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Tuesday, November 13th 2012

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On today's Mooney, with Marty Morrissey,

Horse fairs, puck fairs, and the passing traditions of rural Ireland. Should we mourn their passing or simply set our sights on the future? Marty Morrissey chairs the debate. Brenda Donohue reports on a very unusual 2013 calendar just launched by the Coombe Hospital. And one lucky listener will win a luxury weekend in Northern Ireland... in Mooney's Tuesday Quiz!

Is The Customer Always Right?

A Dublin restaurant made the news recently by calling one complaining customer an a******. The row took place between Cinnamon restaurant and one of it's customers, who complained on Twitter that he had to wait forty minutes for being served. The restaurant has since apologised for the tweet, but it begs the question - is the customer always right? Katriona McFadden hits the shops and stores of Sandymount to find out, and Senator Fergal Quinn also joins in the chat...


In every month of 2011, nearly 800 women in Ireland started their own businesses, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, and many of them were mumpreneurs.

Sometimes referred to as ‘kitchen table entrepreneurs’, more and more women are now designing and running online businesses, pursuing niche retail opportunities, or developing unique service industries from home, from marketing and accountancy, to designer dress hire.

Last week, Brenda attended a seminar in Dublin given by and for mumpreneurs.

Cute Honey (Mairéad Kelly)

Mairéad Kelly set up Cute Honey – Mumpreneur Training, Mentoring and Coaching to help Mums who wanted to start a business and Mumpreneurs who had already set up in business, grow it while balancing raising their children. She believes that you “can have it all” with the proper training and supports in place.

Web: www.cutehoney.ie
Tel: 086 170-2010
E-mail: mairead@cutehoney.ie
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cutehoney.ie
Twitter: @Cute_Honey_

Curvy Styler (Vicki Mooney)

Vicki is a plus size model with Andrea Roche's Modelling Agency. Her new Company is 'Curvy Styler', which entails styling & inspiration for women who are sized 14+. The company will launch in December, in conjunction with an e-book, to help women embrace their inner goddess and rollercoaster curves, written in collaboration with her best Friend, Anna Caroll-Browne.

Web: www.curvystyler.ie
E-mail: curvystyler@gmail.com
Facebook: Curvystyler
Twitter: @curvystyler
Phone: 087 911-7866

Why Weight Ireland (Hannah Nolan)

Why Weight Ireland is an amazing online diet and exercise diary with full e-mail support, member forums and personalised fitness plans. No fad diets, 100% online and it works! Not just a diet but a new way of life.

Web: www.whyweightireland.ie
E-mail: hannah@whyweightireland.ie
Tel: 087 290-8700
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whyweightireland
Twitter @whyweightire

Prints4gifts (Linda Trainor)

"Delightfully Different Gifts for all the Family"

- Specialising in High Quality Personalised Framed Art for Babies & Children
- Inspirational Framed Prints for ALL occasions
- Fun & Funky Baby Gifts (Novelty Soothers, Personalised Soother Clips, Silly Bibs)
- Silver Balloon Personalised Music CD's
- Handcrafted Birthstone Jewellery for little girls & Mums

Web: www.prints4gifts.com
Tel: 087 289-3893
E-mail: sales@prints4gifts.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Prints4gift
Twitter: @Prints4gifts

Halpin Books (Helen Halpin)

Halpinbooks supply Usborne children books which are both educational and fun at live events and online. We also recruit and train our own team of sellers who would like to supplement their income or create a new income.

Web: www.halpinbooks.com
E-mail: Halpinbooks@gmail.com
Tel: 086 814-2715
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halpinbooks

Stylemama (Gillian Ryan)

Stylemama is a unique & exclusive service offering maternity dress hire & accessories for mums to be. They can dress your bump in style for that special occasion!

Web: www.stylemama.ie
E-mail: gillian@stylemama.ie
Tel: 087 121-6445
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Gill.Stylemama
Twitter: @stylemama1

Brenda interviews Mairéad Kelly

Vicki Mooney, Linda Trainor, Hannah Nolan and Helen Halpin and Mairéad Kelly, next to Brenda

How Is Ireland Changing?

Marty reports back from the Dunloe Horse Fair, then is joined in studio by Billy Keane, son of John B. Keane, and by Trevor White, Director, of the The Little Museum of Dublin (15, St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 or visit www.littlemuseum.ie).

Trevor is behind an initiative called "City Of A Thousand Welcomes". This initiative is all about getting Dubliners to meet somebody visiting the city, to take them for a cup of tea, to tell them a little about your personal experience of the city, to make recommendations as a resident of Dublin. As part of this initiative, one of the bosses of Twitter was brought on a type of "pub crawl", where he was able to discover Dublin. There followed a massive investment by Twitter in Dublin. There was a headline in one of the newspapers following this investment: "Friendliness Factor Swings It for Dublin". The Twitter bosses were very definite in saying how much the friendliness of the city and ease of doing business here contributed to their investment.

He has also launched an interesting competition called "Uniquely Dublin", along with Dublin City Council, Tourism Ireland and Dublin Bus. The competition invites artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers from all over the world to celebrate Dublin. There is a cash prize of €10,000 for the winner, the deadline is January 28th and the winning entries will be exhibited throughout the city in the spring. For more information about the competition, click here.

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

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Beat the Tuesday blues by playing Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! We're looking for three listeners to take on a minute of general knowledge questions - and we have a fabulous prize for the winner!

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has teamed up with Galgorm Resort and Spa in Antrim to offer our winner a two night break for two people in a Superior Guestroom, with full Irish breakfast on each morning, a four course dinner in either Gillies Bar & Grill or Fratelli, the resort’s new Italian restaurant.

The prize also includes full access to the Thermal Spa where the lucky winner can enjoy the infinity hydrotherapy pool and the outdoor Jacuzzi pool overlooking the River Maine.

If you feel like taking a break, and if you want to take part in our quiz today, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, telling us a bit about yourself! Or phone or text us from 3pm - 4pm today, on 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock and you need to be over 18 to claim the prize. Under 18s can play on your behalf.

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

Is The Customer Always Right?
The Changing Image Of Ireland
Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

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