Mooney, Monday December 2nd 2013
On Mooney today, live from Glasgow...
We find out how the city is coping following Friday night's fatal helicopter crash, we hear what independence might mean for the Scots and we visit some of the country's major tourist attractions...
Mooney's Honeymooners, with the Sunday World!
***THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED***
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!
Mooney Tunes 9
On Monday, December 16th, Mooney Tunes 9 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin!
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:
0818 719 377 - Republic of Ireland Customers
0844 847 2455 - Northern Ireland Customers
00 353 1 456 9569 - International Customers
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.
Fatal Helicopter Crash
On Friday night, a police helicopter crashed into The Clutha bar in Glasgow, killing the three helicopter crew, along with six people inside the pub. Derek talks to Gordon Smart, Editor of The Scottish Sun (who actually witnessed the incident) and BBC journalist Reeval Alderson (Home Affairs Correspondent with Reporting Scotland), whilst Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney reports back from meeting some of those gathered at the crash site...
Walkabout In Glasgow
Derek goes for a wee stroll with Scottish Blue Badge Guide, Kenneth D. Hanley, sporran and all, to see some of sights Glasgow has to offer...
Ken Hanley, Walking Tour Guide in Glasgow
For more information about Ken's walking tours, visit
Christmas Tree on St Georges Square, Glasgow
Christmas shoppers on Buchannan Street
Glasgow has its' own subway: one circular line
Deep Fried Mars Bar
Derek takes Eanna ni Lamhna out to Glasgow's Blue Lagoon chipper for a deep-fried Mars Bar & Iron Bru!
Eanna on her way into the Blue Lagoon to get a battered Mars bar
A picture paints a thousand words: Eanna enjoys a battered Mars bar and washes it down with a bottle of Iron Bru
Musician Christopher Findlay & EDA
Derek talks to Christopher Findlay, lead singer with up-and-coming Glasgow Rock Band, EDA. By day (and night) Chris works as an ambassador in one of Glasgow's trendiest hotels, Citizen M on Renfrew Street, but his real dream is to make music...
Chris Findlay, lead singer with Glasgow rock band EDA
Royal Yacht Britannia
Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden takes a private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, which is Scotland's top tourist attraction...
For more information, visit www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk.
Why Visit Scotland?
People are coming in their millions to visit Scotland every year. In fact, tourism is fundamental to the economy here – accounting for more revenue than oil, gas and whiskey put together.
So what are they coming to see? What will be here next year? Caroline Packman is Director of Homecoming Scotland 2014, from Visit Scotland, and she joins us from Edinburgh to tell us more about the joys of Scotland!
For more information about visit www.visitscotland.com/see-do/homecoming-scotland-2014.
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
Donald Where's Your Troosers
Bye Bye Baby
The Bay City Rollers
Letter From America
Flower Of Scotland
The Band Of The Scots Guards
"Weird Al" Yankovic