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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 4 June 2014


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    Rugby Players & Repeat Leaving Cert Papers in New Zealand

    Two rising rugby stars, Conor McKeon from Dublin & Diarmuid Dee from Limerick will be sitting repeat papers for the Leaving Certificate in New Zealand. As part of a special arrangement, team manager of the under 20's World Cup squad, Hendrik Kruger is doubling up as exam superintendent.


    World Cup Preview 2014

    The World Cup gets underway tomorrow week, June 12th & the John Murray Show are looking for a listener to adopt one of the 32 countries taking part. We need you to have a connection with the country you are supporting. To get it all started, Fiona Looney joins John in studio with an overview of past World Cups!

    Once signed up there will be a draw for a lovely prize of a weekend away for two people in the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny + a bike & hike tour of Kilkenny.

    We will give a replica Jules Rimet Trophy, courtesy of


    Bill Whelan & Sir James Galway

    John is joined in studio by one of our best known musical composers, Bill Whelan. Flautist, Sir James Galway is also on the line from his home in Switzerland to talk about their music collaboration Linen & Lace.

    We also play a music piece specially arranged for this morning's show by Bill Whelan called Evening Ceilí & perfomed by Zoe Conway on fiddle & the RTE Contempo Quartet.

    Tickets for The Bill Whelan Gala Concerts in Dublin & Limerick or or


    Bloom Exhibition - money theft

    Business woman Fiona Falconer joins John on the line to tell us about an upsetting event which took place at their exhibition stall at Bloom Festival when at the end of day while packing up, they noticed a bag was missing.

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