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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 29th 2015


    Mooney Goes Wild

    Derek Mooney and guests explore the natural world in all its forms.

    On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

    It's been an emotional few weeks for the I'm A Celebrity personalities, living amongst all those jungle critters - but what is it about insects that makes us fear and loathe them? Prof. Jeff Lockwood is an entomologist who himself developed a fear of insects, and he tells Eanna ni Lamhna just why those bugs can bring us out in a cold sweat.  Terry Flanagan reports on why the nectar of the rhododendron is toxic to some Irish bees.  And author Niall Mac Coitir joins BirdWatch Ireland's Niall Hatch to talk us though some of the myths and folklore surrounding our Irish birds...

    An Entomologist's Entomophobia [Or Why We Fear Insects]

    Well if you’ve been watching I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here over the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that in spite of all the friction and fights, there’s been one thing that’s united the campmates down in the Aussie jungle… their collective fear and loathing of the cockroaches and crickets, spiders and locusts, wriggly worms and witchetty grubs.  Entomophobia is the fear of insects, and our celebs have it in spades - but they're not the only ones!

    Ferne McCann deals with her fear of critters

    So why are so many people afraid of bugs?  What makes sensible men and women quiver when they encounter something several thousand times smaller than themselves?  Well someone who might be able to give us an insight is Professor Jeffrey Lockwood (pictured left).  He’s a Professor at the University of Wyoming in the US, and the author of a book called The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects.  It’s a subject he’s more than qualified to talk about – he’s an entomologist, or insect expert – who had a fear of insects himself!  Recently, he spoke to our own entomologist, Eanna ni Lamhna, from the studios of KUWR in Laramie, Wyoming…

    The Infested Mind - Jeffrey Lockwood

    The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe, and Love Insects was published by Oxford University Press in 2013; the RRP is £16.99 and the ISBN is 9780199930197.  For more information about the book, click here.

    Bees & Rhododendron Bushes

    Botanists from Trinity College Dublin's School of Natural Sciences have discovered that the nectar from a common, non-native plant, is toxic to some Irish bees. The plant in question is rhododendron and the bee species include native honeybees and bumblebees.

    Rhododendron Bush

    This major study was led by Prof. Jane Stout from Trinity, along with UK collaborators at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the University of Greenwich, Royal Holloway, University of London [RHBNC] and Newcastle University.

    The research involved feeding rhododendron nectar to the different bee species and monitoring their behaviour afterwards.  So how did the bees fare? During the week our reporter, Terry Flanagan, met with Jane in the aptly named “Bee Room” in Trinity College to find out more...  For further information on this, click here.

    Ireland’s Birds: Myths, Legends and Folklore

    From the children of Lir to the tradition of the wren boys, so much of our folklore and mythological history involves nature, and especially birds.  Our feathered friends were believed to predict the weather, warn of imminent danger and were used to decide when crops should be planted.  Did you know for example that in Waterford, a robin would hide in a bush if a storm was approaching, or that in Mayo, to dream about hens was said to be lucky?!  Now many of these stories and superstitions about our birds have been researched and written about in a new book called Ireland’s Birds: Myths, Legends and Folklore.  It’s by Neil Mac Coitir, and he joins us in studio to tell us more about it, as does Niall Hatch, from BirdWatch Ireland

    Ireland's Birds

    Ireland's Birds: Myths, Legends And Folklore, by Niall Mac Coitir, is recently published by The Collins Press.  The ISBN is 9781848892477 and the RRP is €24.99.  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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