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    Mooney, Thursday October 23rd 2014



    Shay Byrne with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

    We meet the New Yorker who has been able to get over 500 dates from strangers on the subway – we send Pat O'Mahony out to see if he can match that success. Showbiz journalist Ken Sweeney comes in to chat about his award-winning documentary on Michael Jackson, and his day job of uncovering celebrity secrets. And we ask why osteoporosis in males has been largely ignored...


    Michael Jackson's Irish Driver

    Known as the 'King of Pop', Michael Jackson really did reign supreme over all other pop artists who followed in his moonwalking footsteps. He sold over 750 million albums, had thirteen US number ones, thirteen Grammy awards and fifty chart hits, including this one: 

    And earlier this month, an RTÉ Radio documentary called Michael Jackson's Irish Driver scooped Gold at the PPI Radio Awards.

    The documentary was narrated and produced by Ken Sweeney, who is the Showbiz Editor of the Irish Sun, and Ken joins us in studio this afternoon to chat about learning how to craft documentaries, and about Ray O'Hara, who was Michael Jackson's Irish driver.

    The PPI-Award winning RTÉ Doc On One Michael Jackson's Irish Driver will be repeated this Bank Holiday Monday, October 27th, on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6pm. For more information about the documentary, visit


    Love On The Lines

    For anyone who uses public transport, whether it's the bus or the train, it's usually just a means of getting from A to B.  But for singer-songwriter James Blunt, when he stepped onto the underground, he was inspired to write the incredible You're Beautiful (after he saw his ex-girlfriend on a train with a new boyfriend). So when it comes to love – is it time to get 'All Aboard' and join the love train?

    Brian Robinson on the subway

    Brian Robinson claims to have dated over five hundred women after chatting to them on New York's underground train network.  And now he's written a book called How To Meet Women On The Subway, offering hope to millions of men looking for love.

    In the interests of research, we volunteered Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony to try out some of those chat-up techniques on the Dart in Dublin this morning, and from NPR New York, we're joined by Brian Robinson...

    Brian's tips on the best & worst times to meet someone on subway:

    Worst Times: Avoid Rush Hour:

    7:00am – 9:15am Packed subways, people fighting for seats, and filled with unhappy people because they’re going to work. A terrible time to meet women!

    Best Times: Weekdays:

    9:30am – 4:00pm After & before rush hour. A more relaxed setting, more open seats.
    5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Women are going home after work. They're happy and wide open to meeting nice guys like you.
    5:30 pm – 7:30 am Excellent time to meet nurses, security guards, or dancers returning home from their graveyard shift. A great time for an "after work" drink even if it's 7:00 am.


    10:15 pm – 4:00 am Fridays and Saturday nights rock! The subway is packed with women heading out for drinks, dining, and to meet men! Save them a trip – they can meet you!

    For more information, visit


    Homeless Choir

    In the weeks leading up to Christmas, RTÉ will be screening three one hour programmes following the journey of two very unique choirs.

    One choir is based in Dublin and the second is in Waterford, but the members are made up of people who are have experienced homelessness, work with homeless charities or wish to raise awareness of the homelessness situation in Ireland.

    In September, Brenda visited the Waterford choir as they were rehearsing, and two weeks ago, the Radio Centre here was buzzing as both choirs were in Studio 1, along with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, recording a charity single. Brenda caught up with the gang again...

    The choirs' single, High Hopes, will be available to download from iTunes from October 24th, with the money going towards St. Vincent de Paul, Focus Ireland and the Simon Community.


    Christmas Markets

    From Vienna to Frankfurt, from Dortmund to Dresden, from Berlin to Birmingham, the Christmas Continental markets - with their tall Christmas Trees and wonderful smells from hundreds of market stalls - attract millions of visitors.  Indeed travel agents are full of deals, and up to 20,000 of us head off each year to experience these festivals of taste and aroma.  But this year we want to find out about the Christmas Continental markets that are happening here at home!

    Which town or city has the tallest tree and the biggest market?  What is that makes your market special or unique? Let us know - e-mail

    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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