Mooney Thursday 9 January 2014

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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.

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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 Today's Show

It was the biggest selling musical instrument at Xmas – we find out why the Ukulele has come back into fashion and we ask if sugar is the new tobacco. Brenda Donohoe meets Ireland's Tallest man all on Mooney with Shay Byrne.

Ukulele Comeback

We’ve been hearing anecdotally for a while that the ukulele is making a comeback but we wanted to be sure. So today we have the 4-piece ‘Ukeristic Congress’ here in studio to talk about and play ukuleles.

We also sent The Mooney Show’s Katriona McFadden to music shop McCullough Piggott in Dublin City Centre to see if the ukulele really is growing in popularity, Katriona met sales assistant Jamie Clark.

Well we have Keith White, Andrew Robinson, Shay Bagnall and James Quah here in studio AKA The ‘Ukeristic Congress’.


Ireland's Tallest Man

Shaun Abbitt is the tallest man in Ireland measuring in at 7 foot 3 inches and takes a shoe size of 22. Shaun is now confined to a bed with a condition called Gigantism. This morning Brenda visited him and his wife Jackie.

If you would like more information you can log onto the Tall Persons Club here.

Shaun here pictured with his wife Jackie pictured below.

Sugar Worst Than Tobacco?

Richelle Flanagan, dietician and president of the INDI joins Shay live in studio about the new campaign 'Action on Sugar'. A worldwide campaign that feels sugar is the new tobacco, sweet stuff is far more likely to be linked with obesity, diabetes and a host of other ailments.


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.

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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