Mooney, Wednesday August 7th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

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On Mooney today...

Would you live in a loo? We hear from one woman who’s made her home in a former public convenience and we visit the Dublin toilet which is on the market! Plus we learn more about the athletes who use the Olympics and other international sporting events to defect from their home country and make a better life for themselves...

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.

Wednesday, August 7th 2013:

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Living In A Loo!

Have you spotted a public toilet in Dublin that’s up for sale? Well, if you happen to be going to the Horse Show in the RDS in Ballsbridge this week keep an eye out for a large sign on a unobtrusive, one-storey red-brick building on the corner of Anglesea Rd and the Merrion Rd.

The building is just one of the 70 or so public loos that were dotted throughout the capital in the ‘50s and ‘60s and that are now all shut down. And the sign is Dublin City Council asking for ‘expressions of interest’ ahead of putting the former toilet on the market next month.

So who’d buy an old public toilet? How much might it be worth? And what would they do with it once they did buy it?

Our producer Pat O’Mahony is standing outside the convenience in question as we speak, along with local estate agent Vincent Finnegan...

To find out more about Dublin's former public toilets, you read this fascinating article on The Journal:

The Ballsbridge Horseshoe pitchers club wanted to use the toilet as their clubhouse, and Michael Redmond, who is Secretary of the Horseshoe Pitchers Association Of Ireland, is on the line to tell us why...

One woman who spotted the potential of living in an old lavatory was London architect Laura Clark, who turned an underground former public lavatory in Crystal Palace in south-east London into a very luxurious home, and she joins us on the line today to tell us about it!

From this...

... to this!

And from this...

... to this!

To find out more about Laura's 'convenient' home, and to see more pictures, visit or


Olympic Defectors

Olympic Defectors

A recent article reported that as many as seventy of the Olympic athletes that competed at the London Games last summer and some of their coaches have sought asylum or gone missing...

They are part of a long tradition of Olympic athletes who have used the Games as an opportunity to escape from their country of origin.

On the line today, all the way from Durham in North Carolina, is Bill Mallon. Bill works as an orthopedic surgeon is Bill Mallon, but he's also a leading authority on the history of the Olympic Games (having written 24 books on the subject), as well as being co-founder and honorary member of the International Society of Olympic Historians!

Cast Of Strumpet City Reunite...

Cast Of Strumpet City Reunite...

In 1980, writer Hugh Leonard adapted a James Plunkett book into one of RTÉ’s most iconic drama series: Strumpet City!

It was set in 1913 at the time of the Dublin Lock-Out and featured many well-known actors - names like: Peter O’Toole, Cyril Cusack, David Kelly and Peter Ustinov. Bryan Murray and Angela Harding played the characters of 'Fitz' and 'Mary'.

The cast of Strumpet City re-united yesterday for a photo-shoot, and we sent our reporter, Katriona McFadden, along to find out more!

Anyone who has an interest in the Dublin Lock Out might like to know about a Commemoration Ceremony happening at the GPO on Sunday, September 1st. President Michael D. Higgins will be making a speech, there will be music and Strumpet City actors Bryan Murray and Angela Hrading will be reading extracts from the book Strumpet City.

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