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Thursday, January 31st 2008

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're getting in loving mood on the Mooney show. We have a fantastic prize for the couple who are totally and utterly in love with each other.

The prize is…a weekend break to the magnificent 5 Star Lough Rynn Castle in Mohill, Co Leitrim.

How to win
If you think you're parents have still got what it takes…still hold hands, do nice things for each other, sit together on the couch at night, surprise each other and always support each other. You can nominate your parents and tell us why they are Ireland's most romantic parents.

It doesn't matter what age they are as long as they are young at heart.

So why not do something special for them this valentines!

Here's a good reason for you to enter them, because not only could they win this fantastic prize but we have the exact same prize for the nominee… so by just putting pen to paper or a few good reasons on e-mail and you could be loving it up in Lough Rynn in Mohill in Leitrim.

For more information on Lough Rynn Castle click here

To Enter
By post to the Mooney show and by e-mail. Not calls/texts.
You must be over 18yrs to nominate a couple.
Closing date for nominations is Thursday 7 feb.

If you live in the Meath area and you see this weeks Meath Chronicle there's an amazing photo on the front page of Local Councillor Brian Fitzgerald and what look like a Star Wars Light Sabre. Brian joined us on the line to tell us all about it.

Brian held a fluorescent light bulb in his hands underneath high powered power electricity cables in Meath and the bulb lit up..without being connected to a power supply!

Brian is concerned about the safety of these cables for those living in their shadow and has been calling on EirGrid to channel them underground.

For the rest of the story visit the Meath Chronicle website by clicking here

Next week there is an adult learner's festival on all over the country. It's organised by Aontas (which is the national adult learning organisation) and they estimate that close to 400,000 people are availing of adult education on an annual basis.

The festival wants to raise awareness of education and to highlight the value of life long learning for the economy, for individuals and for communities.

Brenda Donohue met 2 people who had taken the bull by the horns and returned to college.

For more information visit the Aontas website - click here

JERRY KENNELLY - Founder and former CEO of Stockbyte and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner in 2005
We are firm supporters of Enterpreneurship on this programme and there's an unusual business seminar happening tomorrow.
On the line we have Jerry Kennelly, the Kerry businessman who founded the photographic company Stockbyte which earned him the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 and which he then sold in 2006 for $135m!

The Young Entreneur Programme and Awards is a non for profit organisation dedicated to illustrating the validity of entrepreneurship as a natural career choice. It's an initiative by Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT), Kerry Technological Park, Jerry Kennelly and the Tom Crean Centre.

It's aimed at 15 - 23 year olds in Kerry's 2nd and 3rd level institutions.

In his experience, entrepreneurs are generally speaking middle-aged men and that's not necessarily the way it should be - it should be seen as a valid career path for school and college leavers. Usually women are not well represented which is a problem.

They created a syllabus and worked with Kerry schools to share skills of entrepreneurship. This involves the practical skills of finance, management, law and technology - the tools you need to set up and maintain a business.

These young people will then take part in a one-day Business Boot Camp on this Friday, February 1st. Successful business people will give talks to the young Kerry students and also students with a business plan will present it to the entrepreneurs 'Dragon's Den' style for feedback and advice.

A lot of high-level entrepreneurs have got involved mentoring the students - people Aiden Heavy from Tullow Oil and Oliver Tatten of Vivas health and 2007 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

You can't teach creativity but there are fundamentals like legal structures, technological resources - by being competent in these skills means your business will succeed - often you have people with great ideas but they won't get them out of the blocks unless they have this basic understanding. It's a fact that a huge percentage of entrepreneurial business fail because they are not competent in setting up and maintaining a business.

Its nnot to late to get involved. If you would like to get in touch, or your son or daughter might be into it then get in touch!

For More Information:
Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee: PH: 066 719 1990

Brita Lyons
Marketing Officer
Institute of Technology, Tralee
DDI +353 66 719 1705

In 2006 Jerry and his colleagues set up a company called Create Africa. (www.createafrica.com). Create Africa produces Kenyan postcards, calendars and other tourist products. They sell 150 products in 200 shops in Kenya. Last year he transferred most of the business to the charity ICross which is run by Irish doctor Michael Meegan. Although he is still very much involved in its running.

Moya Brennan has been lead singer of Clannad since 1975 and has won a Grammy, a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello award for her work. No less a luminary than Bono says that she has "one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced"

Joining her we had violin prodigy, composer and musician Cora Venus Lunny who is in the middle of recording her first solo album.

They came into studio to discuss their music and also the celebrity charity concert they will be playing at on February 7th next in the RDS in aid of the Baby Max Wings of Love Fund to raise funds for Temple Street Children's hospital.

CELEBRITY VARIETY CONCERT IN AID OF BABY MAX - CONCERT HALL, RDS, Thursday 7th February 2008 – starts at 8pm sharp.

Artists will include John O’Conor, Anthony Kearns, Regina Nathan, Cora Venus Lunny, Moya Brennan, Colin Dunne, The Devlins, Liam O’Maonlai, David McSavage and more.

TEL: 0818 300 207
Get tickets online - www.rdstickets.com

Dermot O'Neill recently returned from Thailand, where he came across the fascinating character of Jim Thompson.

Click here to see how Dermot got on

And we congratulate Trish Hennebry from Sallins, Co. Kildare on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money! To find out how you could win €1000 tomorrow, click here...