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    The John Murray Show Tuesday 20 May 2014


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle, presented by Kathryn Thomas.

    Hurling Renaissance

    Damian Lawlor, journalist, has just written a book Fields of Fire, the inside story of hurling’s great renaissance. Last year for the first time in history, hurling brought in more revenue than football.. pulling in 12 million euros at the turnstiles ahead of football’s 11.9 million.

    Even though there are only 9 or 10 counties who play hurling, there have been some extraordinary games over the past few years. The buzz words now are development squads and academies - many of the successful counties now have those in place. According to Damien hurling is in a wonderful place.


    Nicole Maguire

    Presenting a superb collection of songs, Nicole Maguire is making major waves on the international music scene. Counting Damien Dempsey and Nancy Griffith as friends and mentors, Nicole has grown from a shy 15 year old performing at local Cork venues to a mesmerising, accomplished star, whether fronting a band or performing solo with acoustic guitar, most recently opening for Jake Clemons ‘ Irish tour.


    Fashion Show with a Difference

    A fashion show with a difference will be strutting its stuff on a catwalk in a hotel in Tralee on Thursday. The designs on show will include the finest accessories and high street regalia – nothing unusual about that. What is less expected, however, is that all 70 of the models recruited have Downs Syndrome.

    It is hoped that the show will help change the way that we think about people living with intellectual challenges.

    Maree O'Connor is behind the event and she joins Kathryn from Kerry along with two of the models, David Malone and Emma Doolan.

    The Fashion Show With a Difference takes place at 7.30pm this Thursday - May 22nd, at Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee. There will be door prizes, a raffle, and wine and cheese. Tickets cost €10. To book call (087) 245-7826.


    New Collins Dictionary

    Collins Dictionary are turning to Twitter in search of new words. Andrew Freeman, Associate Publisher at Collins, gives some examples to Kathryn of some of the words submitted for consideration:

    Adorkable - Dorky in an adorable way; Fatberg - A large mass of solid waste, grease etc.; Felfie - a farmer selfie; Duckface - traditional pouting facial expression in selfies; Fracktivist - an activist against fracking.

    Twitter users can vote for their choice at

    “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: Two Weeks Today
      Composer: Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Album: What You Really Mean
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: The Dimming Of The Day
      Composer: Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Duration: 3:30

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