Repeated: Friday (RTÉ Radio 1, 4am-5am), Saturday (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 10am-11am)
Repeated: Friday (RTÉ Radio 1, 4am-5am), Saturday (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 10am-11am)
Derek meets Kerryman Brendan Scannell, Ireland's Ambassador to Denmark. He talks to Adam Price, creator of Borgen - one of Scandinavia's phenomenally successful dark dramas. And of course we catch up with all the latest drama and controversy from the Eurovision Song Contest!
The Final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Copenhagen this Saturday, May 10th, with the two Semi-Finals taking place TONIGHT and Thursday. We'll be broadcasting LIVE from the Danish capital today and tomorrow, and Derek and the team have been out and about talking to the performers and those involved in the Song Contest...
Derek interviews Conchita Wurst, who will represent Austria with 'Rise Like A Phoenix'
Derek plants a kiss on the cheek of Conchita Wurst!
This week, Mooney will broadcast LIVE today and tomorrow from the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. We’ll be bringing you all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the Irish entry, Can Linn featuring Kasey. We’ll be meeting some Eurovision afficianados from all across Europe – as well as bringing you some really interesting Danish-themed interviews.
TV-wise, the first semi-final was be broadcast last night, with Montenegro, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Ukraine, Sweden, the Netherlands and Iceland all progressing to the final on Saturday. The second semi-final will be on Thursday night at 8pm and it is the SECOND semi-final that Ireland is competing in, and needs to qualify out of, in order to get to the Final the following Saturday, May 10th. Both semi-finals are being be screened live on RTÉ Two.
Below is the list of all the participants in the second semi-final tomorrow:
Whilst our team have been out and about recording and sourcing interviews in Copenhagen, they've also been snapping away ... here's just a selection of those photos!
Derek meets up with Ireland's favourite twins!
Iceland's Pollapönk at the welcoming reception
Paul G in conversation with Hazel Kaneswaran, co-writer of the Irish entry 'Heartbeat'
Derek at the Press Centre in Copenhagen
The venue for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest: B&W Hallerne
Shuttle bus for the Irish delegation at Eurovision
The A Team! Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden, tech support man Khoa from Vietnam, Derek and producer Ana Leddy all busy at work in the Press Centre
Paul G at the Press Centre in Copenhagen
Katriona and Paul G walk the wall of flags at Eurovision
Jedward might not be competing in Eurovision this year, but everyone's favourite twins are still joining in the celebrations in Copenhagen - they are included TWICE in the new Eurovision Book Of Records! Derek catches up with John & Edward...
We've a special Eurovision Quiz from the Press Centre today in the company of EuroGuru Paul G, with our three contestants Belgium, France and Denmark!
Player No. 1
1. Who duetted with Paul Harrington on the Irish winner Rock ’n’ Roll Kids 20 years ago?
2. In 1974, which country withdrew its song days before the contest, as a mark of respect following the death of its President?
3. Congratulations was the title of the UK entry in 1968, but which country had a song with the same title in the 2006 contest in Athens?
4. Who was the presenter of the 1987 contest in Brussels?
5. By which name is the singer Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie better known?
6. How many times has Luxembourg hosted Eurovision?
7. Which UK group finished 2nd in 1972 with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow?
8. The 1969 contest in Madrid ended in a four-way tie between Spain, UK, Netherlands and France. How many points did they each receive?
Player No. 2
1. Vicky Leandros won for Luxembourg with Après Toi. In which year?
2. The duo Secret Garden featured Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, but which country did they represent – and win for – in 1995?
3. Name any of the four countries who have won two contests in a row.
4. Name the presenter of the 1985 contest in Gothenburg.
5. How many times has the UK won the contest?
6. Gigliola Cinquetti won the contest for Italy in 1964 with Non ho L’età. What was the title of her entry which finished second to Abba ten years later?
7. Which Dutch winner from the 1950s went on to present the Contest from The Hague in 1976?
8. Which country still has not won the contest, having first entered 50 years ago?
Player No. 3
1. Name the Eurovision presenter who has hosted the contest four times.
2. What was title of last year’s winning song for Denmark?
3. Hallelujah, sung by the group Milk and Honey, won in 1979 for which country?
4. Where was Eurovision held in 1996, when Ireland last won?
5. Monaco won the contest in Dublin in 1971 with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue. Who was the performer?
6. Which country has the same singer representing them for the third year in a row this year?
7. Apart from Jedward, name any pairs of brothers who have represented Ireland in the contest?
8. Spanish chart-toppers Baccara performed Parlez-Vous Français? in the 1978 contest in Paris, but for which country?
Player No. 1
1. Who duetted with Paul Harrington on the Irish winner Rock ’n’ Roll Kids 20 years ago? Charlie McGettigan
2. In 1974, which country withdrew its song days before the contest, as a mark of respect following the death of its President? France
3. Congratulations was the title of the UK entry in 1968, but which country had a song with the same title in the 2006 contest in Athens? Iceland
4. Who was the presenter of the 1987 contest in Brussels? Viktor Lazlo (female)
5. By which name is the singer Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie better known? Lulu
6. How many times has Luxembourg hosted Eurovision? Four - despite winning 5 times
7. Which UK group finished 2nd in 1972 with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow? The New Seekers
8. The 1969 contest in Madrid ended in a four-way tie between Spain, UK, Netherlands and France. How many points did they each receive? Eighteen
Player No. 2
1. Vicky Leandros won for Luxembourg with Après Toi. In which year? 1972
2. The duo Secret Garden featured Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, but which country did they represent – and win for – in 1995? Norway
3. Name any of the four countries who have won two contests in a row. Spain (1968/69), Luxembourg (1972/73), Israel (1978/79),
Ireland (1992/93; 1993/94).
4. Name the presenter of the 1985 contest in Gothenburg. Lill Lindfors
5. How many times has the UK won the contest? 5 times – 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1997.
6. Gigliola Cinquetti won the contest for Italy in 1964 with Non ho L’età. What was the title of her entry which finished second to Abba ten years later? Si
7. Which Dutch winner from the 1950s went on to present the Contest from The Hague in 1976? Corry Brokken
8. Which country still has not won the contest, having first entered 50 years ago? Portugal
Player No. 3
1. Name the Eurovision presenter who has hosted the contest four times. Katie Boyle – 1960, 1963, 1968, 1974
2. What was title of last year’s winning song for Denmark? Only Teardrops
3. Hallelujah, sung by the group Milk and Honey, won in 1979 for which country? Israel
4. Where was Eurovision held in 1996, when Ireland last won? Oslo
5. Monaco won the contest in Dublin in 1971 with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue. Who was the performer? Séverine
6. Which country has the same singer representing them for the third year in a row this year? San Marino (with Valentina Monetta)
7. Apart from Jedward, name any pairs of brothers who have represented Ireland in the contest. The Swarbriggs (Tommy and Jimmy, in 1975 & ’77); Max and Hugh Cunningham, members of the band Luv Bug, in 1986).
8. Spanish chart-toppers Baccara performed Parlez-Vous Français? in the 1978 contest in Paris, but for which country? Luxembourg
A number of excellent detective and crime stories set in Scandinavia have recently hit our screens in recent years. They are known as Nordic Noir, and they include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, The Killers, The Bridge, and Borgen.
Borgen, starring Eurovision presenter Pilou Asbæk (on the right)
Borgen is currently showing its second season on TG4, and we're delighted that whilst out in Copenhagen, Derek was able to catch up with the creator of Borgen: Adam Price...
Adam Price, creator of Borgen
Whilst in Copenhagen, Derek was also able to secure an interview with the Irish Ambassador to Denmark, His Excellency Brendan Scannell.
The Genealogy Roadshow is back for a brand new series! RTÉ’s The Genealogy Roadshow is now an international hit series. PBS in America has already broadcast a US version of the show shot in Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin, Texas. Season 2 of the US show is on the way. The original Irish programme is returning to screens on May 11th with a brand new series full of amazing stories. Once again the people of Ireland are the stars of the show. The series will be presented again by Derek Mooney.
The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team help people trace their family’s roots and discover surprising stories from the past. People from all four provinces got to know the truth about tragic events, infamous ancestors and famous cousins.
Thousands of people contacted the show with questions. Some wanted to know if they were related to someone famous. Others wanted to solve mysteries going back generations. Others had heart-breaking adoption stories and tales of families ravaged by war.
The Genealogy team set out to help these people fill in the blanks. The mission was to answer the questions, solve the riddles and uncover the truth. Some people get the news they want but not every tale has a happy ending. In this series, there are tears of pride and joy, as well as fantastic surprises.
The Genealogy Roadshow also sheds light on the people history has forgotten. The team look at local and national events and ask who didn’t get the credit they deserve? They also take a look at people and events you think you know, but tell the stories you haven’t heard before.
This year the show has added technology to the bag of tricks. Historians and witnesses from around the world are able to beam in directly to the roadshow to give expert testimony and corroborate evidence.
Some of the stories involve Irish people in far flung places:
Irish immigrants starting a new life in Argentina were part of an international crisis as thousands were scammed out of their life savings and left stranded in a strange land;
An innocent Irish girl was gunned down in a Canadian frontier town, caught up in a local blood feud;
A Wexford man was spared a terrible fate at Custer’s Last Stand, only to be forgotten by history, until now;
A Longford woman went to America and became a notorious criminal in the era of Al Capone.
Some of the stories are closer to home:
After years of listening to his father’s stories, a Dundalk man finds out once and for all if he is related to St. Oliver Plunkett;
A Cork man discovers that his relatives were saved from the gallows by none other than Daniel O’Connell in a famous trial;
The tale of an Orangeman’s wife who kept her Catholic identity a secret, even from her family, for her whole life;
And there’s even some myth-busting in this series as the team delve into the mystery of 'The Lost Village of Audleystown' to see if there’s any evidence to back up the story of a village full of families who were forcibly migrated to the USA by a wicked land owner who levelled their homes.
This original Irish programme is back on your screens from this Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTÉ One.
Can you believe it? It's Mooney Tunes time again, and astonishingly, we are approaching our tenth concert!
It all started in September 2009, at the National Concert Hall. The very first Mooney Tunes featured music such as Send In The Clowns, The Anvil Chorus and even the theme from Hawaii Five-O.
Over the last nine concerts, there hasn't been any genre of music we haven't covered. We've done a lot of classical favourites, we've had arias and choruses from some of the greatest operas ever written.
In the last concert, Mooney Tunes 9 in December last year, we did some incredible jazz, like Jack L singing My Way, and the big band orchestra performing Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman.
We've had pop, traditional Irish, even country music - Daniel O'Donnell went down a treat at Mooney Tunes 7!
All in all, over the nine concerts so far, we have brought you a total of 152 pieces of music. They were performed by some of the cream of Irish and international talent, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Everybody from sopranos Cara O'Sullivan and Claudia Boyle, tenor Paul Potts, baritone John Molloy have performed. We've had Brian Kennedy, Jerry Fish, Chloe Agnew, John Sheehan from the Dubliners. We also did a special Eurovision tribute, with Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.
Anyway, the good news is, we want to bring you another gem of a show. And, since it's our 10th concert, we've decided to a kind of "best of".
We would like you, our listeners, to tell us your favourite moments from the last nine shows. Now, you don't have to have been to the shows to nominate a favourite moment. All of the concerts have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One shortly after the live performances.
And to help, here's a list of every single piece of music that we have featured!
LIST OF MUSIC PLAYED AT MOONEY TUNES CONCERTS
01. Begin The Beguine
02. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
03. Lizst Rhapsody No. 2
04. Beat Out That Rhythm
05. O Mio Babino Caro
06. Pink Panther Theme
08. Pure Imagination
09. Silent Night
10. Che Gilida Manina
11. Nessun Dorma
12. My Way
13. Under My Skin
14. When A Child Is Born
15. Sing Sing Sing
16. Let It Snow
18. Also Sprach Zarathustra
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
20. E il Sol Dell Amina from Rigoletto
21. Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima
23. Tchaikovsky-Polonaise Onegin
24. Roll Back The Clouds
25. She's Out Of My Life
26. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
27. Bond Theme
28. Moonraker / Diamonds Are Forever
29. Minuet & Badiniere from Orchestral Suite No. 2
31. My Heart Will Go On
32. Lonesome Boatman
33. O Holy Night
34. Mediation from Thais
35. That's Amore
36. In Paradisum
37. Gabriel's Oboe
38. The Way We Were
39. Last Christmas
40. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
41. As Long As He Needs Me
42. Soul Bossa Nova
43. Marriage Of Figaro: Duettino Sul Aria
44. One Day Like This
46. Swan Lake: Introduction
47. Send In The Clowns
48. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
49. My Heart Will Go On
50. Les Mis: Bring Him Home
51. Carmen: Intermezzo
52. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
53. South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening
54. Verdi - La Traviata - Siempre Libre
55. Have I Told You Lately
56. Time To Say Goodbye
57. True Friends
58. Hello Dolly
59. Daydream Believer
60. Requiem - Pie Jesu
61. Someone To Watch Over Me
62. The Sound Of Music: Climb Every Mountain
63. The Producers
64. Nessun Dorma
65. Star Of Bethlehem
66. Nowhere Man
67. Marino Waltz
68. The Christmas Song
69. Hope from 'Irish Destiny'
70. In Your Eyes
71. Why Me?
72. Rock 'n' Roll Kids
73. O Holy Night
74. Dances With Wolves
75. Wind Beneath My Wings
76. Old Man River
77. Fields of Athenry
78. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
79. O Mio Babbino Caro
80. Suite from The Quiet Man
81. Over The Rainbow
83. Adagio from Spartacus
84. The Bridge (An Droichead)
85. Theme from JFK/West Wing
86. Memory from Cats
87. Un Bel Di
88. Ave Maria
89. Elizabethan Serenade
90. Born Free
91. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (You're Just Too Good To Be True)
92. As Long As He Needs Me
93. Por Una Cabeza
95. When A Child Is Born
96. I'll Be Home For Christmas
97. Baby, It's Cold Outside
98. Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite
99. Once Upon A Time In The West
100. Vilia from The Merry Widow
101. Jingle Bells Forever
102. Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
103. Song Of Bernadette
104. Harry's Wonderous World
106. You Raise Me Up
107. Silent Night 1915
108. Do Re Me
109. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
110. O Holy Night
111. A Christmas Festival/ Sleigh Ride
112. Theme From Dragnet
113. Fiddler On The Roof
114. Nella Fantasia
115. Flower Duet
116. Champagne Polka
117. One Fine Day (from Madame Butterfly)
118. The Coolin
119. Hymn To Hope
120. Everybody Hurts
121. 80's TV Themes Medley
122. We Have All The Time In The World
123. 633 Squadron
124. Star Trek
125. Le Basque
127. We Shall Overcome
128. It's For You
129. When I Fall In Love
131. Cinema Paradiso
132. Impossibly Beautiful
133. Danny Boy
134. You'll Never Walk Alone
136. Hawaii Five-O
137. William Tell Overture
138. A Summer Place / Music To Watch Girls By
139. Everybody’s Talking
140. Sunday Miscellany theme
141. Onedin Line / Spartacus
142. Gabriel’s Oboe – The Mission
143. Radetsky March
144. Anvil Chorus
145. Mise Eire
146. Classical Gas
148. Ravel’s Bolero
149. Barccarolle - O Sole Mio
150. Chariots Of Fire
151. Hallelujah Chorus
152. Cavalleria Rusticana
Mooney Tunes 10 will take place on Friday, June 13th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale the program is finalised. We want people to nominate from the list of tunes on the website. And we may even include a couple of surprises. It will be the middle of the summer, so why not think of some of your summer favourites!? E-mail email@example.com, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!
How would you fancy a little bit of country star Nathan Carter in the front room of your house? The really good news is Nathan Carter has agreed to do a house party for a Mooney listener anywhere in the country on Tuesday, May 13th.
That's the one and only Nathan Carter, who topped the Irish charts despite stiff competition from international artists including Kodaline & One Direction, and who will play for one lucky listener. In our Mooney House Party shows, top Irish entertainers come into your home and sing exclusively for you, your friends and family.
They have been tremendously success with entertainers such as Brian Kennedy, The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur, Paul Harington, Jack L and Daniel O'Donnell! Our singers have performed in a listener's kitchen, front room and even in a barn.
Well if you fancy the wonderfully talented Nathan Carter in your home, all you have to do is e-mail Mooney and tell us why you want Nathan with you? Are you his number one fan? Have you travelled the lent and breath of the country to see him sing? Have you a special anniversary or celebration coming up? Or simply, would you just like a knees up in your own home?
Whatever the reason, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you want Nathan there and who you’d have there, and why you deserve to have him - and don’t forget to give us your phone number!
The date again is Tuesday, May 13th - so get in touch now!
National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014. If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to email@example.com, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!
Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?
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.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Presenter: Derek Mooney