Programme 3 of From Byway to Highway takes us to the early 1960’s. This week we meet Pat McGuirk who lives and works on the Road. His stories highlight the deep rooted country nature and environment of Hole-in-the-Wall Road. We are joined by Transport Historian, Bernard C. Byrne and we see how people’s working lives were to change with the inception of the new Irish state. We also hear about Tony Shaw (RIP) whose stories prompted me to make this radio documentary series on the Hole-in-the-Wall Road. Join us on our journey through time along the road.
About the series
From Byway to Highway is a 4 part historical radio documentary series focusing on the lives of people living in the area of the Hole in the Wall Road, North East Dublin.
Once a quiet back road that linked Raheny with Portmarnock, the Hole in the Wall Road has become an urban hub for much of the traffic accessing the vast new development of Dublin’s Northern Fringe. The stories of the residents young and old of this small community are a living archive.
The listener is transported from green fields to duplexes and apartments from steam engines and wheat thrashers to Dart trains and Bus Lanes. But most importantly these stories serve as a timely and poignant reminder of how far Irish society has come and of times long gone but (as of yet) not forgotten as we are transported through a century and into a new millennium.
From Byway to Highway is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the television licence fee, is produced by Enda M. Roche and is a Pearlman Media Production for Near FM.