Mooney, Tuesday July 16th 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.

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On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

We uncover the thriving world of Irish country music in the company of its most luminous rising star, Nathan Carter. We’re looking for three players for our weekly quiz. And architect Dermot Bannon talks energy efficiency, as we track down County Clare's most energy-inefficient home!

Mis-heard Lyrics

Mis-heard Lyrics

Every day in the papers, you read about some survey or other. The old "9 out of 10 Cats" headline is something editors absolutely love!

But a funny one caught our eye recently, a survey conducted by the music website Spotify. Apparently, they polled 1,350 people, and the question was all about misheard lyrics.

You know the story. You have a song, a piece of music, that's been in your head for years. But you've never been quite sure what the lyrics are. So what you do? You make something up in your head?

Apparently, the Eurythmics' pop classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) is the most frequently misquoted song in the UK, according to this survey. Nearly a third of the 1,350 people polled believed that lead singer Annie Lennox sings: "Sweet dreams are made of cheese/ Who am I to disagree?"

In second position was Rihanna's We Found Love. Listeners thought that Rihanna sings "We found Dove in a soapless place" in her 2011 chart-topper.

And 20% of the votes went to singer kd lang's song Constant Craving, which came in third. It was misunderstood as "Can't Stand Gravy"!

So which songs have you misheard the lyrics of?  Let us know your favourite mix-ups! E-mail, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm - 4.30pm you can text us on 51551!


Dermot Bannon's Energy Saving Tips!

Dermot Bannon's Energy Saving Tips!

When architect Dermot Bannon is at a seminar, do you know what people ask him most often? You might think they would pick his brains for some query about an innovative design, or to plan their extension in two minutes, but not so... he is most often asked about how to make a home more energy efficient!

And what is his answer? It's simple – INSULATION.

Dermot joins Shay in studio today to give us some of his top energy saving tips!

There’s no better way of raising awareness of a particular issue than to run a competition and offer a small prize to the winner. And that’s what Clare County Council did recently. The competition sought to find the most energy inefficient home in the county. And the winners were Bernie and Patrick Callinan who live in Ennis. Fergus Sweeney paid a visit to the Callinan home...

Dermot Bannon's Room To Improve will return this October, when he will be converting a warehouse in Dun Laoghaire into a home, and working on an old schoolhouse in Kiltiernan.

To find out the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's top energy-saving tips, visit

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Singer Nathan Carter may only be 23 years of age, but he could well be described as the hardest-working young man in Irish showbusiness!  And those who have only recently heard the name "Nathan Carter" might be amazed to find out that he actually plays to hundreds of thousands of people each year, across Ireland, the UK and beyond.  He has a huge, huge following, and we're absolutely delighted that Nathan joins Shay in studio today to perform and to chat!

To find out more about Nathan, visit, and to find out Nathan's upcoming tour dates, click here!


Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It’s Tuesday afternoon, it’s Mooney, so it must be time for Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today...

We’ve a SUMMER FAMILY BREAK at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone for two adults and two kids – you’ll win two nights B&B and one evening meal. Your prize includes the award-winning Penguin Kids Activity Camp with round the clock fun and meals for the kids in camp!


A FREE activity from an array on offer such as a Viking boat cruise, Water Sports at Baysports, a trip to nearby Clonmacnoise, Viking Lake Cruise or Glendeer Pet Farm or many more...

Well, if that sounds like something you’d like to win ... we’re looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today. You can register your interest in taking part by texting your name to 51551, or e-mailing

The quiz will take place after 4pm today, and you must be over 18 to claim the prize, although under-18s 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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