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    Mooney, Thursday July 10th 2014

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    On Mooney today...

    Whether it's online dating, speed dating, blind dating, or double dating, we explore the do's and don'ts in the search for modern romance! And we pose the question: what makes an old-fashioned gentleman in the 21st century?

    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 www.respabeds.ie!

    To enter just answer this question:

    Thursday, July 10th 2014

    True or false: Argentina take on Germany in the World Cup Final on Sunday in Brazil?

    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 http://www.rte.ie/about/en/serving-our-audience/2012/0222/291673-competition-voting-terms-conditions/.

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    Donegal's Beached Whales

    If you've been watching the RTÉ television series Ireland's Ocean recently, you will know what an incredibly vibrant marine environment we have around our shores, particularly along the Western seaboard.

    It's beautiful, it's wild, it's epic, it's fascinating, and it's also mysterious.  That mystery was brought home recently when reports emerged about the stranding of a pod of twelve pilot whales on a beach in County Donegal, on Monday night.

    Local people made huge efforts to try to alleviate the suffering of whales, and even to encourage them to get back into the sea. But this was very much contrary to the advice of wildlife experts, whose message was quite simply that this was part of nature, and nature must take its course.

    On Tuesday, we spoke to Pat Vaughan, a wildlife ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, who was at the scene of the stranding. At that stage, just four animals remained alive.

    Well, some local people weren't exactly happy with that advice. They felt they could genuinely do something to alleviate the suffering of these whales.

    One of them was Gareth Doherty, from Stranacorchra, Derrybeg, County Donegal, who joins us on the line today. He is the owner of local sailing company Selkie Sailing. And we also talk to Dave Duggan, a regional manager with the National Parks & Wildlife Service in the North-West, who has been monitoring events at the beach...

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    Dating Do's & Dont's

    You may remember last April Lisa Wallace, the owner of Absolute Beauty on South William Street in Dublin in Dublin City, came onto the programme to talk about her experience of online dating.

    Lisa told us how she has not been in a relationship for the past 8 years, so she decided to become proactive about it and started to date online. And it was not all a bed of roses!

    Well following her interview on Mooney, Lisa got a fantastic reaction from listeners – she even got a marriage proposal! So we have asked her back in today tell us more! And do talk us through some of the do's and don's of dating, we're also joined in studio by songwriter Karl Broderick!

    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

    PRESS RELEASE: THE JOURNEY’S ON US!

    IARNRÓD ÉIREANN TO OFFER FREE TRIPS FOR COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY & CHARITY GROUPS IN 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 www.irishrail.ie/journeys . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed tojourneys@irishrail.ie 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 www.irishrail.ie/journeys.

    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 mooney@rte.ie, 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.

    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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    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

     

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