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    Mooney, Tuesday October 21st 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela tells us about playing with the greats, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis, and his lifelong friendship with Nelson Mandela. Brenda Donohue catches up with Tommy Daly, one of the stars of the hit reality series Darndale: Edge Of Town. And one of the most loved characters of all time from Irish TV, Bosco, joins Derek for a chat!

    Bosco Goes On Tour!

    Knock, knock, open wide
    See what's on the other side!

    Who is it? It's Bosco! Everyone's favourite puppet joins Derek in studio this afternoon, to tell us about his upcoming nationwide tour!

    Bosco with Derek Mooney

    Bosco with Brenda Donohue

    Derek's selfie with Bosco!

    Bosco's dates:

    October 2014

    Saturday 25th: Mill Theatre, Dundrum (01 296-9340) SNOW WHITE - 2pm

    November 2014

    Saturday 1st: Wexford - Spiegeltent Festival (087 215-9428) - CINDERELLA - 2pm
    Sunday 9th: Everyman Theatre Cork (021 450-1673) - HANSEL - 2.30pm
    Sunday 16th: Town Hall Theatre Galway (091 569-777) - CINDERELLA - 2.30
    Sunday 23rd - Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney (042 975-3400) - SNOW WHITE - 3pm
    Sunday 30th - Tuar Theatre, Moate (0906 482-042) - SNOW WHITE - 2pm

    December 2014

    Sunday 21st - Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (01 231-2929) - SNOW WHITE - 2pm+4pm 

    January 2015

    Sunday 18th - GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow - 059 917-2400 - HANSEL - 3pm
    Sunday 25th - Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge - 045 448-330 - SNOW WHITE - 2pm+4pm

    February 2015

    Sunday 1st - Source Arts Centre, Thurles (0504 90204) - SNOW WHITE - 2pm+4pm
    Sunday 8th - Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny - 056 776-1674 - SNOW WHITE - 3pm
    Sunday 15th - TLT Theatre, Drogheda (041 983-1078) - HANSEL - 3pm
    Sunday 22nd - Royal Theatre, Castlebar - 0818 300000 - CINDERELLA - 3pm

    March 2015

    Sunday 1st - Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone - 0906 492-129 - SNOW WHITE - 3pm
    Sunday 22nd - Theatre Royal, Waterford - 051 874-402 - CINDERELLA - 3pm

    Darndale's Marathon Runners

    This morning, Brenda Donohue travelled to Darndale in north Dublin to chat to Tommy Daly, who features in the TV3 programme Darndale: Edge Of Town. Tommy is planning on taking part in the next New York City Marathon to raise funds for Temple Street Children's Hospital (

    Brenda with Tommy Daly and his grandson Braxton

    Tommy's Liverpool FC tattoo!

    Hugh Masekela

    Since 2003, the Waltons World Masters series has brought to Ireland some of the world's most extraordinary musicians and performing groups.

    Over the past eleven years, these concerts have included the Soweto Gospel Choir, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Bobby McFerrin, Mavis Staples, The Afro-Cuban All Stars, the Buena Vista Social Club ... the list of greats just goes on...

    And tonight, the Waltons World Masters series plays host at the National Concert Hall in Dublin to the legendary South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela

    Hugh Masekela's 1968 US No. 1 hit, Grazin’ In The Grass elevated him onto the international stage. Taught by Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, Masekela’s musical collaborators reads like a veritable who's-who of jazz and popular music.

    He's shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Paul Simon and, our very own, Bono who said that meeting and playing with him was one of the highlights of his career. 

    And we're honoured and delighted to be joined here in studio this afternoon by none other than Hugh Masekela himself!

    This evening, Hugh's 75th Birthday Tour arrives at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Dedicated to the memory of his friend Nelson Mandela, the concert will feature Hugh alongside musicians Cameron John Ward on guitar, Randal Skippers on keyboards, Abednigo Sibongiseni Zulu on bass, Lee-Roy Sauls on drums and Francis Manneh Edward Fuster on percussion. They will be supported by Tig Linn, a group of Irish and Nigerian musicians based in Dublin, writing original songs in Yoruba and English and drawing from both Irish and Nigerian traditions.

    For more information about the concert, which is on TONIGHT at 8pm, click here.

    The Taste Of Success

    The Taste Of Success begins tonight at 20:30 on RTÉ One. In the new show, contestants will battle it out to get their food product on the supermarket shelves of LIDL and win a €100,000 prize fund.

    Each Tuesday we’ll be meeting one contestant who features in that night's TV show.

    Tonight's show is set in the Leinster Region, so we sent Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden off to Kildare Town, and to the home of Val O'Kelly.

    Val O'Kelly

    Val is the Head Chef in Johnstown House Hotel in Enfield, Co Meath – and on tonight's TV show he is pitching his product, a Smokey Barbeque Sauce...

    For more information about The Taste Of Success, click here.

    Sunday World Colouring Competition Is Back!

    It’s back!! The world's biggest colouring competition has returned for its ninth year. Mooney has teamed up the Sunday World and Sunway Holidays, Ireland’s largest 100% Irish-owned Tour Operator, to offer you the chance to win one of three family holidays for four people.

    So kids, how would you like to treat your family to a fantastic fun-filled holiday? Then show off your artistic skills and get colouring the fabulous Sunday World and Mooney 'Colour My World' poster free inside this week's Sunday World.

    Singles Night Out!

    We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

    Search For A Child Star Finalists

    Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.

    The finalists, in no particular order, are:

    - Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
    - Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
    - Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
    - Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
    - Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind

    The final will take place this Bank Holiday Monday, October 27th, and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert!

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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