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 Goes Wild today...
Eanna ni Lamhna tells us all about Eritrea, Terry Flanagan reports on cockroach habits, marine biologist Ken Whelan tells about native pike, Chilean aquaculture and why we should celebrate Irish salmon, and we learn the story of Ming, the sea clam, the world's oldest creature at 507 years old!
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!!!
It’s the second honeymoon of a lifetime – so who better to send on it than Ireland’s favourite couple! That’s why today we are launching the search for the nation’s most deserving bride and groom as voted by the public.
Your favourite Sunday paper, the Sunday World, is teaming up with the country’s favourite radio presenter, Derek Mooney, to find 'Mooney's Honeymooners'.
One deserving couple will win the €10,000 second honeymoon of a lifetime to the West Coast of America, courtesy of our partners in Sutter Home and BudgetAir.ie.
Whether you’re a newlywed, or celebrating 50 or more years together, you can enter. And you can nominate yourself or a deserving couple you know.
All you need to do is send us a wedding picture of the couple and a brief description why they should be Mooney’s €10,000 Honeymooners. A public vote on the Sunday World website will decide the nation's top 10 and then a panel of Sunday World and Mooney judges will pick a winner. And voting is free!
To enter simply go to the Sunday World website - www.sundayworld.com - to submit a picture and your details. And you could be winging your way to San Francisco on business-class flights to a five-star hotel with €1,000 spending money!
HOW IT ALL WORKS
We’ve made it easy to enter, vote and share your favourites on Facebook or Twitter. Log on to www.sundayworld.com/competitions to submit your wedding picture and enter your details.
Once your picture is verified and goes live, then any member of the public can then vote for the couple to be our winner.
You can enter your picture anytime before Wednesday, November 20th, but as voting starts as soon as your picture is approved, the earlier you enter, the sooner your picture can start collecting public votes.
Voting for round one started on Sunday, November 10th, and continues until noon on Friday, November 22nd. Voting is free. Votes are limited to one per minute per person to avoid automatic voting.
The top 10 pictures as selected by the public vote will progress to round two. The top five will then be selected by a panel of judges and be interviewed on Mooney on RTÉ Radio 1. The top five will also be published in the Sunday World on December 1st, and the winner will be announced in the paper on December 22nd.
DAY ONE: Two business-class flights from Dublin to San Francisco. Accommodation in five-star hotel in San Francisco. DAY TWO: Free time in San Francisco. Accommodation in five-star hotel in San Francisco. DAY THREE: Hop-on, hop-off bus tour of San Francisco. Accommodation in five-star hotel in San Francisco. DAY FOUR: Sutter Home VIP winery tour and tasting, Napa Valley. Accommodation in exclusive winery accommodation. DAY FIVE: Explore Napa Valley area. Dinner at Sutter Home winery. Accommodation in exclusive winery accommodation. DAY SIX: Bike rental in San Francisco. Accommodation in five-star hotel in San Francisco. DAY SEVEN: Two business-class flights from San Francisco to Dublin Plus €1,000 spending money
Runners-up will win a case of Sutter Home White Zinfandel
T&Cs for the Sunday World competition: - The prize is strictly non-transferable, non-exchangeable and includes the following: Return flights for two from Dublin to San Francisco, Club World class. Four nights in a five-star hotel in San Francisco (details tbc) and two nights in the Sutter Home Winery, Napa Valley. A VIP tour of the Sutter Home winery with tasting and dinner is also included. - Also included is Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour for two people - Bike Rental for one day for two people - Bookings must be made a minimum of two months before the departure date. - All flights are subject to availability from BudgetAir.ie. Blackout periods apply including all bank holidays. - Travel Period: Feb 17 - June 24, 2014 and Aug 23 - Oct 31, 2014 - The winner must hold a valid passport and be over 18 years of age.
Win Mooney's Money With A Shopping Break In Dublin!
Each day this week we are giving you the chance to win a fabulous Dublin shopping break with €1,000 worth of Mooney's Money to spend! Each daily winner will receive a fantastic overnight stay for two people in the Cliff Townhouse, located on Saint Stephens Green in the heart of the city, and just a few steps away from Grafton Street.
You’ll be treated to plenty of fantastic food with breakfast, lunch and dinner in their stunning dining room and cocktails to wind down after your busy day shopping. With gorgeous food, and a warm welcome in a beautiful restaurant, The Cliff Townhouse is the perfect escape from the hustle of the city for a pre or post shopping lunch. More on www.theclifftownhouse.com.
Friday, November 15th 2013
For your chance to win, answer this question:
True or false: the Republic of Ireland take on Latvia at the Aviva Stadium tonight?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
ROI: 1515 71 72 00 NI: 0901 293 3501 text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
Each text entry will cost €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.
Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.
Competition lines open from 2pm and close at 4.20pm today, (15/11/13). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The lucky cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day!
COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Call Service Provider: Phonovation. Tel: 0818 217 100.
Text Service Provider: Xiam Interactive. Tel: 01 4832010 / 08454 606909.
Please do not enter outside the advertised competition open and close times and date(s) as you will be charged, but your entry will not be included in the draw. Please do not enter during programme replays on the RTÉ Radio Player after the advertised close time and date as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included as the competition will have closed.
Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.
Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth certificate or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).
U18s travelling as guest(s) of the winner will only be permitted to travel/attend with their parent/legal guardian.
The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative to non-cash prize elements (either in part or whole).
In order to claim the prize, the winner will be required to sign any documentation as may be requested by the Promoter relating to acceptance of the competition prize, terms and conditions and including, but not limited to, waiver of liability release in favour of the Promoter and such other persons as may be determined by the Promoter. The individual(s) travelling as a guest of the winner will also be required to sign such documentation if requested by the Promoter in order to be permitted to travel/attend.
Dublin break must be completed by 15/05/14, no extensions permitted. If the Dublin break has not been completed by 15/05/14, the prize and all associated prize elements will be deemed to have been forfeited. No changes will be permitted once tickets are booked and issued. All elements are subject to advanced booking and availability, may exclude some peak dates, not all destinations and/or date ranges may be catered for. Hotel must be booked through the agent specified by the Promoter.
The prize for 1 winner plus 1 guest includes an overnight stay at the Cliff Townhouse, Dublin (based on 2 sharing, standard room, B&B), 1 lunch meal for 2 people and 1 evening meal for 2 people in the hotel's restaurant (menu as specified by the Promoter, restrictions apply, excludes beverages, lunch set menu as specified by the Promoter, evening meal for two to the maximum value of €100 incl. all taxes and charges), 1 cocktail per person in the hotel’s bar (strictly over 18s only, passport/drivers licence ID may be required, hotel reserves the right to refuse admission/service, cocktails restricted to bar menu) and €1,000 spending money.
€1,000 spending money will be paid by euro cheque (issued to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery).
Travel insurance and transfers to/from/in Dublin are not included.
The prize cannot be split, is valid for one travel period only, any prize elements not availed of within the agreed travel dates will be deemed to have been forfeited.
Any costs incurred additional to the prize package elements listed (e.g. telephone charges, room service, transfers, mini bar usage, spa treatments/excursions etc.) will be at the winner's own expense.
Any requested or permitted upgrades or changes to the stated prize will be at the winner's own expense.
Failure to attend for any reason whatsoever on the travel dates agreed and booked does not entitle the winner to an alternative prize and the prize will be deemed to have been forfeited.
The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value (as determined by the Promoter) if a prize element becomes unavailable for any reason whatsoever.
Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive, The Cliff Townhouse and their associated promotional partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter/win.
RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of competition winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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.
Eanna In Eritrea
Eanna ni Lamhna has recently returned from a visit to Eritrea, and today she tells us about her experiences there...
What's the most unusual nature event that you have ever seen? Recently, listener Mary O'Donnell, from Kilkenny, got in touch to tell us of her recent holiday trip to Turkey and what she witnessed there.
It was so unusual that we decided to send Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan to find out more...
Our resident marine biologist, Ken Whelan, has a new book out called Celebrating Irish Salmon. Over the years, Ken has talked to us a lot about salmon, but rarely about all the different ways it can be COOKED!
Celebrating Irish Salmon is co-written by well-known food writer Máirín Ui Chomáin. It explains the basics of how to scale, gut and skin a salmon, the various basic ways to cook it - and over 100 salmon recipes, broken down into 'Bites & Starters', 'Brunches & Lunches' and 'Dinners & Special Occasions'.
Celebrating Irish Salmon
The book has been published by a new Irish publishing house, Artisan House Publications, who are based in Connemara and run by Vince Murphy and Mary Ruddy. The ISBN is 978-0992690809, and the RRP is €20. For more information about the book, click here.
If you’re a fisherman and you’ve just come in from a day on the water, maybe you’re in the local pub, no doubt you’ve heard the 'Pike Debate', which is: Is the pike native to Ireland or not?
Anglers have been known to get quite 'animated' during these discussions! But, what does it matter?
Well, those who say that the pike is an 'introduced' or non-native fish think that removing pike from trout lakes is justified because they shouldn't be there.
But those who think that the pike is a native Irish fish say they should be left alone to find their own balance.
But finally, we have an answer, in the form of a scientific paper and marine expert Ken Whelan is in studio to to tell us all about it! Click here to read more about the report, and click here to read a 27-page layman's version of the report!
Lonesome George was believed to be the last living member of the Pinta islands subspecies of giant tortoise. But sadly, on June 25th last year, George finally died, at an estimated age of 100 years. He was far from the oldest giant tortoise ever recorded, but still, it was a sad day, as the world mourned the death of one of its rarest and best loved creatures.
Now most people would probably consider giant tortoises to be the oldest of all animals on earth. But how wrong they would be!
The oldest human being on record was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died on August 4, 1997, aged 122 years and 164 days. The oldest mammals are believed to be the Bowhead Whales, one of which was captured and analysed with an age of 211 years. Freshwater Pearl Muscles have been found to live over 200 years as well.
But recently, a creature was found that could be a grandfather, even a great-grandfather, to any of these creatures.
It was a deep sea clam, with estimated age of 507 years! In fact, it was named Ming, by the scientists who discovered it, in honour of the dynasty that ruled China when it was born, half a millennium ago!
James Scourse is Professor of Marine Geology at Bangor University, in Wales, and he was the leader of the team that pulled this remarkable clam up from the North Sea, off the coast of Iceland. He joins us on the line today to tell us more about this extraordinary clam...
A few months ago, marine biologist Ken Whelan talked about a trip to Chile that he took earlier this year, advising them about angling tourism. He has since written up a report about it and today he's in studio to chat about the parallels between Ireland and Chile...
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