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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 Tuesday 11 February 2014


    On Mooney today

    We hear about a special Eurovision party to which Mooney listeners will be invited, Brenda finds out how a telephone call is cheering people up in Kildare and we find out about an innovative language learning initiative in Wexford


    Eurovision Song Contest 2014


    Join the MOONEY show in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Saturday 10th May 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.

    If you want to be there all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.

    • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
    • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
    • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
    • Closing date for receipt of entries is 25th April 2014
    • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

    Search for a Child Star

    As you probably know by now, Shirley Temple very sadly died yesterday, aged 85. But although any death is a sad occasion, in the case of Shirley Temple, there is so much to celebrate about her truly remarkable life.

    Well, they say when one door closes, another one opens. And by way of honouring the memory of Shirley Temple, we on MOONEY are launching a search for a new stage prodigy for the 21st century. .... A bright young star to join the long list of youngsters who have brightened up our screens, our stages, and our music players over the decades. In short, were looking for the next Shirley Temple, if you’re a girl. Or the next Mickey Rooney, if you’re a boy!

     So, what exactly are we looking for?

    • Well, you must be under 10 years of age.
    • You must be prepared to demonstrate your talent to the world. And by talent, we are keeping the door wide open for singers, comedians, yodellers, ventriloquists.............. well, it's radio. Maybe not ventriloquists!
    • And you must, of course, have the permission of your parents.

    How do you enter? Well, much like our "singing in the shower" competition, we want you to record yourself doing your little routine, no more than 3 minutes duration.

    You can record on your iPhone, your smart phone, your computer, if it has the facility or even a more professional facility, if you want. And then e-mail your entry to Put the title "search for a child star" on the subject field of your e-mail.

    The winner will get to perform in our next Mooney Tunes Concert.

    We are really looking forward to hearing all your entries.


    Band Auditions

    Linda Martin and Stuart O’Connor launched the search for the definitive boy/girl band on Sunday last in Dublin city centre.Young hopefuls travelled from all over the country to the Academy in Dublin to audition

    Linda and Stuart were on the show last week, telling us about their plans for the band.

    They are very specific in what they are looking for ...3 boys and 2 girls, dancers first, singers then, very good looking and chatty.

    Brenda Donohue went along to the auditions and met some of the young hopefuls.

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