Monday, January 14th 2013

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On today's Mooney,

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!

Wicked To Come To Ireland!

WICKED

WICKED, the global musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, will make its Irish premiere at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin in November 2013. TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 25th 2013 AT 10.00 AM.

The strictly limited 8-week season will run from Wednesday, November 27th 2013 until Saturday, January 18th 2014. Visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie for more details.

Fergus Sweeney went to see Wicked in London on Saturday, and he joins us from the BBC Studios in London today...

Wheelchair Taxis

We did an item on disability last week that really struck a chord with listeners. You might remember Brenda went out and about around the streets of Dublin with three psychology students, to see how they all got on using wheelchairs for the first time. They were all fairly stunned by the obstacles in their way. One of the things they pointed to was the difficulty getting on and off buses.

Another major difficulty wheelchair-users face on a daily basis is a problem getting an accessible taxi. And of the many e-mails to the programme on the subject, we had one from a college student called Stephen Cluskey. Stephen was paralysed from the neck down in an accident ten years ago, and he became so frustrated at getting a taxi on a particular night out, that he went and set up his own website, www.wheelchairtaxi.ie, to tackle this issue. Stephen comes into studio today to tell us more, and Derek also chats to Michael Doyle, Regional Director of the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Beat the Monday blues by playing Mooney's Monday Quiz! We're looking for three listeners to take on a minute of general knowledge questions - and we have a fabulous prize for the winner!

It’s a two-night weekend break in the Salthill Hotel in Galway, with a great location right on the Salthill Promenade.

Your prize is based on two people sharing one executive suite, overlooking the Bay - and includes wine and fruit on arrival; breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s PROM restaurant.

You also have full use of the hotel’s leisure centre with its 25metre swimming pool, 18 metre hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. Perfect for working off the excesses of Christmas or for just relaxing.

Runners-up will get a copy of a lovely new photographic hardback book Shore Birds Of Ireland by Jim Wilson. And everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch!

The Questions

Player 1

  1. Which Irish-based actor won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Drama at the Golden Globes last night?
  2. Bondi Beach lies on the coast of which city?
  3. Which entrepreneur is the Founder and Chairman of the Virgin group of companies?
  4. What “W” is the scandal that led to U.S. President Nixon’s resignation in 1974?
  5. In which series of movies would you find the character John McClane?
  6. By what name is rubella also known?
  7. What is the old name for a Snickers bar?
  8. Name this classic band from their line-up: Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Brian Downey?
  9. Which supermodel was married to Richard Gere for 4 years in the early 1990s?
  10. Which young star of “My Private Idaho” and “Stand By Me” died of a drug overdose in 1993 aged only 23?

Player 2

  1. Which movie won Best Motion Picture for Drama at the Golden Globes last night?
  2. What is the main ingredient of Spanish “paella”?
  3. What “P” is an American word for tights?
  4. Sheriff Pat Garrett shot and killed which outlaw in 1881?
  5. Who provides the voice of “Donkey” in the movie Shrek?
  6. Frasier Crane, of the TV series ‘Frasier’ was originally a character in which other US sitcom?
  7. Which British aristocrat gave his name to a popular bergamot-scented tea, often drunk without milk?
  8. Name this classic band from their line-up: Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steve Adler?

Player 3

  1. Which movie won Best Motion Picture for a Comedy or Musical at last night’s Golden Globes?
  2. What “C” is a small cube of fried or toasted bread, often used as a garnish in soups or salads?
  3. If One is for Sorrow, and Two are For Joy… what is Three for?
  4. “Go on, go on, go on, ah you will, you will, you will” – this is the catchphrase of which Father Ted character?
  5. How many bones does an adult human have – is it 154 or 206?
  6. What “C” are women’s trousers, designed to look like a skirt but with separate legs?
  7. Name this classic band from their line-up: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham?
  8. Which hospital-based TV soap launched the career of George Clooney?

The Answers

Player 1

  1. Which Irish-based actor won Best Actor in a Motion Picture for Drama at the Golden Globes last night? Daniel Day Lewis
  2. Bondi Beach lies on the coast of which city? Sydney
  3. Which entrepreneur is the Founder and Chairman of the Virgin group of companies? Richard Branson
  4. What “W” is the scandal that led to U.S. President Nixon’s resignation in 1974? Watergate
  5. In which series of movies would you find the character John McClane? Die Hard
  6. By what name is rubella also known? German Measles
  7. What is the old name for a Snickers bar? Marathon
  8. Name this classic band from their line-up: Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Brian Downey? Thin Lizzy
  9. Which supermodel was married to Richard Gere for 4 years in the early 1990s? Cindy Crawford
  10. Which young star of “My Private Idaho” and “Stand By Me” died of a drug overdose in 1993 aged only 23? River Phoenix

Player 2

  1. Which movie won Best Motion Picture for Drama at the Golden Globes last night? Argo
  2. What is the main ingredient of Spanish “paella”? Rice
  3. What “P” is an American word for tights? Pantyhose
  4. Sheriff Pat Garrett shot and killed which outlaw in 1881? Billy The Kid
  5. Who provides the voice of “Donkey” in the movie Shrek? Eddie Murphy
  6. Frasier Crane, of the TV series Frasier was originally a character in which other US sitcom? Cheers
  7. Which British aristocrat gave his name to a popular bergamot-scented tea, often drunk without milk? Earl Grey
  8. Name this classic band from their line-up: Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steve Adler? Guns n Roses

Player 3

  1. Which movie won Best Motion Picture for a Comedy or Musical at last night’s Golden Globes? Les Miserables
  2. What “C” is a small cube of fried or toasted bread, often used as a garnish in soups or salads? Crouton
  3. If One is for Sorrow, and Two are For Joy… what is Three for? A girl
  4. “Go on, go on, go on, ah you will, you will, you will” – this is the catchphrase of which Father Ted character? Mrs Doyle
  5. How many bones does an adult human have – is it 154 or 206? 206
  6. What “C” are women’s trousers, designed to look like a skirt but with separate legs? Culottes
  7. Name this classic band from their line-up: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham? Led Zeppelin
  8. Which hospital-based TV soap launched the career of George Clooney? E.R.

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, get a copy of the RTÉ Guide TODAY or click here!!! And for more information on all the wedding packages and facilities available at the K Club, click here!

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!

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