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 is back! We hear how Dubliner Jessica Cervi is making a name for herself in the West End and Brenda Donohue speaks to a young girl who’s grown her hair long so that she can donate it to people who have lost their own hair...
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Lesbian IVF Film
The inaugural 'Indie Cork' film festival kicked off yesterday – it’s a festival of independent cinema that runs in Cork until Sunday. And one film to look out for in the festival is Waiting For You – it will be screened tomorrow evening at 5pm in Cork’s Camden Palace and it follows a couple as they try to have a baby.
It’s a very 'honest' account of a lesbian couple’s highs and lows as they try to have a baby. Lisa Fingleton and Rena Blake are the couple featured in the film and, indeed, the film-makers – and producer/director Lisa is in the Radio Kerry studios in Tralee today to tell Derek more about it...
In June 2010, Derek Mooney hosted a TV Series called Fame: The Musical, to find the lead parts of Nick and Serena for the stage production Fame. After a marathon series of auditions, Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi were announced as the winners.
Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi
Now, just three years later, Jessica Cervi is starring in a new West End production of The Commitments. Derek went to see the production, and to meet Jessica, and today he tells us how he got on!
Jessica Cervi, who plays the part of Bernie Mcglouchlin in Roddy Doyle's adaptation of The Commitments
Palace Theatre London
Top Billing - Jessica Cervi's name appears first on the list of 'cast' credits for the West End production of The Commitments
Lighting up the West End - The Commitments at the Palace Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue
The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by the award-winning Jamie Lloyd.
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Jessica Cervi plays as Bernie, one of "The Commitmentettes" (alongside Stephanie McKeon as Natalie and Sarah O’Connor as Imelda).
The production features soul classics Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, and many more.
Tickets for The Commitments (at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End) are available at www.thecommitmentslondon.com. For the moment, they are for sale up until January 26th.
During his time in London, Derek also went to see the new West End production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and the location near Tower Bridge which was home to Bridget Jones in the movie of the same name.
Choco-holics have plenty to feast on at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Wonka memorabilia - you can get everything from key rings to calculators!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane London - a must see!!!
Location for Bridget Jones: The Globe pub in the Borough Market, London Bridge
Hallowe'en is just around the corner, and while ghosts and ghouls don’t really bother Derek too much, there are a few things that frighten the life out of him. Things like being buried alive - or being conscious during surgery when the operating team think he's out cold!
This actually happens to a small number of people who aren’t rendered completely unconsciousness when they are put under anaesthetic.
They are aware of the surgery being performed on them, they experience sensation and pain and they are left – understandably - traumatised by the experience.
Professor Jaideep Pandit from Oxford University Hospitals recently attended the Annual Conference for the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland which was held at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
He’s one of the top anaesthetists in Britain and he’s gathered together research around what happens if you are still conscious after you close your eyes - and that has been published this month in the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.
Last Monday, Brenda attended the first National Conference of The Rapunzel Foundation in Dublin.
What they do is encourage the public to donate their hair to make wigs, for those that suffer from devastating hair loss. Founded in 2009, the Rapunzel Foundation works in conjunction with a New Zealand wig company and salons around Ireland to dramatically improve the lives of alopecia sufferers.
Brenda chats to Anna Furlong, founder of The Rapunzel Foundation
To date the foundation has helped fifteen girls and women, and aims to help many more.
Last Monday all sides met at the conference and got to tell their stories. Laura Cleary is 16 years old, from New Ross, and she tells Brenda why she donated her hair...
Brenda with 9-year-old Katelyn Keogh from Wexford, who has alopecia
Brenda met also met with Deanna Beatty and Martina Richards, from New Zealand, who are from Freedom Wigs. Brenda asked them what’s so special about their wigs...
Brenda with Anna Furlong
Katelyn Keogh is nine years old, from Wexford, and she has alopecia. Brenda asked her was she wearing a wig...
Loraine Kiraqney is a mum of two girls from Carlow. She and her daughter both started losing their hair at the same time.
Brenda at the first National Conference of The Rapunzel Foundation in Dublin
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