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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 Monday 11 August 2014


    On Mooney Today....

    Soap, Suds and rock and roll.... The Mooney show launches our annual search for Ireland’s best shower singer and we’ve a great prize for the winner


    Crystal Swing

    Crystal Swing join Derek in Studio for a catch up and help Derek launch the Singing in the shower competition

    Mooney’s Singers In The Shower


    The winner of MOONEY’s Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.

    TileStyle is a one stop shop, offering a vast selection of high quality Bathrooms, Tiles, Stone, Wood Flooring and Paint. TileStyle is open 7 days a week and is conveniently located just off the M50 at Exit10. Their highly trained team is available to offer any advice or assistance you might need. Meet them here or drop into the stunning showroom. To find out more visit

    To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

    Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.
    Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on the Mooney show. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie



    A Pair of Terns on a Yacht

    About 6 weeks ago we got a call from Ronnie Wilson from Dun Laoghaire. Ronnie and his friend Michael Lennon sail from the local yacht club and they discovered a pair of terns had laid two eggs on their boat, the Síofra, and were starting to incubate them. Ronnie got in touch, wanting to know what he should do and we sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan out to investigate.


    MOONEY’S MONDAY QUIZ - 11/08/14

    It’s MOONEY…. It’s Monday…

    So it must be time for our Mooney’s MONDAY Quiz!

    And we have a great prize up for grabs today - It’s a get away to the gorgeous Tinakilly Country House, fusing rustic Victorian grandeur with the best in modern food and shabby chic luxury in scenic County Wicklow.

    Built in 1883, Tinakilly Country House is set in 14 acres of beautifully landscaped mature gardens overlooking the Irish Sea.

    Now beautifully restored with authentic old world charm, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the Garden of Ireland.

    The prize includes:

    Two Night’s Accommodation for two, subject to availability

    Full Irish breakfast both mornings; and

    Dinner on 1 evening of your choosing

    Go to for further information or follow them on Twitter @TinakillyHouse

    and todays Runners-up will get a Mooney PRIDE watch.


    Player Ones Questions:

    1: Which major American city is nicknamed The Windy City? (Chicago)  

    2: Who played the main character, Sophie, in the 1982 movie, Sophie’s Choice? (Meryl Streep)

    3: AUDIO QUESTION: What Irish act is singing this song? EX-RADIOMAN: Kodaline (00:06)  

    4: Who is the patron saint of Wales? (David)

    5: Which Irish premier division soccer team plays at The Showgrounds? (Sligo Rovers)

    6: In which country would you find The Loire Valley? (France)

    7: AUDIO QUESTION: What TV show is this the theme tune of? EX-RADIOMAN: Hill Street Blues (00:06)

    8: Which Irish TV show featured Judge, Godmother and Forty Coats? (Wanderly Wagon)

    9: Force 10 From Navarone and Where Eagles Dare were written by which Scottish novelist? (Alistair MacLean)

    10: What is the Richter scale used to measure? (Earthquake magnitude)

    11: Roy Keane played for which English club before joining Manchester United? (Nottingham Forest)

    12: What suburb of Dublin was the location of a famous battle in 1014 involving Brian Boru? (Clontarf)


    Player Twos Questions:

    1: What singer won the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest for the UK with Puppet On A String? (Sandy Shaw)

    2: Kilkenny City is on which main river? (Nore)

    3: AUDIO QUESTION: What Irish act is singing this song? EX-RADIOMAN: Sinead O’Connor (00:06)

    4: Who is the patron saint of Scotland? (Andrew)

    5: Which English premiership football team are nicknamed the Toffees? (Everton)

    6: The African cities of Dakar and Monrovia are on the coast of which major ocean? (Atlantic)

    7: AUDIO QUESTION: What TV show is this the theme tune of? EX-RADIOMAN: Friends (00:09)

    8: How many sides does an octagon have, 6, 7 or 8? (8)

    9: US President Richard Nixon visited Ireland while in office in 1969, 1970 or 1971? (1970)

    10: What group featured both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins as lead vocalists? (Genesis)


    Player Threes Questions:

    1: The Seine River flows through which European capital city? (Paris)

    2: Which Irish golfer won the US PGA Championship last night? (Rory McIlroy)

    3: AUDIO QUESTION: What Irish act is singing this song? EX-RADIOMAN: The Riptide Movement (00:06)

    4: Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher formed which group in Manchester in 1991? (Oasis)

    5: Which Irish TV show was set in the fictional town of Ballymagash? (Hall's Pictorial Weekly)

    6: AUDIO QUESTION: What TV show is this the theme tune of? EX-RADIOMAN: Mission Impossible (00:06)

    7: In which Australian city would you find the world famous Opera House? (Sydney)

    8: Whose motto was “one for all and all for one”? (The Three Musketeers)

    9: Poseidon is a Greek God principally associated with what? The sea, the moon, or the sun? (The sea)

    10: "The Snapper" and "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" were written by which Irish novelist? (Roddy Doyle)

    11: What is a male deer called? (A buck)

    12: On an Irish vehicle registration plate, the letters "KY" are used for which County? (Kerry)

    13: What first name, beginning with "B", links the names Brush, Fawlty and Rathbone? (Basil)

    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

    • 15:54
      Title: He Drinks Tequila
      Performer(s): Crystal Swing
      Performer(s): Crystal Swing
      Album: He Drinks Tequila - Single
      Duration: 3:44

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