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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 2 September 2014


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    Danger Is Everywhere

    A new children's book is about to hit the shelves. It's called 'Danger Is Everywhere' and is published by Puffin Books. It was written by comedian David O'Doherty and illustrated by Chris Judge and they're both in studio this morning with John


    Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin

    Dublin is a city that we all have a relationship with and opinions about. Dublin City's landscape has changed drastically in recent decades but that's not to say history hasn't repeated itself as Dublin boundaries were expanded by planners during the boom years. Karl Whitney has been described as "Dublin's best psycho-geographer since James Joyce" and his first book 'Hidden City: Adventures and Explorations in Dublin' has just been published. Karl joins John to tell him more.



    Photographer Tony Kinlan and his drown with John Murray

    Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, are becoming increasingly common in our skies. Drones fitted with cameras took some unforgettable photographs from last weekend's Electric Picnic festival; drones went into the poisoned air above Fukushima to assess the damage to the reactors. The Americans are using armed drones against jihadis in the Middle East. Drones are useful but they're also problematic. In the wrong hands they can be used to commit crime or violate privacy. Joining John to discuss their use and misuse are Paul Gorey, who's a lecturer in aviation technology at DIT, and Tony Kinlan, a commercial photographer. For more information on drones you can go to

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 09:44
      Title: Take Me To Church
      Composer: Sinead O'Connor
      Performer(s): Sinéad O'Connor
      Performer(s): Sinéad O'Connor
      Album: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss (Deluxe Version)
      Duration: 3:12

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