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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 with Miriam, Monday 6 January 2014

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    The John Murray Show with Miriam

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle, presented by Miriam O'Callaghan.

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    Nollaig na mBan

    It’s the 6th of January, the Feast of the Epiphany, known here as Nollaig na mBan, a day when women traditionally earned a day off as recompense for the Christmas slog. Pinnies were anarchically thrust off, feet put up and the rest of the household urged to fend for themselves. The tradition is stronger in Cork and Kerry and has been revived in recent years by younger generations and women's organisations.

    In theory, it's a great idea — time off for hard work — but why should women, who do the bulk of all domestic work, be entitled to just one day off? For all its backbreaking drudgery, housework is important — yet no one values it.

    Arts journalist and broadcaster Sinéad Gleeson is very interested in the tradition and chats to Miriam

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    Army Recruitment of Women

    Women first joined the Irish Defence Forces in 1980, but 33 years later, they still only make up six per cent of Army, Air Corps and Navy personnel.

    A recruitment campaign has now been launched to attract more female applicants.

    Commandant Jayne Lawlor, is the Army’s gender, equality and diversity officer and she came into studio to tell us more..

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    Natoinal Botanic Gardens

    A new series on TG4 will, for the first time, give viewers a unique insight into life inside the countries National Botanic Gardens in Dublin city centre.  The series starts tomorrow night and shows the beauty of the gardens as well as the important work that goes on there.

    Matthew Jebb is the director of the gardens. He has been working in the gardens for 16 years but is director since 2010 which means he now lives in the actual Botanic Gardens.

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