Mooney, Monday December 16th 2013


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney Tunes today...

Derek will be reporting live from the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre - venue for Mooney Tunes 9 later on this evening. Brenda Donohue will be talking to a listener who's celebrating a very special Christmas. And in the company of some young friends, Terry Flanagan goes Walking With Dinosaurs...

Mooney's Monday Quiz

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

And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night weekend break for two adults, two children AND two sets of grandparents to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo!

Yes, that’s EIGHT people in total!

The McWilliam Park Hotel is us offering a family room and two double rooms; breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice for three generations of your family!

Now, isn’t that a prize and a half!

The prize can be used anytime during January, February or March and the McWilliam Park is a great base to explore nearby Cong, The National Museum of Ireland – or you might like to stay put and viist their Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool or 'Chique' beauty studio.

For more information about specials at the McWilliam Park Hotel, visit

Mooney Tunes 9 Preview

This evening, at 8pm, a plethora of stars will take to the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in the ninth installment of Mooney Tunes. Conductor David Brophy will lift the baton for the final time to lead the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as they play YOUR suggestions of music, alongside stars like Paul Potts and Claudia Boyle.

Derek is down at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this afternoon, with the General Manager of the theatre, Stephen Faloon, to set the scene from the rehearsals...

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking Wth Dinosaurs the 3D movie goes on general release this coming weekend. It’s categorised as a PG and is suited to 5 year olds plus. The promotional material boasts that for the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

But what did the punters make of it? Terry Flanagan went to check it out with some very knowledgeable youngsters from First Year Science Club in Moyle Park College...

For more information about the movie, visit

Cancer Sufferer Marie Oglesby

About this time last year, we had a competition on the show to give a family a hassle free Christmas break. The prize was a four day stay in Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge with Christmas completely taken care of.

The winning family were the Oglesbys, from Kilinarden in Tallaght. Andrew Oglesby, who was 15 years old at the time, entered the competition and told us about his amazing mother, Marie.

Five years ago, Marie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and unfortunately it had spread throughout her body. She is a busy mother of four children and her eldest son Andrew wanted her to have a memorable Christmas.

Brenda surprised the family and told them they won the prize, and after that, Marie spoke to Brenda about her cancer and her hopes for 2013. Lots of people were moved by her honesty and her positive outlook on life. We’ve had lots of queries to the show, as to how she was keeping, and yesterday Brenda visited her in her parents' home in Tallaght for a catch-up...

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: All I Want For Christmas Is You

Composer: Carey/afansieff

Performer(s): Brian Deady

Album: Christmas (recordno: 9362-49554-0)

Duration: 2:49


Title: Walking In The Air

Composer: Howard/ Blake

Performer(s): Chloe [Agnew]

Album: Walking In The Air

Duration: 1:02


Title: Walking On Broken Glass

Composer: Lennox

Performer(s): Annie Lennox

Album: Walking On Broken Glass - Single

Duration: 3:57


Title: Hung Up

Composer: Madonna/price/anderson/ulvaeus

Performer(s): Madonna

Album: Single (recordno: Pro15608)

Duration: 3:18


Title: Mistletoe And Wine

Composer: Strachan / Paul / Stewart

Performer(s): Cliff Richard

Album: Together With Cliff Richard

Duration: 0:05


Title: Fairytale Of New York

Composer: Shane MacGowan

Performer(s): The Pogues & Kirsty Maccoll

Album: The Ultimate Collection

Duration: 4:42


Title: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen

Album: NOW Christmas

Duration: 4:43


Title: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Performer(s): Brenda Lee

Album: 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee

Duration: 2:17


Title: Last Christmas

Performer(s): Wham!

Album: Last Christmas - Single

Duration: 4:35


Title: White Christmas

Composer: Berlin

Performer(s): Bing Crosby

Album: The Best Christmas Album

Duration: 3:03



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