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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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    Unwanted Gifts

    Now… it’s quite possible this has happened to you… you wake up on Christmas morning, tear the wrapping paper off the presents and then… the excitement turns to despair… It’s not what you’d asked Santa for… SO what do you do? You can re-gift or you can try and sell it off… Fred Larsson is the co-founder of Donedeal – a web site you can use to sell all your unwanted stuff. He gives us an idea of people's least liked or unwanted presents............


    Mitch Albom

    Mitch Albom is no stranger to a radio studio... he presents his own weekday show on WJR radio in Michigan, but to international audiences he’s better known as an author... he wrote the phenomenally successful ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and his new novel delves again into the subject of the afterlife...

    In his new novel, "The First Phone Call From Heaven" Albom follows the residents of the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, several of whom begin to receive phone calls that seem to be from the dead, generally (though not always) close loved ones. The calls soon become a sensational media story, culminating in an international television and Internet broadcast that believers hope will prove the existence of heaven — and that at least one resident of Coldwater hopes will show that the calls are a hoax. Along the way, Albom continues his fictional investigation of faith, human connection and the desire for miracles when we need them most.



    The Overtones

    Now it’s really hard to believe that it’s been more than three years since The Overtones were last in this studio! Back then, they were only starting out and look at them now! Platinum sales, hit albums, singing for the Queen… And they’re back with a new album Saturday Night at the Movies and soon you’ll be able to see them live in Ireland.

    You can catch them live on Monday February 17th at the Cork Opera House and on Tuesday February 18th at Dublin’s Olympia…


    2014 - The Year of the Beard?

    Broadcaster Daithí Ó Sé; Ireland’s reigning national beard champion, John McNally; and David Duff of the Irish Beard and Moustache Assocation discuss the rise and rise in popularity of beards.

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