Wednesday, April 24th 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 gets an insight into the French Foreign Legion as they release their first album. Brenda Donohue meets 70 musicians in Co. Meath as they prepare for the World Accordion Festival in Austria. And we find out how an enterprising hotel owner has goldfish for hire on his list of added extras!


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...

Click here to view the series trailer: 


Abbaesque House Party Launch

Abbaesque House Party Launch

We've had many memorable House Parties on Mooney.

The best and most popular performers in the business including Tommy Fleming, Brian Kennedy, The Fureys, opera singer Niamh Murray, the witty Corrigan Brothers and Daniel O'Donnell have all visited the homes of various Mooney listeners to sing and joke, and generally provide them with a very special evening of entertainment!

Brenda Donohue has news of our next House Party - it's one of Ireland’s best tribute acts, Abbaesque!


The date of the house party is next Wednesday, May 1st, so if you would like Abbaesque to come to your home, office, shed etc... and perform for your family, friends and neighbours, then get in contact with us!

E-mail us now and tell us why you want them, who you’ll have there and make sure you put a contact number on the e-mail!! 


As it’s on next week we need your entries in asap!

The closing date for entries is this Friday at 6pm. E-mail

Accordion Orchestra

You may have heard the joke... the definition of a gentleman is someone who can play the accordion but chooses not to!

The accordion can sometimes get bad press but in Castletown, in Co Meath, it is the instrument of choice for the majority of people there.

In fact in Castletown, they have four accordion orchestras, and three of them are travelling to Innsbruck, in Austria to represent Ireland in the World Accordion Festival in May.

Brenda Donohue went along to a rehearsal...


The Great Bear Stakeout

A new BBC series which starts tonight promises to take us up close and personal with grizzly bears, and to get closer to their lives than anyone thought possible.

The Great Bear Stakeout is a co-production with Discovery Channel, and is narrated by Billy Connolly.  Gavin Henderson was Executive Producer for the BBC, and he joins us from their Bristol studios today...

The Great Bear Stakeout is on BBC One television tonight at 9pm - for more information about the series, visit

The Irish Rodeo Bullfighter Down Under

Last week we received an e-mail from an Irishman living in Australia for the last two years and he’s hoping to make a name for himself as a rodeo star.

Donal Kelly is 21, he’s from Clonegal in Carlow – in fact he performs on the Queensland circuit wearing his beloved county jersey!

We chat to Donal to find out how he became involved in the Australian rodeo scene!

Hotel Goldfish

Hotel Goldfish

Well they say a dog is a man’s best friend! But of course some people like cats, or rabbits, or hamsters, or horses - the list goes on! And some people just love GOLDFISH!

OK, they’re not as cute and cuddly as other animals and you can’t exactly take them out for a walk or rub their belly - but they do seem to have a nice calming effect.

Colm Flynn went along to the Pet Palace pet shop on Parnell Street in Dublin, where he met earlier today where he met the owner Glen, to find out more about man's favourite fishy friend!

And we also hear how a hotel in Dutton, near Warrington, Cheshire, in the UK is now offering its guests the chance to hire a goldfish to put in their room for the duration of their stay – a little touch that might make their visit a little more memorable!

Jeff Riley is the owner of the Happy Guests Lodge in Dutton, and he joins us on the line to tell us about his goldfish, called Happy, and why he feels that goldfish in bedrooms can make his guests feel similarly happy!

Mooney's Wednesday Quiz

It’s Wednesday, it’s Mooney, so what does that mean? Well, Mooney’s Wednesday Quiz of course!! And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

The Dingle Boatman’s Association and the ‘Fungie, 30 years in Dingle Organising Committee’ have given us a two-night break in the Dingle Skellig Hotel for this weekend – because this weekend Dingle is holding a special Festival to mark 30 years since the arrival of Fungie the Dolphin.

You can choose a room for two, or a family room. The hotel can provide babysitters if you like.

Your breakfast is included in the prize and you can use a €100 voucher to buy dinner in the award-winning Global Village restaurant on Dingle’s Main Street.

And there’s more…

You’ll get a family ticket for a boat ride to visit Fungie; a family ticket for Dingle's Oceanworld aquarium; AND Sunday lunch at Dingle's Ballintaggart House which overlooks the Harbour – for up to 2 adults and 2 children.

The winners might even be able to spot Fungie from there!

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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