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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 Friday 5 July 2013


    The John Murray Show with Miriam

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle features with Miriam O'Callaghan.


    Tribute to Bernie Nolan

    Singer & actress Bernie Nolan died yesterday aged 52 after a long fight against breast cancer. We had spoke to her sister Colleen on our programme recently & here we have a reminder of that interview, followed by the Nolan Sisters hit 'I'm in the Mood for Dancing'.


    Sex Lives of people with intellectual disabilities

    The sex lives of people with intellectual disability is a topic rarely discussed & almost never depicted on screen or on stage. Society seems to prefer to imagine that they simply dont exist. A play currently in the Galway Festival aims to change all that. Petal Pilley is the Director of the play 'The Sanctuary' & joins Miriam in studio along with lead female actor Charlene Kelly& lead male actor Kieran Coppinger, who has Down's Syndrome.

    For further information of play go to


    The Corporate Gig

    Rolling Stones, Madonna, along with public concerts, big names can make big bucks from private performances. Recently Van Morrison was flown from Ireland to provide entertainment at George Lucas's wedding, Jennifer Lopez sang at the President of Turkmenistans's birthday party! Joining Miriam in studio is Cait O'Riordan, formerly of the Pogues for a short history of the lucrative private & corporate gig.


    Dropping of Brian O'Driscoll

    As the shock & disappointment about the dropping of Brian O'Driscoll from the final Lions test match tomorrow rumbles on. Journalist & author, Paul Kimmage is currently writing Brian's biography with the rugby star & he joins Miriam on the line from the Tour de France to give his reaction.


    Whale Pilot

    For five years now the Discovery Channel has had a surprise ratings hit with its series 'Whale Wars'. The tv programme follows the activities of a controversial & combative campaign against Japanese whalers. On the line to Miriam, is Patrick O'Donoghue, a young helicopter pilot from Kerry who is one of the stars of the new series.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 09:07
      Title: I'M In The Mood For Dancing
      Performer(s): Nolans
      Performer(s): Nolans
      Duration: 3:30

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