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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 5 on RTÉ Radio 1

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!

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    Thursday, March 21st 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Derek talks to Brian Finnegan, Editor of Gay Community News, which is celebrating its 25th birthday. And he's also joined by Michal Kosinski, from the University of Cambridge, who tells us how giving the thumbs up to something on Facebook reveals more about you than you realise!

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    25 Years Of Gay Community News

    Brian Finnegan is in studio with Derek today, and he's celebrating a birthday! It isn't his birthday - but it is the 25th birthday of Gay Community News, of which he is editor. It is one of the longest running free publications in the world and Brian tells us how he became involved in the magazine, and how things have changed for the gay community in the last 25 years. To find out more about Gay Community News, visit www.gcn.ie.

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    Like Facebook?

    Do you like curly fries? We all know by now that we are what we eat, but for the one billion facebook users out there, it turns out that you also are what you like!!

    And, you may be surprised to learn that if you like curly fries on Facebook, well then you are likely to have a high IQ!

    A study on Facebook behaviour carried out by researchers at Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre has been receiving attention around the world because of the extent it was able to predict personality traits of its users. The research was headed by Michal Kosinski, Operations Director at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, and he joins Derek today from the studios of BBC Cambridge, to tell us why we should 'like' what they found!

    To find out more, visit www.youarewhatyoulike.com.

    The Genealogy Roadshow In Derry

    The Genealogy Roadshow will be in Lumen Christi College in Derry from 1.00pm to 5:30pm on Saturday. The stories they will be exploring include:

    - A farmer whose extensive family tree might link him back to Saint Oliver Plunkett
    - A Portstewart man who may be related to Che Guevara
    - The mystery of a village whose inhabitants and homes were wiped off the map in 1852
    - And the Donegal family who might just be related to Hollywood icon Meryl Streep

    And lots more besides!

    The audience will also get the chance to speak to local genealogists about their own queries.

    The event is free, just get in touch if you'd like to attend - e-mail Ciara at genealogy@bigmountainproductions.com

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