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”
We thank Radio Presenter, John Greene, for the following much appreciated advance notice regarding this coming Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” programme on C103. (S.R.)
After careful thought and consultation between both clergy and members of the local parish council, it was decided that funds from a bequest should be channelled into the publication of a visitor’s guide booklet for Skibbereen Cathedral. On Sunday January 22nd next, the booklet will be launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Browne.
This week on ‘Where The Road Takes Me’, John Greene travels to the West Cork town to get the history of this historic and beautiful building which gained Pro-Cathedral status in 1850, and full Cathedral status in 1951.
Fr. Chris o’Donovan explains the set-up of a Cathedral parish – this particular one whose roots go back to St. Fachtna in the 6th century.
We meet Philip o’Regan, who along with Gerald O’Brien co-wrote the guide booklet for the Cathedral.
Pat Cleary fills us in on the amazing story of the sun-dial which was found during outside excavations in August of 1952.
And…………… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday – Skibbereen Cathedral”
We thank Radio Presenter John Greene for the advance programme information. (S.R.)
We are often told to be careful of what we wish for, as it might just come true. In Chinese astrology, we have just entered the year of the Rooster, and by adapting some of the simple rules of the laws of attraction, anything we do wish for in 2017 could materialise.
That’s according to West Cork based Psychic Tarot reader Karina Collins who John Greene meets up with in this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’. Karina boasts 180,000 followers on facebook, and has a worldwide online clientele which includes Hollywood actors and directors. Karina is also a paranormal researcher, investigating evidence of the afterlife.
Tarot cards, Ouija boards, séances, near death experiences, reincarnation and life in the spirit world are all up for discussion on this week’s programme. We look at the significance of the year of the Rooster, and why there were so many celebrity deaths during 2016. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Evening at 7″
We thank Radio Presenter supreme – John Greene – for advance information on Sunday’s C103 programme. (S.R.)
For the very first edition of Where the road takes me for 2017, John Greene travels to the village of Castletownkenneigh to meet a historian. A parish priest, a musician and a photographer – not four, but two very talented people.
We meet Fr. Tom Hayes, parish priest of the Enniskeane parish who fills us in on the history of St. Joseph’s Church in Castletownkenneigh.
We hear about the altar in the Church which was sculpted by John Hogan in the early part of the nineteenth century. It depicts the mother of Jesus in the tomb, beside the body of her son after the crucifixion. There’s also a lovely story as to how the alter came to be in the church in the first place.
Fr. Tom tells us about his hobby as a photographer, and how a collection of his photographs has ended up as a fundraising calendar .
In the adjoining cemetery, and beside an imposing monument, historian Colm Cronin gives us the background to four of the ‘Boys of Kilmichael’ who are buried side by side here. Pat Deasy, Michael McCarthy and Jim o’Sullivan died from wounds received in the ambush. The fourth man, Jeremiah o’Mahony died in March of the following year.
And……………. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm on C103″
We thank Presenter John Greene for the following advance notice:
Simple, everyday tasks like going to a shop, bank or post office, crossing a street or making your way along a busy footpath, can at times be a nightmare for a person with a physical disability.
To mark United Nations International day of people with disabilities, Clonakilty Access Group and the Cope Foundation have invited regular wheelchair users, but especially able bodies people to take a wheelchair journey through the streets of the West Cork town. Their hope is that ‘May a while in a wheelchair transform your views’.
In this week’s edition of ‘Where The Road Takes Me’, John Greene joins all concerned to witness the event and discover the results.
Able bodied people tell us that the challenge was a complete eye-opener, while regular wheelchair users found that the challenge came with the usual obstacles found in any town.
Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll talks about work already carried out in the local church to make it wheelchair friendly.
Launching the event, Mayor of Clonakilty Anthony McDermott tells us that although his office does not have statutuory powers, he will be doing all he can to bring the results of the challenge to the relevant authorities.
And……….. [read more …] “United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities – Focus of John Greene’s “Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday at 7pm”
We thank Presenter John Greene for advance notice of Sunday’s c103 Programme. (S.R.)
This week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, is the concluding programme which looks at the age old Irish sport of road bowling.
In programme two, author Noel Magnier joins us to continue the story of Mick Barry, one of road bowling’s greatest heroes.
We meet Derry Kenny from the Boothouse bar in White’s Cross. As a twenty three year old in 1963, and suffering from a leg injury, Derry surprised everybody by winning the Munster Senior bowling championship, and went on to contest the very first All Ireland final in road bowling
Chairperson of Bol Cumann Susan Greene speaks about how women have integrated into road bowling, and how the association intends to meet the many challenges facing the sport today.
Declan o’Donovan from Bandon tells us how he and his brother-in-law won senior and junior All Ireland titles together in 1986 on Cathedral road in Armagh.
And……………… [read more …] “Where the Road Takes Me – Road Bowling Programme 2 at 7pm Sunday C103”
We thank John Greene, radio presenter supreme for the following advance information re Sunday’s “Where the Road Takes Me” programme:
In the first of a two part programme on Where the road takes me this week, John Greene takes a look at the old Irish traditional sport of road bowling.
We look back on some of the memorable senior All Ireland finals, like the 1964 final in Dublin Hill and the ’65 final in Armagh.
We examine the bowling ties between Cork and Armagh which began in 1963.
We meet Noel Magnier, the author of a new book entitled ‘Mick Barry – The bowler of all time’
We delve into the archives to hear an interview recorded twelve years ago with the late Mick Barry, who of course tells us about how he lofted the Chetwynd Viaduct on the Cork Bandon Road back in 1955.
Noel Magnier gives us his take on that famous event, but says that the acknowledged achievement belongs to a German
And…………….. [read more …] ““Where The Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm Features Road Bowling”
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for this advance information regarding this Sunday evening’s Where the Road Takes Me on C103 at 7pm. (S.R.)
There are many roads taken in this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me.’
John Greene stops off in the West Cork village of Leap, to meet the people behind the very successful Scarecrow Festival. Only in its second year, the entries have doubled, as have the people who came to view them.
We pay tribute to a man who spent a lifetime at work on the railway.
Historian Michael O’Brien joins us on the ‘Fuschia Walk’ along the Seven Heads Peninsula, where we stop at the birthplace of Patrick Keohane. Once known as ‘The forgotton Irishman’, Keohane was a member of Captain Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition.
We dip our toes just inside the Kerry border to meet Tom Randles. Back in 2008, Randles put the media world in excitement mode, when he played a competitive hurling match with his local club – at the age of 70.
Where the road takes me is on C103 this Sunday evening at 7pm.
PS………… [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” This Sunday at 7pm with John Greene”
We thank Radio Presenter, John Greene for advance information on his Sunday Evening Programme of 13th Nov. 2016. (S.R.). John writes:
“He was known as an enforcer for organised crime gangs in London’s East End. His boss was a major drugs lord, who had taken over the business vacated by the infamous Kray twins.
John Pridmore never left home without his machete, knuckle dusters and can of mace. He had money to burn, fast cars, girls, expensive apartments, any drugs he required, and respect of a kind.
Fast forward to November of this year, and John Pridmore and his fellow lay missioners have just delivered the parish mission in Bishopstown.
This week on ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene pays a visit to Dennehy’s Cross church, to hear about a new style of parish mission, completely unlike the hellfire and brimstone ones of old. [read more …] “New Style of Mission on “Where the Road Takes Me” Sunday at 7pm”
We thank John Greene for the following superb summary of his Radio Documentary this coming Sunday evening (6th Nov. 2016) :Unrequited love is love that’s not reciprocated, or may even be rejected. Experts in this area tell us that 97% of people will experience unrequited love at some stage in their lives.
In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene looks into the background of a number of famous and popular Irish love songs, with unrequited love as their theme.
With the help of Gerard Hanberry from Galway, a prizewinning poet, biographer, musician and teacher, we study songs like ‘On Raglan Road, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’, and ‘Nancy Spain’.
We discover to our surprise that Maud Gonne was not the intended subject of WB Yeats’s ‘Sally Gardens’. It was in fact not just one woman, but two. A third woman from Sligo was in the equation as well.
His love for a young medical student from Dingle, encouraged Patrick Kavanagh to write ‘On Raglan Road’, which the author gave to Luke Kelly twenty years later in 1964, at a chance meeting in a Dublin pub.
……….The title of another song was taken from the victim of an air crash in order to hide the identity of the authors true love, who wasn’t really Nancy Spain. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” Explores Popular Irish Love Songs..7pmThis Sunday on C103 with John Greene”
In this week’s edition of ‘Where the road takes me’, John Greene invites you to spend an hour with singer-songwriter John Spillane. John is a native of Cork, a place he rightfully describes as the centre of the universe, and a place that has had a huge creative influence on him.
His father died at a young age, leaving his mother to raise five young boys. A lot of time afterwards was spent on their Uncle’s farm near Bantry tending to livestock, and listening to songs around the fireside.
Over his thirty three year career, John has written 200 songs, some of which have been covered by the likes of Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon and Pauline Scanlon.
From his time with the Stargazers and Nomos, to following a successful solo career, there are many songs and stories to hear from John Spillane on Where the road takes me, this Sunday evening at 7pm on C103.
If you missed the previous week’s programme on any occasion, you can hear it from mid-day the following Monday on our website. C103.ie
We thank John Greene for the Programme Information. (S.R.)
We thank Presenter supreme, John Greene for the latest update on his Sunday evening programmes. (S.R.)
This week on “Where the road takes me”, we bring you ‘From Bantry to Dublin on foot – The farmer’s protest march of 1966’. This is the concluding programme which tells the story of 16 West Cork farmers who left the Square in Bantry and walked 217 miles to Dublin. It was the pivotal walk in a nationwide protest by farmers against rates, low incomes and high prices.
This week we meet Jim Morris, Jackie o’Sullivan and Johnny o’Sullivan, three of the five remaining members of the NFA who departed Bantry on Fair Day, Friday October 7th.
We hear how one of the 16 was later praised by Gardaí for diffusing a potentially volatile situation outside the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin.
We hear the final extracts from a diary written by the late Seán O’Brien during the walk
C103 presenter Jimmy Reidy reflects on an early morning trip to Limerick with his neighbours, to picket the jail in protest at the imprisonment of farmers during the road blockades and commodity strike. [read more …] ““Where the Road Takes Me” on C103 This Sunday 23rd Oct. at 7pm”
Presenter Supreme on C103, John Greene kindly forwarded the following details of this Sunday night’s “Where the Road Takes Me”:
Charlie Haughey once referred to it as ‘a pipsqueak organisation’. However, the former agriculture minister would literally have to eat his words when 30,000 farmers, all members of the NFA turned up at Government Buildings. They were protesting against high rates, low incomes, and the Sean Lemass led Government’s refusal to either recognise or meet with the association. (The NFA was formed in 1955 – the precursor to the IFA, which was formed in 1971)
Thirteen days earlier, and almost exactly fifty years ago, sixteen farmers, eleven of whom who are since deceased, left the square in Bantry, as they began a 217 mile protest walk to Dublin. They were led by NFA President Rickard Deasy, with his trademark black beret and walking stick. Although thousands of farmers would converge on the Capital from all over the country, the Bantry walk was regarded as pivotal to a successful campaign.
This week, in the first of a two part programme on Where the road takes me, and on the 50th anniversary, John Greene meets three of the five surviving members of the Bantry walk. We look back on the reasons that drove these men to undertake this gruelling task. What did they hope to achieve, and did they succeed? [read more …] “From Bantry to Dublin on Foot – The Farmers’ Protest Walk of 1966”