Mooney, Wednesday June 18th 2014

***MOONEY GOES WILD NOMINATED FOR ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

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 they will take place later this year.  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 that we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Everyone's favourite Big Brother winner, Brian Dowling, joins us in studio to cast his eye over the state of the nation. We find out why hypnotism is not about gently swinging watches or "looking into my eyes". And is bread good or bad for us? We explore this and other food issues with journalist Suzanne Campbell...

Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling

Since winning Big Brother in 2001, Kildare's Brian Dowling has become one of the UK's most popular TV presenters. From SMTV Live, he came full circle to present Big Brother himself. He's appeared as a guest on shows such as Hell's Kitchen, All Star Family Fortunes and Come Dine With Me - which he also won!

Shay Byrne & Brian Dowling

This afternoon he's our guest, as he joins us live in studio to talk about his latest gig, as presenter of TV3's new Saturday night entertainment show Sitting On A Fortune...

Hypnosis With Nigel Brennan

"Look into my eyes, my eyes, not around my eyes..."

Little Britain hypnotist Kenny Craig

Comedy aside, there are many myths about hypnotism - including the methods used to induce people into a state of hypnosis.

According to Nigel Brennan, clinical hypnotist with The Dublin Hypnosis Center, it's not about gently swinging a watch in the motion of a pendulum, or that whole lark about "look into my eyes".

It's far more subtle, more delicate, and less cheesy! Nigel joins us in studio this afternoon to explain...

For more information, visit www.hypnosisdublin.ie.

Follow-Up: Socialising With Mobility Impairment

On Monday, Mooney producer Olan McGowan talked about what it's like to socialise in a wheelchair around Ireland. And we had an enormous response by text and e-mail. 

We didn't get a chance to read out a lot of the texts that came in, so Olan has been going through a few of them, and is back in today with your reaction...

Olan talks about attachments for a manual wheelchair, which effectively turn it into a motorbike. Olan has one on order, and he says "these things are amazing. They open a huge range of possibilities for disabled people. Obviously, if you have a powered wheelchair already, you wouldn't have the same problem". They are available from www.mmsmedical.ie.

Some useful websites:

Irish Wheelchair Association Information Office

  • http://www.iwa.ie/information   01 818-6488
  • Irish Wheelchair Association are preparing to launch their updated set of access guidelines, giving practical advice as to how to make your premises more accessible. You can download the guidelines here: http://www.iwa.ie/information/publications
  • Also available from the IWA information office is the Access Directory, a directory of companies providing equipment to make daily life easier for disabled people.

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland is an arm of the Citizens Information Board, and they have an online resource providing information on daily living aids, mobility aids and assistive technology, along with a directory of products available in Ireland: http://www.assistireland.ie/eng/

The National Disability Authority

The National Disability Authority is the statutory body governing standards in this area. http://www.nda.ie/

The Equality Authority

For information about the Equal Status Act, the equality act and the employment equality act, you can contact the Equality Authority: http://www.equality.ie/en/

And we also received this e-mail into the office, from listener Dee:

My name is Dee Hoey and since 2005, following a brain tumor operation, I am a wheelchair user.  I live in Bohernabreena, near Tallaght, Dublin 24.  I like to go out and I have found, over the years, that it very difficult, when going out, to find an accessible venue.

I have started a blog, wheeloutandabout.wordpress.com of different restaurants, pubs, hotels etc. giving a brief review of what I have found.  The blog has had well over 700 views and it is aimed at wheelchair users, but can be useful to people with buggies, walker users, people on crutches and if your generally less-able on your feet!

NestWatch 2014: Herring Gulls

We were glued to the Herring Gull nest on the Mooney website yesterday, and we couldn’t see more than one chick on camera at any one time. We had a feeling of dread at one stage as we thought the chick that was on camera looked quite large. Could it be that we had a cannibal chick...

Niall Hatch took a rather desperate call from us and he’s here in studio today with an update on our Herring Gull nest...

The Price Of Chicken

The Price Of Chicken

More and more people in this country enjoy spending their weekends browsing around farmers markets and food festivals - especially now that the good weather is here! "Shop local" is the message we're hearing again and again, as food security and environmental concerns come to the fore.

But last week Jay Rayner, the MasterChef star and BBC food critic, went a little off-message when he said that shopping at farmers markets is nothing more than a 'status symbol' for wealthy shoppers.

Instead, he praises large supermarket chains who offer cheap ingredients, and said that spending €18 on an organic chicken is similar to splashing out on a Chanel handbag.

Food and farming journalist Suzanne Campbell joins us in studio this afternoon to tell us more about how we buy food in Ireland, and to look at new figures on our retail behaviour...

Singles Night Out!

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 mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

Search For A Child Star Finalists

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.

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

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