Tuesday, February 12th 2013

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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

Coming up today...

Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers on the current state of the mortgage industry. And, why he was compelled to design a unique locking system for his own wheelie bins! Brenda Donohue reports on a novel approach to making the arts accessible to the people of Wicklow: the Dunlavin culture bus! And Katrina McFadden examines what to do, and what not to do, if you intend proposing on St Valentine's Day...

12 St. Valentine's Day Proposal Dos and Don'ts

12 St. Valentine's Day Proposal Dos and Don'ts

We are less than 36 hours away from the most ‘Wonderful’, ‘Blissful’ and ‘Romantic’ day of the year – or is it?!

Shops are full of ‘red’, ‘rosey’ St. Valentine's Day cards… Flowers have been imported by the tonne-load... Lingerie and jewellery shops experience one of their busiest weeks of the year... Restaurants are booked out… and Off-Licenses report increased wine sales.

And sometimes, in the midst of all that heady love and passion, three little words are said…..

“I love you”

Followed up by four little words…

“Will You Marry Me?”

But it’s important that it’s done right, ESPECIALLY on Valentines Day.

If you have proposal stories, particularly anything Valentine-related then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet us @MooneyShow, or from 3pm you can call us on 1850 715 900 or text us on 51551!

Katriona McFadden goes out and about to find out how couples have proposed, and gives examples from The Huffington Post on the top dos and don'ts of proposing on St. Valentine's Day!  To read their tips, click here.

Eurosong: Entry Two

Eurosong: Entry Two

Last Thursday, we premiered the five acts who will vie to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2013. The winning act will be decided on during Eurosong 2013 on The Late Late Show on Friday, February 22. Today, we hear again Crashing Down, performed by Aimée Fitzpatrick (written by Robert Grace; mentor: Mark McCabe).

Bin Locks & Mortgage Advice

Bin Locks & Mortgage Advice

Since the introduction of bin charges in recent years, there has been a sneaky nasty habit creeping into neighbourhoods with not-so-nice people living next door.  If you are unlucky, you may have had the displeasure of having people dumping their rubbish in your bins – including smelly nappies in your Green Bin.  It is a habit that has annoyed Karl Deeter, from Irish Mortgage Brokers, so much that he has an devised an improvised locking system for wheelie bins!

Today, he joins Derek in studio to chat about his experience of anti-social behaviour, how to make bin locks - and of course all things mortgage-related!  So if you have any questions that you would like to put to Karl, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet us @MooneyShow, or from 3pm you can call us on 1850 715 900 or text us on 51551.

And if you want to follow Karl's step-by-step guide to making a wheelie bin lock like his, click here, and if you'd like to read his mortgage blog, 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.

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.


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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