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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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    Monday, March 11th 2013


    On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

    A Mooney listener gets to fulfil her lifelong dream to travel in convoy on the back of a Harley Davidson, and we speak to the researchers who claim that one in every ten people in the world are interested in a Manchester United match!


    Helen's Harley Dream

    Yesterday, as we all know, was Mother's Day... and we hope all Mums got lots of flowers, chocolate, books, lunches etc honouring all that is good and great with our mothers!

    However, Brenda surprised a mum, Helen Hemp from Monkstown, and she had a most unusual but exciting Mothers Day.

    She met up with Michael Sheridan, Tony Toner and the Dublin Harley Davidson club - 15 bikers with their Harleys - and they all congregated in Monkstown to surprise Helen... 

    Mooney listener Helen Hemp is from Monkstown in Dublin. Helen, a mother of 3, recently turned 60, and as a surprise for her birthday and for Mother's Day, her daughter Jess contacted us to see if we could help Helen fulfill a life-long dream. She had always wanted to ride in a convey of Harley Davidson bikes, so with the help of Michael Sheridan (Motoring Correspondent with, and Tony Toner (Training Director with The Institute of Advanced Motorists of Ireland Limited), Brenda went to Monkstown to help make Helen's dream come true...

    Brenda and Jess surprise Helen

     Jess, Helen and Brenda

     Brenda, Helen and the Bikers

     Helen fulfills her dream... 

    And off they ride into the sunset!
    The videos were taken by Helen's daughter Jacqui, and her son Dave was around the corner hiding out with the rest of the family, including her two little nieces Layla-Rose and Willow-Belle!
    Helen's daughter Jess tells us that other family there on the day included her Dad Tom, my sister-in-law Lisa, my auntie Susan, cousin Lynda and Godmother Carey! They all kept the secret from mum which added to the surprise!

    Sandy Kelly

    She has been up, she has been down, but she never says die ... not even when she had a close shave with mafia. She has sung with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Patsy Cline, and is arguably Ireland’s first lady of Country.  Sandy Kelly joins Marty in studio today to chat about a remarkable career - one that continues with her Patsy Cline - 50th Anniversary show. The dates for the show are as follows:

    - Friday, March 15th: Theatre Royal, Waterford
    - Saturday, March 16th: Set Theatre, Kilkenny
    - Sunday, March 17th: The Theatre@The Helix, DCU, Dublin
    - Monday, March 18th: Cork Opera House


    The Global Appeal Of Manchester United

    Busby Babes they always made me cry
    Thinkin' 'bout the teams of years gone by
    Charlton, Edwards, Law and Georgie Best
    We're United - you can keep the rest.

    Come On You Reds - The Manchester United Football Squad & Status Quo (1994)

    It's long been accepted that the 1958 Munich air disaster - even though it nearly caused the club to fold - actually spurred a substantial increase in support for Manchester United.

    People across the UK and Ireland, across Europe, even people without any particular interest in soccer, felt some kind of bond with the club. And over the last half-century, that bond seems to have gone from strength to strength.

    Recently, Manchester United claimed that any their matches could be of interest to one in ten of the world’s population. The club commissioned a report into the extent of their support, worldwide. And guess what figure they came up with?

    659 million supporters! That's over twice the population of the United States, and nearly 150 times the population of the Irish Republic!

    Marty is joined on the phone now by Richard Brinkman, from a company called Kantar (the organisation that conducted the research for Manchester United), to explain how exactly they came up with this figure...


    Mooney Tunes 8

    Mooney Tunes 8 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 24th, and one of the highlights will be a spectacular performance of Verdi's 'Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves', from Nabucco.


    Dragons' Den: Warmer Wedge

    Last night on Dragons' Den (in association with Bank of Ireland), Mick McKeever sought funding for his Warmer Wedge - but then refused €100,000 and the offers of two Dragons. He joins Marty in studio today to explain why...

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