Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm

    Monday, March 25th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    We go backstage at last night’s Mooney Tunes concert in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, meet the entrepreneur who walked away from the Dragon’s Den with a most unexpected offer, and three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz!


    Mooney Tunes 8

    Mooney Tunes 8 took place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night, when the RTÉ Concert Orchestra were joined by guests including Elvis (in his guise as Mark Leen), Aonghus McAnally, Mary Byrne, Oliver Callan and Ireland's Women's Rugby Team! Brenda Donohue brings us some of the highlights from a very special night...


    Dragons' Den: ID ME

    Last night's Dragon's Den, in association with Bank of Ireland, was as eventful as ever - there was health food, dog waste disposers, alarm systems and much more... But there was one couple who softened the hearts of the fiery dragons!

    Deirdre O’Leary and Ryan Garrett arrived into the den with their unique product - waterproof, tearproof ID safety wristbands for children - but it was a slightly daunting pitch for the pair as Deirdre was 9 months pregnant at the time of filming...

    To find out more about ID ME, visit

    Dragons' Den is on Sundays at 9.30pm on RTÉ One - for more information about the series, and to play the Sixth Dragon, visit To watch the episode again on the RTÉ Player, click here.


    Promo Copy Of 'That's All Right' Sells In Dublin For €64,000

    Elvis impersonator Mark Leen hung up his jumpsuit for the final time at Mooney Tunes 8 last night. He tells us about his career, and how a copy of Elvis' 'That's All Right' sold for €64,000 at a Dublin auction over the weekend!


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    We go backstage at last night’s Mooney Tunes concert in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, meet the entrepreneur who walked away from the Dragon’s Den with a most unexpected offer, and three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz!

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    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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