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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 Tuesday 13 August 2013



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment




    History Behind Acronyms

    You probably know this already but ABBA is an acronym made up of the first letters of the names of each of the four band members. Agnetha , Björn , Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid. You probably also know that S.O.S. is another acronym. Apparently, standing for "Save Our Souls" Olan Mc Gowan joined Derek in studio to fill us in on the history of acronyms.


    Cutlery and food

    Most of us sit down to our evening meal or eat out in our favourite restaurant, we probably don't pay much attention to the knife we use. Professor Charles Spence has done research which shows that the cutlery we use can affect our dining experience. Our reporter Katriona Mc Fadden went to Sheridan's cheese mongers in South Ann Street to do a tasting test with cheese served on a knife and cheese served with cocktail sticks.


    Emigrant Love Story

    President John F Kennedy with part of his speech in the Dail on June 28th 1963, this US President John F Kennedy speech features in an exhibition currently running in The Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen's Green which focuses on the story of the Irish in America. Called ‘Your Huddled Masses,’ the exhibition, a guide to 300-years of emigration across the Atlantic, takes its title from the 1883 sonnet The New Colossus by American poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote: "Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." Anne Jove from Connecticut - who’s currently working in the museum - is descended from some of those featured. Anne spoke to Derek on today’s show.

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