Mooney, Thursday October 10th 2013


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

Marty Morrissey with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.  Brenda Donohue samples the atmosphere at the Grand Prix Darts in Dublin, we’ve music from The Willoughby Brothers, and we reveal which primary school in Leinster has won a year’s supply of electricity!

World Grand Prix Darts Championships

The World Grand Prix Darts Championships are currently taking place in Citywest Hotel in Dublin all this week. Thirty-two top darts players are competing for the €350,000 prize fund and all the big names are there - from ten-times World Champion Phil Taylor to Michael van Gerwen to Gary Anderson!

Our reporter Brenda Donohue has never been to a major darts competition, and last night she went along to have her first experience of the legendary atmosphere at these matches.

The Irish were represented by Connie Finnan from Limerick. He lost but Brenda spoke to his sisters, wife and daughters afterwards...

Tickets for the World Grand Prix are still available every day from 5pm at the box office in Citywest Hotel, Thursday €25, Friday €35, Saturday €35, Sunday €40.

Bamboo Bikes

Chris Froome of Great Britain won the 2013 Tour de France on his carbon fibre bike. But is it possible that he could have won the great cycling race on a bicycle made of bamboo?

Sitting in a BBC studio in Oxford is a man who, along with his colleague and the help of some students, has engineered a bike made from bamboo! Dr James Broughton is from the  Joining Technology Research Centre, at Brookes University, and he joins Marty and Brenda to explain how bamboo bikes could revolutionise the cycling industry...

The Bamboo Bike is available to order from a shop in London called Blue Door bicycles (

We also spoke to Liam Murray, founder of Woodelo Wooden Bikes, about his bike-making business in Thurles, Co. Tipperary!

Fuel Your School - LEINSTER Winner!

If you’ve been listening to Mooney this week you’ll know that we’ve been announcing the winners of our Fuel Your School competition in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.

We had literally hundreds of entries to the competition to find Ireland’s greenest school – with the coveted prize of having their fuel bills covered for a whole year.

On Monday, Terry Flanagan revealed the Connaught winner was Mullaghroe National School in Gorteen Co. Sligo. On Tuesday Richard Collins reported from Letterkenny that the winner there was Ballyraine National School in County Donegal. Yesterday Éanna Ní Lamhna announced our Munster winners from Ardfert Central National School in County Kerry.

And today, we're joined by Jim Wilson, in our Cork studio, to tell us who has won the prize in Leinster...

And congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál NS in Carlow!

The Willoughby Brothers

It is not very often that we have six very handsome men in studio at the same time! But today, Marty and Brenda are joined by Richie, Des, Sammy, Robbie, Johnny and Jerome Willoughby. The brothers – from Coolboy in County Wicklow - are not just easy on the eye! They are also extremely talented singers, and they're in with us today for a tune and a chat!

For more information about The Willoughby Brothers, visit

Music Played on the Show


Title: Caledonia

Performer(s): The Willoughby Brothers

Duration: 4:02



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