Our Jury

The RTÉ  A Poem For Ireland Jury comprises six people who are each immersed, in different ways, in writing about, performing, supporting or simply appreciating Irish poetry.

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Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle is a native of County Wexford. She was educated in Loreto, Gorey, and UCD, where she studied English and History before later completing a postgraduate diploma in Education. Anne spent a year as an English and History teacher, but her love of books and literature led her to take up a job as a librarian.

Anne later joined Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs as an Executive Officer in the consular service. In 1978, Anne joined the RTÉ Newsroom, where she worked as a journalist and presented the News, as she says herself, "forever".

A lifelong lover and reader of poetry, Anne considers the education she received at Ferns National School as having ignited her passion for verse. "There was lots of poetry, which in those days you learned by heart. It was a pleasure." She continues: " I remember learning Ledwidge's 'June' on a scorching June day whilst painting posts for the annual Procession. I haven't missed saying it aloud on the 1st of June since."

Anne retired from RTÉ at the end of 2011. She now does what she likes best: reading and travelling. She is currently immersed in reading about Newfoundland, where she hopes to travel to next year with the Ireland-Newfoundland/Labrador Association. "They have fabulous songs and poems, and big Wexford connections. We gathered with visitors on Vinegar Hill a couple of weeks ago, to read 'Requiem for the Croppies'. I cried during the reading, as usual. I blamed the wind."

Anne is looking forward to immersing herself in Irish poetry during the RTÉ A Poem For Ireland campaign. She says: "I read poetry for pleasure. I'm not academically knowledgeable about poetry, but love it. It's in the heart."

Anne Doyle