Mooney, Monday May 5th 2014

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

We speak to two Irish climbers who have abandoned their Mount Everest expedition in the wake of the recent tragedy, and Noel Cunningham attends a property auction to hear from cash buyers. We hear why you would like to come to our Mooney Singles Night, Brenda Donohue finds out about football lessons for young girls in Inchicore, and Katriona McFadden takes a cycling tour of Dublin in the company of Julian Vignoles!

Mooney Singles Night

Mooney Singles Night

Last week, we spoke to Lisa Wallace about her experience of dating websites. We had a huge reaction to the item, and on Tuesday, we spoke to listeners Eleanor and Gerard about trying to find the perfect partner. The e-mails and texts haven't stopped since, so in our quest to help you find true love, we're going to hold a singles night for the over-35s! We're still working on the where and when, but if taking part in our singles night is something that would interest you, let us know - e-mail or text 51551!

Allsops House Auction

Last month on Mooney, we visited "the cheapest house in Ireland". It's a four-bedroomed, detached house in Co. Donegal. The property was auctioned last Friday with a reserve price of 15,000 euro.

The cheapest house in Ireland?

Noel Cunningham viewed the property for us, and last Friday he went along to the Allsops Space auction at the RDS to find out how much it would sell for and who bought it. Noel joins us today from our Gweedore studio to let us know how it went...

Update: Derek's Blue Tits

Monday, May 5th 2014

The Blue Tit in Derek's back garden laid another egg on Saturday, May 3rd. This brings the total to SEVEN (as of 03/5/14) but she could lay more! Blue Tits can lay up to 16 eggs but the average clutch size is 8 - 10 eggs.

The seven eggs in the Blue Tit Nest

Blue Tit
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Friday, May 2nd 2014

The Blue Tit laid the first egg on Friday, April 25th, and appears to have laid one egg each day since. It looks like there are six eggs in the nest but it's hard to count them. See how many you can spot! 

The female seems to be incubating now, and if this is the case then we can expect the eggs to hatch on Thursday May 15th or Friday May 16th May 2014. We hope to have the live stream up on our site by the end of next week. Keep watching! 

Climbing Mount Everest

Climbing Mount Everest

On April 18th, sixteen Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest. Hundreds of climbers were preparing to scale the mountain when the avalanche hit. In the wake of the tragedy, many Sherpas refused to support the expeditions, protesting that they weren’t adequately compensated for the risk they faced; other support staff such as cooks and porters faced threats and intimidation.

Mount Everest has now, effectively been shut down, and scores of expeditions have been cancelled.

Irishmen Paul Devaney and Niall O'Byrnes were among the climbers at Base Camp on the day of the avalanche. They arrived back in Ireland last Friday having abandoned their plan to climb the world's tallest mountain, and today they join us in studio to describe their experience of that day...

Paul is founder of the Irish Seven Summits team, and the team are raising funds for Liam's Lodge (a national respite centre for genetic and rare disorders. Liam Heffernan was the young boy who died yesterday aged 5 from Battens Disease). For more information, visit, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!

Girls Love Football In Inchicore!

As you know, we are great supporters of the Irish International Women's Soccer Team here on Mooney. Our own Jenny Brannigan is a physio with the team and keeps us updated on their progress. So when one of our listeners, Patricia, e-mailed Mooney to tell us about her son's girls' soccer team, we were interested...

Here’s what she told us:

Derek, Brenda may be interested in the following. My son, Aaron Shearer, has three little girls - aged 6, 5 and 2.

He has started a football club for little girls and every Saturday morning, tiny girls from 2 to 8 gather at Inchicore sports centre for training. Last week they were presented with their new strip, the logo on which was designed by Rory Hamilton, who among other high profile advertisements has done Guinness ads. The Logo says 'Girls Love Football'. In the interest of promoting sport, especially for girls, your programme might be interested in doing a piece on them.

Thank you, Patricia

So Inchicore Sports Centre was exactly where Brenda went on Saturday morning!


See Dublin By Bike!

This week - tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday to be precise - Mooney will be coming to you LIVE from Copenhagen as we will be there, courtesy of our media partners, The Sunday World and SAS Airlines, to cover the 59th Eurovision Song Contest!

A small delegation travels out from RTÉ each year, from radio and television – and they’re all headed up by Michael Kealy, who is the Head of Delegation for Ireland. The man who had the job BEFORE him was Julian Vignoles, and he was with us in Dusseldorf and Baku.

He has since moved on to ventures new, and Derek recently saw him cycling around Dublin in a blue high-vis jacket that said 'See Dublin By Bike'. There were about a dozen people in blue jackets cycling behind him, and Derek learned that he has swapped Eurovision to set up a Tour Company specialising in bike tours of Dublin City Centre.

There are two bike tour companies in Dublin: See Dublin by Bike and Dublin City Bike Tours. So we decided that reporter Katriona McFadden should go along and be a tourist in her own city. She met up with Julian Vignoles and Sean Farrell of 'See Dublin By Bike' at Café Rothar on Dublin’s Fade Street where she saddled up...

Eurovision Song Contest

The Final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Copenhagen this Saturday, May 10th, with the two Semi-Finals taking place this Tuesday and Thursday. We'll be broadcasting LIVE from the Danish capital tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, and ahead of those programmes, Derek and the team have been out and about talking to the performers and those involved in the Song Contest...

Derek interviews Conchita Wurst, who will represent Austria with 'Rise Like A Phoenix'

Derek plants a kiss on the cheek of Conchita Wurst!

This week, Mooney will broadcast LIVE on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. We’ll be bringing you all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the Irish entry, Can Linn featuring Kasey.  We’ll be meeting some Eurovision afficianados from all across Europe – as well as bringing you some really interesting Danish-themed interviews.

 Kasey Smith in Copenhagen last week and below: Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith rehearse 'Heartbeat' in Copenhagen

TV-wise, the first semi-final will be broadcast on Tuesday night at 8pm, and the second semi-final will be on Thursday night at 8pm and it is the SECOND semi-final that Ireland is competing in, and needs to qualify out of, in order to get to the Final the following Saturday, May 10th. Both semi-finals will be screened live on RTÉ Two.

Below is the list of all the participants in the two semi-finals...

SEMI-FINAL 1: the 16 semi-finalists in order of appearance:

eurovisionSEMI-FINAL 2: the 16 semi-finalists in order of appearance:


You can keep up to date with all the Eurovision news by visiting or

Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow!

Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow!

The Genealogy Roadshow is back for a brand new series! RTÉ’s The Genealogy Roadshow is now an international hit series. PBS in America has already broadcast a US version of the show shot in Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin, Texas. Season 2 of the US show is on the way. The original Irish programme is returning to screens on May 11th with a brand new series full of amazing stories. Once again the people of Ireland are the stars of the show. The series will be presented again by Derek Mooney.

The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team help people trace their family’s roots and discover surprising stories from the past. People from all four provinces got to know the truth about tragic events, infamous ancestors and famous cousins.

Thousands of people contacted the show with questions. Some wanted to know if they were related to someone famous. Others wanted to solve mysteries going back generations. Others had heart-breaking adoption stories and tales of families ravaged by war.

The Genealogy team set out to help these people fill in the blanks. The mission was to answer the questions, solve the riddles and uncover the truth. Some people get the news they want but not every tale has a happy ending. In this series, there are tears of pride and joy, as well as fantastic surprises.

The Genealogy Roadshow also sheds light on the people history has forgotten. The team look at local and national events and ask who didn’t get the credit they deserve? They also take a look at people and events you think you know, but tell the stories you haven’t heard before.

This year the show has added technology to the bag of tricks. Historians and witnesses from around the world are able to beam in directly to the roadshow to give expert testimony and corroborate evidence.

Some of the stories involve Irish people in far flung places:

Irish immigrants starting a new life in Argentina were part of an international crisis as thousands were scammed out of their life savings and left stranded in a strange land;

An innocent Irish girl was gunned down in a Canadian frontier town, caught up in a local blood feud;

A Wexford man was spared a terrible fate at Custer’s Last Stand, only to be forgotten by history, until now;

A Longford woman went to America and became a notorious criminal in the era of Al Capone.

Some of the stories are closer to home:

After years of listening to his father’s stories, a Dundalk man finds out once and for all if he is related to St. Oliver Plunkett;

A Cork man discovers that his relatives were saved from the gallows by none other than Daniel O’Connell in a famous trial;

The tale of an Orangeman’s wife who kept her Catholic identity a secret, even from her family, for her whole life;

And there’s even some myth-busting in this series as the team delve into the mystery of 'The Lost Village of Audleystown' to see if there’s any evidence to back up the story of a village full of families who were forcibly migrated to the USA by a wicked land owner who levelled their homes.

This original Irish programme is back on your screens from Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTE One.

Mooney Tunes 10

Can you believe it? It's Mooney Tunes time again, and astonishingly, we are approaching our tenth concert!

It all started in September 2009, at the National Concert Hall. The very first Mooney Tunes featured music such as Send In The ClownsThe Anvil Chorus and even the theme from Hawaii Five-O.

Over the last nine concerts, there hasn't been any genre of music we haven't covered. We've done a lot of classical favourites, we've had arias and choruses from some of the greatest operas ever written.

In the last concert, Mooney Tunes 9 in December last year, we did some incredible jazz, like Jack L singing My Way, and the big band orchestra performing Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman.

We've had pop, traditional Irish, even country music - Daniel O'Donnell went down a treat at Mooney Tunes 7!

All in all, over the nine concerts so far, we have brought you a total of 152 pieces of music. They were performed by some of the cream of Irish and international talent, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Everybody from sopranos Cara O'Sullivan and Claudia Boyle, tenor Paul Potts, baritone John Molloy have performed.  We've had Brian Kennedy, Jerry Fish, Chloe Agnew, John Sheehan from the Dubliners.  We also did a special Eurovision tribute, with Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.

Anyway, the good news is, we want to bring you another gem of a show. And, since it's our 10th concert, we've decided to a kind of "best of".

We would like you, our listeners, to tell us your favourite moments from the last nine shows. Now, you don't have to have been to the shows to nominate a favourite moment. All of the concerts have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One shortly after the live performances.

And to help, here's a list of every single piece of music that we have featured! 


01. Begin The Beguine
02. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
03. Lizst Rhapsody No. 2
04. Beat Out That Rhythm
05. O Mio Babino Caro
06. Pink Panther Theme
07. Chiqitta
08. Pure Imagination
09. Silent Night
10. Che Gilida Manina
11. Nessun Dorma
12. My Way
13. Under My Skin
14. When A Child Is Born
15. Sing Sing Sing
16. Let It Snow
17. Strauss
18. Also Sprach Zarathustra
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
20. E il Sol Dell Amina from Rigoletto
21. Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima
22. Superstar
23. Tchaikovsky-Polonaise Onegin
24. Roll Back The Clouds
25. She's Out Of My Life
26. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
27. Bond Theme
28. Moonraker / Diamonds Are Forever
29. Minuet & Badiniere from Orchestral Suite No. 2
30. Edelweiss
31. My Heart Will Go On
32. Lonesome Boatman
33. O Holy Night
34. Mediation from Thais
35. That's Amore
36. In Paradisum
37. Gabriel's Oboe
38. The Way We Were
39. Last Christmas
40. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
41. As Long As He Needs Me
42. Soul Bossa Nova
43. Marriage Of Figaro: Duettino Sul Aria
44. One Day Like This
45. Jerusalem
46. Swan Lake: Introduction
47. Send In The Clowns
48. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
49. My Heart Will Go On
50. Les Mis: Bring Him Home
51. Carmen: Intermezzo
52. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
53. South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening
54. Verdi - La Traviata - Siempre Libre
55. Have I Told You Lately
56. Time To Say Goodbye
57. True Friends
58. Hello Dolly
59. Daydream Believer
60. Requiem - Pie Jesu
61. Someone To Watch Over Me
62. The Sound Of Music: Climb Every Mountain
63. The Producers
64. Nessun Dorma
65. Star Of Bethlehem
66. Nowhere Man
67. Marino Waltz
68. The Christmas Song
69. Hope from 'Irish Destiny'
70. In Your Eyes
71. Why Me?
72. Rock 'n' Roll Kids
73. O Holy Night
74. Dances With Wolves
75. Wind Beneath My Wings
76. Old Man River
77. Fields of Athenry
78. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
79. O Mio Babbino Caro
80. Suite from The Quiet Man
81. Over The Rainbow
82. Libertango
83. Adagio from Spartacus
84. The Bridge (An Droichead)
85. Theme from JFK/West Wing
86. Memory from Cats
87. Un Bel Di
88. Ave Maria
89. Elizabethan Serenade
90. Born Free
91. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (You're Just Too Good To Be True)
92. As Long As He Needs Me
93. Por Una Cabeza
94. Troika
95. When A Child Is Born
96. I'll Be Home For Christmas
97. Baby, It's Cold Outside
98. Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite
99. Once Upon A Time In The West
100. Vilia from The Merry Widow
101. Jingle Bells Forever
102. Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
103. Song Of Bernadette
104. Harry's Wonderous World
105. Lament
106. You Raise Me Up
107. Silent Night 1915
108. Do Re Me
109. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
110. O Holy Night
111. A Christmas Festival/ Sleigh Ride
112. Theme From Dragnet
113. Fiddler On The Roof
114. Nella Fantasia
115. Flower Duet
116. Champagne Polka
117. One Fine Day (from Madame Butterfly)
118. The Coolin
119. Hymn To Hope
120. Everybody Hurts
121. 80's TV Themes Medley
122. We Have All The Time In The World
123. 633 Squadron
124. Star Trek
125. Le Basque
126. Cavatina
127. We Shall Overcome
128. It's For You
129. When I Fall In Love
130. Hallelujah
131. Cinema Paradiso
132. Impossibly Beautiful
133. Danny Boy
134. You'll Never Walk Alone
135. Riverdance
136. Hawaii Five-O
137. William Tell Overture
138. A Summer Place / Music To Watch Girls By
139. Everybody’s Talking
140. Sunday Miscellany theme
141. Onedin Line / Spartacus
142. Gabriel’s Oboe – The Mission
143. Radetsky March
144. Anvil Chorus
145. Mise Eire
146. Classical Gas
147. If
148. Ravel’s Bolero
149. Barccarolle - O Sole Mio
150. Chariots Of Fire
151. Hallelujah Chorus
152. Cavalleria Rusticana

Mooney Tunes 10 will take place on Friday, June 13th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale the program is finalised. We want people to nominate from the list of tunes on the website. And we may even include a couple of surprises. It will be the middle of the summer, so why not think of some of your summer favourites!? E-mail, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!

Nathan Carter House Party!

Nathan Carter House Party!

How would you fancy a little bit of country star Nathan Carter in the front room of your house? The really good news is Nathan Carter has agreed to do a house party for a Mooney listener anywhere in the country on Tuesday, May 13th.

That's the one and only Nathan Carter, who topped the Irish charts despite stiff competition from international artists including Kodaline & One Direction, and who will play for one lucky listener. In our Mooney House Party shows, top Irish entertainers come into your home and sing exclusively for you, your friends and family.

They have been tremendously success with entertainers such as Brian Kennedy, The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur, Paul Harington, Jack L and Daniel O'Donnell! Our singers have performed in a listener's kitchen, front room and even in a barn.

Well if you fancy the wonderfully talented Nathan Carter in your home, all you have to do is e-mail Mooney and tell us why you want Nathan with you? Are you his number one fan? Have you travelled the lent and breath of the country to see him sing? Have you a special anniversary or celebration coming up? Or simply, would you just like a knees up in your own home?

Whatever the reason, e-mail and tell us why you want Nathan there and who you’d have there, and why you deserve to have him - and don’t forget to give us your phone number!

The date again is Tuesday, May 13th - so get in touch now!

National Dawn Chorus Day

National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014.  If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!

Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?


It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.  

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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