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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 Wednesday 29 January 2014


    On Mooney today...

    John Wilson, newly appointed principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, talks about his love of MGM musicals and his plans for the orchestra. As Jamaica once again sends a team to the Winter Olympics, we talk to one of the original 1988 Jamaican bobsled team, who were the inspiration for the Disney movie Cool Runnings. And Brenda travels to Swords, County Dublin, to meet a woman with her own unique line of jewellery - jewellery made of horse hair!


    RTE Concert Orchestra's New Principal Conductor

    Tomorrow evening John Wilson makes his eagerly anticipated début as Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The performance will be a Hollywood Rhapsody with scores from America’s “Golden Age” of film.

    CONCERT ONE: Hollywood Rhapsody with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Thursday 30 January, 8pm, National Concert Hall

    The 20th Century Fox Fanfare provides a swaggering opening to an evening packed with amazing music from Robin Hood, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Psycho, Citizen Kane and more, not least an exhilarating Tom and Jerry medley that raised the roof of the Royal Albert Hall.

    With guest vocalists Matthew Ford, Venera Gimadieva and Anna-Jane Casey.

    CONCERT 2: Essential Classics, Thursday 27 February, 8pm National Concert Hall

    Join the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor John Wilson for a journey through some of the best – and best-loved – classical music of the past 150 years. Programme

    Rossini William Tell Overture Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 Lehár Gold and Silver Waltz Barber Adagio for Strings Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919 version)

    CONCERT 3: That’s Entertainment! A Tribute to MGM Film Musicals, RTÉ Concert Orchestra with Matthew Ford & Anna-Jane Casey, guest vocalists, Wednesday 19 March, 8pm at the National Concert Hall


    Gemosi Jewellery

    On this programme we are always delighted to mention and support new and innovative business ideas, everything for interviewing a hopeful entrepreneur on Dragon’s Den to giving a mention to people who have put themselves out there and taken a risk...

    And today is no exception. We were contacted by a jewellery company called Gemosi and they make lovely bracelets and necklaces. Nothing out of the ordinary there, EXCEPT, their jewellery is made from the finest quality horsehair!

    Brenda Donohue went to investigate...

    For more details, visit



    Winter Olympics

    In 9 days from now skiers, skaters, sledders and snowboarders may well be dominating the sports news around the world as the Winter Olympics get underway. The Games take place in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in Russia.

    More than 80 nations will compete in Sochi including countries with a strong tradition in winter sports like Germany, Norway and Russia.

    But there are also a number of countries taking part which you wouldn’t readily associate with sports like Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey and Figure Skating. Countries like Brazil, Zimbabwe and Thailand which rarely, if ever, see snow.

    Fergus Sweeney gives us a flavour of some of the sports and some of the unlikely Olympians who will feature.

    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!

    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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