Mooney, Tuesday October 8th 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, with Marty Morrissey

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey

Physiotherapist Jenny Brannigan has advice on how to prepare for the upcoming Dublin Marathon, three listeners take part in Mooney's Tuesday Quiz, we find out why Irish teenagers are sounding more and more like their American cousins, and we'll reveal the latest winner of our Fuel Your Schools competition!

Preparing For The Dublin Marathon

Preparing For The Dublin Marathon

For all those runners preparing for the Dublin Marathon – and there are 11,000 of you out there - D day is fast approaching! You have now less than 3 weeks to go to your October 28th deadline... So we have decided to enlist some expert help today to help you out in your final preparations!

Jenny Branigan is a physio from Total Physio, and she joins us in studio to tell us more...

If you have your own queries you would like to put to Jenny, text us your queries on 51551 or e-mail

Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz

It’s Tuesday, it’s Mooney, so what does that mean?

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

And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night weekend break for two people sharing a lakeside room in the beautiful Lusty Beg Island resort on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

Your prize also includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.

‘Lusty Beg’ is quite unique. A small passenger ferry takes you and your car on the one minute crossing onto the island which has a selection of accommodation… cabins, chalets and a ‘private gate lodge’ for a romantic getaway!

And, while there, you can avail of the facilities of the Hotel’s newly opened Island Spa, walk around its 75 acres of nature trails, go kayaking, clay-pigeon shooting, off-road driving – the options are endless..

It’s a great prize…!

American-Irish Accents

if you are a fan of Little Britain, you will of course be familiar with the schoolgirl character Vicky Pollard! Actor Matt Lucas takes his cues by parodying phrases current in Britain today, including Vicky’s famous catch-phrases that includes “yeah but no but yeah” and “shut up!” and “oh My God, I soo don’t believe you said that”!

And before you think that the young people of Ireland are immune from influence, remember Jedward being accused of having faux-American accents by Simon Cowell!

Is there a trend among many younger people in Ireland to sound more American? If so, will we all sound American before long?

For more, we are joined in studio today by Professor Jeffrey Kallen, Head of Linguistics and Phonetics in Trinity College Dublin...

Fuel Your School: ULSTER Winner!

If you were listening yesterday, you would have heard the good news about a very special school up in Sligo, the Mullaghroe national school, near Gorteen.

And that tiny school, with just 37 pupils, was the Connaught winner of our "Fuel Your School" competition, in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.

Today, we turn to the province of Ulster! And we are joined by our regular Friday panellist, Richard Collins.

This morning, Richard was all the way up in County Donegal, accompanied by a very proud Donegal woman, our reporter, Katrina McFadden.

But Richard has raced back to Dublin, to join Marty in studio, and to announce the ULSTER winner of our Fuel Your School competition as...

Ballyraine National School, in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal!  Richard went there this morning to meet up with the school's principal, David Oliver...

Richard Collins hands over a cheque of €5000 worth of energy, courtesy of Electric Ireland and Greenstar, to Ballyraine National School in Letterkenny

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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Take It To The Limit

Take It To The Limit



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Best Song Ever

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