Mooney, Wednesday December 11th 2013



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

On Mooney today...

John Spillane performs his new single with some help from the regulars in his local bar, and we ask if the mother-in-law is really misunderstood or whether she deserves her reputation as the butt of the joke...

John Spillane & The Ferry Arms

A tiny pub in the picturesque harbour village of Passage West in Co Cork is the setting for a video that’s rapidly clocking up Youtube hits. 

The Ferry Arms is singer-songwriter John Spillane’s local pub – and the video of his song features a colourful cast of locals – including soprano Cara O’Sullivan.

John Spillane is in our Cork studio now to tell us all about it!

Godless Congregation

When The Life Of Brian came out in 1979, it was heavily criticised by many religious groups. It was called blasphemous. It was banned from public screening in some European countries, including Ireland and Norway.

But whatever your religious view of the movie, one thing is beyond dispute. It was, unashamedly, a searing indictment of organised religion.

1979 was also the year that Pope John Paul visited Ireland. One million people came out to see him in the Phoenix Park. If Pope Francis came to visit now, would the numbers be as high?

One man who definitely wouldn't be there is Abie Philbin Bowman. Apart from being a comedian, actor and writer, he is a committed atheist. And he's also involved in something called the "Sunday Assembly", which is a sort of gathering of non-believers, offering an alternative to traditional Sunday gatherings, like the Mass.

Abie is in studio today to explain what this is all about...

The next Sunday Assembly will take place this Sunday, December 15th, at noon, in the Exchange in Temple Bar, Dublin.

The Mother-In-Law

"Did you hear the one about the Kerryman who had a brain transplant?" The brain rejected him... Haw, Haw, Haw...

"Paddy Irishman, Paddy Scotsman and Paddy Englishman walked into a bar".

No, I’m not going to tell you another joke about the usual targets. Let’s leave the put upon Kerryman and Paddy Irishman alone.... and as for that poor old chicken and his hilarious attempts to cross the road. Let’s not go there either.

But believe it or not neither the Kerryman nor Paddy Irishman are the comedians favourite targets ... That honour goes to someone many of you know all too well: the mother-in-law. What sort of a career would Les Dawson have had without his poor old mother-in-law?

So does the mother-in-law get a bit of a raw deal? In a moment we’ll speak to Katy Rink whose new book is called Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, but first, our researcher Michele Browne went out and about on the streets to find out what people really think of this most put-upon of women...

Managing MIL – You And Your Mother-In-Law – For Better, Or For Worse?, by Katie Rink, is published by Peridot Press. The ISBN is 978-1909-717-008 and the RRP is £6.99.


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Music Played on the Show

The Ferry Arms

The Ferry Arms

John Spillane And Friends


Passage West

Passage West

John Spillane


Life In An Irish Town

Life In An Irish Town

John Spillane


Willie Mcbride

Willie Mcbride

Harvey Cousins




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