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    Mooney, Friday October 24th 2014


    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    Marine biologist Ken Whelan watches a trout being milked, we find out about the return of the rare vendace fish, learn all about the hunting techniques of Harris Hawks and find out who is the winner of our second Colour My World competition, in association with the Sunday World & Sunway Holidays!


    Milking Trout For Caviar

    A few weeks ago we spoke about caviar on the show. Caviar traditionally comes from the sturgeon fish, and wnd we mostly associate it with Russia. But, did you know that Ireland has its very own caviar? And that it comes from the humble trout?

    Mag and Ger Kirwan

    Yesterday, our resident marine biologist Ken Whelan went to see this caviar being made in a trout farm in Kilkenny. Goatsbridge Trout Farm, near Thomastown, in County Kilkenny, is run by Ger and Mag Kirwan and they inherited the business from Ger's parents.

    It's a rainbow trout farm situated on a tributary of the Nore called the Little Arrigle. The Kirwans decided to add value to their trout by making caviar, which they sell it in artisan shops and on their website.

    PJ McKenna, Ger Kirwan and Ken Whelan

    Ken went along to meet the Kirwans to find more about their trout caviar, and how to milk a trout!

    Mag and Ger Kirwan will be involved in the 'Night Of 1000 Feasts' initiative which is taking place in Kilkenny this Sunday. Other 'feasts' will include:

    An American Tea Party
    Teen Movie & Pizza Feast
    A famine feast (with spud recipes only)
    Béile Blasta (delicious meal)
    A Foraged Feast
    County Colours Dinner

    and many more. The initiative is part of the Savour Kilkenny Festival, which is taking part this weekend, during which the city will be turned into a food lovers' heaven, with a vibrant food village featuring Ireland’s top artisan producers as well as exciting dining events, demonstrations, panel discussions and plenty of family fun. For more information about Savour Kilkenny, visit  

    Also yesterday, appeared on an Irish Internet-TV fishing programme live from Mullingar, called Fish Talk. It's a studio-based show that is streamed live on each Thursday at 7.00pm, and then it is archived on YouTube. Last night was episode two, and Ken was invited on to talk about his favourite fishing book, A Man May Fish, by T.C. Kingsmill Moore:

    Ken is involved in a big lecture that is happening in UCD next week. 'The Buckland Lecture' is a FREE lecture in the George Moore Auditorium in UCD, on Wednesday, October 29th at 5.30pm (tickets are free but must be pre-booked by clicking here).  It is entitled 'Species Without Borders' and is mostly focussing on whether or not our international wildlife organisations are doing a good job.

    The panel includes:

    Frank Convery – Chair (Chief Economist, Environmental Defense Fund, New York and UCD)
    Ken Whelan – (UCD and AST)
    Eamon Ryan – (Leader of the Green Party)
    Éanna Ni Lamhna– (RTÉ, Tree Council of Ireland and An Taisce)
    Liam Lysaght – (Director National Biodiversity Data Centre)
    Ronan Long – (Prof of Law and the Marine - Jean Monnet Chair European Law, NUIG)

    For more information about the lecture, and to apply for a FREE ticket, visit


    Return Of Vendace Fish

    The vendace is Britain’s rarest freshwater fish and a relic of the last ice age. Last month, more than a decade after being declared "locally extinct", two adult fish were found in Bassenthwaite Lake in north-west England.

    Dr. Ian Winfield is an ecologist with a speciality in lake ecosystems with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the United Kingdom. He leads the annual fish survey of this particular lake and he joins this afternoon now from BBC Radio Cumbria...


    Colour My World Competition - Week 2 Winner

    This year, Mooney has teamed up again with the Sunday World for the annual Colour My World Competition. Last week's winner was Robyn Carey from Finglas, for her terrific colouring of a nature scene.

    This week, thousands and thousands of you got your crayons and markers and glitter out, and coloured in a picture of a spooky Hallowe'en scene, hoping to win this week’s great prize. And what a prize we have this week! It's a family holiday to Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Sunway Holidays.

    The winner and their family will stay at the four-star Sonesta ES Suites in Orlando (pictured above). This amazing prize is for two adults and two children to Orlando with Sunway for seven nights, including flights, transfers and accommodation.

    Brenda Donohue has been busy surprising our winner...

    So a huge congratulations to the winner today:

    Jill O'Driscoll, age 11, from Co. Carlow!

    Jill's winning entry 

    Brenda chats to Jill about her winning entry

    And the four runners-up, who each receive an Elf on the Shelf, are:

    Alicia Burke, age 9, from Co. Kerry

    Alicia's entry

    Alex Barry, age 6 and a half, from Co. Waterford

    Alex's entry

    Lourde Fitzpatrick, age 12, from Co. Kildare

    Lourde's entry

    Aideen Hickey, age 11, from Co. Clare

    Aideen's entry


    Harris Hawks

    The 1969 movie Kes, directed by Ken Loach, was set in working class England and it followed the life of a young boy and his pet kestrel. Sadly, the hawk died, but for many people who saw the movie, it stirred a passion for wildlife and especially for birds of prey.

    Sean Dennis

    Many falconers will readily admit that they first took an interest in hawks after watching Kes. One such falconer is Sean Dennis from West Co. Dublin. Last week, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan headed off with Sean, as he took his birds off for their daily flight...


    Terry Flanagan with a hawk

    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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