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Thursday, November 8th 2012

On today's Mooney,

We speak to the mentors responsible for finding a song to represent Ireland at next year's Eurovision Song Contest, and we're looking for confident, smart, outgoing people to talk on air - if you think you can deliver an impromptu speech for 90 seconds, live on air, we want to hear from you... e-mail mooney@rte.ie to tell us about yourself and why you'd like to have a go!

Toastmasters Public Speaking

One of the pre-requisites for being a Radio Broadcaster, good or bad, is being able to think on your feet and “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you”, as Rudyard Kipling once said. But thinking on your feet and live speech is not restricted only to broadcasters. There are many people who need to talk for a living and for entertainment purposes. So my ears pricked up when an email arrived in to the Mooney inbox telling us about a Mairead Murphy. We decided we just HAD to invite her in because we were told that she can talk ON ANY TOPIC for 90 seconds. ANY TOPIC!!!

She honed her skills through Toastmasters and this weekend she is the only Irishwoman competing in the UK and Ireland Table Topics final in Cork. So Mairead is here, and we’re going to help her practice for the final by testing her out on a few topics.

Derek and Brenda give it a go in studio, and we have a couple of other experts on the phone to show us how it’s done. And we want to YOU to get involved! If you think you could talk on any topic for 90 seconds, text us now on 51551, call us on 1850 715 900 or email mooney@rte.ie. There are prizes for the winners!

For more information about Toastmasters, click here.

Win €3000 with Mooney's Money!

Today, you can win €3000 - 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

Eurovision Mentors Announced
The Toastmaster Test

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