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The Mooney Show, Saturday January 21st 2017


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On The Mooney Show this evening...

We chat to the man the musicians call "America’s greatest living guitar legend", Elvis' guitarist James Burton.  Motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan investigates the mysterious case of the Dublin Triumph Dolomite.  And three listeners play Mooney's Saturday Quiz, in an attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a fabulous break to The Kingsley hotel in Cork!

James Burton

As you might have heard over the Christmas holiday, Derek made and broadcast a documentary about the Irish-based American country singer Robert Mizzell, called Robert Mizzell’s Country Home – click here ( to listen back to that programme.

James Burton; image from

Whilst there, they got the opportunity to meet a true musical living legend – guitarist James Burton.  He has been the number one choice from everyone from Emmylou Harris to Roy Orbison to, of course, Elvis Presley.

James performing alongside Elvis in 1970

We're delighted that both James and the original Elvis Presley band are coming to the National Concert Hall on Monday, January 30th!  For more information, on The Original Elvis TCB Band with Special Guests The Imperials & Dennis Jale, visit

Triumph Dolomite For Sale In Dublin

Cast your mind back to 1972.  It was the year of Fiddler On The Roof, Diamonds Are Forever and The Godfather.  Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow were born, eleven Israeli athletes were massacred at the Munich Olympics, fourteen unarmed Catholics were gunned down by the British Army in Derry on Bloody Sunday - and sixteen survivors of a plane crash in the Andes were rescued after practising cannibalism.

The last U.S. ground troops were removed from Vietnam, Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan - and Ceylon became a republic called Sri Lanka.  The Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin and ABBA were flying high, and Don McLean topped the international charts.

The Atari-made PONG was the first commercially successful video game, digital watches were introduced - and HBO launched the first television subscription cable service.

In 1972, the Volkswagen Beetle became the most popular car ever sold.  And it was also the year that British Leyland started producing the Triumph Dolomite.

The Godfather movie trilogy was still in production in 1990 – unlike the Dolomite which only lasted till 1980.  Sadly it went out of fashion along with bell bottoms, trouser suits and platform shoes.  It was, nevertheless, a car which was and continues to be held in great affection by many people.  But why are we taking you on a trip down memory lane into the 1970s?

Michael Sheridan with the Dolomite

Well recently, Derek was driving past Northern Cross on the Malahide Road, just before Coolock, and he noticed a few cars for sale along the side of the road.  But what really caught his attention was an old Triumph Dolomite for sale, and he wanted to investigate further.  So who better to commandeer than our old friend Michael Sheridan, RTÉ Motoring Correspondent...

And don’t forget to text us on 51551 or email with any weird or wonderful things you come across on your travels and we’ll go out and investigate them too!

Mooney's Saturday Quiz

Time now for our weekly general knowledge quiz. The prize we have for you today is a two-night stay with breakfast each morning at a city hotel with a luxurious difference – The Kingsley hotel in Cork!

With beautiful bedrooms, a bistro style restaurant, a luxury Spa and an extensive health club, the Kingsley has everything you will need for a perfect stay for leisure, pleasure or business.  It’s situated on the doorstep of the city’s university and walking distance  from the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Cork – so shopping, socializing and cultural attractions are all just a few steps away.  For further information, or to book a stay at The Kingsley hotel, visit

And if you would like to take part in the quiz another week, then just e-mail us!  Tell us your name, where you're from, a little bit about yourself - and don't forget that all-important phone number!  Just e-mail, and very soon, you too could win yourself a fabulous hotel break!



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