Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

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    Thursday 27th November

    Brian Lee & Sinéad Beasley

    Brian Lee is the Managing Director of Chopped, and MD of Fitness Studios, a suspension-training facility in Fairview. He joins us in studio, whilst Brenda chats to his girlfriend, Sinead Beasley, the WAKO (World Athletic Kickboxing Association) European Champion...

    Helping Rescued Fire Family

    On Tuesday, six occupants of a house in Gloucester Place in Dublin all dramatically escaped a blazing fire, but lost all their possessions. Now their neighbours, including Geraldine O'Callaghan, have rallied round to try and raise funds, and Geraldine joins us in studio to explain more...

    Déjà Vu Ladies Barbershop Quartet

    A few weeks ago, barbershop quartet 4 In A Bar sang in studio, and a comment was made that 'it was hard to find a female barbershop quartet with a strong bass line'. Cue an e-mail from ladies barbershop quartet Déjà Vu, who join us today from Cork for a chat and a tune, and to show us how the ladies do it!

    Wednesday 26th November

    How To Spend €1463 On Christmas!

    So we know how competition winner Eamonn Regan is spending his €1463 - but how would you spend €1463 ahead of Christmas? Irish Daily Mail journalist Eoin Murphy is in studio with a few suggestions!

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

    Noel Cunningham travels to Wexford to meet members of Clonroche Pantomime Group, and find out more about their forthcoming production of 'Humpty Dumpty'!

    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...

    Limerick Competition Winner Goes Spending In Clerys

    Brenda meets our limerick competition winner Eamonn Regan, as he prepares to spend €1,463 (the average cost of Christmas) in Clerys, after a restful night at the Westin Hotel!

    Tuesday 25th November

    Funky Christmas Jumpers

    Mooney researcher Michèle Browne visits South William Street in Dublin, to chat to Fabio Molle about his unique pop-up shop, Funky Christmas Jumpers...

    The Taste Of Success

    Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony meets Eleanor Hickson, one of the final eight in The Taste Of Success, who came through the Leinster heat with her gluten-free artisan brown bread...

    John Molloy & The Elixir Of Love

    Bass baritone John Molloy will be appearing in Mooney Tunes 11, but ahead of that, he's touring the country in Donizett's The Elixir Of Love (L'Elisir d'Amore). He joins us in studio to chat about the opera, and to give us an aria or two!

    Panto Update

    We find out about more pantos taking place around the country...

    Louis Walsh & Hometown

    The X Factor judge Louis Walsh joins us in studio, alongside his new boyband Hometown!

    Monday 24th November

    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a weekend break to the Europa Hotel in Belfast!

    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...

    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. Brenda Donohue takes us on a tour of the Gaol...

    Christmas Markets Around Ireland

    Fergus Sweeney reports back from visiting Winterval in Waterford, and tells us about some of the other Christmas markets taking place around the country this year...

    Ten Years Of Belfast's Christmas Market

    The Belfast Christmas Market celebrates ten years this Christmas - Derek and Brenda went up to take a look around the stalls at the weekend...

    Friday 21st November

    Birds use gyroscope in their brain to guide them

    Pigeons have long played an important role in war. Their homing ability, their speed, and their high altitude flying makes them perfect military messengers. But what’s always been a mystery to pigeon lovers and scientists alike, is how they actually manage to find their way home across such vast distances. A current paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology has put forward a very simple solution. One of its authors is Professor Hans-Peter Lipp from the Institute of Anatomy at University of Zurich in Switzerland is with us now from a studio in Zurich to tell us more about it

    BirdWatch Ireland's Garden Bird Survey kicks off on 1st December

    BirdWatch Ireland's Garden Bird Survey kicks off on 1st December

    Thursday 20th November

    Mooney's Thursday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night stay at the lovely Loop Light keeper's Cottage in Kilbaha, Co Clare, on the Wild Atlantic Way!

    Panto Update

    It's panto time! Oh yes it is!! We want you to tell us about your local panto - e-mail and we'll include the details on our Panto Page. Today we hear about pantos in Ennis, Ballybofey and Renmore...

    Behind The Scenes At Temple Street Hospital

    Katriona McFadden, Mooney reporter, visits Temple Street Hospital in Dublin to chat to author Barry Kennerk about his book 'Temple Street Children's Hospital: An Illustrated History'...

    Brian Dunphy

    Brian Dunphy is a member of the High Kings, one of the country’s most successful and hardest working bands, and he joins Derek in studio this afternoon for a chat and a tune!

    Clery's Limerick Competition

    Did you know that the average household will spend up to €1,463 on Christmas? Here on Mooney we’re going to be taking care of one lucky listener’s entire Christmas spending! Today we give one listener €1,463 to spend in Clery's by completing a limerick - Abie Philbin Bowman explains more...

    Wednesday 19th November

    The Jack Charlton Lounge

    Brenda Donohue reports from the new Jack Charlton Lounge at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where she chats to designer Franc, FAI Chief Exec John Delaney, comedian Pat Shortt, former footballer Paul McGrath, and kitman Charlie O’Leary!

    Declan O'Rourke

    We have live music this afternoon from singer-songwriter Declan O'Rourke, who chats about why he's releasing his new album one track at a time!

    Tuesday 18th November

    The Taste Of Success

    In 'The Taste Of Success', contestants will battle it out to get their food product on the supermarket shelves of LIDL and win a €100,000 prize fund. Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony went to meet contestant Creagh Moore, a young chef whose product is a ready-prepared chicken and veg meal specially designed for those who’re sick, dieting or in training...

    Wedding Day Disasters

    Your wedding day is meant to be the most perfect day of your life. But sometimes things don't always go according to plan... like for poor Solange Knowles, who broke out in hives during her recent wedding. To talk us through some of the mishaps that can occur, we are joined in studio by Naoise McNally from

    Iconic Cultural Moments Not To Miss

    We're all familiar with FOMO - the fear of missing out - and this increasingly happens with all the cultural stuff we're missing out on. To guide us through the list of the unmissable to the unremarkable, Brenda is joined in studio by Sinéad Gleeson, journalist and presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1, and Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony...

    Celtic Woman

    We're delighted to be joined in studio this afternoon by Mairead Nesbitt, Lynn Hilary, Susan McFadden and Mairead Carlin - aka Celtic Woman!

    Monday 17th November

    The X Factor

    We've just finished Week 6 of The X Factor live shows, with seven contestants remaining. Our own Mary Byrne made it to through to Week 9 (in other words the semi-final) during her time on The X Factor in 2010. Mary was at the live shows in London over the weekend along, with Lisa Fitzpatrick, and we're delighted that both join us from London this afternoon...

    Love In The Workplace

    It's quite common to have a crush on a colleague - indeed statistics show that half of us date someone in the workplace at some time or another. But, when it comes to love in the workplace, should you put the brakes on or dive straight in? Psychotherapist Trish Murphy is here to take us through this complex minefield...

    An La A Rugadh Me

    Mary Kingston is in studio to chat about a new TG4 TV show she is producing, called An La A Rugadh Me, which features ten famous well-loved Irish people going on journeys through stories from their date of birth...

    Kian Egan & I'm A Celebrity

    The new series of 'I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here' hit our screens last night, and we're delighted that current King Of The Jungle, Kian Egan, joins us today to give us the insider's view on how the new campmates will be feeling...

    Friday 14th November

    Horses & Sycamore Tree Seeds

    Horse owners around the country are being warned about an increase in incidents of a harmful and potentially fatal condition for horses, caused by ingestion of Sycamore tree seeds. Eanna ni Lamhna went down to visit Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Vet Hospital, just outside Kildare town, to chat to vet Hugh Dillon, who is a member of the Equine Expert group at Veterinary Ireland...

    National Pollinator Strategy In England

    In the past few days, the National Pollinator Strategy for bees and other pollinators in England was published. To tell us more about the new strategy and what other bugs are involved in the process, we are joined on the line from the UK by Matt Shardlow, who is Chief Executive of Buglife...

    The Secret Life Of Bees

    A new company called Secret Life aims to focus is on biodiversity in our local ecosystem, and they're currently explaining this to schoolchildren through the eyes of the wild bee! Pat O'Mahony visited Scoil Mhuire in Shankill in Dublin to find out more...

    Bees In Turkey

    Our resident beekeeper Philip McCabe is just back from attending a major honey festival in Turkey, and he joins Olan and the panel in studio to tell us all about it!

    Urban Foxes

    Following some concerns, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown councillor Barry Ward asked for a motion to be passed for the council to contact the NPWS about local fox populations. Barry joins us in studio to explain more, and we're also joined by Kieran Buckley, Conservation Ranger for South Dublin at the National Parks & Wildlife Service...

    Thursday 13th November

    Once Upon A Bedtime...

    A new book, called 'Once Upon A Bedtime' (with the RTÉ Guide), features stories for children, with all proceeds going to the Jack & Jill Foundation. Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony chats to RTÉ Guide editor Catherine Lee about the book, and to some of the authors whose work it contains; Emma O'Driscoll reads passages from the stories...

    How Much Will You Spend On Christmas?

    Sean Murphy, from Retail Excellence Ireland, chats about the spending predictions in the run-up to Christmas...

    Make-Up App

    Brenda meets two enterprising young women who have created an app aimed at finding local out-of-hours beauticians for those last-minute make-up emergencies!

    Finding A Needle In A Haystack

    Siobhán Silke, from France 24, tells us why one Italian man is literally trying to find a needle in a haystack in Palais de Tokyo in Paris!

    Wednesday 12th November

    Update - The Journey's On Us

    For the past two years, Mooney has teamed up with Irish Rail for their 'The Journey's On Us' giveaway, which provides 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group. Brenda has been meeting some of those groups, and today, she reports back from meeting the Curragh P.R.I.D.E. Family Resource Centre in Co. Kildare...

    Happy Birthday, Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

    TV presenter Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh celebrates her birthday today! She joins Derek in studio to chat about life, the new series of her TV show 'The Moment Of Truth,' and being an RTÉ Guide cover girl!

    Predicting The Winter Weather

    How far into the future can we predict the weather? Will the 'Beast from the East' make an appearance this winter, and make it the coldest on record? And most importantly - will it snow on Christmas Day this year? To answer all this and more, Met Éireann's Evelyn Cusack pops in for a chat, and Mooney BCO Sinéad Renshaw tells us about an app that can predict the weather on any street, minute-by-minute!

    Grease & The Wizard Of Oz

    Tony Finnegan chats to Derek, Brenda Donohue, Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh and Evelyn Cusack about directing Grease at the Gaiety whilst simultaneously rehearsing for a new production of The Wizard Of Oz at the NCH!

    Tuesday 11th November

    The Taste Of Success

    Katriona McFadden meets Betty Smith from Beal na Blath in County Cork, who will this evening bid for a Taste Of Success with her poitín marmalade!

    Dermot Bannon

    We chat to architect, TV presenter and Blind Date contestant Dermot Bannon about his new book, Love Your Home - Secrets To A Successful Space, and about kissing Jenny Falconer and cooking Christmas dinner!

    Calling All Panto Groups!

    It's that panto time of year when the audience gets to shout back at the performers! So tell us about yours – where is the show, when is it and why is it unique? Does it have a delirious dame, a sparkling script, or an undiscovered diva? E-mail, and on tomorrow's show, we will list the pantos from around the country! Oh yes we will!!

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