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.
On Mooney today...
Twink tells us why she’s been keeping a low profile in recent months, we find out about the ticket sales for Mooney Tunes 9, hear the Norwegian dance hit that could become Christmas Number One, and Brenda Donohue meets a smart and sassy sewing group called Stitch And Bitch!
Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World (www.sundayworld.com) to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We are looking for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!
Grab a copy of next Sunday's Sunday World, on November 10th, when the competition will be launched, and you'll be able to find out how you can enter!
The ninth concert in our hugely popular series of Mooney Tunes will be a variety Christmas concert with various singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listeners requests will be read out and their songs will be played. There will be love songs, songs you will sing along to, beautiful classical music and lots of Christmassy tunes to get you in the festive mood a week before Christmas!
The Mooney Tunes concerts have been extremely successful, and tickets often sell-out within hours of going on sale.
The benefit of buying the tickets in person at the theatre box office is that there is no service charge to pay. Tickets are priced from €14.50 and go up to €20, €28, €34 and €39.50, depending on where you are sitting.
Tickets are also on sale online from Ticketmaster.ie, Ticketmaster outlets and from the Ticketmaster phonelines:
Tickets bought from Ticketmaster.ie online or on the phone are subject to a 12.5% service charge so, for example, that would make the €14.50 ticket, the cheapest ticket, €16.60. If you buy your tickets in person from a Ticketmaster outlet there will be a €2.50 flat fee service charge, and there is no service charge whatsoever if you buy them in person at the box office here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
But whichever way you choose to get your tickets for Mooney Tunes 9, we suggest that you do it as soon as possible after 3pm, when they go on sale! It's the perfect pre-Christmas concert - but tickets will go early, so get yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! For more information about the concert, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/index.php/artist/mooney-tunes.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NOW ONLY 110 TICKETS LEFT***
Yesterday we were delighted to launch the ninth instalment of our Mooney Tunes series of concerts. Tickets FLEW out the door - in 90 minutes yesterday we sold 1400 tickets. And today we’re happy to report we have just under 200 tickets left!
You can buy tickets [with no service charge] from the box office of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre or call them on 01 677-7770 for groups for 6 or more. You can also get tickets from Ticketmaster.ie, Ticketmaster outlets or by using the Ticketmaster number which is: 0818 719 377.
On the night we have a fantastic variety concert for you, full of quality Irish music. Jack L will be there, Claudia Boyle, comedian Colm O’Regan AND a beautiful singer by the name of Chloe Agnew...
Chloe Agnew is a name that might be familiar to you. She’s a singer in her own right, she spent ten years with the girl-group Celtic Woman – but she is also the daughter of Adele King A.K.A. 'Twink'!
And we're delighted to be joined in studio today by Ireland's favourite panto queen!
What Does The Fox Say? is an electronic dance song and viral video by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis. The video was posted on YouTube on September 3rd this year and since then it’s gone viral - and would you believe it has had nearly 195 million views to date.
It’s been hailed the next Gangnam Style and it's brought to us by two Norwegian brothers prancing about in the woods dressed in slightly disturbing animal costumes and posing the question we all want answered – what does the fox say?
The Fox has so far had its peak at number 6 for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and is also the highest-ranked song by a Norwegian artist on the chart since AHA's number-one song Take On Me in 1985. There are currently no plans to release an album including the song or any sequel to it.
At the weekend, literally thousands of people flocked to the RDS in Dublin for the annual Knitting And Stitching show (in fact our own Sinéad Renshaw was one of hundreds who queued round the block just to get into the place!).
It goes to show how popular these activities have become – and clubs for enthusiasts of all ages are springing up in towns and villages all around the country.
Brenda Donohue has been to visit one group of committed knitters in Francis Street in Dublin. She called in to Rosemary Murphy’s shop called The Constant Knitter, and above the store she has a room where people can drop by to knit, sew and crochet.
The group is called "Stitch and Bitch" – and Brenda, who’s very good at STITCHING – went along and discovered that there’s no such thing as just knitting...
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 TWO tickets to Mooney Tunes Nine, our Christmas concert, in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Monday December 16th AND an overnight stay for two in the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel on Golden Lane, just off Georges St, very centrally located in Dublin City Centre.
Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes a 'super-buffet-breakfast' and a pre-theatre dinner for two on December 16th.
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