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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 30 January 2015


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    Ireland's Laureate for Fiction

    Well-known author Anne Enright has been appointed the Laureate for Irish Fiction... it’s a new role in this country and she is in studio to tell John her plans for her role during the next 3 years.


    Ireland's Best Loved Poem

    The John Murray Show has joined forces with The Works to find Ireland’s best-loved poem of the hundred years between 1914 and 2014... we called for nominations for the public and you responded in your thousands... all those nominations have been whittled down to ten final poems... we’re announcing five of those this morning and The Works will announce the other five on tonight's programme.

    Three members of the jury that put the list of ten together... Anne Doyle, formerly of the RTÉ newsroom, singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, and in our Cork studio – John Fitzgerald, UCC librarian discuss the entries.

    The first five chosen are: W.B. Yeats – Easter 1916; Patrick Kavanagh – A Christmas Childhood; Seán Ó Ríordáin – Fill Arís; Eavan Boland – Quarantine; Paul Durcan – Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin.
    Voting opens on the website: after The Works tonight and you have plenty of time to vote – voting closes on 8th March...

    You can listen to recordings of all the poems in full on that website and if you want to record yourself reciting the poems in unusual places – maybe on a beach in Sydney, or a ferry to Tory Island or in snowy New York... feel free to upload them to the website...

    We’ll be talking about all ten poems on the programme over the next five weeks, and we’d love to get your thoughts on them, so get in touch –

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Canadian Geese
      Composer: Damian Dempsey
      Performer(s): Damian Dempsey
      Performer(s): Damian Dempsey
      Album: Almighty Love , Clear Records, IRL 068
      Duration: 3:37

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