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    Thursday, January 24th 2013

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    Mooney

    We find out how to train your cat to use a human toilet, and we talk to Disney producer Chris Nee about her work on TV programmes such as Sesame Street and the hit children's TV show Doc McStuffins! Plus: play Mooney's Money and be in with a chance of winning a Mediterranean cruise!

    Mrs. Brown's Boys

    At the National Television Awards in London last night, Mrs. Brown's Boys trumped again, coming away with the award for Best Situation Comedy.  Rory Cowan, aka Rory in Mrs. Brown's Boys, joins Derek in studio to celebrate!

    Chris Nee, Creator Of Doc McStuffins

    If you are the parent of a small child, or if you ARE a small child, you'll know all about Doc McStuffins - an American cartoon that airs daily on the Disney Junior channel and is produced here in Ireland by Brown Bag Films.

    Disney are overjoyed with the cartoon, which has become the most-watched show on Disney Junior. It tells the stories of Doc McStuffins, a six-year-old girl who cares for sick toys. Her ‘magic pink stethoscope’ brings her toys to life and she has a clinic to care for poorly dolls and stuffed animals.

    So what is it about this cartoon that is so appealing to preschoolers? Chris Nee is the Emmy-award winning creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins and she is joins us live in studio this afternoon!

    Doc McStuffins is on every day on Disney Junior! Click here for more information on Doc McStuffins, and lots of activities on the Disney website: www.disney.co.uk/disney-junior.

    Toilet Training For Cats!

    We recently came across a fantastic cat story, involving a photographer called Alex! Alex Hutchinson is 27, and a fashion photographer (a really good one at that!), and he and his girlfriend Lisa have two cats. They love cats! But they live in an apartment in Goatstown in Dublin and they found that the smell of the kitty litter tray where the cats go to the toilet wasn’t very nice.

    So Alex decided to investigate was there another way - could he wean the cats off their tray and off kitty litter? Alex wondered could he train his cats to use the regular human toilet... So he looked up it up online, realised other people around the world were doing it and two months ago he started the cat toilet-training project, with great success! Katriona McFadden went along to meet the couple and their toilet-trained tabbies last night...

    To see more of Alex's photography, visit his website: www.alexhutchinsonphotography.com or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlexHutchinsonPhotography.

    Peeps pays a visit!


    Sooty and Peeps get to grips with their new toilet training!


    Alex with the Litter Kwitter that he is using to toilet train his kitties!


    Alex's photography, featuring model Sharon with a kitten


    Alex's photography, featuring model Sharon with a kitten

    Well Alex may be training his cats to use the human toilet but you can actually train your cats to do all sorts of things! Vet Claire Meade is Founder of Ireland’s only Cat Hospital in Glanmire, County Cork, and she joins Derek today from our Cork studio...

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    Mrs. Brown's Boys Wins Best Sitcom At National Television Awards

    At the National Television Awards in London last night, Mrs. Brown's Boys trumped again, coming away with the award for Best Situation Comedy. Rory Cowan, aka Rory in Mrs. Brown's Boys, joins Derek in studio to celebrate!

    Listen

    Doc McStuffins

    If you are the parent of a small child, or if you ARE a small child, you'll know all about Doc McStuffins - an American cartoon that airs daily on the Disney Junior channel and is produced here in Ireland by Brown Bag Films. Disney are overjoyed with the cartoon, which has become the most-watched show on Disney Junior. It tells the stories of Doc McStuffins, a six-year-old girl who cares for sick toys. Her 'magic pink stethoscope' brings her toys to life and she has a clinic to care for poorly dolls and stuffed animals. So what is it about this cartoon that is so appealing to preschoolers? Chris Nee is the Emmy-award winning creator and executive producer of Doc McStuffins and she is joins us live in studio this afternoon! Doc McStuffins is on every day on Disney Junior!

    Listen

    Toilet Training Cats

    We recently came across a fantastic cat story, involving a photographer called Alex! Alex Hutchinson is 27, and a fashion photographer (a really good one at that!), and he and his girlfriend Lisa have two cats. They love cats! But they live in an apartment in Goatstown in Dublin and they found that the smell of the kitty litter tray where the cats go to the toilet wasn't very nice. So Alex decided to investigate was there another way - could he wean the cats off their tray and off kitty litter? Alex wondered could he train his cats to use the regular human toilet... So he looked up it up online, realised other people around the world were doing it and two months ago he started the cat toilet-training project, with great success! Katriona McFadden went along to meet the couple and their toilet-trained tabbies last night... To see more of Alex's photography, visit his website: www.alexhutchinsonphotography.com or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AlexHutchinsonPhotography. Well Alex may be training his cats to use the human toilet but you can actually train your cats to do all sorts of things! Vet Claire Meade is Founder of Ireland's only Cat Hospital in Glanmire, County Cork, and she joins Derek today from our Cork studio...

    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 (www.npws.ie) 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.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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