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    The John Murray Show Monday 30 December 2013


    The John Murray Show

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


    Karen Egan

    Karen started her life in law and trained as a barrister. But acting was what she longed to do and she worked as an actress for many years before joining ‘The Nualas’ and was with them for three years.  She then returned to college and did an MPhil in Irish Theatre Studies. She returned to acting, but particularly her own shows.

    She’s been visiting Finland for about ten years. She was first invited to perform her show at the festival in Pori in 2003 and has since become a regular visiting artist, performing plays in Finnish and her own shows. She works with the Finnish ‘Lovers Theatre’ company which is one of the biggest independent theatre companies in Finland.

    She tells us about life and language in Finland.

    Also in studio was Maria Tecce of The Nualas who brings us up to date on what they have planned for 2014.

    Karen sings "For a Minute" live in studio with Maria Tecce, Cian Boylan and Daithi Dubh


    Amanda Holden

    Amanda Holden is an actress, presenter and a judge on Britain’s Got Talent... She’s just published her autobiography – No Holding Back – and on the back cover she also describes herself as a daughter, wife, mother and survivor...!   She chats to John and gives us a flavour of her favourite songs... including Dancing Queen by Abba; White Wedding by Billy Idol, I'm in the Mood for Dancing by The Nolan Sisters and Hello by Lionel Richie


    Reflections on 2013

    Horse meat in beef burgers…. the Gathering…. Savita Halappanavar… the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship… the G8 Summit in Fermanagh…. Seamus Heaney RIP… Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane appointed as the new Irish football management team … Ireland exiting the strict bailout programme – these are just some of the things 2013 will be remembered for.

    Writers Peter Sheridan, Dermot Bolger and Christine Dwyer Hickey are in studio to reflect on the past year and give us their aspirations for 2014. We are also joined on the phone from Sweden by chef Donal Skehan who tells us about a tweet from his latest fan!


    Donal Walsh RIP

    Donal Walsh, the Kerry teenager who touched so many lives while battling cancer, died this year. He came to prominence through his writings and fundraising to help provide age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice centres as well as promoting his anti-suicide message.

    John talks to some of his friends and family about his legacy and how he touched their own lives. In studio were his sister Jema, his cousin Eoin Walsh and his friends John Kelly and Cormac Coffey.

    “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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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: This Gift
      Composer: Not Available
      Performer(s): Glen Hansard
      Performer(s): Glen Hansard
      Album: This Gift - Single, Plateau Records
      Duration: 4:43

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