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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 Tuesday 25 November 2014


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    Operation Transformation 2nd Leader Revealed

    Kathryn Thomas surprised the 2nd leader for Operation Transformation

    Hello from the Gillespies, Monica Mc Inerneys new book

    It may be more of an American or Australian phenomenon, but many Irish households will have sent or received the Round Robin letter at Christmas - it's an annual bulletin sent from one family to many others to let them know how the year has gone, some versions are funny, some are faintly boastful, and a very few are funny. Monica McInerney grew up in Australia and she has drawn on the tradition in her new novel 'Hello from the Gillespies

    Finnish School System

    Now imagine if you will an education system with no private schools, where children don't start primary school til 7 years of age, where there are low study times and where a master's degree is the minimum qualification for a teacher. This is exactly the system that they have in Finland, which for the last decade, has come out on top of the OECD's reports into education around the world. As a result, Finnish graduates propelled Finland to the top of the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index in 2001 and they have stayed there or thereabouts ever since. So, to what extent are we here in Ireland preparing are our young people to meet their own needs, and how ready are they to contribute to society - the demands of the workplace, the changing nation? Well, 11% of students in Universities and 29% in Institutes of Technology drop out in their first year. So it would appear that there is room for improvement. On Dec. 5 in NUI, Galway, Finnish Educationalist and Harvard Professor, Pasi Sahlberg will address 'Reforming Learning: Driving Success' a conference which look at these questions

    Live Music - Origional Rude Boys

    This morning John is joined by the Original Rude Boys for a tune and a chat

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