Mooney, Wednesday August 28th 2013

***MOONEY GOES WILD WINS 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 the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  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 drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

As Finbar Furey and Mundy battle it out for a place in the finale of The Hit, Derek talks to the show’s creator about what it takes to make a winning TV format. And we hear the extraordinary tale of the football manager appointed to FC Baku whose experience was solely in the computer game "Football Manager"!

Final Of The Hit This Friday

Final Of The Hit This Friday

The big finale of RTÉ’s The Hit takes place THIS Friday. Presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, The Hit is the latest music reality show format – and it’s been doing relatively well, with a quarter of a million people tuning in each week.

And that’s just in Ireland. It’s about to travel around the world!

Finding a winning TV format can mean big bucks. Imagine if you were the person behind shows like these The X Factor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Big Brother.

If you had thought those up, right now a butler would probably be serving you up afternoon tea on a silver platter and a helicopter would be waiting in your back yard to transport you to dinner this evening.

Yes, one clever idea can become your intellectual property and for TV producers, finding 'The Big One' is a bit of a quest for the Holy Grail!

Philip Kampff is the creator of The Hit and the owner of Vision Independent Productions and he joins Derek in studio today, as does Declan Jones, Head of Development with Vision Independent Productions, whose job on The Hit was to listen to and whittle down the 1000 songs received into the show...

To find out how to download the two songs, Mundy's The Jigsaw Man and Finbar Furey's Last Great Love Song, visit www.rte.ie/tv/voting/thehitdownload.

For more information about The Hit, visit the website: www.rte.ie/tv/thehit, and to watch previous episodes of The Hit, click here!

The Youngest Football Club Manager In The World

The Youngest Football Club Manager In The World

Football lovers will be delighted to welcome in the new Premier League season after a summer off. There are new managers, new players – a lot to talk about around the watercooler or 'down the pub'.

But, in all the soccer trivia, here’s a question that might catch out even the most devoted footie fan: who is the world’s youngest football club manager and what team do they manage?

Well the answer is: Vugar Huseynzade, he’s 22, and he manages FC Baku in Azerbaijan.

He got the job at age 21 – and, if that wasn’t extraordinary enough, his prior experience was limited to playing a computer game called Football Manager!!

Vugar is on the line from Baku, and Ciaran Brennan is on the line from London. He is the PR Manager for Sports Interactive who make the Football Manager game...

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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