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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday October 11th 2015

    On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

    We meet a newly appointed World President - our very own bee expert Philip McCabe, who has recently been elected and sworn in as World President of Apimondia, the Federation of International Beekeepers.  Terry Flanagan reports on a very interesting little homing pigeon that is refusing to go home.  We're joined in studio by the Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness MEP, who tells us all about European Bee Week which recently concluded.  And ahead of the IMRAM festival's production of Trickster Bird, we've a very special treat: singer Caitríona O'Leary sings a Scottish song of two crows: Twa Corbies...

    Philip McCabe, World President!

    We're absolutely thrilled for our regular bee expert Philip McCabe, who was recently elected World President of Apimondia, the Federation of International Beekeepers.  Freshly returned from Korea, where he addressed 10,000 delegates at the Apimondia Congress 2015, he joins us in studio to tell us a bit more about the role, and his job ahead...

    Percy, The Persistent Pigeon

    Over the years we have received many e-mails to the programme here, of strange wildlife events that members of the public have been privy to, and none is stranger than the following...

    Leo Kirby lives just outside Limerick City, and he recently noticed a pigeon outside his back door, trying to get into the house. He also noticed that the bird was quite tame and that it had a ring on his leg.

    Leo with Percy and reporter Terry Flanagan

    On investigation, Leo discovered that it was a homing pigeon and that he belonged to a man in Co. Armagh. After getting in touch he was told to fatten the bird up, take him 10 or 20 miles away from home, point him in a northern direction and let him off.

    And this is exactly what Leo did, only to find that when he got home, Percy the pigeon was there before him.

    Terry with Percy the pigeon

    Leo repeated this procedure on a number occasions, only for Percy to head back to Co. Limerick instead of Co. Armagh. Intrigued by this, we sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan to meet Leo and Percy...

    Mairead McGuinness On European Bee Week

    Brussels is a busy place at the best times, but last week the Belgian capital was buzzing – you could say it was a veritable hive of activity - as MEPs and national politicians met with beekeepers, farmers and NGOs from across Europe for the fourth annual European Bee Week.

    According to organisers, “understanding the severe issues related to bee health is essential for public decision-makers as viruses, pesticides, and a decline in biodiversity are factors threatening the sector.  The European Week of Bees and Pollinators intends to review these exchanges and present the new challenges that have to be faced.  A common solution will have to be found”.

    In studio with Derek: Philip McCabe, Eanna ni Lamhna and Mairead McGuinness

    Well one of those organisers was Vice-President of the European Parliament, and former Ear To The Ground presenter, Mairead McGuinness MEP.  She brought along some beekeepers from Donegal, and she joins us in studio to tell us all about it…

    IMRAM & Trickster Bird

    The word IMRAM can mean a ‘voyage of discovery’, and a forthcoming Irish festival called IMRAM is aiming to takes audiences on a magical journey through poetry, prose and music.  One of the events taking place is called Trickster Bird: The Crow Project, and it features field recordings of crow song, along with poetry and song about corvids – crows, ravens and magpies.  Trickster Bird takes place in Smock Alley Theatre next Wednesday, October 14th at 8pm; tickets cost €10 and more details by clicking here.  One of those performing in Trickster Bird is singer Caitríona O’Leary (pictured left), who joins us now to tell us a bit more about IMRAM, Trickster Bird and to perform the Scottish songTwa Corbies, from the show...

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