Wednesday, March 27th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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We speak to a Disability Rights campaigner who visited so-called "death clinics" around Europe. Would her experiences change her mind on the emotional and controversial issue of assisted suicide? And Brenda Donohue meets the couple who've given up their jobs and are travelling Europe in a camper van!

Assisted Suicide

Assisted Suicide

Hollywood actor and former Galway resident Martin Sheen is an ardent campaigner against assisted death.

We’ve spoken frequently on the programme over the years about end-of-life decisions. We’ve interviewed doctors and various spokespeople about HOW sick people should die and what control they should be allowed over their own death.

And we’re all going to 'go' someday, so it’s an interesting debate to have.

There was a very 'thought-provoking' radio documentary on the BBC World Service recently about this very subject. It was entitled When Assisted Death Is Legal and the presenter was British comedienne, actress and disability rights campaigner Liz Carr.

She travelled to the five countries in the world where assisted death is legal, namely Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the States of Oregon and Washington in the United States.

It was a fascinating documentary, especially as Liz is a campaigner AGAINST assisted suicide in the UK. She wanted to visit these other places to see if she is right to be concerned and could anything change her mind.

She joins Derek from the BBC studios in London to tell us what she uncovered... For more information about the documentary, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014dkq5.

Around Europe In A Camper Van

Around Europe In A Camper Van

Today we bring you the story of our very own Tom and Barbara Good, who have decided to cut themselves loose from the shackles of work and mortgage payments and head – literally – for the hills…

From the banks of the river Blackwater, on the 4th of May this year, June Molloy Vladicka and her husband Arunas are setting off on a trip of a life time…

They will head through the highways and byways of Europe. They will stop off in destinations as various as Glastonbury and Seville, the Champagne region of France and Lake Garda of Italy. Final destination - Adakavas in Lithuania.

And their home for the next – unspecified – period time of their lives… a splendid 1998 Mercedes Sprinter

They brought the camper van into RTÉ, where Brenda Donohue had a nose around...  To read their blog about preparing for the journey, visit www.myfoododyssey.com.

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