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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 Wednesday 19 June 2013

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    A lively mix of topical stories, human interest and lifestyle features with Miriam O'Callaghan

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    Jill Meagher Murder Case

    Jill's aunt, Catherine McKeon Halpin, gives the family's reaction to the sentence of 35 years handed down for the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Australia.

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    Later Life Mediation

    Caring for an elderly relative who is unwell can often cause difficulties in families, sparking off sibling rivalries and generating feelings of resentment.  Frances Stephenson and four colleagues have set up Later Life Mediation, a private mediation service, to work in this difficult area. They have mediated between parents and (adult) children, family members and nursing home staff.

    The mediators will meet all of the family members, either as a group or individually... and they will also meet the older person, either in their home or nursing home.

    They are organising a workshop, Ageing in Families Workshop, this Saturday 22 June 2013 from 10am to 4pm in Milltown Parish Pastoral Centre, Milltown Road, Dublin 6. Cost €50 per person. For details tel: (01) 685 6747

    For more details visit http://laterlifemediation.com/

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    Donovan

    Donovan talks to Miriam about his music, living in Cork and transcendental meditation.

    He was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with the Beatles, contributing lyrics to the song Yellow Submarine. Donovan was also invited by The Beatles to join them at Abbey Road Studios for the final orchestral overdub session for the Lennon-McCartney collaboration A Day in the Life, the grand finale of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Donovan not only influenced the guitar styles of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, but also studied Transcendental Meditation alongside the band. They are known for being chiefly responsible for bringing Transcendental Meditation and Eastern Mysticism into Western Culture.

    He is helping to launch an event at the Cill Rialag artists retreat in Kerry on June 21st.

    He is playing Listowel on June 20th, Set Theatre, Kilkenny on June 22nd, The Spiegel Tent, Navan on June 27th, The Balor Ballyfofy
    Donegal, June 29th and the Olympia in Dublin on October 26th.

    http://www.donovan.ie/en/ 

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    Gill Hornby

    Gill Hornby's first novel The Hive follows the friendships and feuds of a group of women who meet at the school gate each day.

    The story takes us through one year in the life of an Anglican primary school, deep in the most bourgeois Boden country. First day back, the new headmaster explains that government cuts have kyboshed his plans for a new library, and so the elite St Ambrose Fundraising Committee is born.

    The Hive is published by Little Brown.

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