Monday, March 4th 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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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 mooney@rte.ie, 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 www.irishnationalstud.ie, www.killasheehouse.com and www.curragh.ie.

 

To name the foal, e-mail Mooney at mooney@rte.ie 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 www.rte.ie/tv/dragonsden.

Our Lady's Hospice

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, www.aiihpc.org (info about Voices 4 Care features on the home page).

 

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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