Mooney, Thursday November 28th 2013

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Bryan Murray and Alan Hughes will be Derek's guests in studio today., discussing their forthcoming panto. Brenda Donohue surprises the fourth couple in our Second Honeymoon competition. And from Porto to Chelsea: tune in to get the inside track on "the special one" – José Mourinho.

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

Bryan Murray & Alan Hughes In 'Jack And The Beanstalk'

Bryan Murray & Alan Hughes In 'Jack And The Beanstalk'

Bryan Murray has played many roles throughout a most distinguished career – which includes most recently that of Bob Charles in Fair City. He's taking a slightly different route now by venturing into pantomime for the first time.

He'll be playing the role of the Evil Baron in Jack And The Beanstalk in the Tivoli this year, alongside … along Alan Hughes, who returns as perennial panto favourite Sammy Sausages! They both join Derek and Brenda in studio today!

The Cheerios Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk starring Alan Hughes takes place at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin from December 11th - January 12th. For more information, visit

Mooney's Thursday Quiz

It’s Mooney, it’s Thursday, so it's time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz! And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today!

It’s a two-night weekend break in the Enniskillen Hotel in County Fermanagh. The hotel is newly-refurbished and is right in the heart of the town centre – perfectly located to explore the nearby Marble Arch caves, Lough Erne and the Castle Coole estate.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s Beckett’s Grill restaurant.

So if sounds like something you’d like to win, we are looking for three contestants to take part in our Quiz today. To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

José Mourinho

José Mourinho - love him or hate him, he will always be (for himself at least!) 'the Special One'!

He’s sporting a new 'cropped' hair cut at the minute... he's a manager who is seen as ambitious, cunning and, sometimes, arrogant.

But what is he really like?

A young Galway man, Ciaran Kelly, has written a book about José Mourinho entitled José Mourinho: The Rise Of The Translator, and Ciaran joins us today from our Galway studio...


Mooney-Sunday World Second Honeymoon Finalists Competition - Couple 4

Yesterday, we met the third 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

On Monday Brenda met our first finalists, Jackie Coffey and Alan Kenny, at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. On Tuesday she visited couple number two, Grace and Emmet Byrne, from Dundalk. Yesterday she was in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and she met David and Elaine Rooney.  

So today, Brenda met couple number four today: Ray and Laura Muldowney from Tyrellstown, Dublin...

Ray and Laura Muldowney


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