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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, Wednesday August 28th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    As Finbar Furey and Mundy battle it out for a place in the finale of The Hit, Derek talks to the show’s creator about what it takes to make a winning TV format. And we hear the extraordinary tale of the football manager appointed to FC Baku whose experience was solely in the computer game "Football Manager"!


    Final Of The Hit This Friday

    The big finale of RTÉ’s The Hit takes place THIS Friday. Presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, The Hit is the latest music reality show format – and it’s been doing relatively well, with a quarter of a million people tuning in each week.

    And that’s just in Ireland. It’s about to travel around the world!

    Finding a winning TV format can mean big bucks. Imagine if you were the person behind shows like these The X Factor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Big Brother.

    If you had thought those up, right now a butler would probably be serving you up afternoon tea on a silver platter and a helicopter would be waiting in your back yard to transport you to dinner this evening.

    Yes, one clever idea can become your intellectual property and for TV producers, finding 'The Big One' is a bit of a quest for the Holy Grail!

    Philip Kampff is the creator of The Hit and the owner of Vision Independent Productions and he joins Derek in studio today, as does Declan Jones, Head of Development with Vision Independent Productions, whose job on The Hit was to listen to and whittle down the 1000 songs received into the show...

    To find out how to download the two songs, Mundy's The Jigsaw Man and Finbar Furey's Last Great Love Song, visit

    For more information about The Hit, visit the website:, and to watch previous episodes of The Hit, click here!


    The Youngest Football Club Manager In The World

    Football lovers will be delighted to welcome in the new Premier League season after a summer off. There are new managers, new players – a lot to talk about around the watercooler or 'down the pub'.

    But, in all the soccer trivia, here’s a question that might catch out even the most devoted footie fan: who is the world’s youngest football club manager and what team do they manage?

    Well the answer is: Vugar Huseynzade, he’s 22, and he manages FC Baku in Azerbaijan.

    He got the job at age 21 – and, if that wasn’t extraordinary enough, his prior experience was limited to playing a computer game called Football Manager!!

    Vugar is on the line from Baku, and Ciaran Brennan is on the line from London. He is the PR Manager for Sports Interactive who make the Football Manager game...

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