Mooney, Tuesday October 1st 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!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

We hear the story of Annie, one of the most enduring musicals of all time. We’ve tips to help fussy eaters with the foods they dislike, and three listeners play Mooney's Tuesday Quiz!

Win A Fuel Stove With Waterford Stanley & National Heat Month

All this week, Monday to Thursday, Mooney is teaming up with Waterford Stanley, the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves, to celebrate National Heat Month in October. National Heat Month runs across nineteen Stanley Centres nationwide promoting home-heating efficiency and reductions on stoves.

And to celebrate National Heat Month in October, Waterford Stanley is giving you the chance to win a fabulous Stanley Cara Insert Solid Fuel Stove in Matt Black worth over €1,000 and €250 towards installation.

Waterford Stanley are the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves. Stanley Stoves are up to three times more energy efficient than open fires while maintaining the warmth and visual benefits.

For your chance to win today's prize, answer the following competition question:

Tuesday, October 1st:

True or false: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

ROI: 1515 71 72 00
NI: 0901 293 3501
text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

Each text entry cost €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02.Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and close at 4.20pm today, (30/09/13) 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 lucky cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day!


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Please do not enter outside the advertised competition open and close times and date(s) as you will be charged, but your entry will not be included in the draw. Please do not enter during programme replays on the RTÉ Radio Player after the advertised close time and date as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included as the competition will have closed.

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).

Prize for 1 winner consists of 1 Stanley Cara Insert Solid Fuel Stove to the max value of €1,050 (model/colour/spec as specified by the promoter, no cash alternative) and €250 towards Stove installation will be paid to the winner by euro cheque (issued to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery)
The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value (as determined by the Promoter) if a prize element becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever.

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

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

RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions also apply.

Foods We Hate

Foods We Hate

Eat It, "Weird Al" Yankovich’s parody of Michael Jackson’s classic song Beat It, will strike a chord with parents up and down the country. Dinnertime would hardly be the same without the fussy eater refusing to eat his greens, turning his nose up at the seafood looking up at him, wretching at the thought of where that liver has come from!

It’s not just kids that are fussy eaters. Marty Morrissey still can’t eat cheese. Brenda Donohue can’t touch yoghurt.

So if there’s a foodstuff that you can’t stomach, well, we're happy to say help is at hand! Louise Lennox is a chef, and she joins us in studio today!  Louise will be giving us tips to stick with the food we don't like, as for the next 21 days, Marty and Brenda will be eating the foods they dislike.  And in three weeks time, Louise will return to studio to find out how they got on!

For more on Louise Lennox, visit her website:

Annie The Musical

It’s a hard knock life indeed! That was from the 1982 film Annie, a classic tale with a popularity that has endured down through generations. It tells the story of the spirited 10-year-old girl who goes on to win the hearts of pretty much everybody she meets...

And today, we want to know if there is a little orphan Annie somewhere near you!

Festival Productions will be staging their production of Annie this winter at the National Concert Hall. The production is in full swing, and all is looking rosy, except for one little problem...

They are short an Annie! Now Festival Productions are not in the complete state of panic you might imagine... they have one very talented young lady to play the lead role, but the thing is, they need two Annie’s to alternate matinees with evening concerts.

So in their wisdom, the have come to Mooney for some help!

So do you know a little girl that could be our missing Annie? We are looking for someone who is between 10 and 12 years of age and who is bursting with talent, energy and star appeal.

Zena Donnelly

To tell us more we are joined in studio by Tony Finnegan, who is both director and "Daddy Warbucks" in the upcoming production, as well as the very lovely and talented Zena Donnelly, who will be playing one of the Annie’s...

For more information about how to audition for Annie, contact Tony Finnegan on or call 041 988-7699.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

Well, “Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz” of course!!!

And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night weekend break for two people sharing a deluxe room at the 4-star River Lee Hotel & Urban Escape Day Spa on the banks of the River Lee in Cork City (formerly known as Jurys Cork).

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in Weir’s Bistro!

Our three contestants were picked yesterday, so tune in and play along with them!

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