Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1

    Mooney, Monday September 1st 2014


    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

    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 [email protected], 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

    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

    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!

    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 [email protected], 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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    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Something's Jumpin' In Your Shirt
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Malcolm Mclaren
      Performer(s): Malcolm Mclaren
      Duration: 0:17
    • Title: Underneath Your Clothes
      Composer: Shakira/Mendez
      Performer(s): Shakira
      Performer(s): Shakira
      Album: Laundry Service, Epic Records, 4987202
      Duration: 3:56
    • Title: Johannesburg - Main Track
      Composer: Alexander Ace Baker [Bmi] / Clair Marlo [Bmi]
      Performer(s): No Details
      Performer(s): No Details
      Album: Global Village, OneMusic, OM185
      Duration: 5:08
    • Title: Hung Up
      Composer: Madonna/Price/Anderson/Ulvaeus
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Album: Single (recordno: Pro15608), Warner Bros, PRO15608
      Duration: 3:18
    • Title: Roar
      Composer: Not Available
      Performer(s): Katy Perry
      Performer(s): Katy Perry
      Album: Roar - Single, Capitol Records, Not Available
      Duration: 3:43
    • Title: What's Love Got To Do With It?
      Composer: Britten/Lyle
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Album: Simply The Best (recordno: 7966302), Capitol Records, 7966302
      Duration: 3:45
    • Title: Wrecking Ball
      Performer(s): Miley Cyrus
      Performer(s): Miley Cyrus
      Album: Bangerz
      Duration: 3:55
    • Title: Private Dancer
      Composer: Knopfler
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Album: Simply The Best (recordno: Cdestv1), Capitol, CDESTV1
      Duration: 3:57
    • Title: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
      Performer(s): Beyoncé
      Performer(s): Beyoncé
      Album: I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version)
      Duration: 3:25
    • Title: Steamy Windows
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Performer(s): Tina Turner
      Album: Simply the Best
      Duration: 4:15

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