Wednesday, January 23rd 2013


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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

Laser Eye Surgery On Premature Babies

Laser Eye Surgery On Premature Babies

Since Laser Eye Surgery was introduced to Ireland in the late 80s it has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens. People can finally throw away their glasses and contact lenses and experience 20/20 vision for the first time.

Many people are quite squeamish about eyes, and don’t like the thought of people, even surgeons, ‘touching’ their eyes – but do have serious respect for the skills that many of these surgeons have with a laser beam, because eyes are such small, intricate and important organs.

It’s one thing operating on an adult’s eyes, but imagine trying to do laser surgery on a tiny baby’s eyes?! But think even smaller than that... imagine the tiny little eyeball of a premature baby! How could you possibly operate on a piece of tissue so tiny and delicate as that?
Well we were fascinated to learn that in the last 20 years over a thousand premature babies have had their eyes lasered in Ireland! Katriona McFadden visited Professor Michael O'Keeffe at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street to find out more...

Funding Wedding By Selling Tickets

Last week Emma Gollogly from Co Monaghan created quite a stir on the show. She told us that she planned to marry her true love, Thomas Cobine, in September 2014 - but instead of their guests buying presents or giving €200 (apparently the going rate for a wedding), they wanted them to buy a ticket.

The ticket would cost €30 and cover most of the cost of the wedding reception and the music. How would their nearest and dearest react? Would they think it is offensive or a fantastic idea? Have Emma and Thomas started a new trend in weddings? Well Mooney's Matron of Honour. Ms Brenda Donohue, went to Castleblaney to meet the happy couple, and found out about them meeting at the Monaghan Sub-Aqua Club.

The Club has brought out a calendar to raise funds, and you can get hold of one, for €5, by visiting or the Facebook page of the Monaghan Sub Aqua Underwater Search & Recovery Unit.

A Crematorium For Tuam?

In this life, one thing is certain – we will all die. You don’t get a say in when you go, but you might like to have a say in how you go. The vast majority of people in Ireland who die choose to be buried. But a growing number of people are opting for cremation. It’s estimated that between 10 and 12% of people here choose cremation. That’s a very low proportion compared to around 70% in the UK, 99% in Japan and 40% in Germany.

At the moment, in Ireland if you do choose cremation you’d have to travel to Dublin, Cork or Belfast where crematoria are located.

Michele Browne went onto the streets to hear people’s attitudes to being cremated, and Derek is also joined in studio by Galway businessman Tommy Varden, who is trying to get planning permission for a crematorium in Tuam...

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.

UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service ( to report such activity.

BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

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


Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit



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