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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 Friday 7 March 2014


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    Heartbeat of Home Competition Final

    To celebrate the release of the DVD & CD soundtrack of the new show Heartbeat of Home, each day we had contestants competing in our quiz & each daily winner join John in studio this morning, to battle it out in today's final to win the amazing prize of going to see the show in Chicago on St Patricks Weekend.

    In studio with John are Frances O'Duffy, Una Hughes, Paul Kelly & Marie Nolan.




    Pat O'Connell & visit to Buckingham Palace

    On yesterday's show I spoke with Pat O'Connell, the fishmonger from the English Market in Cork, who recently received a very special invitation from none other than Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.  Pat is invited to Buckinham Palace in two weeks time & he will need a new suit for the occasion. 

    We asked if there were any suit makers out there who would be happy to oblige & the man who’ll be giving Pat ‘the ultimate Buckingham Palace makeover’ is on the line now, Eddie Mullins, owner of ‘Fitzgerald’s’ in Patrick Street in Cork.

    Also on the line is Emma Verling originally from Waterford, now living in the UK, who also will be goint to the Palace. Emma joins us on the line to to tell us about her invitation to Buckingham Palace.


    Music with In Their Thousands

    One of the country's most exciting new bands is Donegal's In Their Thousands, consisting of two brothers, a cousin & a long time friend, they have been described as 'superb musicians making a truly original & epic noise.' Well they recently popped into our studio to meet John & give us a taste of that fresh new sound.

    Upcoming Tour Dates

    March 27 - Odessa Dublin / March 28 - Metro 17 Wexford /
    March 29 - Eddie Murphys, Kilkenny
    April 3 - Bush Hall London / April 4 - 19 - Germany & Cornwall Tour
    April 20 - Monroes Galway / April 25 - Coughlan's Cork
    April 26 - Pine Lodge Cork

    All further details at

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Tear It All Apart
      Composer: Not Available
      Performer(s): In Their Thousands
      Performer(s): In Their Thousands
      Album: Tear It All Apart - Single
      Duration: 3:52
    • Title: The Woodcutter
      Composer: In Their Thousands
      Performer(s): In Their Thousands
      Performer(s): In Their Thousands
      Duration: 3:38

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