Thursday, May 9th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and they will take place later this year.  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We talk to an Irishman who decided that he needed cosmetic surgery to make him look as young as his girlfriend, we find out why the Rory Gallagher festival in Donegal has become so popular, and we hear about the upcoming Bioblitz event where scientists and amateur naturalists compete to record mammals, plants, bugs and new species around Ireland!

Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival

Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival

Regular listeners to this programme will have heard Derek mention the name D4 Dave on more than one occasion! D4 Dave, as he’s affectionately known, is a former researcher on this programme and he also fronts a Rory Gallagher Tribute band.

D4 Dave is Dave McHugh. His band is the Dave McHugh Band. They’ll be performing at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd, and he's back in studio today to perform a tune or two and tell us all about the festival!

For more information about the festival, visit www.rorygallagherfestival.com.

And for more information about the Dave McHugh Band, visit www.davemchughband.com!

RTÉ Goes Wild: BioBlitz 2013

RTÉ Goes Wild: BioBlitz 2013

A very unusual championship is taking place in Ireland this month - but we’re not talking about football or chowder chomping or song contests.

This competition features scientists and amateur naturalists in search of the flora and fauna of the Irish landscape!

Liam Lysaght is Director of the National Biodiversity Centre in Waterford - and it's from our Waterford studios that he joins us today, to explain more...

The Bioblitz will take place over a 24-hour period, from 5pm on May 24th to 5pm on May 25th, and in four different locations: Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Burren National Park, Lough Key Forest Park, in Co. Roscommon, and Colebrooke Estate, Co. Fermanagh.

Volunteers have to record as many species as possible in the allotted time, identifying everything from the largest mammals and the tallest trees to the smallest bugs in the undergrowth.

For more, visit http://bioblitz.biodiversityireland.ie

For more information on the RTÉ Goes Wild strand, visit www.rte.ie/tv/rtegoeswild. If you'd like to download a schedule for all the different radio and TV programmes that will be part of RTÉ Goes Wild, click here.

Bike Locks

Bike Locks

Unfortunately, if you're a cyclist, one of the 'givens' (particularly if you live in a city) is that you will have your bike stolen at some point. And then it’s 'Sayonara' and chances are you will never be re-united with your 'rothar' again.

But there is a lot you can do to fight back against the bike thieves – Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more…

The Dublin Cycling Campaign are a lobby group, who have made an online video called Avoid The Thief. It features bike mechanic Gareth Muldowney, who is shown walking around Dublin streets showing bikes that were locked well and bikes that were locked badly. 

So Katriona went to meet up with Gareth in Dublin to find out just how easy it is to break the locks on the e-bike of Mooney's Broadcast Co-Ordinator Sinéad Renshaw...

Gareth shows how easy it is to break a bike lock

It's much easier than you might think to saw through a bike chain!

Not even a heavy chain like this is secure enough, warns Gareth

 

Bike mechanic Gareth Muldowney with his cutting tools!

Botox For Men

Botox For Men

We talk to an Irishman who decided that he needed cosmetic surgery to make him look as young as his girlfriend, we find out why the Rory Gallagher festival in Donegal has become so popular, and we hear about the upcoming Bioblitz event where scientists and amateur naturalists compete to record mammals, plants, bugs and new species around Ireland!

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