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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 8 October 2013


    The John Murray Show with Miriam

    A lively mix of entertainment, human interest and lifestyle features with Miriam O'Callaghan.


    Love/Hate animal cruelty scene

    An episode of Love Hate has drawn protests from animal welfare organisations over a scene depicting the machine-gunning of a cat. Joining Miriam this morning is Veterinary journalist, Pete Wedderburn.


    Duke Special plays Harry Nilsson

    Duke Special is one of the biggest musical acts to come out of Norther Ireland in the past decade & he has been mining Nilsson's work for hidden gems & forgotton treasures!  Duke Special joins Miriam in studio this morning, for a performance & chat.

    You can see Duke Special play the music of Harry Nilsson

    Roisin Dubh, Galway - Monday 14th Oct / the Sugar Club, Dublin - Tuesday 15th October / Cyprus Avenue, Cork - Friday 18th October - go to for further details




    How to Really be a Mother

    Miriam's next guest is a writer & journalist, the second eldest of six children & mother of three, who has written a book about motherhood, titled 'How to Really be a Mother' published by Gill & Macmillan.  Emily Hourican joins Miriam in studio.



    Respected film critic Barry Norman

    Miriams next guest has worked as a show business editor for the Daily Mail, a satirical columnist for the Guardian, a sports interviewer for the Observer & has written for The Times & the Radio Times amongst others.  He is also an author but 80 year old Barry Norman is best known as the film critic who fronted the BBC's seminal FILM programme from 1972 & Barry joins Miriam this morning.

    Barry Norman’s memoir ‘See You In The Morning’ is published by Doubleday &  priced at £18.99 sterling (23 euro approx).

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