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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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 www.gaietytheatre.ie.
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 www.langholmen.com.