Tuesday, October 2nd 2012

On today's Mooney, with Aonghus McAnally,

We find out about remaking a model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, celebrate 100 years of Ireland's Own with Marty Morrissey, and Prof. Ciaran Simms tells us why the rugby scrum isn't as safe a procedure as previously believed...

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The Island Landscape

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

One of the favourite children’s movies of all time, even to this day, is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It’s the story of a flying car dreamt up by a crazy inventor who’s a single dad. He meets a pretty girl, nick-named Truly Scrumptious and of course it features one of the most vile villains of all time! Well Chitty was the inspiration for three young men from Carlow and Laois who took on the mammoth task two years ago of building an exact replica of the car. And our own Brenda Donohue has been to see it…

Designing the replica
Designing the replica

Basic chassis
Basic chassis

Basic cabin
Basic cabin

Realisation that Chitty was bigger and longer than a real car!
Realisation that Chitty was bigger and longer than a real car!

Chitty near completion
Chitty near completion

Chitty's reveal to the audience
Chitty's reveal to the audience

Chitty, the final product
Chitty, the final product

Chitty at the Town Hall
Chitty at the Town Hall

110 Years Of Ireland's Own

There are not many magazines that can boast a 110 years of publishing and as many years in the heart of a nation. You have probably seen it on a magazine rack – nestled there, defiant and proud amongst a plethora of glossy mags... And if its letters page is anything to go by, this is a magazine that takes flight and finds its way into every corner of the world! On today's show, Aonghus examines the cultural phenomenon that is Ireland’s Own in the company of one of its recent cover stars, Marty Morrissey! For more information about Ireland's Own, see http://irelandsown.ie/.

Injury Biomechanics

The rugby season has started once more, and if you are a fan, you will be hearing a lot more of those four words. "Crouch, touch, pause, engage". That whole procedure, the way the scrum is set up between two teams, was essentially brought in for safety reasons, to help avoid the scrum collapsing, and to make it easier to manage for the referee.

Rugby scrum

But many of the game’s experts now argue that it is completely counter-productive. In fact, many claim that the whole "Crouch, touch, pause, engage" procedure makes the scrum a more dangerous part of the game.

One of those people is in studio today. But he's not a rugby player, not a commentator, not a referee - Dr. Ciaran Simms is a professor in Trinity College, Dublin, and an expert in the developing area of "injury biomechanics".

Today's Podcasts

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car Remade In Ireland!
110 Years Of Ireland's Own
Injury Biomechanics

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