Mooney, Wednesday February 5th 2014


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 today...

On Mooney today...

We catch up with Ryan Dolan, Ireland's representative at last year's Eurovision Song Contest, we chat to Devon Harris, one of the original Jamaican bobsled team as featured in the movie Cool Runnings, Brenda finds out about the variety of ways in which you address your mother, and we discover out why a shark cull in Australia has caused so much controversy...

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

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!

Mammy, Ma, Mum or Mother

Mammy, Ma, Mum or Mother

Well, towards the end of the programme yesterday, a nerve seemed to be touched, on the subject of The Mother... How you address your mother? Do you call her Mum, Mother, Ma, Mammy , Mama, or even her first name?

What, you call the person who reared you or what, they like to be called is a rather delicate subject. This morning, our reporter Brenda Donohue went out and about to ask people about how they address their maternal parent...

Ryan Dolan

Picture the scene: Malmo, Sweden. May 2013. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest. A young leather-clad man from Strabane strode out onto stage and sung his heart out for Ireland... 

WE loved it. What a catchy tune, we thought. But it wasn’t to be. With only 5 points, Ireland came last. But Ryan Dolan was determined not to let that get him down.

His forthcoming single is called Start Again, for a lot of reasons, and there is a very poignant music video accompanying the single, featuring two young gay teenagers.

To tell us all about his new single, and indeed starting again, we're delighted to be joined in studio today by Ryan himself...

The Jamaican Bobsled Team

Last week on the show, we spoke about 'unlikely' competitors in the Winter Olympics who all hail from fairly 'tropical' countries, bereft of snow and ice. Well possibly the most famous of ALL the improbable stories is the Jamaican-Bobsled-Team’s debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

It melted hearts all over the world. Disney knew a good story when it saw one - and turned the story into a movie: Cool Runnings, from 1993. 

The bobsled is a four-man event and one of the men who was in the REAL Jamaican bobsled (not the movie bobsled) back in 1988 was bobsled driver, Devon Harris, and he joins us on the line today from New York!

Devon Harris

The 22nd Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia this month, beginning this Friday - for more information, visit And to visit the Facebook page of Devon Harris' KEEP ON PUSHING Foundation, click here.

Life Down Under

Life Down Under

The Irish have been a major force in Australian life for many decades. Many Irish were transported to the other side of the world by the British, in the 19th century, sometimes for the most petty of crimes!

But even since independence, the Irish have continued to embrace that trip "down under", sometimes out of economic necessity, sometimes, by choice.

In fact, a major study by University College Cork, published in September of last year, showed that nearly half the people emigrating from Ireland these days are leaving full-time jobs to do so. And Australia remains a destination of choice for many of those Irish.

To tell me more about life in Oz, we are joined on the line today by Nicole O'Connor, from Blarney in Cork, who has been now living in Australia for 13 years...



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