Mooney, Monday June 23rd 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Derek is back, with singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy joining him in studio. Brenda Donohue attends a beauty bootcamp for teens, and we're looking for three players for our weekly quiz...

Waiting For Luggage

Waiting For Luggage

Derek recently returned from his holidays sans baggage - but whilst he was on the flight, he read an article about a company called Send My Bag, which will deliver your luggage from your home to your hotel and back again. He talks to the company's CEO Adam Ewert to find out more. For more information, visit

Brian Kennedy

You may remember that late last year, Brian Kennedy dropped by to talk about an album he was producing in tribute to one of his heroes, the great Canadian singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell.

That album, A Love Letter To Joni, is now out and from it Brian has just released its first single, You Turn Me On I’m A Radio.

Brian joins us in studio today for a chat, and to perform a song or two...

World Cup-Predicting Cat!

Happy by Pharrell Williams, which is the favourite song of Tutti Frutti, a cat in Newry that two weeks ago predicted the teams that will be competing in the final of World Cup 2014!

Now we have heard about this kind of thing before. During Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, it was all about Paul the Octopus who shot to global fame by correctly "predicting" the winners of 11 out of 13 matches.

Now Paul died in 2010, and since then, there has been a host of creatures vying to take his place as animal oracle.

Predicting outcomes during the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year there was Busya the seal, and "Big Head" the Loggerhead turtle predicted that Brazil would beat Croatia in the opening game of the world cup – which they did, 3 – 1.

But could the next animal oracle be from Newry? What are Tutti Frutti’s credentials, and perhaps more importantly, what are her predictions? Her owner Marie McAleavey joins us on the line this afternoon... 

Soccer In The USA

Soccer In The USA

Last night, the USA faced Portugal in their second World Cup appearance, and despite a disastrous start, in the end they were only robbed of victory by Portugal’s equaliser in the final minute of injury time. Exciting stuff!

They can now look with confidence to their final group game against Germany – and they have a real chance of progressing in the tournament.

This will all come as very good news to fans in the USA – probably the last country in the world to finally go soccer mad.

Traditionally Americans have saved their passions for baseball, basketball and American football – but last night there were tens of thousands of USA fans in Manaus with an estimated 20 million glued to their TV sets.

Former RTÉ sport journalist Kevin Egan now hosts ESPN’s weekly show Chicago Fire Weekly, which covers national and international soccer news. He was also MC at the official U.S. Watch Party in downtown Chicago last night, which no fewer than 20,000 attended. Kevin joins us on the line to tell us about how the FIFA World Cup 2014 is being received in the US...

The Journey's On Us 2014

For the past two years, Mooney have teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" giveaway. As part of this initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.

It's a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.

Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue is in Céannt Railway Station in Galway for the launch of The Journey’s On Us 2014



Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has launched the 2014 programme for The Journey’s On Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

"The Journey's On Us" will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across the company's services.  The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel. 

Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said "Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country.  However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut.  We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back.  We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey's On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities.  The initiative is now in its third year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with."

The company has today invited all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available at all Iarnród Éireann stations or online at . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday July 14th, at 16.30hrs.

Last year, over 750 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men's Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from "The Journey's On Us".  Last year Iarnród Éireann offered for the first time a special prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with them.  The winner of the prize was Special Hands Activity Group from Kelly, Co. Meath. 

The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1's Mooney, and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Ceannt Railway Station, Galway today to launch "The Journey's On Us" 2014.  They were joined by Galway Community Circus who were a winner of one of the trips last year.   Mooney will also feature successful groups throughout the year. 

All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from July onwards. For further information and to see terms and conditions please log onto

Singles Night Out!

Singles Night Out!

We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

Search For A Child Star Finalists

Search For A Child Star Finalists

Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.

The finalists, in no particular order, are:

- Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
- Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
- Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
- Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
- Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind

The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.


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