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    Thursday 30th October

    Fr. Joe & Brother Vincent - Franciscans

    The Simplest Prayer is a book that is likely to appeal to those who can feel at sea & unsure of where to turn in times of trouble. The book was compiled by the Irish Franciscans who call it a book of love & faith. In studio with John this morning are two Franciscans, Fr. Joe & Brother Vincent.

    Music with Barry Tierney

    John's next guest won an international song writing contest at the age of 19 & one of the judges was the late Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees, who paid the recording of the winning song 'The Rocketboy'. Six years on Barry now releases a new album 'Hotel Alamar' & here he performs one of those songs from the album.

    Nightcrawler - Howard Raishbrook

    John speaks to Howard Raishbrook, a freelance cameraman who set up a company RMG which supplies breaking Los Angeles news to TV & cable networks across the globe. He was also hired to advise on the production of the film Nightcrawler.

    Listeners Halloween Stories

    To mark Halloween tomorrow, we want you to contact us with your experience of ghostly goings, as they say that almost every family in Ireland has its own ghost story. We’ve got a great prize for whoever manages to give us the biggest fright - a two night stay for two in Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport Co.Mayo.

    Wednesday 29th October

    Call Out - Operation Transformation 2015

    The search is on find volunteers to participate in RTE’s Operation Transformation 2015 & the chosen few will have to radically change their eating patterns & inspire RTÉ viewers & listeners to follow them on their journey over eight weeks in January & February 2015. This morning John is joined by two hopefuls, Darren O'Rourke & Kelly Moore.

    Music & Chat - Nigel Connell

    John's next guest is a Co Meath drummer & singer Nigel Connell who has played support with some of the legendary names on the American music country scene & Nigel recently joined Daniel O'Donnells band as his drummer & backing vocalist on a world tour.

    2nd Chance Relationships

    Did you ever feel that a relationship is worth a second chance, that the circumstances that brought the partnership to an end have changed, so it might be worth a second chance. Joining John in studio is Rena Maycock, Intro Matchmaking & on the line is Editor of the Divorce Magazine, Soila Sindiyo.

    Tuesday 28th October

    Music 'De Temps Antan' from Quebec

    Early settlers in Canada developed their own distinct musical style & in contemporary music you can hear a unique mix of Traditional, Celtic, Jazz & Classical music. In studio this morning are De Temps Antan, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet & Pierre-Luc Dupuis, a Quebecois trio currently performing in Ireland.

    Irish Made Cars

    When we think of car manufacturing & production we think Germany, Japan & the UK . What not a lot of people know though, is that we have our own history of car making & assembly here in Ireland. Joining John this morning Paddy Byrne & in our Cork studio is Andy Pollack, Ed Irish Vintage Scene Magazine.

    Seminar - Decoding the News

    On a near daily basis political leaders across the globe use a ‘national security’ narrative in an effort to justify the unjustifiable – and too often they go unchallenged. Multi-award winning journalist & filmmaker John Pilger joins John this morning.

    D'You Remember Yer Man?

    Many of us will have heard about lovable oddballs & quirky men & women who used to inhabit the streets of the capital & have passed into Dublin folklore. Joining John in studio is author Bobby Aherne, who has featured over a 100 eccentric Dublin characters in his book.

    Friday 24th October

    Artist and America's next Top Model Prog

    The producers of America’s Next Top Model presented & produced by ex supermodel, Tyra Banks which is in its 21st series, surprised John's next guest when while sitting at home on Tullamore, he received an e-mail asking him to paint portraits of the models for the show. Vincent Devine joins John in studio to tell us all about it.

    Music with Minnie & the Illywhackers

    We’re fast-approaching the most bewitching time of year & we thought we’re give you an entrée of all-things-eerie with a little spooky music. Minnie and the Illywhackers will perform a Transylvanian-themed concert especially for children & families in The Ark in Dublin’s Temple Bar on Bank Holiday Monday & they join John in studio this morning.

    Moore Street - Unveiling of Statue

    This morning, we heard that a crowd was gathering on Moore Street & Colm Flynn took himself into town to find out what is happening there & he reports to us now from the corner of Moore Street & Henry Street.

    Voice Coach & Sound Healer

    John's guest in studio is one of the world’s most sought after voice coaches who has worked closely with Margaret Thatcher, Diana Princess of Wales, Vanessa Redgrave, Minnie Driver & a long list of other distinguished voices. Stewart Pearce is in Ireland for the ‘Mind, Body, Spirit and Yoga’ festival at the RDS this weekend.

    Thursday 23rd October

    Competition - Lord of the Dance Tickets

    Michael Flatley announced an extra date in Dublin for Lord of the Dance on 28th March 2015 & this morning we ask our listeners to give us a good impression of irish dancing over the telephone. On the line to John is Kathleen Greaney & Kath O'Kane.

    Forensics: anatomy of crime - Val McDermid

    Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid has published 28 crime novels which have been translated into 16 languages, selling millions of copies worldwide. In her new book she picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine & Val joins John this morning to talk about her new book 'Forensics: the anatomy of Crime'.

    Animal Stars - Kilruddery

    You may recall Flipper the Dolphin, Roy Roger’s Horse Trigger, Babe the pig & Lassie the sheepdog. You might be surprised to hear that we have our very own animal stars here in Ireland. John went to Kilruddery to meet trainer Mary Owens with some of her star canines.

    Michael Murphy former RTE Newsreader

    Michael Murphy switched off his studio microphone & hung up his newsreaders headphones last June after four decades in RTE. His latest endeavour is a show called “Stories, Poetry and Dreams” based on readings from his three books, Michael joins John in studio this morning.

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Mixed Martial Arts - Cathal Prendred

    It's a sport that is fairly new on the scene but thanks to the likes of the notorious Conor McGregor & John's next guest, Cathal Pendred, the popularity of MMA in Ireland is going from strength to strength.

    Its All in the Head - Majella O'Donnell

    John's next guest has spoken publicly in the past about depression & more recently, she made headlines when she got her head shaved on the Late Late Show in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Majella O'Donnell has put it all in a book called 'Its All in the Head'. Majella joins John in studio this morning.

    Paul Hollywood - Get Your Bake On!

    Paul Hollywood is an English baker & celebrity chef, best known for being a judge on the BBC One's The Great British Bake Off since 2010 & a guest speaker at several food festivals. Paul joins John this morning to talk about appearing in the Olympia Theatre for two nights in November 'Paul Hollywood - Get Your Bake On!

    Tuesday 21st October

    Book - Man Sized Town, Fairly Big Story

    If you are looking for an accurate snapshot of the state of the nation, you could do a lot worse than bypassing the national newspapers & delving into the locals! In studio with John is Ronan Casey, whose book is packed full of stories of dogs with nappies, holes for sale in Longford & time travelling Kerry boatbuilders.

    John Finn & Tg4 new 5 part thriller An Bronntanas

    Joining John this morning is one of those fine actors who has had many roles but is rarely in the centre of the limelight. He has appeared in many feature films & US dramas, you may not recognise his voice but would certainly be familiar with US actor John Finn.

    Monday 20th October

    New Laureate for Irish Fiction

    John’s next guest in studio this morning is the Director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride to announce there will be a first ever Laureate for Irish Fiction. The list of nominees has been shortlisted by the project partners, Arts Council, The Irish Times, NYU & UCD.

    One Man Play 'A Man in a Woman's Shoes'

    Following his recent performances on the stage in Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk, my next guest returns to the boards with his one man play “The Man in the Woman’s Shoes” . Joining John in studio this morning is Mikel Murfi.

    Oscar Wilde Exhibition in Reading

    This week an exhibition opens in Reading in England that tells the story of Oscar Wilde’s time in Reading gaol. Oscar was jailed for his homosexuality in the 1890’s & the exhibition promises new insights into aspects of prison life. Professor Peter Stoneley of the University of Reading joins John from the UK this morning.

    Music with Wyvern Lingo

    “Lush harmonies” “striking melodic pop” &“perfect synchronicity” are some of the ways our next musical band have been described. So it is little surprise that they have racked up credits with big selling acts like Hozier & others. They are Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry. Together they are Wyvern Lingo.

    Little Things Mental Health Campaign

    The HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention has joined forces with over 20 partner organisations in the mental health & suicide prevention sector to lead a new mental health campaign called The ‘Little Things’ campaign' launched today. In studio with John are two of the ambassadors of the campaign, Alan O’Mara & Robert Carley.

    Friday 17th October

    Search for Sandy

    Aoife Kilbane a finalist in The John Murray shows search for Sandy, she has gone on to study at the London School of Music thanks to a John Murray Show listener who was taken it back by the fact that Aoife was willing to go abroad to follow her dream. While in London the John Murray Show caught up with Aoife to see how she was getting on

    Live Music - The Coronas

    The John Murray Show comes live from London this morning and John is joined by Danny O Reilly and Dave Mc Philips from The Coronas to tell him about their new album and perform the track Just Like That

    Thursday 16th October

    Kate McGrew - Reality TV

    Artist Kate McGrew comes from a respectable middle-class family background & is college educated. She is also a sex worker & star of Connected - RTE 2’s new reality TV series, that breaks many of the conventions of TV story telling.

    Dad's Army - new feature film

    The BBC comedy series “Dad’s Army” was a product of the 1970s, a golden age of sitcoms & although the shows were quintessentially British, they caught the imagination of the viewing public here in Ireland where they were regarded with great affection. This morning Oliver is joined by Patrick Freyne, feature writer with the Irish Times.

    Music with Luan Parle

    Live music today comes from a singer songwriter who recorded her first album in 1993 at the tender age of 12 following an appearance on the Late Late Toy Show & went on to become a household name & Meteor Award Winner. Luan joins Oliver in studio this morning to sing her latest single 'When My Day is Done'.

    Web Summit - RDS Nov 4th

    Investment companies & hundreds of visitors from across the Globe are coming to Web Summit held here in Dublin . The websummit has been described as “the best technology conference on the planet”. In studio with Oliver this morning is Paddy Cosgrave to give a little idea of just how big it has become.

    Wednesday 15th October

    Dinner Parties

    With the advent of so many cookery shows on tv, you can be forgiven for thinking that the prosect of giving a dinner party would be less daunting than it used to be. In studio with John are Sinead Moriarty, Francis Breenan & Joe McNamee.

    At Your Service - Christmas Special

    Francis & John Brennan, stars of the tv show the Hoteliers always have lots of good advice for people needing a helping hand or makeover in the hospitality business. Their latest challenge involves working with Enable Ireland which provides free services to adults & children with disabilities.

    Park Bench Series

    Our man John Bela Reilly has been out on the streets finding out for himself which habits people would like to change in their lives.

    Tuesday 14th October

    Music & Chat - The Delorentos

    hey are the Irish band of the moment. Their critically acclaimed new album ‘Night Becomes Light’ is a follow up to the 2012 ‘Little Sparks’. They are of course the Delorentos & they are in studio with John for a chat & performance.

    A day in the life of a Milkman

    The National Dairy Council celebrates its 50th anniversay this year & the website has also been launched where you can now order online. Our man Colm Flynn recently spent a day with two milkmen & brings us this report.

    Comedian Maxine Jones

    Dublin housewife Maxine Jones who took a plunge of a very different kind when at the age of 55, she took to the stage as a stand-up comedian. Maxine is currently appearing in Dublin with her show “Invisible Woman” & she joins John in studio this morning.

    Mix-ups / Mashups & Autotunes

    A mashup is a digital recording which combines & synchronises instrumental & vocal tracks from two or more songs. Increasingly this technique is being developed to distort the REAL spoken word for satirical effect. Joining John in studio this morning is a social media manager, Darragh Doyle.

    Monday 13th October

    The Story of Tata - Dragons' Den Peter Casey

    Derry native Peter Casey, known to most from RTÉ's Dragon Den & Executive chairman of Claddagh Resources,a global recruitment and search business that place high level executives with some of the world’s largest firms.Peter has wrote a book about a company he is passionate about, the Greatest Company in the World? he told John the story of Tata.

    Friday 10th October

    Music & chat with Red Molly

    Since forming around a campfire at the FAlcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York in 2004, Red Molly have gone on to make six albums & have toured worldwide. They are currently in Ireland & the UK before heading back stateside & they join John in studio this morning.

    Mike Jackson - Still the Enemy Within

    The story of a small group of gay rights activist helping a small group of striking Welsh miners wouldn’t necessarily appear to be the stuff of movies but that is the basis of “PRIDE”. Mike Jackson joins John this morning, Mike was a contributor to the documentary 'Still the Enemy Within'.

    Microphone Gaffes

    One of the first rules of broadcasting is - NEVER say anything in front of a microphone unless you’re prepared for it to go out on air regardless of whether you think it’s switched on or not! As we know these gaffes aren’t unusual in the world of sport & politics. Joining John from our Cork studio is journalist Pat Fitzpatrick.

    Thursday 9th October

    Gaza City

    Many of us saw the horrific events during the fighting in Gaza last July & John's next guest, a musician from Buncrana, decided to put his skills to use & with the help of old friend Rory Gallagher wrote a song to raise money.

    Cat Watch 2014

    There are probably something like 700,000 domestic cats living in Ireland, while, according to the ISPCA, there are another 200,000 living ferally. Yet we know surprisingly little about how these creatures operate. Joining John in studio is cat owner & journalist Barbara Scully.

    Wednesday 8th October

    Charlie Bird, Fund Raising for Breast Cancer Research

    There are pictures of former RTE journalist, Charlie Bird in a red sequinned shirt during rehearsals for the upcoming star-studded 'Strictly Fun Dancing' fund raising event for Breast Cancer. Charlie joins John on the line this morning.

    Wordless Communication

    John's next guest is Conductor David Brophy who tells us he is very interested in communication & wordless communication in particular. David is addresssing an IMI conference tomorrow & his talk is Leading Without Words.

    Travel Review Threat

    Travel review websites such as Trip Advisor have become hugely influential when booking, hotels, hostels & B&Bs. But if you feel you are getting an unfair review, what do you do? Joining John in studio this morning is hotelier Paul Stenson.

    Tuesday 7th October

    The Irish In Texas

    Violect O' Valle joined John this morning about the Irish in Texas, and how they emigrated to America.

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