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Wednesday, December 12th 2012

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On today's Mooney,

We talk to the Mooney listeners living the good life in a geodesic dome in Marbella. On the twelfth day, of the twelfth month, of the twelfth year – we ask - what’s in a number? And Brenda drops in on the reunion of a former schoolmaster with the sixth class he first met on the 5th, of the 5th’ ‘55!

A Blast From The Past

Derek with Ronan Keating and the late Stephen Gately, RIP

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, and get a copy of the RTÉ Guide, on January 14th!

Gloria (Dublin's Gay and Lesbian Choir)

On Monday, songwriter Karl Broderick and Mooney producer Olan McGowan were in studio talking Christmas Songs... what makes a good one and what makes a bad one. And we decided that it couldn’t be too hard to write a Christmas song, if you followed the rules, so we set Karl the task of going off and writing a special Christmas song for us here on Mooney – and we’re hoping to hear it this-day-week, Wednesday December 19th (if he has it finished, that is!)

But we really enjoyed playing the various Christmas songs that day, and it got us in the festive mood. So, when we got an e-mail from the Gloria Choir asking us would we like a “sneak preview” of the free Christmas concert in St Patricks Cathedral that they’re having next Friday, well our arms didn’t need to be twisted much!

So last night Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went along to St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin to sit in on rehearsals and meet some of the Gloria choir. The Gloria Choir will play a free Christmas concert this Friday night, December 14th, in St Patrick's Cathedral at 8pm. For more information, visit www.gloria.ie.

12/12/12 – What’s in a Date?

12/12/12 is the last triple date sequence we will see in our lifetime – the next one will be 1/1/2101. The number twelve is central to the Western calendar and units of time – for instance there is 12 months in a year, day and night are made up of twelve hours each. We celebrate the twelfth today with Cork journalist Pat Fitzpatrick!

Schoolteacher + Class Reunion

A couple of days ago, we got the following e-mail from one of our listeners, Helen:

Hi Derek

My Dad, Gerry O'Donohue is a retired Principal from O'Connell’s primary school in Dublin (he taught Pat Kenny!).

In one of his first years teaching he had 6th class, and made a big deal about the date on the 5th of the 5th '55 (05/05/55).

He asked his students what they thought they'd be doing on the 6/6/66 or the 7/7/77. He told them to remember him wherever they were on those types of dates.

Almost 20 years passed and the class threw a surprise party for Gerry on the 7/7/77. They met again on the 8/8/88, the 9/9/99 and have continued on the tradition. They are having another reunion on the 12/12/12, this week, 57 years after my Dad first brought this special type of date to their attention!

I think this must be a unique pupil teacher relationship and would love if you could wish them all the best as they meet and toast each others health at 12.00 on the 12/12/12.

Gerry turns 80 next year and is fit as a fiddle playing squash twice a week! His "pupils" are nearly 70!

I am a teacher and have told my students (adults in Further Education) what my Dad started and I've asked them to remember me the next time a date like this arises...the 2/2/22, I wonder if they will? Hopefully we'll all be around to celebrate it.

Anyway, I just thought this is a great story as everyone I meet is fascinated by it.

All the best, Helen Hopkins (nee O'Donohue)

It is indeed a fantastic story, so this morning, we sent reporter Brenda Donohue along to Clontarf Castle to find out how this most special reunion was progressing...

Ex-Pats at Christmas

Doha, Dubai, Dallas and Darwin – Mooney has listeners all over the world, and we always love to hear from you (e-mail mooney@rte.ie!). Yesterday we asked you to let us know where YOU are listening from and we were flooded with emails. So thanks to everyone who wrote to us. Katriona picked out a few of the emailers and gave them a call yesterday evening - and they all had some Christmas messages for folks back home...

One person who hears the show every day on his iPad in Spain is Mark Honeyman, who is originally from Clanbrasil Street in Dublin but is now living in Marbella, Malaga. And the house he lives in is no ordinary home. It is what’s called a “Geo-desic Dome” – a sort of a sophisticated tent - with no mains electricity, no water - but also no bills, no debts and sunshine 300 days a year! He can also get a three course meal with wine for less than 6 euro... He joins Derek on the line from his very unusual home...

Win €1000 with Mooney's Money!

Today, you can win €1000 - just answer a simple question by phone or text for your chance to win. Click here to find out today's question...

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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