Mooney Monday 2 June 2014


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Louis Walsh's New Band Hometown

Louis Walsh's New Band Hometown

Last year Louis Walsh put out a call to form a new boy band, and now they’re complete! Meet Josh Grey, Dean Gibbons, Brendan Murray, Cian Morrin, Dayl Cronin and Ryan McLoughlin.

Christ The Redeemer Selfie

Christ The Redeemer Selfie

Derek chats to 31 year old, Lee Thompson, who took a ‘selfie’ on top of the 30 meter high (124ft) Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lee Thompson is the boss of UK based travel company, The Flash Pack.

As this has been the 'Year of the Selfie' Pat O'Mahony also took to the streets of Dublin to find about your selfies. 

GOOD NEWS - Collapsed Crow's Nest

On Friday’s MOONEY GOES WILD (30th May), Vernice Barnley, from Athlone, told MOONEY listeners, about a crow's nest in her chimney that had collapsed into the fireplace. After getting some advice, Vernice moved the nest, and the baby birds, into the garden shed. Much to her surprise, the parents returned to find the nestlings in the shed and continued to feed them as normal. Vernice told Derek today that, over the weekend, the four young Jackdaws had fledged and left the garden.

Well done Vernice :)  

England at the World Cup

England at the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off in 10 days time, on Thursday 12th June, and ‘We Are One – Ole, Ola’, featuring Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez is its official anthem. Whether or not the fans will be singing it though is yet to be seen. Over the years in Ireland, we’ve had some very catchy World Cup tunes and our neighbours England are still singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’, even though it’s from the 1990s.

As England are our nearest neighbours, we thought we’d listen to their official song, and take a look back at some of their memorable offerings. Derek chats with Fergus Sweeney.



Selfie Competition

Selfie Competition

We're giving you the opportunity to win a fabulous 'Selfie' prize. All you have to do is take a selfie like the one below, log on to and send it in. It's as simple as that! 

Sunway Holidays, Ireland’s largest 100% Irish Owned Tour Operator with over 70 destinations worldwide has teamed up with Sutter Home and the Sunday World to give away a holiday to the Westin Verasa Napa Valley, California for 5 nights for 2 people.

Embark on a wonderful journey through California's Central Coast. With over 300 miles of breathtakingly beautiful coastline and 14,333 square miles of spectacular California landscape, there is so much so see and do.

The Westin Napa Valley is located on the riverbank in the heart of downtown Napa and within walking distance to more than 15 Napa wine tasting rooms, numerous restaurant and dining options, and surrounded by plenty of boutique and specialty shopping.

Replenish your spirit and sense of fun this season at The Westin Verasa Napa Hotel with Sunway, and experience all that downtown Napa has to offer. Experience the bloom of spring, the peak of summer, the autumn harvest or the cozy ambience of winter in luxury at this Napa Valley hotel.

Fly with Sunway Holidays, the USA Specialists and Aer Lingus to California. Aer Lingus fly five times a week direct from Dublin to San Francisco. For more information on fares and schedules visit

Prize also includes:

  • 2 nights at Sutter Home winery
  • VIP wine tour and tasting
  • Dinner at the Sutter Home winery
  • Transfers to/from San Fran
  • 6 bottles of Sutter Home White Zinfandel for the top 5 winners

Log on to and send in your selfie for a chance to win this fabulous prize!

Entrants must be 18 or over. 


Flora Women's Mini Marathon

Flora Women's Mini Marathon

The Flora Women's Mini Marathon passes right by RTÉ, so Brenda went outside to chat with some of the runners as they passed the 7 kilometre mark. 

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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