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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 31 October 2014


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    Halloween Ghost Stories

    To mark the occassion of Halloween, we asked out listeners to tell us about their most frightening encounters with the supernatural!  There has been a great response & we thank you all for sending in your stories.

    This morning we have more for you to listen to before we announce the winner of the great prize of a two night stay in Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Co Mayo.


    RDS - Knitting & Stitching Exhibiton

    The Knitting & Stitching Show is underway at the RDS, crowded with knitters, stitchers & creative people attending workshops, galleries & exhibitions.

    We asked intrepid reporter Charlie Bird & Eoin Murphy, Entertainment Editor with the Daily Mail to get the real story of what really goes on at this popular event & turn their hand to a spot of stitching.


    The Gerbolas

    John's next guests know a thing or two about the challenges & rewards of keeping a show on the road. Mikey & Tara Gerbola didn’t threaten to run away with the circusthey were already there. Mikey cut his teeth as a child clown with Fossett’s Circus – his family’s business -- while Tara’s family ran McFadden’s travelling roadshow.

    Together they started Circus Gerbola – the focus of a film at the Guth Gafa documentary film festival in Kells, County Meath this weekend. The film is called “Dreams of a Clown” is told from the perspective of Tara & Mikey’s 8-year-old son Blake, who wants to follow in his father’s big shoes – and become a circus clown. Tara, Mikey & Blake join John in studio.


    Music - Cathryn Green

    John's next musical guest this morning celebrates her recently acquired Irish citizenship with her new EP 'Apple' & she sings a song from it called 'Hello'.  Cathryn Green performs in studio this morning.


    Operation Transformation 2015

    The search is on to find volunteers to participate in RTE's Operation Transformation 2015 & this morning we speak to another hopeful Elissa Whelan, from Ratoath in Co. Meath.

    Anyone interested in applying needs to get their applications in ASAP.  They can apply at or call Daisy & Roisin on 01.864.1444.

    Applications close on Tuesday November 4th - there have been more applications this year than before - so the sooner they get in the better.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Hello
      Composer: Cathryn Green
      Performer(s): Cathryn Green
      Performer(s): Cathryn Green
      Duration: 4:00

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