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...
Bryan Murray and Alan Hughes will be Derek's guests in studio today., discussing their forthcoming panto. Brenda Donohue surprises the fourth couple in our Second Honeymoon competition. And from Porto to Chelsea: tune in to get the inside track on "the special one" – José Mourinho.
Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World (www.sundayworld.com) to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We looked for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!
The winning couple will be revealed in the Sunday World on December 22nd, and on Mooney on Christmas Day. Good luck to everybody who entered!
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.
Bryan Murray & Alan Hughes In 'Jack And The Beanstalk'
Bryan Murray has played many roles throughout a most distinguished career – which includes most recently that of Bob Charles in Fair City. He's taking a slightly different route now by venturing into pantomime for the first time.
He'll be playing the role of the Evil Baron in Jack And The Beanstalk in the Tivoli this year, alongside … along Alan Hughes, who returns as perennial panto favourite Sammy Sausages! They both join Derek and Brenda in studio today!
The Cheerios Panto: Jack and the Beanstalk starring Alan Hughes takes place at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin from December 11th - January 12th. For more information, visit http://www.tivoli.ie/book-now/.
It’s Mooney, it’s Thursday, so it's time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz! And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today!
It’s a two-night weekend break in the Enniskillen Hotel in County Fermanagh. The hotel is newly-refurbished and is right in the heart of the town centre – perfectly located to explore the nearby Marble Arch caves, Lough Erne and the Castle Coole estate.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s Beckett’s Grill restaurant.
So if sounds like something you’d like to win, we are looking for three contestants to take part in our Quiz today. To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail email@example.com. The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.
Mooney-Sunday World Second Honeymoon Finalists Competition - Couple 4
Yesterday, we met the third of our four finalists in our Second Honeymoon competition, in association with the Sunday World. We are looking for Ireland’s favourite couple, and the couple who win the competition will receive a fantastic prize, a trip to San Francisco, valued at a whopping €10,000! The seven-day second honeymoon will include:
- return business-class flights - accommodation in a five-star hotel in San Francisco - a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of San Francisco - Sutter Home VIP winery tour and tasting, in Napa Valley (with accommodation in exclusive winery accommodation) - then bike rental in San Francisco
Plus €1,000 spending money
On Monday Brenda met our first finalists, Jackie Coffey and Alan Kenny, at the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. On Tuesday she visited couple number two, Grace and Emmet Byrne, from Dundalk. Yesterday she was in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and she met David and Elaine Rooney.
So today, Brenda met couple number four today: Ray and Laura Muldowney from Tyrellstown, 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