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    Modern Seanchai - Storyteller Neil Horgan

    Storyteller Neil Horgan, director of a well-known large travel firm struggled with depression and alcoholism but that was all before he became a Seanchai, storytelling helped him give up medication for depression and staying off alcohol.

    Neil who mixes traditional stories with stories from his own life and can be heard at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre Theatre every Thursday at 1pm from July 31st to mid-Sept.



    Zbyzsek Zalinski on Audio Books

    The digital revolution may have dealt a heavy blow to print, but it is boosting literacy in other unexpected ways by fuelling the explosive growth of audio books.

    At the same time, publishers are investing six-figure sums in splashy productions with dozens of narrators. Using the Netflix model, some audio book producers have even started experimenting with original works written exclusively as audio productions.

    Our own Zbyzsek Zalinski (pictured above) spoke to John about audio books, and some of the clips we played are listed below.

    Audio Book Clips Played On The John Murray Show:

    1: Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    2: Liam Neeson reading Polar Express

    3: Colin Firth reading The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

    4: Victoria Smurfit reading Cecelia Ahern’s PS. I Love You.

    5: Joanna Lumley reading Pride and Prejudice

    6: No Nightingales, No Snakes by Maeve Binchy. Dramatised with Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb.

    7: Keith Richards reading the introduction to his autobiography Life.

    8: Billy Crystal reading a fragment from his award-winning autobiography Still Foolin’ ‘Em.

    9: A fragment from Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch read by David Pittu. Audie Award Winner, Solo Narration - Male, 2014 Audie Award Winner, Literary Fiction.

    How Can I Buy Audio Books?

    Local libraries across the country can allow you to rent the audio books, download them through Amazon or






    What Is Your Last Happy Memory?

    Our own John B Reilly went out to St Stephen's Green where he asked passersby one single pertinent question, What is your last happy memory? 

    Tell us yours? email John at


    Carswell & Hope

    Nick Carswell from Carswell & Hope spoke to The John Murray Show today from our Limerick studio, They’re from Kansas with a little bit of Limerick thrown in for good measure.

    Carswell & Hopes' Irish Gigs:

    25th of July - HMV Grafton Street - Dublin.

    25th of July - Workmans Club - Dublin.


    “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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