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    The John Murray Show Tuesday 25 February 2014


    The John Murray Show

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


    Caitriona Palmer

    Caitriona Palmers mother became pregnant outside of wedlock in Ireland in the 1970s, she was given up for adoption and almost 30 years later initiated a search for her birth mother. Her adopted parents told her that she was adopted at the age of 6, and Caitriona always knew there was something different or special about herself.

     Caitriona Palmer and her husband, Dan pictured above.

    Caitriona got the chance to meet Philomena Lee, the woman whose name is given to one of the most talked about films in recent years. It tells the story of Irishwoman Philomena who was forced to give her son up for adoption.

    Judi Dench and Philomena Lee at the American Express Gala Awards pictured above.

    Catriona spoke to John Murray this morning about the outcome of meeting her birth mother. Caitriona is writing a book about her adoption experience and her secret relationship with her birth mother. The book is not on sale at the moment.


    Dáithí Ó Sé - Becoming A Dad

    Dáithí Ó Sé speaks to John after reading an article about him in the RTÉ Guide and his worries about becoming a parent.

    Dáithí Ó Sé and former New Jersey Rose Rita Talty pictured above.

    We also spoke to Tom Cunningham who became a dad last year for the first time, he decided to develop an app called Daddyo. It’s €1.79 and it’s only available for iPhone at the moment. They’re working on an Android version. They’ve had almost a thousand downloads so far.



    Rónán Ó Snodaigh - 'SOS'

    Rónán Ó Snodaigh, regarded as one of the most creative and innovative Bodhran players in the world and Kila frontman Rónán Ó Snodaigh has struck out on his own again with a solo album entitled sos. Rónán has collected a selection of musicians who he has appropriately called the occasional and one of them has joined him here in studio this morning to perform a couple of songs for us.

    Rónán Ó Snodaigh pictured above.

    Rónán Ó Snodaigh and his band the Occasionals are appearing at Whelans tomorrow night. Rónáns’ latest album is called ‘SOS’.

    “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.

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail or click here for RTÉ Archives sales form. Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Aire
      Composer: Ronan O Snodaigh
      Performer(s): Rónán Ó Snodaigh & The Occasionals
      Performer(s): Rónán Ó Snodaigh & The Occasionals
      Duration: 3:50
    • Title: Braithim
      Composer: Rónán Ó Snodaigh
      Performer(s): Rónán Ó Snodaigh & The Occasionals
      Performer(s): Rónán Ó Snodaigh & The Occasionals
      Album: Sos, KRCD 106
      Duration: 5:54

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