Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1

    Mooney, Tuesday August 26th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    We chat about the Rose Of Tralee contest, hear how estate agents, car dealers and other businesses cope with "tyrekickers" - browsers who have little intention of buying, and find out about plans to have more €5 notes in ATM machines...



    Do you know what a tyre kicker is? If you said it's someone who goes into a shop just to have a look around but has absolutely no intention of buying anything, you'd be right! In fact defines a tyre kicker as: "Someone who is indecisive about purchasing a product or service, and never feels satisfied with what they are offered".

    The website goes on to say: "The term comes from sales people at car dealerships. Tyre kickers would come around frequently, kick the tyres a few times on the cars that they liked, but never make a solid purchasing decision on any particular car or trim".

    Pat O'Mahony heads out to chat to car dealers and estate agents who know a thing or two about tyrekickers, and from the Radio Kerry studio by well-known publican Billy Keane, who says that he's been irritated by tyrekickers...

    June Rodgers At Tallafest

    Last week, June Rodgers told us about performing at Tallafast ... if you missed her, here she is in all her glory!



    The Rose Of Tralee

    Last Tuesday, Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was crowned Rose Of Tralee 2014, and a couple of days ago, Maria confirmed that she is gay - the first openly-gay Rose in the history of the competition. So are these changing times for the iconic contest? Will we ever see a female escort, or a male rose? Derek debates the competition with Brenda...


    Moving Towards A Cashless Society

    "That clinking clanking sound sure can make the world go around" ... but what will happen if the coins in your pocket disappear? Will the world stop spinning? That’s not part of the plan! And there is a financial plan for our future, called the National Payments Plan.

    The National Payments Plan is a Government initiative which aims to save the country €1bn a year by encouraging us to switch from cash and cheques to electronic payment systems such as debit cards and e-payments.

    Ronnie O’Toole is Programme Manager of the National Payments Plan, and he joins us in studio to explain more...

    For more information about the National Payments Plan, click here.

    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 had to do was make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

    We asked you to 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 Mooney. 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. 



    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.

    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.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: My Favourite Waste Of Time
      Performer(s): Owen Paul
      Performer(s): Owen Paul
      Album: 100 Hits of the '80S
      Duration: 3:37
    • Title: Time Is On My Side
      Performer(s): The Rolling Stones
      Performer(s): The Rolling Stones
      Album: Hot Rocks 1964-1971
      Duration: 3:12
    • Title: Don't Waste My Time
      Composer: Hardcastle
      Performer(s): Paul Hardcastle Feat. Carol Kenyan
      Performer(s): Paul Hardcastle Feat. Carol Kenyan
      Album: 1983-2003, Hardcastle Records, 3400722
      Duration: 5:27
    • Title: Money Makes The World Go Round
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Liza Minnelli And Joel Grey
      Performer(s): Liza Minnelli And Joel Grey
      Album: Cabaret (Original Soundtrack)
      Duration: 3:44

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