The John Murray Show Monday 11 March 2013

The John Murray Show

The John Murray Show

A lively mix of topical stories, human interest and lifestyle features with John Murray

Fionn Hamill

Fionn Hamill

Fionn is a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's Syndrome. He lives in Enniskillen with his Mother Helen, Father Jimmy, two brothers Caoilte and Owen and sister Cora... He publishes a blog with regular updates about his life...

Stockton's Wing Live in Studio

Stockton's Wing Live in Studio

Stockton's Wing in studio to play some music, some reminiscences and chat about their upcoming concert in the National Concert Hall on St Patrick's Day. Pat Shortt joins the conversation by phone.


Walking Club

Walking Club

As stated during today's show, we are holding our next walk on Sunday 14th April 2013. We are currently seeking submissions from people who are interested in hosting the walk in their area.  For details and further information, please see the Walking Club section above.


Our Next Walk is on Sunday 14th April 2013

Hosting the John Murray Show Walking Club

The next outing of our walking club will be on SUNDAY APRIL 14th and we’re currently accepting applications from people interesting in hosting it.

Our Walking Club is lucky to have experienced the most extraordinary hospitality from communities across Ireland. If you’re interested in hosting one of our Walking Club outings, please email your submission to Before compiling your submission, please consider the following issues that often arise with our walks, and explain in your submission how your community could address them. Good luck!

Recent walks have attracted between 600 and 2,000 walkers – we’ve no way of knowing how many in advance, but weather is likely to be a factor.

Most will travel in cars, so we need to make sure that there’s plenty of parking near the meeting point.

The starting point: we need somewhere with outdoor sufficient space to accommodate a potentially very large assembled crowd. Ideally, the starting point should be the same [or very close to] the end point, where walkers will be given tea, coffee, and soup/rolls.

Our ideal walk would be a loop walk that

doesn’t involve crossing stiles;

would be manageable for beginner walkers of all ages;

could accommodate a large volume of walkers;

would normally take an experienced walker no more than 90 minutes start to finish with no breaks [this is to allow for delays by inexperienced walkers; delays resulting from the large volume of people; and the delays caused by recording pauses and the performance break at the half-way point].

Allowing 45 minutes for breaks and performances, the walk must take beginner walkers no longer than three-hours in total.

If your community is selected to host one of our walks, we’ll be asking you to email us:

i) directions to and a map for the start point; and,

ii) a map of the walking route planned.

We will need at least 25 local stewards wearing high-visibility vests to help organise on the day [directing parking; at the beginning and end of the walk – as well as spread throughout the crowd.] We need some of these to have first aid training – and for all stewards to have mobile contacts for those with first aid training. We need you to alert the local Gardai. Their help might be useful for managing traffic before and after. Also the Civil Defence / St. John’s Ambulance should be on alert too, if possible.

During the walk, we like to interview interesting local characters or well-known performers, writers, comedians, or musicians with a connection to the area… can you suggest to us a list of likely contenders and make approaches please AFTER we [The John Murray Show] have agreed on their suitability?

We’re also interested in local people who have very unusual personal stories / experiences [e.g. people who have achieved something unusual or overcome personal challenges]. This list of potential interviewees is a very important feature of our walks.

At the end of the walk, we like our hosts to provide walkers with complimentary coffee & tea, and soup and sandwiches… so we need an indoor space [maybe a large hotel, marquee or a community centre] with toilets and a team who can put on a modest spread for a very large crowd.



Contact the Show

Call: 01-2083257, 01-2083971, 01-2082339

Text: 51551

Presenter: Dave Fanning


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