Mooney, Tuesday November 26th 2013

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Eddie Hobbs looks at innovative ways of getting what you can’t afford in the recession, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh finds out if the Irish language has any relevance in peoples lives, and Brenda Donohue surprises another couple who will get the chance to win a second honeymoon!

Mooney's Honeymooners, with the Sunday World!


Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World ( to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We looked for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!

The winning couple will be revealed in the Sunday World on December 22nd, and on Mooney on Christmas Day. Good luck to everybody who entered!

Mooney Tunes 9

On Monday, December 16th, Mooney Tunes 9 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin!

The ninth concert in our hugely popular series of Mooney Tunes will be a variety Christmas concert with various singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listeners requests will be read out and their songs will be played. There will be love songs, songs you will sing along to, beautiful classical music and lots of Christmassy tunes to get you in the festive mood a week before Christmas!

The Mooney Tunes concerts have been extremely successful, and tickets often sell-out within hours of going on sale.

The benefit of buying the tickets in person at the theatre box office is that there is no service charge to pay. Tickets are priced from €14.50 and go up to €20, €28, €34 and €39.50, depending on where you are sitting.

Tickets are also on sale online from, Ticketmaster outlets and from the Ticketmaster phonelines:

0818 719 377 - Republic of Ireland Customers
0844 847 2455 - Northern Ireland Customers
00 353 1 456 9569 - International Customers

Tickets bought from online or on the phone are subject to a 12.5% service charge so, for example, that would make the €14.50 ticket, the cheapest ticket, €16.60. If you buy your tickets in person from a Ticketmaster outlet there will be a €2.50 flat fee service charge, and there is no service charge whatsoever if you buy them in person at the box office here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

But whichever way you choose to get your tickets for Mooney Tunes 9, we suggest that you do it as soon as possible after 3pm, when they go on sale! It's the perfect pre-Christmas concert - but tickets will go early, so get yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! For more information about the concert, visit

Eddie Hobbs

Eddie Hobbs

The man who brought us Show Me The Money and Rip Off Republic was recently back on our tellies with a very unusual programme.

The Give Or Take Club was all about getting members of a community together to see how they can help each other out by bartering their skills or assets in the hope of getting something back for themselves.

His social experiment had mixed results. Not all members of the club were happy with the demands of other people in the club.

To talk about this and other financial matters, we're delighted to be joined in studio today by Eddie Hobbs...

Gaeilge On The Run

Gaeilge On The Run

You may remember last week Derek took issue with one of our listeners who accused him of being anti the Irish language – which of course he's not.

Following that, we got a letter from some pupils at Gaelscoil na Mara in Arklow. They’ve produced an Irish phrasebook aimed at giving no-hopers like Derek a simple and useful guide to everyday Irish.

We asked Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh to take a look at it...


Gaeilge On The Run, by Ailís Ní Bhriain & Teresa Nic an Rí, costs €2.50. It's available from Gaelcholáiste na Mara, Arklow, Co Wicklow or e-mail

Mooney-Sunday World Second Honeymoon Finalists Competition - Couple 2

Yesterday, we met the first of our four finalists in our Second Honeymoon competition, in association with the Sunday World. We are looking for Ireland’s favourite couple, and the couple who win the competition will receive a fantastic prize, a trip to San Francisco, valued at a whopping €10,000! The seven-day second honeymoon will include:

- return business-class flights
- accommodation in a five-star hotel in San Francisco
- a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of San Francisco
- Sutter Home VIP winery tour and tasting, in Napa Valley (with accommodation in exclusive winery accommodation)
- then bike rental in San Francisco

Plus €1,000 spending money

Runners-up will win a case of Sutter Home White Zinfandel

Yesterday Brenda met our first finalists, Jackie Coffey and Alan Kenny, at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. Today she visited couple number two, Grace and Emmet Byrne, and she found herself outside Digiweb, in an industrial park on the outskirts of Dundalk, County Louth. Before surprising husband Emmet, Brenda first met Grace...

Emmet & Grace Byrne

Emmet & Grace Byrne with Brenda Donohue


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