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    Mooney, Monday November 24th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Mooneys Money is back - your chance to win €1000 in the run up to Christmas. Derek and Brenda have been to Belfast to celebrate the tenth year of the Christmas Continental Market there. Fergus Sweeney has been sampling the delights of Winterval in Waterford. We also find out what other markets are happening around the country, and three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz!

    Mooney's Money

    We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!

    For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

    Tuesday 25th November 2014

    Complete the saying: "Don't catch your chickens before they..."


    Cross the road

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    or text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (ROI & NI)

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    Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.15pm today, (24/11/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.

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    Ten Years Of Belfast's Christmas Market

    It may just be one of the most anticipated events of the year as the Belfast Christmas Market returns for the 10th year running! The Christmas Market shall be located again in front of the majestic Belfast City Hall in Donegall Square, and will be running everyday from Saturday 15th November - Sunday 21st December 2014. 

    Derek went to visit the Market over the weekend with Brenda Donohue, and this afternoon we find out how they got on... For more information about the Belfast Christmas Market, visit


    Christmas Markets Around Ireland

    If you can't make it to Belfast to sample the Christmas markets, don't despair, because Ireland has gone all continental with traditional Christmas markets in lots of towns and cities all over the country! Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney has visited one, the Winterval in Waterford (, and joins us in studio to chat about that and the rest of the Christmas markets that the country has to offer!

    The other markets that Fergus chats about are:

    Galway Continental Christmas Market
    Christmas Market at the Milk Market, Limerick
    Glow - A Cork Christmas Celebration 2014
    Duckett's Grove House & Estate's annual Christmas Fair
    Trump International Doonbeg Lodge Annual Christmas Market
    Burren Christmas Family Fayre
    St. Stephen's Green Christmas Market, Dublin
    Dublin Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker Market, Smithfield
    The Docklands Christmas Market, George's Dock, Dublin
    Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival
    Winterval in Waterford

    For more information on Christmas markets in Ireland, visit


    Crumlin Road Gaol

    Crumlin Road Jail is one of Belfast's most historic buildings, dating back to 1845. It closed as a prison in 1996, but reopened as a museum and event venue, and has thrived since. They have daily tours of the prison, and visitors can explore firsthand the building's colourful past, and an insight into the daily lives of the prisoners and prison offices.

    Brenda Donohue went on a tour, given by tour manager Brendan Mulvenna, and this afternoon we find out how she got on...


    A Murmuration Of Starlings In Belfast

    Whilst in Belfast, Derek also met up with Claire Barnett, Senior Conservation Officer (Species and Habitats) with the RSPB, to learn more about the murmuration of starlings that can be seen over Albert Bridge in the city... 

    Claire Barnett, from RSPB Nothern Ireland

    A thumps up from Derek as starlings whirl above his head on Albert Bridge, Belfast


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for Mooney’s Monday Quiz! And as usual, we have a fantastic prize up for grabs...

    Our winner will enjoy a two night weekend festive-season break in the world-famous Europa Hotel right in the heart of Belfast, within walking distance of the Christmas Market, all the shopping hotspots and the city's fabulous nightlife.

    There will be a complimentary cocktail on arrival in the Piano Bar, breakfast each morning, and one evening meal in the Causerie Restaurant. (Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability - must be used by 31 May 2015.)

    Bring Someone Home For Christmas Competition

    Mooney is teaming up with Bank of Ireland Foreign Exchange to bring someone home for Christmas!

    It's your chance to make this Christmas extra special by bringing home that loved one from abroad. Maybe it's a family member, maybe it's a friend - whoever it is we want to know about them, and you.

    Bank of Ireland Foreign Exchange believe that behind every international payment there is something more personal.

    How to enter:

    Just tell us what it would mean to you to have your loved one home for Christmas. Tell us your story, a bit about yourself, and tell us who your special person is. Let us know where they are, and tell us about your connection to them, and how much it would mean to you to have them home for Christmas.

    To enter and find out more about the competition, visit the Bank of Ireland Foreign Exchange website by going to

    Make sure that you include contact numbers both for the person you would like to bring home, and for yourself.

    The closing date for entries is Saturday, December 6th.

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