Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney, Wednesday October 1st 2014



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

    On Mooney today...

    We speak to the city councillor who thinks Dublin needs to change its motto. We meet Marian O'Gorman, CEO of the Kilkenny Group, and vet Andrew Byrne addresses a tricky issue - who gets the family pet when couples separate?

    Win Tickets To See Lionel Richie!

    1968 was a turbulent year across the world, and events in the United States were no exception. Student protests across the USA became tragically violent. And the civil rights movement was still a battle which consumed the lives of many black Americans.

    But as often happens in times of upheaval, the artistic community responded with its own revolution. And this conflicted era produced some of the greatest music in popular music history.

    The Beatles produced their White album, Electric Ladyland came from Jimi Hendrix and on black America's most popular TV music show, Soul Train, The Commodores band started to bring together the sounds of soul, funk, disco and psychedelic groove: 

    The Commodores soon came to be known as "Lionel Richie and the Commodores", as their talented lead singer excelled as a dancer, performer, vocalist and songwriter. Music just flowed out of Lionel Richie. To him, it all seemed to come so easy. 

    In 1982, Lionel Ritchie decided to go it alone, and his solo career produced some of the most memorable singles of the time. With combined album sales of over 100 million, Lionel Richie is now one of the great legends of popular music.

    On June 20th this year, he turned 65. But it's fair to say, there is no chance of him settling down to a life of slippers, cardigans and availing of his free bus pass!

    In fact he has announced that he is coming to play the 3 Arena in Dublin and the Odyssey Arena in Belfast next March! You may have heard him on the John Murray Show yesterday talking about it. Tickets don't go on sale till tomorrow at 9am, but we've been able to pull a few strings to get two tickets TODAY to go along to the Dublin show on March 11th.

    We've also been able to get an overnight stay for two in the luxurious Gibson Hotel next door on that very night.

    And how can you win this amazing prize?

    Simple. Stand up straight. Clear your throat. And start practising a few bars of your favourite Lionel Richie song. Maybe you're a romantic and you like Endless Love, maybe a bit of Stuck On You

    What about Say You, Say Me or Penny Lover? The choice is yours!

    Text us your name and phone number to 51551 or e-mail We'll call back some lucky Lionel fans and have you sing over the phone to try to win the tickets and the hotel stay! For more on Lionel Richie, visit

    Marian O'Gorman, Kilkenny Group CEO & The Entrepreneurs

    Marian O'Gorman is a woman who’s blazed a trail to the top. She's the CEO of the Kilkenny Group, and is one of Ireland's most successful entrepreneurs - but as we heard on The Entrepreneurs last Monday, she's not afraid to admit that she's had to face personal fears and overcome adversity.

    The Entrepreneurs is a new TV series which started on RTÉ1 last Monday night, and Marian joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us more about it...

    For more information about The Entrepreneurs, visit The second episode in the four-part series will air next Monday on RTÉ One at 8.30pm - to watch the first episode back on the RTÉ Player, click here.

    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 date for the final will be announced shortly 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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    Music Played on the Show

    • 15:12
      Title: Tell Me It's Not True
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Rebecca Storm
      Performer(s): Rebecca Storm
      Album: Celtic 'n' Broadway
      Duration: 4:28
    • 15:17
      Title: Believe In Me (United Kingdom)
      Performer(s): Bonnie Tyler
      Performer(s): Bonnie Tyler
      Duration: 3:13
    • 15:31
      Title: The Spinning Wheel
      Performer(s): Foster & Allen
      Performer(s): Foster & Allen
      Album: Shades of Ireland
      Duration: 3:19

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