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    We have an exciting Bord Bia competition starting Monday 12th January 2015. for more details click here


    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 28 January 2015


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    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle.

    Donovan and The Late Late Show

    Maura Connolly, a special assistant to Gay Byrne on The Late Late Show  and the singer, Donovan, recall the time when Demis Roussos was booked to go on the show but due to unforeseen circumstances had to cancel at very short notice. Donovan at the time was at the height of his fame and word got out that he was staying near Dublin and they contacted him and begged him to come on the programme.

    He answered the call, brought his guitar and saved the day!


    Memoir Competition

    According to David Rice – novelist and director of the Killaloe Hedge School – anyone can write a memoir - and our prize is a place on one of his workshops on 7th February which teaches us how to do just that – with a 2 night stay in The Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe thrown in for good measure.

    We’re asking you to send us the first paragraph of your prospective memoir and the closing date is this Friday 30th January.


    Eddi Reader

    “Perfect” was Scottish songstress Eddi Reader’s first number 1 UK hit as lead singer with Fairground Attraction in 1998 – and has topped both the singles and album charts.

     She has won 3 Brit awards, she’s made 8 critically acclaimed solo albums and her collaborations on many celebrated projects throughout the years have cemented her image as a powerful figure in British music – leading to an MBE for outstanding contribution to the arts.

    She embarks on her seventh annual Irish tour next month. She returns to Ireland for nine performances nationwide between the 12th and 22nd of February 2015.

    Catch Eddi Reader performing live during her forthcoming Irish tour:

    THU FEB 12TH - KILKENNY - Watergate Theatre

    FRI FEB 13TH - MULLINGAR - Mullingar Arts Centre

    SAT FEB 14TH - SLIGO - Hawk’s Well Theatre

    MON FEB 16TH - BELFAST - Lyric Theatre

    TUE FEB 17TH  - DUNDALK - Spirit Store

    THU FEB 19TH - DUBLIN - Vicar Street

    FRI FEB 20TH - LIMERICK - Lime Tree Theatre

    SAT FEB 21ST - SKIBBEREEN - Abbeystrewry Church

    SUN FEB 22ND - CO. CORK - Ballymaloe Grainstore


    Pippa O'Connor

    2014 was a bittersweet year for model Pippa O’Connor. Her mother, to whom she was very close, died suddenly last October. She says it was devastating. Even now when she talks about it she doesn’t quite believe that this person who was always around is gone forever.

    She started her fashion and style website on 2013. She gives outfit inspiration, mum and toddler tips  and she also runs Pippa’s Fashion Factory - workshops with hair and makeup sessions etc and both these enterprises are going from strength to strength with the result that she has never been busier.


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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Baby's Boat
      Composer: Sadenia Eddi Reader/John Douglas/Ian Carr/Boo Hewerdine/Lyrics Adp From A Lullaby By Alice Riley And Dorothy Gaynor 1898
      Performer(s): Eddi Reader
      Performer(s): Eddi Reader
      Album: Vagabond, Reveal Records, Reveal022cdx
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Life Is In The Horizon Yet
      Composer: Eddi Reader
      Performer(s): Eddi Reader
      Performer(s): Eddi Reader
      Duration: 3:00

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