Mooney, Monday July 28th 2014

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail mooney@rte.ie.

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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.

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh and Stephen Faloon mix with high society as they visit the thoroughly English experience that is Glyndebourne Opera Festival, we meet the rock band whose members have an average age of 11, and we're looking for three players for our Monday Quiz!

The Glyndebourne Experience

Who could forget that wonderful sequance in Pretty Woman when the Julia Roberts character Vivian is brought to the opera by Richard Gere's Edward. The pair enjoy Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata - and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has had just her first taste of that opera.

The gardens of Glyndebourne

Bláthnaid talking to Vicky Kington, Media Manager at Glyndebourne

Bláthnaid has just been over to East Sussex to experience the music, the mood and the picnics, and the dressing up that make the Glyndebourne operatic experience so special!

A portrait of opera singer Audrey Mildmay, the co-founder of the Glyndebourne Festival

Bláthnaid talking to Laura from the Glyndebourne Press Office

For more information, visit www.glyndebourne.com.

The Glyndebourne's touring production of La Traviata will come to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this December for three nights only: Wednesday, December 3rd, Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th. Tickets range from €35 to €125. For more information, click here.

Age, The Young Rock Band

From opera to rock'n'roll ... from a bunch of crazy young whippersnappers! And when we say young, we mean young - *very* young!

Shay is joined in studio by the appropriately named Age, a band from Ratoath in Co Meath whose average age is only 12 and a half. They are singer Jaime Orr (13), guitarist Luke McDonagh (13), bass player Dante Macari (11) and drummer Jarlath Byrne (9). They join us for a chat, and to perform a couple of songs, Ambush and My Generation.

For more information about Age, visit their Facebook page.

Mooney's Monday Quiz

It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Monday Quiz! And we have a great prize up for grabs today...

It's a two-night weekend break in the 4-star County Arms Hotel in Birr, County Offaly, in a family room for a family of up to two adults and two children. The prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of our winner's choice.

Also included is complimentary access to the hotel's Springs Leisure Club, with its swimming pool, childrens pool and gym AND a family pass to visit Birr Castle Gardens, where Mooney Goes Wild was broadcast from last Friday.

THE QUESTIONS:

Player One

1: If you leave Ireland with 'L.A.X.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading?
2: In which musical do the Pink Ladies and T Birds appear?
3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'They're Grrrreat!'?
4: Americans call them 'faucets', what do we call them?
5: What 'A' is a mountain range running down the west coast of South America?
6: What is the fastest land mammal on earth?
7: All children except one, grow up is the first line of which book?
8: Dermatology is concerned with the study of what part of the body?
9: Who is Kate Hudson's famous actress mother?
10: In which allegorical novel do pigs Napoleon and Snowball take over power on their farm?

Player Two

1: If you leave Ireland with 'S.F.O.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading?
2: What was Superman's real name?
3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'Snap, Crackle and Pop'?
4: The Australian geological feature 'Uluru' is also known as what?
5: Americans call it 'cotton candy', what do we call it?
6: What 'N' is the centre of an atom?
7: Marley was dead, to begin with is the first line of which book?
8: According to the Bible, what was Jesus trade?

Player Three

1: If you leave Ireland with 'J.F.K.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading?
2: What 'K' was the planet where Superman was born?
3: Which fizzy drink's slogan was 'The Totally Tropical Taste'?
4: What is the Earth’s biggest ocean?
5: Americans might give their babies a 'pacifier' – what do we call it?
6: What 'S' is a scientist who studies earthquakes?
7: "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home" is the first line of what book?
8: This saint is the patron saint of animals, ecologists and Italy – who is he?
9: Who, according to their theme tune, were 'the modern Stone-age family'?
10: What is the name of Mickey Mouse's dog?

THE ANSWERS:

Player One

1: If you leave Ireland with 'L.A.X.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? Los Angeles
2: In which musical do the Pink Ladies and T Birds appear? Grease
3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'They're Grrrreat!'? Frosties
4: Americans call them 'faucets', what do we call them? Taps
5: What 'A' is a mountain range running down the west coast of South America? Andes
6: What is the fastest land mammal on earth? Cheetah
7: All children except one, grow up is the first line of which book? Peter Pan
8: Dermatology is concerned with the study of what part of the body? Skin
9: Who is Kate Hudson's famous actress mother? Goldie Hawn
10: In which allegorical novel do pigs Napoleon and Snowball take over power on their farm? Animal Farm

Player Two

1: If you leave Ireland with 'S.F.O.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? San Francisco
2: What was Superman's real name? Clark Kent
3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'Snap, Crackle and Pop'? Rice Krispies
4: The Australian geological feature 'Uluru' is also known as what? Ayres Rock
5: Americans call it 'cotton candy', what do we call it? Candyfloss
6: What 'N' is the centre of an atom? Nucleus
7: Marley was dead, to begin with is the first line of which book? A Christmas Carol
8: According to the Bible, what was Jesus' trade? Carpenter

Player Three

1: If you leave Ireland with 'J.F.K.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? New York
2: What 'K' was the planet where Superman was born? Krypton
3: Which fizzy drink's slogan was 'The Totally Tropical Taste'? Lilt
4: What is the Earth’s biggest ocean? Pacific
5: Americans might give their babies a 'pacifier' – what do we call it? Dummy / soother / dody
6: What 'S' is a scientist who studies earthquakes? Seismologist
7: "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home" is the first line of what book? The Wind In The Willows
8: This saint is the patron saint of animals, ecologists and Italy – who is he? St. Francis of Assisi
9: Who, according to their theme tune, were 'the modern Stone-age family'? The Flintstones
10: What is the name of Mickey Mouse's dog? Pluto

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 mooney@rte.ie, 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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