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    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm

    Tuesday, April 30th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    As the new king of Holland is inaugurated, Derek asks whether anyone cares anymore about European royals? A U.S. state has banned the use of words like fisherMEN in favour of "fishers" - political correctness gone mad? And we find out how the pillows we love the most are harbouring untold, unwelcome visitors!

    DAWN CHORUS 2013

    Join the Mooney Goes Wild team on Sunday, May 5th 2013, from 00:00 - 06:00, for the Annual Dawn Chorus from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork.

    The documentaries that will be broadcast during Dawn Chorus are:

    00:00 - 01:00 Carl Linnaeus

    01:00 - 02:00 The American Alligator

    02:00 - 03:00 The Black-tailed Godwit

    03:00 - 04:00 Rainforests of Costa Rica

    For more information about the Dawn Chorus, click here.

    Unusual Bird Nest Sites!

    We will be launching Nestwatch 2013 very shortly, and many of you have contacted us to tell us about the strange places that you have found birds nesting! So we want to find out about the most unusual nest sites in the country! Please send in your photos by e-mail to mooney@rte.ie, and we'll put them up on the website! This is not a competition, and there aren't any prizes, but we will credit your photos!

    MOONEY'S EUROVISION MELODIES

    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...

    Secrets Of The Irish Landscape starts on Sunday, May 5th at 18:30 on RTÉ One.

    Click here to view the series trailer: 

     

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    Politically Gender-Correct Words

    Last week, the state legislature of Washington, in the USA, passed a law stating that the word "fisherman" should no longer appear on official documents. It should be replaced by the word "fisher". Similarly, a "freshman" no longer exists, according to this new law. Instead, we have gender-neutral "first-year students".

    "Penmanship" is also gone. It's been replaced by "handwriting". And the list goes on.

    Producer Olan McGowan has been taking a look at this, and he joins Derek in studio today with some of his favourites...

    The definitive list of politically correct phrases!

    Instead of this...                           Use this...
    actress                                         actor
    airline stewardess                         flight attendant
    airman, airwoman                         pilot, aviator, flier, flight crew
    alderman                                     council member/person
    anchorman, anchorwoman             anchor

    brethren                                      laity
    bridesmaid                                   bride's attendant

    brotherhood                                 fellowship, camaraderie
    brotherly love                               charity, goodwill

    career woman                              career professional
    chambermaid                               housekeeper
    clergy men, clergy women             clergy, clerics, ministers, pastors
    comedienne                                 comedian, entertainer
    common man                               average person, commoner
    con man                                      swindler, crook
    congressman                               member of congress, congress person
    cowboy, cowgirl                           cowhand
    craftsman                                    artisan, craftsperson

    doorman                                     doorkeeper, door attendant
    drum majorette                           drum major
    Dutchman                                   Dutch person

    elder statesman                           senior statesperson
    Englishman                                 Englander, Briton

    fall guy                                       scapegoat
    fatherhood                                  parenthood
    forefathers                                  ancestors, forebears

    foreman, forewoman, forelady      supervisor, boss
    founding father                           founder

    gamesmanship                            game playing
    gentlemen's agreement               unwritten agreement
    girl Friday                                   aide, assistant
    goddess                                     god
    governess                                  child caretaker, child care worker

    handyman                                 fixer, maintenance person
    headmaster                               principal
    heiress                                      heir
    henchman                                 partner in crime
    heroine                                     hero
    hostess                                     host
    housewife                                  homemaker

    jack-of-all-trades                       handyperson
    johnny-come-lately                    newcomer
    johnny-on-the-spot                   prompt person, right-on-time

    king-size                                  huge, very large
    layman                                    layperson
    lumberjack                               logger, forester

    maid-of-honor                          honored attendant
    maiden name                           family name, birth name
    man about town                       bon vivant, mover and shaker
    man of the year                        newsmaker of the year
    man on the street                     average person, ordinary citizen
    man (verb: to man)                  operate, staff
    man's best friend                      dog
    man-sized                                large
    man-to-man                             head-to-head, face-to-face
    manageress                             manager
    man-eater                                flesh eater
    manhandle                               rough up, move roughly
    manhole                                  utility access hole, maintenance hole
    man-hours                               workhours
    mankind                                  humankind, humanity
    manlike                                   humanlike
    manmade                                handmade, hand built, manufactured
    manpower                               workers, workforce, staff
    man of the house                     husband, father
    marksman                               sharpshooter
    masseuse                                massage therapist
    master                                    expert
    master key                              passkey
    master plan                             main plan, primary plan
    masterful                                skillful, expert
    masterpiece                            great work of art
    master's degree                       graduate degree
    middleman                              go-between, intermediary
    midshipman                            sailor, cadet
    Mother Earth                           earth, world, planet earth
    mother lode                            main vein
    Mother Nature                         nature
    mother tongue                        first language, native language
    motherhood                            parenthood

    no-man's-land                        uninhabited land, neutral zone
    odd-man-out                          person not included
    old wives' tale                         superstition

    penmanship                           handwriting
    prodigal son                           returning child

    seamstress                            tailor, sewer, mender, needleworker
    seductress                             seducer
    snowman                              snow person

    temptress                              tempter, enticer
    Uncle Sam                             U.S., United States
    yes-man                               avid follower, supporter

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    New Dutch King Inaugurated

    Today, Prince Willem-Alexander was sworn in as Dutch King, after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. We talk to Dutch Mooney listener Kirk de Klein, and also Joe Little, Managing Editor of Majesty Magazine in London...

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    An Droichead

    Derek talks about the piece of music composed by Liam O'Flynn to mark the inauguration of Mary McAleese as President of Ireland in 1997, then we hear 'An Droichead', performed by Liam O'Flynn with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

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    Toothbrushes Donated To SVP

    Brenda meets Patricia Carey, Director of Services with SVP Dublin, to handover €5000 worth of toothbrushes from listener Gavin Dunne, from SIG Development

    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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    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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

     

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