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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 Friday 6 December 2013

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    Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - 18 July 1918-5 December 2013

    A great man has died & needless to say Nelson Mandela looms large on our programme over the next hour.

    His cause capitivated so many of us & we will hear some of the music & talk to people about his special qualities.

    Extracts from Nelson Madela's speeches have been set to music many times, but only on one occasion did he agree to recording for music & that was for Irish musician, John Hughes who joins John on the line this morning.

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    Michael Harding - Irish Book Awards Winner / Also Invictus poem read by Morgan Freeman

    Michael joins John on the line to talk about some of his memories of Nelson Mandela & how today is a good day to join Amnesty International.

    Also actor Morgan Freeman reads the poem Invictus, which Nelson had on his cell wall.......Invictus by William Ernest Henley

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

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    Concussion in Sport - Dr Barry O'Driscoll

    The Heineken Cup kicks off again today & we are hoping for some epic battles, but one man who will be keeping a close eye on players is Dr Barry O'Driscoll, former advisor to the International Rugby Board & he joins John from a BBC studio in Manchester.

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    More tributes to Nelson Mandela

    We play a song by Dolores Keane... 'Lion in a Cage' that hold lyrics that speak about Nelson Mandela's imprisonment in South Africa. John also reads a quote from Nelson Mandela 'Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically'.

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