As U2 singer Bono has a spider named after him, we find out about other people who have plants and animals named in their honour. We ask if biographies really give you the whole story about the subject's life, we tell you everything you wanted to know about rearing pigs in your back garden, and we're looking for three players to play Mooney's Monday Quiz!
On Mooney Goes Wild this afternoon, with Olan McGowan
Eanna ni Lamhna talks about the place of Barnacle geese in Irish legend and culture. And we learn how spider silk, one of the most amazing materials known to man, could be used to manufacture violin strings and bullet-proof vests!
Derek talks weddings and wedding presents - or lack thereof - with Michael Sheridan, Brenda Donohue finds out if car stickers are too distracting, we talk to the woman selling tickets to her wedding, and Karl Broderick tells us about writing songs for Britney Spears!
We’re going to be talking weddings, civil partnerships, tying the knot, making a lifelong commitment to the one you love – and giving you the opportunity of a lifetime to have the cost of your celebration covered – as we launch our fabulous K-Club wedding competition!
Fergus Sweeney is in London to review the musical Wicked, which will be coming to Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this November! Plus, we're looking for three listeners who want to play Mooney's Monday Quiz!
After years of research, a Canadian university has finally completed the ultimate family tree of birds, dating all the way back to the dinosaurs. Terry Flanagan reports on a Pine Marten making itself comfortable in a Co. Offaly home. And we investigate some remarkable klepto-parasites: animals who mimic other species in order to steal their food!
Hotelier Francis Brennan tells us about latest developments in the hospitality industry, we’ve words of wisdom from some Page 3 girls, and Derek gets to experience using a parent and child car parking space...
Black cats, broken mirrors and brollies indoors – we look how superstitious we really are. “Dear dirty Dublin” – Fergus Sweeney reports live from the number Number 16 bus going through the country’s most notorious litter black spot. And Brenda Donohue catches up with the Tallaght family who had a very special end of year celebration, courtesy of Mooney and Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge!
Get out your blenders and vegetables: Sinéad Renshaw and Ruth Charles discover the benefits of making your own baby food at home. Brenda Donohue joins three psychology students as they discover what it's like to spend a day around town in a wheelchair...
We hear about a new study which finds that smokers who kick the habit feel less anxiety afterwards; we find out how you can save money on baby food and we’ve a weekend away for the winner of our Monday quiz...
Frogspawn makes an appearance in County Cork. Is this the earliest ever recorded? We talk to the people behind the world's first ever family tree... For birds! And... You love their bushy tails, but don't want them stealing bits and bobs from your garden.... Terry Flanagan has some top tips for keeping your garden fox-free!
Thursday, January 3rd 2013
On Mooney this afternoon,
We talk to the Elvis impersonator who’s hanging up his Blue Suede Shoes at the timely age of 42; We hear about some of the bizarre laws that came into effect around the world on the 1st of January and do you really know which products in your supermarket are Irish – we have some interesting findings...
The Word is Out – we find out what Mooney listeners have chosen as their “Word of the Year”; we’ll hear about the budgie who squawks madly when he hears the voice of Gay Byrne and we’ll have money saving tips for the New Year.