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Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

There are plenty more nature events taking place all around the country, organised by a variety of different groups.  If you have an event that you'd like to let our listeners know about, please get in contact - e-mail mooney@rte.ie!  And from March Of The Penguins to Finding Dory, many classic movies feature wildlife and animals; below are just some such movies on release or coming soon...


Sunday, January 7th 2018: DUBLIN SOUTH

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to West Pier, Dún Laoghaire, for winter visitors. Meet by Windsurfers pier carpark at 10.30am.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Dublin Bay: nature and history, by Richard Nairn, based on his new book. Signed copies will be available on the night. Glenview Hotel, 8.00pm.

Thursday, January 11th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on History, habitats and birds of North Bull Island, Dublin, by Tom Cooney. Townhouse Hotel, 8.00pm.

Thursday, January 11th 2018: WESTMEATH

BirdWatch Ireland - Guest speaker. Bloomfield House Hotel, 8.00pm.

Saturday, January 13th 2018: KILDARE

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to North Bull Island. Meet on the causeway, as usual. (Exact time will depend on tides and be included in branch mail later.)

Saturday, January 13th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Ross Castle, Killarney, to look for waterbirds on Ross Lake and Chiffchaff and Siberian Chiffchaff in the woods. Meet in Ross Castle car park at 10.00am. Leader: Davey Farrar.

Saturday, January 13th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - I-WeBS count. Meet at Cartron car park at 10.00am for Drumcliffe Bay & Sligo Harbour count.

Sunday, January 14th 2018: CAVAN

BirdWatch Ireland - visit to Lough Oughter lakes complex (to make I-WeBS bird counts). Meet at Drumlane Abbey car park at 10.00am.

Sunday, January 14th 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - I-WeBS count. Meet at Silver Falls, Ballisodare, at 10.00am.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on A birding trip to North Peru, by Paul Hadland & Anne Dale. The Warren Suite, Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, 7.30pm.

Wednesday, January 17th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Northern Greece: an underwatched birders' paradise, by Philip Clancy (Tolka Branch). Botanic Gardens Auditorium, 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm, car park open).

Wednesday, January 17th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - Bird names, tunes and traditional music, by Tom Lynch. A novel presentation to start the New Year. Bring your spoons and bones. Limerick Institute of Technology, 7.45pm.

Thursday, January 18th 2018: ROSCOMMON

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on The return of White-tailed Eagles, by Bob Foyle. Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon, 8.00pm.

Friday, January 19th 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Rockabill terns, by Brian Burke (BirdWatch Ireland). Tinryland Parish Hall, 8.00pm.

Saturday, January 20th 2018: DONEGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to the Dunfanaghy area. Meet at the Market Square, Dunfanaghy, at 10.00am.

Saturday, January 20th 2018: DUBLIN - TOLKA

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to West Pier, Dún Laoghaire. Meet Botanic Gardens, 9.30am, or base of pier, 10.00am. Call Dermot if you need a lift.

Saturday, January 20th 2018: KILKENNY

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to see Whooper Swans and other wetland birds around north Kilkenny. Meet at Kilkenny Castle gates at 10.00am for car-pooling and lifts.

Saturday, January 20th 2018: WICKLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to East Coast Nature Reserve (ECNR) and Newcastle coast in search of wintering wildfowl, waders, birds of prey, gulls and seabirds. Meet at ECNR main entrance, Newcastle Sea Road, 10.00am.

Sunday, January 21st 2018: CARLOW

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Oak Park, Carlow. Meet at the forest trail car park at 9.30am.

Sunday, January 21st 2018: SLIGO

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Dunmoran Strand and Aughris. Meet at Cartron car park at 10.00am, or Silver Falls, Ballisodare, 10.15am.

Friday, January 26th 2018: DUBLIN FINGAL

BirdWatch Ireland - the annual Table Quiz to raise funds for the branch. Skerries Rugby Club, 8.30pm.

Saturday, January 27th 2018: CLARE

BirdWatch Ireland - a visit to Seafield, Quilty, to see waders and seabirds. Good site for Purple Sandpiper.  Meet at the pier, Seafield, at 11.00am.

Sunday, January 28th 2018: WEST CORK

BirdWatch Ireland - West Cork Bird Race. Start: Scally’s SuperValu car park, Clonakilty, 8.30am. Finish: O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty, 5.30pm. Contact: Nicholas (secretary@birdwatchirelandwestcork.ie) to register your team.

Sunday, January 28th 2018: LIMERICK

BirdWatch Ireland - outing to Aughinish and Robertstown. We will visit the bird hides to view waterbirds and then travel to nearby Robertstown Creek to see the high-tide roost. Meet in the first car park, Aughinish, 10.30am. Leader: Geoff Hunt.

Tuesday, January 30th 2018: LAOIS

BirdWatch Ireland - talk on Recording Irish bird sightings, by Joe Doolan of IrishBirding.com. The Parish Centre, Portlaoise, 8.00pm.


Earth: One Amazing Day (G; currently on release)

From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the long-awaited sequel - Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands, from exotic jungles to urban jungles. Astounding breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close and personal with a cast of unforgettable characters; a baby zebra desperate to cross a swollen river, a penguin who heroically undertakes a death-defying daily commute to feed his family, a family of sperm whales who like to snooze vertically and a sloth on the hunt for love. Told with humour, intimacy, emotion and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, Earth: One Amazing Day is the enchanting big screen family friendly adventure that spectacularly highlights how every day is filled with more unseen dramas and wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now!

Ferdinand (G; currently on release)

Ferdinand is a Spanish Fighting Bull who prefers smelling the flowers and practicing non-violence rather than chasing red cloths held by matadors in arenas.  But when disaster comes to him, he is taken to a fighting stadium, and Ferdinand needs to decide if he is a fighting bull or a flower smelling, generous bull, in order to earn his freedom.

Jane (Currently on release)

Documentary: Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges the male dominated scientific consensus of her time with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.

The Jungle Bunch (G; currently on release)

A penguin raised by tigers defends his jungle from an evil koala and an army of baboons.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (PG; currently on release)

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park.  Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

The Star (PG; currently on release)

A small but brave donkey named Bo goes on the adventure of his dreams.  Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.



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