Mooney, Tuesday March 18th 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Rock'n'Roll kids Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington reflect on their Eurovision success twenty years ago, and Brenda Donohue accompanies a student teacher as he heads to the classroom for the first time!

St. Patrick's Day Parades

However and wherever you celebrated it, we hope you had a very happy St. Patrick's Day yesterday! Brenda Donohue was the compère for the parade in Newbridge in Co. Kildare, and she tells Derek how she got on...

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:

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

True or false: Johnny Logan won the Eurovision with Rock'n'Roll Kids in 1994?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

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Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (13/03/14). 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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Rock'n'Roll Kids

On April 30th 1994, Dublin’s Point Theatre was the venue for the 39th Eurovision Song Contest. The hosts Cynthia Ní Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan introduced the third act: the song was written by Brendan Graham – and singing for Ireland, were Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan: 

1994 was also the year Riverdance burst onto the stage as the interval act of the Eurovision. 

So in a year that was great all round for Ireland, Paul & Charlie became the first group in Eurovision history to be awarded more than 200 points – with 226 points. They came in a whopping 66 points ahead of nearest rival Poland – and in doing so they managed to make it a hat trick for Ireland, the first country ever to get three wins in three consecutive years (following on the heels of Linda Martin in 1992, with Why Me, and Niamh Kavanagh with In Your Eyes in 1993).

Twenty years on, it’s only fitting that Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan are reuniting for a concert in Dublin's Sugar Club on April 7th to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Rock'n'Roll Kids, and we're delighted to say they are in studio with us today!

We'd love to hear your memories of that night in 1994 when Paul & Joe won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland - text them now to 51551 or e-mail

Paul has just started a regular night in The Sandbank in Clontarf last Friday.  It’s called the Paul Harrington Supper Club. For €25 you get candlelit dinner and music from Paul, and that will continue each Friday until the end of May.

Charlie has a show on Shannonside Saturdays 101-12 and an Arts Show on Wednesdays 8-9pm. He will also be playing a gig in Carlow on Thursday at The Seven Oaks, tickets are €15.

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 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 closing date is this Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 16:00.

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.


Student Teacher's First Day

Last week, one of the contestants on the Mooney’s Wednesday Quiz was Richie O'Farrell from Blackrock, in Dublin. He didn’t win the quiz, but he did tell us that he was training to be a secondary school teacher and he was going to be teaching his first ever class the following week.

Well, that was today, and to help (or hinder) him on his way, we sent our reporter Brenda Donohue out to accompany him!


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