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.
Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
On today's Mooney, we're celebrating the upcoming Mooney's Eurovision Melodies concert on May 9th, with an exciting competition, offering two listeners a two-night luxury stay in one of Eurovision's spiritual homes: the great city of Stockholm!
Katriona McFadden will be at the National Concert Hall with Eurovision legend Paul Harrington. And anyone who buys concert tickets at the box office this afternoon, or online during the day, will be automatically entered into a draw for this amazing prize - which also includes a trip to the new Abba Museum in Stockholm, which opens next month!
For further details, tune in to Mooney from 3pm...
MOONEY'S EUROVISION MELODIES COMPETITION
TODAY ONLY!!! If you book a ticket to Mooney's Eurovision Melodies TODAY, anytime before midnight, then you will be entered into a draw to win a fantastic break to Stockholm!
Anyone who buys their ticket for Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies today will go into a competition. The prize has been sponsored by Scandinavian Airlines who fly from Dublin to Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm 26 times a week. And they are offering two return flights to Stockholm for you and a friend, two nights accommodation in a top Stockholm hotel and two tickets to the new ABBA museum, which is opening in Stockholm next month.
Anyone who has bought a ticket for Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies TODAY (so from midnight last night til midnight tonight) is with a chance of winning the Stockholm trip. The winner will be chosen randomly.
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.
Eurovision: Launch Of Mooney's Eurovision Melodies Concert!
Yes, it’s getting close to that time. The Eurovision Song Contest is now a mere THREE weeks away. Can you believe it?! On this very day in three weeks time, May 14th, Ryan Dolan will sing his little heart out for Ireland in Semi Final One. And Mooney will be there, broadcasting live from Malmo that week, bringing up all the gossip and behind-the-scenes fun.
BUT, if you can’t wait that long and you need a Eurovision ‘fix’ sooner than that, well… do we have a concert for you?! It’s called ‘Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies’ and it’s happening in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday May 9th.
Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden is at the National Concert Hall this afternoon, along with Eurovision melody Paul Harrington!
Eurovision Royalty: Paul Harrington (right) with Charlie McGettigan (left) - they were the Rock'n'Roll kids!
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...
Click here to view the series trailer:
Get The Guy!
Nowadays, they are plenty of ways to find your ideal partner - whether it’s internet dating, speed dating, blind dates, singles parties or an old fashioned match maker.
And here’s another one to add to the list, this one caters for single ladies looking for a partner and it’s called ‘get the guy’.
They run workshops and weekends for women only, showing them the strategies they can employ right now to take control of their love lives; instead of sitting back and hoping that it all "sorts itself out eventually!.
Last weekend, they held three workshops in Dublin and 600 Irish women attended them.
Brenda brought Ciara Carroll, our Mooney guru on the singles scene, to see what it was all about.
The workshop lasted about 4 hours and cost €10. Brenda spoke to Steve, who talked about the Get The Guy concept, to Ciara Carroll, and to some of the woman there, including Simia, who had a most fascinating story...
The Thrills famously asked Whatever Happened To Corey Haim? Remember Corey Haim? That 1980s star of kids' movie classics like The Lost Boys, Silver Bullet and Firstborn?
Last week on this show, our resident Mooney sleuth, Fergus Sweeney, was posing his own "whatever happened" question, in relation to the infamous teapot presented by Charlie Haughey to Margaret Thatcher.
But today, we have another sleuth in studio - a man who specialises in answering some very tricky "whatever happened to" questions:
"Whatever happened to the statue of Queen Victoria, that used to reside outside Leinster house?"
"Whatever happened to the 1970’s jetfoil, which was supposed to herald a new era of high-speed travel between Dublin and Liverpool?"
Have any of these questions ever crossed your mind? Well, if so, Sunday Independent journalist Rory Egan is in studio, to put your mind at rest!
Mooney's Eurovision Melodies Competition!
If you book a ticket to Mooney's Eurovision Melodies TODAY, you could win a fantastic break to Stockholm! Katriona McFadden reports from the National Concert Hall, where she talks to guests including Paul Harrington...
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