Monday, February 18th 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

Coming up today...

We hear scientific evidence that women are better at expressing emotions than men, and we’re looking for three players for Mooney's Monday Quiz - if you are interested in taking part then e-mail!



It's Monday, the first day of the week - not everybody's favourite day! A day when we all need to relax, take it easy after the weekend - a day when we welcome ANYTHING that will bring a smile to our faces.

And so, for those of you who need a little Monday evening cheerfulness, why not sit back this evening, turn on RTÉ Two television at 9:30pm, and enjoy a little fun with some legends of Irish music!

Reality Bites: A Eurovision Affair follows six of the biggest names in Eurovision Song contest history, as they toured Ireland together over two weeks in October, 2012. Those names include Johnny Logan, Dana, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan the lady who performed the 1992 Eurovision classic, Linda Martin.  Linda joins Derek today to chat about performing in the final in Malmö, ahead of this year's Eurovision in Malmö!

Reality Bites: A Eurovision Affair is on RTÉ Two this evening at 21:30 - for more information about the programme, visit

Norways's Burning Fire TV Experiment

Norways's Burning Fire TV Experiment

If you were sitting in on Friday night chances are you watched The Late Late Show or Graham Norton - or maybe you watched the movie Lions For Lambs with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep on RTÉ One… Friday night is considered ‘peak’ viewing time and TV stations usually compete for viewers by offering their strongest ‘ratings pullers’.

However, if you flew north and switched on the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK, on Friday night, you would have seen a picture of a burning fire – because they chose to devote 12 hours of Friday night’s programming entirely to ‘wood’!!

And they say this concept of ‘slow TV’ is proving to be more than just a ‘slow burner’ – it’s ‘hot stuff’ in Norway – and a ‘roaring’ success!

Lisa-May Spissay was NRK’s Project Leader of Friday night’s broadcast and she joins Derek is on the line today from Bergen to chat about the concept of 'slow TV'...

Super Garden Is Back!

Super Garden Is Back!

If you fancy yourself as a budding Diarmuid Gavin, take note, because the producers of RTÉ’s Super Garden are looking for garden designers to come forward to take part in this year’s series!

The programme gives contestants five weeks to create a garden with a wow factor and the winner will be given the opportunity to exhibit in Bloom 2013.  Colin Cowman, Series Producer of Vision Independent Productions (who make the show), joins Derek in studio today to tell us exactly what they are looking for...

Amateur gardeners, student designers and start up landscapers who feel they have what it takes to become Super Garden champion 2013 should apply promptly. Applicants should provide full contact details, and explain why they love garden design, while giving a brief outline of their dream garden design.

To apply, e-mail: All applications must be received by Thursday, February 21st 2013.

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Three players attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one deluxe room in the luxurious 5-star Druids Glen Resort in County Wicklow.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in Druid’s Brasserie.

While there you might like to visit the two championship golf courses, the bijou Spa – or this Sunday afternoon, February 24th, you could visit their special ‘Bridal Shopping Village’ - open for one day only - packed full of pop-up bridal shops and wedding experts!  For more information about the Bridal Shopping Village at Druids Glen, then click here.



Runners-up will get a hardback copy of Bird Habitats In Ireland by Richard Nairn and John O’Halloran. And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch!


How Men And Women Express Emotion

You’ve heard the expression Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus. Basically it means that men and women are very different – we think differently, we have different perspectives on life, our priorities are different etc... In fact we are so unlike that we come from different planets.

Take for instance, emotions. It’s long been thought that women are far better than men at reading emotions. And it seems there may be some truth in this belief because psychiatrists in Scotland have used brain scans to show it to be true…

Our researcher Michele Browne spoke to some shoppers in Dublin to see if they agreed that men were not so good at reading emotions, and Derek also talks to Professor Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, to explain why men and women deal with emotional issues so differently...

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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