Mooney, Monday March 10th 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Tune in for the launch of D’Mammy competition with a prize of a fabulous Caribbean cruise, We hear how sales of Ugg boots are threatening the population of the wild Ugg. And with the recent revival in Country music’s popularity, Brenda discovers a new hybrid form of dance that blends line dancing and jiving!

Same Clothes

Brenda Donohue, Mooney reporter, chats to Derek about how awkward it can be when colleagues come in wearing the same clothes!

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 are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean International 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!

All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! 

The prize includes:

  • Return flights for two persons from Dublin to Orlando.
  • One pre-night three-star hotel stay in Orlando.
  • Seven-night Caribbean Cruise, sailing on Royal Caribbean International in a standard or oceanview stateroom (subject to availability).
  • All meals included (except speciality dining) evening entertainment, Casino Royale Movie Theatre access, use of the swimming pool and fitness centre.

For more information on how to enter the competition, click here.

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, March 10th 2014

True or false: the song My Mammy was made famous by Al Jolson?

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, (06/03/14). 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.


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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).

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Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive and their associated partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to win/enter.

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Convent Accommodation

Derek spoke recently to a friend who had stayed in a convent whilst in London. She wasn't a nun, but was part of a growing community who choose to stay in convents and monasteries whilst holidaying.

We're trying to find out about some of the convents, monasteries and abbeys where you've stayed - your recommendations! If you've stayed in a religious residence that you'd like to tell us about, e-mail or tweet @MooneyShow.

Some of the ones we've come across so far are the 'God Pods' of Glenstal Abbey, the site Monastery Stays (for religious residences in Italy) and the book Goodnight And God Bless, which is a guide to accomodation in convents and monasteries.

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.

House Staging

We’re hearing at the minute that there is a bit of a 'rebound' in property prices from the dark days of the recession - in Dublin anyway. And there are lots of people around the country who are 'sitting on' houses, so to speak, waiting for the market to improve so they can sell their house.

But what can you do to HELP sell your house - apart from go to an estate agent. How do you make your home more 'aesthetically pleasing'?

There is a science to it, apparently, and it is called 'staging' your house. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more about it, from Fiona McLoughlin-Healy, Managing Director of

Waterford Whispers News

Waterford Whispers News

It's not Friday, it's not Mooney Goes Wild, but sometimes we get a breaking wildlife story that we have to respond to immediately, and today is one of those days.

As you might have read recently, Gardai and customs officers in Cork seized a massive consignment of fake Ugg boots, valued at up to 1.5 million euro.

Ugg boots are a brand of comfortable walking boots, very popular with teenage girls, and twenty-something women. They are generally light brown in colour, fleece lined, and they come originally from Australia.

The seizure of this huge consignment of Ugg boots got significant publicity. However, what wasn't publicised so well was the devastating impact that fake Ugg boots have on the tiny population of the endangered wild Ugg.

For more on this, we're joined by our newly-appointed special news correspondent, Paddy Browne, from the satirical Waterford Whispers News...


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.


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