The Pat Ex Pat Factor



Derek Mooney and Brenda Donohue

USTom writes:

I am listening to The Derek Mooney show [RTÉ Radio One] on t’internet from abroad. For the last two days they have been running a competition to send a relative or friend who has emigrated back to Ireland for Christmas. The competition launched yesterday with a selection of songs which included the word ‘home’ accompanied by the host pretending he was an emigrant and faux crying along with laughter from the co-host [Brenda Donohue].
This afternoon (my morning) they played voice mail messages from people wishing to enter. People left their sad messages.  The most heartbreaking story  – and all their are stories are heartbreaking – will win the prize. How badly do you miss a loved one? Yeah, prove it…
This is Hunger Games style stuff and crass beyond measure or satire….


(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

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43 thoughts on “The Pat Ex Pat Factor

  1. rotide

    It’s a disgrace Joe!

    Next thing you know they’ll have a singing competition and they’ll be telling sob stories to get votes!

  2. andyourpointiswhatexactly

    Hunger Games style stuff? He’s making them enter a death-match and the last one alive wins?
    This I have to listen to.

    1. pedeyw

      And the runner up families get to save on Christmas presents and the extra serving of christmas dinner. So everyone wins, really.

  3. Chris

    This disgusts me. Like some kind of reverse deportation order, bringing some poor unfortunate back here. There is of course some mild brainwashing involved, a lot of émigrés ‘think’ they wish to return but that all comes crashing down when the reality kicks in once your back in the bog with Mammy’s bunions and Da’s drinking and your halfwit brother sniffing around your wife. RTE used to be respectable and give away holidays at Christmas, not provide marching orders to those who’ve found a semblance of a better life abroad, shame on all involved.

      1. will-billy

        are there no rocks nearby that you could crawl under? your idiotic commentary makes me wanna puke

    1. Janet

      I happen to like drinking with me Da while we slag off Mammies hard earned bunions and I fend off your rather sweet but enthusiastic brother …It’s what makes Christmas dude ! Where the love ?

  4. pmc

    Wouldn’t you be sick if you were looking forward to a nice Christmas on the beach in Australia in the sun surrounded by hot men in speedos. And then you get a phone call from Mooney….

  5. Kieran NYC

    Irish radio survives on misery porn.

    Ray D’Arcy alone has at least one sob story every day about dead kids, dying kids, ‘the internet is bullying me kids!’ cancer, running-for-this-disease, when-did-you-first-learn-you-had-that-disease, etc etc. Awful grim stuff. With a good aul cry at the end.

    This exploitative stuff is nothing new.

      1. Kieran NYC

        I check in on it a lot to keep up with what’s happening back home. I last a few days before the cringe level gets too high.

        You’d think that after 15 years on the same station doing the same thing, he’d be getting decent at it by now.

        “Stop, stop… Eject… Ahhhhh yeah. Why isn’t that working? No wait, that’s not… Ehhhh… Back after the break we’ll have Hozier yet again and then Andrew who is cycling for poor dead Lisa, I mean Rachel who has cancer.”

  6. Bacchus

    to answer the original question (well it was nearly a question) yes The mooney Show is crass beyond belief everyday. There is no good reason for this man to be on radio or TV. None.

    1. will-billy

      brenda is even worse. these superannuated pair of twits have jobs for life in that cesspit of inadequacy it seems

      1. Lilly

        Marie Louise O’Donnell, who reports for Sean O’Rourke, annoys me, so overblown – but O’Rourke is constantly reading out texts from listeners who love her. Takes all sorts I suppose.

        I couldn’t listen to Mooney for 10 seconds.

  7. Frilly Keane, Anyone?

    Here. Is that Brenda wan giving us the finger?

    Not surprised. They’ re doing nothing but taking the piss out of all of us. Its the worst on offer in that time slot. And Mooney put it there himself with his buddies never off the roster. . Yer wan Lisa (who I never heard of might be TV3 host) talking about her dieting Louis Walsh and her kids. That lad thats always getting married to Sammy Sausages….Nuff said. No need to get to into EuroSong

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