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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 with Miriam Tuesday 7 January 2014


    The John Murray Show

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


    Paul McGrath

    Paul McGrath talks Manchester United, David Moyes, Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane and the death of one of his heroes, the Portuguese footballer Eusebio.


    Play Next Door

    Play Next Door took three writers into unfamiliar surroundings to inspire them to write a play. The play had to be set in the locality and in real time. This means the play has to happen between 11pm and 1140pm when it’s going to be broadcast on RTE One. Before the play is broadcast we can watch a documentary about the writer and the time they spent in the community, exploring and writing.

    The three writers are Deirdre Purcell, Pat McCabe and Fiona Looney.  Across the summer of last year, Fiona Looney took a train to Thurles to spend 5 weeks there, Pat McCabe spent a month living in a cavernous mansion in Castleblayney and Deirdre Purcell moved into a Bray hotel, both with the same brief in their back pockets.


    Vintage Television Cameras

    Liam O'Hainnin is originally from Beale in Co Kerry but now lives just outside the German city of Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt. What's different about Liam is his love of vintage broadcast equipment, in particular, television cameras. He's been collecting them for years and has about 50 now. He has set up a small museum in his house and gets visitors from all over the world. It's called the Farvis Television Museum and has lots of other broadcasting equipment as well as the cameras.

    One of his cameras was used to film JFK when he visited Berlin in June of 1963 where he made his now famous speech.

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