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    NestWatch 2014 - The Herring Gull
    The Herring Gull's nest is located on a roof at the RTÉ Campus. There are three eggs in the nest, and on Tuesday, June 3rd, two of those eggs hatched! Click here to watch

    Mooney, Wednesday May 21st 2014

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    On Mooney today...

    Three listeners play Mooney's Wednesday Quiz at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, to celebrate the Killarney Walking Festival. The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their unique gospel sounds to Mooney. And we hear from the Cork cab driver who's making a splash on Britain's Got Talent.

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    NestWatch 2014

    Blue Tit / Parus caeruleus / Meantán gorm - our birds are back! 

    In the NestWatch camera box in Derek's back garden, a Blue Tit laid her first egg on Friday, April 25th, and went on to lay a total of eight eggs, all of which have now hatched! To watch the live stream, and to find out more about our growing Blue Tit family, click here.

    Ornithologist Eric Dempsey, from the Birds Of Ireland News Service, joins Derek in studio this afternoon with a recap of the story so far, and to give us an insight as to what will happen next inside our nestbox... Click here to read Eric's Q&A on Blue Tits, click here to learn more about the eggs, and click here to read about different types of nests. For more information about Eric, visit www.birdsireland.com.

    Hatching

    Birds have differing approaches to nesting. Most songbirds lay an egg each day, but don't start to incubate until the clutch is completed (Blue tit is a good example). Forming eggs is demanding. A bird has to obtain enough food to produce the eggs and, to do so effectively, she can't afford to spend her time incubating. Once the last egg has been laid, she sits. The eggs warm up and being to develop. All hatch at about the same time and so this approach is called 'synchronous' breeding. 

    Some birds adopt a different approach. An egg is laid and incubated immediately. A second egg follows a few days later, then a third and so on. Egg-laying tends to be slower because the mother can't gather sufficient food to form an egg every day, with the limited time available to her. The first egg hatches a few days ahead of the second, which is ahead of the third and so nesting is termed 'asynchronous'. Birds of prey generally adopt this approach. 

    Which of the two methods is superior? Neither. Both systems have survived and so both are effective. Which one is used depends on the nature of the food supply. If food for the baby birds is abundant, as with tits feeding on caterpillars, the synchronous system works well. If it becomes scarce, however, the family may be in trouble. All of the babies will be undernourished and may die. 

    In an asynchronous nest, the first chick to hatch is largest and gets the lion's share of the food. Only if it has enough to eat, will the next baby be fed and so on. In times of shortage, the youngest chick dies, its body being eaten by the older siblings. If things are very bad, the next youngest dies and so on. It's a cruel system but a ruthlessly efficient one. It means that nothing is wasted and, even in a lean year, the pair stands a chance of rearing at least some young.

    Fledging

    Open cup nests are particularly vulnerable to predators and so it's important for the parents to get their youngsters on the wing as soon as possible. The eggs in open nest clutches all tend to hatch at the same time and the babies all leave the nests at the same time. 

    Nests in holes, such as those of Bluetits, are not so vulnerable to predators and so the parents are not in a hurry. Synchronising everything is not important. A mother Bluetit normally starts to incubate when the last egg has been laid but some mothers start before the clutch is completed. The last egg or two may be laid after incubation starts. This often happens in a late nest when there is a danger that the food resources for the babies may become exhausted. Whether there are late eggs or not, clutches in hole nests tend to hatch over a longer period than those in cup nests. The effect of all this is that there may be babies of differing sizes and ages in a clutch. The 'runts', the weak late chicks, tend to lose out in the scramble for food and may be weaker and less well able to cope when the brood comes to fledge. 

    Bluetit babies are coaxed out of the nest hole by the parents who call to them from outside and wave juicy caterpillars at them. The babies take the plunge one by one. Occasionally, the runts are too weak or timid to leave the nest. They prefer to stay at home and go back to sleep. Unfortunately for them, it is a sleep from which they never wake. The parents continue to feed the birds which are on the wing but they don't return to feed the runts. 

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    Mooney's Wednesday Quiz

    It's Mooney, it's Wednesday, so it must be time for Mooney's Wednesday Quiz! And we have a fantastic prize up for grabs today...

    It's a two-night weekend B&B break in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney for two people sharing one room. And our winner must be free to use the prize on the weekend of June 20th to 22nd, as the Killarney Walking Festival takes place that weekend, and the prize includes three guided walks of our winner's choice!

    For more information about the Gleneagle Hotel, click here, and for more information about the Killarney Walking Festival, click here.

    Runners-up today will get a copy of The Birds Of Ireland: A Field Guide by Jim Wilson and Mark Carmody, and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch.

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    Blind Boys Of Alabama

    Elvis Presley. What a voice, especially when he was singing gospel music. He grew up in Mississippi in the Deep South - where gospel music originated – and went on to release lots of gospel songs and albums.

    But gospel music was going a long time before Elvis Presley.

    And one important milestone in its history happened in 1944, at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind.  It was here that a group of young men met and starting singing gospel music together.  They would go onto to become the world-acclaimed Blind Boys of Alabama... 

    God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud is the first track from their latest album, I'll Find A Way, and listeners to Mooney will know that, for the last number of months, we've been running a competition in association with Waltons New School of Music. It was open to Gospel Choirs and the prize was to be the support act for the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, when they play Dublin’s National Concert Hall TONIGHT! 

    So it will be a gig to remember – and we are thrilled and delighted to say that Jimmy Carter and Ricky McKinnie from the Blind Boys have taken time out of their rehearsals to be with us today!

    Derek with Jimmy Carter and Ricky McKinnie

    Waltons World Masters - The Blind Boys of Alabama takes place at the National Concert Hall tonight at 8pm. Tickets cost from €19.80 to €50. For more information, visit www.nch.ie.

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    Cork's Singing Cabbie On Britain's Got Talent

    Well, did you see it?! Cobh man Darragh McGann or, as Ant and Dec call him, 'The Singing Cabbie', doing us proud on Britain's Got Talent, getting a massive reaction from the audience and judges, and a standing ovation from David Walliams!

    This Saturday it will be revealed whether or not Darragh is through to the live shows. But it's a YES from us!  Darragh joins us today from RTÉ Cork to chat about his Britain's Got Talent experience...

    Mooney Tunes 10

    Mooney Tunes is back! Tickets for Mooney Tunes 10 went on sale recently, and just a limited number remain...

    Can you believe it? It's time for Mooney Tunes 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 ClownsThe 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.

    Tickets to Mooney Tunes 10 range from €10 to €39.50, and can be booked in person at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin (no booking fee), or by calling Ticketmaster on 0818 719 377 (booking fee applies). For more information about Mooney Tunes 10, visit the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre website or the Ticketmaster website.

    Mooney Tunes 10 will be a 'Best Of' the music and songs from previous Mooney Tunes concerts, and will include performances from the following:

    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

    Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow!

    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 three-part series is be presented again by Derek Mooney.  It began on Sunday, May 11th night on RTÉ One (click here to watch the first episode on the RTÉ Player, and click here to watch last Sunday night's episode on the RTÉ Player). The series concludes this Sunday, May 25th at 7pm on RTÉ One.

    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 this Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTÉ One.

    Hedgerows and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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

     

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail tapes@rte.ie or click here for RTÉ Archives sales form. Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

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      Title: Thank You For Being A Friend
      Performer(s): Elaine Paige With Dionne Warwick
      Performer(s): Elaine Paige With Dionne Warwick
      Duration: 5:09

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