Mooney Wednesday 4 December 2013

On Mooney today...

Today on Mooney, vet Andrew Burn will be in with some ideas for Christmas presents for your family pets. Mary Byrne drops into studio to tell us whats happening with her, and her new album.

Irish Grown Poinsettia

Have you heard of Irish Grown Poinsettia and thought it'd be a great present for Christmas. Just outside Swords, in County Dublin is a nursery which specialises in growing Irish Poinsettia. With nearly 40 years in horticulture, 39 full time staff and 26 seasonal staff along with six acres of heated glass. Tom Summerville general manager spoke to Katriona Mc Fadden about how to keep your Poinsettia.


The glass house in Swords, you can contact the company here.

Palestrina Choir

Tomorrow night the glory and magic of the festive season will be celebrated with the angelic voices of the boys and gentlemen of Dublin’s Palestrina Choir in their annual Christmas Concert. Taking place in the National Concert Hall on Thursday night. Earlier they came in and under the stewardship of choir mistress Blanaid Murphy they recorded a couple of carols for us.

“Magical Christmas with the Palestrina Choir” takes place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin Thursday 5th of December at 8pm.

Priced from €20 and are available from the National Concert Hall. NCH Box Office: 01 417 0000 or book online here.

Mary Byrne

Since the X factor, Mary Byrne has released two albums, recorded with Phil Coulter and she has met the Queen, performed with Neil Diamond and even been a celebrity banisteoir. On Friday of this week tickets will go on sale for a very special 2014 Olympia performance by Mary and her full band. Mary Byrne joined Derek live in studio to tell us what she has been doing since she was last in.



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!!!

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


It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.  

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.


Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.  If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit

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