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...
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
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
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
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...
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
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