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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday November 22nd 2015


    On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

    We want your starling murmurations!  Ken Whelan tells us why GM salmon has just been classified as safe to eat, Terry Flanagan greets the Whooper swans and Barnacle geese as they make the Mullet Peninsula their destination for another year, and we may not have discovered the secret to eternal life just yet, but how about living until you’re 135?  One of the world’s leading experts on ageing, Professor Rudi Westendorp, tells us it’s realistic and how to do it!


    We Want Your Starling Murmurations!

    Did you know that, right now, hundreds of thousands of starlings are coming together and swirling across the sky in one of nature’s most magnificent spectacles?  And that they do this every year in autumn and winter just before they begin to roost?  In a documentary broadcast in January this year, Richard Collins investigated this truly magical phenomenon in the natural world, known as ‘starling murmurations’...

    For more information about the documentary, click here, and to listen back to the show, click here.

    And in a few weeks time, just after Christmas, on December 27th, we’ll be bringing you a really special programme all about starlings, here on Mooney Goes Wild - and we’d really appreciate your help as we prepare to do this.  So please get in touch with the show, wherever you’re living, and let us know if you happen to see any starling murmurations.  We’d love to know all the places, right across the country, where they’re happening right now, and over the coming weeks.  You can e-mail and one of our reporters may travel to wherever you are to witness this spectacular sight and capture the whole experience as a recording, which we can then enjoy listening to here on the Mooney Goes Wild show on December 27th!

    Starling Murmuration, Lough Ennell, Mullingar

    Starling Murmuration, Lough Ennell, Mullingar


    GM Salmon Safe For Consumption

    For the first time in history, a genetically-modified organism has been deemed fit to eat.  The food in question is salmon - so we asked our resident marine biologist, Dr. Ken Whelan, to come in and explain how significant a step this is...

    For more information on this story, visit RTÉ News.


    Winter Visitors To Mayo

    Many of us become saddened when we see our summer visitors leaving us every August and September.  We miss the majestic flight of the swallows, the beauty of the terns, and the call of the cuckoo and the corncrake.  But this is replaced by the arrival of our winter visitors.  Those of us on the east coast head off to places like the Bull Island to see the Brent geese, the curlews and all the other waders that arrive here to overwinter.

    Barnacle Goose

    Well, the west coast has equally important sites.  The Mullet peninsula in north west Mayo is a nationally important site for wintering waterfowl, especially for Whooper swans and Barnacle geese.  Recently, our reporter Terry Flanagan headed to the west to meet up with Dave Suddaby, Conservation Officer at BirdWatch Ireland, to see the first of these winter arrivals...


    Growing Older Without Feeling Old

    Has the first person who’ll live to be 1,000 already been born?  It sounds incredibly futuristic, like some kind of science fiction fantasy, but when it comes to the human species, have we already seen the birth of the first ‘millenarian’ and could they remain in good health for much of their lives?  One of the world’s leading experts on ageing is Professor Rudi Westendorp, of the University of Copenhagen, whose book Growing Older Without Feeling Old has recently been published, and Rudi joins us from the BBC Western House studios in London…

    Growing Older Without Feeling Old - Rudi Westerdorp

    Growing Older Without Feeling Old is published by Scribe.  The ISBN is 9781925228137 and the RRP is £14.99.  For more information about the book, click here.

    Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

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


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