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Thursday, October 11th 2012

On today's Mooney, with Aonghus McAnally,

It’s more nutritious and has fewer calories than beef – we talk to the Irish famer who rears water buffalo; Tony Buzan has tips on how to improve your memory and Dermot O’Neill will answer your gardening queries...

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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...

Mum Rock!

Inspired by going to see Kelly Clarkson perform last night, Brenda Donohue is looking for YOUR favourite Mum Rock Anthems! It has to be rock, rather than pop, ideally with a female singer and band - what do you think? E-mail mooney@rte.ie with the subject line Mum Rock!

Tony Buzan, The Memory Man!

So someone walks up to you at a party, or in the work canteen or the theatre and says "Hi, nice to meet you, I’m Tony Buzan" and four seconds later you are saying to yourself ... "What did he say his name is?" - did you forget it already, or did you never remember it in the first place? The brain is an amazing organ and none of us really ever uses it to its full potential… This Saturday at the NCH in Dublin, one of the world’s leading experts on training the mind is giving a lecture on Mind Mapping and Memory Techniques ... can you remember the name mentioned a few sentences ago? Well it’s Tony Buzan and he joins us now from London...

He is giving a talk at the National Concert Hall on Saturday morning at 10 am to 1 pm on Mind Mapping and Memory Techniques - details are at www.seminars.ie. Tickets are €50 and €25 concessions, bookable through the National Concert Hall on 01 417-0000 or www.nch.ie.

Tony is the world’s leading author and top lecturer on the brain and learning (over 100 authored and co-authored books to date) and will take his audience through his Mind Map technique and the latest research on the brain, memory techniques and learning tools. For more information about Tony Buzan, visit www.tonybuzan.com.

Buffalo Meat

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones dreamt up over a pint of a Saturday night - that ones that make you so excited and animated when you feel like you can change the world... Well such a conversation had life-changing consequences for Johnny Lynch from Toonsbridge near Macroom, who went from being a struggling farmer rearing beef cattle to one rearing water buffalo!

The shift means he is producing a better product because the meat is better for you, the animals are fantastic and he is about to make money for the first time having spent a life in farming... he is on the line from Cork to tell us more...

Where to get water buffalo products in Ireland...

- Toonsbridge Creamery sells Johnny’s Buffalo Mozzarella and meat (the meat is very new)... The cheese can be found in the English Market in Cork and markets and delis around the country including Temple Bar Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, St. Nicholas’ Market in Galway, Lilliput Stores in Stoneybatter, Little Cheese shop in Dingle, McCambridges in Galway...

- Imported mozzarella di bufala (most often produced in southern Italy, chiefly in Campania) can be found shops all around the country - in Superquinn, Dunnes Stores, centras..

- However the produce from Italy will be over a week old – they would never dream of eating that in Italy!.

Happy National Tree Day!

We get all sorts of press releases into the Mooney inbox each day asking us to celebrate “National Bend-Over-And-Touch-Your-Toes Day” or “National Tie-Your-Shoelaces-With-A-Double-Knot Week”, and they’re usually silly days made up by PR companies that aren’t real “national celebrations”. But today we want to wish you “Happy National Tree Day” because our trees are actually something to be valued and treasured and celebrated – and they deserve a day where we reflect on all the great things that trees do for us.
The President of the Tree Council, our own Eanna ni Lamhna, talked a little about National Tree Day last Friday. And there’s a website for schools to celebrate the day which is: www.treeday.ie. And lots of schools nationwide are going on guided woodland walks today - Dublin City Council have added a new trail to its ‘Native Tree Trails’ in honour of today, and you can see details by clicking here.

Aonghus plays 'What A Wonderful World' on a guitar made from sustainable wood; photo by Tom Roche
Aonghus plays 'What A Wonderful World' on a guitar made from sustainable wood; photo by Tom Roche

So it’s all about the tree today, and Aonghus is joined in studio by Tom Roche, carpenter and founder of the Just Forests charity...

Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

Aonghus is joined in studio by our gardener Dermot O'Neill, who answers your gardening questions!

Lipdub For Big Music Week!

Next Monday, October 15th, sees the start of RTÉ's Big Music Week, Ireland's biggest, most varied, most accessible music festival! To celebrate and launch the event, a Libdub was filmed in the grounds of RTÉ - a spectacular, one-take video with groups and stars lip-syncing to Brewing Up A Storm - click below to be amazed!


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

Mind Mapping With Tony Buzan
Irish Water Buffalo Meat
Happy National Tree Day!
Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

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