Mooney, Monday October 7th 2013

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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On Mooney Goes Wild, with Marty Morrissey...

On Mooney Goes Wild, with Marty Morrissey...

We find out how and why to vote for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in an online poll of the world's best orchestras, meet the country’s latest hurling heart-throb, Clare’s Shane O’Donnell, hear about Pavarotti's posthumous BRIT award, announce the first winner of our Fuel Your School competition, and find out all about the black swans of Bray!

Vote For The RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

Vote For The RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

Now anyone who has heard the RTÉ Concert Orchestra doesn’t need convincing as to how good they are! We’ve seen and heard them in action at our series of Mooney Tunes concerts and have they always brought the house down!

But we were pleasantly surprised today to hear the rest of the world appears to have gotten word about our fab Orchestra!

A poll to find the World’s Favourite Orchestra on has the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in 7th place. Yes, the Orchestra is storming up the charts, no less – last week they were at number 26.

So if you want to help push them a little closer to the top spot visit - the poll closes on Monday!

Clare's Hurling’s Heartthrob Shane O'Donnell!

Clare's Hurling’s Heartthrob Shane O'Donnell!

Just nine days ago, on the grounds of Croke Park for the All-Ireland Hurling final replay. Shane O’Donnell had just nine touches of the ball in the whole game - and he scored 3 goals and 1 point – of an overall score of 3 goals and 3 points - in the opening 19 minutes!

We're delighted that the Justin Bieber of Irish hurling is sitting in studio with us today!

Pavarotti Receives Classical BRIT Posthumously

The above video is for the song Miss Sarajevo, by a band called Passengers. Essentially, it's U2 and Brian Eno, with a guest vocal performance from Luciano Pavarotti.

It was a massive hit all over Europe and it’s actually cited by Bono as his favourite U2 song of all time. Would Luciano Pavarotti have felt the same? Was it his favourite recording of all time? Well, in a recording career that spanned four decades, that's probably doubtful.

Pavarotti recorded with some of the greatest orchestras, the greatest sopranos and the greatest opera companies of the 20th century. And recently, it was announced that he was to receive a posthumous Classical Brit Award for his extraordinary achievements.

Mooney producer Olan McGowan is in studio to take a look back at his career...

Fuel Your School: Connaught Winner

The first of our winners in the Fuel Your School competition, in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star, represent Connaught. The winning school is Mullaghroe National School, near Gorteen, in Co. Sligo. The school was nominated by one of the pupils, 11-year-old Muirne O Donnell, who wrote the original letter to Mooney. The school only has 37 pupils, and two teachers; almost all of the students come from within two miles of the school.

This morning, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan, who was the Connaught judge, went to Mullaghroe National School to meet Muirne, headteacher Kevin Gallagher, and all the pupils in the school to handover the cheque of €5000 for their energy costs for the next year...

The pupils of Mullaghroe National School

Headteacher Kevin Gallagher and Muirne O Donnell with the cheque for the school

Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan and Muirne O Donnell with the cheque for the school

And tomorrow, we'll be announcing the ULSTER winner of our Fuel Your School competition!

Black Swans In Bray Harbour

We love receiving your wildlife photos here on Mooney Goes Wild. And it goes in cycles. Last month we were getting lots of caterpillar pictures. This month we’re getting lots of 'spider' pictures.

But, a very unusual photograph caught our eyes on Wednesday.

When we opened the attachment we saw some swans. Nothing very unusual in that, you might say – but these were black swans! Two of them, in a pair!

This is a fairly rare occurrence, and the photographer who took the snaps, Ray Beggan of, joins us on the phone today to tell is about them...

To see more of Ray's pics, visit his website:

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Music Played on the Show

Send In The Clowns

Send In The Clowns

Rté Concert Orchestra


Drops Of Jupiter

Drops Of Jupiter



Miss Sarajevo

Miss Sarajevo

The Passengers: Brian Eno; Bono; The Edge


Che Gelida Manina

Che Gelida Manina

Luciano Pavarotti


Nessun Dorma

Nessun Dorma

Luciano Pavarotti


Prelude To Carmen

Prelude To Carmen

Rté Concert Orchestra




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