Mooney, Thursday September 12th 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

On Mooney today...

European champion sailor Annalise Murphy will be in studio with Derek today, talking about the highs and lows of top level competition. Futurologist Ray Hammond imagines how Dublin will look in years to come and predicts a future in which some robots will help us while others will threaten us. And who does the housework in your home and how does that impact on your relationship with your partner? To find out tune in to Mooney today from 3 o'clock...

Sharing The Housework

It seems that one of the biggest obstacles to domestic bliss is that prickly issue surrounding the fair distribution of housework. There are differing views as to who the main culprits in relationships are – so Brenda Donohue has been out and about to find out whether men or women share the housework evenly, or just leave it all to their other half to do...

The hot topic of equal housework is the subject of endless newspaper articles and there is even a new book out recently called Getting To 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All, where two very successful women – Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober - argue that a family can only thrive when husbands commit to taking on half the chores and childcare issues.

We want to put this theory to the test. We want to hear from the couples of Ireland, those of you who are super successful... and those of you have one person that just does not pull their weight... it doesn’t matter whether it is the man or woman who is not pulling his or her weight - if this is an issue is your home, get in touch with us!

You can e-mail us at, tweet us @MooneyShow, or write to us at MOONEY, RTE Radio One, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Mooney's Thursday Quiz

It’s Thursday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

Well, "Mooney’s Thursday Quiz" of course!!!

Our contestants were selected yesterday, and for one lucky winner, we have a very special prize: a luxury break to the beautiful Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Sneem, Co Kerry – along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Ring of Kerry!

Our winner can choose one of two prize options:

Option 1: MIDWEEK - Three nights bed and breakfast in Parknasilla, with dinner on two evenings of our winners' choice in the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant 'The Pygmalion' PLUS three rounds of golf on the hotel’s 12-hole golf course! This prize can be taken from now until October 24th 2013, and from March 1st - April 30th 2014 (excluding the two weeks of Easter holidays).

Option 2: WEEKEND - Two nights bed and breakfast in Parknasilla, with dinner on one evening of our winners' choice in the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant 'The Pygmalion' PLUS two rounds of golf on the hotel’s 12-hole golf course! This prize can be taken from now until December 14th 2013.

While there you might like to visit The Spa, take a dip in an outdoor hot tub, or take a walk on the ‘Fairy Trail’ or any of the 500 acres of trails the hotel boasts.

For more information about Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Sneem, Co. Kerry, visit

Annalise Murphy

Annalise Murphy

She may have spectacularly JUST missed out on a medal at the London Olympics last year, but last weekend Annalise Murphy arrived off the water in Dun Laoghaire - not to commiserations, but to congratulations - as she was crowned European champion in the Laser Radial class – beating off 89 other sailors in total! The 23-year-old Rathfarnham woman won at the home club where she has trained since a child - and now has her sights set on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016!

And we are delighted that Annaliese joins Derek in studio this afternoon to chat about her training, her experience of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and planning for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!

Ray Hammond & Futurology

Ray Hammond & Futurology

Have you ever wondered what the world will look like in 50, 40 or even 20 years time? Technology is developing so fast that in the relatively near future the way we grow our food, the architecture of the buildings we live in and the length of our lives will change radically.

Science fiction writers have been imagining the future for years. In 1865 Jules Verne's From The Earth To The Moon predicted humans landing on the moon a full century before that one small step for man became a reality. A whole decade before their development, sci-fi legend Arthur C. Clarke wrote about communication satellites in Wireless World – with Captain Kirk and his crew on the U.S.S. Enterprise using the earliest mobile phones. And the Alduous Huxley classic Brave New World from 1932 spookily predicted test tube babies, cloning and genetic manipulation.

It may surprise you to hear that there are real people in the real world who dedicate their entire lives to picturing the future. People like Ray Hammond (pictured) who is Europe's most experienced, most successful and most widely published futurist – or futurologist if you prefer. For more than 30 years he has researched, written, spoken and broadcast about how major trends will affect society and business in the future, and today, he joins Derek on the phone to tell us what he believes the future holds...  For more information about Ray, visit

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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