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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 Tuesday 20 May 2014


    The John Murray Show

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle, presented by Kathryn Thomas.

    Hurling Renaissance

    Damian Lawlor, journalist, has just written a book Fields of Fire, the inside story of hurling’s great renaissance. Last year for the first time in history, hurling brought in more revenue than football.. pulling in 12 million euros at the turnstiles ahead of football’s 11.9 million.

    Even though there are only 9 or 10 counties who play hurling, there have been some extraordinary games over the past few years. The buzz words now are development squads and academies - many of the successful counties now have those in place. According to Damien hurling is in a wonderful place.


    Nicole Maguire

    Presenting a superb collection of songs, Nicole Maguire is making major waves on the international music scene. Counting Damien Dempsey and Nancy Griffith as friends and mentors, Nicole has grown from a shy 15 year old performing at local Cork venues to a mesmerising, accomplished star, whether fronting a band or performing solo with acoustic guitar, most recently opening for Jake Clemons ‘ Irish tour.


    Fashion Show with a Difference

    A fashion show with a difference will be strutting its stuff on a catwalk in a hotel in Tralee on Thursday. The designs on show will include the finest accessories and high street regalia – nothing unusual about that. What is less expected, however, is that all 70 of the models recruited have Downs Syndrome.

    It is hoped that the show will help change the way that we think about people living with intellectual challenges.

    Maree O'Connor is behind the event and she joins Kathryn from Kerry along with two of the models, David Malone and Emma Doolan.

    The Fashion Show With a Difference takes place at 7.30pm this Thursday - May 22nd, at Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee. There will be door prizes, a raffle, and wine and cheese. Tickets cost €10. To book call (087) 245-7826.


    New Collins Dictionary

    Collins Dictionary are turning to Twitter in search of new words. Andrew Freeman, Associate Publisher at Collins, gives some examples to Kathryn of some of the words submitted for consideration:

    Adorkable - Dorky in an adorable way; Fatberg - A large mass of solid waste, grease etc.; Felfie - a farmer selfie; Duckface - traditional pouting facial expression in selfies; Fracktivist - an activist against fracking.

    Twitter users can vote for their choice at

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Two Weeks Today
      Composer: Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Album: What You Really Mean
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: The Dimming Of The Day
      Composer: Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Performer(s): Nicole Maguire
      Duration: 3:30

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