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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, Tuesday 9th April 2013


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    Reflections on Margaret Thatcher

    Hearing the news yesterday about the death of Margaret Thatcher, one of the first images coming to mind was the extraordinary portrayal on the tv sattire programme, Spitting Image. Joining John from a studio in London is the man behind that programme, John Lloyd.  Also in studio is historian Diarmaid Ferriter.


    Social Class in UK & Ireland

    Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a shopkeeper, who rose to power with her unshakeable self-belief, her political message you can believe anything you want in life, but you have to work for it. In studio with John is historian Diarmaid Ferriter to talk about the class system.


    Gay Introduction Agency

    Finding a partner is not easy & more often we look on-line, true for both straight & gay people, but Denise & Paul Sheridan decided to go back to the more old fashioned wasy of finding love, setting up an introduction agency for gay people. We are also joined by PJ Murphy, who signed up for this agency called Elegant Duo.

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    The next outing of our Walking Club is on Sunday 14th April. We’ll gather outside the community centre in Cullahill, Co. Laois, and head off on our walk at 12 midday. Cullahill is on the old Dublin-Cork Road [the R639] between Urlingford and Durrow, There’s about two-and-a-half hours’ walking involved, all in all, and there’ll be a break half-way through as usual. Walkers can expect to be back at the community centre for about 3.30-4pm. The first half of the walk is mostly uphill – we’ll be ascending around 140 meters - but that’s spread over an hour… so it shouldn’t be too challenging. Most of the walk is on quiet country roads, but a short part of the route takes us cross country through fields – so you’re advised to wear proper walking boots and to bring rain gear.

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