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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, Thursday January 23rd 2014


    On Mooney today...

    How many times have you moved house? We speak to a Mayo man whose moved house 29 times – that’s more than three times the average. We meet Mairead Conlon, the young Dublin girl who's hoping for success on The Voice in Britain, and find out why legendary musician Mike Batt is supporting another Voice contestant, Bob Blakeley!

    Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

    To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

    The Blind Boys Of Alabama Competition

    Calling all Irish gospel choirs/groups!

    Would you like to perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama as well as on RTÉ Radio 1’s Mooney?

    Mooney and Waltons World Masters Series are offering one lucky group the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do just that!

    The Waltons World Masters Series welcomes The Blind Boys of Alabama back to Dublin and the National Concert Hall on Wednesday, May 21st 2014. Ireland has its own great tradition of gospel music, and one very special aspect of this concert is that the support act will be an Irish gospel choir/group selected by the third nationwide Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition, in association with the Mooney and RTÉ Radio 1! The winning choir/group will perform a 40-minute set before The Blind Boys take to the stage.


    All Irish gospel choirs/groups are welcome to enter.

    The Competition

    After all entries are received, a shortlist of three finalists will be chosen by a jury made up of representatives from Waltons New School of Music and RTÉ Radio 1. The finalists will be announced and their recordings broadcast on the Mooney on Thursday, April 10th. Their entries will then be sent to The Blind Boys of Alabama, who will select the overall winner.

    The winning choir/group will be announced on the Mooney on Thursday, May 1st, perform on Mooney on a date to be announced, and perform in the National Concert Hall as support act for the Blind Boys of Alabama on Wednesday, May 21st.

    The winning choir/group will be responsible for their own transport to/from the venue, as well as accommodation (if required). The group will receive five pairs of tickets to the concert for guests, but there will be no monetary remuneration.


    Entry forms are available at or by clicking here. E-mail or post forms with the required information and materials (e-mail preferred!) to: (with ‘Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition’ in the subject line)


    Waltons World Masters Gospel Competition
    Waltons New School of Music
    69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

    Entries must arrive by 5pm on Friday, March. Late entries will not be accepted.

    Please include the following materials and information:

    • Good quality audio recording(s) and MPG4, MOV, AVI or WMV video files or CD and DVD of one or two pieces that best display the range and skills of your choir/group.
    • A list of proposed repertoire to be performed at the NCH if your choir/group is chosen to perform.
    • A brief description your choir/group, including history, number of members and names, musical background of members and instrumentation (if any).
    • A JPG photograph of the choir for the Mooney Show and Competition web pages. If possible, please include a live performance photograph as well.
    • Website, Facebook or other URL(s), if any.
    • Email and contact details of the choir/group director.
    • Confirmation that all performers who feature on the audio and video files are available and will be able to perform on Wednesday, 21 May in the National Concert Hall, if your choir/group is selected.

    Important Dates

    Entry deadline: Friday, March 21st, 5pm
    Finalists announced: Thursday, April 10th
    Winner announced: Thursday, 1 May
    Concert: Wednesday, 21 May


    Mairead Conlon, Ireland's Voice

    This time last year, Mairead Conlon wowed the coaches on The Voice Of Ireland and joined 'Team Bressie'. But she got knocked out in the Battle Stages... 

    Last Saturday, she appeared on The Voice UK, and again wowed the coaches, with three out of four turning around for her. She joined 'Team Tom Jones', and today she joins us in studio, along with her hubby Del, for a chat and to perform exclusively for us!

    If you would like to follow Mairead on YouTube, then visit

    Another story to come out of the UK Voice is that of Bob Blakeley, from Stockport, who gave a powerhouse performance of Cry Me A River

    Now on Saturday night, after that performance, none of the mentors turned around... But this morning, live on BBC Breakfast, Bob received a second chance at fame when musician Mike Batt offered to help Bob get a record deal.

    Mike is a British songwriter, musician, producer, conductor and Deputy Chairman of the British Phonographic industry.

    Mike Batt

    Most of us will know his work through The Wombles pop act and for his beautiful songs such as Bright Eyes which was sung by Art Garfunkel and more recently for his work with Katie Melua including her song Nine Million Bicycles.

    Mike joins us on the line this afternoon from his London office, where he has been meeting with Bob Blakelely...


    Moving House

    Watching the ads on TV recently got Derek thinking. The ad he saw was from Britain, and it was all about how easy it is to pay your TV licence. But the line that caught his attention told us that "The average person moves home eight times during their life". Derek has only moved once, so he has a few to go to meet the British average!

    Warren Buffett, one of the world’s wealthiest people in the world, doesn't appear to have lived in more than a couple of homes. In fact he still lives in the same house he bought in 1958!

    Henry Ford, the famous car maker, had a strong attachment to his childhood farm House. So much so that after his parents died he had the house restored in 1919 and in 1944 he moved it two miles down the road to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford set up Greenfield Village as a place where people could see what American life was like in the past. (Among the attractions located there today are the Wright Brothers Bicycle shop and the Bus which Rosa Parks made famous when she refused to give up her seat to a white person thus sparking off the Montgomery Bus Boycott.)

    But back to that TV ad and the claim that, on average, we live in eight houses during our lifetime... We sent our reporter Katriona McFadden to the streets to find out how often people move house. And Derek is joined in studio by Fintan Conlan (who runs One Man And His Van, a home removals business), who has lived in 29 different homes!

    Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 15:54
      Title: Nine Million Bicycles
      Performer(s): Katie Melua
      Performer(s): Katie Melua
      Album: The Katie Melua Collection
      Duration: 3:27

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