Mooney, Thursday July 24th 2014

On Mooney today...

Louth man Tommy Smyth talks to Derek about how he became the voice of soccer on ESPN in America. Monaghan singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan tells us about having his song Home featured in Mrs Brown's Boys - D'Movie. And get your youngsters aged 12 and under to text in early to take part in Mooney's Kiddy Quiz!

Tommy Smyth

Tommy Smyth - with a Y! - has given a speech at the United Nations, he's been Grand Marshall of the New York St. Patrick's Day Parade but more than anything else, he's the voice of soccer on ESPN.

Tommy Smyth with his wife, Treasa Goodwin-Smyth

He's a commentator and analyst with the American sports broadcaster, and he spoke to us during the 2014 FIFA World Cup from the US. He's currently holidaying in Ireland, and has popped into studio today, along with his lovely wife Treasa!

Mooney's Kiddie Quiz!

It's Mooney, it's Thursday, and today our quiz is JUST FOR KIDS! We're looking for three contestants who are aged 12 or under to take part in today’s quiz and they’re playing for some GREAT prizes!

Discover Ireland (, supported by Fáilte Ireland, have been sponsoring all of our prizes this week.  They are all luxury Limerick Hotel breaks in honour of the Limerick City of Culture 2014, and to celebrate Royal De Luxe's The Giant Journey, which is coming to Limerick the first weekend in September to delight families with 72 hours of free entertainment. 

Today's winner will be there too with their family! Our top prize today is a two-night weekend break for a family of 4 sharing a family room in the luxurious 4 star Limerick Strand Hotel right in the heart of the city. The prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.

Family room at the Limerick Strand Hotel

And nobody leaves empty-handed today as EACH contestant will receive a special goody bag from Easons containing SIX books suitable for 9 to 12 year olds. They are: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Dork Diaries 7 by Rachel Renée Russell, Brilliant by Roddy Doyle, Diamond by Jacqueline Wilson and Gangsta Granny by David Walliams.

They'll each also receive two toys from the following Easonology list: A Cosmic Rocket from the Science Museum Company; The 'Dobble' card game; The Brainbox Ireland trivia game; RushHour which is a traffic jam logic game; a Space Explorer Room Projector and a Land and Sea Telescope.

To find out more about Easonology, click here.

Sister Breda McCarthy

A couple of weeks ago our wildlife expert Richard Collins was here in studio talking about a trip to France he had just returned from. He was mainly visiting sites relating to World Wars One and Two.

And in the town of Béthune, his Guide happened to mention an Irish woman, Sr. Kate McCarthy. Well what happened next is we got a phonecall from another nun. A Sister BREDA McCarthy.

And she said: "Sister Kate McCarthy was my aunt.  And it was only after her death that we learned of her involvement in both World Wars, but particularly World War Two. She helped the French Resistance, was imprisoned, sent to concentration camps – and led a quite extraordinary life but never spoke about it when she got home.”

Well, thankfully, Sister Breda's family did a bit of digging and have pieced together the incredible life-story of Sister Kate McCarthy.

So we sent our man, Richard Collins, off to Abbey House in Rathfarnham to meet Loreto Nun, Sister Breda McCarthy, to find out more about this unbelievable story...

Sr. Breda McCarthy & Dr. Richard Collins 

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.


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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