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    Mornings with Dave Fanning Search for Ireland’s Most Musical Family

    Brothers, sisters, cousins, in-laws, step fathers, grannies – the show is looking for families that play together to enter the competition. Non family members are permitted – as long as family is at the heart of it – as with The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and The Fureys and Davey Arthur.

    Send us a 4’00 maximum clip performing the song or music of your choice – it does not need to be an original piece of music.

    Upload it to Youtube and email us the link to davefanning@rte.ie.

    You also need to send us a 100 word supporting paragraph telling us your story and why you should be chosen.

    The closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday  26th August.

    Our final will be held the first week in September and finalists need to be available then to perform before our judges.

    The judges’ decision is final.

    The prize courtesy of Waltons music is a Kurzweil CUP-2 Upright Digital Piano. For more information visit  www.waltons.ie

    The John Murray Show Wednesday 18 December 2013

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    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle, presented by John Murray.

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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.

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    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 http://www.frankiekennedy.com/en

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    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.

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail tapes@rte.ie. Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

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