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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney, Wednesday December 11th 2013



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney today...

    John Spillane performs his new single with some help from the regulars in his local bar, and we ask if the mother-in-law is really misunderstood or whether she deserves her reputation as the butt of the joke...


    John Spillane & The Ferry Arms

    A tiny pub in the picturesque harbour village of Passage West in Co Cork is the setting for a video that’s rapidly clocking up Youtube hits. 

    The Ferry Arms is singer-songwriter John Spillane’s local pub – and the video of his song features a colourful cast of locals – including soprano Cara O’Sullivan.

    John Spillane is in our Cork studio now to tell us all about it!


    Godless Congregation

    When The Life Of Brian came out in 1979, it was heavily criticised by many religious groups. It was called blasphemous. It was banned from public screening in some European countries, including Ireland and Norway.

    But whatever your religious view of the movie, one thing is beyond dispute. It was, unashamedly, a searing indictment of organised religion.

    1979 was also the year that Pope John Paul visited Ireland. One million people came out to see him in the Phoenix Park. If Pope Francis came to visit now, would the numbers be as high?

    One man who definitely wouldn't be there is Abie Philbin Bowman. Apart from being a comedian, actor and writer, he is a committed atheist. And he's also involved in something called the "Sunday Assembly", which is a sort of gathering of non-believers, offering an alternative to traditional Sunday gatherings, like the Mass.

    Abie is in studio today to explain what this is all about...

    The next Sunday Assembly will take place this Sunday, December 15th, at noon, in the Exchange in Temple Bar, Dublin.


    The Mother-In-Law

    "Did you hear the one about the Kerryman who had a brain transplant?" The brain rejected him... Haw, Haw, Haw...

    "Paddy Irishman, Paddy Scotsman and Paddy Englishman walked into a bar".

    No, I’m not going to tell you another joke about the usual targets. Let’s leave the put upon Kerryman and Paddy Irishman alone.... and as for that poor old chicken and his hilarious attempts to cross the road. Let’s not go there either.

    But believe it or not neither the Kerryman nor Paddy Irishman are the comedians favourite targets ... That honour goes to someone many of you know all too well: the mother-in-law. What sort of a career would Les Dawson have had without his poor old mother-in-law?

    So does the mother-in-law get a bit of a raw deal? In a moment we’ll speak to Katy Rink whose new book is called Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, but first, our researcher Michele Browne went out and about on the streets to find out what people really think of this most put-upon of women...

    Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, by Katie Rink, is published by Peridot Press. The ISBN is 978-1909-717-008 and the RRP is £6.99.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Ferry Arms
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): John Spillane And Friends
      Performer(s): John Spillane And Friends
      Duration: 1:02
    • Title: Passage West
      Composer: Spillane
      Performer(s): John Spillane
      Performer(s): John Spillane
      Album: The Best of John Spillane - So Far So Good, Like, Emi Promo, PROMO
      Duration: 3:35
    • Title: Life In An Irish Town
      Composer: John Spillane
      Performer(s): John Spillane
      Performer(s): John Spillane
      Album: Life In an Irish Town, 3753155
      Duration: 4:03
    • Title: Willie Mcbride
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Harvey Cousins
      Performer(s): Harvey Cousins
      Duration: 0:28

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