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    Mooney, Tuesday December 3rd 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Brian Kennedy pays tribute to Joni Mitchell, Jim Clarken tells us about Oxfam's 12 Days Of Giving campaign, Fergus Sweeney chats about how Glasgow is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games next year, and Eanna ni Lamhna takes a walking tour of Edinburgh in the company of Blue Guide Maggie McLeod!


    Brian Kennedy, Joni Mitchell & Dreams!

    The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrated her 70th birthday last month, and to mark that milestone, our very own Brian Kennedy has released an album of her songs, as a tribute to this musical genius.

    A Love Letter To Joni contains ten of his favourite Joni Mitchell songs, and Brian joins Derek in studio today to chat about putting the album together, performing with Joni - and his love of dream analysis!

    For more information on Brian and his new album, visit


    Oxfam’s 12 Days Of Giving Campaign

    According to the papers today, a global survey has found Ireland to be the most generous nation in Europe, and the fifth most giving in the world. The World Giving Index 2013 measured altruism in terms of direct donations to charity, volunteering personal time and helping strangers.

    It is timely news as we are joined in studio today by Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam, who tells us about Oxfam’s Twelve Days of Giving Campaign...

    If you would like to donate, phone 1850 30 40 55 (ROI) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (N.I.) or visit for more information on the 12 Days Of Giving campaign.



    Glasgow's Preparations For The Commonwealth Games

    Derek saw a report on TV some months ago about how a temporary athletics track was being constructed at Hampden Park for next year's Commonwealth Games. It was quite a unique building project, and he mentioned to our colleague Fergus Sweeney that he might like to find out more about it during our visit to Scotland.

    At the time, Fergus dismissed it as "nothing special" - but he's in studio today to eat humble pie...

    Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 

    Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow


    Edinburgh Walkabout

    Mooney had a *fantastic stay* in Glasgow, courtesy of and Aer Lingus Regional. It was a very sad time to be there of course, as news broke of the nine people who lost their lives in Glasgow's Clutha Bar following a police helicopter crash.

    But Glasgow is a lovely city, and Derek really enjoyed walking around it and talking to some of the people there.

    We didn’t JUST stay in Glasgow though. We travelled to Birnam in Perthshire to learn about beavers, Derek travelled to Paisley outside Glasgow to learn about Highland Cattle (and you can hear all about Highland Cattle during a special show on December 27th), Katriona travelled to Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – AND we went to the capital of Scotland: Edinburgh!

    Eanna ni Lamhna and her husband Johnny took a walking tour of Edinburgh and their 'Blue Badge' guide was the lovely Maggie McLeod...

    For more informaton about Maggie's tours, visit


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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: River
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Duration: 0:04:27
    • Title: Big Yellow Taxi
      Composer: Mitchell
      Performer(s): Joni Mitchell
      Album: Hits (recordno: 9362463262), Reprise, 9362463262
      Duration: 0:02:15
    • Title: Little Green
      Composer: Mitchell
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Duration: 0:03:43

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