Mooney, Wednesday July 17th 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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Shay Byrne with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Keith Barry's Dark Side

Keith Barry's Dark Side

His new show, The Dark Side, has been described as his most terrifying yet. We’re promised witchcraft, voodoo, Ouija boards and séances; volunteers will become possessed by demons and audience members will receive messages from "the other side"!  Keith Barry joins Shay in studio to chat about The Dark Side!

The Dark Side continues at Dublin's Olympia Theatre until July 27th - for more information, visit http://olympia.ie/whats-on/keith-barry-the-dark-side/.

To follow Keith Barry on Twitter, and view his videos, click here.

Tribute Bands

Tribute Bands

Reports surfaced last year that the four members of ABBA, all of whom are fit and well, were offered a figure around €1 billion to reform and do a world tour.

As we all know, the band have resolutely stuck to their guns, saying they will never reform. And they each have their own reasons for that.

But the absence of ABBA gives a great opportunity to the many ABBA tribute bands around the world, including our own ABBA-ESQUE (pictured).

In fact, the tribute band phenomenon started with BJORN AGAIN, an Australian group formed back in 1988 to capitalise on the band's split. And recently, it was reported that this band, the king and queen of tribute bands, have racked up, over the last 25 years, career earnings of up to €50 million.

They are HUGE! And not only are they huge, but the whole market for tribute bands has become huge in the intervening years.

Shay is joined on the line today by Ed Faulkner, a former tribute band singer himself, and founder of a festival that's been described as a "Glastonbury for Tribute Acts", called "TRIB-FEST" (www.tribfest.co.uk).

And he's also joined in studio by Derek Power, who is Bono in U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree (www.thejoshuatree.ie), and by Mooney producer Olan McGowan!

To find out more about some of Ireland's tribute bands, visit www.tributebands.ie.

Using Medicines Properly

Using Medicines Properly

Shay is joined in studio today by Waterford pharmacist Paul Kenny, who'll be answering your questions on how best to use medicines, what's on the market, using generic medicines etc... If you have a question that you would like to put to Paul, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie, tweet @MooneyShow or text us on 51551.

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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