Mooney, Monday August 25th 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

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Caring For Wild Animals

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We hear about the houses on sale in Sicily for only €1, and Brenda Donohue visits a family in Kerry who celebrated Christmas Day on Saturday, complete with decorations, presents and a turkey dinner!

Sicilian Houses On Sale For €1

Brucia La Terra is an authentic Sicilian ballad from the town of Corleone. You will be familiar with that town from the film, The Godfather - the iconic character Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, was named after the town!

Corleone is not the only birthplace in Sicily of fictional Godfathers. If you drive a little bit further down the road, down through the olive trees, and past the melons and almonds and vines, you get to Prizzi, birthplace of another fictional Godfather, Don Corrado Prizzi.

And you drive a little further down the road, and what do you get?


You come to the municipality of Gangi, which as part of a revitalization project, is selling off properties for €1 each. The catch? The properties are dilapidated and you must renovate them at your own expense within five years.

We decided to find out a little bit more about this story. So we got onto The Times of Sicily ... only to end up talking to Irish woman Bernadette Landy-Lovatt, who lives in a small hilltop town in the south west of the Island of Sicily, called Cianciana! She joins us from the studios of Radio Time Palermo to tell us more about this unusual house-sale scheme!

For more information about the scheme, click here.

Celebrating Christmas In August

"I'm dreaming of a Christmas in August" doesn't quite trip off the tongue, but that is exactly what happened last Saturday in Anascual in Co. Kerry. The Dennehys and the Walshes had a Christmas dinner for family and friends, complete with turkey and ham and crackers and presents and everything that people associate with the festive season.

Last Thursday on the show, Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue visited Brown Thomas in Dublin, where they were preparing to open their Christmas shop.

Yes - a Christmas shop in August. Well you had lots of opinions on that and Miriam Dennehy in Anascaul, Co Kerry, e-mailed the programme to tell us about their Christmas celebrations.

Brenda put on her Rudolf nose and visited the party!

Christmas Dinner at the Walsh household

An early Christmas dinner in Co. Kerry

Brenda pulls a cracker!

Brenda enjoys a sprout in the kitchen

Mooney's Singers In The Shower


The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.

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To enter, all you had to do was make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

We asked you to send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions. 

The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie. 



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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Music Played on the Show

Brucia La Terra

Brucia La Terra

Franc D' Ambrosio


White Christmas

White Christmas

Bing Crosby


We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Dennehy And Walsh Families


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Dennehy And Walsh Families


White Christmas

White Christmas

Dennehy And Walsh Families




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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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