Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th 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 chats to Wexford singer Jordan Ryan about the latest chapter in his The X Factor odyssey, Jim Wilson speaks to the Cobh women who eat, sleep and dress the Victorian way, and ... the birds are back in town! We bring you highlights of the weekend’s Dawn Chorus!

Junior Dragons' Den

Junior Dragons' Den

Last night was the last in the current series of Dragons' Den who, in association with Bank of Ireland, have had a nationwide competition to get the best the country has to offer in junior entrepreneurs. They ranged in age from 12 to 18 years old but last night, it was 13-year-old CEO Shane Curran who blew the Dragons away.

Shane approached the Dragons to let them know all about his company, Libramatic, which is a fully automated smartphone and web-based library system - and he's in studio today, with his Mum, Paula, to tell us all about it!

To watch the programme back again, click here to see it on the RTÉ Player!

Jordan Ryan And The X Factor

You might remember back in February when Louis Walsh was in studio with us we asked if you could hold a tune, to get in touch with us and sing for him.

Jordan Ryan from Wexford was one who did exactly that and when we last spoke to him he had just got through his first The X Factor audition over in Glasgow. Since then he’s had his second audition, and he's in studio today to tell us how he got on!

Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!

Derek with Jordan Ryan

Dawn Chorus

Over the course of the first six hours of Sunday morning (May 5th), we were treated to the beautiful sound of Ireland's birds, from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Here are just some of the highlights...

Our men in Cuskinny Marsh: Terry Flanagan, Jim Wilson & Derek Mooney!

Click here to see our guide to the Dawn Chorus.

Cobh's Victorian Ladies

Jim Wilson meets the Victorian ladies of the Cobh Heritage Centre!

The Victorian ladies from Cobh Animation Group; the picture was taken in Cobh Heritage Centre

Jim Wilson with Claire, a Victorian lady

Afternoon tea with the Victorian ladies

Jim Wilson poses with Victorian ladies

Jim interviews Claire, a Victorian lady; Terry Flanagan records the moment for radio 

Click here for the schedule of the 60 cruise liner visits to 2013 -

The PAX column shows the passenger capacity of each cruise liner - Independence of the Sea holds over 4300 and many over 3000.

Click here for information about Cobh Heritage Centr

Mooney's Monday Quiz

It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean? Well, "Mooney’s Monday Quiz" of course!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night break for two people sharing one room in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.

And you must be able to avail of the prize on July 3rd and 4th as your prize ALSO includes two tickets to Kenny Rogers in the INEC on July 4th.

Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win…..

…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551, email or call 1850 715 900.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

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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