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Wednesday, March 5th 2008

PADRE PIO
Yesterday we talked about Padre Pio, as his body had been exhumed the previous night, and we got a call from Mona Hanafin. She's on the line today to tell Derek how meeting Padre Pio changed her life...

MOONEY'S MONEY
We have €1000 to be won today - just answer a simple question between 15:00 & 16:20 to make your day so much better! Click here for more details...

SPRING CLEANING AND EASTER BAKING
Our very own domestic goddess, Margaret Browne, is back with tips for better spring cleaning, and recipes for Easter baking, including delicious simnel cake and hot cross buns! Click here to read her cleaning tips, and click here for her recipes.

MICRO FINANCES
Well, as it's Wednesday we're joined by our Neil Hughes, accountant and business advisor with Hughes Blake. Normally Neil is in to talk about big money, but today he's going to talk about small money that can make a big difference: microfinance. Paul O'Sullivan also joins us from Clann Credo - a social investment fund that fits the bill of micro finance in Ireland. For more information about Clann Credo, click here.

OVERSEAS ADOPTIONS
If you are out in Dublin Airport next Tuesday, you will find the Departures Hall packed with all the usual travellers, but you may also bump into Rachel Moore and her husband Alex. Their final destination is the Chinese city of Xian, where they'll meet their daughter Meng Meng for the very first time. Rachel joins Derek in studio to tell Derek about this incredible personal adventure. The International Adoption Association provides informal information for people considering international adoption. The CEO of the group, Grace Kelly, joins Derek to look at some of the issues involved. For more information on the Internation Adoption Association, click here.

PAUL HARRINGTON HOME ENTERTAINMENT GIG
A few weeks ago, Brenda Donohue began a quest to bring music back into the home. She had a prize of Paul Harrington for the night ... that is, he would come to someone's home and sing! It's happening this evening, and this afternoon Brenda is with the winner, Carol Gavvett from Ballinclay, Co. Wexford - plus we also find out how Paul is finding ahead of this intimate gig!

MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
And we congratulate David Gray in Ballitore, Co. Kildare, on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money! To find out how you could win €1000 tomorrow, click here...