Mooney, Wednesday July 9th 2014


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We have an on the spot report all the way from São Paulo, Brazil, where fans react to yesterday's disastrous World Cup Semi-Final against Germany. Three listeners play Mooney's Wednesday Quiz. And we meet the Irish soccer fans involved in a worldwide phenomenon of collecting sweaty World Cup jerseys from top football stars!

Respa Mattress Competition

Respa Mattress Competition

Some shows give away prizes you can only dream of, but on this show we give away prizes that actually help you dream!

We're teaming up with Irish owned Respa Beds, who have 67 years of bed manufacturing expertise - and with a leading Gel Producer they've developed a new cooling gel for the Irish market that helps balance your sleeping temperature to cut out all that twisting and turning so you get to enjoy a night of restful sleep.  

Thanks to them, we've the ultimate mattress in terms of technology and engineering to give away on the show each day this week - it's the brand new Respa Gel mattress, the ultimate in achieving a good night’s sleep – and one product in their 2014 collection of a wide range of beds and mattresses all designed right here in Ireland and available through!

To enter just answer this question:

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Which South American team will the Netherlands play in the second Semi-Final tonight?

Text COMP followed by your name and answer to 51551. Lines close at 4pm.

Find out how you can be in with a chance to win each day from three.

The daily prize is a Respa Gel mattress, and includes delivery from your nearest stockist - RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions apply; see

Bad Day For Brazil

Last night, the Brazilian football team suffered their worst ever defeat - an agonising 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup Semi-Final. We hear from São Paulo listener Neuber Rocha de Souza, to find out how the Brazilian fans reacted to events in the Mineirão...

Brazilian supporters in São Paulo last night

Collecting Football Jerseys

Collecting Football Jerseys

Geoff Hurst was the ultimate English footballing hero, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final against Germany. Players in those days weren't paid remotely on the same scale that they are now. So Geoff Hurst probably had a sense that the jersey he was wearing could be worth a few bob in the future.

In June, 2000, Geoff Hurst, by that stage SIR Geoff Hurst, sold the jersey through Christie's Auctions to a private collector for £91,750.

Ten years later, in 2010, it went on sale once again, with an absurd pricetag of £2.3 million. Again, the buyer was private, but this time, we actually don't know what the final selling price was! For more information, read this newspaper article.  Did Sir Geoff regret selling too early? It's all about timing, in the football rag trade!

Graham Keogh and Dwayne Crean are two Irishmen who are in that trade - although probably not trading in the millions. Not yet, anyway! They join us in studio with a collection of jerseys from their own private collections...

For more information, visit

Mooney's Wednesday Quiz

It's Mooney, it's Wednesday, so it must be time for Mooney's Wednesday Quiz! And we have a FANTASTIC prize up for grabs today...

It's a two night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the 4-star Bridge House Hotel, Spa and Leisure Centre in Tullamore in Co Offaly.

The prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening of your choice.


Teen Beauty Bootcamp

It's that time of the year again when the summer camps are in full swing. Science camps, football camps, arts and crafts camps, music camps are all the norm - but what about a Teen Beauty Camp?

Smokey-eyed Brenda Donohue attended one such course last week, and she tells us how she got on...

Brenda with some of the participants of the teen beauty course

The course takes place in Dublin City Centre, and the next available one begins on July 21st. The cost for the week is €200. For more information, visit

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!

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

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.

Music Played on the Show


Title: Hung Up

Performer(s): Madonna

Album: Confessions On a Dance Floor

Duration: 3:33


Title: Holiday

Performer(s): Madonna

Album: Madonna

Duration: 4:15


Title: Sing

Performer(s): Ed Sheeran

Album: x (Deluxe Edition)

Duration: 3:35


Title: Come Fly With Me

Composer: Cahn / Van Heusen

Performer(s): Frank Sinatra

Album: Nothing But the Best (Remastered)

Duration: 3:24


Title: A Sky Full Of Stars

Composer: T Bergling/C Martin/J Buckland/W Champion

Performer(s): Coldplay

Album: Ghost Stories

Duration: 4:43


Title: Surfin' Usa

Performer(s): The Beach Boys

Album: Good Timin: Live At Knebworth England 1980

Duration: 2:39


Title: All Of Me

Performer(s): John Legend

Album: Love in the Future (Deluxe Edition)

Duration: 3:16


Title: Beauty School Drop Out

Composer: Jacobs/casey

Performer(s): Frankie Avalon

Album: Grease (recordno: 0440412)

Duration: 3:56



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