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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, Monday September 9th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    The Germans are known to be highly efficient, punctual, thrifty and law abiding - we speak to the English reporter who tried to live like the Germans for a fascinating documentary. Brenda Donohue gets expert advice on the most nutritious foods to put in your lunchbox, and we hear about a new play which explores trying to find love on the internet...


    What You Should Be Putting In Your Lunchbox!

    Well - the drama is over! The children are all settled down in school for the new term and it’s back to the routine of uniforms, collections and lunch boxes. But did you know that two out of every three Irish parents struggle to come up with healthy ideas to fill school lunch boxes on a daily basis?

    Come to think of it, it’s not just children that struggle with interesting, healthy lunches boxes - we all do.

    Whether we are going on a long road trip, bringing a lunch into work or packing a sandwich to bring to Croke Park for The All-Ireland Hurling Final replay.

    Brenda met up with nutritionist and dietician Dr Mary McCreery, from Blackrock Clinic, who believes it’s important to put food in your lunch box that you LIKE as opposed to something you don’t really like, but believe to be healthy...

    For more information on how to create a healthy and varied lunchbox, this info page and download from SafeFood may be of interest:


    Living Like A German

    There are some people that are what you might call devoted to their work, but there are few of any of us who have gone quite to the extremes of BBC journalist and documentary maker Justin Rowlatt...

    Firstly, his wife walked to hospital in labour because he had committed to reduce the carbon footprint of his entire family for a year - and then he brought half his family to live in German to try and see how German they could become!

    Justin working at the Faber Castell pencil factory in Germany

    For one, he found out that he would have to be very focused on his job, and not send texts while working at a pencil factory!  Justin joins us from the BBC studios today to tell us what prompted him to up sticks and take his family teutonic...

    For more information about the BBC TV programme Make Me A German, visit


    Dublin Fringe Festival & GRINDR/ A Love Story

    Dublin’s Fringe Festival is in full flight all across the capital, with over 100 productions about everything under the sun - from the GAA to Australian Dance troupes in briefs to comedy to dance!

    And the woman who has been at the helm of the ship guiding it through the choppy waters of recession is its director Roise Goan, who joins Derek in studio to give us the lowdown on what's on. And we're also joined in studio by young playwright Oisin McKenna, who tells us about his play on finding love on the internet, called GRINDR/ A Love Story.

    For more information about Dublin Fringe Festival, visit And for more information about GRINDR/ A Love Story, visit Please note that the play is not suitable for children.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 15:28
      Title: Jumbo Breakfast Roll
      Composer: Shortt
      Performer(s): Pat Shortt
      Performer(s): Pat Shortt
      Album: Jumbo Breakfast Roll - Single, Sony Bmg, 82876810472
      Duration: 3:09

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