The John Murray Show

    Monday - Friday, 9 - 10am


    Monday 1st September

    The Imelda May Show

    Imelda May joins John in studio to tell him more about her new TV show starting this weekend.

    Irish Champions Weekend

    The Irish Champions Weekend is a new two-day race meeting featuring ten Group races. It will be run at Leopardstown on Saturday 13th September and the Curragh on Sunday 14th September. Horse trainers Ted Walsh and Johnny Murtagh tell John more about it and what horses people can expect to see racing

    Domestic Divas

    Domestic Divas Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor come into studio to help John brush up on his domestic skills and tell him all about their new TV show

    X Factor

    Ben Quinlan from Kerry was on the X factor this weekend he tell John about how he got on

    Friday 29th August

    Is Age Just a Number?

    Sylvia and Virgil Bolger and Mick and Joy Ryan two very happily married couples chat to Kathryn about how the age gaps between them in their relationship don’t matter.

    Icelandic Volcano Threat

    Helga Arnadotir reporter with the Icelandic National Broadcaster RÚV tells Kathryn about the recent eruption of the Volcano Bárðarbunga

    Thursday 28th August

    Emma Crowley and her Prada Bag

    Emma Crowley from Cork joins Kathryn and she has with her, what she calls, her Prada bag, But it’s not the kinda of Prada bag you’re probably thinking of...Emma had surgery for bowel cancer earlier this year and she was left with a colostomy bag. She tells Kathryn more about her illness and recovery.

    Dog Man - Martin Mc Kenna

    Martin McKenna is the The Dreadlock Dog Man , Australia’s best known “ dog consultant” and author of 3 best selling books and is originally from Garryowen in Limerick. His story starts as one of premature triplets and ends in the Rain forest in Nimbin, on the Nothern border of New South Wales, Australia with wife Lee and 4 children

    Fuel Stretching

    Tom Cullen from SIMI tells Kathryn about this new practice of fuel Stretching and the damage it does to cars

    Wednesday 27th August

    Addict Symphony - Andy Peddie

    The highly respectable world of classical musicians is rarely linked to addictive behaviour. But tonight in an uplifting Channel 4 documentary a group of ten classical musicians whose lives have been blighted by addiction are brought together to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra - Andy Peddie is one of the musicians

    Emma Forgarty - EB

    Kathryn goes for a drive with 30 year old Emma Fogarty who was born with the debilitating disease EB. Emma is the oldest person in Ireland with the disease. For information go to

    Fashion and Style Advice

    Kathryn chats to Angela Scanlon about this year’s autumn and winter fashion trends

    Tuesday 26th August

    Helping the Homeless

    Anthony Flynn, a bar manager working in Dublin city, saw many homeless people living on the streets every night and he and some of his friends decided to help them. They set up Inner City Helping the Homeless which is now one of the most well-known organisations helping the homeless in Dublin

    Loud Americans

    A café in Co Kerry banned loud Americans… Well one such loud American decided to pay it a visit… Sheila Flynn is in studio

    Liam Duggan

    Liam has made an extraordinary journey... from being homeless just three years ago to securing a place in Trinity College to start a degree in Business, Economic & Social Studies next month. He talks to Kathryn about his journey back into education

    Accumulator Win

    Niall Carew, a former Waterford Football manager, won €170,000 on a €50 accumulator bet with Boylesports

    Monday 25th August

    The Moynihans - musical family

    ? Fionnuala, Deirdre, Diarmaid, Donncha and Kieran Moynihan are all incredibly talented musicians in their own right, who bring the worlds of trad and classical together when they play. They join Kathryn in studio for a chat and performance.

    Reducing the stress and distress of having a pet put down

    Bowwout is a service started by a veterinary surgeon Liz McCollum-Ryan. It provides a humane and sensitive end of life option for pets in the home. For more info, please see:

    Maria Walsh - 2014 Rose of Tralee - comes out as gay

    Newspaper columnist Una Mullaly gives her reaction to the news that the 2014 Rose of Tralee is gay.

    Friday 22nd August

    Mary Gaynor - Wine Expert

    Mary Gaynor from Wine Academy Ireland is in studio to answer listener's wine queries. She is one of the first women in the World to get an M.B.A in wine.

    Johnny Rayge

    Live Music from Johnny Rayge who has recently launchedhis debut solo album 'Vigil'

    Upbeat On Air

    Alan Short talks about Ireland's first ever pop up radio station which will be broadcasting from St Patrick's University Hospital for a week from 6 October to promote positive mental health during Mental Health Week

    Thursday 21st August

    Padraig Lucey

    Padraig Lucey, a Killarney man, is fast becoming a reality TV star in Australia as he appears in a new sporting show where up for grabs is a golden contract with the Australian Football League.

    38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth

    Christy Kenneally describes some of the most abandoned places in the world which appeared recently on a website

    Louise Heraghty

    Louise Heraghty is taking her personal fitness to a new level by attending a week long residential GI Jane boot camp In England

    Baz and Nancy

    “You haven’t lived until you have seen your mum in full swat gear” – so says Baz Ashmawy who has also encouraged his71 year old mother to fly a 1942 war plane upside down, bet her pension in Las Vegas and made her do an 18000 foot skydive- All for a new TV series.

    Wednesday 20th August

    Ice + bucket + Kathryn Thomas

    Kathryn was nominated by Marty Whelan to take part in the ice bucket challenge in support of the Motor Neurone Disease charity.

    A lone pupil

    There's only one pupil signed up for September's intake of junior infants in Finea National School. Finea is a town of some 300, nestling on the borders of Westmeath and Cavan. We speak to Councillor Paddy Hill.

    From a street stall to a big business

    Pete Boyle started off by selling jewellery from a stall in Rossnowlagh in County Donegal. 27 years later he is the head of Argento and owns 40 shops in Ireland and the UK.

    Climbing Ramabang

    By day Gerry Galligan is a risk manager in a big international company but in his spare time his passion is actually taking risks. He's a climber who enjoys adventures on unclimbed mountains and in unexplored valleys in the Indian Himalaya. He's just published his first book: Climbing Ramabang.

    Life after pregnancy

    Beauty columnist Triona McCarthy joins Kathryn to talk about life after pregnancy when, all of a sudden, the focus is no longer on you. Gone are the foot massages, back rubs and seats are no longer offered on public transport. How do you react?

    Tuesday 19th August

    Ultra-ultra running

    We're talking ultra-ultra running. Eoin Keith has just recently won a six-day running race in New York. Yes, you've read it correctly: a six-day race. A remarkable achievement of a remarkable man.

    Wearable technology

    Fork which tells you when to stop eating? A wristband which helps to sleep better? A gizmo to keep you from slouching? The world of wearable technology is explained by Dr Johnny Walker from tells us more.

    The Midlands - a cultural wasteland?

    Manchán Magan (proud resident of the Midlands) and Páraic Breathnach (happily living in Connemara) discuss whether the Midlands are a hotbed of culture and creativity or not. The conversation gets quite heated and our listeners send in their thoughts.

    Marty Whelan and the ice bucket challenge

    Last night, during the Rose of Tralee final, Dáithí Ó Sé had a bucket of ice-cold water poured over his head. All in the name of charity and to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. He then nominated Marty Whelan to do the same. Marty came into studio this morning to give his reaction.

    Monday 18th August

    Naturist conference in County Leitrim

    Pat Gallagher from the Irish Naturist Association chats to Kathryn about the upcoming international natursim congress to take place in Leitrim. They're joined on the phone by Brenda, a dedicated naturist.


    Peter O’Brien runs - a company that runs live events in public spaces, mainly in Dublin and Limerick and uses so called Social Media to tell people about these “pop up events” – no ads, no newspaper articles or any of the “normal ways” of doing stuff. For more see:

    Same sex foster parents

    Dave Thomas and Patrick Bracken wanted to start a family, but having their own child with a surrogate mother proved too expensive. And there were financial and legal issues with adopting. They began an application to foster, and following a lengthy process they provided care for their first child in 2007.

    Dangerous jellyfish

    A health warning has been issued at six beaches in Dublin as dangerous jellyfish have been spotted. John Leech from the Irish Water Safety Association explains all to Kathryn.

    Friday 15th August

    The Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo

    This morning the John Murray Show is coming live from the Casa Mia restaurant in the heart of Sligo. With a variety of guests & musicians - performances & chat from Dervish, Brid Harper & Dermot Byrne, Pauline Scanlon, Arty McGlynn, Nollaig Casey, Cherish the Ladies & many more.

    Thursday 14th August

    Death of a Hollywood Star - Lauren Bacall

    Whenever a Hollywood star of a certain vintage dies, somebody always pronounces them The Last Of The Greats—the final link to a hallowed Golden Age of American cinema & in the case of Lauren Bacall, she was the last female star of the studio-system era, who seemed to embody that period. In studio with Kathryn are Bill Hughes & Declan Buckley.

    ARC (After Residential Care Trust)

    As of September 2013, the HSE reported that there were 321 children in general residential centres when at the age of 18 years of age they are eager to leave & experience the real world - the transition isn’t always easy as Kathryn's next guest Paula McHale explains.

    Reality Show - Ru Paul's Drag Race

    It is a reality show with a difference, RuPaul's Drag Race is an American reality competition tv series produced by World of Wonder for Logo TV. RuPaul plays the roles of host, mentor & source of inspiration for 'America's next drag Superstar'. In studio with Kathryn this morning is Declan Buckley (aka Shirley Temple Bar).

    Wednesday 13th August

    Duncan Stewart - savings on water charges

    Kathryn's next gues is Duncan Stewart, one of our best known environtmentalists, an architect by trade & known to us all from his many tv shows over many years. Today Duncan is in studio to talk about practical things we can do to help cut down on our water use.

    Edinburgh Comedy Festival

    Colm Flynn brings us this report from the Edinburgh Comedy Festival held recently & joining Kathryn on the line is Blindboy from Rubberbandits who have been appearing there in sell out shows.

    Cycling the wild Atlantic Way

    You’d think that being a mother of two very young children is adventure enough but not so for Satu Vanska–Westgarth. Satu is a popular Finnish travel blogger who decided to cycle the whole Wild Atlantic Way this August & she joins Kathryn on the line this morning from Ballycastle Country House Hotel.

    Leaving Certificate Results

    Joining Kathryn on the line this morning is Carlow School Principle, Claire Ryan with some of her students who receive their exam results this morning.

    Tuesday 12th August

    Pat Henry & Sapphire

    Music & chat with Pat Henry on his new film role with Dustin Hoffman & Judi Dench, & finding out about his adoption when he was 60 years of age. Pat & Sapphire also perform 'I Know its Rock & Roll' with Norman Telling on vocal & guitar & Alex Clarke on Sax.

    Restaurant Food Trends

    In studio with Kathryn is restaurant critic Catherine Cleary & chef Kevin Thornton to discuss seasonal trends in food in restaurants. One day burgers are all the rage & another it is all about foraged ingredients.

    Tribute to Robin Williams + PJ Gallagher & Joanne McNally

    Joining Kathryn in studio is PJ Gallagher & Joanne McNally who will be appearing in a new comedy play, about being single called Singlehood. Described as a touching & honest exploration about the highs & lows of single life, by Una McKevitt. First a special tribute to the iconic actor & comedian Robin Williams who passed away at the age of 63.

    Monday 11th August

    Frankie Gavin & De Danann

    This Friday the John Murray Show will be at the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo, broadcasting live from a restaurant A Casa Mia in the Italian quarter of Sligo. This morning we are joined by some of the biggests stars of the Fleadh, Frankie Gavin & De Danann from our Galway studio.

    Volunteers with a love of birds

    Joining Kathryn on the line this morning is a man looking for volunteers, Michael Ryan provides a service on a donation basis only, where white doves are released to commemorate weddings, anniversaries & funerals or any occassion. Michael, from Blunclody in Wexford, explains to Kathryn why he set up this service.

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