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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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    Thursday, April 25th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Mary Byrne joins Derek in studio for some chat and a song; we’ll hear about an interesting cinematic initiative started by youths in Skibbereen and we find out why the French Foreign Legion have released their first CD!


    In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

    Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...

    A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory, the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!

    Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.

    Secrets Of The Irish Landscape

    Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.

    16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...

    Click here to view the series trailer: 


    Abbaesque House Party Launch

    We've had many memorable House Parties on Mooney.

    The best and most popular performers in the business including Tommy Fleming, Brian Kennedy, The Fureys, opera singer Niamh Murray, the witty Corrigan Brothers and Daniel O'Donnell have all visited the homes of various Mooney listeners to sing and joke, and generally provide them with a very special evening of entertainment!

    Brenda Donohue has news of our next House Party - it's one of Ireland’s best tribute acts, Abbaesque!


    The date of the house party is next Wednesday, May 1st, so if you would like Abbaesque to come to your home, office, shed etc... and perform for your family, friends and neighbours, then get in contact with us!

    E-mail us now and tell us why you want them, who you’ll have there and make sure you put a contact number on the e-mail!!


    As it’s on next week we need your entries in asap!

    The closing date for entries is this Friday at 6pm. E-mail


    Mary Byrne

    At our most recent Mooney Tunes concert at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, our guests included Elvis impersonator Mark Leen, impressionist Oliver Callan, Ryan Dolan (Ireland's representative at Eurovision 2013), soprano Claudia Boyle and star of The X Factor Mary Byrne, who performed You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra:

    Mary will be appearing in her own show at the Olympia Theatre on Saturday, May 4th, and she joins Derek in studio today for a chat and to perform a song or two!  For more information about the gig, visit


    Skibbereen Cinema

    If you've ever seen the 1988 movie Cinema Paradiso, you will know the characters Toto and Alfredo, and how they ran the little cinema in the town square, in a small town in rural Italy: 

    Cinema Paradiso was set in the 1950s, and it really captured what the cinema meant to the people of the town. It really was the number one form of escape, of entertainment, of happiness, in many cases.

    Just like in Italy, the local cinema played a central role in the life of small towns across Ireland, in the 1950s. But sadly, as depicted in Cinema Paradiso, those local picture houses began to close, one by one, during the 60’s, 70s, and 80s ... and they were replaced by massive multiplex cinemas on the edges of larger towns and cities.

    However the town of Skibbereen, in West Cork, is fighting back!! It's aiming to revive the idea of the small, local cinema, in an effort to combat rural isolation.

    The young people of the town have undertaken a project called "Skibb Scenes: Cinema On Your Doorstep", and Jim Wilson went along to find out more... For more information, visit, or to follow the project on Twitter, use the handle @SkibbScenes.


    French Foreign Legion

    The singers of this song are no typical choirboys – because they are soldiers in the French Foreign Legion – one of the toughest armies in the world.

    Le Boudin is one of the tracks on the Legionnaires’ first album which was released this week. It includes the words “We are crafty, we are rogues, we are no ordinary guys” – and that’s as good a description as any of the men belonging to a fighting force with a reputation for filling its ranks with criminals on the run and adventurers.

    Norweigan film-maker Elisabeth Nord used the songs of the Legionnaires as a soundtrack to her three part documentary on the Foreign Legion, and she joins us on the line today from Lillehammer.

    Dermot O'Shea is from Balrothery in North County Dublin. He’s been with the legion for 4 years and 9 months and his contract is up in 3 months.

    His regiment is based in the South of France near Avignon but he is patrolling Charles de Gaulle airport as part of the French Counter Terrorism initiative at the moment, and he also joins us today...

    You can check out Dermot’s blog on

    The album is called HÉROS: Musique de la Legion trangere (translation: Heroes: Music of the Foreign Legion), and is their first album.

    It is produced by British songmaker Jon Cohen (who made the hit single Wherever You Are by the Military Wives Choir).

    It is on the German classical music label ‘Deutsche Gramophon’.

    For more, see

    Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

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