Mooney, Tuesday September 3rd 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!

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Listen out for the glorious sound of leather on willow as Brenda reports from Malahide Cricket Club, where Ireland take on the old enemy... Derek hears about the heated boxes in Germany where despairing parents can safely abandon unwanted babies. And as the stragglers head for home, Katriona McFadden reflects on a wonderful weekend at Electric Picnic!

Mooney Tunes 9

As you probably know by now, MOONEY TUNES is back! That's Mooney Tunes number NINE, if you can believe it!

The concert will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on December 16th next.

And as usual, it's going to be a musical extravaganza, with music chosen from suggestions by listeners to the show. That's YOU, reading right now!

Mooney Tunes producer Olan McGowan, is here. And the last time Olan was in studio talking about the concert, he asked people to suggest music of EVERY genre.

One last thing, before you start calling: tickets for the show WILL NOT be on sale until October, most likely.

The cut-off date for suggestions is the last day of this month, September. The concert will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the evening of Monday, December 16. And it will be amazing!

You can e-mail or you can post a letter to MOONEY, RTE Radio One, Dublin 4.

And remember, if your entry is selected, you will get two free tickets to the concert! So there’s an incentive!

Mooney's Money

Up for grabs each day this week is a fantastic prize for you and a friend to the opening night of 'New Jersey Nights' at the Gaiety theatre next February.

The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time featuring the nostalgic hits - Sherry, Rag Dolls, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so many more. Tickets are on sale now, but each day this week a lucky winner and guest will be treated to VIP box tickets to the opening night on February 24th, an overnight stay at the 4-star Clarion Hotel with bed and breakfast plus there’s also €500 of Mooney's Money too!

Just answer this question:

True or false: Ireland takes on the England cricket team in Malahide today?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

ROI: 1515 71 72 00

NI: 0901 293 3501

text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm on Tuesday, September 3rd 2013. Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day.

Baby Boxes

Baby Boxes

Stories of foundlings in human history go back to when our time began, right back to Romulus and Remus of Rome and Moses in his basket.

The practice continued in medieval times: boxes where parents could leave an unwanted baby can be found in churches throughout Europe..

You would not think that such boxes have a place in our modern world – but it seems, they have been making a comeback.

Stephen Evans is the BBC correspondent based in Berlin and he has visited a designated baby cradle in a leafy suburb in Berlin where people have been leaving their babies...

The Green Electric Picnic!

The Green Electric Picnic!

Yesterday we launched the FUEL YOUR SCHOOL competition in association with Electric Ireland and Greenstar – where one national school from each province can win a year’s worth of electricity, and you can find full details here.

And we’re feeling all sustainable and energy-efficient this week – so to continue the theme, we’re going to talk about a very sustainable MUSIC FESTIVAL that finished up on Sunday night.

People were making their way home from it yesterday and are probably back in work or school today reminiscing about the weekend that was, including Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden!

Ireland-England Cricket Match

Ireland-England Cricket Match

Ireland are currently playing England in a RSA One-Day International in Malahide, in Dublin, and getting very involved with all the supporting is our own Brenda Donohue!  She's at the cricket ground along with John Kenny, from RTÉ Sport, as well as Robin Walsh, and some of the supporters attending the game...

To follow all today's action LIVE, visit

Disappeared Sock Service

Disappeared Sock Service

Poor old Dr Nobel Price! He thought he was onto something great with his foot snuggies. Maybe he should have come up with a solution to odd socks. You know when you go to the sock drawer in the vain hope of finding a matching pair? And we’ve all had the experience of putting socks in the wash and voila! One of them disappears. It just vanishes into thin air.

Well our next guest has a solution!

Mark Hall is a "below the knee fashion expert", who runs a website called "Socked" (, in which subscribers get high quality socks on a monthly, three-monthly or six-monthly basis! He joins Derek on the phone today to tell us about the service, and how he came up with the idea!

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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