Mooney, Monday March 24th 2014

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Paul G. Sheridan updates us on Eurovision preparations and how dancers in Ireland can get involved. We chat to a man who has an incredible hearing ability. And the finalists in the MooneySunday World D'Mammy competition talk about why their mother is so special!

Remote Listening

How good is your hearing? We carry out a little experiment today with Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney and reporter Katriona McFadden, and talk to one man, John Harris, who has a phenomenal listening ability!


We hope you enjoyed our little bit of fun today, as you can probably tell - this story was COMPLETELY made up!

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 24th 2014

True or false: this coming Sunday is Mother's Day?

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, (24/03/14). 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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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.

D'Mammy Competition

March is the month for mothers, what with Mothering Sunday occuring THIS Sunday, March 30th, and for the past few weeks we have been running a competition to find D'Mammy Of The Year 2014! Mooney, the Sunday World and wanted to give you a chance to win a Royal Carribean International Cruise for your mammy and a friend!

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.

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 we asked you to do was enter! To do so, we asked you to upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best!

Last Thursday at 3pm the voting lines closed, and four fabulous mammies were shortlisted. The names of those lucky four mammies were revealed in yesterday's Sunday World, and our reporter Brenda Donohue has been finding out more about them!

The Final Four!

Mammy 1: The nominee is Morgan Kinsella and the Mum is Breda Kinsella from Tallaght, Dublin

Mammy 2: The nominee is Eileen Teeling and the Mum is Eileen Clarke from Ballyfermot, Dublin

Mammy 3: The nominee is Wayne Fitzgerald and the Mum is Sandra Fitzgerald from Drimagh, Dublin

Mammy 4: The nominee is Aimee McCormack from Limerick and the Mum is Eleanor McCormack

If you think one of these amazing mums should win the prize, then vote for your one now, by simply logging onto voting lines close on Wednesday, March 26th at 5pm.

Eurovision Semi-Final Placings Announced

This year’s Eurovision will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Can-linn feat. Kasey Smith competing for Ireland in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 8th with Heartbeat


This afternoon, our very own EuroGuru Paul G is with us to tell us some breaking news: the running orders for the semi finals have been decided! And we also want to let you know how you can either sing or dance in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

Semi-Final 1

  1.       Armenia
  2.       Latvia
  3.       Estonia
  4.       Sweden
  5.       Iceland
  6.       Albania
  7.       Russia
  8.       Azerbaijan
  9.       Ukraine
  10.       Belgium
  11.       Moldova
  12.       San Marino
  13.       Portugal
  14.       The Netherlands
  15.       Montenegro
  16.       Hungary

Semi-Final 2

  1.       Malta
  2.       Israel
  3.       Norway
  4.       Georgia
  5.       Poland
  6.       Austria
  7.       Lithuania
  8.       Finland
  9.       Ireland
  10.       Belarus
  11.       F.Y.R. Macedonia
  12.       Switzerland
  13.       Greece
  14.       Slovenia
  15.       Romania

Calling All Dancers!

The Eurovision Song Contest organisers are seeking selfie submissions from fans who would like to take part in the Eurovision Song contest night! If interested, you should submit a selfie of yourself either singing or dancing. You should upload it onto the website ('Join us' is the slogan for the 2014 Eurovision). They also have a very easy to follow tutorial available on

The entries that Paul mentioned are Armenia (which is currently the favourite): 

Austria (one of the most-talked about): 

Denmark (the hosts): 

and the UK: 

And you can see all 37 music videos for the countries participating in Eurovision 2014 by visiting

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.

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