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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, Tuesday July 15th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Is the queue for your local sandwich bar becoming a place of tension, rivalry and bickering? Brenda explores the new phenomenon of sandwich etiquette. We find out more about RTÉ Radio 1's award-winning documentary strand, Doc On One. And Channel 4 news reporter Paraic O'Brien talks to Derek about the distressing experience of reporting on people living underground in the sewers of Bucharest...


    Sandwich Etiquette

    Brenda Donohue visits sandwich shop Savoury Fair, in Athlone, to find out more about our sandwich etiquette!

    Brenda with Des Hennelly in Savoury Fair in Athlone


    Living In The Sewers Of Bucharest

    If you watch Channel 4 News regularly, you'll probably be familiar with one of its most dedicated reporters, Paraic O'Brien (left). He is a native of Ballinasloe, County Galway. But over the last few years, he's been at the forefront of some of the most significant news reports on British television, including a very brave exposé from inside the ranks of the notorious English defence league.

    Paraic recently travelled to Bucharest, Romania, to report on an underworld which many people will be shocked exists in the 21st-century. Deep under the streets of Bucharest, there is a network of tunnels and sewers that is home to hundreds of men, women and children, stricken by drug abuse, HIV and TB. If you visit, you can read more about this, and view some clips into this harrowing existence.

    Paraic O'Brien joins us this afternooon from the BBC studios in London to explain more...


    New York Awards For RTÉ Documentary On One

    RTÉ is often accused of blowing its own trumpet, but there are times when this self-praise. Last week, the prestigious annual New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards were announced and once again RTÉ did itself proud, winning 23 awards, a phenomenal amount.

    We're joined in studio by RTÉ documentary producer, Ronan Kelly, whose own documentaries have won numerous awards, including a couple at this year’s New York Festivals...

    For more details about the awards that RTÉ won, click here, and for more information about the Doc On One, visit

    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: Jumbo Breakfast Roll
      Composer: Shortt
      Performer(s): Pat Shortt
      Performer(s): Pat Shortt
      Album: Jumbo Breakfast Roll - Single, Sony Bmg, 82876810472
      Duration: 3:09

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