB and is a qualified electrician and draughtsman, but you won’t identify him as such.
Having spent five years studying the violin and classical music, he eventually joined, arguably, the wildest and most famous Irish band of all.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene speaks to John Sheahan about life prior, during and after the Dubliners.
Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney Mckenna and Ciaran Burke have all passed on, leaving John as the only remaining original member.
Having waited until his 80th year and prompted by his family, Sheahan has just released his debut solo album – ‘Flirting Fiddles’. It’s a collection of his own compositions, some of which were written many years ago and confined to the attic. There’s the beautiful ‘Autumn in Paris’ and ‘Waltzing with Angels’, which he has dedicated to the memory of Sr. Eugene a nun who often played music with him. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103 This Sunday”
Many thanks to Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this evening’s C103 programme – 5th April 2020. (S.R.)
Recorded before social distancing came to place, we revert to the Michael McCarthy story, part one of which was broadcast two weeks ago. This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me, John Greene concludes this two part programme.
Michael was co-founder of the Ritz Showband who were based in Bandon during the 1950s and ’60s.
While we reminisce on the golden era of the showbands on both programmes, we also hear about life afterwards.
Michael talks about his time in the motor industry, and his concern for the environment and it’s wildlife inhabitants. It may be one small step, but by putting his money where his mouth is, he hopes that young people will take those concerns on board. Who can honestly say that mistreating the earth, hasn’t been in some way responsible for Covid-19 which has already claimed so many human lives.. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information re this evening’s programme on C103. (S.R.)
Adhering to Covid-19 guidelines, Where the road takes me has had to make a few changes in its preparation over the next few weeks.
This week John Greene goes around the world to discover how various people are dealing with and coping with the virus.
In Hackney in the UK, we speak to Les McKeown, lead singer with the Bay City Rollers.
In Berlin in Germany, we get the views of Marcia Barrett, former lead singer with Boney M.
In New Orleans we speak to Professor John M. Barry from the Tullane University School of Public Health & Tropical medicine. His advice is constantly sought on how lessons can be learned from the flu of 1918 which killed more than fifty million people, most of whom were young. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” at 7pm on C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday (15th March 2020) evening’s programme on C103 . (S.R.)
He fell from an escalator and broke a number of ribs. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and suffered a slight stroke, all in the space of three weeks.
He recently celebrated his 97th birthday and none of the aforementioned setbacks seem to have bothered him greatly. He is as sharp and as witty as ever.
John O’Leary is originally from Carrigroe near Clonakilty, but now living in Cobh. You have met him on several occasions on Where the road takes me, mainly talking about his time in the Garda Siochana between 1942 and 1955, a time not without many incidents.
This week he reflects on his time in England. We hear about Margaret Thatcher, the Yorkshire miners, the IRA hunger strikers and Fatima. They’re all connected, in a way.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding his programme this Sunday (1st March 2020) at 7pm on C103. (S.R.)
“He could pluck any type of song from anywhere and make it his own”. A comment referring to Terry McCarthy, former lead singer with the Dixies Showband, who died suddenly in July of last year.
He was equally comfortable singing pop, ballads or Opera.
In the first of a two part programme on ‘Where the road takes me’ this Sunday evening, members of his family, friends and fellow musicians and singers join John Greene in a tribute to the former Dixies frontman, who took over from Brendan o’Brien in 1985.
We hear some of his recordings which emphasise the range of his voice and the vast repertoire he possessed.
Former Dixies manager Ronnie McGinn and drummer Joe Mac remember great days with the Dixies in Abu Dhabi.
His wife Marie recalls meeting him for the first time as a sixteen year old and his brother Tadgh talks about Terry’s other talent as one of the old style stonecutters.
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene returns to Brandy-Hall on the eastern side of Castletownbere.
We thank John for advance information regarding this Sunday Evening’s programme. (S.R.)
We visit the monument to Timothy Harrington MP on the western side of the Millbrook Bar on Brandy-Hall Bridge. In 1884, Harrington dismantled the Crown Prosecution’s case against the eight men accused of the Maamtrasna murders in 1882. His investigation led to the end of Gladstone’s Government.
We visit a monument on nearby Dinish Island which was erected to those who lost their lives at sea on the Beara Peninsula.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information on this Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” – 9th Feb. 2020. (S.R.)
Travelling to a Formula One Grand Prix in Silverstone, Brazil or the US, or how about meeting many of your favourite world famous Country Music or sporting stars, or taking a motorbike ride across Alaska.
Anyone of these may be on your bucket list. However, on Where the road takes me this Sunday evening, John Greene meets a man who has managed to tick them all off, one by one. And he’s not finished yet, having every intention of adding more to his long list of ‘have dones’.
Stephen Nolan was born in the village of Ballinspittle, once famous for its moving statue. His job which provided him with the time and the finance to fulfill an amazing bucket list, is deserving of a programme on its own.
For forty years, Stephen has worked for the Catterpillar Company on the Oil Sands of Fort McMurray in Canada.
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s programme. (S.R.)
Seventeen years ago, seventeen year old George Murphy entered ‘Youre a Star’, the reality talent show on TV.
He didn’t win it, but such was his immediate success afterwards, that most people still believe that he did.
A recording deal followed from Sony Ireland, and his debut album went to number one in the album charts. His voice was hailed as unique by the likes of the late Ronnie Drew and Peggy Seeger. When Martin Furey left the High Kings, Murphy took his place.
And then he hit hard times. Becoming a father for the first time, he found himself jobless.
On Where the road takes me this week, George Murphy chats to John Greene about being wise in hindsight with regard to reality TV shows, and why being a member of the High Kings could never be permanent.
We thank Presenter John Greene for information regarding this evening’s programme. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on ‘Where the road takes me’, we feature the last journey into the archives covering a period of thirty years.
From May of 1997 during a two day visit to Cape Clear Island, John Greene spoke to retired seaman Connie O’Donoghue and retired pilot Duncan MacLachlainn. Connie had witnessed a number of his colleagues and fellow islanders perish, when a German submarine attacked his convoy off Tory island during WW11.
Duncan who was from East Cork, speaks mainly about his role as Secretery of the island branch of the IFA, and his hopes for the future of islanders and island farmers.
We thank Presenter, John Greene for information about this evening’s programme 7 to 8pm on C103. (S.R.)
In this week’s edition of Where the road takes me, John Greene pays a visit to a small grocery shop in Bandon, where four generations have withstood fire and floods, World War2, a recession, changes in social habits and the challenge of Multi Nationals.
We meet the West Cork based press photographer who took the iconic photograph of an eighteen year old lady Diana Spencer in the see-through dress.
Presenter John Greene celebrating 40 years of broadcasting shares some of his most memorable interviews from the past including features chatting with Mick O’Connell of Valentia Island and John B. Keane of Listowel. C103 from 7 to 8pm. (S.R.)
We thank John Greene for advance information on this Sunday’s (24th Nov. 2019) radio programme. (S.R.)
On “Where the road takes me” this Sunday evening, we feature the story of a man who as a young boy had an overwhelming desire to become a musician.
While there are hundreds of similar stories out there, not many can also factor in Bessborough Mother & Baby Home, fostering, arranged marriages and dowries, running away from home in Drimoleague and working in London while still at school, or buying their first guitar from Jimi Hendrix.
‘Borrowing’ a few calves to buy his first set of gear, Oliver Kane has been a full time musician for almost all of his life. He has played with some of the top bands and musicians, including a stint with Rory Gallagher, and has taken to the boards in all of London’s top ballrooms.
He was fifty four years of age before he discovered that his biological parents were from Tipperary. His book ‘Auntie Annie – My saviour’, tells the story of the wonderful woman who reared him with her husband in Clodagh Drimoleague. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday 7pm C103″
We thank Presenter, John Greene for advance information regarding this week’s programme plus the recording of a future programme. (S.R.)
This Sunday evening on Where the road takes me, John Greene continues and concludes a two part programme entitled – ‘The future for Bandon – What lies ahead’.
Having faced all the usual challenges that most towns have to deal with, Bandon was also lumped with floods, diversions and roadworks that never seem to end.
Approximately 40 million euro is now earmarked for Bandon, and on this week’s programme we meet people with a positive attitude, who believe that in four to five years time, the town will be one of the finest in the country.
We also hear from the Gardai, Irish Water, and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey.
Where the road takes me, goes to air at 7, this Sunday evening on C103.
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.
We thank Presenter, John Greene, for advance information regarding this Sunday (4th Aug. 2019) evening’s programme on C103. (S.R.)
‘Where the road takes me’ returns this week with the second and concluding programme which looks at the scuttling of German U-Boat 260, three miles south of Glandore harbour a few weeks before the end of WW11.
The story is told mainly throught the eyes and ears of eighty seven year old Mary McCarthy, who was then a thirteen year old on the Galley Head, where eleven of the crew climbed up a dangerous precipice beneath the light-house.
In the concluding programme we examine the three main theories for the scuttling of the submarine, and based on the evidence and information gathered on the programme, come to our own conclusion.
We thank Presenter John Greene for providing advance information on this evening’s programme – 21st July 2019. (S.R.)
On this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene begins a two part programme entitled ‘The Light-keeper’s daughter, and the story of U260.
Our story centres around the scuttling of a German submarine, three miles south of Glandore in 1945, and the arrest of all crew aboard her.
The events are seen through the eyes of Mary Glanville, now Mary mcCarthy a twelve year old schoolgirl on the Galley Head lighthouse at the time.
Although this submarine was on its ninth patrol when it reached West Cork waters, it had seen very little if any action.
So what exactly was it doing during these patrols, and what reason did the crew have for sinking this vessel of war. And why has the Captain’s logbook been resealed, and not to be re-opened until the year 2045.
In both programmes we look at the two main theories for her sinking, but can only speculate as to what she was doing in the area on that date.
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.