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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, Thursday August 28th 2014


    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!

    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!

    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: Splish Splash
      Composer: Darin/Murray
      Performer(s): Bobby Darin
      Performer(s): Bobby Darin
      Album: Beyond The Sea, Wsm, WSMCD183
      Duration: 2:09
    • Title: More Than Me
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Paul Harrington
      Performer(s): Paul Harrington
      Duration: 3:20
    • Title: Uptown Uptempo Woman
      Composer: Edelman
      Performer(s): Paul Harrington
      Performer(s): Paul Harrington
      Duration: 3:51
    • Title: Get Happy
      Composer: Arlen/Koehler
      Performer(s): Kelly Mcauley
      Performer(s): Kelly Mcauley
      Duration: 2:46
    • Title: The Dance
      Composer: Tony Arata
      Performer(s): Paul O'Donnell
      Performer(s): Paul O'Donnell
      Duration: 3:51
    • Title: On Top Of The World
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Patricia Lee
      Performer(s): Patricia Lee
      Duration: 3:54
    • Title: My Way
      Composer: Anka / Revaud / Thibaut / Francois
      Performer(s): Barry Kavanagh
      Performer(s): Barry Kavanagh
      Duration: 4:36
    • Title: Nella Fantasia
      Composer: Morricone / Ferrau
      Performer(s): Kayleigh Cullinan
      Performer(s): Kayleigh Cullinan
      Duration: 5:08
    • Title: The Water Meter Song
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Richie Kavanagh
      Performer(s): Richie Kavanagh
      Duration: 1:52

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