Wednesday, May 1st 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...

Oliver Callan tells us about his new Radio 1 series, Brenda Donohue reports from Heuston Station as passengers on their homeward commute are entertained by Glória, Dublin's Gay and Lesbian Choir, and we’re looking for players for our table topics game!

Jordan Ryan

You may remember that back in February, Louis Walsh was in studio with us, and we asked those of you who could hold a tune to sing for Louis, and he would critique you!

Amongst those performing for Louis was 18-year-old Jordan Ryan, from Wexford. Ryan is studying vocals in DIT, and he gave us a great rendition of LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know It...

His performance went down very well with Louis, and Jordan told us that he was going to try his hand at The X Factor.  Well this morning, Jordan was one of thousands queueing up in Glasgow to try impress the judges ... he tells us how he got on!

Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!

Callan's Kicks

Callan's Kicks

The impressionist and satirist Oliver Callan has been a firm favourite in our Mooney Tunes series of concerts...

A 'chameleon' from Monaghan, he has been both men and women, presidents and presenters, celebrities and sportspeople.

He’s been a star of television and radio for many years now, and his new radio series, Callan's Kicks, will begin this Friday on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6.30pm.  Oliver joins Derek in studio today, to tell us who we may expect to hear from in the new series...


Table Topics, with Rory Cowan

Back today by popular demand is our TABLE TOPICS Competition! We are looking for listeners with the gift of the gab to get in touch to take part...

The competition is all about being able to speak about a topic, which Derek will give you, for 90 seconds.

And we have a great prize for today’s winner: a pair of tickets to see Sting "Live at the Marquee" in Cork, on July 1st this year...

Our judge today is well used to listening to people with the gift of the gab: Rory Cowan, from Mrs Brown’s Boys, has today been given the crucial task of deciding which of you talks with the most fun, the most eloquence and the most coherence!!

If you'd like to take part, e-mail us now on, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

The Journey's On Us

A few weeks ago, Brenda and Derek travelled to Cork Railway Station to launch The Journeys On Us initiative. We had great fun there, and just to remind you what it is … Mooney has teamed up with Iarnród Éireann to provide 100 groups with free return rail travel, for up to 50 people per group.

It’s a brilliant initiative and what we found last year is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.

The closing date for entries is this Friday, May 3rd at 6pm, and last Monday, Brenda was at Heuston Station with one of the groups who applied, Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir. They entertained commuters who passed through the station on their journey...

So are you involved in a group such as a sports club, charity, such as local community groups, voluntary body or charity - or do you know someone who is? Would free group travel help your organisation achieve its goal?

If you would like to apply, then just complete the application form available from all Iarnród Éireann stations, online at or by clicking here. Entry forms can be filled out online, e-mailed to or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, May 3rd, at 17.00hrs.


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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