Mooney, Monday March 31st 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We reveal who is D'Mammy Of The Year 2014, and the winner of a Caribbean cruise from Mooney, Sunday World, and Royal Caribbean and Crystal Swing tell us why they are Livin' La Vida Loca!

A Dessert By Any Other Name

Is it a banana boat or a banana float? Or do you call yours a banana split? And where do you stand on tiramisu? We're talking desserts this afternoon, and it's a topic that has you highly divided!

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.

Crystal Swing

Crystal Swing - Mary, Dervla and Derek - join us in studio to chat about their new music video Livin' La Vida Loca! Click here to find out more about the fabulous Crystal Swing!

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 31st 2014

True or false: tomorrow is April Fool'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, (31/03/14). 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.

Met Society Symposium

Met Society Symposium

Evelyn Cusack was a big hit when she was on the programme last month. And Evelyn's been onto us today to remind you that the Met Society is hosting a Meteorogical Symposium in NUI Galway this weekend. There will be lectures and talks on Saturday and Sunday. And it's open to the public.


Meteorological Symposium in NUI Galway

There will be lectures/talks on Saturday, April 5th, 10am to 5pm on probing and measuring Ireland's Atmosphere. The highlight feature lecture will be at 4pm by Dinah Molloy on gleaming weather informations from old Whaler's logs.

The public are welcome to attend. There will be two coffee & buns breaks, and a brochure containing abstracts of each talk and some posters from PhD students on their current research.

There will also be a day-trip on Sunday, April 6th to Mace Head Atmospheric Station in Connemara.

The speakers will be from ECMWF (European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting), Met Éireann, RPII, EPA, NUI Galway and the Marine Institute.

To book, visit

D'Mammy Of The Year 2014

As you know yesterday was Mother's Day – and we hope all mothers were treated well, but it was also the day we found out who won D’MAMMY OF THE YEAR COMPETITION.

The Sunday World and Mooney have been running a competition over the past few weeks, with and Royal Caribbean, to find the ultimate Irish mammy.

We had an amazing prize for the winner of a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two, and yesterday Brenda went to surprise the winner of the competition, Sandra Fitzgerald from Drimagh in Dublin...

Brenda chats to Wayne Fitzgerald as to why he nominated Sandra for D'Mammy Of The Year

The prize included return flights for two people from Dublin to Orlando, one night pre-cruise stay in a 3-star hotel in Orlando, a seven night Caribbean Cruise, sailing on Royal Caribbean International in a standard or ocean-view stateroom (subject to availability). All meals are included (except speciality dining), as is evening entertainment, Casino Royale Movie Theatre access and use of the swimming pool and fitness centre.

Sandra gets the surprise of her life!

Sandra gets congratulated on winning D'Mammy competition

D'Mammy Of The Year 2014: Sandra Fitzgerald


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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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