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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 29 July 2014


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    Heroin Use

    The tragic death of Peaches Geldof once again shone a light on the sad reality of heroin addiction for users, and their families. John is joined by Antonia Leslie, who understands heroin addiction well, from her own experience.


    Learn the Bodhran in 10 Minutes

    Did you ever fancy trying your hand at the bodhran? Many muscians make it look pretty easy, don't they? John is joined by Robbie Walsh who also makes it look pretty easy too, and he claims he can teach anyone to play the bodhran in ten minutes. Robbie Walsh and Daoiri Farrell play the song Pat Rainey, Then Robbies other band Perfect Friction perform Save Tonight. Bodhran Buzz will be at the Urban Fleadh 2 days of Irish Trad fusion this Saturday & Sundays with lessons in Wolfetone Park Dublin. More information here


    Independent Film Makers

    David and Karl McGlone are two brothers from Wexford who wanted to make movies, but had no money. Somehow they managed to get their work filmed, and ended up in Hollywood. Their lastest film is Girl at The End of The World and you can go to for more information on this and their other films.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Pat Rainey
      Composer: Fergus Russell
      Performer(s): Robbie Walsh And Daoiri Farrell
      Performer(s): Robbie Walsh And Daoiri Farrell
      Album: NA
      Duration: 3:30
    • Title: Save Tonight
      Composer: Cherry
      Performer(s): Perfect Friction
      Performer(s): Perfect Friction
      Album: Cigarettes & Alcohol Volume Ii, Columbia, STVCD122
      Duration: 3:46

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