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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 Wednesday 17 December 2014


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle.

    It’s December & we’ve decided to start giving gifts early this year, we’ve got a stack of Christmas Crackers in the studio & loads of great tickets to give away for some of the best Irish & International performers that are playing Ireland -  either this side of Christmas or in 2015.  {Tickets to Lionel Ritchie, Peter Gabriel, Imelda May, X-Factor, Mark Knopfler, Mama Mia, Don McLean, Finbarr Furey, the Coronas, Christy Moore & plenty more besides}
    So we shall pull a cracker each day to see what tickets we’re giving-away!
    RTE Competition terms and conditions apply -  see



    Emma & Lorraine Gavin

    When you hear teen pageants, you might think fake tans, fake nails – too much make-up and fierce competition between competitors and their pushy mothers – but John's next guest says that’s not the truth of the matter at all, and that being a pageant winner has given her something she lacked – namely self confidence.
    A few weeks ago fifteen year old Emma Gavin  was crowned Miss Teen Ireland 2015 – having previously been named Miss Worldwide Teen Ambassador for LIVE OUT LOUDa suicide awareness charity in Chicago.   Emma & her mother Lorraine join John in studio.


    Camden Street Charity Shops

    We enter the last 8 shopping days to Christmas & shops all over the country are packed as canny shoppers are always looking out for bargains.

    So its no surprise that charity shops are booming as never before. Colm Flynn brings us this report from the Camden Charity "Mile".


    Maeve Higgins from New York

    It's been a few months since we caught up with Maeve Higgins in New York city & in that time she's been on American TV, she's experienced Thanksgiving & has been writing about Eric Garner, among other things. Maeve joins John from New York.


    Restaurant Makeover - Oscars in Cork

    It's all systems go at Oscars Cafe in Cork this morning as the premises has re-opened for business. Our Restaurant Rescue mission was led by advisor Blathnaid Bergin.

    Darragh Fitzgerald's business "Oscars" was chosen for the make-over & both Daragh & Blathnaid join John on the line this morning.

    This has been a dramatic transformation LESS THAN FOUR to bottom.....change from the menu to the decor

    A Big Thank You
     Design -The Pub Design company - Finnuala Lennon.
    • New food offering and menu training, Dermot Gannon, The Old Convent, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary
     Electrical - ALLTEC, Mick and Jason Painting, Kevin & Sean Dineen.
     JoineryMcKenna Cairns Peter Cairns.
     Canopies & windbreakers- Munster Canopies- Gavin.
    • Sinage,Wallpaper by Frances Studio.
    • Lights- Willie Duggan Lighting
    • Monica Duggan Chairs for inside / outside chairs Ikea
    • Nugent & Gibney-Paul Gibney Metal Rails
    • Irish Fencing Antony Brian
    • Gordon Terry Carpenter Fran Keegan
    • Kieocon Food Hygiene- Mary Daly Associates
    • Head Bottle washer - Blathnaid Bergin, the restaurant advisor

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