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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 July 15th 2013


    On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

    How to deal with kids who are literally tearing their hair out – psychologist David Carey is in to talk about this and other stress-related conditions. Comedien Gary Cooke chats about his early exit from Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, and life après match. And Shay talks to the cast of SHOUT!, a coming-of-age tale of five women in Swinging Sixties' London, set around the hit songs of Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw and Lulu!


    Celebrity MasterChef Ireland: Gary Cooke

    Celebrity MasterChef Ireland got off to a sizzling hot start on RTÉ One yesterday evening, although it might have been a little too hot to handle for our next guest... He's a Cooke by name, but according to according to Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier not, alas, a cook by nature ... Gary Cooke joins Shay in studio today to tell us about his experience of taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Ireland!

    To find out more, read this RTÉ Ten interview with Gary on his departure, or if you missed the programme last night, you can watch it back on the RTÉ Player by clicking here.

    Celebrity MasterChef Ireland continues next Sunday on RTÉ One at 21:30 - to visit the website for the series, click here.


    Shout! The MOD Musical

    The sixties saw a decade of radical change in the world, but this new approach was often in conflict with post-war sensibilities, and many places, particularly London, were in a state of moral flux.

    With the help of music from the likes of Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield, this is the story that’s told through the lives of five very different women in a musical currently on in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre.

    Cast members Sharon Clancy (Yellow Girl), Stella Bass (Blue Girl), Laura Bella Griffin (Green Girl), Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh (Red Girl) and Laura Kelly (Orange Girl) join Shay in studio today to perform some music from the show, and to tell us what we can expect if we go to see Shout! The Mod Musical!

    From left to right: Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh, Laura Bella Griffin, Sharon Clancy, Laura Kelly and Stella Bass

    Shout! The Mod Musical is currently running at Dublin's Tivoli Theatre, and has an age-guide of over 15s.  For more information about the show, visit

    From left to right: Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh, Laura Bella Griffin, Sharon Clancy, Shay Byrne, Laura Kelly and Stella Bass



    As parents, we all worry about our children when they start behaving unusually or in an unexpected way. We recently came across something quite upsetting: the story of a daughter who began to pull her own hair out. To talk more about this condition, trichotillomania, and other symptoms of stress, Shay is joined in studio by Dr. David Carey, Consultant Psychologist at the Owen Connolly Counselling Centre in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

    David's tips for helping anxious children:

    • Routines and Structure
    • Help Children Identify Feelings
    • Provide Opportunities for Communicating About Feelings
    • Provide Soothing and Comforting Strategies
    • Respect Your Child's Fears
    • Model Brave Behaviour
    • Encourage Brave Behaviour
    • Teach Relaxation Skills
    • Encourage "Feeling Good" Activities
    • Storytelling
    • Teach Problem-Solving Strategies
    • Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

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