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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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    Mooney Wednesday 26 June 2013


    Today on Mooney...

    Nest watch 2013 continues with the amazing kestrel... And John Lusby, from Birdwatch Ireland, has all the details.

    We talk to the Irish doctor who flies off to war-torn Syria tomorrow, as part of an emergency mission with Medicins Sans Frontiers

    Vet Andrew Byrne will also be on hand to field some pet queries from listeners and, Brenda meets Peter Byrne, Ireland's most romantic, and poetic, husband!


    Nestwatch 2013 - Kestrels

    The blue tits fledged on Monday and the Swallow left this morning but fear not nestwatch 2013 continues with Kestrels in Kildare. John Lusby, from Birdwatch Ireland, has all the details.






    Medicins Sans Frontiers

    It's the last place on earth you would want to be: an intense war zone in a seemingly intractable conflict. And yet, for the civilians on the ground, the need for independent medical aid is all the more acute.

    With that in mind, Medicins Sans Frontiers, or "Doctors without Borders", continues to recruit doctors from all over the world: men and women who are deeply committed and brave enough to enter these conflict zones.

    One of those doctors is with me now. He's a Longford man, a young paediatrician, and he's preparing to take off for Syria tomorrow as part of an emergency medical team.

    Declan Barry tells Derek more.
    Phone: 01 660 3337


    Irelands Most Romantic Husband

    Brenda went to Rush County Dublin to meet Irelands most husband Peter Byrne and his wife Marie. He has written Marie over 120 love poems and keeps going...


    One Dog Policy

    We have heard about China’s ‘one child policy’, but did you know that if you live in Beijing or Shanghai you will also be subject to a one dog policy?

    And not only one dog, but they can’t grow to over 14 inches tall, which means no Rottweilers, St. Bernard’s or Great Danes!

    Controlling canine populations is a concern for authorities worldwide, for many reasons, perhaps those of human health and animal welfare being at the forefront…

    Vet Andrew Byrne tells us more

    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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