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Thursday, January 17th 2013

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On today's Mooney,

Paul G. Sheridan on top choices for first dances of brides and grooms. Katriona McFadden tells us about a free dove-releasing service. And we find out about and growing your own sausages city style - Brenda Donohue on the new vogue for keeping pigs...

Eurovision Announcement and The First Wedding Dance

Paul G Sheridan is our regular EuroGuru, an expert on all things Eurovision, and today we get to hear which Semi-Final Ireland get drawn in for Eurovision 2013 in Sweden. For more information, click here. But when he's not being a Eurovision whizz, Paul is also a wedding DJ, and today he joins us with his Top Five First Dance songs, and his tips and advice for couples trying to choose music for their wedding...

Bunclody's White Doves

Katriona McFadden went to visit Michael Ryan at his home in Bunclody. Michael and his wife Anne lost their son Sean-Paul through suicide nine years ago. Michael runs www.freewhiteangeldoves.com. He brings wedding doves to weddings and releases them for the bride and groom.

Michael Ryan with his doves
Michael Ryan with his doves

He can also release doves at funerals and other events. He videos the event and produces a DVD of it. He can release doves in a 40 mile radius of Coolock in Dublin and a 40 mile radius of Bunclody in Wexford. All proceeds go to the National Suicide Charity, Console www.console.ie. You can also follow White Angel Doves on Facebook: www.facebook.com/freewhiteangeldoves.

Celebrating 150 Years Of The London Underground

Mind The Gap ... anyone that has ever visited London will be familiar with that particular phrase, and where it's used! The Tube, as it’s popularly known, has been ferrying commuters from Bond Street to Brixton, from Picadilly to Paddington for 150 years now!

It’s older than the Paris Metro or the New York subway - it is in fact the oldest underground train system in the world. Our producer Fergus Sweeney was over in London at the weekend, and met a man who walked the London Underground, overground... Fergus joins Derek in studio today to explain more...

Walking The Lines by Mark Mason

Mark Mason wrote a book all about traversing the Tube lines, and it's called Walk The Lines: The London Underground, Overground. It's published by Random House. The ISBN is 978-1847946539 and the RRP is £12.99.

K Club Wedding Competition

About 22,000 couples get married in Ireland every year – and here on Mooney we’re going to make 2013 lucky for some with a fantastic wedding competition we’re going to be running in January in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide and The K Club! To find out more, tune in, get a copy of the RTÉ Guide TODAY or click here!!! And for more information on all the wedding packages and facilities available at the K Club, 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!

Today's Podcasts

Ireland's Eurovision Semi-Final Revealed
Bunclody's White Doves
Rearing Pigs In Rathfarnham
First Wedding Dance Songs
Celebrating 150 Years Of The London Underground

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