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Tuesday, January 15th 2008

Derek and Brenda chat about impersonating Marian Finucane, security on board US flights and Ballsbridge's Swastika Laundry.
MOONEY'S MONEY
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DESPERATE HOUSEHUSBANDS
Brenda reports from Sandyford's Beacon Hotel, where she meets Desperate Househusband Mark Daly, wife Andrea and the Beacon's Accomodation Manager Trish Collins.

ATLANTIC ROW: REINHARDT VON HOF ON LA MONDIALE
Yesterday, we spoke to Ray Carroll about his bid to row across the Atlantic as part of the crew of La Mondiale. You may have assumed that he was the only Irishman on board - but in fact, there are three Irishmen on the crew. Reinhardt Von Hof is one of them, and his wife Hazel joins us on the line from their home in Scotland to tell us why her husband has decided to undertake the challenge. For more on the La Mondiale row, click here.

TROID FUILTEACH:
BOXING DOCUMENTARY ON TG4 TOMORROW

Three unrelated events - a black heavyweight champion without a challenger (Battling Siki), a civil war and a journeyman Irish fighter down on his luck - conspire to produce the most bizarre world championship fight in boxing history, on St. Patrick's Day 1923, in Dublin City. The story of this extraordinary fight and the Irish boxer Mike McTigue will be told tomorrow evening on TG4 at 9.30pm in the documentary Troid Fuilteach or 'Bloody Canvas'. To give us a sneak preview of what's in store, Derek chats to the documentary's director, Andrew Gullimore.

40 YEARS OF ASTRAL WEEKS: VAN MORRISON'S BELFAST
Now it's going to be hard to believe for anyone who grew up with it, but September 2008 will mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most important Irish albums ever: Astral Weeks by Van Morrison. And already there's moves afoot to mark the date. Jim Lockhart was in Belfast just before Christmas and he met up with Stuart Baillie, who's a producer with BBC Northern Ireland and something of a Morrison expert, to discover the places that inspired Van Morrison.

ATLANTIC ROW: PADDY POWER
You remember yesterday we had a good chat with our man in the Atlantic, Ray Carroll, rowing 300 miles east of Barbados or thereabouts, and earlier we heard from Hazel Von Hof about her connection to the boat. When Ray was on, he wondered what odds he'd get from Paddy Power on beating the current world record of rowing the Atlantic in 35 days, 8 hours and 30 mins. Today Paddy Power himself offers a charity bet of €1000 and generous odds of 4-1 for Ray to set a new record. Ray is raising money for Aware, so if he does set a new record they'll received an extra €5000, and if he doesn't beat the current record, Aware will still get €1000! So thanks very much to Paddy Power for that! For more on the Atlantic Row challenge, click here.

BATTLING SIKI
Ken Mc Cue, International Officer with Sport Against Racism Ireland, called in to tell us more about the extraordinary boxer Battling Siki. His Irish hosts were more than surprised when they discovered that Baye Phal (his real name) spoke Fluent French and conversational Dutch. Click here to read the Wikipedia entry on Battling Siki.

THE CHANGING FACE OF MOORE STREET
Moore Street in Dublin is changing. Along with the cries of "apples and bananas" and so on that Moore street traders have been calling out for generations, if you walk along Dublin's most famous open-air market street these days you're going to hear just as many immigrant voices offering you hair extensions, phone cards and the use of internet cafe services. Paddy O'Gorman has been wandering Moore Street to find out how it's changed.

MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
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