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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 Thursday 23 October 2014


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    Michael Murphy former RTE Newsreader

    Michael Murphy switched off his studio microphone & hung up his newsreaders headphones last June after four decades in RTE. But he says he did not retire & remains busy – his latest endeavour is a show called “Stories, Poetry and Dreams” based on readings from his three books 'At Five in the afternoon', 'The House of Pure Being' & 'The Republic of Love'.  Michael joins John in studio this morning.


    Animal Stars - Kilruddery

    You may recall Flipper the Dolphin, Roy Roger’s Horse Trigger, Babe the pig & Lassie the sheepdog,then you might be surprised to hear that we have our very own animal stars here in Ireland.

    Kildare trainer Mary Owens has kennels & stables brimming with talent from dogs to horses & many other four legged creatures.  Yesterday John went to Killruddery House in Bray where he met Mary with some of her star canines.


    Forensics: anatomy of crime - Val McDermid

    Bestselling crime writer Val McDermid has published 28 crime novels which have been translated into 16 languages, selling millions of copies worldwide.  Her series featuring criminal profiler Tony Hill was the basis for the ITV series 'Wire in the Blood'.

    In her new book she picks up the scalpel to uncover the secrets of forensic medicine.  The book is called ‘Forensics: The anatomy of crime’ & Val joins John this morning to talk about her latest book.


    Competition - Lord of the Dance Tickets

    Michael Flatley announced an extra date in Dublin for Lord of the Dance on 28th March 2015 & this morning we asked our listeners to give us a good impression of Irish dancing over the telephone to win our prize of two tickets for the event & an overnight stay in the nearby Gibson Hotel with breakfast the following morning.

    John is joined by listeners Kathleen Greaney in Cork & Kath O'Kane from Donegal.  Also Michael Murphy will judge them both & decide who wins the above prize.

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