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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, Thursday July 18th 2013


    On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

    We celebrate 25 years of Hello magazine in the company of royal watcher Noel Cunningham, we discover the dangers of dabbling in the dark world of the occult, and John McColgan tells us about attempting to set a new world record for Riverdancing!


    25 Years Of Hello! Magazine!

    They’ve taken us inside the homes of the royal family, we’ve seen the very first pictures of babies born to Hollywood’s most glamorous couples, and we’ve shared the most intimate moments of the rich and famous on their wedding day. All courtesy of Hello! magazine, which has been on the go for 25 years now!

    Did it coincide with the era of "celebrity culture", or did it fuel this obsession? How has Hello! maintained its' advantage over rivals like OK!, Now and Heat? Will Twitter spell the end for the multi-million pound celebrity-obsessed publishing industry? Noel Cunningham is in studio and may have some answers...


    Dangers Of The Occult

    On yesterday ‘s programme, one of our guests was hypnotist and magician Keith Barry, who is currently appearing in Dublin’s Olympia theatre. His show is called The Dark Side, and it addresses the paranormal.  We got a lot of reaction to the item, with a lot of reservations expressed about the content of Keith's show.

    One of those who got in contact was Fr. Eamonn Murphy, from Charleville in Co. Cork, who e-mailed us to say:

    "Just listening to the last 10 minutes or so of your guest 'illusionist' on today's programme. Please warn your listeners that occult practices such as the Ouija board and invoking spirits really do work. No debunking is necessary. It is no illusion. The real danger of opening ourselves up to the occult is that we have no idea of what kind of forces we are unleashing. I am disappointed that your show should give promotional air time to something so dangerous."

    Fr. Eamonn joins Shay today from our Cork studios to chat about his feelings on the use of occult practices.


    What We Text About

    As a nation, it would appear that we are among the highest-ranking in Europe when it comes to tapping out messages to friends, family and work mates.

    By now you’ll be familiar with some of the less appropriate uses of texts, such as workers finding out from a message on their mobile phone that they’ve been fired – and comedian and actor Russell Brand used the same technique to tell singer Katy Perry he was filing for divorce.

    So what are the messages we are sending that have us wearing out the buttons on our phones? We sent Mary Kingston into Dublin to find out!


    Ireland's Drought

    It's official! As of yesterday evening, Ireland is officially in drought. Harm Luijkx, from Met Éireann, is on the line to explain why...


    Royal Baby Gifts

    Today, we're also keeping an eye on the newswires, because any day - possibly any hour! - now, the future King or Queen of England is due to be born.

    Noel Cunningham is just one of the millions of people on Royal Baby watch! And would you believe it, even before the baby’s arrival Kate and Wills have been taking receipt of gifts from their famous pals...

    Elton John has composed a song, David Beckham has sent a signed football – and he’s promised to give private lessons when the child is older. Stella McCartney has designed a one-off bed spread collection. The White House has sent pearl-handled toys and antique books.

    Are these appropriate gifts? What do you give the baby that will have everything? Noel has been looking at some suggestions!

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 16:08
      Title: What A Wonderful World
      Composer: Weiss/Douglas
      Performer(s): Louis Armstrong
      Performer(s): Louis Armstrong
      Album: Voices, Republic Records, B0019865-02
      Duration: 2:15

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