Mooney, Monday July 29th 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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Kenneth Egan Retires

Kenneth Egan Retires

Earlier this year, one of our boxing greats announced his retirement at the National Stadium. Kenneth Egan was defeated by Joe Ward in his 13th consecutive national final and, after 24 years of boxing, he finally bowed out of the ring to a rapturous and emotional farewell from his fans.

So what does a 10 times national champion, an Olympic silver medalist a European Gold medalist do when he retires?

Kenneth "Kenny" Egan is in studio today to tell us!

The TV show that Kenneth is involved with is called Ireland's Fittest Family, and will air from the end of September.  And he will be giving a talk at the Foróige Conference this Thursday - for more information about Foróige, visit www.foroige.ie.

House Swap

Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert had a difference of opinion over whether they should settle for the fresh air and green spaces of the countryside or the hustle bustle and high rises of city life. In the end, he got his way and the 1960’s TV show Green Acres documented the New York couples’ hilarious adventures (or misadventures) down on the farm.

Our next guest, Elizabeth Birdthistle, is offering someone living in Dublin the chance to escape the city and experience the "tranquil and easy" pace of life near the village of Leenane in County Galway.

Do you fancy living in the Connemara Boathouse for a year?

Elizabeth is proposing a house swap for one year. She wrote an article about her proposal in last Thursday’s The Irish Times (which you can read by clicking here), and today she comes into studio to explain to Derek why she's planning on moving to the capital, and how she envisages that this could work...

For more information on Elizabeth's Leenane home, and how the house swop might work, visit www.connemaraboathouse.com.

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

Well, were you watching?! Did you see the desserts?! (yum!) Did you watch the drama unfold?! Was the wrong person voted out?!!

RTÉ’s Tracy Piggott may have been last night’s MasterChef loser – but hopefully she is a winner at the Galway Races!  And it's from the City of the Tribes that Tracy joins us today, to tell us about her experience of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland!

To find out more, read this RTÉ Ten interview with Tracy on her departure, or if you missed the programme last night, you can watch it back on the RTÉ Player by clicking here.

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland continues next Sunday on RTÉ One at 21:30 - to visit the website for the series, click here.

Costumes From The Sound Of Music Sell At Auction

Costumes from The Sound Of Music (1965) starring Julie Andrews, sold at auction in Hollywood yesterday for an estimated $1.3 million.

This dress was worn by Maria, as played by Julie Andrews, as she performed Do-Re-Mi

The dress as worn by Julie Andrews

 

To find out more about the auctition, you can read this CBS report: http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-207_162-10017677.html.

On a recent trip to Salzburg, Austria, Derek took the Sound Of Music tour. Today, we hear some of the not-so-well-known stories about the making of this Oscar-winning classic.

Yesterday, Derek spoke about his recent holiday to Salzburg, and visiting the locations used in the filming of the movie The Sound Of Music...

Perfect meadow in Salzburg

The altar where Captain Von Trapp and Maria got married

The pavilion where Rolf and Lizel courted

The Sound Of Music tour is big business in Salzburg - 300,000 people take the tour each year

Derek with the Sound Of Music tour guide

The Sound Of Music Tour Bus

The Sound Of Music Pavilion

A perfect meadow in Salzburg

The Sound Of Music tour

 

Mooney's Monday Quiz!

We're looking for three listeners to take part in our quiz today, and win a prize of two nights B&B, and one evening meal, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway!

You can register your interest in taking part by texting your name to 51551, e-mailing mooney@rte.ie, or tweeting us @MooneyShow. The quiz will take place after half four today, and you must be over 18 to claim the prize, although under-18s can play on your behalf.

The Radisson Blu, Galway

Room at The Radisson Blu, Galway

 

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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