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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 26 August 2014


    The John Murray Show

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


    Accumulator Win

    Niall Carew, a former Waterford Football manager, won €170,000 on a €50 accumulator bet with Boylesports


    Liam Duggan

    Liam has made an extraordinary journey... from being homeless just three years ago to securing a place in Trinity College to start a degree in Business, Economic & Social Studies next month. He talks to Kathryn about his journey back into education


    Music: Aisling Live in Studio

    On this, her first ever studio album, Hold My Dream, Aisling co-wrote six of the ten tracks and she is deeply flattered by the comparisons of her sound and style to those of the multi-million selling Enya and Clannad. She also sang all the backing vocals which adds to the spirituality, depth and very personal feel of the sound.

    Here she sings Hold My Dream live in studio.


    Loud Americans

    A café in Waterville, Co Kerry, displayed a notice in the window which banned loud Americans… Well one such loud American, Sheila Flynn, decided to pay it a visit… She’s in studio this morning…


    Inner City Helping the Homeless

    Anthony Flynn, a bar manager working in Dublin city, saw many homeless people living on the streets every night and he and his friends got together and decided to do something about it. Through Facebook they called out for volunteers and it went from there. Month by month they got more organised and after Christmas they set up a company with a Board of Management chaired by the Lord Mayor with offices in Killarney St. The company is called Inner City Helping the Homeless.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Hold My Dream
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Aisling
      Performer(s): Aisling
      Duration: 3:31

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