Mooney Tuesday 22 April 2014



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Cheapest House in Ireland

A four-bedroom detached house in Magheracorran, County Donegal, to be auctioned at a reserve price of just €15,000. We sent Noel Cunningham out to view the house, he joins Derek from our Sligo studio.

Open viewings will be held Saturday April 26, between 10:00am - 11:00am and more details can be found on

Downton Abbey in Mullingar

If your part of a hen party, 50th party or a wedding party celebration, or just a good get together there are plenty of novel ways to enjoy the experience. A new novel experience has come on the marked, a Victorian escapade inspired by the award winning television series Dowton Abbey, we sent Abi Philbin Bowman & Brenda Donohoe.

 Brena & Abi pictured iin Mullingar, County Westmeath.

iPads in Cork Pub

Jim Wilson went down to Douglas in Cork to O'Sullivans Bar, to investigate why they have three ipads which customers can use to browse the web chat with friends and news online.


First Swallows of The Year

Listener Dorothy Hill spotted her first swallow of the year, at 3.15 Friday 18th of April in Glen of the Downs in County Wicklow.

Photograph: Jim Wilson.

Email us your sightings and pictures to

Some of our listeners have emailed in their sightings;

We saw the first swallows here in Calry, Co. Sligo on Monday morning April 14th Brid Dolan.

My husband saw the first swallow this morning at 7am Moneenroe Castlecomer. He also heard the first cuckoo this morning. He is always out early not just this morning. Anna

First swallow I spotted on our farm in Fethard, Co Tipperary at 05.30   on the 15th of april. Michael Mallon.
Seen in Killarney flying over the lakes.My first sighting at 1pm.
Swallows arrived the 14th of April in the morning time. We are living in Kilwarden, Kinnegad, Co. Meath. There are 3 nests on the eve of our house and about 6-8 birds go in and out. Eileen Rowley.
Derek, I saw first swallows on The HeathGolf course on Easter Sunday.
Regards Bob Roche.
Derek, the first swallow arrived in our garden in carrick in Shannon last wed 16 April in the afternoon. Christine
First swallows (4) seen in Carrigaline on Tuesday the 22nd of April, Ann Meagher in Carrigaline.




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.

Success For Secrets Of The Irish Landscape!


Many of you will be familiar with the fantastic Secrets Of The Irish Landscape that was broadcast last year on RTÉ One. This three-part television documentary, hosted by Derek Mooney, followed the footsteps of Robert Lloyd Praeger, Ireland's greatest naturalist and author of the iconic book The Way That I Went.

The series examined many little understood aspects of the Irish Landscape from the last Ice Age until now, with some intriguing findings! It was a huge success when it aired, becoming a firm favourite with audiences and critics alike. And the plaudits keep on coming! Last week, Secrets Of The Irish Landscape won gold at the New York World's Best Film and Television Awards 2014 for the best documentary series in science and technology!



The RTÉ Cork series Secrets Of The Irish Landscape, presented by Derek Mooney and broadcast on RTE One last May, has WON GOLD at the final of one of the world’s most prestigious film and television competitions: the New York World’s Best Film and Television Awards 2014, for the best documentary series in science and technology. The awards are now in their 57th year. Secrets Of The Irish Landscape competed against entries from 36 countries.

The three-part series follows in the footsteps of Robert Lloyd Praeger, (Ireland's greatest naturalist and author of the iconic book The Way That I Went), as Derek updates the history of how the Irish landscape came into being, using the very latest science and research.

The series was produced in RTÉ Cork, by Head of RTÉ Cork Colm Crowley in association with the National Botanic Gardens and UCC, and was backed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

At the Award Show in Las Vegas (which was held as part of NAB, the USA's national association of broadcasters convention on April 8th),

Derek Mooney said;

"I love making nature programmes. It's part of who I am. I'm genuinely thrilled we've won this award, not just for myself but the crew and for RTÉ. When we think of science and nature programmes we tend to believe that only the BBC can make them but this proves we can do them just as well, if not better. It's fantastic that a very Irish story, about how we got our landscape, has found such a universal resonance and connected with others around the world, and that we also got the chance to celebrate the work one of one Ireland's greatest scientists on the world's stage. I was aware of Praegers' work but it wasn't until I journeyed in his footsteps that I fully appreciated the man. The success of this programme on the international stage will, I hope encourage RTÉ to develop this genre of TV. There is a market for natural history programmes in Ireland and there is plenty of subject matter for TV producers to focus on – bring it on!"

Colm Crowley, Barry Donnellan and Derek Mooney

Colm Crowley said:

"It's is a real honour to represent RTÉ at this prestigious festival, which has given us a chance to showcase the work of Irish television on an international stage. Winning gold at this event is a fantastic tribute to the RTÉ Cork team that put the show together, and a special thanks to Derek and his radio team who also contributed hugely to the making of this series. Also special thanks to the chief series consultant Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, who was centrally involved in developing the series."

This is the third major nomination the series has received in the last few months. The book to accompany the series was a finalist in the Irish Book Awards and the series also has received a nomination for the Houston Film festival in Texas.

The series is currently on air in Australia and Canada.

The series was shot in HD by freelance DOP Barry Donnellan on a Cannon C 300 camera, with additional photography by RTÉ Cork's Ben Kilroy and a small team of specialists' landscape photographers.

The series was edited by freelance editor Cliona Nolan and RTÉ staff editor Sean Mooney, and dubbed in RTÉ Cork by Niall O'Sullivan. Location sound was recorded by freelance Kieran Curtin and RTÉ Cork staffer Brendan Cahill.

The programme was researched by freelance Naoimh Reilly.

A complex media management solution was required to handle the HD work flow which was managed by Antoin O Callaghan and John Lynch in Cork, and the series was graded in Windmill Lane by Dave Hughes.

The production co-ordinators who worked across the 12 month shoot were Aoife O'Callaghan and Sonya O’Neill

The chief series consultant was Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens.

About the 2014 NAB Show

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About NAB

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