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    Mooney, Wednesday November 26th 2014



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney today...

    Brenda Donohue takes the winner of our limerick competition to Clery's Department Store in Dublin to spend their €1,463 winnings. Eoin Murphy reveals the results of his Christmas present hunting with a total budget of €1,463. And Noel Cunningham has his first report from one of the country's numerous upcoming small local pantos. Oh yes he does!

    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:

    Thursday, November 27th 2014:

    TV soap Fair City is set in which of these fictional locations?

    a) Killinascully or

    b) Carrigstown

    If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

    ROI: 1515 71 72 00

    NI: 0901 293 3501

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

    Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

    Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry. 

    Competition lines are now open and will close at 4.15pm tomorrow (27/11/14). 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.

    For full terms and conditions, please click here.


    Limerick Competition Winner Goes Spending In Clerys

    Christmas is fast approaching and shoppers will soon be in full flight, snapping up all those stocking fillers and decorating homes with festive cheer.   You can't escape it - that is, Christmas! Yes, it’s fast approaching! Two weeks ago on the programme, we interviewed Sean Murphy from Retail Excellence Ireland, and this may surprise you, but this Christmas, the average household will spend up to €1,463 on Christmas, with at least €600 being spent on presents alone. 

    So Clerys, who are celebrating one year since their grand re-opening, gave us a voucher to the value of €1,463, to give to a Mooney listener – and all they had to do was compose a limerick beginning with the line 'One day under Clerys clock…'

    Well thousands of you entered, and our judge on that day was the very finnickity Abie Philbin Bowman. He picked our winner - and the limerick that most impressed him was composed by Eamonn Regan from Lucan. And this afternoon, Eamonn and his wife are in Clerys department store with self-confessed shopaholic - our own Brenda!

    Just to remind you, Eamonn's Love/Hate inspired limerick was:

    One day under Clerys clock
    King Nidge was cleaning his Glock
    Said Fran it's not funny
    You messed with my honey
    Now Nidgey for you it's tick tock

    The Atrium Lounge in the Westin Hotel

    And a huge thank to the Westin Hotel in Dublin, who put Eamonn and Deirdre up for the night, last night, to get a rest in those luxurious surroundings ahead of their busy day of shopping!


    No Cars In Finland By 2025?

    The other week we heard about a bold plan by the Helsinki authorities in Finland. If it comes to fruition, by 2025 no-one in the city will need to own a car. To find out more, we're joined on the line by Jirka Poropudas, who uses Kutsuplus (an on-demand minibus service), and in studio by Michael Sheridan, RTÉ's motoring correspondent...


    Noel Cunningham's Panto Trip - Clonroche, Co. Wexford

    As you know on Mooney, for the past few weeks we have been promoting regional pantomimes around the country. We decided to dig a little deeper into the local panto scene, so yesterday we sent Noel Cunningham down to meet the cast and crew of the Clonroche Pantomime Society for their rehearsals of Humpty Dumpty...

    The cast of Humpty Dumpty with Noel Cunningham

    Noel with Barron Blue Beard John

    Humpty Dumpty will run in Clonroche Community Centre from Tuesday, December 2nd until Sunday December 7th. The tickets are €10.00 for adults, and €5.00 for children and students.

    Noel with Abbi

    Noel & Humpty!


    How To Spend €1463 On Christmas!

    So our Clery's competition winner Eamonn has been given €1,463 to spend in store - but what if YOU had the chance to spend €1,463 on Christmas in any store or on any website – how would you spend it? Well we've given Eoin Murphy, from the Irish Daily Mail that very task, and he joins us live in studio this afternoon fresh from his battle with his calculator!

    Eoin's Suggested Shopping List:

    GoPro HERO4 Black (€468 via
    Max-Power Ferrari 360 F1 Motorway Experience - FOR TWO – CORK (€400 via
    'Neven Maguire Cookery School' cookery class (€265)
    Beats By Dre 'Pill' Portable Speaker (€200)
    A true original, Jameson 18 Year Old Limited Reserve (€130)

    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.

    RTÉ Competition terms and conditions apply - for more on these, visit

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