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    The Best-Loved Irish Poem of the Last 100 Years

    What is your most-loved Irish poem of the last century? RTÉ A Poem for Ireland is a major new RTÉ campaign which aims to get the public talking about the poems they feel are the most-loved Irish poems of the past 100 years.

    In this era of centenaries, RTÉ looks back at the Irish poems and poets of the past 100 years and asks the public to help us identify the Irish poems of the past century that we love the most. Whether it’s a poem you studied at school and loved; one that stood out for you at a wedding or funeral, a poem you came across at an important moment in your life, or one your father or mother used to recite; whether it’s a love poem, a political poem, a poem about nature, life, loss, emigration, and whether it’s in Irish or in English, it doesn’t matter. As long as it’s an Irish poem, published in the last century, and you love it, then tell us, and tell us why you love it.

    The campaign will be spearheaded by The Works, RTÉ One’s flagship arts show, and RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show in partnership with Poetry Ireland and An Post.

    The John Murray Show Wednesday 4 March 2015


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    Mystery of Lady on the Rock

    This we are going to try & solve one of the great mysteries of our time, who is the 'Lady on the Rock', that has been appearing on windowsills in Dublin.

    In studio with John is Linda Keegan, art teacher from St Michaels Holy Faith School & on the line is Eddie Loughman whose company RPM supplies mouldings materials, Vincent Doran from Dublin Mouldings & Jessie Ward O'Sullivan who made a film on the subject in 2011. 


    Noel Mannion - Ireland v Wales 1989

    Yesterday we played BBC commentary of Noel Mannion's try in 1989 when Ireland played Wales in Cardiff Arms Park, this morning we have RTE Radio commentary by Mannion's fellow Galway-man Tom Rooney.  Also on the line to John is Noel Mannion.



    For many they say REVENGE is sweet, on the other hand Mahatma Gandhi lived by the mantra that an eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.

    John is joined in studio by playwright, columnist Fiona Looney & journalist Pat Fitzpatrick joins us from our Cork studio.


    David Bloomer in Bahrain

    On Monday we spoke to Anthony Galvin from Clare who is hoping to become a postmaster in Port Lockroy - in the Antarctic. The call prompted an email from David Bloomer from the Middle East, who tells us he has been to Port Lockroy in 2008, on a former Russian research vessel. David is on the line from Bahrain, where he has been living for 30 years.

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