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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 Wednesday 26 February 2014


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    Banning of All Male Panels

    The BBC’s director of television, Ben Cohen, said earlier this month that the broadcaster needed to do more to include female comedians in its programmes and they’ve decided that quiz shows like ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘QI’ will ban all male panels. Well today on The John Murray Show, Fiona Looney Broadcaster & Writer & Tara Flynn Actor & Comedian speak to John about this issue and if it is an issue.

    Fiona Looney pictured above speaking to John in our Donnybrook studio.

    Actor & Comedian Tara Flynn joined John & Fiona on the line and gave her view of this topic.

    Hugh O’Donovan

    Last Thursday former Ireland rugby player David Corkery spoke to John Murray about the end of his playing career, the suicide of his father and his propensity to worry and how those things, and others, impacted on his mental health. A man he didn’t know very well spoke to him about his depression and David credits him with kick-starting the process that saw him deal with it.

    David Corkery pictured above.

    That man that David spoke about is Hugh O’Donovan and he joined ud from our Cork studio. Hugh's website is


    Mo Kenney

    Mo Kenney (pictured above) joined John in studio all the way from Nova Scotia this morning. Mo Kenney releases her award winning self-titled debut album in Ireland on 28th February on Star House Collective.


    Tour Dates as guest to Rachel Sermanni;
    Wednesday 26th (tonight) The Workmans Club Doors 7.30pm

    Thursday 27th Feb           The Spirit Store, Dundalk.

    Friday 28th Feb                The Dock, Leitrim.

    Saturday 1st Mar              Townhouse Bar, Galway.

    Sunday 2nd Mar               De Barra’s, Clonakilty.

    Tuesday 4th Mar              Coughlans Bar, Cork.

    Wed 5th Mar                    The Green Room, Belfast.

    If you would like to find out more information about Mo, log on to her website;


    Hugh O'Donovan

    Rugby player David Corkery spoke to John about the end of his playing career, the suicide of his father and his propensity to worry and how those things impacted on his mental health. A man he didn't know very well spoke to him about his depression, and that man is Hugh O'Donovan.

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