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    Wednesday 23rd April

    The John Murray Show Underdogs - call out

    Our search for this year’s Underdogs continues this morning, where we get behind a side that has fallen behind somewhat & pull up their socks. On the line are John Hackett, Raheen GAA Club Offaly & Bernard O'Mara, Bagenalstown Cricket Club, Carlow.

    Michael Gibney - Sous Chef

    Michael Gibney has years of experience cooking in some of the world’s leading restaurants & has found time to write a book'Sous Chef / 24 Hours In The Kitchen' a fascinating account of a day in a life of a sous chef. Michael is here to give us a couple of tips, from his five favourite ingredients to his most useful utensils!

    Operation Transformation - catch up

    Yesterday John spoke to Siobhán Mc Killen & Deirdre O’Donovan, two of our Operation Transformation leaders. This morning John is joined by another two of the 2014 leaders, Marc Gibbs & Jennifer Bonus.

    Music & Chat with Sam Hollyman

    Sam Hollyman was only 15 years old when he got the surprise of his life when jazz singer Michael Buble invited him to perform live on stage with him. Now 18 year old Sam is in studio with John this morning for a chat & perfomance. You can find Sam Hollyman on facebook & twitter.

    Tuesday 22nd April

    Operation Transformation 2014 - catch up

    It has been two months since Operation Transformation finished on television but we ask two of the leaders Siobhan McKillen & Deirdre O'Donovan, is the transformation now complete?

    Lean In - helps women to negoitate their careers & lives

    Lean in circles are small groups that meet monthly to encourage & support women in an atmosphere of confidentiality & trust. It offers free online lectures on topics including leadership & communication. Sinead McCluskey, Avril Copeland & Dervilla O'Brien join John in studio.

    The Riptide Movement

    The band have been together for 8 years now, have played at Glastonbury, supported the Rolling Stones & their new album went in at number one in the Irish charts. They join John in studio this morning for a performance & chat.

    David Moyes has left the club

    Manchester United has announced that manager David Moyes 'has left the club'. Joining John on the line this morning is Paul McGrath who joined Mancheter United in 1982, then managed by Ron Atkinson & also played under Sir Alex Fergunson.

    Friday 18th April

    Family Quiz

    We have four contestants for our family quiz this morning, on the line to Kathryn is Ben Callaghan, Luara Griffin, Ruari Parker & Eabha Maher. The winner & family will win a lovely break in Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath.

    St Mary's Abbey - School of Love

    Joining Kathryn on the line this morning Sr Angela Finnegan & Sr Fiachra Nutty, both members of the only Cistercian Monastry in this country for women. It is St. Mary's Abbey in Clencairn in Waterford & the community there live a life of silence, solitude & prayer, surviving on their own labour & running a number of businesses.

    Thursday 17th April

    Beard Festival in Corofin

    If you have a beard or a moustache you may be interested in going down to Corofin in County Clare at the beginnng of May for the 'Annual Beard & Moustache' competition, organizer Daragh Quinn joins Kathryn on the line this morning.

    The John Murray Show Underdogs

    We are continuing our nationwide search for this year's Underdogs sports team so we can get behind a struggling but spirited sports club for 2014. One of the teams has got in touch with us & joining Kathryn on the line is Sean Molloy, Chariman Achill FC.

    Joanne Milne & her mother Ann

    Born with the rare condition Usher Syndrome 39 yr old Joanne Milne from Gateshead has been profoundly deaf since birth. Just last month Joanne heard for the first time & this is how she described it 'Hearing things for the first time is so, so emotional, from the ping of a light switch to running water. I can't stop crying.'

    Park Bench - Random Questions

    This week John B Reilly takes to St Stephen’s Green where he asks a number of random strangers: “What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?”

    Foil Arms & Hog - Comedy Sketches

    Kathryn's first guests this morning are a Dublin comedy trio made up of Sean Finegan, Conor McKenna & Sean Flanagan called 'Foil Arms & Hog'. They booked out Vicar Street last weekend celebrating their sixth anniversay & are here for performance & chat.

    Wednesday 16th April

    Rackhouse Pilfer - music & chat

    Music & chat with six young men who are all from Sligo & are great friends. They are Rackhouse Pilfer who are getting rave reviews with their brand of music, described as bluegrass, folksy, This morning they play a song called called Bright Lights & their new album is called 'Love & Havoc'.

    Creative CV

    Joining Kathryn on the line is a youngman from Cork, Brian O'Sullivan, who is sending his CV to various companies in a very creative way, printed on six bottles of beer! Kathryn asks Brian about the response he has been receiving. You can contact Brian @

    Weekly Knitting Club

    They say age is only a number & Kathryn's next guest in studio is living proof of that. At 93 Emer Cosgrave, a mother & grandmother has never been idle in her life. Emer's grandaughter, Aisling Brennan is also in studio to tell us all about their weekly knitting club 'The Knit Wits'.

    Louise Kennedy & Joan Bergin

    The State visit to Britain last week proved to be memorable, historic, cordial & above all very stylish! Two of the womem responsible for that fashion excellence join Kathryn in studio this morning, internationally renowned designer Louise Kennedy & award winning film & tv costume designer, Joan Bergin.

    Tuesday 15th April

    Collectaholics - Trish Murphy

    We’ve been talking to people who collect things over the past week & this morning we invited Psychotherapist, Trish Murphy into studio to explain why people collect things. We are also joined by listeners Freddy Herr, Mary O'Neill & Tommy Holohan, to talk about what they love to collect.

    Artist Maser

    He is arguably Dublin’s most talked about artist. He has worked with corporate brands, city councils & many, many other collaborators. His socially conscious murals, set in giant, tastefully-set type, span the walls & hoardings of our grey little city, brightening things up and reminding us of solidarity, common decency.

    Mobile Phone Legislation - Conor Faughnan

    Kathryn's first guest in studio this morning is Conor Faughnan from AA Roadwatch. Conor tells us about the new road safety regulations, drivers caught using morbile/smartphone will be given a mandatory court appearance & fine - even if it is a hands-free kit.

    Monday 14th April

    Music & chat with Asgeir

    This morning we have a singer songwriter from Iceland, who was in Dublin recently & joined us in studio to record a couple of songs. Asgeir album is called 'In the Silence'.

    Dublin Footballer Ger Brennan

    Ger Brennan joins Kathryn in studio this morning & Ger is still on a high after his club St. Vincent's won the All-Ireland Club championship not so long ago & yesterday's victory over Cork!

    Walking Barefoot for Holy Week

    Kathryn's next guest is Linda Chambers who is raising money for shoes for primary school children in Swaziland, who walk barefoot over rough terrain in all season. Linda is going barefoot for this week & hopes to raise funds when people see what she is doing.

    Canopi Sleeves

    In the Irish Independent this morning there is a story about the Tipperry born entrepreneur has gone from losing two shops during the recession to wholesaling her designs to 17 countries. Sandra Walsh from Mount Merrion joins Kathryn on the line this morning

    Friday 11th April

    Park Bench Questions - 'When was the last time you held hands with someone?'

    In the second part of our Park Bench series our own John B Reilly takes to St Stephen’s Green where he asks a number of random strangers a single pertinent question. This week's question: 'When was the last time you held hands with someone?'

    Maeve Higgins from New York

    The last time I spoke to Maeve Higgins we discussed her big move to New York. Well, she’s well ensconced there now & she joins John this morning to talk about a matter close to our hearts - eating & where to eat in NY. Maeve also tells us about a helicopter ride.

    Thursday 10th April

    Wholesome Food - Caitriona Redmond

    Recently John spoke to Englishwoman, Jack Monroe , about frugal cooking, her cookbook & her outlook on life. Several listeners got in touch with us to talk to Caitriona Redmond, the woman behind the wholesomeireland blog & website. Catriona joins John in studio this morning.

    Music & chat with Ralph McTell

    President Michael D has been paying tribute to the contribution of the Irish to literature in England. Of course we Irish also owe something to our neighbours’ input here – like the Englishman who wrote 'From Clare to Here'. Ralph McTell is coming to Ireland for 'The Celtic Cousins Tour'.

    President Michael D visit to London

    Joining John in studio is our resident etiquette expert, Tina Koumarianos who has been keeping a watchful eye over events in Windsor & Westminister for us.

    Wednesday 9th April

    Collecthaloics - Francis van Maele

    Earlier this week we spoke about unusual things people collect & we are joined on the line this morning by Francis Van Maele who lives in Achill to tell us about his collection of paper cups!

    Student Enterprise Awards National Finals

    John speaks to two young students Edel & Richard who are celebrating a big event, as winners of the Social Media Award for their project ‘Sheep Watch’ from St. Oliver Post Primary School in Oldcastle, Co. Meath.

    The Word of Breda

    John's next guest is a young Galway woman who is trying her hand at comedy. Breda Larkin, has recently performed her a gig at the Comedy Club in Dublin's International Bar & is hoping to undertake a tour around the country. Breda's website is

    President's visit to London

    In studio with John this morning is Tina Koumarianos, our resident etiquette expert, who has been keeping an eagle eye on events in Windsor Castle & Westminster for the John Murray Show.

    Tuesday 8th April

    Collectaholics - follow up

    Yesterday we spoke about people who collect unusual items, joining John on the line this morning is Liz Nolan to talk about her drinking glass collection, only those with names on them & also John Weldon who collects rubber ducks!

    Sports Underdogs call out

    It is that time of year again to start our Underdog Series, where we follow a somewhat down on their uppers team, who could do with a little help & support. We have got behind hurlers in Offaly, footballers in Carlow, Camogie Squad in Kerry, Cricketers in Louth & hurlers in Oldtown, Dublin. We play highlights from our last series.

    Death of Peaches Geldof

    Joining John on the line is Church of Ireland Dean of Waterford, Rev Maria Jansson on the immense grief her family are now feeling.

    Monday 7th April

    Listeners call & Brooks Company - comp winner reveal

    Joining John the line from St. Anne's, just outside Blackpool, is 84 year old Bill Dalton. Bill tells us he collects keyrings, over 3,000 in fact. The most unusual one that he has is one from Alcatraz Prison!

    Music & Chat with Keith Hanley

    In studio with John this morning is the Voice's 2013 winner, Keith Hanley. Keith is accompanied on guitar by Richard McCourt & performs his song called Hush.

    Ben Barnes - Director of new opera The Invader

    John's next guest is Ben Barnes, Director of Theatre Royal in Waterford. Theatre Royal Productions are preparing to stage a new opera The Invader which will be premiered in the Theatre Royal May 23rd.


    When we think about collecting we usually think about stamps or maybe coins but on the other hand we know people also collect the most unusual things. Zbyszek Zalinski joins John in studio.

    Friday 4th April

    Presidential visit - Coventry

    President Michael D Higgins & his wife Sabina are heading off to Britain for a four day state visit with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. London will not be their only destination as we learn now from Kay Forrest, Chairperson of Coventry-Cork Assoc.

    Music & chat with The Eskies

    On their posters they describe themselves as 'Amazing Bearded Men', 'Sea-soaked Gypsy Folk' & 'Furious Folking Folkers', they are called The Eskies & they join John in studio this morning.

    Sports Commentaries - Conor McNamara

    There has been plenty of talk this week about sports commentary & sports commentators with the focus on the Sky/GAA deal. This morning we will be playing some of the best & most memorable pieces of sports commentary. We are joined by Irishman Conor McNamara, from BBC Radio 5 live. {includes clips of selected sports commentaries}.

    IFTA co-presenter Laura Whitmore

    The prestigious annual IFTA awards takes place tomorrow night & the country's most talented film & tv stars will be preparing for this night of glitz & glamour. Preseding over ceremonies will be the actor Simon Delaney & Laura Whitmore. Laura joins John on the line this morning.

    Thursday 3rd April

    Paul Ronan - new role on tv drama

    The Irish drama Love Hate has been the most talked about tv series to hit our screens & is set to return in the autumn. It is currently being filmed in Phoenix Park & there is one new cast member been spotted on set, Paul Ronan joins John on the line this morning.

    Ben Kellett - Director of Mrs. Brown's Boys

    Having achieved enormous success both here & abroad, Mrs. Brown's Boys - D'Movie, will soon hit our cinema screens. The man responsible for directing the successful comedy, Ben Kellett joins us from the UK this morning.

    Whats on your mind first thing in the morning?

    John Bela Reilly takes to St. Stephen's Green where he asks a number of random strangers - a single pertinent question - whats on your mind first thing in the morning?

    Jockey Ruby Walsh

    This weekend the Aintree Grand National takes place but one of the greats of the Aintree race will not be taking part. Joining John on the line is Ruby Walsh, who on the last day of Cheltenahm sustained a fracture to his arm.

    Wednesday 2nd April

    RAG Ireland - Image makeover for students

    In an effort to change people's perception of students, a new online campaign which encourages students to do good deeds, Hastag College Foot Print - organiser Daithí de Buitléir & student Aoife Duffy join John on the line.

    Parents John & Norma Finn talk about their autistic son Martin

    Their son Martin is 22 years of age & the family live near Wigan in UK. Martin is autistic & more or less non-verbal, but when he stands in front of a microphone he certainly can sing. John & Norma joins us from a studio in the UK.

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