Thursday, April 12th 2012

Mooney is on tour again ... this afternoon, we are live from the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick. Joining Derek are trumpet player Niall O’Sullivan, as well as the fastest accordion player in the world Liam O’Connor! Marty Morrissey asks if rowing is an elitist sport, we meet the man who is officially Ireland's most unromantic man! Tune in from 3pm for more...

Liam O'Connor

We start with some music, from a man who has been described as “the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion”! What Michael Flatley has done to Irish dancing he has done to the button accordion, and - like Mooney - he is a Guinness World Record holder! Liam O'Connor joins Derek and our audience in Limerick for craic and some tunes... For more information about Liam O'Connor, visit www.liamoconnormusic.com.

Ireland's Most Unromantic Man

Ladies, how would you feel if your man showered you with gifts ... of a wooden shed? Or a car-wash token? Or an orthopaedic pillow? They wouldn't feature in the "Top Twenty Most Romantic Gifts" list but they DID win our next guest the title of "Most Unromantic Man in Ireland". Gary and Katrena Constable, from Ballysimon in Limerick, join Derek to explain how Gary's penchant for practicle presents garnered the couple a break to Cyprus!

Mooney's Thursday Quiz

Three members of our audience in Limerick attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to prove their general knowledge prowess and win a €250 One4All voucher. But it's not all bad news for our runners-up - they'll each receive a €150 One4All voucher! Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden is our strict quizmistress!

Limerick Teens To Represent Ireland In Sending Satellite Into Space

We meet students Eimear O’Sullivan and Gearoid Moore, who along with fellow-Crescent College Students James Ryan and Gavin Randles, will send a Cansat – a satellite that can fit into a 330ml soft drinks can – into orbit from Norway on Sunday. Eimear and Gearoid explain more to Derek and audience, along with their teacher, Anne O’Dea.

Niall O'Sullivan

Our next guest appeared on Mooney Tunes last June, playing the trumpet on a piece called Libertango, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. A month later he released his self-titled debut album. It is a mix of classical, pop, jazz and easy listening and it entered the Classical iTunes chart at Number 1! Niall joins us in Limerick for a chat, and to perform Moon River, accompanied on keyboards by Colm O'Hara. For more information about Niall, visit www.niallosullivan.ie.

Is Rowing An Elitist Sport?

Marty Morrissey meets Tom O’Neill, father of Sean O’Neill, one of Ireland’s top rowers, who hails from Pallaskenry in Limerick.

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Today's Podcasts

Liam O'Connor
Ireland's Most Unromantic Man
Mooney's Thursday Quiz
Limerick Teens To Represent Ireland In Sending Satellite Into Space
Niall O'Sullivan
Is Rowing An Elitist Sport?

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