Thursday, February 14th 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.

Events & Listings

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

Coming up today...

In a special St. Valentine’s Day show, we ask what you WOULDN’T do for love.  We discover why men don’t know what their women are thinking when they should - and Brenda surprises one very lucky couple and reveals the winners of the fabulous MOONEY show - K Club wedding prize!  Tune in at 3pm to find out if you are that lucky couple!!


Once tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights…

The success of Once the film didn’t end with an Oscar… it was adapted as a musical, directed by John Tiffany and the book was written by Enda Walsh – and the play made its Broadway debut last year, where it enjoyed a spectacularly successful run and it picked up eight Tony Awards, including the much coveted 'Best New Musical' and 'Best Director' awards…

The European premiere for Once - The Musical, will take to the stage of The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from February 22nd to March 9th, before making its West End debut at London's Phoenix Theatre.

It will feature Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešic as the Guy and Girl at the centre of the story.  We hear the beautiful feature song Falling Slowly, performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in the movie Once.  For more information about the performance at the Gaeity, click here.

K Club Wedding Competition, with the RTÉ Guide

K Club Wedding Competition, with the RTÉ Guide

Last month, Mooney and the RTÉ Guide invited couples who were planning on getting married to enter our amazing competition to win the ultimate wedding reception for a hundred friends and family in the super luxurious K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare.

Nestled on the banks of the River Liffey, the hotel is set in 550 acres of mature woods, parkland and magnificent formal gardens, which will make your special day the envy of every couple in Ireland.

The prize included:

- Red carpet on arrival with champagne for the happy couple
- Canapés, Prosecco and light refreshments for guests
- 5-course wedding meal with wine
- Room dressed and flower arrangements provided
- Supper buffet
- Hotel suite for the wedding couple for 2 nights
- Pre-wedding spa treatment for the loving couple
- Two additional rooms for the extended family for 2 nights

Well, as you can imagine, we had hundreds of entries. And now, the day has finally dawned when we reveal which couple will have the wedding of their dreams!

Our own Brenda Donohue, along with a judging panel, went through all the entries received, with the very difficult task of trying to choose our lucky couple. There were some amazing stories of loss, hope, and true love, and we thank each and every one of you who shared your story with us.

But there can only be one winning couple, and they are…

Colin Kerrigan and Linda Davy. Colin is from Rhode Co Offaly and Linda is from Edenderry Co Offaly. They are engaged and have a 4-month old daughter, Millie. Colin is a private in the Irish army and they currently live with Linda’s parents in Edenderry as they save for their own home.

And this is their story, as sent in by Colin:

I met my beautiful fiancee Linda Davy at the end of 2008 after I got back from deployment in Chad with the Irish Army. Linda is a friend of my brothers wife and from the moment I met her I knew she was special and luckily she agreed to a date with me. Linda is a beautiful person, inside and out and has a heart of gold. I fell in love very quickly and I knew she was the one for me.

In Spring 2010 Linda told me that I was going to be a Daddy. The pregnancy was not planned and as we were both living with our parents the situation wasn't ideal but I was the happiest man on earth. Unfortunately our happiness was short lived. During our 5 month scan we found out that our baby, a little boy, had serious heart defects. We decided to name our little man 'Bobby' and we hoped and prayed every day for a miracle.The pregnancy from then on was emotionally tough for both of us but especially for Linda. To see my beautiful girl so broken hearted was almost unbearable but we never gave up hope that our Bobby would be okay.

I moved in with Linda to her parents house. They are fantastic people and welcomed me with open arms. We decorated a little room for Bobby and started to prepare for his arrival.

On the 6th of Dec 2010 I took Linda out for a romantic meal and I asked her to be my wife. With tears in her eyes, she said 'YES'
Our baby Bobby was born by C-section on Wed 15 Dec 2010 in Hollis St. He was the most beautiful little thing I had ever laid eyes on, the image of his mammy. Bobby was rushed by ambulance to Crumlin Childrens hospital and as I had promised Linda I went with him .It broke my heart to leave her behind but the next day through pure determination and love for our son, Linda traveled to Crumlin to be with us.

At this point we hoped beyond hope that Booby would make it. We knew it wouldn't be easy and he would have to face numerous heart operations to try and mend his little heart.

On Thurs 16th Dec the doctor gave us the news that would shatter our worlds forever, our little man was dying and there was nothing they could do to save him.

On Fri 17th Dec, with both sets of grandparents and all his aunts and uncles around us Bobby was christened. At 7pm that evening as he lay in his mammy's arms, the Angels came and took our Angel home.
The joy of having Bobby in our lives for just those 3 short days and the utter devastation of losing him changed our lives forever but we grew strong for each other through those terrible days and nights that followed. We decided we would try and raise some money in Bobby's name for Crumlin hospital and in April 2011 with the help of our families and friends we managed to raise just over £20,000. Our little man had touched many hearts.

Linda Davy is the love of my life, I love her with my whole being. We were meant to be together and that is why Bobby was sent to us. We will never get over the death of our son and we visit his resting place every day and light his candles on his grave every night. We are still living with Linda's parents and trying hard to save to get married and buy our own home.

In Sept 2013, we were blessed with a little gift from Heaven, Bobby's baby sister Millie who has brought the light back into our lives.

So you can only imagine what winning this prize would mean to us. We have already made a lifelong commitment to each other just by being Bobby and Millie's parents and we know we will get through whatever life throws at us but I would love to be able to give my girl the perfect day she deserves and i would give my whole world to be able to call Linda 'my wife.

I know this isn't your usual love story but it is our story and with your help and maybe a little help from our special Angel, our dreams can come true and we can become man and wife together forever.

Thank you for taking the time to read our story
Colin Kerrigan

Pictures of the surprise and of the winning couple will be in next week’s RTÉ Guide which will be available in the shops from next Monday, February 18th - and of course on the Mooney website from next Monday too.


Eurosong: Entry Four

Eurosong: Entry Four

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 22nd. Today, we hear again Only Love Survives, performed by Ryan Dolan (written by Wez Devine & Ryan Dolan; mentor: Stuart O’Connor).

Eurosong: Entry Five

Eurosong: Entry Five

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 22nd. Today, we hear again Kiss Me, performed by Kasey (written by Drax; mentor: Mairéad Farrell).

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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