The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Coining it: have you got an Irish 10p dated 1992 lying around the house? If so, tune in from 3pm to find out why it could be worth a small fortune! We get a perspective on 3D printing in Ireland's first ever walk-in 3D printer shop, and singing in the shower - we want to hear *your* favourite morning ablution tunes!
Valuable 1992 10p Pieces
Do you have an Irish ten pence piece dating from 1992? If so, it could be worth a whopping €8,000! Coin and stamp expert Michael Kelly joins Derek in studio to explain more...
The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney, on Thursday, October 3rd 2013. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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Victor Willis, Of Village People
The unmistakable sound of the Village People above, with their biggest hit, YMCA. How many of you put your hands in the air whilst watching that video, doing the signs for the letters, Y-M-C-A?
And even if you didn't, you most probably recognise the five very hunky men dancing in the streets of New York, dressed up as various male symbols of American life, as being members of the group Village People.
There was the motorcycle cop, the Native American, the GI (or soldier), the construction worker, and finally, the guy generally referred to as "leather man".
Mooney producer Olan McGowan joins Derek in studio to take a look into the life and legacy of the band, Village People - and it is our delight to be joined on the phone, from San Diego in California, by Victor Willis, founder member and lead singer with Village People (he's the one dressed as the cop).
Victor Willis, as the 'cop', in Village People
Recently, Victor won a landmark case regaining some rights to the name "Village People", and to the music, as he explains to Derek this afternoon...
On Tuesday, October 15th, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical comes to Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Priscilla first came to our attention in 1994, in the movie about two drag queens and a transsexual who travel across the Australian outback from Sydney to Alice Springs, in a tour bus they have named Priscilla.
The movie received brilliant reviews and became a classic. It also won an Academy Award for best costume design at the 67th Academy Awards.
Then in 2006, Priscilla Queen of the Desert became a musical which has travelling all over the world.
Before it debuts in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue went over to Aberdeen to see the musical in His Majesty’s Theatre. She goes on a tour backstage, where she meets Sonia Moran, the chief wig mistress, and Richard Grieve, who plays Bernadette in the musical.
Brenda Donohue and Richard Grieve
Brenda tries out some of the wigs used in the musical
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical begins its run in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, from Tuesday, October 15th until to Saturday, October 25th. Tickets are €20.00.
In President Obama's State of the Union address last February, he mentioned '3D Printing' as something that he believes will generate jobs for the future.
But, can YOU get your head around the concept of 3D Printing? Isn’t printing putting ink on paper? We're familiar with 3D television - but how do you make a 3D object on a PRINTER?!
This summer, Ireland’s first walk-in 3D printing bureau opened in Rathmines in Dublin, so we sent Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden along to find out more about this cutting-edge technology…
Ultimaker 3D printer in shop window of 3D Printing Dublin
CAD Design of Mooney Goes Wild
Final 3D printed version, and other examples of 3D products
RepRap - homemade 3D printer
Nigel Burke and Leo Tilson, from 3D Printing Dublin
Some of the 3D models that 3D Printing Dublin have produced
Another 3D printer
3D printer at work
Side angle of 3D printer
If you would like to learn more, visit www.3dprintingdublin.ie. There will be a workshop taking place explaining 3D printing and CAD design [Computer Aided Design] on Wednesday, October 2nd, from 6pm - 9pm.
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.
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