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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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    Tuesday, March 12th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Brenda visits the Gaiety Theatre in search of paranormal activity, we hear how young golfers in Zambia are progressing at the sport with a little help from Ireland and we’re looking for three players for Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! If you'd like to take part, and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous two-night break to Rosleague Manor in Connemara (with thanks to Ireland's Blue Book), then e-mail, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

    Racing From Cheltenham

    There were a lot of nervous (and shivering) racegoers around Prestbury Park in Cheltenham early this morning as snow flakes fell on the hallowed turf.

    But after a 10.30 inspection, a loud cheer echoed across the Cotswolds as racing was given the go-ahead and the racecourse opened it’s gates to an expected crowd of 50,000 people.

    The 2013 National Hunt Festival is underway – a little late, the first race was put back from 1.30 to 2.05.

    RTE’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair.  Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.

    The races that are due to take place today are:

    1405: William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle
    1440: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1)
    1520: Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
    1600: Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
    1640: Olbg Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)
    1715: Rewards4racing Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
    1745: *Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) *tbc

    For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit


    The Gaiety Ghost

    Last night, The Woman In Black opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It’s based on Susan Hill’s bestselling novel and has been made into a major movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. It tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family.

    And for many years there have been rumors about of ghostly sightings in the Gaiety. So we thought what better timing to check out these spooky stories than when this eerie play is on.  Brenda went along to the Gaiety to see if she could find out more about this theatrical phantasm.

    She speaks to two members of the front of house staff who have seen ghosts, Lilly and Fabiana, chatting to them in front of a portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan, a beautiful opera singer...

    Brenda also met up with a group called Soul Seachers, who investigate paranormal experiences.  The group includes a friend of Mooney, Brian Dunphy, and Deborah Reynolds is the medium.  Brenda met them in the Dress Circle, with all their cameras, scanners and CCTV.

    The Woman In Black runs in the Gaiety Theatre for the next two weeks.  For more information about the production, visit


    Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

    It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

    Well, “Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz” of course!!!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

    Ireland’s ‘Blue Book’ has offered us a two night weekend break for two people sharing one room in one of their luxury properties: Rosleague Manor in Connemara.

    It’s a regency hotel on the shores on Ballinakill Bay and set on 30 acres of private woodland.

    Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s restaurant.

    Runners-up in today's quiz will get a hardback copy of ‘Wild Food’ by Biddy White Lennon & Evan Doyle which teaches you how to forage for and cook wild food.

    And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch

    Well if any of those prizes sound like something you would like to win…..

    …we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

    To enter just text your name to 51551, email or call 1850 715 900.

    The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.

    You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.


    National Stud - Name The Foal Competition

    Sinéad Hyland, Marketing Co-Ordinator with the Irish National Stud, joins Derek in studio to reveal the winning name of our young filly as Helen Of Troika, as chosen by listener John Masterson from Dublin 8.

    Staying In A Swedish Prison

    Derek was in Sweden at the weekend for the Melodifestivalen 2013 (Swedish national song contest) and while he was there he paid a visit to the Långholmen Hotel in Stockholm. The Långholmen Hotel is an old jail which has been converted into luxury hotel where guest can spend the night one of the original cells now complete with all the mod cons tourists expect. For more information about the hotel, visit





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