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       Mooney Tunes returns!        

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th instalment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September, 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

    A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on December 7, 2015, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new Mooney Show, Saturday evenings, 6 PM until 7 PM, from Saturday, September 12, on RTÉ Radio 1

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!

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    Mooney, Tuesday January 22nd 2013

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    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

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    The Joshua Tree

    Yesterday, we revealed that a new spider, Aptostichus bonoi, has been named after U2 singer Bono. The trapdoor spider can be found in the Joshua trees of California - and of course U2's seminal 1987 album was called The Joshua Tree. But why? Broadcaster and RTÉ 2fm legend Dave Fanning joins us in studio for the definitive reason for the album title!

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    Amanda Brunker's Breast Reduction

    Dolly Parton's musical 9-5: The Musical opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night, and there's no doubting that Ms Parton is a multi-talented lady: singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur. There's also no doubt that she is as equally known and loved for her buxom bosom! We can all be very flippant about breasts. After all, most of us have had a relationship with them dating back to our infancy! But for many women, a hugely prominent set of breasts is far from a laughing matter. They can, in certain circumstances, become a real liability.

    Journalist and former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker, has been just as frank as Dolly Parton about her relationship with her "twin girls", as she calls them. And in last weekend's Sunday World, she spoke with her usual full-blown honesty about her decision to finally bring them back to a manageable size. Amanda joins Derek in studio today to talk about her decision to undergo a breast reduction operation next month...

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    What Makes A Good Autobiography?

    Walk in to any book shop and you might well have an avalanche of autobiographies looking down at you from the shelves. From Twink to Mary Byrne, Charlie Bird to Katie Price (who has written five autobiographies!) ... do any of them ever get read at all - or are any good to begin with? We asked Donal O'Donoghue, Features Editor with the RTÉ Guide, to come in today to talk us through the best and worst of autobiographies!

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