Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney, Monday January 6th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Showband legend Brendan Bowyer talks about Elvis, Las Vegas and life in showbiz, Lenore Skenazy brings us up to date with life in New York and we’ll announce the winner of our Mooney Word Of The Year competition, and three listeners compete to win a fabulous weekend break to the 4* McWilliam Park Hotel in Co. Mayo, in Mooney's Monday Quiz!

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    Brendan Bowyer

    Elvis Presley, if he were alive today, would celebrate his 79th birthday on Wednesday. The King of Rock of Roll died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. U.S. President Jimmy Carter said at the time of his death “he permanently changed the face of American popular culture” and many fans, even to this day, refuse to believe that he is dead and think Elvis is very much ‘still in the building’

    As with all big names, Elvis spawned many impersonators and, around this time last year, we interviewed Tralee man Mark Leen on the show. And he paid tribute to Ireland’s FIRST-EVER Elvis Impersonator. A name perhaps more synonymous with the showband era…

    And today, we are thrilled to be joined in studio by that gentleman: Brendan Bowyer!

    The 'Reeling in the Showbands Years' tour has been touring the country and continues this week...

    Thurs, Jan 9th: Tullamore Court Hotel

    Fri, Jan 10th: Arklow Bay Hotel

    Sat, Jan 11th: Trim Castle Hotel (SOLD OUT)

    Sun, Jan 12th: National Concert Hall – features Paddy Cole, Ronan Collins, The Conquerors, Tommy Swarbrigg etc...

    For more information about Brendan Bowyer, visit, and for more info on his upcoming tour dates, click here.


    Stories From The States, with Lenore Skenazy

    Lots has happened since we last spoke to our stateside reporter Lenore Skenazy! The sale of pot for recreational use has become legal for the first time in a US state, Mayor Bill de Blasio was inaugurated as the 109th mayor of her home town of New York City - and if we look to the weather problems being experienced by our neighbours across the Atlantic, our own problems suddenly don’t seem to be so drastic.

    Parts of the United States are bracing for the coldest temperatures in 20 years as a pool of cold, dense air known as a “polar vortex” – or the Polar Pig as it has been nicknamed - sweeps through northern and central parts of the country.

    For this and more, we're joined on the line today by Lenore Skenazy, blogger and writer with


    Mooney Year Of The Word – The Result

    It's Mooney Word Of The Year time again, as producer Olan McGowan returns to studio with the result! We extended the deadline over the weekend, for you to come up with a clever and original word or phrase, commenting somehow on the year 2013.

    And we have a winner, and we also have a prize! Collins Press have very kindly provided us with a range of terrific books for our winner: Put The Kettle On by Juanita Browne, Looks Like Rain by Damian Corless, Heritage Trees Of Ireland by Aubrey Fennell, Temples Of Stone by Carleton Jones, Ancient Ireland by Tarquin Blake and Fiona Reilly, Ireland's Animals, Irish Trees and Irish Wild Plants - all by Niall MacCoitir, and The Birds Of Ireland – A Field Guide by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody!

    It had to be a pretty special suggestion to win all this - and it was!  So we say congratulations to David Salmon, from Bray in Co. Wicklow, whose winning suggestion for Mooney Word Of The Year was 'recon-silly-nation' ("a case where all parties agree upon just how stupid they have been!")


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It’s MOONEY, it’s Monday, so it is 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 to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo, with breakfast on both mornings, and an evening dinner as well!

    The McWilliam Park is a great base to explore nearby Cong, The National Museum of Ireland – or you might like to stay put and visit their Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool or 'Chique' beauty studio.

    For more information about the McWilliam Park Hotel, including all their great current offers, visit

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