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    Mooney, Friday October 17th 2014



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

    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    How is the Irish bat population doing, and what are the prospects for Irish bats in the 21st century? Terry Flanagan looks at what's on offer during this week's MATHS week. And we look forward to a unique exhibition this weekend at Malahide Castle - a comprehensive exhibition of Ireland's mushrooms!


    Irish Bats In The 21st Century

    Hallowe'en is on Friday week and the shops are already stuffed with skeletons and skulls, hanging zombies and moving mummies, broomsticks, pumpkins, witches hats and "creatures of the night". Ugly, evil, frightening creatures like bats! The poor old bat has had a bad press and Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula must take his fair share of the blame. He did, after all, write about vampires being transformed into little blood sucking bats.

    There's much we don't know about bats, but one thing is for sure: their value to our environment is under-rated. Ecologist Dr Niamh Roche, from Bat Conservation Ireland, is co-author of a new book, Irish Bats In The 21st Century, and she joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us about the book and the bat!


    Mushroom Exhibition At Malahide Castle

    Is the kingdom of the fungi the least appreciated in the world? Richard Collins certainly thinks so! So he was intrigued to learn that an exhibition of fungi will be held in Malahide Castle this Sunday and Monday. 

    People can learn to identify edible mushrooms, and how to cook them. 

    Mycologist Maria Cullen (above) took Richard on a mushroom foraging outing at Cruagh Wood in the Dublin Mountains yesterday...

    Calocera viscosa (Yellow stagshorn) - Not edible

    Richard and Maria spent a long time up in Cruagh looking at mushrooms, lichens and fungi. We will come back and broadcast some more of what was a masterclass in mycology another time.

    Marasmius androsaceus (Horse-hair mushroom) - not worthwhile eating

    But in the meantime, if you are interested in learning more, An Taisce is hosting a field trip TOMORROW morning at Cruagh Woods off the Old Military Road in the Dublin Mountains from 11am - 1pm.

    Mycena olivaceomarginata (Brownedge Bonnet) - not worthwhile eating

    And in Malahide Castle, Project Room on Sunday, October 19th and Monday, October 20th, from 10am until 4pm, there will be a mushroom exhibition. There you can meet Maria Cullen and other experts and learn more about how to collect, cook and enjoy wild, edible, Irish mushrooms in safety!


    There will be a large, colourful range of wild seasonal fungi and lichens from sites across Ireland for people of all ages to interact with and learn about, with Botanist Howard Fox (National Botanic Gardens) and Maria Cullen (Mycologist). Try making your own basket from Irish Willow. Bring along mushrooms for identification if you wish. Top chefs Louis Smith (co-author of “Forest Fungi in Ireland” and lecturer at GMIT) and Patrick McLarnon (Brooks Hotel) will share their love and interest for picking wild mushrooms and their passion for cooking and eating them too! Meet food health advisors from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and staff from the National Poisons Information Centre of Ireland, Beaumont Hospital.

    Lichenomphalia umbellifera (the mushroom producing lichen!)

    Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca (False Chanterelle) - Inedible to poisonous

    Cortinarius section Dermocybe cf. crocus - (Saffron web cap) Suspect so avoid


    Colour My World Competition - Week 1 Winner

    This year, Mooney has teamed up again with the Sunday World for the annual Colour My World Competition. Last Sunday thousands and thousands of you got your crayons and markers and glitter out, and coloured in a picture of a nature scene, in the hope of winning this week's great prize - a four-star family holiday to Turkey, courtesy of Sunway Holidays.

    So this morning, Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue met up with the Sunday World's Jenny Lambert at Finglas Parochial School, to give the good news to this week's winner...

    So a huge congratulations to the winner today: 

    Robyn Carey, age 10, from Finglas West!

    Robyn's winning entry!

    Brenda congratulates Robyn

    Robyn with her family

    Prize details

    This great prize is for two adults and two children for seven nights staying in a 4* Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis including flights, transfers and accommodation. Visit for all our latest travel offers.

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

    Max Shepard, age 7, from Co. Tipperary:

    Max's entry

    Sophie Alice McBrearty, age 5, from Co. Donegal

    Sophie's entry

    Aidan Carty, age 7, from Co. Galway

    Aidan's entry

    Alex Louise Dowling, age 6, from Co. Kildare

    Alex Louise's entry

    And the competition continues THIS Sunday!

    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.


    National Maths Week

    This week is National Maths Week. National Maths Week is a week where by those interested, who have a love of maths, try to pass it onto others! Lots of events have been taking place throughout the week. Already over 200,000 students throughout the country have signed up.

    And to celebrate, our Terry Flanagan has a little teaser for you!

    Take a number between 1 and 10.
    Add 4.
    Add 3.
    Add 2.
    Subtract your original number.

    What answer did you get? Try picking another number between 1 and 10, and repeat the process. What answer did you get? Do you know why you got that answer?

    Last Saturday a number of mathematicians ran an event entitled "Maths In The City" and Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan met up with them, and spoke first to maths lecturer Andrew Jeffrey...

    The week is co-ordinated by over fifty groups (universities, Institutes of Technology, colleges, museums, libraries, visitor centres etc...). For more information, visit

    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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