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    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm

    Monday, March 4th 2013

    Coming up today...

    We speak to the electronic engineer from Kerry whose innovative and funky guitar impressed the Dragons on TV last night, Brenda Donohue visits the National Stud to hear how Mooney listeners can help name a week old foal born to champion stallion Rock of Gibraltar, and we’re looking for three players to take part in our Monday general knowledge quiz!  If you'd like to take part, and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous two-night break to Cashel House in Connemara (with thanks to Ireland's Blue Book), then e-mail, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

    Foal Naming

    One week ago, a little filly was born in the National Stud of Ireland. But this little filly has no name, so we decided to ask you, our Mooney listeners, to get creative and pick a name for this little foal.

    Last Friday, Brenda visited the stud, to find out what’s involved in naming this filly.

    When Brenda visited the National Stud, they were having a birthday party for Vintage Crop. Dermot Weld and the pupils of De La Salle primary school were all on hand to see Vintage Crop get a carrot cake!

    First Brenda spoke to Dermot Weld, then Fiona Buggie, stable foreman, and then Sinéad Hyland, Marketing Manager for the National Stud.

    So if you'd like to name the foal...

    The name needs to be unique, and a maximum of 18 characters, including spaces.  Our foal's Daddy is Rock Of Gibraltar, and her Mammy is Raise Your Spirits.

    The closing date for your suggestions is 4.30m on Friday, March 8th.

    And the person who chooses the winning foal will also win a fantastic prize!

    - The winner will receive a VIP Tour of Mr Dermot Weld’s yard
    - Private tour of the Irish National Stud & Gardens where they will meet the above filly of course!
    - Bed, Breakfast & Dinner at the four star luxury Killashee House Hotel (dinner in Jacks Bar & Bistro)
    - VIP package to day one of the Guineas Spring Racing Festival at the Curragh on Sat 25th May to include premier admission tickets for 2 people to the Curragh races on Saturday, May 25th with lunch in their exclusive Champagne & Wine Bar.

    The prize is for two people.

    For more information about the National Stud, Killashee House and the Curragh, visit, and


    To name the foal, e-mail Mooney at before 4:30pm on Friday, March 8th - that's THIS Friday, so get your thinking caps on quickly!

    To help launch the competition, Derek is also joined in studio by John Osborne, CEO of the National Stud...

    Dragon's Den

    Dragon’s Den returned to our screens last night – with the show boasting no less than three new Dragons.

    Peter Casey, Ramona Nicholas and Barry O’Sullivan have joined Seán O’Sullivan and series veteran Gavin Duffy in the series which creates investment opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. 

    Dragon's Den is on Sundays at 9.30pm on RTÉ One - for more information about the series, and to play the Sixth Dragon, visit

    Our Lady's Hospice

    Tom & Marie Donohue pictured above taken in Tom’s room at Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harolds Cross.

    Voices 4 Care Basic Info

    The hospice here in Harold’s Cross hosts the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), an all-island group working to improve palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families.

    A new initiative of the AIIHPC is the organisation of a new group called Voices 4 Care, a group of about 30 people which will include Palliative care patients, carers and former carers of Palliative care patients and those interested in improving palliative care. As part of this we are inviting members of the public to apply to join this group from Monday, March 4th.

    Note for listeners: For more information about the programme and to apply to join this new Voices 4 Care group we invite people to call (01) 491 2148 or to visit the AIIHPC website, (info about Voices 4 Care features on the home page).


    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    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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