Mooney, Thursday March 6th 2014


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

Soprano Celine Byrne tells us about her busy work schedule, Brenda finds out how volunteers are helping sick children in Crumlin and who's better at managing the household budget, men or women? We find out!

Mooney's Money

We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

Thursday, March 6th 2014
True or false: Michael Noonan is the Minister for Finance?

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A Man Is Not A Financial Plan

Not too long ago, just over four decades ago in fact, a woman who was employed in the public sector was forced to give up her job when she got married.

The man was seen as the breadwinner. The place of the family was written into the Irish constitution. Women, according to the Irish state, had their place... and it WASN'T as completely autonomous, financially secure and independent entities!

Thankfully, times have changed. Two Irish women have been elected president. We've had a female Tanaiste. And some traditional male-dominated professions are even being taken over by women. For example, did you know that there are now more female barristers practising in Ireland and there are male?

But despite all these advances, many women still find themselves in a position where the man is the chief breadwinner in the home. Many women still give up their professional careers to raise a family, which is an entirely justifiable choice.

But it does throw up some real issues for women - financial issues in particular. And some of these issues are addressed a new book called Wealthy Woman: A Man Is Not a Financial Plan.

It's written by Mary Waring, a financial adviser in the UK who specialises in giving women financial advice when they are going through a divorce. And although the book is set in the context of British tax codes and law, it does throw up some interesting questions for Irish women.

Today, our reporter Katriona McFadden went out onto the streets of Dublin today to ask: Who holds the purse-strings in your house? Should singletons focus on trying to bag a rich partner? And: “Is a man a financial plan?!”

And we are joined in studio by financial journalist Sinead Ryan, who has been looking at this book for us...

Sinéad is the co-author (with Frank Conway) of the book Cents And Sensibility: A Financial Guide For Young Adults

It's published by, the ISBN is 9-780956-896407 and the RRP is €5.99.

Sinéad very kindly gave us eight copies of the book to give away, and our eight winners are:

- Peter Woods
- Thomas Lynch
- Gerard Hannon
- Kate Lowney
- Susan Keane
- Amy Gaffney
- Nicola
- Steve McNally

All winners have been contacted. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Celine Byrne

Celine Byrne

Celine Byrne has performed on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. And today, she comes to grace us here, in Studio 7 in RTÉ Radio One, for a chat, and to perform the beautiful The Last Rose Of Summer

Celine will be performing on March 14th in the Theatre Royal, Waterford, and on March 20th in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire. In May she'll be performing with the RTÉ NSO in the NCH, and she'll be going to Malta for St. Patrick's Day, leading their parade and headlining their St. Patrick's Day concert.

In June she is on tour with Josè Carreras, and in July she is going to Germany as she will be rehearsing and subsequently performing the role of Der Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. For more information, visit

UK Picks Eurovision Entry

This week, it was announced that Molly Smitten-Downes will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, with the song Children Of The Universe

The United Kingdom’s Eurovision record was excellent during the glory years of the 1960s/’70s, and started to dip in the mid-80s, picking up again later in the decade, and mediocre placings in the 1990s.  However in the 2000s/2010s, all has not been good.  Apart from joint third place in 2002, and fifth place in 2009, the UK’s record (like Ireland’s) in the 21st century has been abysmal.  As one of the 'Big 5' countries, our nearest neighbours never have to go through the semi-final stages.

In 2009/10, the BBC picked the song, then performers auditioned (on live TV) to perform the chosen song.  Since 2011, the BBC decided to abandon the national final in favour of an internal selection.

The UK has:

- won 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997)

- finished 2nd a record fifteen times: (1959/60/61, 1964/65, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1988/89, 1992/93, 1998)

- come 3rd three times: (1973, 1980, 2002)

- come 4th five times: (1962/63, 1971, 1974, 1985)

- come 5th once: (2009)

- and last three times: 2003 (no points); 2008; 2010

Other Eurovision 2014 entries to have been selected recently include:

ISRAEL: Mei Feingold with Same Heart


ROMANIA: Paula Seling & Ovi with Miracle

Eurovision Green Room Party

Eurovision Green Room Party

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
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Ronald McDonald House Appeal For Cooks

Ronald McDonald House Appeal For Cooks

Well, we hope everyone had yummy pancakes on Tuesday. But in the Ronald McDonald House, on the grounds of Crumlin Children's Hospital, they had pancakes but also there was a special lunch cooked for the parents and staff there by Ross Lewis, chef at Chapter One restaurant in Dublin.

He was on hand for the launch of an appeal for volunteer cooks and corporate food donors to sign up to support families with sick children by volunteering their time and / or produce.

Brenda Donohue has a long association with the Ronald McDonald House, and she went along to find out exactly what they're looking for...

For more information about the fantastic work carried out at the Ronald McDonald House, visit

The Ronald McDonald House launches appeal for volunteer cooks and corporate food donors

ON TUESDAY: The Ronald McDonald House today welcomed award winning Chapter One chef Ross Lewis and former Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan to cook lunch for residents. The pair were on hand for the launch of an appeal for volunteer cooks and corporate food donors to sign up to support families with sick children by volunteering their time and / or produce.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Ronald McDonald House in Crumlin. Today, the charity is calling on individuals and companies to assist in providing a “home from home”, including home-cooked meals and a welcoming environment for the families of extremely ill children receiving treatment in the hospital. To coincide with the launch, Ireland’s most sustainable meat processor, Dawn Meats, a long term supporter of The Ronald McDonald House committed to providing fresh red meat for the House, and simple recipes for volunteer cooks can be found at

The Ronald McDonald House is in the early stages of a fundraising drive in anticipation of the construction of a 50 bedroom house on the grounds of the new National Children’s Hospital, which is due for completion in 2018. By developing a roster of volunteer cooks and regular food donors it is hoped that the House will become self sustaining and a seamless support to families caring for sick children.

Commenting today, The Ronald McDonald House CEO, Marian Carroll said “Today’s event perfectly captures what our work is all about. Our operations depend on the generosity of the public, particularly in giving their time and donating supplies for the house. We are delighted to welcome Ross Lewis to our kitchen, his support is hugely appreciated. He has cooked for the families staying here using quality Irish beef provided by Dawn Meats. We think it’s a wonderful template for other Irish food producers as good food is critical to the health of all family members seeking to support a sick child.

This is just one example of the variety of ways that individuals or companies can become involved. Cooking for the families is a particularly popular option with many companies, and as you can imagine, it is hugely appreciated after a long day in the hospital.”

Award-winning chef Ross Lewis continued, “It’s a pleasure to be involved with the superb work of The Ronald McDonald House. High-quality home cooked food and a welcoming environment are key ingredients to help families through very difficult times. This is a wonderful opportunity to lend support in a very meaningful and practical way. People can make a real difference and all volunteers are welcome.”

D'Mammy Competition

March is the month for mothers. That's why we here on Mooney want to make this coming Mother's Day extra special for yours. Mooney, the Sunday World and are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean International Cruise for your mammy and a friend!

Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter! Get your copy of the Sunday World this Sunday, Sunday 9th, to find out to enter D'Mammy competition!

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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