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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 August 6th 2013



    Derek discovers how the more we age, the happier we get – but only after fifty! Personal finance journalist Jill Kerby has some timely advice on prioritising the household budget. And we find out how everyone's favourite artist Don Conroy will be appearing alongside Chris O'Dowd in Moone Boy.  Plus: drawing on the radio? We show you it CAN be done, as Don teaches us all how to draw a barn owl!

    Radio GAGA

    We’re going gaga on Mooney for the month of August!

    We’re giving away cash and prizes with a value of over €30,000!

    Each of our daily winners from Monday to Friday will win €500 PLUS a weekend break for two at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate golf and spa resort in Co. Cavan, including breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening.

    And there’s more!

    Our daily winners will play our new Radio Gaga game each Friday, for a chance to share in an additional jackpot prize of €5000!

    The competition runs from Monday August 5th until Friday, August 30th.

    Tuesday, August 6th:

    To enter, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

    Which Joe presents Liveline right here on RTÉ Radio 1?

    If you think you know the answer, text the word MOONEY, followed by your name and answer, to 57111, or call the competition line on 1515 71 72 00. Texts cost €1 or £1. Eircom network calls cost €1.02, and other networks cost more. All entrants must be over 18 as at date of entry.

    Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (DATE). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.


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    Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.

    Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth cert or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).

    By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions; that their surname and county of residence may be announced on-air if they win a prize; and agree to have their details/image/winner sequence used for promotional purposes if required.

    Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive and their associated partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to win/enter.

    RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions also apply.


    Don Conroy To Appear In Moone Boy!

    Mention the name Don Conroy, and warm memories come flooding back of Don teaching us all to draw on The Den, many moons ago.  Now Don is set to return to our screens, in Chris O'Dowd's hit Sky One comedy Moone Boy!  He joins Derek in studio today to tell us how he's getting on working with Hollywood's - and Boyle's - man of the moment!

    David Rawle and Chris O'Dowd in Moone Boy


    Draw With Don: Cartoon Barn Owl

    Ever thought you could learn to draw by listenening to the radio? Well grab a pencil and paper, and get set to have some fun as Don Conroy teaches you how to draw a cartoon barn owl!

    - Scan in your picture and e-mail it to
    - Post in your picture to Mooney, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin
    - Take a photo of your picture on your phone or camera, and e-mail it to

    Please get your pictures scanned, sent or e-mailed to us by the end of this Friday, August 9th.  Don will have a look at them all, and we'll have a prize for the best!

    Here are the cartoon barn owls drawn by Don, Derek and Mary Kingston!

    Cartoon Barn Owl by Don Conroy

    Cartoon Barn Owl by Derek Mooney

    Cartoon Barn Owl by Mary Kingston 


    Happiness Comes With Age - Survey

    Katriona McFadden, Mooney reporter, voxpops members of the public to find out what makes them happy, and if they are getting happier as they get older...


    Jill Kerby's Personal Finance: Household Budgets

    Gone are the days when many of us spent a lot more than we should buying things we didn’t need with money we didn’t have. But regardless of how tight things are, the reality is that there are certain things we can’t avoid spending money on.

    The time comes when the house has to be redecorated – and when the washing machine breaks down it has to be replaced. In the next few weeks parents all round the country will be kitting the kids out for going back to school – and there’s no getting round that one.

    So the question is – what is the best way to go about prioritising spending from the household budget?

    Personal finance journalist Jill Kerby is in studio with Derek today...

    For more information, visit Jill's website:  And to visit the MABS [Money Advice and Budgeting Service] website, and use their free household budgeting tool, then click here:

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