Mooney, Monday December 16th 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 Tunes today...

Derek will be reporting live from the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre - venue for Mooney Tunes 9 later on this evening. Brenda Donohue will be talking to a listener who's celebrating a very special Christmas. And in the company of some young friends, Terry Flanagan goes Walking With Dinosaurs...

Mooney's Monday Quiz

It’s Mooney, it’s Monday, so it's time for our Mooney’s Monday Quiz!

And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today…

It’s a two-night weekend break for two adults, two children AND two sets of grandparents to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo!

Yes, that’s EIGHT people in total!

The McWilliam Park Hotel is us offering a family room and two double rooms; breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice for three generations of your family!

Now, isn’t that a prize and a half!

The prize can be used anytime during January, February or March and the McWilliam Park is a great base to explore nearby Cong, The National Museum of Ireland – or you might like to stay put and viist their Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool or 'Chique' beauty studio.

For more information about specials at the McWilliam Park Hotel, visit

Mooney Tunes 9 Preview

This evening, at 8pm, a plethora of stars will take to the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in the ninth installment of Mooney Tunes. Conductor David Brophy will lift the baton for the final time to lead the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, as they play YOUR suggestions of music, alongside stars like Paul Potts and Claudia Boyle.

Derek is down at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this afternoon, with the General Manager of the theatre, Stephen Faloon, to set the scene from the rehearsals...

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking Wth Dinosaurs the 3D movie goes on general release this coming weekend. It’s categorised as a PG and is suited to 5 year olds plus. The promotional material boasts that for the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

But what did the punters make of it? Terry Flanagan went to check it out with some very knowledgeable youngsters from First Year Science Club in Moyle Park College...

For more information about the movie, visit

Cancer Sufferer Marie Oglesby

About this time last year, we had a competition on the show to give a family a hassle free Christmas break. The prize was a four day stay in Bewley's Hotel in Ballsbridge with Christmas completely taken care of.

The winning family were the Oglesbys, from Kilinarden in Tallaght. Andrew Oglesby, who was 15 years old at the time, entered the competition and told us about his amazing mother, Marie.

Five years ago, Marie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and unfortunately it had spread throughout her body. She is a busy mother of four children and her eldest son Andrew wanted her to have a memorable Christmas.

Brenda surprised the family and told them they won the prize, and after that, Marie spoke to Brenda about her cancer and her hopes for 2013. Lots of people were moved by her honesty and her positive outlook on life. We’ve had lots of queries to the show, as to how she was keeping, and yesterday Brenda visited her in her parents' home in Tallaght for a catch-up...

Footprint Plaque

Something that most of us have done at some stage of our lives is to break, smash or destroy something that is of sentimental value and totally irreplaceable.

Whether you’ve smashed Dad’s Waterford Crystal retirement vase, wiped the CD of your little darling’s communion or dropped your wedding ring down the toilet, many of us know that feeling: the pang, the pain, the panic.

Well Brenda Donohue met one should man who is currently experiencing all these emotions.

Eoin O'Brien has broken two very precious plates. They belong to his partner Brid, and on the plates were footprints of her grandchidren's feet when they were only four weeks old...

They are irreplaceable - but is there anyone who can restore them to their former glory? Brenda visited Eoin and Brid...

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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Music Played on the Show

All I Want For Christmas Is You

All I Want For Christmas Is You

Brian Deady


Walking In The Air

Walking In The Air

Chloe [Agnew]


Walking On Broken Glass

Walking On Broken Glass

Annie Lennox


Hung Up

Hung Up



Mistletoe And Wine

Mistletoe And Wine

Cliff Richard


Fairytale Of New York

Fairytale Of New York

The Pogues & Kirsty Maccoll


Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Bruce Springsteen


Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Brenda Lee


Last Christmas

Last Christmas



White Christmas

White Christmas

Bing Crosby




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