Monday, June 17th 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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On Mooney today, with Neil Delamere...

On Mooney today, with Neil Delamere...

We have a look through some of the weird and wonderful news stories on the wires, with Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. From JFK to the Queen of England – Ellen Mahon lifts the lid on diplomatic dining since the foundation of the state. We touch base with Chad Ligon from Augusta, Georgia, he's the Bellyflop and Belching champion of the Redneck Olympics!  And it's Monday, so we're looking for three players to take part in Mooney's Monday Quiz!  The prize today is a fantastic two-night weekend break to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, in Wicklow, on the weekend of July 6th/7th, with entry into nearby Russborough House's Hints of History Gathering BBQ Festival, which also takes place that weekend! If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.

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 weekend break for two people sharing a deluxe room in the 4-star Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort on Blessington Lake in County Wicklow (www.tulfarrishotel.com).

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and a three-course dinner on an evening of your choice in the LimeTree Restaurant.

One of the bedrooms at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

The Tulfarris Golf Course

And you MUST be available to avail of the hotel stay on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of July as your prize ALSO includes free passes to the ‘Hints of History Gathering Barbecue Festival’ happening that weekend at nearby Russborough House (www.russboroughhouse.ie).

Russborough House in Wicklow

The maze at Russborough House

There will be history talks, Outdoor Opera, a Medieval Battle, Craftwork demonstrations, Kids treasure hunts – and a Barbeque! To find out more about the Festival, click here.

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.

If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.

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. 

Weird News Stories, with Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly

It's always fun to pick that old cliché out of the box, the one that goes "truth is stranger than fiction", and to take a few stories from around the world that underline the veracity of that claim!

Today, we are doing exactly that in the company of comedians Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. Chris and Gearóid have done a little digging, and come up with some stories which are absolutely true, and at the same time utterly bizarre!

Here are some of their favourites:

Wrestler - My life sucks because I'm too hot:


http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/my-life-sucks-cos-im-too-hot-says-blonde-professional-wrestler-dana-adiva/story-e6frfmq9-1226656710996

Eyeball licking
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/jun/14/eyeball-licking-fetish-japanese-teenagers-sick

Unicorn passport
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4965520/Girl-aged-9-waved-through-customs-on-fake-passport-for-toy-unicorn.html

999 - Prostitute
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/punter-dials-999-to-complain-about-prostitute-s-looks-1.1428694

Chicken Burger Proposal
http://now.msn.com/chicken-burger-proposal-photo-goes-viral-as-another-sign-of-modern-love

91 year old weight lifter
http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/06/watch-a-91-year-old-weightlifter-bench-press-187-pounds/

Diplomatic Dining

This week we will welcome the children of the 44th President of the United States back to the land of their ancestors. It is something we like to do - welcome back presidents of the United States and their children, as you can tell by the reception we gave this month 50 years ago to another Irish American president!

John Fitzgerald Kennedy arrived in Ireland to a rapturous reception only five months before he tragically died at the tender age of 46 in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

And today we are going to look he had for dinner! To tell us more, Neil is joined by Elaine Mahon, who is an expert on Irish Diplomatic Dining since the inception of the state...

Redneck Olympics

Chad Ligon tells Neil about taking part in the Bellyflop and Burping contests in this year’s Redneck Olympics in Augusta, Georgia!

For more, visit www.redneckolympics.com.

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