Wednesday, May 8th 2013

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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.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Brenda Donohue continues her investigation into how long it takes a woman to control her partner's wardrobe, and we find out about the Bratacha Festival of Flags and Emblems which will take place in Dun Laoghaire this weekend!

Would You Like To Take Part In Our Flag Quiz Today?

Would You Like To Take Part In Our Flag Quiz Today?

We are looking for two people to take part in a very special quiz today. It’s not our usual Mooney Quiz with general knowledge and music.

It’s quite a specialised quiz. It’s all about… the flags of the world! But it’s not TOO hard, don’t let the theme put you off!

If you know your Star Spangled Banner from your Union Jack you should be able to answer the questions!

And we have a great prize up for grabs…

The winner of today’s competition will get to enjoy the Bratacha Festival in Dun Laoghaire in style this weekend…

The prize is a 2-night weekend break in the luxury 4-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in nearby Killiney.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in either PJ’s Restaurant or The Dungeon Bistro – located in the original dungeons of the castle.

The hotel will organise a driver to take the winner on the seven-minute trip into Dun Laoghaire to enjoy the Bratacha Festival and then back again in the evening.

Also included in the prize is a pair of tickets for the Fighting Irish concert in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavillion Theatre on Friday evening… It features the music and songs of Irish wars and battles and is narrated by our very own Myles Dungan.

If that sounds like something you’d like to win, why you don’t you enter our Flags of the World Quiz?

You can enter by texting your name to 51551, e-mailing or calling 1850 715 900.

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

Dressing Your Man

Dressing Your Man

Today we return to a topic started yesterday, when we began to discuss women and their tendency to change their partner’s clothes.

Brenda brought to our attention a survey that was carried out by Marks and Spencer and Oxfam.

It found that, when a woman begins a new relationship, she has a tolerance limit of SIX AND A HALF MONTHS, before she starts to demand changes in her man's wardrobe.

And in case of resistance, the action taken to change their partner's style can be ruthless. Just under half of women admitted to throwing away their partner's offending items without him knowing, and one in seven took it one stage further, by putting them in the wrong wash on purpose.

Brenda brings us more findings from the survey, and find out what the good denizens of Dundrum made of it all!

So what do you think..?

Is it a load of rubbish? Are men being portrayed unfairly?

Has your husband something in his wardrobe you want to get rid of or have you sabotaged it already...

Let us know - call 1850 715 900 or e-mail!

Bratacha, the Festival of Flags and Emblems

Bratacha, the Festival of Flags and Emblems

The story of you as an individual can be told in many ways - a memoir, a photo album, your paper trail from birth...

Or, it can be told in a vast array of flags that can identify you - those of your country or your county, of your football club or trade union or school…

Over the next few days in Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin, there is going to be an extravaganza of all things flag-related, culminating in a sea of colour descending on Saturday from the People’s Park through the town and down along the seafront!

The festival is the brainchild of Michael Merrigan, General Secretary of the Irish Genealogical Society, and he has come in today to tell us more...

Bratacha, the Festival of Flags and Emblems, will take place in Dún Laoghaire THIS WEEKEND, from May 9th -11th 2013.

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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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