Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney, Monday June 30th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    We find out how Harley Davidson are replacing a roar with a whisper as they go electric. We meet two Irish Algerians, as they look forward to the World Cup match with Germany tonight. And three listeners play Mooney's Monday Quiz!


    Electric Harleys & Escorting Roses!

    Is the sound of the motor cycle about to become a thing of the past?

    The iconic, petrol powered Harley-Davidson has introduced a prototype bike that makes more of a whisper than a rumble. It's a sporty-looking model called LiveWire, and it is powered by batteries.

    Motoring Correspondent with RTÉ Online, Michael Sheridan, is with us to tell explain more...

    Michael also chats to Derek about working with the Rose Of Tralee escorts, including current Escort Of The Year, Johnny McGailey, who joins us on the line...


    Algerian World Cup Football & Ramadan

    If you’re a World Cup fan you’ll hear *that* National Anthem tonight at 9pm. It’s the National Anthem of Algeria who take on Germany tonight.

    Millions of happy Algerians around the world will be glued to their screens as this is the first time Algeria has made it through to the second round of the World Cup. But their Bosnian coach isn't quite so happy.

    He gave a Press Conference yesterday and was more than a little annoyed that the questions from the journalists weren't about football, but rather about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which started yesterday.

    Journalists wanted to know would the Muslim players on the Algerian team be observing the fasting aspect of Ramadan - no food or liquid from sunrise until sunset...

    It seems that there are exceptions to the Ramadan Rule: people who are sick, pregnant, infirm or elderly are exempt - as are individuals who are travelling – and this is the exemption that many of the Algerian players may use today in Brazil.

    Ireland has its own Algerian community who are very excited about tonight’s match and Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went to meet some of them...


    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it's time for Mooney's Monday Quiz!

    Our prize today is a weekend two-night break and dinner on one night for two people (subject to availability) in the 4-star Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, a distinctive and impressive 12 storey glazed tower with breathtaking views over the historic town, the majestic River Shannon and surrounding countryside.

    The Sheraton Athlone Hotel is a perfect base from which you can explore and experience Athlone and Ireland’s Lakelands.

    We have all our players lined up last week, so if you enjoy general knowledge, tune in and play along at home to see which of our three listeners will win that amazing prize!

    For more information about the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone, visit

    The Journey's On Us 2014

    For the past two years, Mooney have teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" giveaway. As part of this initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.

    It's a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.

    Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue is in Céannt Railway Station in Galway for the launch of The Journey’s On Us 2014



    Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has launched the 2014 programme for The Journey’s On Us, an initiative to support organisations and groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector.

    "The Journey's On Us" will provide 100 groups with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group during 2014, meaning 5,000 free journeys are on offer across the company's services.  The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel. 

    Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said "Voluntary organisations are the life blood of communities across the country.  However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut.  We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back.  We in Iarnród Éireann, through The Journey's On Us, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities.  The initiative is now in its third year with the interest and amount of groups applying has grown significantly each year, which we are absolutely delighted with."

    The company has today invited all community, voluntary, sporting and charity groups to apply for the 100 group travel trips available. Entry forms are available at all Iarnród Éireann stations or online at . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Monday July 14th, at 16.30hrs.

    Last year, over 750 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men's Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from "The Journey's On Us".  Last year Iarnród Éireann offered for the first time a special prize for the winning group that submitted the most interesting and inspirational account of their day travelling with them.  The winner of the prize was Special Hands Activity Group from Kelly, Co. Meath. 

    The initiative is being supported nationally by RTÉ Radio 1's Mooney, and Brenda Donohue is joining customers and staff at Ceannt Railway Station, Galway today to launch "The Journey's On Us" 2014.  They were joined by Galway Community Circus who were a winner of one of the trips last year.   Mooney will also feature successful groups throughout the year. 

    All applications will be considered by an adjudicating panel and successful groups will be notified from July onwards. For further information and to see terms and conditions please log onto

    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, 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 ( 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

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Mandy
      Performer(s): Johnny Mcgailey
      Performer(s): Johnny Mcgailey
      Duration: 3:30
    • Title: Born To Be Wild
      Performer(s): Steppenwolf
      Performer(s): Steppenwolf
      Album: All Time Greatest Hits
      Duration: 3:39
    • Title: Algerian National Anthem
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): No Details
      Performer(s): No Details
      Duration: 1:07
    • Title: Hung Up
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Album: Confessions On a Dance Floor
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
      Performer(s): Neil Sedaka
      Performer(s): Neil Sedaka
      Album: The Very Best of Neil Sedaka
      Duration: 3:27
    • Title: 9 To 5
      Composer: Dolly Parton
      Performer(s): Dolly Parton
      Performer(s): Dolly Parton
      Duration: 2:57
    • Title: Without You
      Performer(s): Nilsson
      Performer(s): Nilsson
      Duration: 3:33
    • Title: I Just Called To Say I Love You
      Performer(s): Stevie Wonder
      Performer(s): Stevie Wonder
      Album: Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection
      Duration: 4:34
    • Title: Nothing Compares 2 U
      Performer(s): Sinéad O'Connor
      Performer(s): Sinéad O'Connor
      Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
      Duration: 5:15
    • Title: Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
      Composer: Phil Collins
      Performer(s): The Postal Service
      Performer(s): The Postal Service
      Album: Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition), SUB POP, SPRCD595
      Duration: 3:10

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