Mooney, Tuesday January 22nd 2013

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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

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

The Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree

Yesterday, we revealed that a new spider, Aptostichus bonoi, has been named after U2 singer Bono. The trapdoor spider can be found in the Joshua trees of California - and of course U2's seminal 1987 album was called The Joshua Tree. But why? Broadcaster and RTÉ 2fm legend Dave Fanning joins us in studio for the definitive reason for the album title!


Amanda Brunker's Breast Reduction

Amanda Brunker's Breast Reduction

Dolly Parton's musical 9-5: The Musical opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night, and there's no doubting that Ms Parton is a multi-talented lady: singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur. There's also no doubt that she is as equally known and loved for her buxom bosom! We can all be very flippant about breasts. After all, most of us have had a relationship with them dating back to our infancy! But for many women, a hugely prominent set of breasts is far from a laughing matter. They can, in certain circumstances, become a real liability.

Journalist and former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker, has been just as frank as Dolly Parton about her relationship with her "twin girls", as she calls them. And in last weekend's Sunday World, she spoke with her usual full-blown honesty about her decision to finally bring them back to a manageable size. Amanda joins Derek in studio today to talk about her decision to undergo a breast reduction operation next month...

What Makes A Good Autobiography?

What Makes A Good Autobiography?

Walk in to any book shop and you might well have an avalanche of autobiographies looking down at you from the shelves. From Twink to Mary Byrne, Charlie Bird to Katie Price (who has written five autobiographies!) ... do any of them ever get read at all - or are any good to begin with? We asked Donal O'Donoghue, Features Editor with the RTÉ Guide, to come in today to talk us through the best and worst of autobiographies!

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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