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    On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

    We meet rising opera star, Cork soprano Kim Sheehan, ahead of her home professional debut in Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro. There's bad news for chocolate fans, as the rising price of cocoa means a future full of cheap and tasteless chocolate, and rising prices for the good stuff! And Brenda Donohue follows the journey of Kelly Mongan, who astonished audiences of The Voice Of Ireland last year by singing live on TV, while over nine months pregnant!

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    Kelly Mongan

    This time last year saw the return of The Voice Of Ireland talent show for a second season. The Irish viewing public were introduced to Kelly Mongan from Fermoy for the first time.

    19-year-old Kelly is a traveller and she went from strength to strength in the competition. In May the nation held its breath when - by then more than nine months pregnant - she took the stage in the final of The Voice Of Ireland 2013.

    In the end, taking home the prize of a record deal was not to be and she had to settle for runner up – but she did succeed in winning the hearts and minds of the viewers.

    Less than a week after singing in the final, Kelly gave birth to Michael Bernard Mongan who weighed in at an impressive 9lbs 8oz!

    Now RTÉ Two television is to screen an hour long observational documentary called What Kelly Did Next – which charts her experience balancing an ambition for a career in music with family life in the travelling community.

    Our reporter Brenda Donohue went to visit Kelly to find out how life has been treating her and her family since her appearances on The Voice Of Ireland...

    Kelly Mongan and her family with Brenda Donohue

    Kelly Mongan and her family with Brenda Donohue

    What Kelly Did Next will be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday January 9th, at 9.30pm on RTÉ Two.

    The Voice Of Ireland continues this Sunday at 6:30pm on RTÉ One - for more information about the show, visit www.rte.ie/blogs/thevoice.

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    Chocolates & Angus Kennedy

    After all those Christmas selection boxes and buckets of choccies, you might be feeling right now that you would be quite happy if you never saw another chocolate again! But in the future, chocolate may not be in such plentiful supply - or at least those that are won’t taste anything quite as nice...

    According to industry experts, there could be a worldwide shortage of cocoa by 2020. Angus Kennedy is described as the UK’s "real-life Willy Wonka", and he joins Shay from BBC Kent this afternoon to explain more...

    Angus Kennedy is Editor of Kennedy’s Confection Magazine, and for more information, you can visit www.kennedysconfection.com or www.theanguskennedy.co.uk.

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    Cork Soprano, Kim Sheehan

    Making it big in the music business is tough going at the best of times. But the world of classical music is very much out on its own. And carving out a career as a classical musician, composer, singer, is something only the very best can aspire to.

    Well, one woman who is doing exactly that is Cork soprano Kim Sheehan.

    Kim grew up in the beautiful picturesque town of Crosshaven, in County Cork. But in recent years, she has been making quite a splash internationally, performing with some top companies and on some of Europe's greatest stages, including the Royal Opera house in Covent Garden.

    Despite this success, Kim has never performed professionally in her hometown of Cork. But all that is about to change this weekend, as a new production of Mozart's The Marriage Of Figaro opens in the city.

    Kim Sheehan has taken some time out of rehearsals to go into the RTÉ studios in Cork, from where she joins Shay this afternoon...

    The Marriage Of Figaro will take place at the CIT Cork School of Music this weekend - Friday, January 10th, Saturday January 11th & Sunday, January 12th.  Performances begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets cost €25 (or €20 concessions), and more details are available by clicking here.

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