Is Ireland's eucalyptus foliage under threat from the latest in a long line of deadly invaders? This time, all the way from Australia - the eucalyptus beetle. Katriona McFadden investigates the phenomenon of hard and soft water, which dictates how much detergent you need in your wash! And Derek is just back from one of the world's most incredible natural spectacles: the Grand Canyon!
Derek talks to Richard Collins and Eanna ni Lamhna about his recent trip to Las Vegas, and a helicopter ride into one of "seven natural wonders" of the world. One of the deepest gorges on earth, the Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters).
Derek, Colm Crowley and Barry Donellan land in the Grand Canyon; trip organised by Sundance Helicopters
Derek travelled with his Secrets Of The Irish Landscape colleagues - producer Colm Crowley and cameraman Barry Donnellan. Their tour of the Grand Canyon, with Sundance Helicopters (www.sundancehelicopters.com), took approximately 45 minutes from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. En route they enjoyed spectacular views of all the major landmarks between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon including Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, before crossing the border into Arizona for a 3,200 feet descent down inside the canyon, where they soaked up the splendour of the canyon's beautiful red, brown and yellow rocks.
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Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Similar to the other lists of wonders, there is no consensus on a list of seven natural wonders of the world, and there has been debate over how large the list should be. One of the many existing lists was compiled by CNN:
- Grand Canyon
- Great Barrier Reef
- Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
- Mount Everest
- Parícutin volcano
- Victoria Falls
We had an e-mail from a listener recently questioning the continuing ban on eel fishing in Ireland. Patricia Doherty points out that in 2013 the number of glass eels recorded in UK rivers was the best for two decades. And she says observations on the river Shannon confirms that there was a massive run of elvers on that river in April last year.
Eel fishing was banned in Ireland in 2009 as they had become a critically endangered species. So has the European population of eels recovered and is it time to lift the ban? To explain her view as to why the eel fishing ban should remain, we are joined by Dr Ciara O'Leary, Research Officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland...
Eucalyptus trees are generally associated with Australia. Koalas in particular, are very fond of them! But did you know that Ireland grows eucalyptus too? Quite successfully, in fact! Unfortunately, another import has followed the eucalyptus to Ireland. And this chap is not welcome at all!
It's the eucalyptus beetle. He's obviously discovered that his favourite dinner is here in Ireland, and he has made his way all across the ocean somehow, and is now starting to demolish Irish Eucalyptus plantations!
However, help may be at hand, in the form of a wasp that could counter the effects of the eucalyptus beetle. The wasp hasn't been released as yet, but some people feel it has the potential to SAVE Ireland's eucalyptus plantations!
Dorothy Hayden is a PhD student in the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences in UCD, and this is her area of expertise. She joins Derek and the panel in studio to explain how our eucalyptus trees can be saved from the eucalyptus beetle!
Our reporter, Katriona McFadden, has a box of laundry detergent. And on the side of it there is a map of Ireland. And it shows, by colour-coding, where the hard water areas are and where the soft water areas are in Ireland. And according to this map, almost ALL of the Republic of Ireland has hard water, with the exception of counties Donegal, Mayo, Galway and Kerry. And if you have hard water you need more detergent – up to two-and-a-half-times more, according to the detergent box.
(Image courtesy of www.softwater.ie)
Our Katriona spotted this and, being a bit miserly, she wondered would it be cheaper for her to do her laundry in her Mum’s house in Donegal rather than doing it in Dublin? Could it save on her detergent?!
She wanted proof. So she rang Dr Patrice Behan, an Analytical Chemistry Lecturer in D.I.T. Kevin St - and asked if she could help her out with a few experiments to see if a) Ireland is REALLY made up of mainly hard water areas, and b) whether people in the West of Ireland REALLY need two and a half times less detergent than the rest of the country.
We found out how she got on!
There was a time when people with intellectual disabilities were hidden away from the rest of society, stigmatized, marginalised, and completely under-appreciated.
Thankfully, we have moved on. People with intellectual disability and all kind of disability, in fact, are getting involved in every area of life: social, political, professional.
One such person is Michael Gannon, an avid listener to the show, and aspiring media professional! Michael went out with Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan recently to Gael Scoil, Cill Dara, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. There, they met up with two young students, Tiernan and Oran O'Donovan, and their teacher Mairéad.
The school is working on its fifth Green Flag. They are very interested in bats and the boys' grandfather recently donated a dead bat that he found to the school. Michael interviewed the boys to find out a little more about the project and about bats in general...
Can you believe it? It's Mooney Tunes time again, and astonishingly, we are approaching our tenth concert!
It all started in September 2009, at the National Concert Hall. The very first Mooney Tunes featured music such as Send In The Clowns, The Anvil Chorus and even the theme from Hawaii Five-O.
Over the last nine concerts, there hasn't been any genre of music we haven't covered. We've done a lot of classical favourites, we've had arias and choruses from some of the greatest operas ever written.
In the last concert, Mooney Tunes 9 in December last year, we did some incredible jazz, like Jack L singing My Way, and the big band orchestra performing Sing Sing Sing by Benny Goodman.
We've had pop, traditional Irish, even country music - Daniel O'Donnell went down a treat at Mooney Tunes 7!
All in all, over the nine concerts so far, we have brought you a total of 152 pieces of music. They were performed by some of the cream of Irish and international talent, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
Everybody from sopranos Cara O'Sullivan and Claudia Boyle, tenor Paul Potts, baritone John Molloy have performed. We've had Brian Kennedy, Jerry Fish, Chloe Agnew, John Sheehan from the Dubliners. We also did a special Eurovision tribute, with Niamh Kavanagh, Linda Martin, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan.
Anyway, the good news is, we want to bring you another gem of a show. And, since it's our 10th concert, we've decided to a kind of "best of".
We would like you, our listeners, to tell us your favourite moments from the last nine shows. Now, you don't have to have been to the shows to nominate a favourite moment. All of the concerts have been broadcast on RTÉ Radio One shortly after the live performances.
And to help, here's a list of every single piece of music that we have featured!
LIST OF MUSIC PLAYED AT MOONEY TUNES CONCERTS
01. Begin The Beguine
02. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
03. Lizst Rhapsody No. 2
04. Beat Out That Rhythm
05. O Mio Babino Caro
06. Pink Panther Theme
08. Pure Imagination
09. Silent Night
10. Che Gilida Manina
11. Nessun Dorma
12. My Way
13. Under My Skin
14. When A Child Is Born
15. Sing Sing Sing
16. Let It Snow
18. Also Sprach Zarathustra
19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
20. E il Sol Dell Amina from Rigoletto
21. Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima
23. Tchaikovsky-Polonaise Onegin
24. Roll Back The Clouds
25. She's Out Of My Life
26. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
27. Bond Theme
28. Moonraker / Diamonds Are Forever
29. Minuet & Badiniere from Orchestral Suite No. 2
31. My Heart Will Go On
32. Lonesome Boatman
33. O Holy Night
34. Mediation from Thais
35. That's Amore
36. In Paradisum
37. Gabriel's Oboe
38. The Way We Were
39. Last Christmas
40. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
41. As Long As He Needs Me
42. Soul Bossa Nova
43. Marriage Of Figaro: Duettino Sul Aria
44. One Day Like This
46. Swan Lake: Introduction
47. Send In The Clowns
48. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
49. My Heart Will Go On
50. Les Mis: Bring Him Home
51. Carmen: Intermezzo
52. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
53. South Pacific - Some Enchanted Evening
54. Verdi - La Traviata - Siempre Libre
55. Have I Told You Lately
56. Time To Say Goodbye
57. True Friends
58. Hello Dolly
59. Daydream Believer
60. Requiem - Pie Jesu
61. Someone To Watch Over Me
62. The Sound Of Music: Climb Every Mountain
63. The Producers
64. Nessun Dorma
65. Star Of Bethlehem
66. Nowhere Man
67. Marino Waltz
68. The Christmas Song
69. Hope from 'Irish Destiny'
70. In Your Eyes
71. Why Me?
72. Rock 'n' Roll Kids
73. O Holy Night
74. Dances With Wolves
75. Wind Beneath My Wings
76. Old Man River
77. Fields of Athenry
78. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
79. O Mio Babbino Caro
80. Suite from The Quiet Man
81. Over The Rainbow
83. Adagio from Spartacus
84. The Bridge (An Droichead)
85. Theme from JFK/West Wing
86. Memory from Cats
87. Un Bel Di
88. Ave Maria
89. Elizabethan Serenade
90. Born Free
91. Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (You're Just Too Good To Be True)
92. As Long As He Needs Me
93. Por Una Cabeza
95. When A Child Is Born
96. I'll Be Home For Christmas
97. Baby, It's Cold Outside
98. Trepak from The Nutcracker Suite
99. Once Upon A Time In The West
100. Vilia from The Merry Widow
101. Jingle Bells Forever
102. Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
103. Song Of Bernadette
104. Harry's Wonderous World
106. You Raise Me Up
107. Silent Night 1915
108. Do Re Me
109. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
110. O Holy Night
111. A Christmas Festival/ Sleigh Ride
112. Theme From Dragnet
113. Fiddler On The Roof
114. Nella Fantasia
115. Flower Duet
116. Champagne Polka
117. One Fine Day (from Madame Butterfly)
118. The Coolin
119. Hymn To Hope
120. Everybody Hurts
121. 80's TV Themes Medley
122. We Have All The Time In The World
123. 633 Squadron
124. Star Trek
125. Le Basque
127. We Shall Overcome
128. It's For You
129. When I Fall In Love
131. Cinema Paradiso
132. Impossibly Beautiful
133. Danny Boy
134. You'll Never Walk Alone
136. Hawaii Five-O
137. William Tell Overture
138. A Summer Place / Music To Watch Girls By
139. Everybody’s Talking
140. Sunday Miscellany theme
141. Onedin Line / Spartacus
142. Gabriel’s Oboe – The Mission
143. Radetsky March
144. Anvil Chorus
145. Mise Eire
146. Classical Gas
148. Ravel’s Bolero
149. Barccarolle - O Sole Mio
150. Chariots Of Fire
151. Hallelujah Chorus
152. Cavalleria Rusticana
Mooney Tunes 10 will take place on Friday, June 13th at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre at 8pm. Tickets will go on sale the program is finalised. We want people to nominate from the list of tunes on the website. And we may even include a couple of surprises. It will be the middle of the summer, so why not think of some of your summer favourites!? E-mail email@example.com, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!
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.
Many of you will be familiar with the fantastic Secrets Of The Irish Landscape that was broadcast last year on RTÉ One. This three-part television documentary, hosted by Derek Mooney, followed the footsteps of Robert Lloyd Praeger, Ireland's greatest naturalist and author of the iconic book The Way That I Went.
The series examined many little understood aspects of the Irish Landscape from the last Ice Age until now, with some intriguing findings! It was a huge success when it aired, becoming a firm favourite with audiences and critics alike. And the plaudits keep on coming! Last week, Secrets Of The Irish Landscape won gold at the New York World's Best Film and Television Awards 2014 for the best documentary series in science and technology!
RTÉ Wins Gold at NEW YORK WORLD’S BEST FILM AND TELEVSION FESTIVAL 2014
The RTÉ Cork series Secrets Of The Irish Landscape, presented by Derek Mooney and broadcast on RTE One last May, has WON GOLD at the final of one of the world’s most prestigious film and television competitions: the New York World’s Best Film and Television Awards 2014, for the best documentary series in science and technology. The awards are now in their 57th year. Secrets Of The Irish Landscape competed against entries from 36 countries.
The three-part series follows in the footsteps of Robert Lloyd Praeger, (Ireland's greatest naturalist and author of the iconic book The Way That I Went), as Derek updates the history of how the Irish landscape came into being, using the very latest science and research.
The series was produced in RTÉ Cork, by Head of RTÉ Cork Colm Crowley in association with the National Botanic Gardens and UCC, and was backed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
At the Award Show in Las Vegas (which was held as part of NAB, the USA's national association of broadcasters convention on April 8th),
Derek Mooney said;
"I love making nature programmes. It's part of who I am. I'm genuinely thrilled we've won this award, not just for myself but the crew and for RTÉ. When we think of science and nature programmes we tend to believe that only the BBC can make them but this proves we can do them just as well, if not better. It's fantastic that a very Irish story, about how we got our landscape, has found such a universal resonance and connected with others around the world, and that we also got the chance to celebrate the work one of one Ireland's greatest scientists on the world's stage. I was aware of Praegers' work but it wasn't until I journeyed in his footsteps that I fully appreciated the man. The success of this programme on the international stage will, I hope encourage RTÉ to develop this genre of TV. There is a market for natural history programmes in Ireland and there is plenty of subject matter for TV producers to focus on – bring it on!"
Colm Crowley, Barry Donnellan and Derek Mooney
Colm Crowley said:
"It's is a real honour to represent RTÉ at this prestigious festival, which has given us a chance to showcase the work of Irish television on an international stage. Winning gold at this event is a fantastic tribute to the RTÉ Cork team that put the show together, and a special thanks to Derek and his radio team who also contributed hugely to the making of this series. Also special thanks to the chief series consultant Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, who was centrally involved in developing the series."
This is the third major nomination the series has received in the last few months. The book to accompany the series was a finalist in the Irish Book Awards and the series also has received a nomination for the Houston Film festival in Texas.
The series is currently on air in Australia and Canada.
The series was shot in HD by freelance DOP Barry Donnellan on a Cannon C 300 camera, with additional photography by RTÉ Cork's Ben Kilroy and a small team of specialists' landscape photographers.
The series was edited by freelance editor Cliona Nolan and RTÉ staff editor Sean Mooney, and dubbed in RTÉ Cork by Niall O'Sullivan. Location sound was recorded by freelance Kieran Curtin and RTÉ Cork staffer Brendan Cahill.
The programme was researched by freelance Naoimh Reilly.
A complex media management solution was required to handle the HD work flow which was managed by Antoin O Callaghan and John Lynch in Cork, and the series was graded in Windmill Lane by Dave Hughes.
The production co-ordinators who worked across the 12 month shoot were Aoife O'Callaghan and Sonya O’Neill
The chief series consultant was Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens.
About the 2014 NAB Show
NAB Show, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With nearly 95,000 attendees from 156 countries and more than 1,500 exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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?
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Presenter: Derek Mooney