Mooney, Thursday June 26th 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We speak to colourful and controversial US based soccer commentator Tommy Smyth, Brenda Donohue chats to some American students ahead of the USA's latest world cup match and we've music from the Singing Waiters...

USA v Germany

For the last fortnight, World Cup fever has been gripping those living in the United States of America, and Americans abroad. This evening at 5pm, the USA face Germany in a rain-soaked Recife in game that has Americans super-excited! Even the USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has posted a tongue-in-cheek plea on Twitter for bosses to let their employees take today off to support the team!

This morning, our reporter Brenda Donohue went along to the American College in Dublin to find out where students there will be watching the match.

And for the take from the States, we're joined on the line by Louthman Tommy Smyth (with a Y!), who has spent the past 20 years with the ESPN soccer team in the USA, working as a soccer colour commentator and analyst...

Review Of Mrs. Brown's Boys - D'Movie

Last night, Derek, Brenda and singer Niall Morris were amongst those who attended the premiere of Mrs. Brown's Boys - D'Movie. They tell us what they made of it...

Opera Singing Waiters

Opera Singing Waiters

It's been an amazing World Cup so far, an absolute goal-fest.  The only thing that would make it better for us would be the participation of the Republic of Ireland!

The last time we qualified for a major championship was back in 2011, when Giovanni Trapattoni was at the helm. We beat Estonia, in November 2011, and went on to Euro 2012, which was hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

To celebrate our qualification, we invited the Irish manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, his assistant, Marco Tardelli, and FAI chief executive, John Delaney, to join us at Mooney Tunes 5, on the stage at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, in December of 2011.

Now, if you've been to any of our ten Mooney Tunes concerts, you will know that absolutely anything can happen!

And at Mooney Tunes 5, as Derek was having a very civil conversation with Giovanni and John, he was rudely interrupted by a man in the audience, who wanted his picture taken with the legendary Giovanni.

The man was Niall Morris, who along with James Edwards, and Simon Morgan, is a member of the Opera Waiters. And as you can tell, they’re not just a trio of fine singers, they can act as well!

The Opera Singing Waiters in their current line up are Niall Morris, Lynsey Curtin and David Lynn, and to mark the occasion of the USA's crucial World Cup game against Germany tonight (5pm) we invited them into studio to perform a couple of "appropriate/timely" tunes! 


The Opera Waiters are performing at Loughcrew Opera Feast, in Oldcastle in Co. Meath on July 11th, 12th & 13th. We have two free tickets for dinner and the show for Friday, July 11th. To enter, just answer the following question:

The aria Nessun Dorma comes from which opera by Puccini?

Send your name and answer to 51551. You have until 4 o’clock to enter. We will pick a winner at random and we’ll let you know who that is after 4pm today.


Thank-you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our winner George Peterson from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin!

For more details about the Opera Singing Waiters, click here, for info about Niall visit, and for more information about the Loughcrew Opera Feast, click here.

In November, Niall will also be paying tribute to Maria Callas in a show called Callas: The Life & Music of Maria Callas, with Mairéad Buicke as Callas, as well as James Edwards and Simon Morgan. It takes place in the National Concert Hall on Sunday, November 16th.

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.


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.


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