Radio/Television every tuesday evening 8.00 pm -9.30pm Join Gerry for some Ceoil, Caint agus Craic!


Gerry presenting the “Rocky Road” on Near90fm

Gerry presenting the "Rocky Road" on Near90fm

In 2005 Gerry’s oral history project “Voices of Santry” was featured on the R.T.E. Radio One program “Audioscopes”. Gerry explained “It was their voices that really engaged me, as well as the content of the narratives, Songs, Poems and Stories. Their accents and nuances really stuck me, I knew that within 20 years all if not most of my subjects would be one…forever..all lost if I didn’t record them, and what a time I had doing it…two years and 7 million cups of tea..and a few whiskies here and there”. Listen here Again in 2006 , this time out it was Pat Meehan on the “Living History” program on local Radio Station Nearfm. Listen here Impressed by what he saw there, Gerry joined Nearfm on a part time basis in 2009 and has presented programmes from their daily schedule including “Cover to Cover” book reveiws and now “The Rocky Road” every
Tuesday evening 8.00 p.m.-9-30p.m. Gerry is a natural on Radio and it is no surprise that his Tuesday night slot has become really popular with listeners from all over the world listening in via the live streaming link. Join Gerry here

In 2010 he completed a 6 part series called “Raised on Songs and Stories” now available on Podcast…Listen here In 2012/2013 his book “Turn at the Pine Trees” was adapted and
broadcast on Nearfm as part of their Sound and Vision Series. These were launched by the Lord Mayor of Dublin himself in the Mansion House, a very proud night for this affable and dedicated Dubliner. Listen Here In 2014 another 6 stories are planned from his next book”Farewell to the Pine Trees”


Return to the Pine Trees is a selection of 6 short stories about growing up in the North Dublin areas of Turnapin Lane, Clonshaugh, Coolock Lane and Santry in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Dublin born Gerry Cooley.

These stories capture a happy, innocent childhood  and they bring to life a time in these areas on the outskirts of Dublin City before they all changed forever.

This series is a follow on to 2011′s Turn at the Pine Trees and the stories are taken from the book of the same name available in all Northside book stores and to rent from your local library.

Made with the support of the BAI Sound & Vision scheme.


1) Picking Mushrooms in Geraghty’s Field
2) The Ghosts of Christmas Past
3) Birthday Party in Hillfarm House
4) Santry Woods, Bulrushes & Rafts
5) Match of the Day, back in the Day
6) Going to work for P.J. Jones