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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 Thursday 21 August 2014


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    Baz and Nancy

    "You haven't lived until you have seen your mum in full swat gear" - so says Baz Ashmawy who has also encouraged his 71 year old mother to fly a 1942 war plane upside down, bet her pension in Las Vegas and made her do an 18000 foot skydive - all for a new TV series.  The 6 part series 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy starts next Monday on Sky 1.


    Louise Heraghty

    Louise Heraghty is known as a broadcaster, continuity announcer on RTE Television and a columnist, indeed she offered regular advice top those preparing for the Flora Womens Mini Marathon in a regular newspaper column.

    Well, she is taking her personal fitness to a new level by attending a week long residential GI Jane boot camp in England – this type of weight loss/detox camps is hugely popular across the world and many Irish women travel over as they prepare for a big wedding or event.


    The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth

    Christy Kenneally describes some of the abandoned sites on the list of the 37 Most Abandoned places on earth:

    Pripyat (and Chernobyl) are the ones most people will have heard something about; the city was abandoned in 1986 at the time of the nuclear accident. 

    Gulliver's Travels lasted only ten years in Kawaguchi. Despite the fact that it was at the foot of Mt Fuji and in a prime location with the massive tourist run off from the holy mountain.

    Six Flags New Orleans Jazzland Theme Park is still abandoned and looks like something out of a Steven King horror movie. The theme park was damaged and closed after Hurricane Katrina

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    Padraig Lucey

    Padraig Lucey, a Killarney man, is fast becoming a reality TV star in Australia as he appears in a new sporting show where up for grabs is a golden contract with the Australian Football League.

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