Mooney, Tuesday January 14th 2014



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

On Mooney today...

A Date with Doris: we listen to some of the songs and hear about the life of one of Hollywood’s most talented leading ladies, Doris Day. Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes tells us how to protect your personal information, and Brenda Donohue meets the family who came off the housing list after their house was renovated by volunteers...

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

A Date With Doris

Whether you are 10 years of age, 30 years of age, 60 or 70 years of age, that movie seems to have eternal appeal. It's probably Doris Day's most celebrated role, playing the part of Calamity Jane in 1953, opposite Howard Keel.

It also features some of Doris Day's greatest musical moments, including The Windy City, The Black Hills Of Dakota and Secret Love.

Well, Aileen Donohue wasn't even born when Calamity Jane first hit the screens. But she was brought up to love and appreciate the enormous talents of Doris Day. In fact, she is such a fan, she's put together a show called A Date With Doris, which is about to go on tour around Ireland, and she joins Derek in studio today to tell us all about it!

A Date With Doris begins on February 13th at Cork Opera House, and continues to tour around the country - for more details about the production, visit

Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes

Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes

The writer Gertrude Stein said "everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense". In this age of technology we are bombarded with all kinds of information. And as if we don’t have enough to contend with, people go looking for more.

Yesterday we spoke about the hacking scandal in the UK, where we learnt that the Queen - who’s said to be worth 44 billion pounds sterling – went around the palace marking a line on bowls of nuts to discourage palace staff from eating them!

And of course there are the sinister revelations of Edward Snowden. The former National Security Agency contractor has revealed surveillance like we have never known it before. He exposed a massive, secret U.S. national-security state, and contends information that people gave internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple ended up in the hands of the NSA.

The man responsible for safeguarding the data and the privacy of not just Irish or Europeans citizens, but of nearly a billion internet users around the world is Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes. He joins Derek in studio today to tell us about your rights relating to any information that is out there about you...

For more information, click here to visit the website of the Data Protection Commissioner.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It's Mooney, it’s Tuesday ... so it must be time for our Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz! And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today...

The Flynn Hotel Group January Room Sale starts on January 17th and for just seven days you can pick up a fantastic deal in any of the four Flynn Hotels on a wide selection of dates from now to June 2014.

Rooms at The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, The Imperial, Cork, The Park Dungarvan and the Old Ground in Ennis will be on sale from just €69 per night for two people sharing including full Irish Breakfast and late check in or check out. The sale is on for a limited time only so log on to from January 17th to bag yourself a bargain get away!

So to banish the January Blues, we're one listener the chance to win a two night, weekend break away with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening for two people in any of the four Flynn hotels. You win, you choose!

The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis

You can choose from The Newpark in Kilkenny, The Imperial in Cork, The Park in Dungarvan or the Old Ground in Ennis.

So if that 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.


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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