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    Mooney, Tuesday December 10th 2013


    On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

    Brenda Donohue presents a unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    From painters and plumbers to welders and wood-workers - Fergus reports from a gathering of apprentices for the National Skills Competition. We hear the awful but ultimately uplifting story of one of the last remaining survivors of Auschwitz. And singer-songwriter Mickey Harte is live in studio...


    Keane & Vieira - Best Of Enemies

    The decade was the 1990s, and the two biggest footballing tribes were Arsenal and Manchester United. The 'midfield enforcers' of those tribes were Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane, respectively.

    Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane

    Tonight the pair are reunited in an ITV4 documentary, Keane & Vieira - Best Of Enemies, which evokes a time of gladiatorial conflict between two of the world’s most driven midfielders. The pair met 19 times on the pitch and were shown 21 red cards between them. They were compulsive viewing at the time and from what we've seen, tonight’s documentary is going to be riveting too.

    Matt Barlow is a Sports Journalist with the Daily Mail in London – he has had a sneak preview of the WHOLE documentary - and he joins Brenda on the line with a preview...

    Keane & Vieira - Best Of Enemies will be shown on ITV4 tonight at 10pm, and on RTÉ Two tomorrow week, December 18th, at 9.55pm. For more information about the programme, visit


    Mickey Harte

    It's that wonderful time of the year when you really need to get that letter to Santa off in the post, if it hasn’t gone already!

    And it is that time of year you get to hear some fabulous songs on the radio. Today, Mickey Harte joins us in studio with his gorgeous interpretation of Fairytale Of New York...

    Mickey also hosts at the Troubadour Club, alongside musician Francie Conway - the idea is to help out songwriters and performers in Dublin city. The next one will take place at the Belvedere Hotel, on Great Denmark St, D1, on Fri, December 13th and Friday, December 20th at 9pm. And best of all - there is no cover charge!


    Batsheva Dagan, Auschwitz Survivor

    The 1993 movie Schindler's List contains probably the most vivid cinematic portrayal of the nightmare that was the Nazi Holocaust.

    To most of us, the Holocaust, and place names like Auschwitz, Birkenau, Treblinka, are events and places in history that we learn about in school, and through TV documentaries and movies.

    Batsheva Dagan

    But last Friday, producer Olan McGowan came face-to-face with this dreadful history, when he met one of the few remaining survivors of Auschwitz - a lady called Batsheva Dagan. Today, we hear hear her experience and memories of this truly horrific time...

    In the interview, Batsheva talked about her books, in particular one book called Imagination: Blessed be, Cursed be: Reminiscences from There. This book is available on, for $15.


    Irish Skills Competition

    Fifty years ago, Ireland’s top apprentices took part in a World Skills competition right here in Dublin. Believe it or not, the event is still running and the national competition to find the best apprentices in a range of skill areas got underway at various venues in Ireland today...

    Competitions are taking place in crafts such as carpentry, joinery, electrical installations, industrial control, metal fabrication, plastering,  and many, many more, so this morning, Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney visited DIT in Dublin to find out more...

    For more information on the IrelandSkills National Competition, click here.

    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: Fairytale Of New York
      Composer: Macgowan Finer
      Performer(s): Mickey Harte
      Performer(s): Mickey Harte
      Duration: 4:22
    • Title: Theme From Schindler's List
      Composer: John Williams
      Performer(s): Itzhak Perlman And The Boston Symphony Orchestra / John Williams
      Performer(s): Itzhak Perlman And The Boston Symphony Orchestra / John Williams
      Album: Schindler's List - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Mca, MCD10969
      Duration: 4:11
    • Title: Practical
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Mickey Harte
      Performer(s): Mickey Harte
      Duration: 2:26

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