Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney, Monday December 2nd 2013


    On Mooney today, live from Glasgow...

    We find out how the city is coping following Friday night's fatal helicopter crash, we hear what independence might mean for the Scots and we visit some of the country's major tourist attractions...

    Mooney's Honeymooners, with the Sunday World!


    Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World ( to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We looked for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!

    The winning couple will be revealed in the Sunday World on December 22nd, and on Mooney on Christmas Day. Good luck to everybody who entered!

    Mooney Tunes 9

    On Monday, December 16th, Mooney Tunes 9 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin!

    The ninth concert in our hugely popular series of Mooney Tunes will be a variety Christmas concert with various singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listeners requests will be read out and their songs will be played. There will be love songs, songs you will sing along to, beautiful classical music and lots of Christmassy tunes to get you in the festive mood a week before Christmas!

    The Mooney Tunes concerts have been extremely successful, and tickets often sell-out within hours of going on sale.

    The benefit of buying the tickets in person at the theatre box office is that there is no service charge to pay. Tickets are priced from €14.50 and go up to €20, €28, €34 and €39.50, depending on where you are sitting.

    Tickets are also on sale online from, Ticketmaster outlets and from the Ticketmaster phonelines:

    0818 719 377 - Republic of Ireland Customers
    0844 847 2455 - Northern Ireland Customers
    00 353 1 456 9569 - International Customers

    Tickets bought from online or on the phone are subject to a 12.5% service charge so, for example, that would make the €14.50 ticket, the cheapest ticket, €16.60. If you buy your tickets in person from a Ticketmaster outlet there will be a €2.50 flat fee service charge, and there is no service charge whatsoever if you buy them in person at the box office here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

    But whichever way you choose to get your tickets for Mooney Tunes 9, we suggest that you do it as soon as possible after 3pm, when they go on sale! It's the perfect pre-Christmas concert - but tickets will go early, so get yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! For more information about the concert, visit


    Fatal Helicopter Crash

    On Friday night, a police helicopter crashed into The Clutha bar in Glasgow, killing the three helicopter crew, along with six people inside the pub. Derek talks to Gordon Smart, Editor of The Scottish Sun (who actually witnessed the incident) and BBC journalist Reeval Alderson (Home Affairs Correspondent with Reporting Scotland), whilst Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney reports back from meeting some of those gathered at the crash site...


    Walkabout In Glasgow

    Derek goes for a wee stroll with Scottish Blue Badge Guide, Kenneth D. Hanley, sporran and all, to see some of sights Glasgow has to offer... 
    Ken Hanley, Walking Tour Guide in Glasgow

    For more information about Ken's walking tours, visit
    Christmas Tree on St Georges Square, Glasgow
    Christmas shoppers on Buchannan Street
    Glasgow has its' own subway: one circular line

    Deep Fried Mars Bar

    Derek takes Eanna ni Lamhna out to Glasgow's Blue Lagoon chipper for a deep-fried Mars Bar & Iron Bru!

    Eanna on her way into the Blue Lagoon to get a battered Mars bar
    A picture paints a thousand words: Eanna enjoys a battered Mars bar and washes it down with a bottle of Iron Bru

    Musician Christopher Findlay & EDA

    Derek talks to Christopher Findlay, lead singer with up-and-coming Glasgow Rock Band, EDA. By day (and night) Chris works as an ambassador in one of Glasgow's trendiest hotels, Citizen M on Renfrew Street, but his real dream is to make music...
    Chris Findlay, lead singer with Glasgow rock band EDA

    To find out more about Chris Findlay and EDA, visit

    Royal Yacht Britannia

    Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden takes a private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, which is Scotland's top tourist attraction...

    For more information, visit


    Why Visit Scotland?

    People are coming in their millions to visit Scotland every year. In fact, tourism is fundamental to the economy here – accounting for more revenue than oil, gas and whiskey put together.

    So what are they coming to see? What will be here next year? Caroline Packman is Director of Homecoming Scotland 2014, from Visit Scotland, and she joins us from Edinburgh to tell us more about the joys of Scotland!

    For more information about visit

    Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.


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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Donald Where's Your Troosers
      Composer: Stewart/Grant
      Performer(s): Andy Stewart
      Performer(s): Andy Stewart
      Album: Hello Children Everywhere Vol 2 (recordno: Cds7932532), Emi, CDS7932532
      Duration: 3:15
    • Title: Bye Bye Baby
      Composer: Gaudio/Crewe
      Performer(s): The Bay City Rollers
      Performer(s): The Bay City Rollers
      Album: 45 Classic No 1s, Bmg Telstar, TTVCD3217
      Duration: 2:32
    • Title: Letter From America
      Composer: C.Reid / C,Reid
      Performer(s): The Proclaimers
      Performer(s): The Proclaimers
      Album: Now 1987 (recordno: 7243 5 2027422), Virgin / Emi, 7243 5 2027422
      Duration: 4:01
    • Title: Hedwig's Theme
      Performer(s): Williams, John
      Performer(s): Williams, John
      Duration: 5:25
    • Title: Flower Of Scotland
      Performer(s): The Band Of The Scots Guards
      Performer(s): The Band Of The Scots Guards
      Album: The Complete Scottish Bagpipe Collection
      Duration: 1:37
    • Title: Eat It
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): "Weird Al" Yankovic
      Performer(s): "Weird Al" Yankovic
      Album: "Weird Al" Yankovic's Greatest Hits, No Details
      Duration: 1:46
    • Title: We Are One
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Eda
      Performer(s): Eda
      Duration: 4:06

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