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    ***Dawn Chorus 2016***

    On Sunday, May 1st 2016, Europe will wake to the sound of bird song, due to a collaboration between RTÉ and EBU Members.  Thanks to EBU members NRK in Norway, the BBC, Radio Moscow and National Public Radio in the Netherlands, Derek and his team at RTÉ will be representing the full splendour of the Dawn Chorus live across the continent, featuring some of Europe’s finest performers in full voice.  Experts will be on hand to explain to listeners what is happening, in real time, and to shed some light on the hidden lives of these amazing birds.  The Dawn Chorus will take place on Sunday, May 1st 2016, from 00:00 - 06:00 (Irish time).  Click here to read more about this exciting and ground-breaking broadcast!

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    Tuesday, May 14th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    You can hear all about what it takes to stage a Eurovision act, in a behind-the-scenes report with Ryan Dolan's make-up and body artists and backing vocalists, as he prepares for his big moment in tonight's semi-final. And Derek talks to Linda Martin who has returned to the stage in Malmö, twenty-one years after winning the contest there!

    Behind The Scenes At Eurovision 2013!

    TONIGHT, Ryan Dolan will sing his heart out for Ireland with the irresistably catchy Only Love Survives. Today, Derek presents the second of our live Mooney programmes from Malmö, in Sweden...

    Linda Martin performs live at the Moriskan Euro Fan Cafe in Malmö

    Mooney researcher Michele Browne and producer Fergus Sweeney busy at work

    Ryan chills out with family and friends (Ciaran Corrigan, Josephine Dolan, Ryan Dolan, and Gabriel Dolan) ahead of Semi-Final 1

    David Sheehan, Cathal Sheehan, Derek Mooney and Paul G. Sheridan in the delegation hotel

    Marty Whelan (commentator) with Head of Delegation Michael Kealy

     

    Linda meets some fans from Madrid

    Eurovision Fan Voting at Press Centre shows Ireland in fifth place to qualify from Semi-Final 1

    Press centre voting board ad of 15:00 local time, May 14th 2013

    Linda Martin and behind her a very TALL man!

    Paul G talks to Martin and Darron, Eurovision fans from New York. Dig the outfits!

    Martin Phillips from Wales (Skewen) & husband Darron Copeland (New York) 

    Derek Mooney at Eurovision

    Derek Mooney at Eurovision

    Derek Mooney at Eurovision

     

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    Eurovision 2013 - Semi-Final 1 TONIGHT!

    Are you getting excited? It's only a few hours to go until we see Ryan Dolan take to the stage in Malmö, Sweden, to represent Ireland at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest. Ryan composed his song Only Love Survives with Wez Devine.

    Ryan will perform in thirteenth position this evening - will 13 turn out to be lucky for our young singer from Strabane this evening?  The running order of performances tonight is below:

    You can watch the first Semi-Final tonight at 8pm on RTÉ Two; it will be introduced by Petra Mede, with television commentary by Marty Whelan. For more details about this evening's broadcast, then visit http://www.rte.ie/tv/eurovision/index.html.

    If you'd like to sing along with Ryan, then click here for the lyrics to Only Love Survives, or click here to watch the official video!

    Sixteen acts will perform during tonight's show. A combination of call and text votes from you at home and jury scores will determine which 10 acts will go forward to this year's Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday May 18th 2013.  And if you'd like to vote in tonight's Semi Final, then click here for all the voting details. Remember, viewers in the Republic of Ireland are not permitted to vote for Ireland's entry. Please do not attempt to do so, as your vote won't count but you will be charged for your vote.

    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.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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

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