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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney, Monday February 17th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Are you a cougar, or looking for one? Derek and Brenda chat about why we are looking for you! As we continue the search for a child star, we speak to one young performer, Zena Donnelly, and her mother on what it takes to break into the big time, we hear an unusual version of the Irish National Anthem from Ennis musician Paul Quinn, Brenda finds out about a very special letter to Santa, dated from 1911, and three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz!

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    Derek chats to Brenda about a recent episode of the C4 show First Date, in which a 'cougar' dated a younger man. Are you a man interested in an older woman? Or gone on an unusual date? If so, we'd like to hear from you - e-mail!


    How To Become A Child Star!

    Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.

    You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.

    Then e-mail your entry to, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.

    Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.

    Well our first guest today is undoubtedly a child star. 11-year-old Zena Donnelly has sung with Whitney Houston, in front of Queen Elizabeth II, been invited to meetings in LA, and her movie The Food Guide To Love premieres in Dublin tonight. But it all started off when she appeared on The Late Late Toy Show when she was just seven.

    Zena Donnelly

    Zena joins us in studio this afternoon with her mother Darina Ní Chuinneagáin, who is behind the charity Baby Max - Wings Of Love. Her son Max died from meningitis when he was less than a year old. The charity helps to save the lives of other children and avoid parents the painful loss they have suffered, by purchasing vital medical equipment for hospitals, hospices and paediatric units nationwide. For more information, visit


    Irish National Anthem

    When is the last time you sang the National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann? Maybe it was at an Irish international sports event? Maybe it was when you were going to bed after RTÉ had finished its programming? Do you remember the video that accompanied the anthem of the crashing waves, the flowing stream, the sunset - and all the scenes from nature? Maybe the last time you sang the national anthem was at the end of a disco...

    Generally it is the orchestral version of the national anthem that we hear, but we came across a beautiful acoustic guitar version done by Ennis musician Paul Quinn, so we decided to invite him to go into our Limerick studio today! 

    Paul's version of Amhrán na bhFiann

    To visit Paul's channel on YouTube, click here, and to 'like' Paul Quinn on Facebook, visit

    Paul will be gigging with his band The Bad Pennies at the Maureen Lavery Pink Angel Ball on June 21st in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. (Mairead Lavery is a friend’s sister who died). He is also planning to release an EP this summer.


    Santa Letter

    Although we're in the throes of February, and St. Valentine's and mid-term breaks etc..., the funny thing is, Christmas wasn’t that long ago. Only a few weeks ago, lots of children were busy writing their letters to Santa. We even had the great man on the show on Christmas Eve, before he and the reindeers and elves took off from the North Pole to deliver presents.

    Well today we have a story of a man who found a Santa letter up his chimney - dated back to 1911! His name is John Byrne and reporter Brenda Donohue went to meet him.

    The Santa letter dating from 1911

    John with the Santa letter


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Monday Quiz! And we have a gorgeous prize up for grabs today...

    It's a two-night weekend break to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo.

    Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes cocktails on arrival, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel's 'John Gray's restaurant'.

    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 email

    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.

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