Mooney Friday 24 January 2014

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On Mooney today

Have we finally cracked one of the great marine questions of recent decades? Exactly how long do great white sharks live? New research suggests they can grow as old as humans!

We examine the V-formation in the flying patterns of some birds, and get to the bottom of why this method is so efficient.

And, peace be with you!! Mooney Goes Wild launches the search for Ireland's most tranquil location.


Most Tranquil Place in Ireland

Most Tranquil Place in Ireland

We are on a quest! We're going to try to find the most tranquil place in Ireland, and we need your help!

Now, tranquillity is a subjective term.  A tranquil place is somewhere that is peaceful, restful and soothing, rather than somewhere that enjoys a complete absence of sound!

Dictionaries differ in how they define tranquillity, but I particularly like this one, from Merriam-Webster. "Tranquil: Free from agitation of mind or spirit."

Given the nature of this programme and calling on our knowledge of our various contributors, we imagine tranquillity would be measured by how far removed you are from human interference!'  How surrounded you are by pure, natural sound ...... flowing water, a light breeze, and birdsong in the distance, maybe.

Okay, it's subjective. But nonetheless, we are embarking on this quest. And apart from needing your assistance, we've enlisted some professional help.

Diarmuid Keaney runs a company called ICAN Acoustics, and he is an expert in Noise Control and he gives some pointers to Derek as to what constitutes tranquility.

To nominate your location for Ireland's Most Tranquil Place, fill out this form and email it to

V Formation Flying

V Formation Flying

Dr Steven Portugal, a researcher in the Royal Veterinary Hospital in Hertfordshire examines the V-formation in the flying patterns of some birds, and gets to the bottom of why this method is so efficient.


Katriona McFadden and Eric Dempsey visit Kilcoole in Co Wicklow to see some Brent Geese and Greylag Geese. This is the best time to watch the ‘wintering’ Geese in Ireland before they head back to their breeding grounds in high-Arctic Canada and Iceland, respectively.

For more on wintering geese in Ireland visit BirdWatch Ireland

or contact Eric Dempsey at


Training Trumpeter Swans

Training Trumpeter Swans

Click here if you would like to hear the documentary about the trumpeter swans.



Great White Sharks

Great White Sharks

When Jaws was made in 1975 we knew very little about this most fearsome predator. In more recent times scientists have estimated the life span of the Great White to be closer to 25 years. However, new research suggests their life span could be closer to that of humans at 70 years.

We talk to Li Ling Hamady, a graduate student at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. She’s lead author of a report titled Vertebral Bomb Radiocarbon Suggests Extreme Longevity in White Sharks. The research has just been published in Plos One, an international, peer reviewed, online publication for scientific research. For further information see


Daffodils are Flowering in January

Daffodils are Flowering in January

Terry Flanagan investigates reports that daffodils are in flower this January, while they normally don't bloom until February or March. He meets Steven Doyle in Clondalkin in Co Dublin to see his daffodils.


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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