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.
Shay talks to Irish journalist Ewan McKenna in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, to get the inside track on life in the home of the forthcoming World Cup. June Rodgers will be in studio with news of her first ever tour. And Brenda meets Rahim Nazarali, who is registered blind and about to begin the walk of his life along the Grand Canal...
We delighted that June Rodgers joins Shay in studio today for a chat! For more information about June, visit www.junerodgers.net.
Brazil, Brazil - yes, we are on the countdown to the World Cup!
If you click to play the above video, you'll hear Aloysio Oliveira sing the classic Aquarela Do Brasil [which means "Watercolour Of Brazil"], from the 1942 Disney movie Saludos Amigos! 'Saludos Amigos' means 'Greetings, Friends', and in the Aquarela Do Brasil segment of the movie, José Carioca [a Carioca is someone from Rio de Janiero] takes Donald Duck around Brazil, showing him the sights, sounds and sensations that the Latin country is famous for.
It is a little mood setter as we edge ever closer to Thursday, when very many people from all around the world will tune in to follow events in the fifth largest country in the world. Did you know that Brazil is the fifth largest country by both geographical area, and by population - Brazil being home to a vast 201 million people.
And it is a country with a proud World Cup History - they are the only nation to have played in every tournament and they have won it five times – more than any other nation.
Neymar lifts the Confederations Cup for Brazil in 2013 - will 2014 be similarly as profitable for the Seleção?
But as we know from news reports from throughout the year, as passionate as Brazilians are about football, there has been a lot of protest that hosting the World Cup has become a priority over serious economic and social problems there.
To tell us more, we are joined on the line from the city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil by Irish sports writer Ewan MacKenna...
From this Thursday, June 12th, until Sunday, June 15th, Rahim Nazarali, who is registered blind, will walk 132km of the Grand Canal from Shannon Harbour, in Co. Offaly, to the Grand Canal Dock, in Dublin. He's doing it to raise much needed funds for the Irish Wheelchair Association, where he works as a Tutor.
Rahim is a very impressive young man and this walk would be a hefty challenge to an able bodied person, never mind to someone with 5% to 15% vision.
Brenda and Rahim
Brenda caught up with Rahim and his two guides as they practiced for the walk around Portobello in Dublin.
Paul Kiely, Brenda, Rahim Nazarali and Brian O'Carroll
Rahim wants people to join him and walk some of the way with him. More details are available here:
Rahimathon 14 - Rahim’s Grand Canal Walk Challenge
Between Thursday 12 June and Sunday 15 June 2014, Rahim Nazarali, who is registered blind, will walk the 132km Grand Canal from Shannon Harbour to Grand Canal Dock, Dublin to raise much needed funds for Irish Wheelchair Association, where he works as a Tutor. He will do this in the company of and with the assistance of his two friends and guides Paul Kiely and Brian O’Carroll.
The money raised will be used in part to purchase equipment for IWA’s Rehabilitative Training Unit and teaching kitchen in Clontarf. Each piece of equipment and accessible utensil, ranging in price from €20 to €160, is essential to students looking to learn important new life skills.
Rahim raised €1,800 for the RTU in 2013 when he walked The Grand’s northern sibling The Royal Canal. This year anyone who supports Rahimathon will see their money invested in a way that will be of immediate benefit to the students who attend IWA’s RTU and the many more who will attend the RTU in the years ahead.
If all goes to plan Rahim, Paul and Brian will cover the following ground on each of the days
Sunday Start Sallins 9AM finish Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 6pm
On Sunday Rahim is inviting people to join him for the last 10km of the walk from the Ninth Lock in Clondalkin - where he hopes to arrive between 2.30 -3pm - to Grand Canal Dock, where he plans to arrive about 6pm.
If you've been watching our Herring Gull nest on the roof of Stage 7 here in RTÉ, you’ll know that the camera was knocked a little out of position on Sunday. We think it was the wind, but it may well have been a very curious bird!
The two Herring Gull chicks at the back, exploring the roof of Stage Seven in RTÉ
We've repositioned the camera now and rather than focusing the camera solely on the nest, we're now looking at a broader view of the whole roof, because the chicks are spending most of their time exploring the roof...
Eric Dempsey joins us on the line today with the latest news on our Herring Gulls... To view the NestWatch, click here.
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 email@example.com, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
Take A Selfie & Win Holiday To California!
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
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.
Search For A Child Star Finalists
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.
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