Monday, March 11th 2013

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

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

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

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

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

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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