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    Friday 19th September

    Scavenging Vultures Follow Birds Of Prey For Food

    Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at TCD have made an interesting discovery - that vultures use social cues from birds of prey to locate food, before swooping down in large groups to steal the freshest of 'ready meals'. Adam Kane is a PhD student at Trinity College, and he joins Derek in studio this afternoon to explain more...

    Endangered Sturgeon

    Many species of sturgeon are now vulnerable to extinction. Last year in China, there was no natural reproduction of wild Chinese sturgeon on the Yangtze for the first time since records began. To learn more, Derek chats to Jutta Jahrl, Project Manager of the Saving Danube Sturgeons project with the WWF...

    South African Sustainable Fish Text Service

    In South Africa, a new text message system allows diners whether the fish on their menu is sustainable or not. Derek found out more from Chris Kastern, who works for the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa in their Sustainable Fisheries programme...

    Ken Whelan's Trip To The Kola Peninsula

    Mooney Goes Wild's resident marine biologist Ken Whelan has just returned from the Kola Peninsula in Northern Russia, where he observed Russian Atlantic salmon; he tells Derek and the panel about his trip, the salmon, and why he is particularly excited about a new regulation that has come in on the shark trade...

    Thursday 18th September

    Best & Worst Cover Versions

    Derek, Brenda, Bláthnaid and Rory are joined by music aficionado Brian Lally, to chat about the cover versions that are far superior to the originals, and those that are far worse...

    Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning

    This morning, Rory Cowan attended the launch of the Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising campaign, which raises much-needed money for local hospices. There, he talked to Mo Flynn, CEO of Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross...

    When Is A Blow-In Not A Blow-In?

    Derek is joined in studio today by Brenda Donohue, Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh and Rory Cowan, who debate whether a 'blow-in' can ever become a local, and Brenda meets Chicago woman Mary Deely, a resident of Drogheda, to find out about her experience...

    Wednesday 17th September

    Brazilian Football Pitch Of The Future

    Brazil has just unveiled the first ever player-powered football pitch, which uses energy produced by the players' movement to power up floodlights, and the favela in Rio in which it is situated. To chat about this, and other stories making the headlines in Brazil, we are joined by Irish sports writer Ewan MacKenna

    Mooney's Wednesday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a weekend break with spa treatment to The Brehon Hotel in Killarney...

    wearedublin Magazine

    Weararedublin magazine is a new quarterly, which features a series of articles about various aspects of Dublin life. It's published by Conor Purcell, who has just returned from Dubai where he published similar magazines. Proud Dub Peter Mooney is in studio to review the magazine, and to tell us about meeting Conor, to find out more about the magazine...

    Flower Of Scotland

    In recent decades, there has been have many polls on what the national anthem of Scotland should be, and the latest poll by the Daily Record in June decreed that it should be Flower Of Scotland. Brenda Donohue asks the public how much they know about the song, and from Edinburgh, we're joined by Ronnie Browne, a founding member of The Corries, who wrote the song...

    Tuesday 16th September

    25 Years Of 'Fair City'

    In the 25 years since it first reached our TV screens, Fair City has seen its fair share of births, deaths, marriages, affairs - and everything in between! The Carrigstown soap now airs to nearly half a million viewers, four nights a week, and the drama is set to continue tonight with Paul and Niamh's relationship on the rocks. Brenda Donohue has spent the morning on set at Carrigstown with Maclean Burke, aka Damien, to find more about life on set...

    Controversy Over Free U2 Album

    U2 have released their new album, Songs Of Innocence, in conjunction with Apple, who have been giving away for free. So a free release by the world's biggest band has turned up on phones around the world, but not everyone is happy. Ian O'Doherty, columnist with the Irish Independent, joins Derek on the line with the story...

    75th Anniversary Of 'The Wizard Of Oz'

    'The Wizard Of Oz' is regularly voted the best movie ever, and to celebrate the film's 75th anniversary, it's recently been released in 3D. Ronan Lawlor talks to cinemagoers about the 3D film, and Derek is joined in studio by film critic Michael O'Doherty, and writer and Wizard fan Karl Broderick...

    Monday 15th September

    The Science Of Alcohol

    Until recently scientists knew little about how we actually get drunk, and even less about our ensuing hangovers. They still don't know a lot. For more, we're joined from Berkeley in California by a man who probably knows more than most: Adam Rogers, senior editor at Wired magazine, and author of Proof: The Science of Booze.

    Plenty Of Fish

    Mackerel have suddenly become so plentiful off the Kerry coast that people are simply picking them out of the sea. Eugene Farrelly is an angler with twenty years experience of fishing off the Kerry coast, and he joins us to tell us more, as does marine biologist Ken Whelan...

    Sligo's Twin Toilets

    Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue visits the Shoot The Crows pub in Sligo, to meet owner Ronan Waters (aka Uisce) and find out why the pub has one cubicle that contains two side-by-side ladies toilets...

    Better With The Celtic Tenors

    We kick off the programme today by listening back to one of the highlights from Mooney Tunes 10: The Celtic Tenors, with the Omagh Community Youth Choir and RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and their version of the Tom Baxter song 'Better'...

    Friday 12th September

    Carbon In Hedgerows

    The EPA has recently funded research into how much carbon is absorbed by hedgerows throughout the country. Using state of the art technology, we are now able to estimate the amount of carbon taken up by, and contained by hedgerows. We sent our reporter Terry Flanagan off to meet Dr. Kevin Black, who carried out this research...

    Stink Bugs In Lucan

    During the week, we received an e-mail from listener Mary Jo McGowan. She asked us to identify a 'stink bug' that she found. So this morning, Eanna paid a visit to St Thomas' Junior School in Lucan, where Mary Jo is the 2nd class teacher, to explain more...

    Dublin Plant Swap

    Have you ever heard of a 'Plant Swap'? Well for the horticultural among you, you might like to know of one that’s happening this weekend in Dublin. We got an e-mail telling us about it from organiser, Mema Byrne. She is an enthusiastic amateur gardener who is trying to save her fellow gardeners a few bob, so we decided to send Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden off to meet her.

    Birds Of Ireland: Facts, Folklore And History

    There are a lot of myths and superstitions associated with birds in Ireland - for example it's said that if you give roast owl to your husband that he will obey you forever! For more examples, we're joined in studio by Glynn Anderson, author of 'Birds Of Ireland: Facts, Folklore And History'...

    French Bunting Birds

    Four of France's leading chefs have infuriated animal lovers by demanding the right to eat the rare ortolan bunting songbird. They want the ban on eating buntings to be suspended for one weekend a year to allow French foodies to eat the bird. For more on this, Derek is joined on the line by Peter Allen, Paris Correspondent of the Daily Mail...

    Thursday 11th September

    Geodesic Dome At Fatima Mansions Garden

    Where the Fatima Mansions once stood, there now lies a charming little garden, full of flowers and vegetables. The newest addition to the Community Garden is the Geodesic Dome, which will use hydroponics, or soil-free growing to grow free vegetables for local people. Katriona McFadden headed along to find out more...

    Homeless Choir

    Coming up to Christmas, RTÉ will screen three one-hour programmes following the journey of two very unique choirs, whose members are in the care of homeless charities. Last week, Brenda went to the Edmund Rice Centre in Waterford, where the choir there were rehearsing with their musical mentor, Niall Crowley; she joins Derek in studio to explain more...

    Follow-Up: Waiting For Godot

    Yesterday, Derek spoke about watching Waiting For Godot in Warwick, and he invited you to give your thoughts on the play. Today we get more of your reaction to Samuel Beckett's famous work...

    The Drifters - Live In Studio

    Their members may have changed many times since they formed in 1953 but the music of The Drifters goes on. Line-up changes have been as much a part of their story as the vocals. The current lineup consists of Michael Williams, Ryan King, Damion Charles and Daniel Bowen-Smith, and all four of them join us live in studio today ahead of their upcoming Irish shows...

    Wednesday 10th September

    The World's Least Visited Countries

    193 countries are officially recognised by the UN, with a further five not recognised. How many could you name? One man who could name all of them is Gunnar Garfors from Norway - because he has done what many of us have only dreamed about, and visited every nation on earth. He's also just been named in the new Guinness Book Of Records as the only man who was in five continents in one day! Gunnar joins us from Oslo this afternoon to tell us more about his travels...

    50 Years Of Fiddler On The Roof

    As Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh and Stephen Faloon get your views on Fiddler On The Roof, we celebrate 50 years of the famous musical in the company of its' lyricist, Sheldon Harnick...

    Meeting Ian Beale

    Derek chats to Brenda about meeting the Eastenders actor Adam Woodyatt, aka Ian Beale, at the weekend at a production of Waiting For Godot...

    Junior Cert Results

    Of the 600,000 receiving their results today, 600 are in adult education. One such person is Florrie Canning, from Raheny in Dublin, a mother, a granny and a great-granny. And this year, at the tender ager of 78, Florrie sat the Mathematics paper in the Junior Cert. Brenda was with her as she anxiously awaited to find out her Junior Cert fate...

    Tuesday 9th September

    The Wild Atlantic Way

    Paul Flynn is a chef and owner of The Tannery restaurant in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and is supporting calls for the Wild Atlantic Way to be extended to include Waterford’s Copper Coast. We talk to Paul Flynn, and also to Paul Keeley, who is the Project Director of the Wild Atlantic Way...

    Fighting In The Congo

    The story of Jadotville, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is now to become a film, with Jamie Dornan set to play Company Commander Pat Quinlan. The reason why the story remains in the public realm has to do with a long struggle by John Gorman, an Irish soldier in the Congo, and he joins Shay today from our Athlone studio to explain more...

    Red Hurley

    Red Hurley is one of our most popular and enduring musicians. He famously represented Ireland in the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, and last August enjoyed the honour of being one of the soloists chosen to perform at the State Funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds. He joins Shay in studio for a chat and a tune...

    Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

    Two listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win tickets to see James Blunt in concert at the 3 Arena, with accommodation in the Gibson Hotel!

    Monday 8th September

    Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards 2014

    The Hidden Hearing Heroes Awards took place this morning, in Dublin. They celebrate inspiration in individuals whose efforts have made a significant difference to their families and communities. This year, there were seven worthy winners. Brenda was at the awards to find out more about them; she spoke to 9-yr-old Quaid Cleland, who wants to 'Get Ireland Signing'...

    Paul Byrne

    Paul Byrne was the In Tua Nua drummer, and he recently launched a solo album. He joins us in studio this aftrenoon to tell us more about his single, How To Come Back To You, and album, Cruel And Tender Ways...

    Tiger Fringe Festival

    The Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival kicked off in the capital at the weekend, showcasing alternative kinds of entertainment, performance and emerging artists. Mooney producer Olan McGowan decided to check out what was on offer, and he's in studio with his recommendations...

    Drumshanbo Naturists Congress

    This week, over 100 nudists are heading for Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim, for the 34th International Naturist Congress. For more, we're joined on the line by Eamonn Scully, from the Irish Naturist Association, singer-songwriter Charlie McGettigan, who is from Drumshanbo, and local woman Bea Cullen...

    Friday 5th September

    Whale Crier Of Hermanus

    Eric Davalah has one of the most unique jobs we have ever heard of. He is the Whale Crier of Hermanus, the man who meets with tourists, tells them about whales - and alerts people when the whales come in and where they are, by blowing on his kelp horn. Derek went to meet Eric to find out more about his unusual role, and the whales of Hermanus...

    In Search Of The Big Five

    All this week, Derek is out in South Africa, where the team are preparing some very special programmes. And regular Mooney Goes Wild panellist Richard Collins has spent the last few days at Thornybush Game Reserve, looking for the Big Five. In his final report from the Reserve, he continues his quest for the Cape Buffalo...

    African Penguins At Boulders Beach

    Boulders Beach is home to a colony of African penguins (formerly known as Jackass penguins. Derek and the team go to see the penguins at the beach, and Dr. Richard Collins meets with Dr Ross M. Wanless, Seabird Conservation Programme Manager, Africa Coordinator - BirdLife International Marine Programme, to find out more about these fascinating birds...

    Flora & Fauna In Table Mountain National Park

    South Africa is home to the iconic Table Mountain, in Cape Town. This is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a World Heritage site, and it is truly spectacular. The person who is responsible for the running of all 25,000 hectares of the Table Mountain National Park is Paddy Gordon, and Richard Collins went to meet him to find out more about the flora and fauna of South Africa...

    Shark Cage Diving

    South Africa is renowned for its Big Game wildlife, and birdlife - but is also home to Great White Sharks. This week, Derek bit the bullet and went cage diving with them...

    Thursday 4th September

    In Search Of The Big Five

    All this week, Derek is out in South Africa, where the team are preparing some very special programmes. And regular Mooney Goes Wild panellist Richard Collins has spent the last few days at Thornybush Game Reserve, looking for the Big Five. In the fourth of five reports from the Reserve, he continues his quest for the Big Five...

    Exploring Cape Town

    Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney went out and about in Cape Town to meet some of the people who live in this magnificent city...

    Robben Island

    Earlier this week, Derek took a boat out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. There he met Thulani Mabaso, a former ANC Political Prisoner of Robben Island, and who is otherwise known as the 'Black Bobby Sands'...

    Aiden Connolly, Irishman In Cape Town

    Aiden Connolly is from Waterford but, after falling in love with a South African woman, has now made Cape Town his home. He joins Derek and the team in the SABC studio in the city to explain what makes Cape Town, and South Africa, such a great place to live and work...

    Wednesday 3rd September

    John Robbie

    John Robbie is a former Ireland international rugby union player, who toured South Africa in 1980 with the British and Irish Lions, and ended up making the Rainbow Nation his home. He is now a popular radio presenter in South Africa, known for his strong views, and Derek and his guide Les went to meet John at his home in Johannesburg...

    Moses From Pretoria

    The crime of 'smash and grab' - smashing a car's windscreen and grabbing the valuables whilst stopped at a crossroads - is quite common in Johannesburg. But one man is taking a stand against this crime, by guarding the junctions. Derek got out of his car to find out more, from Moses, who is from Pretoria...

    Soweto Riots

    Hector Pieterson became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in South Africa when a photo of the dying Hector, with his sister Antoinette ran next to him, was published around the world. We talk to Antoinette, and to unlikely friends Lourens Groenewald and Dorah Mazibuko, about how Soweto has changed since that uprising...

    In Search Of The Big Five

    All this week, Derek is out in South Africa, where the team are preparing some very special programmes. And regular Mooney Goes Wild panellist Richard Collins has spent the last few days at Thornybush Game Reserve, looking for the Big Five. In the third of five reports from the Reserve, he continues his quest for the Big Five...

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