Monday, February 25th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD WINS ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

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 that ... 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. 

David Brophy, principal conductor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra talks to us about the latest Mooney Tunes concert; we hear about the song that will represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision, and Brenda Donohue reports from a special auction at a cattle mart in Dungarvan!

Tickets For Mooney Tunes 8 Go On Sale!

Tickets For Mooney Tunes 8 Go On Sale!

The eighth concert in our hugely successful series of concerts entitled MOONEY TUNES will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the evening of Sunday, March 24th.

Tickets will go on sale TODAY, from 3pm. And they are priced very reasonably, as always, between €14.50 and €39.50. They will be on sale through Ticketmaster, and there will be a booking fee added on.

HOWEVER, if you DON'T want to pay a booking fee, you can go down to the box office at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this afternoon, and buy your tickets directly from there. Our reporter Katriona McFadden will be at the theatre with non-other than Mooney Tunes and X Factor star Mary Byrne! Plus if you are at the theatre this afternoon [Monday, February 25th 2013] between 3 and 4.30, you could play Mooney's Monday Quiz with Katriona for your chance to win a pair of free tickets to the concert AND a two-night stay with dinner at the Maldron Hotel across the road!

ALSO, if you are going in a group of six or more, you can avoid a booking fee by ringing the group bookings line at the theatre. That number is 01 677-7999.

Alternatively, if you don't live in Dublin, if you can't get to the theatre, do get onto Ticketmaster as soon as possible after the tickets go on sale. The number to dial is 0818 719 377, or click here for more details.

We anticipate a huge demand for these tickets, so we'd advise getting your ticket sooner rather than later. Previous Mooney Tunes concerts have usually sold out within a couple of days. For more information, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.

Mary Byrne will be performing at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Saturday, May 4th. Tickets start at €27.90, and you can find more information about her concert by visiting www.olympia.ie/whats-on/mary-byrne.

Auction Of Tubridy The Calf

Auction Of Tubridy The Calf

If somebody told you they were going to name a calf after you, you might not be entirely flattered by it. But that is not the case for our RTÉ 2fm colleague Ryan Tubridy, who was delighted to learn that dairy farmers Nick and Elaine Flavin, from just outside Youghal in Co Cork, were planning to do just that.

Farmers in the East Cork/ West Waterford area were asked to donate a calf to the Youghal Cancer Support Centre, and today all the animals donated are being auctioned off as part of a charity mart to raise funds for the Centre.

The auction began at 10.30am this morning, so we asked Brenda to don her finest wellies and head on down to the Mart to find out how the bidding was going.  She also met up with one woman, Joan, who is recovering from cancer...

To follow the exploits of Tubridy (the calf or the broadcaster) on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/tubridy2fm.

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Mooney's Monday Quiz

Katriona McFadden invites three listeners who are queuing for their Mooney Tunes 8 tickets to play Mooney's Monday Quiz, where the prizes include tickets to the concert on Sunday March 24th, and a two-night stay at the fabulous Maldron Hotel on Cardiff Lane, across the road, on March 23rd and 24th, with dinner included on one of the nights! 

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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