Mooney, Wednesday September 25th 2013


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh tells us why she’d like to play the role of Maureen Haughey in an upcoming film, vet Andrew Byrne talks about feral cats and whether they can be tamed, and we’re in the shower again with some of Ireland’s best singers!

Mooney's Singers In The Shower

Last week, to celebrate RTÉ’s Big Music Week, we launched our competition to find Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower! To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower.

Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to Please do not send recordings of original compositions. The closing date is Wednesday, September 25th 2013. THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RTÉ.IE. AND THE COMPETITIONS TERMS APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION. Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these competition terms and conditions, and terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie, and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney, on Thursday, October 3rd 2013. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie and the recordings shall be deemed "content" for the purposes of application of the terms of clause 9 of such terms and conditions.

And for one lucky winner, we have one, very special prize: a Yamaha Clavinova CLP4440 Electric Piano!

Niall Walton, from Walton's Music, with the Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano that will be won by Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower!

Maureen Haughey & Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

Maureen Haughey & Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

Over its 51-year history, The Late Late Show has given us some iconic moments, and one of the most memorable was when then Sunday Independent columnist Terry Keane talked about her infamous affair with former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey. One woman who was at the heart of the fallout from these hugely scandalous revelations was Maureen Haughey, Charlie’s long-suffering wife.

It's been announced that a forthcoming drama will explore the Haughey dynasty, and TV presenter and actress Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has an interest in playing the part of Maureen Haughey, as she explains when she joins Derek in studio today...

Vet Andrew Byrne

Vet Andrew Byrne

A new trendy café has opened in a chic Paris district, called Cafe des Chats. It's home to a dozen rescue cats, who live there 24/7, curled up on the armchairs and weaving in between the tables brushing under the feet of diners.

The cats are there for purr therapy! The aim is to give Parisians who are unable to keep pets in cramped city-centre apartments some cat time, which café manager Margaux Gandelon says has real health benefits.

Now this might not be your cup of tea - but the café has queues snaking along the pavement and hundreds of potential customers had to be turned away.

Mooney vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, joins Derek studio today to chat about the Cafe des Chats, feral cats, itchy ears and Lyme disease!

For more information about the Cafe des Chats, visit



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