From Byway to Highway – Programme 4

Programme four is the last programme in our From Byway to Highway historical radio documentary series. The early 1970’s brought monumental changes to the general area North of Raheny Village as Dublin’s suburbs creeped ever closer to the Hole-in-the-Wall Road. This week we meet Alice Foran Gearaghty who like her parents and grandparents before her lives on the Road. Pat and Sue Malone tell us what it was like to move into the newly developed estate of Donaghmede in 1970. While youngsters Jane and Kelly talk about their thoughts and fears for their lives and the homes they love on the Hole-in-the-Wall Road. Join us on this the last leg of 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.