Mooney, Thursday August 28th 2014


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

Today's programme is the final of our Singing In The Shower competition - five finalists, chosen from all those who sent us in entries of themselves singing "in the shower" at home. Today they'll sing "in" the RTÉ Radio 1 shower for a chance to win a €2,500 voucher from TileStyle and for the honour of being Mooney's 2014 Singing In The Shower winner.

Singers In The Shower 2014 - Live Final


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

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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. 

Our five finalists this afternoon are Kelly McAuley from Monaghan, who sings Get Happy, Paul O'Donnell from Navan, who sings The Dance, Patricia Lee from Sandymount, who sings On Top Of The World, Barry Kavanagh from Rush, who sings My Way, and Kayleigh Cullinan from Kimmage, who sings Nella Fantasia.

Kelly McAuley performing

Paul O'Donnell performing

Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue chats to Patricia Lee

Barry Kavanagh performing

Kayleigh Cullinan performing

Our guest judge today is none other than the fabulous Paul Harrington!

A couple of weeks ago, Paul mentioned that he has a new show called Lights Of Home in The Sugar Club on September 18th. It will contain entirely new material. He asked Mooney listeners to e-mail him photos around the theme of 'Light of Home'. He says he was inundated with all sorts of photos - sunsets, lighthouses etc... and he will match these images to his songs and use them in the Sugar Club gig on a big screen. So he'd like to thank Mooney listeners for sending them in!

For more information about the concert, click here.

Well done to all our singers on such wonderful performances - but there can only be one winner, and she is ... Kayleigh Cullinan! Congratulations Kayleigh!

Winner Kayleigh accepting her €2,500 voucher from Tony Murphy, from TileStyle

From left to right: Paul O'Donnell, Kelly McAuley, Kayleigh Cullinan, Shay Byrne, Brenda Donohue, Patricia Lee, Barry Kavanagh, Tony Murphy and Paul Harrington

Richie Kavanagh's Water Meter Song!

Richie Kavanagh's Water Meter Song!

As you know, water charges are set to come in later this year, and ever the man with his finger on the nation's pulse, Richie Kavanagh has put pen to paper to write The Water Meter Song. He joins Shay in studio this afternoon to perform it... To purchase The Water Meter Song on iTunes, click here.

Richie Kavanagh's Water Meter Song

As you know, water charges are set to come in later this year, and ever the man with his finger on the nation's pulse, Richie Kavanagh has put pen to paper to write The Water Meter Song. He joins Shay in studio this afternoon to perform it...

Singles Night Out!

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

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.

Music Played on the Show


Title: Splish Splash

Composer: Darin/murray

Performer(s): Bobby Darin

Album: Beyond The Sea

Duration: 2:09


Title: More Than Me

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Paul Harrington

Duration: 3:20


Title: Uptown Uptempo Woman

Composer: Edelman

Performer(s): Paul Harrington

Duration: 3:51


Title: Get Happy

Composer: Arlen/koehler

Performer(s): Kelly Mcauley

Duration: 2:46


Title: The Dance

Composer: TONY ARATA

Performer(s): Paul O'Donnell

Duration: 3:51


Title: On Top Of The World

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Patricia Lee

Duration: 3:54


Title: My Way

Composer: Anka / Revaud / Thibaut / Francois

Performer(s): Barry Kavanagh

Duration: 4:36


Title: Nella Fantasia

Composer: Morricone / Ferrau

Performer(s): Kayleigh Cullinan

Duration: 5:08


Title: The Water Meter Song

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Richie Kavanagh

Duration: 1:52



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