Thursday, March 21st 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...

On Mooney today...

Derek talks to Brian Finnegan, Editor of Gay Community News, which is celebrating its 25th birthday. And he's also joined by Michal Kosinski, from the University of Cambridge, who tells us how giving the thumbs up to something on Facebook reveals more about you than you realise!

25 Years Of Gay Community News

25 Years Of Gay Community News

Brian Finnegan is in studio with Derek today, and he's celebrating a birthday! It isn't his birthday - but it is the 25th birthday of Gay Community News, of which he is editor. It is one of the longest running free publications in the world and Brian tells us how he became involved in the magazine, and how things have changed for the gay community in the last 25 years. To find out more about Gay Community News, visit

Like Facebook?

Like Facebook?

Do you like curly fries? We all know by now that we are what we eat, but for the one billion facebook users out there, it turns out that you also are what you like!!

And, you may be surprised to learn that if you like curly fries on Facebook, well then you are likely to have a high IQ!

A study on Facebook behaviour carried out by researchers at Cambridge University Psychometrics Centre has been receiving attention around the world because of the extent it was able to predict personality traits of its users. The research was headed by Michal Kosinski, Operations Director at the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre, and he joins Derek today from the studios of BBC Cambridge, to tell us why we should 'like' what they found!

To find out more, visit

The Genealogy Roadshow In Derry

The Genealogy Roadshow In Derry

The Genealogy Roadshow will be in Lumen Christi College in Derry from 1.00pm to 5:30pm on Saturday. The stories they will be exploring include:

- A farmer whose extensive family tree might link him back to Saint Oliver Plunkett
- A Portstewart man who may be related to Che Guevara
- The mystery of a village whose inhabitants and homes were wiped off the map in 1852
- And the Donegal family who might just be related to Hollywood icon Meryl Streep

And lots more besides!

The audience will also get the chance to speak to local genealogists about their own queries.

The event is free, just get in touch if you'd like to attend - e-mail Ciara at

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.

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



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