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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, Friday March 28th 2014


    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    We hear about the campaign to save the seahorse, which it's estimated will be extinct in 8517 days from today, and find out how overhead electricity cables affect migrating animals...


    War Horse

    On Wednesday, Richard Collins went along to the opening night of the play War Horse, in Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  It's a production that has been winning universal rave reviews, but what would our Richard make of it? He joins us in studio to give us his reaction to the performance he saw...

    War Horse continues at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre until April 26th, with tickets costing from €20 to €60. For more information, click here...


    Dairy Farms In New Zealand

    Visitors from New Zealand will have heard of the Selwyn River which flows through the Selwyn District of Canterbury in the South Island. It's a huge river, 80km long. But according to our marine biologist Ken Whelan, it's gone! It's an ex-river!

    Ken was there for five weeks, from mid-January to late-February. New Zealand is getting into dairy farming in a big way because there is such a big demand for milk powder from the Chinese.

    Dairy farming extracts huge amounts of water and this has caused a lot of controversy among farmers, environmentalists, politicians and tourist organisations. Ken joins us in studio today with more...

    Irrigration Units in New Zealand

    Irrigration Units in New Zealand 


    Saving Seahorses

    According to the marine biologist Kealan Doyle, seahorses could be extinct in 8517 days from today! Last year his documentary Save Our Seahorses enthalled audiences on RTÉ. Did you know that the seahorse is the only animal in the world where the male gives birth, and they can give birth to 4,000 babies at a time?! Pregnancy lasts for two weeks and labour for two hours. And did you also know that the male dances around the female every single morning? They are most fascinating fish, and we're delighted that Kealan joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us more about the seahorse - and what we can do to prevent their extinction...

    For more information about Kealan, visit or


    Terry's Blackbird

    Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan has a blackbird nesting in his back garden, which unseasonably early. We link up with Terry and Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, this afternoon to find out more about his bird!


    UV Light & Migration

    Ultraviolet light gives us suntans, sunburn, it helps us make Vitamin D – but we humans can’t see it. It’s invisible to us. But NOT to many animals. Their eyes CAN see UV light and, as a result, they see the world very differently to us. Reindeer's eyes are particularly UV-sensitive. It’s estimated that a high-tech camera can only pick up 5 percent of the UV light that a reindeer's eye can!

    But why is this important?

    Well, there are all sorts of sources of UV Light. One of them is from overhead power cables. And it turns out that reindeer, and other animals, are being scared off by the UV flashes that emit from these power cables - flashes that we humans can’t see. And it’s affecting habitats and migration.

    Glen Jeffrey has been doing research into this. He is a Professor of Neuroscience at University College London – he specialises in how animals see the world - and he joins us this afternoon from the BBC London studios...

    Eurovision Green Room Party

    Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 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 April 25th 2014
    • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.


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