Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm


    Friday 2nd January


    Each year, from late October through to February, hundreds of thousands of Starlings come together to form magnificent aerial displays just before they roost. Why do they do it? In this special programme, Starlings, Derek Mooney and Dr. Richard Collins investigate one of nature's greatest spectacles: Starling murmurations...

    Wednesday 31st December

    Bring Them Home For Christmas Reunion

    We hear what happened when the winners of the Bank Of Ireland-Mooney Bring Them Home For Christmas, the Mongey family from Brisbane, were reunited with their Irish family members at Mooney Tunes 11...

    Tuesday 30th December

    Nathan Carter House Party

    Join us to relive a unique evening of music & craic, when Nathan Carter & his band performed in 11-year-old Brona Cox's front room in Ballymahon, Co. Longford. Brenda Donohue was there to capture an unfortgettable House Party, when Bronagh's dreams came true...

    Monday 29th December

    Soweto Riots

    Derek talks to Lourens Groenewald, a white South African, and a former policeman, who was involved in the suppression of the notorious Soweto Uprising, and his close friend Dorah Mazibuko a black South African woman, whose son was active in the fight against apartheid, who now runs a charity called Dorah’s Ark...

    John Robbie

    Derek and his guide Les go to meet Irish rugby player turned political pundit and radio presenter John Robbie at his home in Johannesburg...

    Whale Crier Of Hermanus

    Derek meets Eric Devalah, the Whale Crier of Hermanus...

    Exploring Cape Town

    Fergus Sweeney meets Skye, who is responsible for a Minibus Taxi in Cape Town...

    Robben Island

    Derek visits Robben Island, the former prison that famously housed Nelson Mandela, where Derek met guide Tulani Mabaso, another former political prisoner of Robben Island...

    Tuesday 9th December

    The Taste Of Success

    The final of The Taste Of Success will be screened this evening at 8.30pm on RTÉ One. We catch up with the two finalists, Creagh Moore from Firhouse in Co Dublin and Padraig McCarthy, from Caherconlish in Co. Limerick, to find out how they're feeling...

    Eilish O'Carroll

    She's the star of that comedy staple Mrs. Browne's Boys, sister of Brendan, and solo performer in her own right - we delighted to be joined in studio today by Eilish O'Carroll!

    Quirky Christmas Decorations!

    What's the quirkiest Christmas decoration you have around your house? A whistling reindeer? A cheeky Santa?! Fergus Sweeney and Eilish O'Carroll judge which is most kitsch, with a pair of tickets to see Madness, and a stay at the Gibson Hotel for the winner!

    Monday 8th December

    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a pair of tickets to see the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre next June AND overnight accommodation in the 4* Maldron Hotel!

    Mooney Christmas Party With June Rodgers

    Last Thursday, forty Mooney listeners who didn't have a Christmas party to go to, attended the Mooney Christmas Party at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin, to watch June Rodgers Christmas Show. Brenda Donohue tells us how they all got on!

    Guest Star In Aladdin!

    Love the smell of greasepaint and the roar of the crowd? Fancy guest-appearing in one of this year's biggest pantos, Aladdin, at the Olympia? Simon Delaney, Ryan Andrews and Stuart O'Connor are in studio to explain how you can!

    Friday 5th December

    A Murmuration Of Starlings In Belfast

    Derek and Richard Collins are in Belfast to find out more about the murmurations of starlings that can be found in the city...

    Christmas Wildlife Books

    Our guests today - Eanna ni Lamhna, Terry Flanagan, Joe McConville and John Lusby - give us their recommendations of wildlife books that would make great Christmas presents...

    Tree Fungus

    Listener Edel Harrington noticed an unusual growth on one of her trees and was concerned that it might be an infection and wondered could it be a cancerous growth? We sent out Mooney Goes Wild reporter, Terry Flanagan, to investigate, and we also talk to Joe McConville, arborist and Vice President of the Tree Council of Ireland...

    Hen Harriers

    It’s portrayed as the bête noire of the bird world, posing a serious threat to certain farming sectors. But, the vilified 'hen harrier' could live side by side with farmers, with mutual benefits. That's according to John Lusby, Raptor Conservation Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, who joins us from RTÉ's Galway studio...

    Thursday 4th December

    Panto Update

    And we find out a little bit more about some of the pantos taking place around the country; this time we focus on productions in Cahir, Mullingar, and Roscommon...

    Mooney Christmas Party For Listeners Tonight

    Brenda chats about the Mooney Christmas Party at the June Rodgers show in the Red Cow Morans hotel in Dublin this evening...

    Derek Appointed Executive Producer Of Nature And Wildlife Programming In RTÉ

    Derek has a some big news today - he has been appointed Executive Producer of Nature & Wildlife Programmes for RTÉ! The Mooney programme will end, and Mooney Goes Wild will be on at the weekend. Brenda probes Derek more about the forthcoming changes...

    Noel Cunningham's Panto Trip - Fethard, Co. Tipperary

    Noel Cunningham takes a trip to Tipp to find out about the Patrician Presentation Secondary School's production of Cinderella! Oh yes he does!

    Stephanie Roche On Best Goal Award Shortlist

    Stephanie Roche tells us about THAT goal, the plaudits that have followed, and George Hamilton has exclusive commentary on the goal that puts Stephanie in the company of Robin van Persie and James Rodríguez...

    Franc Can Let It Snow For You!

    Did you know that Franc - aka Peter Kelly - also owns a company called Snow Business, and is one of 44 people in the world who pumps snow? He joins us in studio this afternoon to chat about he wants to guarantee a white Christmas for one of our listeners!

    Christmas Kindness At Paulie's Pizza

    Last Sunday night, Paulie's Pizza restaurant in Dublin was buzzing with customers as usual. But at one particular table, something a little bit magical was about to happen, with a remarkable act of Christmas kindness. Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney is at Paulie's this afternoon to find out more...

    Wednesday 3rd December

    Fundraising For Gloucester Diamond Fire Victims

    Brenda Donohue visits Gloucester Place in Dublin to find out how those closest to the victims of the house fire last week are helping their neighbours to rebuild their lives...

    Marty Morrissey Is Clare Person Of The Year!

    Marty Morrissey joins us on the line to chat about being named as Clare Person Of The Year 2015...

    Unusual Song Starts

    Olan McGowan and Paul G Sheridan debate some of the more unusual starts to popular songs...

    The Backpacker Who Sold His Supercar

    Patrick Hamilton Walsh is a former accountant who sold his Porsche, to travel the world, taking selfies at 3pm each day, and write a book (The Backpacker Who Sold His Supercar) to help the homeless. He joins Derek in studio to explain why...

    Tuesday 2nd December

    The Taste Of Success

    We're down to the last four contestants on The Taste Of Success, and this afternoon, Mooney producer Pat O'Mahony takes a trip to meet Padraig McCarthy from Coherconlish in Limerick, who came through the Munster heat with his beef spare rib concoction...

    Rory Cowan & Charging For Autographs

    Rory Cowan joins Derek in studio to chat about why he's really annoyed by celebrities who charge their fans for meet-and-greets...

    Leona The Loggerhead Turtle

    Leona was washed up in Clare last year, and after temporarily being adopted by Galway Atlantaquaria, plans were made for her repatriation. Well, the day for Leona’s grand departure has arrived and she’s setting off again on her turtle travels. Fergus Sweeney has just returned from waving her off at Dublin Airport, and joins us in studio...

    Letters To Santa!

    Calling all boys and girls! Have you been good this year? Why not write a letter to Santa and tell him what you would like for Christmas? We'll pass them onto him, and if you are lucky, he may read your letter on the radio on Christmas Eve! Visit for more!

    Monday 1st December

    Mooney's Monday Quiz

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

    Noel Cunningham's Panto Trip - Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

    Noel Cunningham continues his trip around Ireland's pantos with a visit to Ulster, where he finds out more about the Butt Drama Circle's production of The Wizard Of Oz...

    Christmas Movies

    Michael Doherty, Entertainment Editor with the RTÉ Guide, joins us in studio to chat about the biggest movies to hit the big and small screens this Christmas!

    Friday 28th November

    Mammal Atlas

    For the past four years, Liam Lysaght from the National Biodiversity Data Centre has co-ordinated the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland project, and with one year remaining to collect data and sightings, the race is on for Liam to complete the jigsaw of our mammal population. But he's made some fascinating findings already, and he joins us from Kerry this afternoon to tell us about them...

    Barn Owls

    Terry Flanagan & Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, met up with listener Brian Doyle and his son Mark, who have been photographing a group of four Barn Owls in North Dublin...

    Passive Housing

    Passive house architect Tomás O'Leary contacted us to say: 'I feel moved to send you some thoughts I’ve been having on an issue of critical and national importance in Ireland.' It is related to the recent government announcement that it would be supplying 35,000 additional social housing units at a cost of €3.8 bn over the next six years, as we heard in the news this week. Tomás joins us in studio to explain...

    The ESB 'Great' Christmas Concert

    We start the programme with a little music today: flautist Amy Gillen performing The Goldfinch, from Vivaldi's concerto, Il Gardellino. And Amy will be performing at the ESB 'Great' Christmas Concert, which will take place at the National Concert Hall next Wednesday, December 3rd.

    A National Bird For Ireland?

    Should we have a national bird? And what should that bird be? Olan debates the matter with Eanna ni Lamhna and Terry Flanagan...

    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...

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