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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derek meets Kerryman Brendan Scannell, Ireland's Ambassador to Denmark. He talks to Adam Price, creator of Borgen - one of Scandinavia's phenomenally successful dark dramas. And of course we catch up with all the latest drama and controversy from the 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 TONIGHT and Thursday. We'll be broadcasting LIVE from the Danish capital today and tomorrow, and 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 today and tomorrow 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 was be broadcast last night, with Montenegro, Hungary, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, San Marino, Ukraine, Sweden, the Netherlands and Iceland all progressing to the final on Saturday. 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 are being be screened live on RTÉ Two.
Below is the list of all the participants in the second semi-final tomorrow:
Whilst our team have been out and about recording and sourcing interviews in Copenhagen, they've also been snapping away ... here's just a selection of those photos!
Derek meets up with Ireland's favourite twins!
Iceland's Pollapönk at the welcoming reception
Paul G in conversation with Hazel Kaneswaran, co-writer of the Irish entry 'Heartbeat'
Derek at the Press Centre in Copenhagen
The venue for the 59th Eurovision Song Contest: B&W Hallerne
Shuttle bus for the Irish delegation at Eurovision
The A Team! Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden, tech support man Khoa from Vietnam, Derek and producer Ana Leddy all busy at work in the Press Centre
Paul G at the Press Centre in Copenhagen
Katriona and Paul G walk the wall of flags at Eurovision
Jedward At Eurovision 2014!
Jedward might not be competing in Eurovision this year, but everyone's favourite twins are still joining in the celebrations in Copenhagen - they are included TWICE in the new Eurovision Book Of Records! Derek catches up with John & Edward...
We've a special Eurovision Quiz from the Press Centre today in the company of EuroGuru Paul G, with our three contestants Belgium, France and Denmark!
Player No. 1
1. Who duetted with Paul Harrington on the Irish winner Rock ’n’ Roll Kids 20 years ago? 2. In 1974, which country withdrew its song days before the contest, as a mark of respect following the death of its President? 3. Congratulations was the title of the UK entry in 1968, but which country had a song with the same title in the 2006 contest in Athens? 4. Who was the presenter of the 1987 contest in Brussels? 5. By which name is the singer Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie better known? 6. How many times has Luxembourg hosted Eurovision? 7. Which UK group finished 2nd in 1972 with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow? 8. The 1969 contest in Madrid ended in a four-way tie between Spain, UK, Netherlands and France. How many points did they each receive?
Player No. 2
1. Vicky Leandros won for Luxembourg with Après Toi. In which year? 2. The duo Secret Garden featured Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, but which country did they represent – and win for – in 1995? 3. Name any of the four countries who have won two contests in a row. 4. Name the presenter of the 1985 contest in Gothenburg. 5. How many times has the UK won the contest? 6. Gigliola Cinquetti won the contest for Italy in 1964 with Non ho L’età. What was the title of her entry which finished second to Abba ten years later? 7. Which Dutch winner from the 1950s went on to present the Contest from The Hague in 1976? 8. Which country still has not won the contest, having first entered 50 years ago?
Player No. 3
1. Name the Eurovision presenter who has hosted the contest four times. 2. What was title of last year’s winning song for Denmark? 3. Hallelujah, sung by the group Milk and Honey, won in 1979 for which country? 4. Where was Eurovision held in 1996, when Ireland last won? 5. Monaco won the contest in Dublin in 1971 with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue. Who was the performer? 6. Which country has the same singer representing them for the third year in a row this year? 7. Apart from Jedward, name any pairs of brothers who have represented Ireland in the contest? 8. Spanish chart-toppers Baccara performed Parlez-Vous Français? in the 1978 contest in Paris, but for which country?
Player No. 1
1. Who duetted with Paul Harrington on the Irish winner Rock ’n’ Roll Kids 20 years ago? Charlie McGettigan 2. In 1974, which country withdrew its song days before the contest, as a mark of respect following the death of its President? France 3. Congratulations was the title of the UK entry in 1968, but which country had a song with the same title in the 2006 contest in Athens? Iceland 4. Who was the presenter of the 1987 contest in Brussels? Viktor Lazlo (female) 5. By which name is the singer Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie better known? Lulu 6. How many times has Luxembourg hosted Eurovision? Four - despite winning 5 times 7. Which UK group finished 2nd in 1972 with the song Beg, Steal Or Borrow?The New Seekers 8. The 1969 contest in Madrid ended in a four-way tie between Spain, UK, Netherlands and France. How many points did they each receive? Eighteen
Player No. 2
1. Vicky Leandros won for Luxembourg with Après Toi. In which year? 1972 2. The duo Secret Garden featured Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry, but which country did they represent – and win for – in 1995? Norway 3. Name any of the four countries who have won two contests in a row. Spain (1968/69), Luxembourg (1972/73), Israel (1978/79), Ireland (1992/93; 1993/94). 4. Name the presenter of the 1985 contest in Gothenburg. Lill Lindfors 5. How many times has the UK won the contest? 5 times – 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1997. 6. Gigliola Cinquetti won the contest for Italy in 1964 with Non ho L’età. What was the title of her entry which finished second to Abba ten years later? Si 7. Which Dutch winner from the 1950s went on to present the Contest from The Hague in 1976? Corry Brokken 8. Which country still has not won the contest, having first entered 50 years ago? Portugal
Player No. 3
1. Name the Eurovision presenter who has hosted the contest four times. Katie Boyle – 1960, 1963, 1968, 1974 2. What was title of last year’s winning song for Denmark? Only Teardrops 3. Hallelujah, sung by the group Milk and Honey, won in 1979 for which country? Israel 4. Where was Eurovision held in 1996, when Ireland last won? Oslo 5. Monaco won the contest in Dublin in 1971 with the song Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue. Who was the performer? Séverine 6. Which country has the same singer representing them for the third year in a row this year? San Marino (with Valentina Monetta) 7. Apart from Jedward, name any pairs of brothers who have represented Ireland in the contest. The Swarbriggs (Tommy and Jimmy, in 1975 & ’77); Max and Hugh Cunningham, members of the band Luv Bug, in 1986). 8. Spanish chart-toppers Baccara performed Parlez-Vous Français? in the 1978 contest in Paris, but for which country? Luxembourg
A number of excellent detective and crime stories set in Scandinavia have recently hit our screens in recent years. They are known as Nordic Noir, and they include The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, The Killers, The Bridge, and Borgen.
Borgen, starring Eurovision presenter Pilou Asbæk (on the right)
Borgen is currently showing its second season on TG4, and we're delighted that whilst out in Copenhagen, Derek was able to catch up with the creator of Borgen: Adam Price...
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 this Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTÉ 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 Clowns, The 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!
LIST OF MUSIC PLAYED AT MOONEY TUNES CONCERTS
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 email@example.com, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, 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?
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