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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 18 December 2014


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle. Presented by Shay Byrne.

    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!
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    Computers & Children

    No doubt this Christmas many happy children will be finding playstations, DS's & computer games in their Christmas stockings, fulfilling their wildest dreams.


    This morning we ask the question, how much screen-time is too much for children? In studio with Shay is child psychologist, Owen Connolly & writer/broadcaster Emma Clarke on the line from the UK.



    Music with Chris Kavanagh

    Chris Kavanagh bears an uncanny resemblance to Luke Kelly, both in voice & beard!   For many years he has paid tribute to Luke in song & he will mark the anniversary of his death in January with gigs in Dublin & Cork.  Luke Kelly will be 31 years dead at the end of January.

    Chris is part of The Legend of Luke Kelly for over ten years & he joins us for a chat & performance. for more info on gig dates




    TV & Movie Moments this Christmas

    Christmas is traditionally a time for watching tv, fighting over the zapper & enjoying some of the big box office movies at home & ofcourse tv specials like Mrs Browns Boys!

    Michael Doherty of the RTE Guide has been looking at whats on offer this Christmas & joins Shay in studio.

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