Mooney, Tuesday August 26th 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

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...

On Mooney today...

We chat about the Rose Of Tralee contest, hear how estate agents, car dealers and other businesses cope with "tyrekickers" - browsers who have little intention of buying, and find out about plans to have more €5 notes in ATM machines...



Do you know what a tyre kicker is? If you said it's someone who goes into a shop just to have a look around but has absolutely no intention of buying anything, you'd be right! In fact defines a tyre kicker as: "Someone who is indecisive about purchasing a product or service, and never feels satisfied with what they are offered".

The website goes on to say: "The term comes from sales people at car dealerships. Tyre kickers would come around frequently, kick the tyres a few times on the cars that they liked, but never make a solid purchasing decision on any particular car or trim".

Pat O'Mahony heads out to chat to car dealers and estate agents who know a thing or two about tyrekickers, and from the Radio Kerry studio by well-known publican Billy Keane, who says that he's been irritated by tyrekickers...

June Rodgers At Tallafest

Last week, June Rodgers told us about performing at Tallafast ... if you missed her, here she is in all her glory!


The Rose Of Tralee

The Rose Of Tralee

Last Tuesday, Philadelphia Rose Maria Walsh was crowned Rose Of Tralee 2014, and a couple of days ago, Maria confirmed that she is gay - the first openly-gay Rose in the history of the competition. So are these changing times for the iconic contest? Will we ever see a female escort, or a male rose? Derek debates the competition with Brenda...

Moving Towards A Cashless Society

Moving Towards A Cashless Society

"That clinking clanking sound sure can make the world go around" ... but what will happen if the coins in your pocket disappear? Will the world stop spinning? That’s not part of the plan! And there is a financial plan for our future, called the National Payments Plan.

The National Payments Plan is a Government initiative which aims to save the country €1bn a year by encouraging us to switch from cash and cheques to electronic payment systems such as debit cards and e-payments.

Ronnie O’Toole is Programme Manager of the National Payments Plan, and he joins us in studio to explain more...

For more information about the National Payments Plan, click here.

Mooney's Singers In The Shower


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

TileStyle is a one stop shop, offering a vast selection of high quality Bathrooms, Tiles, Stone, Wood Flooring and Paint. TileStyle is open 7 days a week and is conveniently located just off the M50 at Exit10. Their highly trained team is available to offer any advice or assistance you might need. Meet them here or drop into the stunning showroom. To find out more visit

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.

Hedgerows: 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.


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

Music Played on the Show

My Favourite Waste Of Time

My Favourite Waste Of Time

Owen Paul


Time Is On My Side

Time Is On My Side

The Rolling Stones


Don't Waste My Time

Don't Waste My Time

Paul Hardcastle Feat. Carol Kenyan


Money Makes The World Go Round

Money Makes The World Go Round

Liza Minnelli And Joel Grey




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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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