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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 14 May 2014


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    Castlewood Guest House Dingle

    Yesterday we talked about service in restaurants around Ireland with food writer Ross Golden Bannon, as it happens one of Irelands guest houses has been named the second best in Europe for exceptional customer service by travel TripAdvisor. Helen Heaton, owner of Castlewood Guest House joins John on the line this morning.


    Sarah Beeny English property developer & broadcaster

    With the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme we can see a lot of small & medium scale building work on estates around the country.   A lot of us seem to be extending, painting or updating our houses. Joining John this morning is Sarah Beeny, who knows more than most about doing up properties.  Sarah is the presenter of Channel 4's Property Ladder & more recently Double Your House for Half the Money.


    Big September - music & chat

    Bray comes to Donnybrook in the form of Big September, normally a five piece, but four of them are playing for us today, Scotty O'Neill, Dave Butler, Cillian Duane, Graham O'Neill & the fifth man is Dan Smith. Scot & Dave chat with John before they perform their song The Preacher live in studio.  More infromation on

         Big September have released their Debut album ‘Ballroom Addicts’ last Friday - Album Launch in The Academy, Dublin Saturday 17th May


    Three Young Entrepreneurs

    Joining me from our Sligo studio are three transition year students at Mercy College in Sligo to tell us all about their business, 'Brace Youself' & how they came up with it?  Rianne Keaveney, Róisin Shaw & Sinead Fitzsimon will be representing Ireland in Estonia & Vienna over the coming months!


    Joyced - National Concert Hall

    If he were alive & well today, would James Joyce, one of Ireland's greatest writers who also loved music & possessed a sweet tenor voice, enter shows like the X Factor or The Voice of Ireland!  In studio with John is actress Katie O'Kelly who's show Joyced, written by her father Donal is on National Concert Hall this Friday 16th May.


    National Dairy Council Comp in association with Supervalu

    To celebrate National Dairy Week & all the goodness of Irish Dairy Products in Association with Supervalu - each day this week you have an opportunity to win the following prize - A € 1,000 Ballymaloe Cookery Experience Voucher each day from May 12th to 16th.

    Todays winner is Maurice Olwill.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Preacher
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Big September
      Performer(s): Big September
      Duration: 4:20

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