Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th 2013

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Derek chats to Wexford singer Jordan Ryan about the latest chapter in his The X Factor odyssey, Jim Wilson speaks to the Cobh women who eat, sleep and dress the Victorian way, and ... the birds are back in town! We bring you highlights of the weekend’s Dawn Chorus!

Junior Dragons' Den

Junior Dragons' Den

Last night was the last in the current series of Dragons' Den who, in association with Bank of Ireland, have had a nationwide competition to get the best the country has to offer in junior entrepreneurs. They ranged in age from 12 to 18 years old but last night, it was 13-year-old CEO Shane Curran who blew the Dragons away.

Shane approached the Dragons to let them know all about his company, Libramatic, which is a fully automated smartphone and web-based library system - and he's in studio today, with his Mum, Paula, to tell us all about it!

To watch the programme back again, click here to see it on the RTÉ Player!

Jordan Ryan And The X Factor

You might remember back in February when Louis Walsh was in studio with us we asked if you could hold a tune, to get in touch with us and sing for him.

Jordan Ryan from Wexford was one who did exactly that and when we last spoke to him he had just got through his first The X Factor audition over in Glasgow. Since then he’s had his second audition, and he's in studio today to tell us how he got on!

Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!

Derek with Jordan Ryan

Dawn Chorus

Over the course of the first six hours of Sunday morning (May 5th), we were treated to the beautiful sound of Ireland's birds, from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Here are just some of the highlights...

Our men in Cuskinny Marsh: Terry Flanagan, Jim Wilson & Derek Mooney!

Click here to see our guide to the Dawn Chorus.

Cobh's Victorian Ladies

Jim Wilson meets the Victorian ladies of the Cobh Heritage Centre!

The Victorian ladies from Cobh Animation Group; the picture was taken in Cobh Heritage Centre

Jim Wilson with Claire, a Victorian lady

Afternoon tea with the Victorian ladies

Jim Wilson poses with Victorian ladies

Jim interviews Claire, a Victorian lady; Terry Flanagan records the moment for radio 

Click here for the schedule of the 60 cruise liner visits to 2013 -

The PAX column shows the passenger capacity of each cruise liner - Independence of the Sea holds over 4300 and many over 3000.

Click here for information about Cobh Heritage Centr

Mooney's Monday Quiz

It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean? Well, "Mooney’s Monday Quiz" of course!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night break for two people sharing one room in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.

And you must be able to avail of the prize on July 3rd and 4th as your prize ALSO includes two tickets to Kenny Rogers in the INEC on July 4th.

Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win…..

…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551, email or call 1850 715 900.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.


It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.  

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.


Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.  If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit



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