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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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    Wednesday, June 19th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Derek is back ...

    Brenda Donohue reports from Kilkenny, where she attended Ireland’s first ever Children’s Gospel Music Workshop.

    Better news from our nest cameras, as the good weather has brought an abundance of food to the five bluetit chicks.

    And, following reports that a young couple were robbed of €10,000 when trying to buy a car, Michael Sheridan gives Derek the pros and cons of buying and selling second-hand cars privately.

    Derek In Barcelona

    Last week, Derek visited Barcelona, where he came across this giant sculpture of a domestic cat, called The Cat of Botero, by the Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero.

    Cats are responsible for the deaths of billions of birds and small mammals worldwide each year.

    Giant bronze sculpture of domestic cat in Barcelona

    Note the giant Cat BELL to warn the birds!!!

    The Cat of Botero is a sculpture of the colombian artist Fernando Botero. The cat was bought by the Barcelona local government in 1987. It's actual location is the "Rambla del Raval" a street in one of the dodgiest quarters of Barcelona: El Raval.

    For more information about the cat, click here.


    NestWatch 2013

    Our Blue Tit nestlings are getting big and strong now - ornithologist Jim Wilson joins Derek from our Cork studio today with the latest from our nestbox!

    One of the Blue Tit nestlings looks up

    Our young nestlings are getting more adventurous

    The female Blue Tit directly feeding her nestlings

    The mother Blue Tit and her five remaining nestlings

    Jim took this stunning photo of a young Blue Tit in his garden, and wants to remind everyone to leave alone any young nestlings they might come across that have left the nest, as the parents may still be feeding

    Photo by Jim Wilson

    And across town, in Áras an Uachtaráin, our two young Swallows look as though they might fly the nestbox soon...


    Stag and Hen Parties

    Whilst in Barcelona, Derek ended up joining in on a stag party.  And last Saturday, the ladies of Team Mooney all joined our reporter Katriona McFadden to help her celebrate her hen.  It's a rite of passage for anyone who is getting married, but there's a huge divergence in how we celebrate that final big hurrah with all the girls or guys.  Brenda Donohue has been out and about to find out just how varied the celebration of a hen or stag night can be!


    Selling Your Second-Hand Car Privately

    If you saw last night’s Crimecall on RTÉ One, you will have seen the frightening story of a young couple held at knifepoint and robbed of €10,000 as they waited in a car park to pay for a car they found online.

    Is this a common phenomenon? And what precautions can we take when buying or selling cars privately?

    Derek is joined in studio today to discuss all this by Michael Sheridan, RTÉ’s motoring correspondent.


    Children's Gospel Workshop

    Our reporter, Brenda Donohue, was in Kilkenny over the weekend, where she attended Ireland’s first ever Children’s Gospel Workshop!

    220 pupils from 7-12 from Cork, Kilkenny, Dunamaggin, attended the workshop, which was given by Ja Ronn Thompson. Ja Ronn lectures on gospel music in San Francisco State University.

    Brenda spoke to Ja Ronn, some of the children involved, and Teresa Comerford, the event manger of Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival...

    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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