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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 August 27th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    We speak to the American student who fooled people into thinking he was a rich and famous celebrity, Brenda Donohue joins residents from Limerick on a special day out, and we’re looking for three players for our weekly quiz! The prize is a fabulous five-day break, in one of the Courtyard Lodges or Woodland Villas at Parknasilla Resort & Spa on the Ring of Kerry, for between 2-6 people!


    Lisa Fitzpatrick

    Lisa Fitzpatrick is one of Ireland’s most loved fashion stylists who’s also a radio and television broadcaster.

    Viewers may know her from TV3’s Ireland AM and over the summer she’s been charming audiences in the UK with her style segments on ITV’s This Morning hosted by Irishman Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford.

    She joins Derek in studio today to chat relationships, parenting and  appearing on This Morning!


    Mooney Tunes 9

    If you were listening a couple of weeks ago, you would have heard the great news that MOONEY TUNES is back!

    This will be the ninth in our highly successful series of concerts, in association with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    The concert will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on December 16th 2013.

    And before you start calling, can we tell you that tickets for the show WILL NOT be on sale until October, most likely.

    But right now, we're putting the word out to YOU, our listeners, to get your letters in as soon as possible!

    Remember, MOONEY TUNES is all about you, the dedicated MOONEY listeners. And we want you to nominate a piece of music that has a special resonance in YOUR life.

    You can nominate absolutely ANY piece of music, whether it's pop music, a chart hit from the last 60 years ... A jazz standard, and operatic tune, a piece of film music... Even traditional music.

    The important thing is that your musical suggestion must be accompanied by a letter, detailing why the piece of music is so special to you.

    At the moment, our producer Olan McGowan is busy working with the orchestra, looking for some top class talent to perform whatever selections you send into us.

    So, get your thinking caps on, and e-mail, or you can post a letter to Mooney, RTÉ Radio 1, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

    The cut-off date for entries is September 30th 2013. And the concert takes place on December 16th next.

    And remember, if your entry is selected, you will get two free tickets to the concert! So there’s an incentive!


    Famous For Not Being Famous

    When Andy Warhol predicted in 1968 that, in the future, everybody would be famous for 15 minutes, he certainly got it right.

    But even he could not have foreseen the lengths to which people would be prepared to go to achieve fame, and that often it would be regardless of talent or ability – just the pursuit of fame for fame’s sake.

    For many, what really matters is that when you achieve celebrity status, the world and how the people in it treats you - it changes.

    A 21-year-old New Yorker recently carried out his own celebritology experiment:

    And fall for it they did:

    The whole thing was recorded and the YouTube film has gone viral, and "Fake" celebrity Brett Cohen joins Derek on the line from New York City today!


    Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

    It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

    Well, "Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz" of course!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today...

    It’s a FIVE-NIGHT stay for you and FIVE of your friends in a self-catering Woodland Villa or Courtyard Lodge at Parknasilla Resort & Spa in Sneem, Co. Kerry!

    Think of all the fun you can have! You can make it a family holiday or maybe just invite your mates?!

    Parknasilla is located on the Ring of Kerry and, while there you can enjoy the 12-hole ocean-side golf course, two tennis courts, 500 acres of walks and trails – or maybe avail of the nearby hotel’s facilities like a swim or a visit to The Spa and be pampered with views of Kenmare Bay.

    Your prize is based on up to 6 people sharing a 3-bedroomed-villa and includes a Welcome Hamper of goodies from the Parknasilla Kitchen and a fridge filled with chilled treats. It must be used before October 24th.


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