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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

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

    This will be the 12th installment 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 RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis 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 The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney Wednesday 6 February 2013



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

    On Mooney this afternoon, Brenda meets a housewife who's started a campaign against the banks and austerity...

    Vet Andrew Byrne tells us why we should follow the UK’s example and introduce micro-chips for all our dogs.

    An Icelandic mother goes to Court to earn the right to use her daughter's name.

    We’ve news of some the latest technology to help tinnitus sufferers.


    Campaign Against the Banks

    Brenda meets a Mullingar mother of six, Linda Raeside, who has started a one-woman crusade to get the powers that be to help the hundreds of thousands of ordinary, hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet.

    She wants homeowners to sign up to her Spartacus letter campaign and ask the banks for mortgage relief.

    Her campaign is gaining momentum and yesterday Brenda went to her home in Walshestown, Co Westmeath to met Linda and find out what drives her.

    In a bid to get the government and banks to do something, Linda wants as many mortgage-holders as possible to send letters calling for mortgage payment relief in to their banks on February 9. That will coincide with a series of anti-austerity demonstrations taking place across the country on the same day.

    She has set up a website from which people can download a template letter,


    Icelandic Girls Sues the State For the Right to Use Her Name

    Last week we brought you the story of the Icelandic mother who was suing the state to enable her child to use her given name. The name "Blaer" means "light breeze" - and pretty and all as it is - it is only registered as a boy's name. Because of this, Blaer Eidsdottir's can only use the name "Girl" on official documents like her passport - because the name Blaer isn't on the national "Naming Register".


    Micro-chipping of Dogs

    All dogs in the UK will have to be microchipped by 2016. Would this work here? Vet Andrew Byrne is in studio. Dogs Trust in the UK are offering free microchipping. For more details visit


    Cure for Tinnitus

    This is Tinnitus Awareness Week. Dr. Ross O'Neill has a degree in Electronic Engineering; a Postgraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Sensory Substitution. and when he first appeared on the show he told us of the 'MuteButton' device he had invented to re-train the brain to cancel out the tinnitus noise. He is back to give an update on progress with his device.

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