Mooney, Tuesday September 10th 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...

It's all about speed as we hear about James Bond's Lotus which was sold at auction yesterday! A retired RAF pilot regales us with tales of past adventure and shares his passion for flying. And Derek takes to the skies with his feet firmly on the ground as he flight tests the Airbus A380 on a visit to Heathrow!

Fuel Your School!

FUEL YOUR SCHOOL with Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and GreenStar!

It’s September which means It’s Back to School and to kick off the new school year, Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and Greenstar, are giving Primary Schools across Ireland the chance to FUEL YOUR SCHOOL and win a whole year’s supply of energy*.

Every primary school in Ireland will have the chance to win free electricity to the value of €5,000 for one year.

The competition is inspired by a new report, which highlights how initiatives across RTÉ, in waste management, energy and water conservation have resulted in environmental related savings of €700,000, prevented 3694 tonnes of waste going to landfill, and elevated recycling rates of 74% for 2012.

The report was published by RTÉ, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenstar; click here to read the full report.

How to enter:

Derek wants your principal, or a school representative, to tell him in not more than 400 words and one accompanying photograph, not more than 1MB, what they have done to improve their environment, either in the school or in their locality.

Simply e-mail your entry to The closing date is TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 11th 2013. All entries should include school name, and address, with a contact number for the designated person. Please remember to clearly state your province at the top of your entry.

There will be four winning schools, one from each province which will be selected by an expert Mooney Goes Wild judging panel.


Former RAF Pilot David Henchey

On November 22nd 1963, the legendary CBS legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite had to make the announcement that President John F. Kennedy had been killed. People of a certain age remember well where they were on that day...

David Henchey, an Irishman from Gorey, had to be on red alert that day, as he was stationed in an RAF base in Germany at that time, working as a navigator on bomber planes which were supposed to be ready to go in just four minutes and were capable of carrying nuclear weapons...

David joins Derek in studio this afternoon with his memories of that dramatic moment in time...

Derek also mentioned a fear of flying course that takes place at Dublin Airport (and thanks to listener Michael Comyn for tweeting @MooneyShow about this!).  The website for the course is

Art Drop

Here’s a question for you: have you ever strolled through a park and spotted a painting on a bench, or beside a pond or underneath a statue, all on it’s own?

Then you decided that painting is fantastic, I’ll take it home and hang it over my fireplace?

Well, in the unlikely event that this has happened to you, then you have being part of An Art Drop!

Gary Copley, a Dublin artist has been dropping his painting all over Dublin, and met up with our reporter Brenda Donohue in St. Stephen's Green in Dublin...

And for more information about Gary, you can 'like' him on Facebook: Gary Copley Artist.

Amy Winehouse by Gary Copley

Gary Copley and Brenda Donohue with his portrait of Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse by Gary Copley

Gary Copley with his portrait of Lana Del Ray

Lana Del Ray by Gary Copley

007 Lotus Esprit Auction

No Bond car has ever done anything as outrageous on screen as transform itself into a submarine when the car flies off the jetty at the end of a car chase... none except for the Lotus Esprit in the epic The Spy Who Loved Me

Dubbed the "Wet Nellie", it is often picked by car lovers as their favourite car of all time.

A few weeks ago we spoke to Doug Redenius,vice president of the Ian Fleming Foundation who advised RM Auctions about the sale of the Wet Nellie.

Well this particular piece of cinematic history went under the hammer in London yesterday evening - and to tell us how the auction went, we are joined on the phone today by Peter Hayes, a spokesperson for RM Auctions...

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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