Tuesday, March 12th 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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

On Mooney today...

Brenda visits the Gaiety Theatre in search of paranormal activity, we hear how young golfers in Zambia are progressing at the sport with a little help from Ireland and we’re looking for three players for Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! If you'd like to take part, and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous two-night break to Rosleague Manor 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.

Racing From Cheltenham

Racing From Cheltenham

There were a lot of nervous (and shivering) racegoers around Prestbury Park in Cheltenham early this morning as snow flakes fell on the hallowed turf.

But after a 10.30 inspection, a loud cheer echoed across the Cotswolds as racing was given the go-ahead and the racecourse opened it’s gates to an expected crowd of 50,000 people.

The 2013 National Hunt Festival is underway – a little late, the first race was put back from 1.30 to 2.05.

RTE’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair.  Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.

The races that are due to take place today are:

1405: William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle
1440: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1)
1520: Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
1600: Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
1640: Olbg Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)
1715: Rewards4racing Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
1745: *Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) *tbc

For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.

The Gaiety Ghost

The Gaiety Ghost

Last night, The Woman In Black opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It’s based on Susan Hill’s bestselling novel and has been made into a major movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. It tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family.

And for many years there have been rumors about of ghostly sightings in the Gaiety. So we thought what better timing to check out these spooky stories than when this eerie play is on.  Brenda went along to the Gaiety to see if she could find out more about this theatrical phantasm.

She speaks to two members of the front of house staff who have seen ghosts, Lilly and Fabiana, chatting to them in front of a portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan, a beautiful opera singer...

Brenda also met up with a group called Soul Seachers, who investigate paranormal experiences.  The group includes a friend of Mooney, Brian Dunphy, and Deborah Reynolds is the medium.  Brenda met them in the Dress Circle, with all their cameras, scanners and CCTV.

The Woman In Black runs in the Gaiety Theatre for the next two weeks.  For more information about the production, visit www.gaietytheatre.ie.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

Well, “Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz” of course!!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

Ireland’s ‘Blue Book’ has offered us a two night weekend break for two people sharing one room in one of their luxury properties: Rosleague Manor in Connemara.

It’s a regency hotel on the shores on Ballinakill Bay and set on 30 acres of private woodland.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s restaurant.

Runners-up in today's quiz will get a hardback copy of ‘Wild Food’ by Biddy White Lennon & Evan Doyle which teaches you how to forage for and cook wild food.

And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch

Well if any of those prizes sound like something you would like to win…..

…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551, email mooney@rte.ie or call 1850 715 900.

The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.

You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

National Stud - Name The Foal Competition

Sinéad Hyland, Marketing Co-Ordinator with the Irish National Stud, joins Derek in studio to reveal the winning name of our young filly as Helen Of Troika, as chosen by listener John Masterson from Dublin 8.

Staying In A Swedish Prison

Derek was in Sweden at the weekend for the Melodifestivalen 2013 (Swedish national song contest) and while he was there he paid a visit to the Långholmen Hotel in Stockholm. The Långholmen Hotel is an old jail which has been converted into luxury hotel where guest can spend the night one of the original cells now complete with all the mod cons tourists expect. For more information about the hotel, visit www.langholmen.com.





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.


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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