Mooney, Monday December 9th 2013
On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...
We meet the young mother whose near death experience motivated her to write a novel. We speak to one of Ireland's longest serving pantomime dames, and we report back from a comedy workshop which was held in Dublin over the weekend!
Swedish Pop Idol
What a weekend it has been for just about anyone Irish involved in reality TV shows, in several corners of the globe! Our own Louis Walsh got not one, but two contestants through to the final of The X Factor - whilst in Australia, former Westlife singer Kian Egan was being crowned King of the Jungle in ITV's I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
And in Scandinavia, an Irish professional football player was busy beating off the opposition to win this year’s Swedish Idol! Kevin Walker’s father hails from Carlow and he’s been brought up very much as part of the growing Irish population in Stockholm.
And today we're joined from Stockholm - from the SverigeSRadio studios - by Irish journalist and producer Philip O'Connor (who is based in Sweden) to tell us all about it!
Scumbags And Handbags
We’ve spoken on the programme before about Gaelic4Mothers - up and down the country, thousands of Mums tog out each week to keep fit and play matches.
Sinead Hamill from Stillorgan in Dublin is one such Mum.
But she saw the funny side of a motley crew of women, all shapes and sizes, meeting up to play Gaelic Football – and she decided to write a novel about it.
Throw in a Nidge-like character as their manager and you have the book Scumbags And Handbags. She's in studio with us today to tell us all about it!
Scumbags And Handbags is published by the author; the ISBN is 978-149-350-5883. For more information, visit www.sineadhamill.com.
Chipmunks are from the same family as the squirrel and are native to North America and they can also be found in Asia and parts of Easter Europe.
Recently, the DSPCA in Rathfarnham took receipt of a pair of chipmunks and they are now looking to rehome them. Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney went along to Rathfarnham to find out more about this pair.
If you would like to find a home for a chipmunk, contact the DSPCA at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, phone 01 499-4700 or visit www.dspca.ie.
If you are unsure as to whether a chipmunk would be suitable for your home, you can read the DSPCA's Guide To Caring For Chipmunks.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific is jam-packed full of musical favourites, including the fabulous There Is Nothing Like A Dame! The sailors of South Pacific are celebrating the female dames, but today, we're celebrating dames of the more festive variety!
The staple of every great panto is an even greater Dame, and today, we're joined from Cork by one of Ireland's greatest panto dames: Jim Mulcahy!
Jim Mulcahy is celebrating his 23rd year playing in panto, and this year, those attending The Everyman Theatre in Cork to see Jack And The Beanstalk will be able to see the panto in 3-D!
Jim is in our Cork studio to tell us more...
CADA and The Everyman presents the Christmas Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, from December 7th - January 12th. For more information, phone the Box Office on 021 450-1673 or visit www.everymancork.com.
Everyone loves a good comedy stand up, but have you ever thought about standing on the stage yourself? Comedian Maxine Jones has been providing the people of Dublin with the opportunity to do just that, as she’s been hosting affordable comedy workshops in Blackrock. Louise Denvir went along yesterday afternoon to find out more...
To find out more about the comedy events at the Wicked Wolf in Blackrock, visit www.facebook.com/wickedwolfcomedy or follow @wickedwolfcmdy.
There Is Nothing Like A Dame
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Something Wonderful: Bryn Terfel Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein