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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 Monday 2 December 2013

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    Elephants at Dublin Zoo

    We could be hearing for the first time in history, the newborn cries & the 'not so gentle pitter patter' of tiny elephant feet at Dublin Zoo. It is hopeful that  all four female elephants in the herd are pregnant & will give birth over the coming months. On the line to John is Gerry Creighton, Dublin Zoo.

    A book 'Dublin Zoo Elephants' written by Catherine de Courcy &illustrated by Cathy Callan was launched yesterday - a great christmas present for young readers.

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    Book of the Year - Irish Books Award

    There were 14 categories at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards & now you will be able to cast your vote for the Book of the Year. You can vote for your favourite from the list of individual category winners at www.irishbookawards.ie until midnight December 5th. Colm Flynn finds out what people are currently reading.

    To vote for your favourite from the list of individual category winners go to www.irishbookawards.ie voting closes midnight December 5th.

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    Frank Kelly - Gobnait O'Lunacy

    With December upon us, we can expect to hear Frank Kelly's parody song Christmas Countdown on repeat over the next couple of weeks, the song features Gobnait O'Lunacy, a character Frank first introduced on Radio 1's The Glenabbey Show. Frank joins John in studio this morning.

    Five of those sketches from The Glenabbey Show will be released every Friday for the next six Fridays by Frank Kelly - on iTunes @ 99c each.

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    The Voice Squad

    In studio with John this morning for a performance & chat are The Voice Squad (Fran McPhail, Phil Callery & Gerry Cullen), after taking a break for ten years, they are back & preparing for two concerts in Dublin this week.

    The Voice Squad perform two special Christmas Concerts, St Anne's Church, Dawson Street Thursday 5th & Friday 6th, with Mairead NiDomhnaill.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: I Must Away Now
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      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Duration: 3:30
    • Title: The Holly She Bears A Berry
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      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Album: An Irish Holiday
      Duration: 2:10
    • Title: The Boars Head
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      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Performer(s): The Voice Squad
      Duration: 2:30

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