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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 20 November 2014


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    Soprano Celine Byrne performance

    In studio with John is soprano Celine Byrne who is going to give us a treat with a performance of Un Bel Di Vedremo (One Fine Day) from Madame Butterfly by Puccini.

    The Moscow State Opera proudly presents Madame Butterfly, starring Ireland's International Top Sopreno, Celine Byrne at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in 2015 - April 22 to 26.


    The Christmas Book of Irish Mammies

    While others are focusing on Santa, the school nativity play, panicked present shopping, homecomings near & far, the Irish Mammy is at the heart of it all. That's according to the Christmas Book of Irish Mammies by Colm Regan, who joins John in studio. Celine Byrne also joins the discussion on Irish Mammies!


    Irish Book Awards - advocates

    The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards winners will be announced next Wednesday evening & John is joined in studio by 2fm's Rick O'Shea, Brent Pope & Celine Byrne who have taken on two of the books from the John Murray Show Listeners Choice Category.

    A reminder that voting closes tomorrow at midnight for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards – you can vote for one of the six books in the John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Awards – Us by David Nicholls, Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent, It’s All in the Head byMajella O’Donnell, The Life and Loves of a He-Devil by Graham Norton, Paul Galvin: In My Own Words by Paul Galvin and The Test by Brian O’Driscoll… go to


    Parenting Teenagers - Dr. John Sharry

    Recently we had Dr. John Sharry, psychologist & CEO of Parents Plus Charity on the programme telling listeners HIS ten effective rules for parenting teenagers.

    The rules are contained in  his new book called 'Parenting Teenagers' & we invited Dr. Sharry back to studio, as we received many emails & texts from listeners seeking advice. & the website for the parenting plus programmes is

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