Mooney, Wednesday October 2nd 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:

Wet, wet, wet - we turn on the immersion, strip off and tune up for the final of our Big Music Week Singing in the Shower competition, with our eventual winner towelling down and walking away at the end of the show with a brand new electric piano worth two and a half thousand euro!

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:

Wednesday, October 2nd:

What musical instrument are Billy Joel, Elton John and Liberace most associated with?

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!


Call Service Provider: Phonovation. Tel: 0818 217 100.

Text Service Provider: Xiam Interactive. Tel: 01 4832010 / 08454 606909.

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.

Mooney's Singers In The Shower: The Live Final!

Mooney's Singers In The Shower: The Live Final!

It’s all about the Splish Splash today on Mooney! We have our soap at the ready and our bottle of shampoo – and today we will discover the winner of Mooney’s RTÉ Big Music Week Singing in the Shower Competition!

Some of you auditioned live for us and some of you sent us one minute recordings made in the shower, and we had great fun listening to them all! We received HUNDREDS of entries but we have whittled it down to just EIGHT.

And those eight musical acts are here in the RTÉ Radio Centre, nervously waiting to perform in our shower. And we have a REAL shower, not just a sound effect! It is just outside Studio 7, a few yards of a walk, beside the gents toilets – and it is there that our contestants will battle it out to win a stunning Yamaha Clavinova digital piano valued at €2500 – and kindly sponsored by Waltons Music.

Niall Walton, of Waltons Music, with the Yamaha Digital Piano that one of our eight finalists will win!

Our judges today are Aideen Walton, Marketing Manager of Waltons Music and Paul Harrington, Eurovision Supremo and friend of Mooney.

And you, our listeners, will also be able to vote too - and we’ll tell you how you can do that later in the show!


Text A, B or C to 51551. Votes close at 4.20pm

A - Paul Powderly (Unchained Melody)
B - Gerard & Levi (I'll Be Clean)
C - Clara Rose (Something's Gotta Hold On Me)

Congratulations to Clara Rose Monaghan, who this afternoon was voted by you as Ireland's Best Singer In The Shower!

Clara Rose Monaghan (seated) with her new Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano; l-r: Paul Harrington, Aideen Walton, Marty Morrissey and Brenda Donohue

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