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Tuesday, November 6th 2012

On today's Mooney,

We find out why some people should never wash their hair in the shower, chat to Obama's eighth cousin Henry Healy, and we talk to a 14-year-old girl who broke her back while diving but has now returned to the pool!

US Presidential Election

This time tomorrow we’ll know who will be the next leader of the United States of America. Will Mitt Romney become the country’s 45th president or will the incumbent Barack Obama become a two term office-holder? There's one man in Ireland who will understandably be more nervous than perhaps anyone else in this country. He is Henry Healy from Moneygall - Henry is Barack Obama’s 8th cousin, and the man responsible for bringing Obama to the small town in Offaly on May 23rd last year - and he joins Derek in studio today.

Life's Like This

If you happen to be watching RTÉ Television throughout the day you’ll hear little snippets which throw some light on the lives of young people in Ireland today. It is part of an ambitious project which involved filming hundreds of young Irish people doing what they do on one particular day, whether it is walking on walls, training in a boxing gym or diving into a swimming pool – in fact diver Shona Carton from Blanchardstown is one of those featured in this series, and today Derek talks to Shona and to Cuan Mac Congail, series producer of Life’s Like This... All of the 12 films will be available on a timeline on www.rte.ie/trte/lifeslikethis.

Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow

Do you have a skeleton hiding in your family closet? Do you think you might be related to James Joyce? Or maybe you harbour suspicions that you are secretly related to some ancient royal dynasty that quietly came to Ireland to seek refuge from unknown dangers?

If you have some unproven family theories about your lineage that have been niggling at you, help is at hand!

Soon, Derek will be travelling around the country with The Genealogy Roadshow’s expert team helping you to discover your family history. You might remember the first series was aired on RTÉ 1 last summer. The programme’s Executive Producer is Philip McGovern from Big Mountain Productions, and he joins Derek in studio today to invite applications for the second series... For more information, e-mail genealogy@bigmountainproductions.com, call 048 3083-4046, or visit www.bigmountainproductions.com for an application form.

Washing Advice

According to Dr. Gillian Murphy, “bubbles are bad”. Gillian is a Consultant Dermatologist in Beaumont Hospital and she says people who may be prone to dry skin are over-showering, using the wrong products and shouldn’t be washing their hair in the shower! She joins Derek in studio today to tell us why she also wants to see Irish men wearing hats, and to explain why Irish women are now experiencing acne into their thirties. She’ll also be answering your skin-related questions. She can’t make diagnoses over the air, but she can answer general questions about skin. So text us now to 51551, e-mail mooney@rte.ie or call 1850 715 900. And to find out how clean people are, Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden took to the streets this morning to ask people about their showering habits and to ask “how often do you wash?”

***FREE*** Public Health Lectures

The Royal College of Surgeons are holding a series of MiniMed lectures. They are free public health lectures held on the last Wednesday of every month, and they take place at the RCSI, 123 St. Stephen's Green. Grainne gave a lecture on skin a couple of weeks ago and it was very well-attended.

Upcoming lectures include:

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

  • "Finding health information on the Internet: the consumer approach", by Kate Kelly, Chief Librarian RCSI
  • "Cyberchondria: the Internet and Self-diagnosis", by Mary Aiken, Cyber psychologist and Research Fellow at RCSI Institute of Leadership

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

  • "Benefits of a healthy lifestyle with exercise", by Dr L. Joe Conway, Vice Dean RCPI / RCSI Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • "From Aqua jogging to Yoga - getting to the ‘core' of the myriad of exercise types", by Dr. Helen French, Physiotherapy, RCSI

The lectures are free to attend but you must register online at www.rcsi.ie/minimed

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...

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes is back! Due to extremely popular demand, the next Mooney Tunes concert will take place at the National Concert Hall on December 18th. ***TICKETS FOR THIS CONCERT HAVE ALL SOLD OUT*** Artists confirmed to take part include Mary Byrne, Eimear Quinn and Niamh Kavanagh, and of course the RTÉ Concert Orchestra - and we have some more really special guests that you'll find out about a bit closer to the time!! So send us in your choice of music, and why you would like it to be included, to mooney@rte.ie or to:

RTÉ Radio Centre
Dublin 4

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!

Today's Podcasts - To Follow

Henry Healy, Obama's Cousin
Life's Like This
Return Of 'The Genealogy Roadshow'
Washing Advice

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