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    Mooney, Monday November 25th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    What puts your teeth on edge? The sound of nails on a blackboard? The feeling of cotton wool? Derek finds out why certain things make us flinch inside! We go on a musical journey with artist Andy Dolph, who puts images from space to the music of The Planets. Conor Faughnan from the AA tells us why tyres are the cause of so many NCT failures. And Brenda surprises the first of four finalists in our Second Honeymoon competition!


    The Planets & Andy Dolph

    If you click to play the above video, you'll hear the majestic music that is the Star Wars Main Theme, composed by John Williams.

    The Aviva Stadium wasn’t the only busy sports grounds this weekend. On the hallowed grounds of Croke Park, there were two days of open casting looking for the male and female lead roles in the next sequence of the Star Wars sci-fi franchise.

    Episode Seven will be the first in a new trilogy of films being made by Disney, after the studio bought all rights to the long-running space saga last year. Producers said they are looking for a "beautiful, smart, athletic" actress to play a girl in her late teens and a "handsome, smart, athletic" man in his late teens or early twenties.

    This Thursday evening, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is looking to take you on an out-of-this-world journey through the universe. They are using music inspired by the awesomeness of space - including a rare chance to hear the entire Star Wars Suite.

    Another highlight of the concert is very unique. As the orchestra performs The Planets by composer Gustav Holst, there will be a technician projecting images of the universe to accompany the music.

    He is Andy Dolph, sound engineer and visual projection specialist. He has been flown over from the United States, especially for this concert, and today he joins Derek in studio...

    Stargrazer - The Comet Encounter, featuring music by Holst, John Williams & Arthur Bliss, will be performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra this Thursday, November 28th, at 8pm, at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Tickets cost from €10 to €38. For more details about the concert, click here.


    Mooney-Sunday World Second Honeymoon Finalists Competition - Couple 1

    Brenda Donohue goes to meet the first of our four 'finalist' couples in our Second Honeymoon competition: Jackie and Alan...

    Jackie and Alan

    Jackie and Alan with Brenda Donohue 


    What Sets Our Teeth On Edge?

    What's the one noise that you find totally unbearable? For many people, it's the sound of nails scraping down a blackboard...

    Isn't it just the worst noise? Does it make your hairs stand on end? Why DO some noises give us goosebumps and what are people’s pet 'grates'? Why does Derek hate cotton wool so much? Why is the dentist’s drill and the sound of a knife squeaking on a plate so unpleasant?

    Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue has been out about asking people about what sets their teeth on edge. And Dr Michael Keane is a Psychology Lecturer and Neuroscientist based in Dublin City University.  He told Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden what happens in the brain when we hear an unpleasant noise or feel something that 'grates' - and why we get goosebumps...


    Back To Front Tyres

    8000 cars have failed their NCT because their tyres were fitted the wrong way around. To explain more, we are joined by Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs with AA Ireland... Click here to read the Road Safety Authority's guide to tyres.

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