Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1

    Monday, April 8th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Brenda Donohue goes on the road with an Irish stripper and discovers it’s not all glitz and glamour but a lot of hard work; we hear about the sea food chowder dish which will be entered into the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition on behalf of Mooney - and we're looking for three listeners who want to play Mooney's Monday Quiz to win a great break away!  If you enjoy general knowledge quizzes and would like to take part, then e-mail us now on, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.


    The Full Monty

    The movie The Full Monty is set in Sheffield in 1997; it’s about six unemployed men, four of them steelworkers, who decide to put on a strip show, inspired by the Chippendales, to earn some much needed cash and in the process rediscover their zest for life.

    Despite being a comedy the film touches on some’s serious topics such as unemployment, fathers rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, suicide and obesity.

    Now twenty six years later, there is a stage version of it, written by Simon Beaufoy who also wrote the movie. A few weeks ago, Brenda travelled to Sheffield for the opening of the play in the Lyceum Theatre.

    The Full Monty travels to Dublin and opens tonight in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre but Brenda has been on the road with a real Irish stripper!

    Anthony Brady runs Elite kissagrams, and his Volkswagon van is the office! From divorces to baby showers, hen parties to live shows, Anthony's on the road, stripping for ladies across Ireland!

    Brenda went to visit him to find out more...

    The Full Monty runs in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from tonight until next Saturday, April 13th, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.


    Chowder Competition

    As we all know, Ireland is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Amongst other things, we are a fantastic destination for music lovers, for golfers, for surfers, for international anglers. But over the last three decades, Ireland has also sold itself as a great stopover and holiday destination for FOODIES!

    In fact, for a country without a major culinary tradition, recent generations have become obsessed with food! Celebrity chefs, food programs all over the place, Bord Bia promoting the extremely high quality of Irish food.

    And then, there is the abundance of food Festivals!

    Well, one of the newest food festivals in the country is about to kick of, once again. It's the third annual "All Ireland Chowder Cook-off” and it takes place in Kinsale in exactly two weeks time.

    Our producer, Olan McGowan, covered the inaugural event, just two years ago, for this very radio show. But this year, he's going several steps further. Not only covering the event, but competing!

    He joins Derek in studio today to chat about trying to make the perfect chowder...

    Olan's Chowder Recipe

    Serves 12 (500ml bowls)


    1 kg smoked fish, small pieces. (Cod, haddock, coley)
    500 g non-smoked fish, small chunks (salmon)
    500 g mixed seafood (squid, mussels, clams, prawns)
    One small tin of anchovies, finely chopped
    200 g of pancetta
    Two large onions, diced
    10 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    Three large carrots, diced
    Six sticks of celery, diced
    Two very thin leeks, sliced into thin circles
    2 rooster potatoes, diced
    Seven radishes, sliced very thinly
    1 kg cherry tomatoes
    Parsley, roughly chopped
    Dill, roughly chopped
    Chives, cut with scissors into 5-10 mm pieces
    One tablespoon dried, mixed herbs
    Full fat, Kerrygold butter
    500ml of dry white wine (Chardonnay, dry reisling)
    5L of fish stock
    Freshly ground salt and pepper
    Olive oil
    Pinch of smoked paprika
    Salt & pepper


    1. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Put them in a large roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 175° for 60-70 min.

    2. In a large copper pot, melt one large knob of butter with some olive oil. Do not over-heat. When melted, Sauté the garlic, onions, pancetta and mixed dried herbs for 5 min.. Add the anchovies, fry for another 2 min.

    3. Add all of the chopped vegetables: carrots, celery, leeks, radishes, potatoes. Stir everything, cover the pot, and saute at a low temperature for a further 5 min. During this time, add the dill and stir well.

    4. While the vegetables are cooking, take the roasted cherry tomatoes and blend them in a blender to a smooth paste.

    5. Add 500 mls of white wine to the vegetable mixture, turn up the heat, and allow to reduce by half.

    6. When the wine has reduced, add the fish stock and blended cherry tomato paste. Stir well, and bring to the boil.

    7. When the mixture boils, all of the seafood and the remaining herbs, the parsley and chives. Stir well. Add a pinch of smoked paprika, just to deepen the colour. Ground pepper to taste.

    8. Serve hot, and sprinkle a little parsley on top.

    Acton's Hotel in Kinsale are sponsoring the Mooney chowder entry, and The Blue Haven Food Company ( are supplying the ingredients.  To find out more about the The Third All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off & Kinsale Street Food Gathering click here!


    Dragons' Den: JE Syllable

    If you tuned into Dragons' Den, in association with Bank of Ireland, last night, you might have thought you were watching The Voice! What a catchy rap! Brother and sister Eamon and Jodie Flood, aka JE Syllable, went into the Den last night, and Eamon is with us today, to explain what exactly it is that they wanted the Dragons to invest in...

    To follow JE Syllable on Twitter, the handle is @JESyllable, and to follow them on Facebook, visit



    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win wonderful Full Monty break!

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