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    The John Murray Show Wednesday 18 December 2013


    The John Murray Show

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    George and Sylvia

    They parted ways 40 years ago but Meath man George Eyres never forgot his first love and now aged 62 he's hoping to reconnect. He was a neighbour of Sylvia Holland in Swindon and they began going out. They were together for about four years when he reluctantly followed his parents back to Ireland, putting an abruipt end to their romance. She visited him briefly once and that was the last time they ever saw each other.

    George used to receive a Christmas card every year from Sylvia's mother but that stopped a few years ago and he is very curious to know what happened to Sylvia since they last met. Graham Seaman, the presenter of the lunchtime show on BBC Wiltshire based in Swindon, is hoping to help and will talk to George on air this week. He spoke briefly on air to John.


    Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

    Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan was married to Frankie Kennedy, a Belfast flute player, who tragically died from cancer in 1994. A Winter School in traditional music was set up in Co Donegal in his name for young music students and music lovers and has been flourishing ever since. There are instruments classes, workshops, and singing and dancing classes.

    Mairéad was in studio with her nephew Ciarán Ó Mhaonaigh and Mark Kelly, guitar player with Altan.  Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy runs from December 27th to January 1st next. More details from


    Veronica Dyas

    Veronica was on the programme earlier this year after she decided to give away all her possessions. Veronica had bought a house when she was 23, then left her job to return to study in Trinity College. Following a 4 year degree she did a Masters in London but was unemployed when she returned to Ireland and fell into arrears in her rent.

    She then walked the Camino de Santiago which was a life-changing experience.

    Veronica talks to John about how she is now living, with very few possessions and very little money, and what she is doing with her life.

    “John Murray Show / Saturday Night Show Emerging Music Competition"


    1. Talent must be emerging rather than established. Open to those who have not received considerable air-play and/or exposure. Entrants must also normally be resident in the 32 counties.

    2. It is open to all musical genres like punk, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, country, electronic, compositional etc.

    3. A backline and sound engineer will be provided by the Saturday Night Show on the night of the winning performance, May 30, but the winning act will provide their own instruments and drum kit. The winning act will look after their own expenses on the night of the Saturday Night Show performance.

    4. The act must be available to perform on the John Murray Show on Friday, May 29th and on the Saturday Night Show on Saturday, May 30th. 


    5. How do I enter? 
    All entries are by email only and should be sent to  

    6. What should my entry include?
    Your email should include a short description (maximum 100 words) of the musician or band, a contact mobile phone number and ONE audio file attachment. The audio filename should contain the band/musician name and composition title. The entry should also include a photo of act of approximately 1Mb. 

    Only original work will be considered – no covers or samples. Due to a high volume of entries we cannot give individual feedback on music received.

    7. Which type audio files should I send? 
    Audio files must be sent in high-quality audio, preferably stereo and of as high a production standard as possible as this track is what will be played on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio One. MP3 (192kbps or higher) files only will be accepted. No other file types should be entered as they will not be accepted. Tracks should be no longer than 3’30” in duration.

    8. Can I enter more than once? 
    No. One entry is sufficient.

    9. Deadline for submission? 
    Get your music in ASAP.  Deadline for submissions is 12 noon, Friday, May 8th.

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