Tuesday, March 5th 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 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.

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On Mooney today

It might be the happiest, most romantic time of your life, but why do so many couples choose the wrong destination for their honeymoon? We take a look back to one of the outstanding highlights from past Mooney Tunes concerts. And, we discover one man's solution to keeping fit in the office: the treadmill workstation!

The Perfect Honeymoon

The Perfect Honeymoon

Travel expert Fionn Davenport is in studio with some advice on planning for what he describes as "the best holiday you as a couple can imagine, on the budget you have to spend"!

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes 8 takes place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on Sunday, March 24th. Ahead of the concert, we look back to one of the highlights of our most recent Mooney Tunes concerts, when Eimear Quinn performed 'In Paradisum'.

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 are currently on sale, 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.

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, or if you can't get to the theatre, do get onto Ticketmaster as soon as possible to make sure you don't miss out. The number to dial is 0818 719 377, or click here for more details.

We anticipate a huge demand for these tickets, so we advise getting your tickets sooner rather than later. Previous Mooney Tunes concerts have usually sold out within a couple of days. For more information, visit http://www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/mooney-tunes-no-8.html.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Three players attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the 4-star Cashel House in Connemara.

Situated in the heart of Connemara on the West coast of Ireland, Cashel House Hotel is set in 50 acres of award winning gardens containing flowering shrubs and woodland walks. The location is an ideal base from which to enjoy walking, beaches, sea and lake fishing, golf, horse riding, Kylemore Gardens and trips of Aran and Inish Boffin islands.

To find out more, and to book mid-week escapes & weekend breaks, log onto www.irelands-blue-book.ie/cashel-house.

Runners-up will get a copy of Ireland's Wildlife Year by Eric Dempsey, and EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a Family Pass (for 2 adults & up to 4 children) to the Irish National Stud & Gardens, and a pair of admission tickets to the Curragh Races for the opening day of their 2013 season on Sun 24th March AND a special "PRIDE" Mooney Watch!

The Questions:

Player 1

1: What 'E' is the process by which a liquid is turned into a gas?

2: Which Greek God was famous for his pipe music?

3: The three main female characters in the TV show Friends were Rachel, Phoebe and ____ who?

4: What do the emu, the ostrich and the kiwi all have in common?

5: In the Bible, what was the name of the criminal who the crowd asked to be released instead of Jesus?

6: How many points are awarded for scoring a try in rugby union?

7: Tallinn is the capital of which European country?

8: The two main colours of the flag of Spain are red and ____?

11: What “P” were ancient Egyptian tombs?

Player 2

1: On which river is the city of Kilkenny built?

2: According to the song, how many men did the Grand Old Duke of York march up and down the hill?

3: Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon united which European country upon their marriage?

4: In Greek mythology, which creature was half horse, half man?

5: What do fish breathe through?

6: ‘Riga’ is the capital of which European country?

7: In what year did Mary Robinson become President of Ireland?

8: What “M” is a black lace veil traditionally worn by Spanish women?

9: Who plays ‘Mr Bean’ on the TV and in the movies?

10: In what country would you find Casablanca?

Player 3

1: In what year did Pope John Paul the Second visit Ireland?

2: In which Irish county would you find the Blue Stack mountains?

3: This Greek Goddess of Victory shares her name with a famous brand of sportwear…

4: ‘Vilnius’ is the capital of which European country?

5: In Gaelic football and hurling, how many points is a goal worth?

6: Where is your Achilles tendon?

7: True or false: the sun is a star?

8: From which crop do we get flour?

9: What letter represents 50 in Roman numerals?

The Answers:

Player 1

1: What “E” is the process by which a liquid is turned into a gas? (evaporation)

2: Which Greek God was famous for his pipe music? (Pan)

3: The three main female characters in the TV show ‘Friends’ were Rachel, Phoebe and ______ who? (Monica)

4: What do the emu, the ostrich and the kiwi all have in common? (they can’t fly)

5: In the Bible, what was the name of the criminal who the crowd asked to be released instead of Jesus? (Barabas)

6: How many points are awarded for scoring a try in rugby union? (5)

7: ‘Tallinn’ is the capital of which European country? (Estonia)

8: The two main colours of the flag of Spain are red and ____? (yellow)

9: What “P” were ancient Egyptian tombs? (pyramids)

Player 2

1: On which river is the city of Kilkenny built? (Nore)

2: According to the song, how many men did the Grand Old Duke of York march up and down the hill? (10,000)

3: Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon united which European country upon their marriage? (Spain)

4: In Greek mythology, which creature was half horse, half man? (Centaur)

5: What do fish breathe through? (Gills)

6: ‘Riga’ is the capital of which European country? (Latvia)

7: In what year did Mary Robinson become President of Ireland? (1990)

8: What “M” is a black lace veil traditionally worn by Spanish women? (Mantilla)

9: Who plays ‘Mr Bean’ on the TV and in the movies? (Rowan Atkinson)

10: In what country would you find Casablanca? (Morocco)

Player 3

1: In what year did Pope John Paul the Second visit Ireland? (1979)

2: In which Irish county would you find the Blue Stack mountains? (Donegal)

3: This Greek Goddess of Victory shares her name with a famous brand of sportwear… (Nike)

4: ‘Vilnius’ is the capital of which European country? (Lithuania)

5: In Gaelic football and hurling, how many points is a goal worth? (3)

6: Where is your Achilles tendon? (The Achilles tendon is what attaches your calf muscles to your heel. Take Calf or heel)

7: True or false: the sun is a star? (True)

8: From which crop do we get flour? (Wheat)

9: What letter represents 50 in Roman numerals? (L)

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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