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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 30 October 2014


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    Listeners Halloween Stories

    To mark Halloween tomorrow, we want you to contact us with your experience of ghostly goings-on in places around the country – or your creepiest encounters with supernatural spectres. They say that almost every family in Ireland has its own ghost story

    We’ve got a great prize for whoever manages to give us the biggest fright- a two night stay for two in Knockranny House Hotel &  Spa in Westport,  Co.Mayo, which includes dinner on one night in the award-winning La Fougère restaurant & complimentary access to the gorgeous Vitality Pool & Thermal Suites.


    Nightcrawler - Howard Raishbrook

    John speaks to Howard Raishbrook, a freelance cameraman who set up a company RMG which supplies breaking Los Angeles news to TV & cable networks across the globe.

    Howard & his two brothers were also hired as technical consultants & advisers on the production of the film 'Nightcrawler'.


    Music with Barry Tierney

    John's next guest won an international song writing contest at the age of 19 & one of the judges was the late Robin Gibbs of the Bee Gees, who paid the recording of the winning song 'The Rocketboy'. Six years on Barry now releases a new album 'Hotel Alamar' & here he performs one of those songs from the album called 'Rosie Ale of England'.

    You can catch Barry Tierney live in Coughlan's Cork tomorrow night & in The Lord Kinsale, Kinsale Saturday night.

    see for full tour dates


    Fr. Joe & Brother Vincent - Franciscans

    The Simplest Prayer is a book that is likely to appeal to those who can feel at sea & unsure of where to turn in times of trouble, according to the Irish Franciscans who have complied what they call a book of love and faith. 

    Joining John in studio this morning are Fr.Joe from the Franciscan Friary in Merchants Quay & Brother Vincent is studying for the priesthood in Maynooth.

    Information on St. Francis, the history, work & locations of the Franciscans in Ireland & vocations - go to


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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Rosie Ale Of England
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Barry Tierney
      Performer(s): Barry Tierney
      Album: Hotel Alamar
      Duration: 3:25

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