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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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    Mooney, Tuesday July 23rd 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Derek is back, and he's joined in studio by Duncan Stewart, who has advice on what we need to do to reduce our water footprint. Mary Kingston reports on an unusual sight on Irish roads – a hotel on wheels – coming to a town near you soon. And as Paris hoteliers try to shake off their snobbish reputation, we explore the desires, demands and foibles of our foreign visitors!

    Salzburg & The Sound Of Music

    Yesterday, Derek spoke about his recent holiday to Salzburg, and visiting the locations used in the filming of the movie The Sound Of Music...

    Perfect meadow in Salzburg

    The altar where Captain Von Trapp and Maria got married

    The pavilion where Rolf and Lizel courted

    The Sound Of Music tour is big business in Salzburg - 300,000 people take the tour each year

    Derek with the Sound Of Music tour guide

    The Sound Of Music Tour Bus

    The Sound Of Music Pavilion

    A perfect meadow in Salzburg

    The Sound Of Music tour


    Congratulations On The New Royal Prince!


    It’s all over the newspapers. You can’t switch on the radio or TV without hearing about it. We're talking about the baby, of course! The new Royal baby. Baby George – well, that’s what most people seem to think he’ll be called.

    We were watching the news this morning, and saw the Band of the Scots Guards outside Buckingham Palace playing Congratulations. Yes, Phil Coulter’s big hit which you normally only hear at weddings!

    Perhaps not the greatest performance, but that won’t matter to Phil Coulter, presumably he’ll get the royalties!  Today, Derek is joined on the line by Phil Coulter who he tells us what he makes of the performance!



    What do you get if you mix Rolling plus Hotel? Rolling + Hotel = Rotel, the hotel on wheels!

    Over the next few weeks, keep a look out for a huge red truck with thirty little windows touring the entire coastline of Ireland, and give a big wave to our German visitors from us.

    Mary Kingston hooked up with 27 Germans in a truck, including Andrea, Anya and Agnes, to find out what kind of a holiday they were having!

    The coaches are custom-modified Mercedes 0404’s and can be designed for the off road tours of the south American deserts or the windy dusty roads of Nepal.

    The rotel 'rooms' are three feet high, and you’ll fit if you are no taller than 6 feet. There’s a camp kitchen.  According to our visitors, the Rotel experience is more about sightseeing and walking rather than art shows and museums.

    If you have a good command of German, you can visit the Rotel website - - if not, then this Gizmag article about the Rotel experience may be of interest:


    Stereotypes and The Xenophobes Guides!

    There’s an old adage that heaven is where the cooks are French, the police are British, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Swiss.

    And hell is where the cooks are British, the police are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians!

    National stereotypes have been the subject of many jokes for centuries. Even today when the international community promotes diversity and encourages tolerance, we are often still labelled according to perceptions of our nationality.

    Whilst a common stereotype of the French is a man in a beret and stripy shirt with a string of onions round his neck – Parisiennes in particular have a reputation for snobbishness.

    In an attempt to shake that off, a new Guide has been produced by the Chamber of Coommerce in Paris for hoteliers, restauranteurs and shopkeepers.

    Dubliner Siobhan Silke of France 24 in Paris to explain more...

    Stefan Zeidenitz is co-author of the Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans and also edited the German edition of ten other Xenophobe titles. The guides take an analytical but affectionate look at different nations, their character and quirks. He’s also a consultant on national mentality differences and intercultural communication, and he joins us with his thoughts on national stereotypes, as does Michael Vaughan, who is President of the Irish Hotels Federation...

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