The Transylvanian craftsmen who are giving a whole new meaning to “sail bags” in Kinsale; The MOONEY show’s “Search for a Child Star” continues and “Dear Valentine” – tune in for a celebration of a century of love letters
Many listeners will recall a dramatic rescue operation off the coast of Cork last July. A Tall ship, the Astrid, ran aground with 30 sailors aboard, the majority of them trainees. Thankfully everybody on board survived the ordeal.
The Astrid itself has since been scrapped but the ship’s sails live on - in the shape of elegant, limited edition handbags...
Hungarian brothers Levente and Attila Magyar, who run Mamukko design in Kinsale, struck a deal with Astrid skipper Pieter de Kam to acquire seven sails retrieved from the sea six weeks after it ran aground off Kinsale. They put the material through a special washing process and crafted it at their workshop into a range of five unique handbag styles for the Astrid Collection. The original sail material was incorporated with brown leather, and each bag was emblazoned with the Astrid logo. “The material had very special characteristics, making each bag unique,” said Attila, who is Mamukko’s general manager. They sold all 35 bags in the range, with prices from €79 to €245, before Christmas, and are planning to make at least 25 more from the remaining material. “Most of them we sold online to people in Holland, including some to the wife of the vessel’s skipper — so in a way, part of the vessel has gone home,” said Atilla.
On Tuesday, February 11, producer Olan McGowan visited a new exhibition of Love Letters, which has just opened at the Centre for Creative Practices.
The Centre for Creative Practices is located at 15, Pembroke Street Lower, in Dublin 2, just off Baggot Street. The exhibition contains love letters of all kinds. The oldest letter on display was written in 1908 by a man called Henry Phillips to his fiancee, Nell Sawyer. The exhibition also contains letters specifically written for the event, as well as letters donated by those who received them.
The picture attached is a collection of jigsaw pieces, sent individually to a woman called Sarah Bracken by her now fiancée.
If you would like to visit the exhibition or subscribe to the newsletter of the Centre for Creative Practices, their contact details are as follows:
As you probably know by now, Shirley Temple very sadly died on Monday 10th February, 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! Remember Mickey Rooney??? Another great and long-lasting talent, throughout the last century.
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.
Put the title "search for a child star" on the subject field of your e-mail.
And who knows?? If you are good enough, we might find a special outlet for your talents.... ? There's a little concert we run on this show .... It takes place show twice a year, in a certain premiere theatre venue ..... With a certain top-class orchestra???
We are really looking forward to hearing all your entries. Closing Date for all entries is Friday 28th February 2014
This is a link to Hunter Hayes, the Country Music Singer,when he was age 4 singing with Hank Williams Jr.
Today's prize was a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the beautiful 5-star Fota Island Resort near Cobh in County Cork. The prize includes breakfast on both mornings, afternoon tea AND complimentary passes to the Hotel’s Spa & Hydrotherapy Suite
Runners-up get a copy of “Birds of Ireland: A Field Guide by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody”
And everyone who played the quiz today got a Mooney PRIDE watch.