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.
Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
A 17-year-old dating a 46-year-old? A 39-year-old dating a 75-year-old? Where do you think the line should be drawn in terms of relationships among different age groups? Can reading to your pets or farmyard animals help them to sleep better? And we meet a woman in North County Dublin who's had a Christmas tree in her house for the last twenty years...
Age Gap Couples
A lot of female hearts were broken last month when Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney got engaged. Let's face it, he's tried quite a few potential partners since rising to fame as Dr Doug in the hit drama series, ER. But now, it seems, somebody has finally prised a diamond ring out of gorgeous George once more!
She is Amal Alamuddin, a Lebanese-born human rights lawyer. She is 36 years old. And he's 52 - a sixteen-year age gap.
In Hollywood terms, we probably see bigger age gaps all the time. But in the "real world" it's a little different - huge age differences are a rarity, aren't they? Well, maybe not as rare as you think!
Last year, a great-grandmother from North Wales, 68-year-old Joan Lloyd, met 29-year-old Phil Absolom, and what resulted was nothing less than a bolt of lightning!
Joan Lloyd and Phil Absolom
Phil and Joan are one of five couples featured in a recent Channel 5 documentary entitled She's 78. He's 39: Age Gap Love. (That title actually refers to another couple). And for more information about that documentary, we're joined on the line from Manchester by the producer of the documentary, Colin Stone, from TV production company Nine Lives Media.
This morning, we asked reporter Brenda Donohue to go out and see what members of the public thought of large age gaps in relationships. What's your view? If you have your own opinions on relationships that feature large age gaps, please text us on 51551 whilst the show is on air, tweet @MooneyShow or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin contacted Mooney because he is looking to get in touch with couples living in Ireland who have a large age gap between them!
Seeking Age Gap Couples For A New Television Series:
• Are you in an age gap relationship? • Are there 20, 30, or even 40 years separating you and your partner? • Are you living proof that age is no barrier to finding true love?
Following the hit Channel 5 documentary She’s 78, He’s 39: Age Gap Love, Nine Lives Media is now looking for couples to appear in a new series. For more information, please contact David Kavanagh at Nine Lives Media – email@example.com or call 0044 161 832-2007.
Yesterday you might remember, we had our Quiz. And Player Number One, Samantha Staunton from Castlebar, happened to mention that her family received a 'new addition' last week - a Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig.
Derek gave her a great tip that applies to *anyone* who owns a pig – to get a pig to sleep, read it a bedtime story! After yesterday's show, our Katriona rang Samantha to see if she was really going to tell her pig a bedtime story last night. Samantha didn't believe Derek's hypothesis, but she agreed to give it a go, as an experiment. And she agreed to video Wiggles the Pig as she put her down to bed and told her a bedtime story:
This morning, Katriona went to visit vet Pete Wedderburn in BrayVet to see what he thinks of Derek's suggestion - and to chat about the different ways in which we can communicate with our pets...
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 www.sundayworld.com 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, in California for five nights, for two people.
Our winners will 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 fifteen 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 visitaerlingus.com.
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
That's a song called Another You, and it's written by Irishman Karl Broderick. It's in Russian, and the song has received nearly two million hits on YouTube AND it's been nominated for a prestigious prize at the RU.TV awards, Russia's equivalent to the Grammy's and the Brits. Karl joins us in studio this afternoon to chat about Another You...
Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.
The finalists, in no particular order, are:
- Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover - Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind - Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley - Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call - Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.
Singles Night Out!
We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
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 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.
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.
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