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...
Derek talks to Eurosong contestant Patricia Roe about her hopes for making it through the big vote on Friday night. Mooney's Search For A Child Star for Ireland enters its final week. And if you have any items related to legendary figures like Maureen Potter, Jimmy O'Dea and Luke Kelly tune in because the Little Museum of Dublin wants to hear from you!
To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!
Mooney's Search For A Child Star!
Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.
You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.
Then e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.
Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
There is no cash alternative to this prize.
Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
Most Mondays we have our Mooney’s Monday Quiz and someone wins a nice break away for themselves as they will today. Last Monday John Waters from Oughterard, Co Galway, won a break in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Mayo.
Now the two other contestants that were on were great fun and guess what, the hotel called and said they enjoyed them so much, that they wanted to give them both a weekend away as well!
Well thank very much to all at The McWiiliam Park Hotel; Brenda went to met the contestants and deliver the good news...
Brenda with Carol Duffy
On Friday, Brenda surprised Carol Duffy in Moorefield Post Office in Newbridge, and then couple Eddie and Martina. A huge thanks to David Glynn and all at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Mayo!
The great Maureen Potter was a singer, actor, comedian and one of Dublin’s great characters. And if you were a fan of Maureen Potter, if you knew her or followed her career, you’ll be very interested in this. Simon O’Connor is curator of the Little Museum of Dublin. And Simon wants to make an appeal to the public for artefacts/ memorabilia/ keepsakes relating to Maureen Potter. He joins Derek in studio to explain what they are looking for and why...
The Little Museum of Dublin is looking for unusual items, and personal effects, belonging to Maureen Potter, Luke Kelly, Heffo's Army (the famous Dublin Team of the seventies managed by Kevin Heffernan), and Jimmy O'Dea...
If you have something that may be of interest to the Museum, contact them directly: phone 01 661-1000 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Little Museum of Dublin is on St. Stephen's Green; it’s sited in a Georgian building and covers a number of floors. It’s open every day from 9.30am-5pm, and on Thursday it’s open until 8pm. For more information about the Museum, visit www.littlemuseum.ie.
We’ll find out on Friday night which song will represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen. Five songs will compete for the honour live on The Late Late Show, and each day this week on Mooney we'll speak to one of the five performers and hear their song...
We'll start today with a woman who has history when it comes to this competition. Patricia Roe was part of the group Roe-Mance who took part in the 1980 Irish National Final. 1980 was of course the year Johnny Logan went on to win the Eurovision with What’s Another Year. In 1992 Patricia Roe competed again in the National competition and her song Your Love came second. 1992 was of course the year that Linda Martin went on to win the Eurovision with Why Me. A year later, in 1993, Patricia came 3rd in the National contest with a song called If I Changed Your Mind” - and of course that was the year Niamh Kavanagh went on to win the entire Song Contest with the song In Your Eyes.
Patricia Roe joins Derek live in studio this afternoon to tell us about her entry for this year's Eurosong: Don't Hold On.
DON’T HOLD ON
mentor: Valerie Roe
THE MOVIE SONG
mentor: Mark Murphy
Hazel Kaneswaran, Jonas Gladnikoff,
Rasmus Palmgren & Patrizia Helander
(feat. Kasey Smith)
mentor: Hazel Kaneswaran
mentor: Cormac Battle
YOU DON’T REMEMBER ME
Don Mescall & Lucie Silvas
mentor: Billy McGuinness
The winner will be decided by both regional jury vote, which will make up half of the overall marks (the juries are located in five regions: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Sligo) and the public televote which will account for the other half of the overall result.
The five mentors responsible for selecting their artists and songs are: Valerie Roe (on behalf of her sister, singer Patricia Roe); Mark Murphy (on behalf of Eoghan Quigg); singer/songwriter Hazel Kaneswaran (on behalf of Can-Linn featuring Kasey Smith); RTÉ 2fm disc jockey Cormac Battle (on behalf of Andrew Mann); and member of Irish rock band Aslan, Billy McGuinness (on behalf of Laura O’Neill).
The Late Late Show Eurosong Special will be broadcast on Friday, February 28th and hosted by Ryan Tubridy, with the winner being announced at the end of the show after the national televote results and the verdicts of the five regional juries.
Two Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals will take place – on Tuesday May 6th, and Thursday May 8th. There are already six direct finalists – the 'Big Five' countries: United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, plus last year's winners Denmark, will proceed directly to the Eurovision 2014 Final on Saturday, May 10th. The contest will take place in Copenhagen, the Danish capital, where the Contest has been hosted twice before, in 1964 at the Tivoli Concert Hall (won by 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti for Italy), and in 2001 in Parken Stadium (won by Estonia’s Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL). The remaining 31 countries will compete in one of the semi-finals in order to win a place in the aforementioned Final. Ireland will compete in the second semi-final on Thursday, May 8th. Live coverage will be on RTÉ Two for the semi-finals, and on RTÉ 1 for the Eurovision 2014 Final, with commentary provided – as ever – by Marty Whelan.
SONG 1: DON'T HOLD ON
Composer/Lyricist: Patricia Roe
performed by PATRICIA ROE
Born in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, Patricia already has a relationship with Eurovision, having placed runner-up with her own songs to both Linda Martin and Niamh Kavanagh in consecutive Eurosongs in 1992 (2nd with Your Love) and 1993 (3rd with If You Changed Your Mind), both of the former went on to win the Eurovision outright in their respective years. Patricia also provided backing vocals for Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. When approached by Eurosong 2014 mentor Valerie, after a 20-year break from the competition, it was an easy decision. Few people will remember that Patricia and Valerie were members of the band Romance, who participated in the 1980 National Song Contest, placing fifth with the Ken Stewart-penned Love Is All There Is – the winning song that year also went on to win Eurovision (Johnny Logan singing Shay Healy's What's Another Year?)
Patricia trained as both a dancer and a singer as a child, so much so that her actual singing career started when she was just 14 years old. She has performed throughout the world as both a soloist and backing vocalist from as far east as Singapore to the far western desert plains of Las Vegas, where she lived on two occasions. She has been a professional singer her entire life.
Her mentor and sister Valerie Roe said: 'My vision for Ireland this year is to go back to our roots with a powerful song and an exceptional singer with strong production and the artistic style that Ireland is famed for worldwide. Don't Hold On is a compelling and passionate song that makes my heart beat faster but also break a little bit at the same time! I want this opportunity so much for Trisha. She has been so close so many times. I think this will be her chance to finally shine and for everyone to experience her extraordinary talent. Trisha was always my chosen singer, without question. We were so thankful for all the songs we received but in the end we felt that Don't Hold On had the best chance. Trisha is stunning inside and out and I think her powerful voice, arresting stage presence and beautiful song will capture everyone’s hearts.'
IRELAND’S EUROVISION RECORD 1965 – 2013
Since Ireland’s first participation in 1965, we have finished as follows:
Note that all of Ireland’s Top Five placings occurred between 1966 and 1997.
The 1990s became Ireland’s most successful decade, having won four contests in five years – and the year in between (1995) featured Irish violinist in the Norwegian-Irish collective Secret Garden.
The 2000s has been the country’s worst decade in terms of our track record.
The best placing was at the start, in 2000, when Millennium Of Love, finished sixth.
2001 saw our entry Without Your Love finished third last, and put Ireland out of the 2002 contest. Ten years ago, the You’re A Star format of selecting a Eurovision entry for Ireland was introduced, and Mickey Harte gave us a credible eleventh (joint) position in Riga in 2003. Chris Doran (2004) and Donna & Joe McCaul (2005) were less successful – the latter performers did not even qualify for the final. Brian Kennedy temporarily restored fortunes in Athens, 2006, when his own composition finished tenth in the Final. In 2007, the trad band Dervish, however, gave us our first bottom placing! Dustin won the national heat in Limerick in 2008, and went to Belgrade hoping to make it eight victories – it was not to be, especially as he didn’t make it past the semi-final stage. 2009 saw the girl band Sinéad Mulvey & Black Daisy narrowly miss a place in the final in Moscow with Et Cetera.
Now we’re in the 2010s, and former winner Niamh Kavanagh went to Oslo with a strong ballad, It’s For You, but finished way down the field. Former The X Factor contestants from Lucan, John & Edward Grimes, aka Jedward, won the national selections in 2011 and 2012 – mainly due to the huge under-16 female vote. The first of their entries, Lipstick, gave us a worthy eighth place in Düsseldorf two years ago. And the following year in Baku, Azerbaijan, the twins fared even worse, when Waterline plunged to nineteenth place on the night. As for 2013 in Malmö, Ryan Dolan plunged to last place in the Final with Only Love Survives.
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