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.