***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***
The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year. Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards. For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created. We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!! And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.
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 - 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!
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 (www.discoverireland.ie), 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.
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...
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 email@example.com, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
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.