On Mooney today...
Spring has sprung at last and as the sun shines and the temperature rises, we look at the birds who are starting to build their nests. Fergus Sweeney continues to unravel the mystery of what happened to the silver teapot Charlie gave to Maggie. And Katriona McFadden finds a hidden gem: the museum in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel, with stories of the stars who stayed there and the part the ‘Grande Dame of Stephens Green’ has played in Irish history...
The Curious Case Of The Missing Margaret Thatcher Teapot!
The teapot that Charles Haughey gave to Margaret Thatcher
This is a picture of the teapot presented by Charles Haughey to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street in May 1980. Our producer Fergus Sweeney found the picture in the National Archives in the personal collection of famous silver collector Dr Kurt Ticher.
Information regarding the teapot that Charles Haughey gave to Margaret Thatcher
The print on the back of the photo shows that this is the famous teapot that has entered Irish political folklore. To the best of our knowledge pictures of the teapot were never made public.
Derek's blue tits are back!
The view from inside derek' nest box. Still no bird! But Derek says both the male and female were prospecting this morning!
Shelbourne Hotel Museum
Derek needed to pop into the Shelbourne Hotel last week, and he got talking to Head Concierge Denis O’Brien. And he said "Did you know, we have a museum here in the Shelbourne?"
So he showed Derek the museum, and told him a bit about the history of the hotel. It was so fascinating that we sent reporter Katriona McFadden along with her tape recorder to find out more!
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