Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

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On today's Mooney,

Donal O'Donoghue on what makes a good biography, Prof. Michael O'Keeffe on performing laser surgery on the eyes of newborns, and Amanda Brunker talks flatly about her breast reduction!

Derek's novel way of keeping warm this morning! 

The Joshua Tree

Yesterday, we revealed that a new spider, Aptostichus bonoi, has been named after U2 singer Bono. The trapdoor spider can be found in the Joshua trees of California - and of course U2's seminal 1987 album was called The Joshua Tree. But why?

Broadcaster and RTÉ 2fm legend Dave Fanning joins us in studio for the definitive reason for the album title! Listen to Dave on 2fm Mon-Thurs, 19:00 - 22:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 - 12:00.

Amanda Brunker's Breast Reduction

Dolly Parton's musical 9-5: The Musical opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night, and there's no doubting that Ms Parton is a multi-talented lady: singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur. There's also no doubt that she is as equally known and loved for her buxom bosom! We can all be very flippant about breasts. After all, most of us have had a relationship with them dating back to our infancy! But for many women, a hugely prominent set of breasts is far from a laughing matter. They can, in certain circumstances, become a real liability.

Journalist and former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker, has been just as frank as Dolly Parton about her relationship with her "twin girls", as she calls them. And in last weekend's Sunday World, she spoke with her usual full-blown honesty about her decision to finally bring them back to a manageable size. Amanda joins Derek in studio today to talk about her decision to undergo a breast reduction operation next month...

What Makes A Good Biography?

Walk in to any book shop and you might well have an avalanche of autobiographies looking down at you from the shelves. From Twink to Mary Byrne, Charlie Bird to Katie Price (who has written five autobiographies!) ... do any of them ever get read at all – or are any good to begin with? We asked Donal O’Donoghue, Features Editor with the RTÉ Guide, to come in today to talk us through the best and worst of autobiographies!  

Mooney On Tour In Navan

As you know once a month we hit the road for “Mooney On Tour” in association with Flora Proactive, and the wonderful Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, County Meath is our next stop - and it's the first town we are visiting with a palindromic name!

The programme will include music from the fabulous Irish House Party!

Tickets for the live broadcast are free and will be allocated at on a first-come-first-served basis by contacting the Solstice Arts Centre box office on 046 909-2300. Doors close at 2.45pm sharp. People must make their own way to and from the theatre! All applicants for tickets must be over 18 years of age. You can apply for individual, couples or group tickets.  

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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