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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 Monday 1 July 2013


    Today on Mooney...

    We take tea with possibly the oldest wedding cake in Ireland, we tune up with buskers in Cork facing strict new codes of practice and on Canada Day we ask, what have the Canadians ever done for us?


    Tea with Annie and her 1884 Cake

    Brenda went to meet 91 year old Annie Fox and her cake from 1884.





    Buskers in Cork

    The tradition of busking in Ireland has allowed many would be stars to hone their acts on the streets before going on to make it big in the music industry. Think of the likes of Glen Hansard, Mic Christopher or Paddy Casey, all of whom busked on Grafton Street, or the hugely successful guitar playing duo of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who also started out busking on the street. Or, what about the well known busker The Pecker Dunne, who busked at GAA matches and other events over the years.

    With paying gigs getting harder and harder to get, busking can be a good opportunity to make a few quid. But, one Cork Councillor thinks new rules are needed, similar to ones being considered in Dublin, to police street busking. Brian O’Connell joins us now from our Cork studio and he has been hearing from buskers, Councillors and shop owners in Cork.

    Brian O Connell in Cork tells us more...


    Canada Day

    Canada Day we ask, what have the Canadians ever done for us? Canadian finincail journaist Jill Kirby and Ruairi Spillane from enlighten us.

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