Mooney, Tuesday April 1st 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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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.

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We meet the entrepreneur who’s going from strength to strength since his appearance on Dragon's Den. Find out how unsuspecting wedding guests can end up marrying couples when the solemniser drops out. And Derek asks whatever happened to going Dutch at dinner when it comes to picking up the tab in post-feminist Ireland?

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.

Not Going Dutch

Not Going Dutch

Going Dutch, paying your way, 50/50 - we have been discussing splitting bills on the show for the past few days. Derek mentioned a story that a friend of his told him - he had gone on four dinner dates with a woman and she NEVER offered to pay, she just either went to the toilet or starting texting on her phone when the bill was put down on the table.

Derek asked whether this this ok? Was it normal? Who is expected to pay on a first date?

Brenda Donohue has been delving a little deeper into this and hearing some people's experiences but we have had plenty of reaction ourselves to this dating dilemma.

Would you assume your date would pay for the bill if he or she had asked you on the date? Or would you always insist on going halves? Let us know - e-mail, text 51551 (whilst the show is on air), or tweet us @MooneyShow.

Brenda went to the Brassiere 66 restaurant on South Great George's St in Dublin, to meet diners and find out who's paying for the date, and to have a chat with Elaine Nolan, Manager of Brassiere 66...

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, April 1st 2014

True or false: úll is the Irish word for apple?

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

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text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

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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, (01/04/14). 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.

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Pride Watches

Pride Watches

Dragon's Den is back on our screens again, helping to give entrepreneurs a hand-up with their new ideas. And it is precisely two years since we met Dragon's Den competitor Jason O'Reilly. When two mentors decided to invest in his business, the emotion all got too much for him.

Now Jason’s company is a familiar name to listeners of Mooney. Each week on Mooney’s Monday Quiz we give away a "Mooney PRIDE watch", thanks to Jason whose company is 'Pride Watches', based in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Jason's pitch to the Dragons

Jason joins us in studio today with an update on how his watch business has developed since we first met him - including a very special deal with the soccer game Subbuteo...

And Jason mentioned that all watches are half-price until the end of the week if you mention that you are a Mooney listener!

Solemnising Humanist Marriages

Solemnising Humanist Marriages

The Wedding March is one of the most popular entrance songs for couples getting married, especially in churches. But would you hear it at a humanist wedding? Our Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan may be able to tell us because he’s going to a non-religious service on Friday. Terry is a guest but he could well end up officiating at the service...

His niece is getting married in a hotel on Friday in a humanist service. A couple of weeks ago Terry's niece asked if he would stand in for the solemniser - if he doesn't turn up.

Terry is in studio today and says he’s honoured to be asked. He doesn’t yet know what he’d have to do. And he doesn’t know if it would be legal.

To help answer some of those questions, we're also joined in studio by Brian Whiteside, Director of Ceremonies with the Humanist Association of Ireland...

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Music Played on the Show

Take Me To Church

Take Me To Church



Son Of A Preacher Man

Son Of A Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield


Modern Love

Modern Love

David Bowie


The Wolf Is Getting Married

The Wolf Is Getting Married

Sinéad O'Connor


Chapel Of Love

Chapel Of Love

The Dixie Cups




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