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.
On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...
The grandson of crime writer Agatha Christie tells us about the very lucrative gift he got from his famous relative when he was nine years old, and Brenda visits the family of a terminally ill four-year-old boy and finds out about his love of superheroes...
This morning, Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue visited the Glynn family in Kilcoole, in Co. Wicklow, who urgently need the help of our listeners to get their four-year old son Gavin a life saving operation in Houston, Texas. She joins Shay in studio today to explain more...
Gavin with his father John, mother Jayne, and Brenda
Families urged to celebrate "My Boy" for four-year-old, Gavin Glynn - fundraising campaign for terminally ill four-year-old Gavin Glynn kicks off today.
Mums and Dads across Ireland are invited to celebrate the special bond they have with their 'boy' in a new fundraising campaign called 'My Boy'. The 'My Boy' campaign is a simple text-donation campaign set up by friends and family of Gavin Glynn - a four-year-old 'Superhero' from Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
Gavin’s future hangs in the balance.
Since his diagnosis at just a year old, Gavin has been suffering from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancerous tumour of the pelvic muscles. Now, following 3 years of treatment in the care of Dublin’s Crumlin Hospital, the Glynn family races against time to raise urgently-needed funds for potentially one final, life-saving treatment in Texas.
After undergoing numerous treatments and surgery, time is running out for Gavin, his parents Jayne and John. As the tumour continues to spread, Gavin has now been given months to live.
Despite this blow, Jayne and John refuse to give up and after weeks of research, have located groundbreaking treatment, called HIPEC. This treatment is only available in the MD Anderson Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA. HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy), is a procedure that involves open surgery to remove any tumors and then inserting chemotherapy, heated to 42 degrees into Gavin’s abdominal region to kill any microscopic cancer cells present. Despite the hope, this last chance to save Gavin does not come cheap, as Jayne and John need to raise over $450,000 US dollars to cover the cost of the consultation and the two month treatment.
In launching the 'My Boy' campaign, Gavin’s Mum, Jayne Glynn (39) said, "When we were told Gavin had cancer, it felt like time had stood still. No parent ever wants to see their child suffer. Despite the treatment, surgeries and constant uncertainty, Gavin's energy, upbeat outlook and ability to entertain us all and make us smile astounds us. He loves all the superhero characters and we call him SuperGavin! When we were told last month that the tumor had spread and that there was 'no hope', we looked at his smile and swore to fight for our boy."
Gavin’s father John Glynn (39) said: "Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that the 'selfie phenomenon' has broken fundraising barriers to give charities instant access to necessary funds. I'm hoping Gavin's story will encourage mothers and fathers across Ireland to support us by taking a selfie with their 'boy' and nominating a friend. We're so blown away by the support to date – Irish people are incredible. It's humbling."
My Boy campaign
The Glynn family has just one week to raise €350,000.
The 'My Boy' campaign is a text-donate campaign where people can donate €4 by texting 'Gavin' to 50300, (T&C's apply)* or make a donation at www.teamgavinglynn.ie. Socially savvy Mothers and Fathers are also being encouraged to share a selfie of themselves with 'My Boy' and nominate a friend to encourage the campaign to spread across Ireland.
*Terms and conditions: 100% of text cost goes to Team Gavin Glynn across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €3.26 will go to Team Gavin Glynn. Service Provider LIKECHARITY 01 443-3890
Funds from the campaign will help give their boy that last chance they are fighting for. To read more about Gavin’s journey, www.TeamGavinGlynn.ie #MyBoy.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is the only center in the world with the experience and expertise to do HIPEC in Children.
HIPEC: (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) This procedure involves open surgery which may take up to 12 hours, removing any tumors in Gavin and then inserting chemotherapy, heated to 42 degrees into Gavin’s abdominal region in the hope that the heated chemotherapy will kill any microscopic cancer cells present.
Black Coffee & Mathew Prichard, Grandson of Agatha Christie
That was of course, David Suchet playing the fictional Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot.
Poirot is one of Agatha's most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 of her 66 detective novels. And he will be coming soon to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre next week!
The extent of Agatha Christie's literary legacy is quite staggering. The Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time, having sold four billion copies of her novels, and only being outsold only by Shakespeare's works and the Bible.
In fact there are lots of records that Agatha Christie continues to break - she wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap, which opened in 1952 and is still running today!
Agatha Christie's only grandson, Mathew Prichard, got the royalties to The Mousetrap for his ninth birthday! He joins us this afternoon from the BBC studios in London to chat about his famous Granny, and to tell us more about Black Coffee, the first play that Agatha Christie wrote (in 1930).
Black Coffee comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from next Monday, June 23rd, until Saturday, June 28th. Tickets cost from €17.50 - €45.
A quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory, and the theft of his new earth shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late, one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery, and deception amid the estate's occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot.
In the first play ever written by Agatha Christie we are introduced to a character who went onto become the most famous detective of all time and the only fictional character ever to receive a full-page obituary in the New York Times.
For more information about the production, click here.
It's Mooney, it's Thursday, so it's time for Mooney's Thursday Quiz - and we have a terrific prize up for grabs today!
Our prize today is a two-night weekend break for two people sharing in Lusty Beg Island, a 75-acre exclusive paradise offering a spectacular location in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands and the perfect place to unwind.
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!
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