Thursday, March 14th 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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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Gerald Keane joins Derek in the studio, the Mooney team will bring you the action from Cheltenham as it happens, and Brenda discovers what it is about our other half that keeps us awake at night!

Racing From Cheltenham - Day Three

Racing From Cheltenham - Day Three

It’s been a great week for the Irish so far at Cheltenham – seven winners in the opening two days. Day one belonged to the punters, but yesterday the bookies made a comeback. So who’s on the money on Day Three?

RTÉ’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:

13:30 Jewson Novices' Chase
14:05 Pertemps Final
14:40 Ryanair Chase
15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:00 Byrne Group Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)
16:40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
17:15 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country)

For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2013/0314/376655-live-cheltenham-festival-day-3/.

Greening Dublin Airport

Greening Dublin Airport

Well, have you bought your leprechaun hat yet? Your lucky shamrock? And your "Kiss Me, I’m Irish" T-shirt? While we Irish aren’t as fond of the 'paddywhackery' as our foreign cousins, there is something kind of nice about wearing green and celebrating our Irishness for one day of the year.

And we’ll be joined in the celebrations this weekend by an influx of tourists. Fáilte Ireland say we will have at least 120,000 overseas visitors coming especially for St. Patrick's Day – but probably more, considering it is the year of The Gathering.

And the Emerald Isle is going to seem a lot more 'emerald' this weekend as various buildings and monuments are to be 'greened'.

The Office of Public Works are greening 27 OPW buildings & heritage sites including Leinster House, Dublin Castle, The Four Courts, Aras an Uachtarain, The Rock of Cashel, Ross Castle in Kerry, Trim Castle in Meath, Cahir Castle in Tipperary – and loads more. They’re switching them on tomorrow for 4 days.

The Temple Bar Company Ltd are switching on 2000 greenbulbs tomorrow in Temple Bar and they’re going to have an outdoor trad concert tomorrow night.

The ‘green carpet’ is being rolled out for 70 journalists who are coming from abroad to cover St Patricks Day and between them they have a reach of 112million viewers, listeners and readers. They’ll all march in the Peoples Parade on St Patricks Day, along with 8000 others.

Then, internationally, Tourism Ireland have a ‘Global Greening’ initiative where buildings and landmarks all over the world go green. This is the fourth year of it. Old favourites are the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, Table Mountain – but new this year are: the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, HMS Belfast in London, Bayern Munich’s homeground [the Allianz Arena] and the Citadel in Amman in Jordan.

And for the first time ever Dublin Airport is going green. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more from Ciara Carroll, External Communications with Dublin Airport Authority.

She told Katriona how the DAA are installing two huge screens into the arrivals hall of T1 and T2 of Dublin Airport. You can have a welcome message displayed on these screens for an arriving passenger by emailing the message in advance to Ciara.Carroll@daa.ie along with the flight details of the arriving passenger - send your e-mails at least 24 hours in advance.  This messaging facility will be in place for the next nine months!

Table Topics, with Gerald Kean!

Table Topics, with Gerald Kean!

We’ve been enjoying our ‘Table Topics’ game here on Mooney over the past number of weeks and months. It’s a sort of ‘occasional’ feature on the show where we ask contestants to speak on a given topic for ninety seconds.

And there’s always a nice prize up for grabs for the winner. Today the winner has their choice of a pair of Robbie Williams & Olly Murs tickets for the Aviva Stadium on June 14th OR a pair of Neil Young tickets for the RDS Arena on June 15th OR a pair of tickets for Boyzone: The Anniversary Tour in the O2 on November 28th!

It’s very important, we’ve found, to have a good ‘Table Topics Judge’. Someone with a ‘Kean’ ear; who commands respect, someone with the gift of the gab themselves… so to judge you, it's celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean!

If you'd like to play Table Topics to be in with a chance to win those tickets, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

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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