Mooney, Thursday December 12th 2013

Hornøya's Seabird Colony

From June 10th to July 12th, you can follow a live show from a bird cliff on an island called Hornøya, in the distant north-east of Norway.  About 100,000 sea birds are nesting in the steep mountainside at Hornøya, near Vardø in Finnmark.




For more information about the project, location, seabirds, and for all the links to the live streams, click here!

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

On Mooney today...

Gerald Kean relives memories of Christmas past with toys from an age gone by. Derek talks to Catholic priest Fr. Iggy O'Donovan, who is basing this week’s sermon on a Mooney discussion about atheism. And what do you do when you smash the family heirloom? Brenda sets out on a mission to replace the irreplaceable...

Sermon Inspired By 'Mooney'

Sermon Inspired By 'Mooney'

We had lots of response into the programme following Derek's conversation yesterday with Abie Philbin Bowman. Abie is a committed atheist and he was telling us about the "Sunday Assembly" he attends, which is a sort of gathering of non-believers, offering an alternative to Sunday Mass.

We got lots of reaction into the programme, and one of the responses was the following e-mail:

"As a Catholic priest I found your chat with Abie Philbin Bowman riveting and thought provoking. I have next Sunday’s sermon thanks to you."

It was sent from Fr. Iggy O’Donovan, and he joins us this afternoon from RTÉs Limerick studios...

Nostalgic Toys & Gerald Kean

Nostalgic Toys & Gerald Kean

The last time that celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean was with us (back in August) he was recovering from a near death experience. But thankfully, that’s all in the past now and he’s fit and well, and looking forward to a busy Christmas.

So seeing as it’s Christmas, and people are starting to think about gifts and perhaps recalling toys they got as a child, we decided to send Gerald on a trip down memory lane...

The Little Museum of Dublin has a display of nostalgic toys among it’s collection of artefacts and memorabilia. Gerald went along there this morning and saw some toys from yesteryear in the company of Simon O’Connor, the Museum’s curator...

The Little Museum of Dublin is located at 15, St Stephen's Green. For more information about The Little Museum, visit

Chamber Choir Ireland

The nice thing about this time of year is that you don’t need any excuse to welcome a choir onto the programme, so we're delighted to welcome onto the programme today the Chamber Choir Ireland, conducted by Paul Hillier.

The choir perform Away In A Manger and Ding Dong Merrily On High.

The choir's upcoming concerts are at St Thomas’ Parish Church, Belfast, on December 16th at 8:00pm, and at University Church, Stephen’s Green, Dublin on December 17th at 6:30pm.

For more information on the Chamber Choir, visit

Mooney's Thursday Quiz

It’s Mooney, it's Thursday, so it's time for Mooney's Thursday Quiz!

And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today: it’s a two-night weekend break to the five-star Monart Destination Spa in County Wexford, the only spa in Ireland to be shortlisted for the 2014 World Spa Awards!

Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes breakfast on both mornings, dinner on an evening of your choice and complimentary access to the spa’s facilities.

Runners-up will get a copy of the Irish Times Book Of The Year 2013 by Peter Murtagh, and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney Pride watch.

Footprint Plaque

Something that most of us have done at some stage of our lives is to break, smash or destroy something that is of sentimental value and totally irreplaceable.

Whether you’ve smashed Dad’s Waterford Crystal retirement vase, wiped the CD of your little darling’s communion or dropped your wedding ring down the toilet, many of us know that feeling: the pang, the pain, the panic.

Well Brenda Donohue met one should man who is currently experiencing all these emotions.

Eoin O'Brien has broken two very precious plates. They belong to his partner Brid, and on the plates were footprints of her grandchidren's feet when they were only four weeks old...

They are irreplaceable - but is there anyone who can restore them to their former glory? Brenda visited Eoin and Brid...

Music Played on the Show


Title: Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Chamber Choir Ireland

Duration: 0:30


Title: Away In A Manger

Composer: Traditional

Performer(s): Chamber Choir Ireland

Duration: 2:00


Title: Those Were The Days

Composer: G Raskin

Performer(s): Mary Hopkin

Album: Those Were the Days / Goodbye - Single

Duration: 5:06


Title: Hot For You

Composer: Paul Cleary

Performer(s): The Blades

Album: Raytown Revisited

Duration: 1:17


Title: Hung Up

Composer: Madonna/price/anderson/ulvaeus

Performer(s): Madonna

Album: Single (recordno: Pro15608)

Duration: 3:18


Title: Somewhere Only We Know

Composer: Rice-Oxley/Chaplin/Hughes

Performer(s): Lily Allen

Album: Somewhere Only We Know - Single

Duration: 3:41


Title: Delilah

Performer(s): Tom Jones

Album: 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection - The Best of Tom Jones

Duration: 3:34


Title: Royals

Performer(s): Lorde

Album: Royals - Single

Duration: 3:24


Title: Living Next Door To Alice

Composer: Chinn/chapman

Performer(s): Smokie

Album: The Best of Smokie

Duration: 3:24


Title: How Long Will I Love You

Performer(s): Ellie Goulding

Album: Halcyon Days (Deluxe Edition)

Duration: 2:44


Title: Come On Eileen

Composer: Rolland /paterson / Adams

Performer(s): Dexys Midnight Runners

Album: Eighties - The Look Of Love (recordno: 0695452)

Duration: 0:06



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