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    Wednesday 29th October

    Male Osteoporosis

    The moment you mention the word “Osteoporosis” men all over the country sigh in exasperation and think “nothing to do with me”. But hold on a minute, that’s not the case. St James hospital in Dublin is keen to get the message out that Osteoporosis is not just a problem for post menopausal women. Fergus Sweeney reports.

    All Things are Vinyl

    Well the sells of vinyl records are on the increase with the 45 back in vogue. Ollie’s Place, a bar in Skerries, holds a vinyl night every Tuesday and there people can bring their own records and play them or choose from a vinyl library in the bar. Last night, Brenda in the company of Paul G, a true lover of the vinyl record, tripped the light fandango and got into the groove!!! In Skerries.

    Mr. Gay Ireland

    Earlier this week the 10th Mr. Gay Ireland was crowned. Completely run by volunteers and has raised €150,000 for Charity. This all Ireland event promotes visibilty for young gay people and safe sex awareness in cities, towns and communities, especially in rural Ireland. The winner qualifies to take part in Mr. Gay Europe and Mr. Gay World. This years winner was Marcos Vinicus a 22 year old married man from Sao Paolo he joins Derek to tell him all about his new title.

    Tuesday 28th October

    Taste of Success

    Tonight sees Episode 2 of 'The Taste of Success' TV show broadcast on RTE One - where foodmakers from around Ireland battle it out to win a prize of €100,000 and to have their product stocked on the supermarket shelves of LIDL. Tonight is the Connacht programme - and each Tuesday we are profiling just one of the contestants you will see on that night's show, so today it is the turn of Gabriel Faherty, a goats cheese maker from Inis Mor on the Aran Islands. Our reporter Katriona McFadden went to meet him over the weekend and discovered that he is much more than a cheesemaker, he also meets the ferry each morning with his mini-bus and conducts tours all over the island! So she hopped onboard...!

    Tribute to Billie Barry

    This year the Billie Barry Stage School celebrates its 50thanniversary - an incredible milestone from such humble beginnings. The Stage School presents “GOLD” at the Gaiety Theatre, opening tonight and running until the 1st November. The show was devised as a celebration of the school’s 50 years, but sadly, on 30th September Billie Barry passed away. “GOLD” the show will now be in her honour and will celebrate her life. Our own Brenda is a former pupil of Billie’s and she went along to a rehearsal for “Gold”.

    Oliver Callan

    Oliver Callan the man of many voices is in studio with Derek this afternoon.

    Bring Them Home For Christmas Competition

    Derek,Brenda and Pat O'Mahony launch Bring them Home for Christmas Competition.

    Friday 24th October

    Harris Hawks

    Many falconers will readily admit that they first took an interest in hawks after watching the movie 'Kes'. One such falconer is Sean Dennis from West Co. Dublin. Last week, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan headed off with Sean, as he took his birds off for their daily flight...

    Colour My World Competition - Week 2 Winner

    Brenda Donohue meets the second winner of the 2014 Mooney- Sunday World- Sunway Holidays Colour My World colouring competition!

    Return Of Vendace Fish

    The vendace is Britain’s rarest freshwater fish, and last month, more than a decade after being declared 'locally extinct', two adult fish were found in Bassenthwaite Lake in north-west England. Dr. Ian Winfield is an ecologist who leads the annual fish survey of this particular lake and he joins this afternoon now from BBC Radio Cumbria...

    Milking Trout For Caviar

    Did you know that Ireland has its very own caviar? And that it comes from the humble trout? We sent our resident marine biologist Ken Whelan to see this caviar being made in Goatsbridge Trout Farm, ahead of the Savour Kilkenny Festival this weekend, to find out how a rainbow trout can be 'milked' for caviar!

    Thursday 23rd October

    Christmas Markets

    Will you have a Christmas market in your city, town or village this winter? If so, we want to hear from you! E-mail us and tell us all about it -!

    Homeless Choir

    Brenda meets members of a very unique choir, whose members are made up who those may have experienced homelessness, who have worked with homeless charities or are raising awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness in this country, ahead of the release of their single 'High Hopes'...

    Love On The Lines

    Brian Robinson is the author of 'How To Meet Women On The Subway', about his experience of getting 500 dates by chatting up female passengers on the New York Subway. He joins us from New YOrk to tell us how, and Pat O’Mahony tries his technique on the DART...

    Michael Jackson's Irish Driver

    Ken Sweeney, Showbiz Editor of the Irish Sun, narrated and produced the PPI-Award winning RTÉ Radio 1 documentary 'Michael Jackson’s Irish Driver', and he's in studio to chat about crafting documentaries, meeting those Irish who knew Michael Jackson, and about getting the scoop on the King of Pop!

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Gavin Glynn, RIP

    In June, Brenda visited the Glynn family in Wicklow; they urgently needed the help of our listeners to get their four-year old son Gavin a life saving operation in Houston, Texas. Yesterday Gavin very sadly lost the battle with the rare cancer that he had fought so bravely. Rest in peace Gavin.

    Shackleton's Endurance

    Shackleton's Endurance is a performance that is being staged in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow on Sunday night. It tells the story of Shackleton through spoken word, music and images. We sent Dr. Richard Collins, aficionado of all things Shackleton, along for a preview...

    Clearing Out The Family Home

    For most of us the family home is a familiar base that we return to regularly for comfort. So what happens when when our parents pass or move away, and home has to be sold? Two people who have experienced this are columnist/ TV producer Anna Nolan, and radio producer/ presenter Aonghus MacAnally; they tell us their experiences...

    Examining Examinership

    Fossett's Circus is to consider asking the Circuit Civil Court to appoint an examiner in a fortnight's time. Joseph Walsh, who is a Director of Hughes Blake Chartered Accountants, is the nominated examiner for Fossett's. Joining us in studio to talk about how examinership works is Neil Hughes, Managing Partner with Hughes Blake...

    Tuesday 21st October

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

    Hugh Masekela

    Tonight, the Waltons World Masters series plays host at the NCH in Dublin to legendary South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela. He has shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon and Bono, who said that meeting and playing with him was one of the highlights of his career. We're honoured and delighted to be joined in studio this afternoon by none other than Hugh Masekela himself!

    Darndale's Marathon Runners

    Brenda Donohue travels 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...

    Bosco Goes On Tour!

    Knock, knock, open wide. See who's on the other side! Who is it? It's Bosco! Everyone's favourite puppet joins Derek and Brenda in studio this afternoon, to tell us about his upcoming nationwide tour!

    Monday 20th October

    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win tickets to the Waterford Marina Hotel AND tickets to the House Of Horrors event!

    Mattress Mick's Got A Mattress For A Mooney Listener!

    Last Thursday, Dublin's Mattress Mick told us about his mega music video Back With A Bang, which has racked up almost 45,000 views - and he had a mattress to give away to the Mooney listener who could rap the best! We hear some of those entries today, and Brenda reveals the winner!

    Astrology With Fergus Gibson

    Is it all written in the stars? Can our destiny truly be revealed by the zodiac? Astrologer Fergus Gibson joins Derek and Brenda in studio to chat about all things astral, and to do a mass live palm reading of listeners!

    Bono's Glaucoma Revelation

    On The Graham Norton Show on Friday, U2 singer Bono revealed that the reason he always wears shades is because he has glaucoma. But what exactly is that? Professor Michael O'Keeffe, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital, explains...

    Friday 17th October

    National Maths Week

    Mooney Goes Wild reporter and science teacher Terry Flanagan sets a few teasers to celebrate National Maths Week!

    Colour My World Competition - Week 1 Winner

    Brenda Donohue meets the first winner of the 2014 Mooney- Sunday World- Sunway Holidays Colour My World colouring competition!

    Mushroom Exhibition At Malahide Castle

    Richard Collins goes foraging for mushrooms at Cruagh Wood in the Dublin Mountains with mycologist Maria Cullen, ahead of an exhibition of fungi at Malahide Castle this Sunday and Monday...

    Irish Bats In The 21st Century

    Dr. Niamh Roche, ecologist from Bat Conservation Ireland, is co-author of a new book, Irish Bats In The 21st Century, and she joins Derek, Richard and Eanna to tell us all about the book and the bat!

    Thursday 16th October

    Mooney's Thursday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a family break to the Avon Rí Lakeshore Resort & Adventure Centre in Blessington, County Wicklow, with family passes to visit Avon Rí's 'Santa's Lakeshore Wonderland'!

    Sea Swimming With The Frosties!

    Earlier this month, listener Suzanne Lenane from Skerries won a prize to see Lionel Richie in concert. And when she accepted her prize she issued Brenda with a challenge: to don her cossie and join Suzanne and her swimming pals, The Frosties, to go swimming in the sea in Skerries! So last Tuesday, Brenda went swimming with the Frosties...

    Office Perks You'll Be Jealous Of!

    How do you like your workplace? Do you get all sorts of lovely perks, or is the only perk you have one solitary drink from the boss at Christmas? Katriona McFadden tells us about some of the perks available at such companies as Google, Facebook and Mars - including free meals, massage rooms and sleep pods!

    Mattress Mick's Mega Music Video!

    Dubliners might know Mattress Mick from his massive billboards all around the city advertising his wares! He's not shy when it comes to self-promotion! Now he has a promotional music video, with over 30,000 hits. Mick joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us all about it...

    Wednesday 15th October

    Winter Fitness

    Chartered physio Jenny Branigan, from Total Fitness, is in studio with her winter fitness tips ahead of the cold snap!

    Elio Pace Sings Billy Joel Songs

    Just The Way You Are, River Of Dreams, Uptown Girl ... just a small number of Billy Joel's classics. Singer Elio Pace continues his Billy Joel Songbook tour around Ireland tonight, and he pops into studio to chat with Derek about the songs of Billy Joel, his own musical background, and to sing a song or two!

    Il Divo Competition

    Are you fans of Il Divo? Fancy meeting the lads in Paris? We have an AMAZING trip to Paris to be won - we asked you to sing us your favourite Il Divo musical number! Today we hear from our final contestants, and reveal the winner!

    Monday 13th October

    Shopping For Free In Copenhagen

    In Copenhagen’s Frederiksberg district you can now shop for free! Freemarket opened its doors a few weeks ago, and offers free goods in exchange for reviews. Derek talks to Rune Knudsen, Chief Development Officer of Freemarket, and to Desmond Burke (from Ballybunion but living in Copenhagen), to find out more...

    Il Divo Competition

    Are you fans of Il Divo? Fancy meeting the lads in Paris? We have an AMAZING trip to Paris to be won - we asked you to sing us your favourite Il Divo musical number! Visit to find out more...

    Changes To Eurovision Selection Process

    RTÉ today announced its callout for songs that could represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. The public are invited to submit entries which include a song and performer; those entries will then be short-listed by an initial judging panel to be selected by RTÉ. To tell us more, we're joined in studio by RTÉ's Executive Producer of Eurovision, Michael Kealy...

    Friday 10th October

    Il Divo Competition Next Monday

    On Monday, we want you to sing us your favourite Il Divo musical number for a chance to win an AMAZING trip to Paris to watch Il Divo perform - and to meet them in person! Visit to find out more...

    Botanic Gardens Remember Matilda Knowles

    On Sunday, a new plaque in the National Botanic Gardens will remember Matilda Knowles, one of Ireland’s foremost botanists, who was born 150 years ago. Terry Flanagan headed off to the 'Bots' to meet up Director Dr. Matthew Jebb, for a sneak preview of the plaque, and to view some of the recordings she made...

    Highly Invasive Asian Clam Discovered On Shannon

    Asian Clams are one of the most notorious of aquatic invasive species in the world. They choke native invertebrate and other wildlife out of their environment. A few weeks ago a new population of Asian Clams was discovered on the River Shannon. Dr. Joe Caffrey, who is Senior Research Officer with the Invasive Species Section of Inland Fisheries Ireland, discovered the clams and he is very, very worried. He is here to tell us why...

    Egyptian Marine Life

    Marine biologist Rowan Byrne has been spending some time in Egypt recently, teaching divers - principally tourists - how to interact with the wildlife they will encounter in the Mediterranean waters, of the Egyptian coast. He joins us in studio this afternoon to talk us through the benefits of and problems with eco-tourism, and how to interact with turtles, sharks and dugongs, and his work with hawksbill turtles and green turtles.

    Thursday 9th October

    Il Divo Competition Next Monday

    Are you a devotee of Il Diva? Do you fancy watching the lads perform in Paris - and meeting them in person?! On Monday, we'll be giving away this amazing prize, with accommodation in a 4* hotel to boot! Just sing us your favourite Il Divo musical number - e-mail with your details if you'd like to take part!

    Eponymous Laws

    Did you know that Godwin's Law is an Internet adage asserting that 'As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches'. It is just one of a large number of eponymous laws - laws that are named after people. Mooney producer Olan McGowan joins Derek in studio with some more examples...

    Doorstep Wilderness In Dublin

    Terry Flanagan, Mooney Goes Wild reporter & science teacher, walks by the Dodder river and talks to Paul Hughes, author of the photography book 'Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side Of Dublin'...

    Songs That Motivate Sports People

    In Roy Keane's new autobiography, he voices his disgust at the choice of Dancing Queen being used to 'pump up' Sunderland before they took to the field. So what's the best music to rouse a team to victory? Brenda Donohue visits the Naas AFC Under 14 team, and Roddy Collins' boxing gym, to find out about the music that inspires them...

    Mooney Tunes 11

    Mooney Tunes 11 will take just before Christmas this year, on Sunday, December 21st. Tickets haven't gone on sale yet, and we'll tell you when they do, but right now we're looking for your choice of music, and the stories of why that music means so much to you - e-mail!

    Wednesday 8th October

    Pre-Nups For Pets

    Mooney vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, tells us about the importance of including pets in any pre-nuptial agreements...

    Red London Phoneboxes Become Solar Mobile Phone Chargers

    In London, the iconic but neglected red telephone boxes are being given a news lease of life, as solar mobile charging boxes! Kieran Gough has been to find out more, and we also learn more about them from the inventor of the Solarbox, Kirsty Kenny...

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