Mooney, Thursday August 1st 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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

We have music from on high as the Steeple Sessions help celebrate 150 years of Unitarianism in Dublin. Gardener Dermot O'Neill answers all of your horticulural queries, and we discover why 170 artists are out and about in Wexford, painting the great outdoors!

Romanian Film Dubbing

Romanian Film Dubbing

For the generation of Romanians who grew up under Nicolae Ceausescu, the voice of our next guest may well have brought them hours of solace during that bleak and terrible era.

Irina Margareta Nistor was an employee at the State Censorship Committee when in 1986 until the Communist regime collapsed, she began a second and illicit job dubbing more than 5,000 mainly Hollywood movies. They were banned and had to be smuggled into the country. She’s voiced everyone from Jesus to Bruce Lee to Baloo from The Jungle Book, and she has the most recognised voice in Romania!

And she joins us on the line today from Bucharest to tell us about the most amazing career...

Dermot O’Neill

Dermot O’Neill

Our resident gardening guru, Dermot O'Neill, will be in studio today to take your gardening calls!  If you have a question for Dermot, e-mail, tweet us @MooneyShow or, from 3pm - 4.30pm, send us a text message to 51551.

Art In The Open


If you click on the above video, you'll hear Don McLean’s much loved song Vincent (Starry Starry Night). It evokes beautiful images of artists out in the elements painting the landscape:

"Paint your palette blue and grey,
look out on a summer’s day,
... shadows on the hill..."

and the beautiful lyrics:

"colours changing hue, morning field of Amber grain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand"

Why are artists from all over the world gathering outside in scenic areas in Co Wexford to paint the landscape? Mary Kingston headed off to Carne Beach in Co Wexford to meet some landscape painters....

Mary Kingston with Finnish artist Antti Rautiola

Art in the Open, Ireland’s International Plein Air Painting Festival, is the largest painting event in the country, and one of the more interesting events are the Paint-Outs.

Mary Kingston with Wexford artist Karen Scannell

Mary met Karen Scannell from Co. Wexford, Valerie Craig from Pennsylvania, Leon Holmes from Australia, Antti Rautiola from Finland, and Adam, Andrew and Brandon, holiday makers from Carne Caravan Park.

The Art in the Open Festival began on Monday (July 29th), and runs until next Tuesday (August 6th). The best of the Plein Air paintings will be on exhibition and for sale in the Greenacres Gallery in the heart of Wexford town from next Monday until Saturday week. (Saturday, August 17th).

Paint Outs take place today at Hook Head, in Enniscorthy on Saturday, August 3rd, and in Wexford Town on Sunday, August 4th.  For more information about Art In The Open, visit, and for more information about getting started in plein air painting, visit

Singing Circles

Singing Circles

Lots of old traditions are being lost throughout the country, but one is making a comeback in the West.

Singing Circles are becoming more popular. A Singing Circle is a monthly session of traditional, unaccompanied singing and storytelling away from the pressure of competition, but with one rule: Silence for the singer and respect for the song.

Unlike other events, when people are asked to sing and refuse for one reason or another, at a Singing Circle, people are there because they want to sing.

Terry Flanagan spent a night in a very packed Durkin’s pub in Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo where about 100 people were gathered for the Singing Circle...

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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Music Played on the Show



Don Mclean


Lock And Key

Lock And Key

Niall Toner


Now Westlin Winds

Now Westlin Winds

The Voice Squad


What Wondrous Love This?

What Wondrous Love This?

The Voice Squad


Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)

Somewhere My Love (Lara's Theme)



Theme From Taxi Driver

Theme From Taxi Driver

Bernard Hermann


As Time Goes By

As Time Goes By

Dooley Wilson




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