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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 Friday 22 August 2014


    The John Murray Show

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


    Upbeat on Air

    A new pop-up radio station, Upbeat on Air, will be popping up on 6th October. One of the many stars who will feature is Alan Shortt who explains the concept.

    The station will broadcast from the reception area of St Patrick's Mental Health Services based in St Patrick's University Hospital. They will be there for a week from 6th - 10th October to publicise World Mental Health Day.

    They hope to promote positive mental health - 1 in 4 people have suffered from depression. They are looking for Ireland's most popular happy song and will ultimately create a playlist from this.

    Listeners can nominate their choices by logging on to


    Johnny Rayge

    Johnny Rayge recently launched his debut solo album "Vigil".

    The album is being launched alongside a busy summer for Johnny. As well as lots of festival dates including Glastonbury this year and Electric Picnic and Body & Soul for several years now - Johnny has recently been selected to be in the final 33 of the Hot Press "The Big Break" competition. And he is hosting Dublin’s Underground Beat on the Sunday of the Electric Picnic. He has 2 songs for us: Not Without You and his version of John Lennon's "instant Karma"


    Mary Gaynor - Wine Expert

    It is often the case though that you are standing in a supermarket or off-licence and you are overwhelmed by the variety of red and white wines on offer, not only are you totally baffled by what to pick but also whether or not a particular bottle is good value.

    Mary Gaynor is a Longford woman who has worked in the wine trade for over 25 years... she is in fact one of the first women in the World to get an M.B.A  in wine. She joins Kathryn in studio to answer listeners' queries and to give some recommendations.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Not Without You
      Composer: Johnny Rayge
      Performer(s): Johnny Rayge
      Performer(s): Johnny Rayge
      Album: outrageousrecords
      Duration: 3:00
    • Title: Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
      Composer: John Lennon
      Performer(s): Johnny Rayge
      Performer(s): Johnny Rayge
      Duration: 2:50

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