Mooney, Monday September 1st 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...

Our first report from South Africa going in search of the Big 5, the evolution of our lovely Irish blue eyes, and keeping abreast of the perfectly fitting bra...

Bra Fitting

Bra Fitting

What are they? Well, unless you’re Madonna, Lady Gaga or Eva Herzigova they’re usually concealed. You can 'cross your heart' with them. They can be minimising or maximising, and they are a staple part of most womens' wardrobes. They are humble bras!

Women are constantly told that many of them are wearing the wrong size bra, and that an ill-fitting bra can do more harm than good.

Well with that in mind, one Cork woman has developed a new invention that allows women to accurately measure their own bra size in the privacy of their own homes, if they so wish.

Wendy Moore is the owner of La Femme Lingerie Experts in Douglas in Cork, and the inventor of the Maureen Personal Bra Fitter.

Wendy's Maureen measuring tape "makes everything more straightforward and we have found accuracy rates of between 90-97%". It is available on for €13. Brenda asked one of our Mooney listeners, Ann-Marie English, to road test Maureen for us!

For more information about the Maureen, visit

If you have questions for Wendy about your bras, you can text them to 51551 or e-mail, as she joins us live in studio this afternoon!

The bra brands that Wendy recommends are Ulla Lingerie and Anita Lingerie.

In Search Of The Big Five

In Search Of The Big Five

All this week, Derek is out in South Africa, where he and the team are preparing very special programmes. And our regular Mooney Goes Wild panellist Richard Collins has spent the last few days on a game reserve where he is going in search of the Big Five.

The big five are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and the rhinoceros. The originally term the big five game was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. You can see them on the South African rand banknotes...

Dr. Richard Collins on Safari in Thornybush Game Reserve reserve

It's not called 'Thornybush' for nothing!

African Ground Hornbill


Safari guide, Ryno, at the wheel and on look out, tracker Orlando, in the Thornybush Game Reserve

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes

According to the papers over the last week, in Britain and Ireland, blue eye colour is the most common. Why is this? Do we find blue eye colour more attractive than other people in the world, or has it been determined by the environment we live in down through the ages? To explain more, we are joined in studio today by Professor Dan Bradley, Professor of Population Genetics in Trinity College Dublin...

Mooney's Monday Quiz

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 two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the luxurious 4-star Maritime Hotel overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork – on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on a night of your choice in the hotel’s Ocean Restaurant.

While there you’ll also have complimentary access to the hotel’s Maritime Club and the 'You Time' Spa Rooms.

T&C Apply, Not Valid for Bank Holiday Weekends and special occasions.

For more information about The Maritime Hotel in Bantry, visit

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: Something's Jumpin' In Your Shirt

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Malcolm Mclaren

Duration: 0:17


Title: Underneath Your Clothes

Composer: Shakira/mendez

Performer(s): Shakira

Album: Laundry Service

Duration: 3:56


Title: Johannesburg - Main Track

Composer: Alexander Ace Baker [BMI] / Clair Marlo [BMI]

Performer(s): No Details

Album: Global Village

Duration: 5:08


Title: Hung Up

Composer: Madonna/price/anderson/ulvaeus

Performer(s): Madonna

Album: Single (recordno: Pro15608)

Duration: 3:18


Title: Roar

Composer: Not Available

Performer(s): Katy Perry

Album: Roar - Single

Duration: 3:43


Title: What's Love Got To Do With It?

Composer: Britten/lyle

Performer(s): Tina Turner

Album: Simply The Best (recordno: 7966302)

Duration: 3:45


Title: Wrecking Ball

Performer(s): Miley Cyrus

Album: Bangerz

Duration: 3:55


Title: Private Dancer

Composer: Knopfler

Performer(s): Tina Turner

Album: Simply The Best (recordno: Cdestv1)

Duration: 3:57


Title: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Performer(s): Beyoncé

Album: I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version)

Duration: 3:25


Title: Steamy Windows

Performer(s): Tina Turner

Album: Simply the Best

Duration: 4:15



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