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Tuesday, January 22nd 2008

The 2008 Temple Bar Trad, Irish Music and Culture Festival kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday, January 23rd 2008) and runs until Sunday Jan 27th. One of the events has really caught our attention - the Irish culture workshop. It's a fun crash course in traditional Irish dance, song and language, hosted by Gealcultur and it's on this Saturday in Film Base. And we have 5 places for Mooney listeners to go on the course! Click here for more details...

Not only do we have €1000 to be won today - just answer a simple question between now & 16:20 to make your day so much better - but one of our five daily winners this week will also win a fantastic 5* holiday to Malta! Click here for more details...

Last week, Brenda Donohue met up with Mark, who was volunteered by his wife Andrea as a Desperate Househusband. Brenda took him to the Beacon Hotel, where Accomodation Manager Trish Collins taught him how to clean properly. Well over the weekend, Brenda and Trish paid Mark a surprise visit at home to find out if he's keeping up the skills he learnt ... today, we found out how they got on!

Yo-Yo Ma is one of the greatest cellists in the world, and fans of classical music will know him well. But he did a collaboration a while back that's making waves far beyond the bounds of classical music. You know The Lord Of The Dance? It was written back in the 60's by an English poet called Sidney Carter - he was a Quaker and a songwriter as well. He wrote the new words: "Dance, then, wherever you may be - I am the Lord Of the Dance said He" and so on - but for the tune he used a traditional old Shaker hymn called Simple Gifts. And that's where Yo-Yo Ma comes in - he's done a version of Simple Gifts with the highly-respected American country singer Alison Krauss on vocals. We take a little time out to enjoy this simply magical music. It's available on the 2002 double CD Classical Brit Awards 2002 (Sony Classical STVCD138), or the 2004 double CD Essential Yo-Yo Ma (Sony Classical S2K092857).

On January 27th, a new series starts on TG4 called Ceolchuairt. Over six weeks, the cream of Irish musical talent will travel on a voyage of discovery to far flung places like Senegal, Bulgaria and even Harlem in New York to find common ground, jam with the locals and unearth bizarre styles. In the first programme Rossa Ó'Snodaigh and his brother Rónán of Kíla fame visit India. Today, Rossa pops into studio to chat about merging traditional Irish and Indian musical styles, and visiting some of the great cities along the Ganges like Varanasi.

We've had a few people inquiring about the piece of beautiful piece of music we use in our new promo. It's called Hoppípolla, and is by a band called Sigur Rós (it was also used in the trailers for the BBC's Planet Earth series). It's taken from their fourth album, Takk (EMI 3372522). Our producer Brian Lally pops into studio to tell Derek all about this extraordinary Icelandic band...

Well loads of people say they have it, but they can't fix it. Indeed a lot of the time you cant even spot it, and if you can, the experts can't take it away... What are we talking about? Back pain, and the search for a cure... Derek chats to chartered physiotherapist Aoife O'Neill from the O'Neill Sports Medicine Centre in UCD, and Colm Campbell, an engineer who believes that the spine and therefore the back is a piece of engineering, and can benefit from engineering solutions. He runs a shop called The Back Shop, on Exchequer Street in Dublin; the phone number is 01 671-4215.

And we congratulate Breda O'Kelly from Co. Limerick on not only winning €1000 of Mooney's Money, but also entering our draw to win a 5* holiday to Malta! To find out how you could win €1000 tomorrow, click here...