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Tuesday, September 18th 2012

On today's Mooney,

Need to rent your own private castle for a wedding or birthday? We meet the Irish woman who can fix it for you. It is now regarded as one of the new seven deadly sins - we lift the lid on internet trolling. And following the success of the Paralympics, Brenda gets out on the pitch and meets the people behind "Soccer For ALL"!

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The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

Trolling Now One Of The New Seven Deadly Sins

Darren Kennedy
Darren Kennedy

Forget Wrath, Envy, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth and Gluttony. The seven deadly sins have had a makeover. The new list of deadly sins are, according to a recent survey: racism, domestic violence, tax evasion, obesity, binge drinking, homophobia and trolling... TROLLING? Chasing little wizards with pointy hats and a wand? That’s a sin? No, we’re talking about internet trolling. And joining Derek in studio to tell us everything he knows about this deadliest of sins is TV presenter Darren Kennedy. Reality Bites: Gay Daddy, in which Darren explores ways in which gay men can become fathers, is on RTÉ Two this evening at 21:30. Darren is an ambassador youth charity ‘BeLonG To’ which offers help and support to young LGBT people in Ireland.

Hiring Castles

You might remember last Wednesday Mooney’s Katriona McFadden visited Cloontykilla Castle - also known as Rockingham Castle - near Boyle in Co Roscommon. It subsequently featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme that night. And the owner, Sean Simon, explained that it was his childhood dream to buy his local ruined castle, do it up, rent it out but, most importantly, preserve it for generations to come. When it’s complete, Sean’s castle will be aimed at the rich and famous. For about €15,000 you can rent out this private 8-bedroom castle complete with recording studio, baronial hall and a roof-garden that doubles up as a heli-pad.

Luggala Castle is just one of the properties that can be rented from Adams & Butler - the late Michael Jackson did just that in 2006
Luggala Castle is just one of the properties that can be rented from Adams & Butler - the late Michael Jackson did just that in 2006

Sean happened to mention in passing that he will most likely a company called “Adams & Butler” as letting agents, as they specialise in exclusive Irish castles. We thought this sounded pretty interesting, and gave Adams and Butler a ring. We were so fascinated by the work they do we just had to invite founder Siobhan Byrne-Learat in to studio today for a chat with Derek...

Today's Podcasts

Trolling One Of The New Seven Deadly Sins
Marrying A Maasai Warrior and Hiring Castles

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