Mooney, Thursday October 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, with Marty Morrissey...

Marty Morrissey with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.  Brenda Donohue samples the atmosphere at the Grand Prix Darts in Dublin, we’ve music from The Willoughby Brothers, and we reveal which primary school in Leinster has won a year’s supply of electricity!

World Grand Prix Darts Championships

The World Grand Prix Darts Championships are currently taking place in Citywest Hotel in Dublin all this week. Thirty-two top darts players are competing for the €350,000 prize fund and all the big names are there - from ten-times World Champion Phil Taylor to Michael van Gerwen to Gary Anderson!

Our reporter Brenda Donohue has never been to a major darts competition, and last night she went along to have her first experience of the legendary atmosphere at these matches.

The Irish were represented by Connie Finnan from Limerick. He lost but Brenda spoke to his sisters, wife and daughters afterwards...

Tickets for the World Grand Prix are still available every day from 5pm at the box office in Citywest Hotel, Thursday €25, Friday €35, Saturday €35, Sunday €40.

Bamboo Bikes

Chris Froome of Great Britain won the 2013 Tour de France on his carbon fibre bike. But is it possible that he could have won the great cycling race on a bicycle made of bamboo?

Sitting in a BBC studio in Oxford is a man who, along with his colleague and the help of some students, has engineered a bike made from bamboo! Dr James Broughton is from the  Joining Technology Research Centre, at Brookes University, and he joins Marty and Brenda to explain how bamboo bikes could revolutionise the cycling industry...

The Bamboo Bike is available to order from a shop in London called Blue Door bicycles (

We also spoke to Liam Murray, founder of Woodelo Wooden Bikes, about his bike-making business in Thurles, Co. Tipperary!

Fuel Your School - LEINSTER Winner!

If you’ve been listening to Mooney this week you’ll know that we’ve been announcing the winners of our Fuel Your School competition in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.

We had literally hundreds of entries to the competition to find Ireland’s greenest school – with the coveted prize of having their fuel bills covered for a whole year.

On Monday, Terry Flanagan revealed the Connaught winner was Mullaghroe National School in Gorteen Co. Sligo. On Tuesday Richard Collins reported from Letterkenny that the winner there was Ballyraine National School in County Donegal. Yesterday Éanna Ní Lamhna announced our Munster winners from Ardfert Central National School in County Kerry.

And today, we're joined by Jim Wilson, in our Cork studio, to tell us who has won the prize in Leinster...

And congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál NS in Carlow!

The Willoughby Brothers

It is not very often that we have six very handsome men in studio at the same time! But today, Marty and Brenda are joined by Richie, Des, Sammy, Robbie, Johnny and Jerome Willoughby. The brothers – from Coolboy in County Wicklow - are not just easy on the eye! They are also extremely talented singers, and they're in with us today for a tune and a chat!

For more information about The Willoughby Brothers, 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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