Mooney, Monday July 7th 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Legendary soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy will be in studio so text 51551 if you want to ask him a question. Olan McGowan talks us through some of history's greatest public apologies. And Brenda Donohue meets the winner of our "selfie" competition – a father who captured the moment he gave his daughter away at the top of the aisle...

Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is sadly drawing to a close. The two semi-finals take place this Tuesday and Wednesday, the 3rd/4th place play-off will take place next Saturday, with the final on Sunday. But who will pick up the Jules Rimet trophy in the legendary Maracena stadium in Rio de Janeiro? Will it be host country Brazil, who have lost their star player Neymar to injury? Their South American neighbours Argentina have long been favourites - will they spoil the party by getting crowned victors? Or could the champions come from Europe - The Netherlands or Germany?

Eamon Dunphy

One man who has been keeping us informed and entertained throughout the whole tournament is RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy, and we're delighted that Eamon joins us in studio today with his thoughts on the World Cup, Brazil, Après Match, and that apology he had to make recently...

Respa Mattress Competition

Respa Mattress Competition

Some shows give away prizes you can only dream of, but on this show we give away prizes that actually help you dream!

We're teaming up with Irish owned Respa Beds, who have 67 years of bed manufacturing expertise - and with a leading Gel Producer they've developed a new cooling gel for the Irish market that helps balance your sleeping temperature to cut out all that twisting and turning so you get to enjoy a night of restful sleep.  

Thanks to them, we've the ultimate mattress in terms of technology and engineering to give away on the show each day this week - it's the brand new Respa Gel mattress, the ultimate in achieving a good night’s sleep – and one product in their 2014 collection of a wide range of beds and mattresses all designed right here in Ireland and available through!

To enter just answer this question:

Monday, July 7th 2014

Which South American country is hosting the 2014 World Cup?

Text COMP followed by your name and answer to 51551. Lines close at 4pm.

Find out how you can be in with a chance to win each day from three.

The daily prize is a Respa Gel mattress, and includes delivery from your nearest stockist - RTÉ standard competition terms and conditions apply; see

Public Apologies

A few weeks ago, Eamon Dunphy apologised when a four-letter word he used was inadverteely broadcast on air. He came back after the ad break and apologised directly into the camera, saying "I’m very, very sorry for the offence I'm sure I caused to some people". But he's not the first public figure to make a public apology for doing or saying something they shouldn't have. And for them, sorry really does seem to be the hardest word. Mooney producer Olan McGowan is in studio to talk us through the art of the public apology...

Selfie Competition Winner

Last month, we teamed up with the Sunday World, Sunway Holidays and Sutter Home to bring you the Mooney Selfie Competition.

We asked you to send your favourite selfies and you didn't disappoint.  We got famous selfies, food selfies, beach selfies and even a few belfies!

The prize again is a seven-day trip to the Napa Valley, California, for two people including a two-night stay at the Sutter Home winery, and transfers to and from San Francisco.

It's a terrific prize and in yesterday's Sunday World the winner was announced as Robert Carley from Kilbarrack Road in Dublin. He took a wedding selfie, of the moment he gave his daughter away at the top of the aisle:

Robert with his daughter Debs

Brenda surprised him with the prize... To read more about the competition, visit the Sunday World website.

Debs, Brenda and Robert take a selfie!

Brenda gives Robert the good news

Debs' selfie wedding album

Debs, Brenda and Robert take a selfie!

L-R: Debs, Jenny Lambert (from the 'Sunday World'), Robert and Brenda

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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