Thursday, April 11th 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...

Did you know some hotels don’t own their bed linen? They rent it out! We find out why. RTÉ’s motoring expert Michael Sheridan talks about car finance, and we find out more about the teapot that Charles Haughey gave to Margaret Thatcher...

The Genealogy Roadshow

The Genealogy Roadshow

The Genealogy Roadshow will be in the Aula Maxima of UCC from 1pm - 5.30pm this Saturday, April 13th.

Some of the stories that will be investigated are:

- Daniel O'Connell's race to Cork to save innocent men from the hangman's noose
- The Irish relatives of Australia's most notorious outlaw Ned Kelly
- A family searches for the truth about their father's early childhood in an Industrial School
- And a Clonakilty man discovers if he is related to Cork's own Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

All this and more - and it's free to attend!

Just e-mail the team so they can keep track of numbers at or call Sean on 085 235-6977.

See you there!


In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!

Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...

A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory (!), the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!

Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.

The Curious Case Of The Missing Teapot

The Curious Case Of The Missing Teapot

We’re still looking for one very special silver Georgian teapot - last seen in a display case in Downing street circa the 1980’s...  It was given to Margaret Thatcher by Charles Haughey, and our Fergus Sweeney has been trying to track down what happened to it - he joins Derek in studio with the latest...

Car Finance

Car Finance

Recent figures released by the The Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that car sales are continuing to fall.

Sales for the first quarter of the year are down 14% on last year. 39,511 new cars were sold in the first 3 months of this year, compared to 45,840 last year, a decline of 6,329.

Michael Sheridan, Editor of the RTÉ Motoring website, joins Derek in studio today, as does Mooney's Colm Flynn, who has been investigating whether it's better to buy a car using the dealership's finance scheme, or just going direct to the bank...

Bed Linen

Bed Linen

Yesterday Brenda reported on Ireland’s first ever Cloth Nappy Library.

It’s in Ballyfin, Co Laois and basically it allows parents to trial a selection of cloth nappies and find the one that best works for their little darling.

It’s a lot better for the environment and much lighter and your pocket too. The average spend on regular nappies for one child per year is €500.

Anyway, lots of you thought this was a great idea but it got us talking after the show about washing and laundry and sheets, towels and throws and how hotels manage their laundry.

Do they farm it out to commercial laundrettes?

Do hotels own their linen or rent them?

Do they charge their clients for missing towels?

Brenda is on the case!

This morning, she went to meet Paul Fitzpatrick, who is behind the Morgan and Beacon hotels in Dublin. She also visited Giles Laundry and Dry Cleaners in Ranelagh, where she met with Melvin and Rose Giles...

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 ( 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


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