Mooney, Thursday April 10th 2014

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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

Mooney listeners have road-tested lingerie that it’s claimed can reduce cellulite as you wear it - find out today if it works! We invite you to step back in time and experience a glimpse of life in medieval Ireland on the thousandth anniversary of the death of High King Brian Ború. And Marty announces the winners of The Blind Boys of Alabama competition!

Follow-Up: Slim In Your Sleep!

Today, we're going to come back to the the whole area of slimming underwear. Early in March, Reenagh McCall, Director of Embrace Lingerie was on the show. 

Reenagh McCall is an Irish designer whose lingerie range has been seen on the catwalks of Paris and New York. In fact, she has won many awards for her work, including the Paris Ultra, Haute Couture Award for 'Most Creative Design'.

Part of her Embrace range of lingerie is called Slimming Embrace. And Reenagh claims that if you wear a pair of her leggings for 28 days, for up to eight hours a day, it will reduce cellulite!

We invited Reenagh into studio to explain the technology behind the lingerie - and we asked YOU to put the Embrace Slimming High Waist Leggings to the test!

Reenagh told us how the innovative new underwear allowed you to slim in your sleep. She claimed that clinical tests had shown a 76% slimming success rate, with reductions of up to 2cm after 28 days wear, if the underwear was worn for eight hours a day.

So we decided to do our own test with some Mooney listeners, and they have been road testing this slimming lingerie for us! Our testers were Claire Connelly, Jo Killen, Tamara Lawless and Melinda Mulligan. The 28-day testing period is now over, so Brenda catches up with our testers to find out how they got on...

Stockists of the Embrace slimming lingerie include BTs - Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Standun Galway & online at


1000 Years Since Death Of Brian Ború

This year, 2014, will see two of the most significant historical anniversaries in many years. 

In July, we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, which turned out to be possibly the greatest world tragedy in history, certainly at that time.

But this month, April 2014, we will commemorate a uniquely Irish tragedy. 1000 years ago, on April 23rd 1014, Ireland's most famous high king lost his life at the battle of Clontarf.

Brian Ború achieved such legendary status that even now, a millennium after his death, he was referenced in the Queen's speech at Windsor Castle earlier this week.

Throughout this month, various celebrations will take place to mark the passing of Brian Ború. So we thought we'd take the opportunity to remind ourselves just who this man was.

And to that end, we're delighted to be joined by Professor Sean Duffy, Trinity College Professor of Irish history, and author of the definitive work on Ireland's last great monarch: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf.

The National Museum of Ireland is marking this anniversary with a new exhibition entitled Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin. For more information, visit

Other events taking place include the Brian Boru Millennium Commemorations in Killaloe-Ballina, Co. Clare, from April 11th to 13th), and the FREE Battle of Clontarf Viking Festival 2014 (on Sat. April 19th & Sun. April 20th). For a full list of events taking place around the country, visit

Blind Boys Of Alabama Competition - Finalists Revealed

For the last couple of days on the programme, we've been playing a selection of entries into our competition in conjunction with Waltons New School of Music to find a choir to support The Blind Boys Of Alabama, when they appear at the National Concert Hall on May 21st.

And we're delighted that Aideen Walton, from Waltons New School Of Music, has joined us in studio to reveal who are our final three...

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
  • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

National Dawn Chorus Day

National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014.  If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!

Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?

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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