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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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    Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Derek chats to Wexford singer Jordan Ryan about the latest chapter in his The X Factor odyssey, Jim Wilson speaks to the Cobh women who eat, sleep and dress the Victorian way, and ... the birds are back in town! We bring you highlights of the weekend’s Dawn Chorus!


    Junior Dragons' Den

    Last night was the last in the current series of Dragons' Den who, in association with Bank of Ireland, have had a nationwide competition to get the best the country has to offer in junior entrepreneurs. They ranged in age from 12 to 18 years old but last night, it was 13-year-old CEO Shane Curran who blew the Dragons away.

    Shane approached the Dragons to let them know all about his company, Libramatic, which is a fully automated smartphone and web-based library system - and he's in studio today, with his Mum, Paula, to tell us all about it!

    To watch the programme back again, click here to see it on the RTÉ Player!


    Jordan Ryan And The X Factor

    You might remember back in February when Louis Walsh was in studio with us we asked if you could hold a tune, to get in touch with us and sing for him.

    Jordan Ryan from Wexford was one who did exactly that and when we last spoke to him he had just got through his first The X Factor audition over in Glasgow. Since then he’s had his second audition, and he's in studio today to tell us how he got on!

    Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!

    Derek with Jordan Ryan


    Dawn Chorus

    Over the course of the first six hours of Sunday morning (May 5th), we were treated to the beautiful sound of Ireland's birds, from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Here are just some of the highlights...

    Our men in Cuskinny Marsh: Terry Flanagan, Jim Wilson & Derek Mooney!

    Click here to see our guide to the Dawn Chorus.


    Cobh's Victorian Ladies

    Jim Wilson meets the Victorian ladies of the Cobh Heritage Centre!

    The Victorian ladies from Cobh Animation Group; the picture was taken in Cobh Heritage Centre

    Jim Wilson with Claire, a Victorian lady

    Afternoon tea with the Victorian ladies

    Jim Wilson poses with Victorian ladies

    Jim interviews Claire, a Victorian lady; Terry Flanagan records the moment for radio 

    Click here for the schedule of the 60 cruise liner visits to 2013 -

    The PAX column shows the passenger capacity of each cruise liner - Independence of the Sea holds over 4300 and many over 3000.

    Click here for information about Cobh Heritage Centr


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean? Well, "Mooney’s Monday Quiz" of course!!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

    It’s a two-night break for two people sharing one room in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.

    Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.

    And you must be able to avail of the prize on July 3rd and 4th as your prize ALSO includes two tickets to Kenny Rogers in the INEC on July 4th.

    Well, if that sounds 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 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

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