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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney, Friday January 31st 2014



    Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    We find out about a new survey which shows that mice are attracted to houses in Sligo and Longford more than anywhere else in Ireland! Our Friday panel tries to get to the bottom of this conundrum. We discover what bats can teach us about the mysteries of our sense of smell. And we track down one incredible redneck phalarope, a bird which clocked a record-breaking migration of 26,000 km!

    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!


    Mice Prefer Sligo And Longford!

    We have some breaking news today on Mooney Goes Wild: new research shows that you are much more likely to find mice in homes in Sligo and Longford! This is according to a new survey conducted by AA Ireland.

    Now the people working at AA Ireland have absolutely no idea why this might be the case, they conducted the survey, got their results and have been scratching their heads trying to figure out why this is the case.

    So they decided to come to enlist some help from our Mooney Goes Wild experts to see if they might be able to shed some light on this situation! Conor Faughnan, who is Director of Consumer Affairs with AA Ireland, is in studio to explain more...

    AA Home Rescue's pest control tips:

    - Install door sweeps if you’ve got gaps underneath your exterior doors. They’re inexpensive, easy to fit and look very discreet too.
    - Look around your appliances for gaps such as clothes drier vents and TV wires. Fill in these gaps with a suitable material such cement or expanding foam.
    - Caulk (make air and water tight) any cracks/crevices around your windows, doors, cupboards and skirting boards.
    - Install a wire mesh or similar over your attic, roof and crawl space vents to prevent birds, bats and rodents getting in.
    - Fix any drips or leaky plumping. Food and water will attract vermin.
    - Bring out the bins regularly, keep your floors well swept and try not leave pet food out overnight.


    World Wetlands Day

    This Sunday, birdlovers are being asked to celebrate World Wetlands Day! But how common are the wetlands in Ireland, what birds can we find there, and how important is it to preserve them? To explain more, we're joined in studio by Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, who is also asking people to keep an eye out for swifts, swallows and cuckoos over the next few weeks... For more information, visit


    Red Necked Phalaropes

    According to BirdWatch Ireland, the Red-Necked Phalarope, a bird which is smaller than a starling, is a rare visitor to Irish shores. It’s also one of the UK’s rarest breeding birds mainly to be found on the Shetland Islands, off the North East coast of Scotland.

    Red Necked Phalarope

    Up to now it was assumed that the small number of Scottish Red necked Phalaropes joined the Scandanavian Phalaropes at their wintering grounds in the Arabian Sea. But thanks to a tracking device, weighing less than a paperclip, we now know that a tagged Phalarope made an epic 16,000 mile round journey from Shetland across the Atlantic, down the eastern seaboard of the United States, across the Caribbean, ending up off the coast of Peru in the Pacific Ocean.

    To learn more, we're joined from Scotland by Malcolm Smith, Shetland Species and Habitat Officer with the RSPB... To find out more about this remarkable bird, visit

    Thanks to listener Rónán McLaughlin, who tweeted us this fantastic photo of a red necked phalarope:

    Thanks Rónán! And if you have a photo or story for us, tweet us @MooneyShow or e-mail!


    Feeding The Swans

    Most of us like to feed the birds in the back garden. There's nothing as nice as watching robins and wrens, blue tits and blackbirds, feeding merrily on the peanut feeder. Some people take this hobby a step further and travel to lakes, ponds and canals to feed the ducks and the swans. But is it only white bread that we use?  Should we not provide something more nutritious? We sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan, off to some of the favourite feeding sites around the city starting first on the Grand Canal at Portobello...

    A bevy of swans on the Grand Canal in Dublin 

    A bevy of swans on the Grand Canal in Dublin

    Some points of note:

    - There is a long tradition of people living along canals to feed the swans and ducks white bread
    - White bread is a very poor food source for swans or ducks
    - It is much better to feed grain or vegetables, or if you do feed bread, feed brown bread
    - The vast majority of people provide white bread without realising what a poor source it is
    - Grain (wheat, corn, barley), lettuce, carrots, maize and potatoes can be fed to swans
    - Most pet stores sell wheat, barley and broken maize


    - Processed breads – especially white bread, chips, cake, crackers, cookies, biscuits, processed cereals (Cheerio’s etc), popcorn, crisps
    - Sugary, starchy or fatty foods, junk food, fast food, cooked or processed food


    Using Bats To Understand The Sense Of Smell

    We have spoken many times on this show about the amazing echo-location abilities of bats - abilities that allow them to hunt at night, flying at great speeds, yet avoiding obstacles that we might crash into with our eyes wide open!

    But with all this focus on their ability to echo-locate, the other sensory organs of bats have remained relatively un-studied in the past.

    All that is changing now. Professor Emma Teeling is the Director of the Centre for Irish Bat Research, at University College Dublin, and she's just published some very interesting research into the bats’ sense of smell - in particular what it can teach us about how smell works in practical terms. And she joins Derek, Richard and Eanna in studio today to explain more!

    For more information about Emma and the Centre for Irish Bat Research, visit

    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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