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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 19 November 2013


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    The Irish Mammy - Colm O'Regan

    The Irish mammy - a font of all wisdom and her special brand of love is a force to be reckoned with. Joining John in studio this morning is comedian Colm O' Regan has been in the field observing this unique species - the Irish mammy.

    ‘That’s More Of It Now: the second book of Irish Mammies’, published by Transworld Ireland. Twitter: @irishmammies

    To coincide with this book publication, ‘The ‘Ireland’s Got Mammies – Shur We Might as Well Do Another Bit of a Tour’ has been travelling around the country - Tour dates are
    December 5th: 
    Dolan’s in Limerick
    December 7th: Dalkey Winter Book Festival


    Australian Sports Stars

    No fewer than 15 of the Australian rugby squad who gave us a hiding at the weekend have been disciplined for going on a midweek drinking binge before the match. It is the first time Australian sports stars have run into booze-fueled trouble. Damian McIver is Sports Reporter at ABC Hobart joins John on the line this morning.


    Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards - Philip Meyer

    Philip Meyer's first book American Rust told a modern story, of rust belt America, towns desolated by the collapse of the steel industry. This time, he's in Texas, in an epic novel that spans generations of the one powerful family, land & oil. Philip joins John this morning. Philip's book 'The Son' is one of the six books selected in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, in the John Murray Show category.



    AIG - All Blacks Comp

    Earlier in the programme we asked listeners to take part in our competition this morning, by singing a chorus of Ireland's Call. We will be giving away 200 euro each day Friday & then the four winners will compete to win a 'All Black experience' for two people from AIG Insurance. John is joined by three listeners with their rendition.

    (James Campbell, Tony Kearney & Noranne Callagy)

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