Mooney, Tuesday January 28th 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.

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...

We speak to Devon Harris, a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team whose exploits at the Winter Olympics in 1988 were made famous in the film Cool Runnings. Motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan talks about clocking cars, and reporter Brenda Donohue finds out about a Jack Russell dog in Wicklow whose developed a very close friendship with a cat!

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

Calling Thunder & Lightning!

Calling Thunder & Lightning!

Yesterday, on Mooney's Monday Quiz, one of our contestants was called Ger Thunder! And we thought, what an unusual and wonderful surname! So we would like to gather together as many people who have the surname Thunder, and as many with the surname Lightning, as we can! If your surname is either Thunder or Lightning, get in touch with us:

Wicklow Cat Suckles On Dog

Tom and Jerry never got on this well!

Yesterday, listener Wanda Bourne sent us in this thirty-second video that just has to be seen to be believed. When you watch it, you'll rub your eyes and say "am I correct in what I’m looking at?!"

You see, what was on Wanda's video was her ten-year-old terrier dog Millie, and one of her four-year-old cats, called Indi (after Indiana Jones). Now Indi was contentedly suckling Millie. Indi the cat was having a right good old suckle on Millie – yes, a cat was receiving milk from a dog!

Is this possible? Is it a freak of nature? Is it commonplace? Are Millie and Indi a one-off? Well to answer some of these questions and to find out a little bit more, Brenda showed the video to our very Andrew Byrne, who was in studio yesterday, and she got his take on it...

Brenda visited Wanda in her home in Goldenfort, in Co. Wicklow, to see this most unusual phenomenon with her own eyes...

Wanda with Millie the dog and her cats

Brenda with Wanda, Millie the dog, and the cats

Millie and Indi

Wanda since sent us in a further two videos:

Millie feeding Indi:

And she also told us of the close relationship that both her dog and cats have with her fish!

Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish

Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish

Wanda's cat and goldfish

Garth Brooks Fans Queue For Tickets

Next Thursday, tickets go on sale for tickets to see Garth Brooks on tour. Well for one group of committed fans, the chance of missing out on those tickets is unthinkable, and they've been queueing outside Stuarts Music Shop in Dungannon since Saturday! We talk to owner Raymond Stuart, and one of those fans, Roisin...

Motoring Matters With Michael Sheridan

"Car clocking" is when you change the genuine odometer reading of the car in order to make the car seem like it has driven a shorter distance than it actually has. It may surprise you to learn, that as the law stands right now it is not an offence to clock a car.

In fact, there are even "mileage correction services" which - as one company declares on its website - is a service that "becomes necessary when the mileage on the electronic display differs from the value which you believe to be correct".

However, it is an offense if you go to a car dealership and somebody sells you a car and doesn’t tell you it is clocked. But the actual clocking of the car in itself is ok!

So it is good news for the consumer that a upcoming amendment to the law will for the first time make it an offence to tamper with an odometer.

Motoring Correspondent Michael Sheridan, from RTÉ Online, is in studio to talk about the practice of "clocking" a car...

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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