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...
Rock'n'Roll kids Charlie McGettigan and Paul Harrington reflect on their Eurovision success twenty years ago, and Brenda Donohue accompanies a student teacher as he heads to the classroom for the first time!
However and wherever you celebrated it, we hope you had a very happy St. Patrick's Day yesterday! Brenda Donohue was the compère for the parade in Newbridge in Co. Kildare, and she tells Derek how she got on...
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014
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On April 30th 1994, Dublin’s Point Theatre was the venue for the 39th Eurovision Song Contest. The hosts Cynthia Ní Mhurchu and Gerry Ryan introduced the third act: the song was written by Brendan Graham – and singing for Ireland, were Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan:
1994 was also the year Riverdance burst onto the stage as the interval act of the Eurovision.
So in a year that was great all round for Ireland, Paul & Charlie became the first group in Eurovision history to be awarded more than 200 points – with 226 points. They came in a whopping 66 points ahead of nearest rival Poland – and in doing so they managed to make it a hat trick for Ireland, the first country ever to get three wins in three consecutive years (following on the heels of Linda Martin in 1992, with Why Me, and Niamh Kavanagh with In Your Eyes in 1993).
Twenty years on, it’s only fitting that Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan are reuniting for a concert in Dublin's Sugar Club on April 7th to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Rock'n'Roll Kids, and we're delighted to say they are in studio with us today!
We'd love to hear your memories of that night in 1994 when Paul & Joe won the Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland - text them now to 51551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul has just started a regular night in The Sandbank in Clontarf last Friday. It’s called the Paul Harrington Supper Club. For €25 you get candlelit dinner and music from Paul, and that will continue each Friday until the end of May.
Charlie has a show on Shannonside Saturdays 101-12 and an Arts Show on Wednesdays 8-9pm. He will also be playing a gig in Carlow on Thursday at The Seven Oaks, tickets are €15.
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.
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Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
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!
All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! The closing date is this Thursday, March 20th 2014 at 16:00.
The prize includes:
Return flights for two persons from Dublin to Orlando.
One pre-night three-star hotel stay in Orlando.
Seven-night Caribbean Cruise, sailing on Royal Caribbean International in a standard or oceanview stateroom (subject to availability).
All meals included (except speciality dining) evening entertainment, Casino Royale Movie Theatre access, use of the swimming pool and fitness centre.
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Student Teacher's First Day
Last week, one of the contestants on the Mooney’s Wednesday Quiz was Richie O'Farrell from Blackrock, in Dublin. He didn’t win the quiz, but he did tell us that he was training to be a secondary school teacher and he was going to be teaching his first ever class the following week.
Well, that was today, and to help (or hinder) him on his way, we sent our reporter Brenda Donohue out to accompany him!
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