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    Mooney, Thursday September 19th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    We hear the story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the opera singer who was so bad she had a cult following! We find out why young men in China are finding it more and more difficult to get a woman, and we’ll have more listeners singing in the shower...


    Red Hurley

    If you play the above video, you'll hear the glorious sound of one of our greatest living singers - Red Hurley, back in 1976, with Ireland’s Eurovision entry that year, When.

    Red Hurley joins Derek in studio today, who’s celebrating 43 years in the music business with an upcoming gospel-inspired tour of the country.

    For more information on Red's tour dates, visit

    Mooney’s Singers In The Shower

    Yesterday, to celebrate RTÉ’s Big Music Week, we launched our competition to find Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower! To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower.

    Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to Please do not send recordings of original compositions. The closing date is Wednesday, September 25th 2013. THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RTÉ.IE. AND THE COMPETITIONS TERMS APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION. Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these competition terms and conditions, and terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie, and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

    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.

    Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie and the recordings shall be deemed "content" for the purposes of application of the terms of clause 9 of such terms and conditions.

    And for one lucky winner, we have one, very special prize: a Yamaha Clavinova CLP4440 Electric Piano!

    Niall Walton with the Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano that will be won by Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower!

    Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went along to Waltons Superstore in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin to meet with Niall Walton, Director of Waltons Music Ltd., and pianist Emma Tang, to find out more about our prize...



    Niamh Murray & The Wexford Opera Festival

    Murder, seduction, intrigue, betrayal, lust, infidelity, tragedy... the plotline of a far-fetched Hollywood movie? The machinations at the Forum, the centre of the Roman Empire?

    Not even close!

    To really capture the extremities of the human condition, one form of expression beats everything else hands down!

    The drama, the excitement, the passion of Opera!

    Today, we celebrate the majesty of operatic music in the company of one of Ireland's most accomplished and best-loved opera singers, Niamh Murray!

    The 62nd Wexford Opera Festival takes place this year from October 23rd until November 3rd, when audiences will be able to enjoy works by Verdi, Donizetti and Jules Massanet, alongside more recent operas by composers such as Richard Wargo and Nino Rota.

    And to celebrate the Festival, we have a fantastic prize to be won!

    The prize includes an overnight for two people sharing with dinner and breakfast at the Ferrycarrig Hotel.

    It will include tickets for two people for the opening night of the Festival on the October 23rd, which is a farce by the name of Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat).

    The winner will also receive champagne at the interval and an invite to an exclusive post opera party.

    Also, if you need train transport – within Ireland of course – to and from Wexford, you will be provided with that.

    All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is e-mail us (to or write to us at Mooney, RTÉ Radio One, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and tell us why you think you deserve this prize...

    It may be because you have NEVER been to the Opera... or because you have a very special memory of one particular evening at the Opera... or you could be a complete fanatic and would walk to Wexford in the rain from the top of Carrauntoohill to get to one!

    We will decide who is the most deserving to go - the closing date is Thursday, September 26th, and you have to be over 18 years of age to win this prize.

    THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RTÉ.IE. AND THE COMPETITIONS TERMS APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION. Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these competition terms and conditions, and terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie, and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

    Wexford Opera festival runs from October 23rd – November 3rd 2013. Full details are available by visiting, or booking via 053 912-2144, or in person at the Wexford Opera House box-office.


    Mooney's Shower Of Singers!

    Fancy winning a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano, worth €2,250, courtesy of Waltons and RTÉ's Big Music Week? Then just send us a short audio recording of you singing in the shower! Visit for full details, terms and conditions!

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    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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