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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 22 July 2014



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment


    Carmona Services

    Teresa O'Hare spoke to Derek on the programme a few weeks back about her son Ryan, Ryan is 33 and has an intellectual disability, Ryan works in a local garden centre making pots which are sold in the garden centre.


    Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

    Derek was joined by Mary Dillon in County Wexford, Greg Folley from Dublin and Antoinette Cotter from County Cork


    Wedding Cakes

    Former world finalist Olympian & Celebrity masterchef Champion 2013 David Gillick has decided to bake a cake for his wedding, producer Pat O'Mahony spoke went out to the streets of Dublin to ask people if they remember their wedding cake. Chef Louise Lennox dropped into studio to lend her advice on the bake off.

    Giant Hogweed

    We got an e-mail into the programme last week from a listener who wants us to help spread awareness of the dangers associated with a plant that can terrible burns if you come in contact with it.

    David Gillic said he was out running in Kildare when he briefly made contact a plant that was unknown to him. He subsequently erupted into painful blisters, and found out that it was caused by Giant Hogweed, and invasive plant species that excretes a phototoxic sap…

    David says: "I was personally shocked to learn of the existence of this type of plant as part of our national flora. Although not indigenous, it seems here to stay and I believe I'm more than qualified to state it poses a serious public health risk. Contact with the eyes can lead to blindness! Children too could be easily drawn to this plant as it resembles many other benign members of its own family closely.

    I have added a few photos of the offending plant and of the results of my run in with what I feel is a plant sent straight from the gardens of Hell!

    Please spread the word. It's a horrible plant.

    Dave Gillic

    Well Dave, thank you for your e-mail, and to explain more about Giant Hogweed, we are joined in studio today by Dr. Joe Caffrey, Senior Research Officer with the Invasive Species Section of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

    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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    Music Played on the Show

    • 16:27
      Title: Ldn
      Performer(s): Lily Allen
      Performer(s): Lily Allen
      Album: Alright, Still
      Duration: 3:23

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