RADIO and TV personality Derek Mooney tells how scared he is for his voice and his radio career amid the recent Covid-19 outbreak.
ildlife expert Mooney, who teamed up with weatherwoman Nuala Carey on RTE’s new TV series, The Summer Show, has signed on for a second time.
“I was a little scared because this time my voice was funny and it was like I was talking underwater,” Derek told Sunday World.
“Obviously as a broadcaster it was a concern because I thought, ‘I don’t have much else.’ I heard a woman on the radio say, ‘Forgive my voice, I’ve been hearing Covid for a long time,’ and she sounded the way I did.
“Fortunately, my mine was cleared after about a week. However, I still have sinusitis, intermittently.
“I’m fully vaccinated and the first time I got the virus it was fine, but this time it was a little harder.”
The award-winning broadcaster says he’s never been busier than working full-time on the radio show Mooney Goes Wild, plus his work on Lyric FM – he’s taken over from Marty Whelan this week – and on The Today Show, where he’s been on Dáithi O Sé a few times.
“I still love doing radio and TV, that’s what I was born to do,” Derek said. “I’ve never lost my passion for it.”
His new TV series, The Summer Show, where he teamed up with Nuala Carey, sees the pair taking trips around Ireland’s pilgrimage trails.
On Sunday, Derek and Nuala walked the Saint Kevin Way from Hollywood village in Co Wicklow through the mountains and down to Glendalough.
Each hour-long episode also features various celebrities and presenters participating to highlight other aspects of Ireland’s rich culture, history, way of life, as well as the landscape and wildlife. our unique wild.
Sunday’s performance featured country music star Nathan Carter, who walked the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in Co Fermanagh.
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“There are a lot of people from different worlds and backgrounds doing different reports on the show,” Derek said. “I remember Brendan O’Carroll talking about Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie when it was revealed it was a love letter to Dublin and I thought the show was like a love letter to Ireland.
“What we are doing is highlighting pilgrimage routes as an alternative to the Camino. It’s not a big sell for a ‘staycation’, but I think when people see them and they see how beautiful they are, they’ll be tempted, “why would you go Camino when you can do it? that at home?”
“Anyone who has been on the Camino has told me that there are parts of it that are always packed, while the pilgrimage trails here in Ireland are not like ours is unexplored at all.”
Derek tells how he has a great working relationship with the weather and host of the Nuala National Lottery on The Summer Show.
“Nuala is an absolute pleasure to work with,” he tells me, adding with a smile. “I can’t find anything bad to say about her. I’ve searched and I simply can’t find anything.”
Mooney revealed that during one of the shows, Nuala would take to the sky in a hot air balloon from Trim castle in Co Meath.
Derek said: “Clearly Ireland has a long history associated with hot air balloons. “The world’s first hot air balloon encounter took place in Ireland.”
Basically, Mooney herself will spend a day with the nuns in St Mary’s Abbey in Glencairn just outside Lismore, Co Waterford, which is the only Cistercian convent for women in Ireland.
They pursue a life of prayer and community, solitude and simplicity, work and hospitality.
“They are very self-sufficient,” Derek said. “They grow their own vegetables, they host Communion, they distribute them to churches all over Ireland. They also make greeting, anniversary and mass cards, which they sell to support themselves. “It’s probably not the worst life in the world in terms of stress levels.
“I can really see the benefits of it. The only thing that doesn’t appeal to me is waking up early in the morning and praying… that would bring me down. “
Mooney says The Summer Show will be a great form of escapism and some relief for viewers in the coming weeks.
“It would be a perfect escape from all the bad news out there at the moment,” he added.
– THE Summer Show on RTE One at 18:30 p.m. Sunday.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/rte-star-derek-mooney-says-he-panicked-about-his-job-after-covid-affected-his-voice-41832811.html RTÉ star Derek Mooney says he’s ‘panic’ about his job after Covid affected his voice