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'Thank you for listening' - it's goodbye from RTE's Derek Mooney


Derek Mooney

Derek Mooney

brenda o'donoghue

brenda o'donoghue


Derek Mooney

rTe presenter Derek Mooney bid an emotional farewell to his listeners as he prepared to hang up his headphones at his RTE afternoon radio show.

The wildlife presenter thanked his loyal listeners for their support throughout his time on the airwaves.

Mooney (47) will be leaving his position to take up a new role as 'wildlife executive' across RTE television and radio programmes.

For his penultimate broadcast yesterday, the host gave a heartfelt farewell to his audience and thanked the team for their hard work and dedication over the last eight years.

"Thank you to you for listening for all those years for making it such a strong programme," he said.

He also tipped his hat to co-presenter Brenda Donoghue (pictured) for her companionship. "I've loved working with you," Donoghue replied.

"My favourite part of my working day was sitting down and talking to you at 3pm.

"I hate to admit it, but I've learned so much watching you."

Mooney responded with a cheeky comment.

"You'll have to spend time with your husband now," he said.


It was announced earlier this month that GAA pundit Marty Morrissey will take over Mooney's afternoon slot while the station awaits the return of Ray D'Arcy on February 2.

D'Arcy is leaving his spot on Today FM after 14 years to return to RTE where he will take the 3pm to 4.30pm slot.

He will also will have some projects on RTE television in the new year.

This afternoon Mooney will have an extra-special guest on his programme for his very last show.

Santa will be on the line live from the North Pole between 2pm and 3.30pm and Mooney has invited a number of children from around Ireland to speak directly with the jolly man.

Mooney has been presenting his afternoon show since 1995.

It was originally entitled Mooney Goes Wild, but the titled changed to simply Mooney in 2006.