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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 February 19th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    We hear about the woman who was buried in a coffin with her favourite brand of coffee emblazoned on the side – is such advertising in bad taste? And comedian Conal Gallen joins us for a chat and some laughs!


    Meeting The Pope

    Derek is a bit peeved that singer Nicole Scherzinger got to meet the Pope this week, as he explains why to Brenda...

    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!


    Advertising On Coffins

    We've spoken before on the show about coffins. Some people want to be buried in opulent mahogany caskets with plush lining, some want a cardboard box, some want biodegradable coffins and some want to simply be wrapped in a cloth before being lowered into the ground.

    But one of the most unusual coffins we've ever seen was featured in the newspapers on Monday. The wooden coffin is burgundy and features the white logo of 'Costa Coffee' on the side.

    The words 'one shot, extra hot skinny latte' are written on the side of the coffin, the drink of choice of the deceased woman, Karen Lloyd from Swindon in the UK

    Well it got us thinking... is this bad taste? Are there some places that should be sacred and advertising-free? Where are the most 'unusual' places you have come across advertising?! You can text your views to 51551, tweet @MooneyShow or e-mail

    For more on this, we're joined in studio by Michael Cullen, who is the Editor of Marketing Magazine, and by Jonathan Stafford, who is the Managing Director of Staffords Funeral Directors, and is a third-generation undertaker.

    The company who made the Costa coffin are called Colourful Coffins, and they are based in England. Here are some more examples of their work:



    Conal Gallen's Bit On The Side

    We're going to lighten the mood and have some fun with a good, old fashioned gag man! The last time Conal Gallen was on the show, two years ago, he took part in our attempt to set a world record for the most jokes in a minute.

    Conal Gallen

    Conal Gallen told 17 jokes, which was only two less than the official Guinness world record which was set by Liverpudlian, Sean Styles. Well Conal's one man show A Bit On The Side is in the Olympia on Saturday, March 1st, so we've invited him in today to brighten the mood in studio!

    For more information on A Bit On The Side, visit

    How To Become A Child Star!

    Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.

    You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.

    Then e-mail your entry to, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.

    Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.

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