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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 Friday 27 February 2015


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    A Poem for Ireland

    Now, it's time for Ireland's best-loved poem & this week we hear what listeners think of them, A Disused Shed in County Wexford by Derek Mahon & Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin by Paul Durcan. If you want to vote for either of today's poems, or any of the other ten poems on the shortlist, go to

    And the poetry programme with Rick O’Shea will discuss all ten shortlisted poems tomorrow night on Radio 1 at 7.30pm.


    Kate Murray - Pillowman

    Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman opens in the Gaiety Theatre next Monday & in typical McDonagh fashion, its humour is of the very dark variety.

    Joining John from our Galway studio is Kate Murray who has a role in the play. John spoke to Kate before on this programme not long after the death of her father, RTÉ sports broadcaster Colm Murray.


    Vladimir & Anton Jablokov

    Vladimir & Anton Jablokov are Slovakian sibling musicians with a shared rare gift - mastery of the classical violin - & are set to join forces on the stage of the National Concert Hall this Easter Saturday, 4th April 2015 as part of their nationwide tour. Vladimir & Anton join John in studio for a chat & performance.

    ******Two Brothers Spring Tour 2015 -

    Tomorrow night - 28th Feb, 8pm in Kildare @ Riverbank Arts Centre 1st March, 8pm in Galway @ An Taibhdhearc /  5th March, 8pm in Cork @ Triskel Arts Centre / 6th March, 8pm in Wexford @ Wexford Arts Centre / 7th March, 8pm in Meath @ Trim Castle Hotel / 8th March, 8pm in Limerick @ University Concert Hall / 27th March, 8pm inWestmeath @ Mullingar Arts Centre / 28th March, 8pm in Waterford @ Theatre Royal / 4th April, 8pm in Dublin @ The NCH

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