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Wednesday, November 14th 2012

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On today's Mooney, with Marty Morrissey,

We meet two of best looking babes in the country - Mr Ireland and Mr Gay Ireland! We find out how one Galway businessman has taken on the giants of the fast-food world and won. And we learn why the mathematical ability of Japanese children would put adults here to shame!

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes 7 will take place in the National Concert Hall on December 18th. The show will start at 8 PM, as usual. This concert has already sold out. In fact, it actually sold out on the day Derek announced it, a couple of weeks ago. HOWEVER, we are still looking for suggestions for this concert - pieces of music that you would like included. We've had quite a few e-mails already, but we are always open to hearing new stories, and inventive musical suggestions.
Earlier this morning, Katriona McFadden spoke to a few people who have already contacted us with musical choices. And Mooney Tunes producer Olan McGowan is also in studio to give us more of a flavour of what is to come.

Because of the extraordinary demand for tickets, we've decided to organise a separate concert for the afternoon of the same day, December 18th. A full matinee concert, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and selected performers.

It's going to be a different concert from the evening show, with a different selection of music, and it's going to be just the thing for anybody doing their Christmas shopping in the morning time, in Dublin city centre, and who fancies a fabulous musical diversion in the afternoon!

We will be selecting a different program for the afternoon show. Different from the evening show. There might be a couple of pieces in common, but by and large, distinctive shows.

Mooney Tunes Matinee
• December 18th at 3:30pm
• Prices are €15, €20, €25
• To contact the Box Office call 01 417-0000 or visit www.nch.ie

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

Supermacs Listed As Top Fast Food Restaurant

If you want to know about fast food, it is a good bet that an American will be able to tell you a thing or two about it, as Americans spend nearly 100 billion dollars on fast food every year, with 50,000 fast-food chain locations around the country, McDonald’s being the largest chain. Now, Fox New’s The Daily Meal has compiled a list of fast-food restaurants that are worth seeking out if you’re headed abroad - and on that list of ten is our very own Supermacs! Marty chats to founder Pat McDonagh, and also Jim Carney, from The Tuam Herald...

Japanese Abacus

Did you know that in Japan, there exists an All-Japan Abacus Championship? Alex Bellos, a British mathematician and author, recently travelled to Japan to look at whether Asian cultures are much better at maths and numbers than many western countries. He made a BBC documentary called Land Of The Rising Sums and he joins Marty today to explain more... For more information about Alex's documentary, click here.

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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