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    RTÉ A POEM FOR IRELAND
    The Best-Loved Irish Poem of the Last 100 Years
    www.rte.ie/apoemforireland

    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 7 March 2013

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    A lively mix of topical stories, human interest and lifestyle features with Neil Delamere

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    Mars v The Moon

    Kevin Nolan from Tallaght IT and a representative of The Planetary Society for Ireland; and Norah Patten, Chair of Space Management & Business Dept in University of Limerick talk to Neil about people visiting the Red Planet.

    Norah, an engineer from Ballina, County Mayo, could become the first Irish person in space. She is a post-doctoral researcher on a European Space Agency project at the University of Limerick and has just entered a competition launched by Buzz Aldrin to win a place on a space shuttle - and the chance to view Earth from 103km above ground.

     

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    The Speech

    Is there a particular iconic speech that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? This Saturday, three secondary school students will go head to head in a competition delivering their favourite famous speech. The Matheson Junior Debating National Mace – in which over 500 students took part this year – is a competition open to all junior cert students in Irish schools which seeks to identify the country’s very best young debaters. The three finalists in studio to deliver their speech on air are Ross Merriman from St. Mary’s College in Rathmines in Dublin; and Katie Sullivan Smyth and Dennis Gifford from Colaiste na hInse in Bettystown.

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    The Commitments

    The casting director for the musical version of the Commitments, David Grindrod,  which is opening in London later this year joined the show to offer his opinion to three of our listeners who sang live on air to audition for a part.

    If you’re a young male singer who can also play an instrument, or if you are an older musician and can play the trumpet or if you are a young female singer who can sing to at least a top D and wish to audition for a part in the upcoming play, follow the link below for details: http://www.rte.ie/ten/2013/0305/thecommitments.html

    The open auditions are taking place on 10th and 11th March 2013 from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (Register before 12.00) in the Troubadour Rehearsal Studios, 157 - 159 Charthouse Business Centre, Richmond Road, Dublin 3. N.B. All those auditioning must be available for a one year contract starting in London from August 2013.

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