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...
25 years on, we remember all those who died in the Hillsborough tragedy. Katriona McFadden feasts on food that was destined for the scrapheap. We find out more about the growing area of moob reduction. And we’ll be hearing about some of the most memorable movie endings of all time...
There are very few sounds more moving than a chorus of tens of thousands of voices, joined in unison, sharing a common bond. You'll Never Walk Alone, the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, is the supreme example of this experience.
If you play the above video, you'll hear the combined voices of 52,000 Liverpool and Celtic fans, recorded at the Aviva Stadium, in Dublin. And each and every one of those fans will, at this moment, be pausing for a moment's reflection.
On this day, 25 years ago, a tragedy of unparalleled magnitude took place at the Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England. The occasion was the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest - an occasion of great celebration for both clubs. But an occasion which became a tragic turning point in the history of football, both in England and internationally.
The Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives, sent shockwaves through the nation that brought the game of association football the world. Its reverberations were felt not just in the English game, but in every nation in the world where the game of soccer is played, enjoyed and cherished.
The semi-final kicked off at the traditional time of 3pm. But even at that stage, and during the opening minutes of the game, it was clear to many that a potentially horrific situation was unfolding.
At six minutes past three, the game was abandoned. And over the coming hours, the full and unbelievable horror began to emerge.
You'll Never Walk Alone has been recorded by many artists. It was originally from the musical Carousel, and producer Olan McGowan joins Derek in studio to tell us a little more about the song...
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!
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Tuesday, April 15th 2014
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It's always nice when a dinner invitation comes in the post, so we were very excited when an organisation called 'Foodcloud' invited us to a 'Feast', no less, in Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar last week! But on further reading of the invitation, it turned out to be 'dinner with a difference'...
The entire menu would be cooked from supermarket surplus and ingredients that would ordinarily be thrown away in an effort to highlight food waste.
The Foodcloud Feast was attended by 160 people, all of whom paid €37 for a three-course meal - so Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden put on her best frock and went along.
The first person she met was co-founder of Foodcloud, Iseult Ward. The 23-year-old Trinity graduate organised the whole event and she told Katriona what 'Foodcloud' is all about...
Pictured above are three well known, bare-chested males - Simon Cowell, John Travolta and Arnold Swarzenegger.
And when you look at their upper bodies, they’re not exactly ideal specimens of the male body. All three are showing signs of their age with prominent beer bellies, sagging skin, and what are called "man boobs" or "moobs".
We don't know if any of the aforementioned have ever considered having cosmetic work done on their chests but apparently male breast reduction is on the increase. Even here in Ireland.
Recently Derek visited the Venus Medical Beauty Clinic in Dundrum, in Dublin, to talk to John. John is a 30-year-old IT engineer, who had the procedure done last October...
And Derek also talked to Dr. Peter Prendergast (pictured above), President of the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and co-founder of Venus Medical Beauty. Dr. Prendergast performs what’s technically referred to as Vaser Lipoplasty (or ultra sound assisted Lipoplasty) in reducing male breast size...
Last week, we looked at the idea of happiness – and Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, this song from Monty Python's Life Of Brian was mentioned as the ultimate example of positive thinking and smiling through adversity. It is also one of the landmark movie endings of the last 50 years – and it's in good company...
From Rick Blaine's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (ending Casablanca), to Scarlett O'Hara's "I'll go home and I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day!", ending the epic Gone With The Wind, to Norma Desmond's classic "You see, this is my life. It always will be! There's nothing else - just us - and the cameras - and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up", many's a movie saves the best line till last.
Joining us in studio today with his top movie endings is Michael Doherty Entertainment Editor with the RTÉ Guide...
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
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 email@example.com, 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 (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