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Wednesday, March 19th 2008

FINANCIAL MELTDOWN
Last week, our financial guru Neil Hughes predicted a difficult week ahead - and indeed what a week its been! Today he takes a look at how the crash in the stock market has affected global finance.

MOONEY'S MONEY
We have €1000 to be won today, as well as the opportunity to go into our draw for €5,000 - just answer a simple question between 15:00 & 16:20 to make your day so much better! Click here for more details...

SAN FRANCISCO
Last week, producer Brian Lally spent time in San Francisco's notorious island prison Alcatraz, and today he tells us about this incredible place. Plus Derek chats to Dave Keenan, one of our Outside Broadcast engineers, who actually did the Alcatraz swim 18 months ago... Click here for photos of the swim.

YEAR OF THE POTATO
Well 'tis the season of St Patrick and also traditionally the time when people think of their spuds - the few days after St. Patrick's Day was always sowing time, and it's even more timely as this is the UN International Year of the Potato! The Irish Seed Savers Association are having a big Spud-In in Clare next month and Peter Bourke is on the line to tell us more... On April 13th, the ISSA will be encouraging visitors to bring spare seeds, spuds and plants and swap and exchange them between themselves. For more about the ISSA, click here.

MASSIVE MONGRELS
A new survey found that 55% of dog owners believe their pet is overweight. Fat dogs are more at risk in the operating theatre, are more prone to injury and have more stress on their heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and jonts. Our vet Andrew Byrne is in studio for more on this, and to answer your pet queries.

BEAR STERNS
Last week saw the near-collapse of the 5th largest US investment bank, Bear Stearns. Neil Hughes, accountant and business advisor with Hughes Blake, tells us what this means for Irish investors.

MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
And we congratulate Irene Ryan from Finglas, Dublin 11, on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money, and entering our draw to win €5,000 worth of prize bonds! To find out how you could win €1000 tomorrow, click here...