Mooney, Monday December 9th 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!

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

We meet the young mother whose near death experience motivated her to write a novel. We speak to one of Ireland's longest serving pantomime dames, and we report back from a comedy workshop which was held in Dublin over the weekend!

Swedish Pop Idol

What a weekend it has been for just about anyone Irish involved in reality TV shows, in several corners of the globe! Our own Louis Walsh got not one, but two contestants through to the final of The X Factor - whilst in Australia, former Westlife singer Kian Egan was being crowned King of the Jungle in ITV's I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! 

And in Scandinavia, an Irish professional football player was busy beating off the opposition to win this year’s Swedish Idol! Kevin Walker’s father hails from Carlow and he’s been brought up very much as part of the growing Irish population in Stockholm.

Kevin Walker

And today we're joined from Stockholm - from the SverigeSRadio studios - by Irish journalist and producer Philip O'Connor (who is based in Sweden) to tell us all about it!

Scumbags And Handbags

We’ve spoken on the programme before about Gaelic4Mothers - up and down the country, thousands of Mums tog out each week to keep fit and play matches.

Sinead Hamill from Stillorgan in Dublin is one such Mum.

But she saw the funny side of a motley crew of women, all shapes and sizes, meeting up to play Gaelic Football – and she decided to write a novel about it.

Throw in a Nidge-like character as their manager and you have the book Scumbags And Handbags. She's in studio with us today to tell us all about it!

Scumbags And Handbags is published by the author; the ISBN is 978-149-350-5883. For more information, visit

Housing Chipmunks

Housing Chipmunks

Chipmunks are from the same family as the squirrel and are native to North America and they can also be found in Asia and parts of Easter Europe.

Recently, the DSPCA in Rathfarnham took receipt of a pair of chipmunks and they are now looking to rehome them. Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney went along to Rathfarnham to find out more about this pair.

If you would like to find a home for a chipmunk, contact the DSPCA at Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, phone 01 499-4700 or visit

If you are unsure as to whether a chipmunk would be suitable for your home, you can read the DSPCA's Guide To Caring For Chipmunks.

Great Dames!

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific is jam-packed full of musical favourites, including the fabulous There Is Nothing Like A Dame! The sailors of South Pacific are celebrating the female dames, but today, we're celebrating dames of the more festive variety!

The staple of every great panto is an even greater Dame, and today, we're joined from Cork by one of Ireland's greatest panto dames: Jim Mulcahy!

Jim Mulcahy is celebrating his 23rd year playing in panto, and this year, those attending The Everyman Theatre in Cork to see Jack And The Beanstalk will be able to see the panto in 3-D!

Jim is in our Cork studio to tell us more...

CADA and The Everyman presents the Christmas Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, from December 7th - January 12th. For more information, phone the Box Office on 021 450-1673 or visit

Comedy Workshops

Everyone loves a good comedy stand up, but have you ever thought about standing on the stage yourself? Comedian Maxine Jones has been providing the people of Dublin with the opportunity to do just that, as she’s been hosting affordable comedy workshops in Blackrock. Louise Denvir went along yesterday afternoon to find out more...

To find out more about the comedy events at the Wicked Wolf in Blackrock, visit or follow @wickedwolfcmdy.

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 ( 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


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There Is Nothing Like A Dame

There Is Nothing Like A Dame

Bryn Terfel




Kevin Walker




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