John Toal Show, The [Radio Ulster]



John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.


John Toal broadcasts live from a Wobbly Wheeler's house as part of BBC Nothern Ireland and Age Northern Ireland's Playing Our Part initiative.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life, great recipes, craic and music from the Fermanagh-Cavan border with chef Neven Maguire, his family and friends.


John Toal is joined by some special guests from 2014, including Mary Black and Paddy Bradley.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.


As part of the build up to Red Nose Day, John Toal has a laugh and shares some food and a singalong with the Together One Voice choir in Omagh.


John Toal is at McHenry's Farm in Stranocum where he will be helping out and hearing about life on the farm.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.



Discussing support for loneliness, the Stewartstown amateur panto The Wizard of Oz and Motocross racing. Plus a ham hock and leek pie with black pudding.


John discusses the Irish Vegan Festival and meets the station commander of the Lough Neagh Rescue team.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.


Every Wednesday for the last 50 years a group of women have come together in West Belfast to play poker. John drops in on a regular poker night to chat to them, their friends and their families, and Paula McIntyre make a special Slowhand pudding for the card sharks.


On the weekend of the Eurovision Song Contest, previous winner Niamh Kavanagh joins John with her take on this year's entries, tales of what's been keeping her busy and sings live in the studio. Also, two adventurous runners talk about their gruelling challenge in the Sahara Desert at the Marathon Des Sables.

Paddy Brown comes in to talk about his passion for comics as a Belfast comic and graphic novel illustrator, who doubles up as a musician, singer and actor; plus we sample a performance from the Rosemary Drama Group who are finalists in this year's Ulster Drama Festival. All that plus the best in cooking from Paula McIntyre as she cooks jerk pork with spicy rice and grilled corn salad.


Newry-born brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy of the band the 4 of Us take time out from their tour to perform live in the studio. It's FA Cup final day and sports journalist Oliver Kay tells the story of football's lost genius, Strabane man Adrian Doherty, who was destined for stardom with Manchester United.

A young woman originally from Nigeria, Abi Ajetummobi now living in east Belfast, is a care leaver with Barnardos. She'll be in talking about her time in care and baking a cake for the recent garden party at Buckingham Palace to mark 150 years of Barnardo's.

It's Dementia Awareness Week and sufferer Danny Brown tells his story of diagnosis and how he focuses on keeping his brain active. John goes on the hunt for movie extras in Donaghmore with the Bardic Theatre Company. All that plus Paula McIntyre cooks up bruschetta with grilled steak, mushrooms and wild garlic mayonnaise.


John Toal hears about a singing group for recovering alcoholics, plus award-winning teacher Liz Braniff talks about how she inspires her pupils to learn about science.


John chats to two inspiring women from the Young Women's Stroke Group, and 14-year-old Hugo Boitel-Gill talks about busking on the streets of Belfast.


Vinny Hurrell meets the prize winning young enterprise group from Dungannon, who have written books to help support children and families through cancer. Down in Ederney in North Fermanagh, Vinny meets some of the scarecrows on display. There's live commentary from the Clipper Festival with Mark Patterson and ahead of Bangor Fleadh The McGinn Sisters are live in studio.


Gino Lupari from Four Men and a Dog and Mean Mary from Alabama tell John about life on the road. Plus what it's like to live with Parkinson's disease.


John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus recipes, craic and music.


This week on The John Toal Show, author Ronan Moore uncovers a side of Ireland never seen before in his new book Irishography. Guitarist Brian Keenan has a gift for the Children in Need annual Hugothon, Journalist Charlotte McDonald-Gibson on the human side of the refugee crisis, Ken Carson relives his trek across the lava fields of Iceland and Paula McIntyre prepares coconut spice cakes with candied pineapple.


John Toal with tales of family and community life, plus great craic and music.


John Toal meets the singers in the summer Ulster Youth Choir and a dog rescue in Ballintoy.

John meets the young singers taking part in the Ulster Youth Choir summer course, at Campbell College Belfast. Plus, Paula McIntyre treats us to Berry Gratin with lemon sabayon and lemon coconut biscuits for dipping.

Junior Bake Off Contestant; Bbc Inspirational Women & Christine Bovill Sings Piaf20151121

John Toal presents tales of family and community life. Plus great recipes, craic and music.

Rediscovering Talents20161126

This week John Toal talks to former world kick-boxing champion Billy Murray on overcoming bullying and pursuing a successful career. Retired civil servant Daniel Mulholland, who has just published his first book, tells us about rediscovering his musical talent in retirement. Local actress Kerry Quinn looks ahead to her role in the Lyric's "The Nativity: What the Donkey Saw", and Paula McIntyre prepares an exotic, but easy, festive spiced pork belly with jewelled fried rice.

The John Toal Show20151205

Simon Murphy performs after winning a singer/songwriter competition. Caoimhe Hegarty talks about her book on OCD and documentary makers Cathy Moorehead and Holly Gould

The John Toal Show 06/02/1620160206

This week The John Toal Show comes live from Tossy’s Cottage in County Armagh, the homeplace of the talented Makem family.

John meets the friends and family of John Makem, who gather for monthly music and story-telling sessions.

We’ll hear from some aspiring young scientists, award winning dog handlers and Paula McIntyre will be incorporating the local flaxseed into her ale and honey glazed Beef with stuffed mushrooms.

The John Toal Show From The Rock Project In Holywood20161105

A special recorded John Toal Show from The Rock Project in Holywood, with musical performances from students and poetry from local writer Moyra Donaldson. The proud parents of Bake Off finalist Andrew Smith will be there along with local comedian Shane Todd, and Paula McIntyre will be making rock 'n' roll burgers.

The John Toal Show Goes Country!20160402

Live music from Lee Matthews Music, jiving lessons and Paula McIntyre will be preparing sausages cooked with onions, beer and mustard, fried cabbage.

The John Toal Show Live From Camlough20161029

This week The John Toal Show broadcasts live from Pat and Joanne's house in Camlough, County Armagh. A house full of music and local talent, Joanne, who is a professional musician, will be performing a world premiere of a new lullaby with her family and friends. We hear from a champion outdoor swimmer, a trailblazing TV producer from Australia, uncover a little piece of broadcasting history from the parish, and Paula McIntyre will be preparing grilled teabrack with whiskey-candied fruits.