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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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    Thursday, June 13th 2013


    On Mooney today, with Neil Delamere...

    As the country’s Dads prepare for their big day on Sunday, we look at some of the classic musical tributes to fathers and their offspring, and which is better for you - fruit or veg? We speak to academics and nutritionists who have different views.  Plus Joe Gill talks us through the benefits of the stock market!


    NestWatch 2013

    Today we bring you dramatic but sad news from the Blue Tit nestbox in Derek’s back garden. As you know, seven chicks hatched nearly two weeks ago, on Sunday, June 2nd.

    We’ve been watching them grow since then, but today we noticed what - at first - appeared to be a dead frog in the corner of the nestbox. But it turned out not to be a frog - as the female Blue Tit moved the body around, it became clear that it was one of the chicks who had died...











    Songs For Father's Day

    Father's Day is this Sunday, June 16th. And with Father's Day nearly upon us, you might be planning a family event of some kind. Maybe a meal, a barbecue, if the weather is nice, a surprise party!

    And if you're planning on going one step further, and maybe singing a song for your dad on Sunday, we are here to give you some suggestions!

    Today, we are talking about the greatest songs ever written on the subject of fatherhood.

    Neil is joined in studio by Cait O'Riordan, music guru, former bass player with the Pogues, amd current academic! She has some very strong ideas on what makes a great "daddy" song. And some of her suggestions are, let's say, from the "left-field".

    And Brenda Donohue also has her ideas as well!

    If you have your own suggestions, text 51551 or e-mail


    Fruit Or Veg - Which Is Best?

    Fresh fruit is good for us. That’s a fact - right? And those of us who get our five a day can rest safe in the knowledge that we are on the path to righteousness and a healthy future.

    If you believe some in the nutrition industry, just about every week we hear about some new "Superfood" – often fruits - and the benefits they can bring to our physical condition and wellbeing. But not everyone is convinced.

    Tom Sanders is Professor of Nutrition and Diet Ethics at Kings College London and he has set about busting the myth that fruit is packed full of vitamins and minerals.  And Neil is also joined by Ellen Roche, who’s Consultant Dietician at the Nutrivive Clinics.

    But before he talks to them, we hear from researcher Michele Browne, who has been to two fruit and vegetable shops in Crumlin, where the people really know their onions!



    It’s one of the most famous movie speeches of all time: ruthless stockbroker Gordon Gekko, as portrayed by Michael Douglas in the 1987 film, Wall Street, extols the virtues of greed: 

    Even now, more than a quarter of a century after that iconic movie hit our screens, the name Gordon Gekko stirs up an image of corporate excess, financial greed, insider trading and price fixing. There are probably plenty of brokers out there still trying to shake the reputation Gekko has foist on them.

    Indeed, our knowledge of the stock market is probably largely based on what we saw in that film.

    Joe Gill wrote an article for the Irish Examiner last week, in which he said that the notion that the stock market is "a virtual casino pre-occupied with short-term greed" needs to be dispelled.

    Joe Gill is Director of Corporate Broking with Goodbody Stockbrokers, and joins Neil in studio today to explain more...

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