The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Margaret Thatcher's former driver, Denis Oliver, shares his memories of the Iron Lady. We’ve music from the winner of the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition, Nikolay Khozyainov. And Katriona McFadden talks Derek through some of the entries sent in as we try to find Ireland's Dirtiest Pillow!
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.
Secrets Of The Irish Landscape
Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.
16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...
Yesterday on the show we launched our challenge to find "Ireland’s Dirtiest Pillow".
We had David Woolfson, founder of Irish company SleepAngel Pillows here in studio along with Bruce Mitchell, Clinical Immunologist and Allergist, and Head of the Airmid Healthgroup, who tested the Sleepangel pillow and found it to be a 100% barrier against viruses, mould, microbes, allergens and bacteria.
And we asked YOU to send us in your pictures of your dirty pillows.
Which you have been doing, in your droves!! Katriona has been going through the pillow pics and here are some of her favourites!
Anne from Sligo sent us an image of this fine specimen!
Daniel from Dun Laoghaire told us that the brownish stain is old blood!
And Elizabeth O'Reilly reckons her pillow is about 34 years old - but she loves it!
In May of last year, nearly one year ago, a young piano player called Nikolay Khozaniov took to the stage of the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He was about to play one of the most daunting pieces of music in the classical repertoire, the infamous Concerto number three, by Rachmaninov.
Nikolay was one of the contestants in the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition. And his performance stunned not just the audience, but the competitions judges as well.
Aged only 19, he walked off the stage having secured first place in this incredibly prestigious competition. Since then, he has simply gone from strength to strength: touring the world, displaying his talent in some of the most legendary venues on the classical music circuit.
Nikolay is now back in Dublin. And this weekend, on Saturday night, he will give his solo debut performance in the venue where he triumphed last year. The National Concert Hall.
He has a busy schedule, so we are delighted he has dropped into us today for a chat, and to play Chopin's Berceuse Opus 57 ('Berceuse' literally means "cradle song").
The solo début recital of Nikolay Khozyainov is taking place in association with Friends of the National Concert Hall on Saturday, April 20th at 8pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. This will be a great opportunity to see a young pianist at the start of his career, as he embarks on what promises to be a glittering career!
- National Concert Hall, Main Auditorium - Saturday 20th April, 2013 - Time: 8pm | Prices €40, €30 and €10.
Tickets can be purchased at the National Concert Hall Box Office by telephoning 01 417-0000 or online at www.nch.ie. For further information please see www.dipc.ie.
Over the past week the airwaves have been full of tributes and brickbats for the woman whose legacy is described as being divisive.
But there was a private side to Margaret Thatcher as well that few had access to - and her adored husband was only one of two Denises in her life. The other was Denis Oliver - the man who was her official driver for 14 years.
The relationship of trusted chaffeurs with their bosses is unique – and the state car, a place the boss can let their guard down. No doubt Denis Oliver heard many unguarded comments while driving Mrs Thatcher! He joins Derek on the show today from the BBC studios in London.
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