Mooney, Monday March 3rd 2014

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

Hear all about the fun and games backstage at The Late Late Show Eurosong Special. Eurosong winner Kasey Smith of Can Linn will be in studio. And as the country goes coffee mad, Brenda meets Ireland's newly crowned Latte King!

Eurosong Winner Kasey Smith & Can-Linn

With all the "heated argument" – or let’s face it - fighting going on between panellists and mentors,  you could be forgiven for forgetting that on Friday, what it was all about was the song and the singer. Kasey Smith was up third with Can-Linn and Heartbeat – and she sang her heart out.

The winner was selected not by the panel – but by 5 regional juries in Dublin, Cork, Galway,  Limerick and Sligo – combined with the public televote which accounted for half the overall result.

Olan McGowan went backstage to chat to some of the performers and their mentors, and to find out more about that row.

But in the end the could only be one winner! So Kasey Smith with Can-Linn will represent Ireland at the Eurovision in Copenhagen in May. She joins Shay in studio today... 


Eurovision Green Room Party

Eurovision Green Room Party

Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.

If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.

  • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
  • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
  • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
  • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

D'Mammy Competition

March is the month for mothers. That's why we here on Mooney want to make this coming Mother's Day extra special for yours. Mooney, the Sunday World and American are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean cruise for your mammy and a friend!

Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling west end style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter! Get your copy of the Sunday World this Sunday, Sunday 9th, to find out to enter D'Mammy competition!

Mooney's Money

We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

Monday 3rd March 2014
True or false: latte is a coffee drink?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
ROI: 1515 71 72 00
NI: 0901 293 3501

text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (03/03/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.
Call Service Provider: Phonovation. Tel: 0818 217 100.
Text Service Provider: Oxygen8/Xiam Interactive. Tel: 0818 444 433
Please do not enter outside the advertised competition open and close times and date(s) as you will be charged, but your entry will not be included in the draw. Please do not enter during programme replays on the RTÉ Radio Player after the advertised close time and date as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included as the competition will have closed.
Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.
Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth cert or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).
1 x Mooney's Money prize winners will win a €1,000 cash prize. (All cash prizes issued to the winner by euro cheque, made payable to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery).

By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions; that their surname and county of residence may be announced on-air if they win a prize; and agree to have their details/image/winner sequence used for promotional purposes if required.

Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive and their associated partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to win/enter.
RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions also apply.



A couple of weeks ago, Brenda went to a French class in Castleknock in Dublin to see three and four-year-olds absorb the language like little sponges. And, we got a great reaction to the piece. Lots of you wrote to us telling us how important it was for young people to learn languages.

Well one e-mail in particular caught our attention. It was from language teacher Anne Burke in Colaiste Bhríde in Carnew, Co Wicklow.

She said "My colleagues and I have developed a FREE service for students with a video link to swap languages with students from other countries".

Well we were intrigued - so we dispatched Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden off to find out more...

Linguaswap is available to all Irish secondary school students who wish to improve their French, German, or Spanish. For more details, and to sign up, visit

Latte King

There is a barista called Elvis and he is cream of the crop of Irish coffee connoisseurs as he has just won the Irish Latte Art Champions. His real name is Serivijus and his colleagues nicknamed him Elvis.

The Lithuanian native works in Bewley's in Grafton Street and he is currently very busy preparing to represent Ireland in the World Latte Art Championships in Melbourne in May.

Brenda went along to meet him...

One of Serivijus' designs

Serivijus and Brenda

Maria Cassidy, Training Manager with Bewley's, with Serivijus and Brenda

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'.

For more information about the hotel, 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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