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    Mooney, Tuesday July 1st 2014


    On Mooney today...

    If you've ever wondered what it takes to be an escort at the Rose of Tralee Festival, tune in from 3pm, as Derek is joined in studio by Colm Croffy, the man who puts all of the Escorts through their paces. Derek gets the Algerian reaction to the match last night. And Mooney vet Andrew Byrne answers your questions about pets, and talks about how to recognise and treat pain in animals.


    Rose Of Tralee Escorts

    The 'pale moon' will be rising once again next month in Tralee, during the annual Rose of Tralee festival.

    Yesterday, motoring expert Michael Sheridan was in studio and he mentioned, in passing, that he had been part of a film crew that filmed a 'bootcamp' recently for the Escorts to this year's Roses.

    Then we received a tweet from Louth man Johnny McGailey, who is the current Rose of Tralee Escort of the Year – and we gave him a buzz and he ended up singing for Derek!

    Escort Of The Year Jonny McGailey with his Rose from Leitrim, Edwina Guckian

    And then we started wondering about Rose of Tralee Escorts. How do you become one? Why would you want to be one? And why do they always have to be men? Why can't a woman be an escort?

    So to get all our questions answered today we have invited Colm Croffy, Escort Co-Ordinator for the Rose of Tralee Festival, into studio to explain...

    For more information on how to become an Escort for the Rose Of Tralee, visit


    Algeria's World Cup

    Yesterday, Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went to talk to Dublin-based Algerians Faycil and Hami, in the Camden Halal shop in Dublin. They were incredibly excited about the World Cup match against Germany. Unfortunately for Algeria, and despite a phenomenal performance, they lost the match 2-1. Derek went into the shop this morning to catch up with Hami...


    Pets In Pain

    Vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, joins Derek in studio today to chat about managing pain in "companion animals", and newly published global guidelines from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association that help vets improve their assessment and treatment of pain in cats and dogs...

    The Journey's On Us 2014

    For the past two years, Mooney have teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" giveaway. As part of this initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.

    It's a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.

    Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue is in Céannt Railway Station in Galway for the launch of The Journey’s On Us 2014



    Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has launched the 2014 programme for The Journey’s On Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

    "The Journey's On Us" will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across the company's services.  The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel. 

    Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said "Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country.  However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut.  We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back.  We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey's On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities.  The initiative is now in its third year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with."

    The company has today invited all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available at all Iarnród Éireann stations or online at . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday July 14th, at 16.30hrs.

    Last year, over 750 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men's Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from "The Journey's On Us".  Last year Iarnród Éireann offered for the first time a special prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with them.  The winner of the prize was Special Hands Activity Group from Kelly, Co. Meath. 

    The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1's Mooney, and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Ceannt Railway Station, Galway today to launch "The Journey's On Us" 2014.  They were joined by Galway Community Circus who were a winner of one of the trips last year.   Mooney will also feature successful groups throughout the year. 

    All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from July onwards. For further information and to see terms and conditions please log onto

    Singles Night Out!

    We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

    Search For A Child Star Finalists

    Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.

    The finalists, in no particular order, are:

    - Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
    - Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
    - Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
    - Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
    - Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind

    The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Rose Of Tralee
      Composer: Glover
      Performer(s): Frank Patterson
      Performer(s): Frank Patterson
      Album: Essential Irish Drinking Songs & Sing Alongs - Whiskey In the Jar, Frank Patterson
      Duration: 1:04
    • Title: Mandy
      Performer(s): Johnny Mcgailey
      Performer(s): Johnny Mcgailey
      Duration: 3:30
    • Title: Edelweiss
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Derek Mooney
      Performer(s): Derek Mooney
      Duration: 2:01

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