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Thursday, November 29th 2012

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On today's Mooney, with Marty Morrissey,

Brenda Donohue meets those involved in creating a calendar to raise funds for the Coombe's neo-natal babies. If your big toe faces inwards or your middle toe is longer than the others ... we meet the woman who can remotely tell your personality type from a photo of your feet! From New York, Lenore Skenazy has more on a babygrow that can also clean your floor! And the eyes may be the windows of the soul but psychologist David Carey believes the face can tell us a lot about ourselves!

Coombe Babies Calendar!

Well they all done one, the firemen, the ICA and even the soccer referees! Some are in costume - and some have barely any clothes on at all. Today we're talking calendars, as yesterday the Coombe Hospital in Dublin launched its 2013 ‘When I Grow Up Calendar’. The calendar features 19 children born at the Coombe and who spent a significant period of time being cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

Each month of the year shows a before and after image of them illustrating their size when they were born and a current image of them exploring their dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. It’s another good idea for a calendar and Brenda spoke to some of the mums involved and got the real life drama behind the pictures...

Sales from The Friends Of The Coombe's heart-warming 2013 calendar will raise funds to assist in the development of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, especially the neo-natal unit. The “When I grow up …” 2013 calendar is available now to purchase from the Friends of the Coombe website: www.friendsofthecoombe.ie - it costs €10, including postage.

Sales from the Coombe hospital calendar will raise much-needed funds for the neo-natal unit at the hospital
Sales from the Coombe hospital calendar will raise much-needed funds for the neo-natal unit at the hospital

Sophia Duff
Ailbhe Garvey, from Crumlin, gave birth to Sophia (above) on 20th December 2011, 4.5 months early at 24 weeks. Sophia weighed just 1 lb 10 oz and had to stay in the neonatal unit for 17.5 weeks. Sophia was discharged at the end of April this year weighing 7lbs 8 ounces and is now 10 months old.

Alexandrea and Taylor Hanley
Andrea Dermody, from Celbridge in Kildare, gave birth to twin girls, Taylor & Alexandra (above), on 17th July 2008. The girls were 28 weeks when born and weighed 1lbs and 2lbs when they were born and they spent 16 and 18 weeks in the neonatal unit and were discharged weighing 5 lbs each. They are now 4 years old.

It's All In The Face...

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to people we evaluate each other all the time based on our appearance…

To what extent can who you are be reflected in your face? Take, for example, the case of a woman called Brooke White, who appeared on American Idol. Apparently, she displayed what was called a "Mormon glow" on her face which means that her inner peace and healthy lifestyle was reflected in her face and people were able to tell she was a Mormon without her saying as much herself...

Consulting Psychologist David Carey, from the Owen Connolly Counselling Centre in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, is here to talk to us about the connection between looks and personality, the ultimate chicken-and-egg question!

Foot Reading

Many people are very self-conscious about their feet - whether they are big, small, turned inward, turned outward, mis-shapen - or downright smelly!

But have you ever wondered what your feet might actually say about you and your personality?

Our next guest is the U.K.'s leading "foot reader". Jane Sheehan claims that, just by examining your feet, she can tell what type of person you are. And, more importantly, she can help you become the best person you can be!

In a few weeks time, she is bringing her seminar tour to this island, and we are very happy to hear from her today.

In February, Jane will be doing some seminars in Northern Ireland (Ballymoney, Maghera, Derry). However, if people cannot make it, they can e-mail her or visit www.footreading.com. The dates are 26th and 27th January in Ballymoney, 2nd and 3rd February in Maghera and 9th and 10th February in Derry.

Stories From The States, With Lenore Skenazy

There's a bit of a baby boom going on in Ireland at the moment. And thousands upon thousands of parents out there are experiencing the joys of new parenthood! But along with the happiness that a new baby brings, there are ALSO the additional hours of housework cleaning up after your little "bundle of joy"!

But what if you could turn your baby into a cleaning machine? A tiny, pre-toddler, crawling around the floor, cleaning as they go! An itsy-bitsy human mop! An enterprising designer over in the USA has designed a Babygro that actually doubles as a floor mop, allowing you to turn your "Rugrats" into "Floor-fresheners".

The Baby Mop is available from www.betterthanpants.com/baby-mop

Mooney's eye on the East Coast of the United States, Lenore Skenazy joins Marty on today's show with this and other wonderful stories from across the big pond... Lenore's blog is called Free Range Kids - click here to read it!

Bewley's Christmas Competition -
Put Your Feet Up This Christmas!


Do you love Christmas dinner with the family, but hate the thought of all that scrubbing, peeling, stuffing ... not to mention all the piles of washing up afterwards! Ever wished that the magic fairy would just come and take away all the stress and hassle of making Christmas lunch, letting you concentrate on just relaxing and enjoying the meal? Well, this Christmas, let Mooney and Bewley's Hotels make your Christmas wish come true! We have the most fabulous competition for one lucky family - and all we want you to do is to tell us why you deserve to be our special winning family!

Not only will our winning family win their Christmas dinner at the stunning Bewley's hotel in Ballsbridge, their prize will also include three nights' accommodation for all the family (two adults and up to three children) on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day, breakfast on the three mornings, a 3-course dinner on Christmas Eve and St. Stephens's Day, a €100 One4All shopping voucher for each family member, and tickets to one of several great family activities (choosing one of the following: Leopardstown Races, Funderland, Iskate at the RDS, tickets for A Family Christmas Show).

The full 3-Night Christmas Break Itinerary is as follows:

Christmas Eve...

  • Welcome reception in The Lounge with mulled wine and mince pies. Served between 3pm-6pm
  • 3 course dinner in The Brasserie
  • Retire to Tom’s Bar or enjoy midnight mass at any of the local churches
  • Time for bed… snuggle up under the luxurious Egyptian cotton duvets

Christmas Day...

  • Leisurely buffet breakfast in The Brasserie followed by Santa’s big arrival with a gift for all of our little guests!
  • Cinema room available for children showing a selection of the best Christmas children movies
  • Mulled wine reception before lunch
  • Christmas Day Dinner - Join the festive atmosphere in The Brasserie and soak up the scents of Christmas cooking. A half bottle of wine per guest is also included
  • After lunch snuggle up on the big arm chairs in The Brasserie or take a stroll in Herbert Park
  • Informal buffet supper served in The Brasserie for those feeling a bit peckish!

St Stephen’s Day...

  • Traditional breakfast or brunch served in The Brasserie between 8-12pm
  • Take a stroll in to Dublin City Centre and catch the first day of the sales... Shop ‘till you drop!
  • 3 course meal served in The Brasserie from 7pm
  • Relax in The Lounge or take a trip to Dublin’s City Centre for some late night cheer

December 27th

  • Full Irish breakfast in The Brasserie
  • Late check-out available upon request
  • Depart from the hotel with fond memories of a delightful Christmas

What you need to do:

E-mail mooney@rte.ie or write to us (Mooney, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4), and tell us why you - or someone you love - deserves to have the Christmas you deserve, but with none of the stress associated with it - why do you deserve a little extra TLC and pampering this Christmas? You'll have to hurry though, as entries must be received by 6pm on Friday, December 7th. Don't forget your contact details!! If you would like more details about this offer, and all the other great deals that Bewley's have this Christmas, visit www.bewleyshotels.com/ballsbridge/christmas.

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 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.

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

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

Reading Feet
Coombe Babies Calendar
It's All In The Face
Stories From The States, With Lenore Skenazy

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