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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 21 October 2014


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle.

    Dublin Singer Mary Black

    John's first guest this morning is Mary Black, a singer who has had a long & distinguished career as a soloist & in bands like De Dannan & collaborated musically with an astonishing array of artists from Emmylou Harris to Van Morrison.

    Mary joins John to  talk about her autobiography & latest album titled 'Down the Crooked Road'.

         For further information on upcoming tour dates & venues go to Mary's website


    John Finn & Tg4 new 5 part thriller An Bronntanas

    Joining John this morning is one of those fine actors who has had many roles but is rarely in the centre of the limelight. He has appeared in many feature films & US dramas, although you may not recognise his voice, you would certainly be familiar with his roles in major US dramas of the 90's, such as Dawson Creek, NYPD Blue & The X-Files.

    His name is John Finn & he talks to John about learning Irish & his role in Tg4 new thriller 'An Bronntanas'.


    Book - Man Sized Town, Fairly Big Story

    If you are looking for an accurate snapshot of the state of the nation, you could do a lot worse than bypassing the national newspapers & delving into the locals!

    Joining John in studio this morning is Ronan Casey, whose book 'Man Sized Town, Fairly Big Story' is packed full of stories of dogs with nappies, holes for sale in Longford & time travelling Kerry boatbuilders.




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