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Thursday, March 20th 2008

SAN FRANCISCO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW
We spent some time in Alcatraz yesterday, and we have more reports from the Wild West now, as our producer Brian Lally tells us about his visit to the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. The main location of their activities was a Garden Expo which happened at a place called the Cow Palace! Amongst the exhibitors Brian met there were Garden Art Jewelry Inc. (who make earrings for trees!), Collectibles (with their extraordinary birdhouses), and Tom Jahns' Sticks & Stones Rustic Furniture.

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...

BLACKROCK CASTLE OBSERVATORY
When we think of award-winning theme parks, Disneyland, Cape Canaveral or Sea World in Florida spring to mind - but in Cork they've just received a major international award for a space age visitor centre in a centuries old building. Tim Desmond has been along to see it, and he joins Derek from our Cork Studio to tell us about it. It costs €6 for adults, €4 for students, seniors and children (8-14 years), and €16 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). Children under 8 are free. It's open Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm, Weekends: 11am-5pm (including Bank Holidays - except Easter Sunday, when it's closed) and the last admission is 4pm. The website is www.bco.ie.

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH SPECIAL
In tomorrow afternoon's Mooney Goes Wild, we pay tribute to a broadcaster who has brought some of the most arresting images of the natural world to millions of viewers around the globe - the legend that is Sir David Attenborough. Derek and his panel of Richard Collins, Eanna ni Lamhna, Terry Flanagan and Eric Dempsey chat to Sir David about his groundbreaking programmes, from Life On Earth to Life In Cold Blood.

RUBY TUESDAY
A new comedy starting soon in Bewley's Café Theatre explores the relationship between a cleaner called Ruby Tuesday and her middle-class, leafy-Dublin employer. We're looking to take along five cleaners, and their friends, to tell us what they think of the play, and what life is like working as a cleaner in Ireland today. Click here for more details (entries must be in by Friday, March 28th 2008).

HEAT
Are you an enthusiastic amateur chef who's dreamed of cooking on TV while being mentored by one of Ireland's top chefs? Well if that sounds like you then take note! During April and May, RTÉ Television will be filming a new series called Heat and they are looking for volunteers! For more details, Derek is joined by chef Kevin Dundon, who'll be one of the mentors... If you'd like to take part, then e-mail heat@loosehorse.ie or phone 086 269-3929.

MUSIC
Music today is courtesy of Mary Black, with Anachie Gordon, and we also hear Prince's Raspberry Beret. Mary's latest double-CD is Twenty-Five Years, Twenty-Five Songs [3ú Records; TUCD 8], and Prince will be playing at Croke Park on Mon. June 16th 2008 - click here for more details.

STARLINGS
Spring is well and truly upon us, which means that our birds are looking for somewhere to nest. But not all birds nest in trees! Seabirds nest on coastal ledges, and terns will nest on the ground - but some birds prefer to nest in roof cavities and holes in walls. Recently, a regular listener from Malahide was worried when she heard unusual sounds coming from her ceiling. Not knowing what was causing it, she called Mooney - so we sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan, out to investigate...

MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
We congratulate Anastacia Furlong on winning €1000 of Mooney's Money, and entering our draw to win €5,000 worth of prize bonds!

GARDENING ADVICE: PLANTING FRUIT TREES
If you're thinking of planting a fruit tree why not consider planting a fruit tree? You'll have the bonus of attractive flowers in spring and the value of fruit in the Autumn. Our gardening expert, Dermot O'Neill, came into studio with a few recommendations as to what varieties we can plant - click here to read his notes. Plus Derek and Dermot chatted about the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin in Clonmel Street – for more information about these wonderful gardens, click here.

PRIZE BONDS DRAW
The Bowl of Destiny made a much welcomed return to Studio 6 this afternoon, when our Mooney's Money winners from this week entered a draw to win €5000 of Prize Bonds. The winner was Wednesday's winner, Irene Ryan - congratulations Irene!!