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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 Wednesday 16 October 2013


    The John Murray Show with Miriam

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


    PJ Mara - former Political Adviser

    As we reflect on another austerity budget today, many of us will remember the 'belt tighting' budgets of the Charlie Haughey era, which soon will be depicted in an RTE three-part titled 'Citizen Charlie'. On the line from Papua New Guinea is PJ Mara,former political adviser to Charlie Haughey.


    Killian Donnelly's part in West End Commitments

    As the stage show opened in London's West End last week, it has been garnering rave reviews. Irishman Killian Donelly plays the part of Decco in the stage production of the Commitments & he is on the line to Miriam from the UK this morning.


    Philosophy as Leaving Certificate Subject

    A new campaign is demanding to introduce 'philosophy' as a Leaving Cert subject, which is also supported by President Higgins. In studio with Miriam is our resident philosopher, UCD,s Dr. Graham Finlay, to tell us what the country's teenagers might learn from Aristotle, Plato & Neitzsche!

    'The teacher in Ongar mentioned in our discussion of philosophy, Ciara Williams, used Philosophy with Children, Thinking Time in her class as part of a pilot scheme to introduce philosophy to children and as part of an M.Ed. programme at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, where she was supervised by Dr. Philomena Donnelly, an expert on introducing philosophy to children.'


    What's Next - New Skills series - Driving

    You may remember Geraldine O'Doherty from Donegal, who wanted to finally pass her driving test, having failed it a number of times. Donal Bradley, Street School of Motoring in Buncrana, got in touch & offered help. We hear how Geraldine got on with Donal recently, during a driving lesson.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Cars
      Performer(s): Gary Numan
      Performer(s): Gary Numan
      Album: The Pleasure Principle
      Duration: 3:43
    • Title: Drive My Car
      Composer: Lennon/Maccartney
      Performer(s): The Beatles
      Performer(s): The Beatles
      Album: Rubber Soul, Apple, CDP7464402
      Duration: 2:23

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