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    Laois Walk in Cullahill

    The John Murray Walk took place last Sunday in the county of Laois in Cullahill.  John was among many walkers & guests along the way, John Collier, Bernard O'Shea, Hugh Sheppard, Michael Creagh, Darina Allen, Frank & Phyl Dormer, Niamh Dunne & The Kiklennys.

    Link to the John Murray Show on Nationwide (Apr 24th)

    http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10140157/

    Our Next Walk is on Sunday 14th April 2013

    Hosting the John Murray Show Walking Club

    The next outing of our walking club will be on SUNDAY APRIL 14th and we’re currently accepting applications from people interesting in hosting it.

    Our Walking Club is lucky to have experienced the most extraordinary hospitality from communities across Ireland. If you’re interested in hosting one of our Walking Club outings, please email your submission to John@rte.ie. Before compiling your submission, please consider the following issues that often arise with our walks, and explain in your submission how your community could address them. Good luck!

    Recent walks have attracted between 600 and 2,000 walkers – we’ve no way of knowing how many in advance, but weather is likely to be a factor.

    Most will travel in cars, so we need to make sure that there’s plenty of parking near the meeting point.

    The starting point: we need somewhere with outdoor sufficient space to accommodate a potentially very large assembled crowd. Ideally, the starting point should be the same [or very close to] the end point, where walkers will be given tea, coffee, and soup/rolls.

    Our ideal walk would be a loop walk that

    doesn’t involve crossing stiles;

    would be manageable for beginner walkers of all ages;

    could accommodate a large volume of walkers;

    would normally take an experienced walker no more than 90 minutes start to finish with no breaks [this is to allow for delays by inexperienced walkers; delays resulting from the large volume of people; and the delays caused by recording pauses and the performance break at the half-way point].

    Allowing 45 minutes for breaks and performances, the walk must take beginner walkers no longer than three-hours in total.

    If your community is selected to host one of our walks, we’ll be asking you to email us:

    i) directions to and a map for the start point; and,

    ii) a map of the walking route planned.

    We will need at least 25 local stewards wearing high-visibility vests to help organise on the day [directing parking; at the beginning and end of the walk – as well as spread throughout the crowd.] We need some of these to have first aid training – and for all stewards to have mobile contacts for those with first aid training. We need you to alert the local Gardai. Their help might be useful for managing traffic before and after. Also the Civil Defence / St. John’s Ambulance should be on alert too, if possible.

    During the walk, we like to interview interesting local characters or well-known performers, writers, comedians, or musicians with a connection to the area… can you suggest to us a list of likely contenders and make approaches please AFTER we [The John Murray Show] have agreed on their suitability?

    We’re also interested in local people who have very unusual personal stories / experiences [e.g. people who have achieved something unusual or overcome personal challenges]. This list of potential interviewees is a very important feature of our walks.

    At the end of the walk, we like our hosts to provide walkers with complimentary coffee & tea, and soup and sandwiches… so we need an indoor space [maybe a large hotel, marquee or a community centre] with toilets and a team who can put on a modest spread for a very large crowd.

    Our next walk - for more info click here

    Our next walk will take place on Sunday, 17th February 2013.

    We will gather for the walk in Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim outside the Ballroom of Romance at 12 noon.

    The walk will take about 90 minutes – and there will also be a break for entertainment and music.

    The walk will go through a forest, so sturdy walking shoes are advised. Raingear and warm clothes are also recommended.

    We will return to the Ballroom of Romance afterwards for refreshments and some craic!

    Please take a look at the map below.

    Suggested Route to Glenfarne from Dublin:

    - exit M50 at junction 6;
    - M3 to Virginia;
    - N3 to Cavan, Belturbet, Derrylin - in Northern Ireland (now MPH);
    - A509 towards Enniskillen, Left at T junction onto A4 Sligo Rd;
    - enter Southern Ireland onto N16 at Blacklion;
    - N16 for 7 kilometers to Glenfarne.
    - approx 2 hours 20 mins journey time from M50.

    Alternate Route from South County Dublin:

    - exit M50 at junction 7;
    - M4 to Mullingar;
    - N4 to Carrick on Shannon;
    - R280/R207 to Drumshanbo, Dowra towards N16;
    - left at N16;
    - N16 for4 kilometers to Glenfarne.
    - approx 2 hours 40 mins from M50.

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    John Murray Show Walk Club in Oldcastle, North Meath

    We have highlights from the John Murray Show which took place last Sunday & as usual a big crowd gathered from all over Ireland to take part in the walk in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, heading out the road in the direction of some ancient cairns & Lough Crew.

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    The John Murray Show Walk Club - Oldcastle

    The John Murray Show Walking Club is in Oldcastle, Co. Meath & it will be on Sunday week, November 18th, gathering in the town at 12.30. To tell us a little bit more of what to expect, Gary O'Neill, local publican & President of Chamber of Commerce joins John on the line

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