Street Wise Athlone is 52-part radio series covering history, activities, and memories from streets, estates and areas in and around Athlone.
Below you will find episodes 7 -12 of Street Wise Athlone.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 7 – Parnell Square : This episode features historian Gearoid O’ Brien speaking about Parnell Square, Ball Alley Lane, and Deer Park, while Erica Follows-Smith visits the area, speaking to residents including Bride West (RIP), Paul West, Ursula Cannon, and Brid Cahill.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 8 – Clonown : In this episode, historian Gearoid O’ Brien speaks about his personal attachment to the area, Rita Curley remembers her childhood days in Clonown, and Sharon Shevlin tells the story behind and recites her Ode to Clonown.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 9 – Pearse Street & Barrack Street : In this episode, Gearoid O’ Brien speaks about the history of Pearse Street and Barrack Street, Edmund Coyle fondly recalls his favourite ice cream shop, and business owners Carrie Cunnane and Aengus O’Rourke give their thoughts and memories of the streets.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 10 – Connaught Street : This episode features a history segment with Gearoid O’ Brien, interviews with business owners Marie Grenham (Grenham Travel), Alana and Patrick Walsh (Walsh’s Centra), Val Beaumont (Beaumont’s pub and off licence), and memories from residents Bridie Woods and Mary O’ Meara.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 11 – Laneways off Connaught Street : This episode is on the Laneways off Connaught Street. Gearoid O’ Brien presents a history of the laneways, Gerry McCallan remembers a pub with a sneaky late-night side entrance back in the day 😉😉, Jason Fallon talks about his memories of growing up in Connaught Gardens, while Mary O’ Meara recalls Connaught Gardens before the addition of houses.
Street Wise Athlone: Episode 12 – College Park & Westlodge : Gearoid O’ Brien tells some of the history of the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, St. Aloysius College, McQuaid’s bridge, The Meadows, and more. Tim Montgomery talks about Cherith Baptist Church, Kevin Boxer Moran gives a glimpse of his dream for the canal dividing College Park and Westlodge, and we hear people’s memories of the area.
Street Wise Athlone is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee.