The public has an opportunity to choose their favourite Irish poem

The shortlist has been announced for RTÉ's A Poem for Ireland. 10 poems by 10 Irish poets have been chosen by an independent jury from over 130 nominations by the public. The public now has until 8 March 2015 to vote for the poem they think should be A Poem for Ireland.

The shortlisted poems are:

  • 'Clearances III' by Seamus Heaney
  • 'Quarantine' by Eavan Boland
  • 'Fill Arís' by Seán Ó Ríordáin
  • 'Easter 1916' by W.B. Yeats
  • 'Dublin' by Louis MacNeice
  • 'A Christmas Childhood' by Patrick Kavanagh
  • 'The Statue of the Virgin at Granard Speaks' by Paula Meehan
  • 'A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford' by Derek Mahon
  • 'Making Love Outside Áras an Uachtaráin' by Paul Durcan
  • 'Filleadh ar an gCathair' by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

RTÉ Archives will publish a clip on one of the poets every week day for the next two weeks, starting on Monday 2 February 2015. Each poem will be featured and discussed for the next five weeks on 'The John Murray Show' and 'The Works'. The public can share their comments, videos and stories on