Mooney Thursday 31 October 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!

Richard Downes

Richard Downes is back from Washington after reporting there as the Washington Correspondent for RTE for the past three and half years, he is now reporting with Prime Time and spoke to Derek about his time abroad.


Bionic Walking Suit - Mark Pollick

Mark fell from a second story window in 2010 and that fall left him paralysed from the waist down. 12 years earlier at the age of 22, he lost his sight. Mark Pollock, has a Bionic Walking Suit which aids him to walk.

"Trunk or Treat" - Lenore Skenazy

Halloween is upon us now and children all over Ireland are getting their costumes ready to go out knocking on doors in hope of gathering great bags of sweets and other goodies. But I'm told that this year it's more a case of "trunk or treat" rather than "trick or treat".

Halloween Night for Animals

Our own Michael Lawless went out to Dogstrust to find out how people should look after they're animals on Halloween night.

Heated floors & 24 hour care, a nice home even for a dog.

Best friends 

All of these lovely animals are ready to be homed, click here to find out more.

Eurovision news

We hear from Michael Kiely as the new mentors for next year's Eurovision are announced.


Ryan Dolan pictured above at Malmo last year.

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.

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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