The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Linda Martin and Stuart O'Connor tell us why they're launching a new pop band, Brenda Donohue hears about French language classes for very young children, and three listeners attempt to win a 'hobby holiday' at The Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, in Mooney's Monday Quiz!
To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!
Search For A Pop Band!
Boy bands have made a long and illustrious contribution to the music business. But where did it all begin? In 1965 with The Monkees? With The Osmonds in the seventies?
The 21st century has seen boy bands take over the world. It could be argued that current teen heart throbs One Direction are the biggest band of all time, but let's not forget that girl bands have been equally successful over the decades.
In the 60s, it was the Supremes, in the 80s, it was Bananarama, then in the nineties, it was the greatest of all time: the Spice Girls!
So, boy bands or girl bands? Which has made the greatest contribution to popular culture? Well one thing we could probably agree on is the fact that boy AND girl bands (mixed bands, in other words), haven't exactly set the music business alight in quite the same way.
Is that all about to change? Is there room for a boy/ girl band to rival the success of One Direction or the Spice Girls?
Linda Martin and Stuart O Connor say YES! They are about to launch the search for the DEFINITIVE boy/girl band that will confine to history the memory of Steps and Brotherhood Of Man. And they are here to tell us why...
DO YOU WANT TO BE IRELAND’S ANSWER TO STEPS / S CLUB 7 / ACE OF BASE? AUDITIONS BEING HELD IN DUBLIN! WHEN? SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 11AM WHERE? ACADEMY, MIDDLE ABBEY STREET
Two of Ireland’s leading professionals in the world of entertainment, Linda Martin and Stuart O Connor, are joining forces to create a dance-pop group consisting of Male & Female singers who can SING & DANCE. Age Range 16 – 21.
Having a wealth of contacts in the performing/recording area plans are in place for this group to perform / audition for various record labels, TV executives across the UK and Ireland on the advice of Louis Walsh.
Having worked with Louis over the last number of years it was suggested that Linda & Stuart combine their experience / talent and launch this style of band and fill a gap in the Irish and UK market for ‘Young Pop’.
So you and a friend can enjoy FOUR nights midweek accommodation with FOUR breakfasts, FOUR dinners, nightly entertainment AND a 'hobby' of your choice! So you can choose from:
Country music festivals, Pitch'n'putt, social dancing, a bowling break or a golfing holiday! For more information on the 'hobby holidays', visit www.gleneaglehotel.com.
Runners-up will get a copy of Ancient Ireland: Exploring Irish Historic Monuments by Tarquin Blake & Fiona Reilly - and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch!
1: What 'G' is a kitchen on a ship? 2: In the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, which animal jumped over the moon? 3: Which ocean covers approximately one third of the earth’s surface? 4: 'Sasquatch' is another name for which mythical creature? 5: Which food provides Popeye with his superhuman strength? 6: 'Old Glory' is the nickname for the flag of which country? 7: John Lennon Airport is in which UK city? 8: Someone who discloses a secret is said to have let the ___ out of the bag? 9: How many years are in a millennium?
1: In which TV soap might you buy a sandwich in 'Roy's Rolls'? 2: Two elements combine to make water: hydrogen and ____? 3: Which American city is known as The Windy City? 4: What is the square root of 49? 5: What colour of flag is flown to indicate surrender? 6: 'Granny Smith' is a variety of which type of fruit? 7: The word 'karaoke' originates from what language? 8: According to the proverb, ___ what cannot be taught new tricks?
1: Beyonce's husband, Shawn Carter, is better known by what stage name? 2: What would you do with 'lederhosen' – eat them, play them or wear them? 3: Who wrote the Harry Potter novels? 4: Sofia is the capital city of which European country? 5: What is the first letter of the Greek alphabet? 6: What does a cartographer draw? 7: 'The Boss' is the nickname of which American rocker? 8: In which TV quiz show can a player 'ask the audience'? 9: What do the five rings on the Olympic flag represent? 10: In which country can you buy things with a 'dong'?
1: What 'G' is a kitchen on a ship? (a galley) 2: In the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle, which animal jumped over the moon? (cow) 3: Which ocean covers approximately one third of the earth’s surface? (Pacific) 4: 'Sasquatch' is another name for which mythical creature? (Abominable Snowman/Big Foot) 5: Which food provides Popeye with his superhuman strength? (spinach) 6: 'Old Glory' is the nickname for the flag of which country? (America) 7: John Lennon Airport is in which UK city? (Liverpool) 8: Someone who discloses a secret is said to have let the ___ what out of the bag? (the cat) 9: How many years are in a millennium? (1000)
1: In which TV soap might you buy a sandwich in 'Roy's Rolls'? (Coronation Street) 2: Two elements combine to make water: hydrogen and ____? (oxygen) 3: Which American city is known as The Windy City? (Chicago) 4: What is the square root of 49? (7) 5: What colour of flag is flown to indicate surrender? (white) 6: 'Granny Smith' is a variety of which type of fruit? (apple) 7: The word 'karaoke' originates from what language? (Japanese) 8: According to the proverb, ___ what cannot be taught new tricks? (an old dog)
1: Beyonce's husband, Shawn Carter, is better known by what stage name? (Jay Z) 2: What would you do with 'lederhosen' – eat them, play them or wear them? (wear them) 3: Who wrote the Harry Potter novels? (J.K. Rowling) 4: Sofia is the capital city of which European country? (Bulgaria) 5: What is the first letter of the Greek alphabet? (Alpha) 6: What does a cartographer draw? (maps) 7: 'The Boss' is the nickname of which American rocker? (Bruce Springsteen) 8: In which TV quiz show can a player 'ask the audience'? (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) 9: What do the five rings on the Olympic flag represent? (the continents) 10: In which country can you buy things with a 'dong'? (Vietnam)
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 (www.npws.ie) 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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie