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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.

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


    James Gandolfini Dies Suddenly

    James Gandolfini (or Tony Soprano of The Sopranos) died suddenly in Rome.  Kevin Barry, author and recent winner of the Impac Award, and writer and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson talk to Miriam about the impact he made on them as Tony Soprano. 

    The series of The Sopranos was voted the best-written TV series of all time by the Writers' Guild of America just earlier this month.


    Gavin James in Studio

    Musician Gavin James has been described thus: “His voice is absolutely astounding”… “….that falsetto just dazzles”… “….possesses the power to hush a room purely with the sound of his voice”.

    His "Say Hello" EP was released on Nov 2nd and entered the Irish iTunes album chart at No.1! "Say Hello" continues to climb the Irish radio charts top 30 making him the most played new Irish artist on Irish radio.

    His record deal was signed on his 21st Birthday. In the spring of 2012, Gavin was invited to perform at this year's Worldwide Radio Summit in L.A., which ultimately led to him signing his record deal with Believe Recordings.

    You can see Gavin James on Friday the 28th at the Navan Spiegel Tent… ;   Saturday 29th at Westport Festival…;   and Sunday 30th at Daytripper Festival Waterford.



    'Personal Growth Mentor' Moira Geary tells Miriam about the most common phobias we have and what causes them. She says the most common ones are public speaking, flying, driving, water, animals, and spiders.

    Emma Power of RTÉ Junior Radio says she has a phobia of stickers and wants to get sick if anyone puts one on her.  She thinks it goes back to when she was a child and saw an ad where a little Jack Russell was covered in stickers and one was being peeled off and she thought it was the most disgusting thing she had ever seen.

    Moira says practically all phobias can be cured, that they were mostly learned in a split second by a feeling of not being in control and so can be fixed in a very short space of time.


    Imelda May

    Imelda May is back gigging after the birth of her daughter, Violet.  She intends bringing eight month old Violet with her as her husband and guitar player Darrel Higham is always with them.  She is delighted to be back on the road. She spoke to Miriam

    She is playing support to Bruce Springsteen in Kilkenny next month and is the headline act at the Kilruddery Groove Festival on Sunday, July 7th. For details see

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