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    Mooney, Monday October 20th 2014



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney today...

    What do the stars hold for you?  Should you take that job offer?  Is there new love on the horizon?  Astrologer Fergus Gibson is in studio to share what is in the stars. Mooney’s Monday Quiz gives you the chance to show off your general knowledge and win a weekend away. And we hear the efforts from the finalists in our rapping competition – all rapping about mattresses!!


    Bono's Glaucoma Revelation

    If you were watching The Graham Norton Show on Friday Night, you will have seen Bono reveal why he wears sunglasses all the time - and if you didn't see the show, have a look at this clip:

    Now they all are having a bit of a laugh there – but did Graham perhaps misjudge the situation, and was Bono actually much more upset about the condition?

    Glaucoma is a serious condition that affects many people, and earlier today Professor Michael O'Keeffe, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital in Dublin, told us a bit more about the condition...

    For further information about glaucoma, click here.


    Astrology With Fergus Gibson

    Nothing can change the way we've chosen to live
    And no one can tell us when to take or to give
    It's we, not the stars above, who write our horoscopes

    So sang Sheeba in their 1981 Eurovision entry, Horoscopes. Fergus Gibson, however, may beg to differ. As one of Ireland's best-known astrologers, he firmly believes that everything is written in the stars. He joins Derek in studio this afternoon to explain why...

    And if you have any questions for Fergus you’d like answered about what your future might hold, you can text us on 51551 or e-mail us on - and please include your star sign!

    You can find Fergus at Stand 15, at the forthcoming Mind, Body & Spirit expo in the RDS in Dublin, from October 25th - 27th. For more information, click here.


    Mattress Mick's Got A Mattress For A Mooney Listener!

    Now you've heard of Pistol Pete (a former tennis player), Tricky Dicky (late politician, Richard Nixon), Desperate Dan (a cartoon character), D4 Dave (former colleague of ours) -  but who’s heard of Mattress Mick? He does exist. And yes, he sells mattresses... and his name is Mick.

    Dubliners in particular will know Mattress Mick because he has two stores in the Capital – one in Coolock and one in Pearse Street. And even if you have never visited the stores you've probably seen the massive billboards all around this fair city advertising his wares! 

    But what does he look like? What would happen if you combined John McCririck, Noddy Holder and Richie Kavanagh?

    Mattress Mick isn’t shy when it comes to self promotion! He's even got a promotional video! Maybe he should be Megastar Mick? 

    The video has already had over 30,000 hits and it’s only been online since Monday - and last Thursday, Mattress Mick joined us in studio to tell us all about it! He also invited listeners to send in their best mattress rap in order to win a fabulous Kennedy Divan Bed!


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz! And we have a great prize up for grabs today:

    It's a two-night break for two adults and two children sharing a family room in the Waterford Marina Hotel. Our winner can use it anytime during the school midterm break next week, from October 27th to October 31st.  It includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of our winner's choice.

    AND included in the prize are four passes to the 'House of Horrors' in Waterford's 'Forum' venue. You can either choose to use them at a 'no scare' afternoon tour or a 'scary' evening tour. Your choice!

    Runners-up today will get a copy of a photographic book we discussed on the show a couple of weeks ago: Doorstep Wilderness: A Wilder Side Of Dublin by Paul Hughes.

    They’ll ALSO get an Elf on the Shelf toy who sits in your home and magically reports back to Santa on whether the boys and girls have been naughty or nice.

    AND because the Road Safety Authority sent us in a big box of bicycle lights to keep you safe when you’re out cycling on these darker nights – you’ll also receive some of them!

    Sunday World Colouring Competition Is Back!

    It’s back!! The world's biggest colouring competition has returned for its ninth year. Mooney has teamed up the Sunday World and Sunway Holidays, Ireland’s largest 100% Irish-owned Tour Operator, to offer you the chance to win one of three family holidays for four people.

    So kids, how would you like to treat your family to a fantastic fun-filled holiday? Then show off your artistic skills and get colouring the fabulous Sunday World and Mooney 'Colour My World' poster free inside this week's Sunday World.

    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

    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 final will take place this Bank Holiday Monday, October 27th, and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert!

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    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


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