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, with Brenda Donohue...
We speak to two Irish climbers who have abandoned their Mount Everest expedition in the wake of the recent tragedy, and Noel Cunningham attends a property auction to hear from cash buyers. We hear why you would like to come to our Mooney Singles Night, Brenda Donohue finds out about football lessons for young girls in Inchicore, and Katriona McFadden takes a cycling tour of Dublin in the company of Julian Vignoles!
Last week, we spoke to Lisa Wallace about her experience of dating websites. We had a huge reaction to the item, and on Tuesday, we spoke to listeners Eleanor and Gerard about trying to find the perfect partner. The e-mails and texts haven't stopped since, so in our quest to help you find true love, we're going to hold a singles night for the over-35s! We're still working on the where and when, but if taking part in our singles night is something that would interest you, let us know - e-mail email@example.com or text 51551!
Last month on Mooney, we visited "the cheapest house in Ireland". It's a four-bedroomed, detached house in Co. Donegal. The property was auctioned last Friday with a reserve price of 15,000 euro.
The cheapest house in Ireland?
Noel Cunningham viewed the property for us, and last Friday he went along to the Allsops Space auction at the RDS to find out how much it would sell for and who bought it. Noel joins us today from our Gweedore studio to let us know how it went...
The Blue Tit in Derek's back garden laid another egg on Saturday, May 3rd. This brings the total to SEVEN (as of 03/5/14) but she could lay more! Blue Tits can lay up to 16 eggs but the average clutch size is 8 - 10 eggs.
The seven eggs in the Blue Tit Nest
Blue Tit Parus caeruleus Meantán gorm
Friday, May 2nd 2014
The Blue Tit laid the first egg on Friday, April 25th, and appears to have laid one egg each day since. It looks like there are six eggs in the nest but it's hard to count them. See how many you can spot!
The female seems to be incubating now, and if this is the case then we can expect the eggs to hatch on Thursday May 15th or Friday May 16th May 2014. We hope to have the live stream up on our site by the end of next week. Keep watching!
Climbing Mount Everest
On April 18th, sixteen Sherpas were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest. Hundreds of climbers were preparing to scale the mountain when the avalanche hit. In the wake of the tragedy, many Sherpas refused to support the expeditions, protesting that they weren’t adequately compensated for the risk they faced; other support staff such as cooks and porters faced threats and intimidation.
Mount Everest has now, effectively been shut down, and scores of expeditions have been cancelled.
Irishmen Paul Devaney and Niall O'Byrnes were among the climbers at Base Camp on the day of the avalanche. They arrived back in Ireland last Friday having abandoned their plan to climb the world's tallest mountain, and today they join us in studio to describe their experience of that day...
Paul is founder of the Irish Seven Summits team, and the team are raising funds for Liam's Lodge (a national respite centre for genetic and rare disorders. Liam Heffernan was the young boy who died yesterday aged 5 from Battens Disease). For more information, visit www.irishsevensummits.com, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!
As you know, we are great supporters of the Irish International Women's Soccer Team here on Mooney. Our own Jenny Brannigan is a physio with the team and keeps us updated on their progress. So when one of our listeners, Patricia, e-mailed Mooney to tell us about her son's girls' soccer team, we were interested...
Here’s what she told us:
Derek, Brenda may be interested in the following. My son, Aaron Shearer, has three little girls - aged 6, 5 and 2.
He has started a football club for little girls and every Saturday morning, tiny girls from 2 to 8 gather at Inchicore sports centre for training. Last week they were presented with their new strip, the logo on which was designed by Rory Hamilton, who among other high profile advertisements has done Guinness ads. The Logo says 'Girls Love Football'. In the interest of promoting sport, especially for girls, your programme might be interested in doing a piece on them.
Thank you, Patricia
So Inchicore Sports Centre was exactly where Brenda went on Saturday morning!
This week - tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday to be precise - Mooney will be coming to you LIVE from Copenhagen as we will be there, courtesy of our media partners, The Sunday World and SAS Airlines, to cover the 59th Eurovision Song Contest!
A small delegation travels out from RTÉ each year, from radio and television – and they’re all headed up by Michael Kealy, who is the Head of Delegation for Ireland. The man who had the job BEFORE him was Julian Vignoles, and he was with us in Dusseldorf and Baku.
He has since moved on to ventures new, and Derek recently saw him cycling around Dublin in a blue high-vis jacket that said 'See Dublin By Bike'. There were about a dozen people in blue jackets cycling behind him, and Derek learned that he has swapped Eurovision to set up a Tour Company specialising in bike tours of Dublin City Centre.
There are two bike tour companies in Dublin: See Dublin by Bike and Dublin City Bike Tours. So we decided that reporter Katriona McFadden should go along and be a tourist in her own city. She met up with Julian Vignoles and Sean Farrell of 'See Dublin By Bike' at Café Rothar on Dublin’s Fade Street where she saddled up...
The Final of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Copenhagen this Saturday, May 10th, with the two Semi-Finals taking place this Tuesday and Thursday. We'll be broadcasting LIVE from the Danish capital tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, and ahead of those programmes, Derek and the team have been out and about talking to the performers and those involved in the Song Contest...
Derek interviews Conchita Wurst, who will represent Austria with 'Rise Like A Phoenix'
Derek plants a kiss on the cheek of Conchita Wurst!
This week, Mooney will broadcast LIVE on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from the 59th Eurovision Song Contest. We’ll be bringing you all the behind-the-scenes gossip from the Irish entry, Can Linn featuring Kasey. We’ll be meeting some Eurovision afficianados from all across Europe – as well as bringing you some really interesting Danish-themed interviews.
Kasey Smith in Copenhagen last week and below: Can-Linn feat. Kasey Smith rehearse 'Heartbeat' in Copenhagen
TV-wise, the first semi-final will be broadcast on Tuesday night at 8pm, and the second semi-final will be on Thursday night at 8pm and it is the SECOND semi-final that Ireland is competing in, and needs to qualify out of, in order to get to the Final the following Saturday, May 10th. Both semi-finals will be screened live on RTÉ Two.
Below is the list of all the participants in the two semi-finals...
SEMI-FINAL 1: the 16 semi-finalists in order of appearance:
SEMI-FINAL 2: the 16 semi-finalists in order of appearance:
The Genealogy Roadshow is back for a brand new series! RTÉ’s The Genealogy Roadshow is now an international hit series. PBS in America has already broadcast a US version of the show shot in Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin, Texas. Season 2 of the US show is on the way. The original Irish programme is returning to screens on May 11th with a brand new series full of amazing stories. Once again the people of Ireland are the stars of the show. The series will be presented again by Derek Mooney.
The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team help people trace their family’s roots and discover surprising stories from the past. People from all four provinces got to know the truth about tragic events, infamous ancestors and famous cousins.
Thousands of people contacted the show with questions. Some wanted to know if they were related to someone famous. Others wanted to solve mysteries going back generations. Others had heart-breaking adoption stories and tales of families ravaged by war.
The Genealogy team set out to help these people fill in the blanks. The mission was to answer the questions, solve the riddles and uncover the truth. Some people get the news they want but not every tale has a happy ending. In this series, there are tears of pride and joy, as well as fantastic surprises.
The Genealogy Roadshow also sheds light on the people history has forgotten. The team look at local and national events and ask who didn’t get the credit they deserve? They also take a look at people and events you think you know, but tell the stories you haven’t heard before.
This year the show has added technology to the bag of tricks. Historians and witnesses from around the world are able to beam in directly to the roadshow to give expert testimony and corroborate evidence.
Some of the stories involve Irish people in far flung places:
Irish immigrants starting a new life in Argentina were part of an international crisis as thousands were scammed out of their life savings and left stranded in a strange land;
An innocent Irish girl was gunned down in a Canadian frontier town, caught up in a local blood feud;
A Wexford man was spared a terrible fate at Custer’s Last Stand, only to be forgotten by history, until now;
A Longford woman went to America and became a notorious criminal in the era of Al Capone.
Some of the stories are closer to home:
After years of listening to his father’s stories, a Dundalk man finds out once and for all if he is related to St. Oliver Plunkett;
A Cork man discovers that his relatives were saved from the gallows by none other than Daniel O’Connell in a famous trial;
The tale of an Orangeman’s wife who kept her Catholic identity a secret, even from her family, for her whole life;
And there’s even some myth-busting in this series as the team delve into the mystery of 'The Lost Village of Audleystown' to see if there’s any evidence to back up the story of a village full of families who were forcibly migrated to the USA by a wicked land owner who levelled their homes.
This original Irish programme is back on your screens from Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTE One.
Mooney Tunes 10
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 07. Chiqitta 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 17. Strauss 18. Also Sprach Zarathustra 19. Bridge Over Troubled Water 20. E il Sol Dell Amina from Rigoletto 21. Donizetti – Una Furtiva Lagrima 22. Superstar 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 30. Edelweiss 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 45. Jerusalem 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 82. Libertango 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 94. Troika 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 105. Lament 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 126. Cavatina 127. We Shall Overcome 128. It's For You 129. When I Fall In Love 130. Hallelujah 131. Cinema Paradiso 132. Impossibly Beautiful 133. Danny Boy 134. You'll Never Walk Alone 135. Riverdance 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 147. If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line 'Mooney Tunes 10'!
Nathan Carter House Party!
How would you fancy a little bit of country star Nathan Carter in the front room of your house? The really good news is Nathan Carter has agreed to do a house party for a Mooney listener anywhere in the country on Tuesday, May 13th.
That's the one and only Nathan Carter, who topped the Irish charts despite stiff competition from international artists including Kodaline & One Direction, and who will play for one lucky listener. In our Mooney House Party shows, top Irish entertainers come into your home and sing exclusively for you, your friends and family.
They have been tremendously success with entertainers such as Brian Kennedy, The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur, Paul Harington, Jack L and Daniel O'Donnell! Our singers have performed in a listener's kitchen, front room and even in a barn.
Well if you fancy the wonderfully talented Nathan Carter in your home, all you have to do is e-mail Mooney and tell us why you want Nathan with you? Are you his number one fan? Have you travelled the lent and breath of the country to see him sing? Have you a special anniversary or celebration coming up? Or simply, would you just like a knees up in your own home?
Whatever the reason, e-mail email@example.com and tell us why you want Nathan there and who you’d have there, and why you deserve to have him - and don’t forget to give us your phone number!
The date again is Tuesday, May 13th - so get in touch now!
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 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?
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