Mooney Thursday 15 August 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

Dublin Fly Fest

This September 15th Irish people will get a chance to see this enormous aircraft up close when it flies right through Dublin’s city centre as part of a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime fly past. 30 aircraft including Boeing 737s and the 1940s B-17 Flying Fortress will fly from Dublin Port up the River Liffey as far as the Customs House over a two hour period. Peter Kearney is Director of Operations at the Irish Aviation Authority and he’s been involved in organizing this event.

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Don Conroy Competition

You can watch Don Conroy drawing a cat on our Radio One YouTube channel. Email with your drawing to be in with a chance to win a prize.

Competition closes next Monday, 20th of August.

 The competition prize is a copy of the Secrets of the Irish Landscape.

Tim Samuels BBC

Radio documentary 'Tel Aviv Comes Out' which was aired last weekend is about how the Israeli City is now marketing itself as a gay destination. The Gay Pride Festival in Tel Aviv this year attracted 100,000 people – but there are still those who think that is a “pinkwash” by the authorities, a P.R. exercise to make this Holy Land seem more liberal. Tim Samuels made the documentary & is the Presenter of ‘Men’s Hour’ on BBC Five Liv. Tim spoke to Derek earlier in the programme.

You can listen to the BBC Documentary here.


Rory Cowan

Rory Cowan, son of Mrs Brown in the famous hit show Mrs Browns Boys. Rory is also a huge fan of Tel Aviv speaks to Derek about filming in the sit com.

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.

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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