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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 Wednesday 1 October 2014


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    Story of the Day - Spider Bites

    A story in this mornings Irish Daily Star says that a Dublin man is recovering after being bitten by a false widow spider. Eugene Murphy had to spend 24 hours in intensive care after been bitten while sitting on his parent couch. So how many of these are there & how worried should we be? Joining John on the line is spider expert, Myles Nolan.


    Sports - Mental Toughness

    When we talk about fitness or sporting achievement, whether you are looking to lose weight, run a 10k, play a match or even right up to competing in an elite marathon,  we generally tend to think about the physical attributes involved.

    But when things get tough & our bodies want to give up, our minds take over.  Joining John this morning are Briege Corkery, Cork ladies GAA Captain, Journalist Paul Kimmage & Keith Begley, sports psychologist.


    Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes

    John's next guest's list of achievements as an explorer, he was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel & the first to cross the Antarctic Continent.  He has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth unsupported as & is the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.

    However, it is the credentials of his ancestors that he looks to in his most recent book, Agincourt. Sir Ranulph Fiennes casts new light on the Battle of Agincourt which was to play such a huge part in British and French history in October 1415, revealing that three of his own ancestors fought in the battle for Henry V.


    Music with Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman

    Caoimhin O Raghallaigh has graced this studio a few times in the past & he is back today with hardanger fiddle & Dan Trueman who also plays the hardanger fiddle.

    Their album – it’s called Laghdú and you can catch Caoimhín and Dan in concert in Dublin Castle on Friday (October 3rd) and in the Duncairn Centre in Belfast on Saturday (October 4th)..

    Dan will feature in Caoimhín’s solo show, going on tour around the country in October – you can get all the details on

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