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.
We celebrate the amazing rejuvenation of Christy Dignam and Aslan, who join Derek to preview their biggest gig in years and introduce their brand-new single. We find out about some amazing lost and found items. And Dr. Richard Collins visits northern France and examines some of the extraordinary human stories to come from the battlefields of World War I...
Aslan's Crazy World is one of the most recognisable tunes on Irish radio. In 1993, it reached three months in the Irish charts, and now it is being reintroduced to a whole new audience as it's being used in an Irish medical insurance advert.
And when you mention Aslan and Christy Dignam, the first thing that springs to mind from recent months is Christy's well-documented battle with a rare form of blood cancer. It has been a remarkable time for Christy, from a bleak prognosis to two massive comeback gigs at the Olympia, with arguably their biggest concert of recent years set to take place at the INEC in Killarney later this month.
We are delighted to be joined in studio today for a chat and a tune by Aslan's Christy Dignam and Billy McGuinness, and we hear their phenomenal new single I Need A Little Time...
'The dog ate my homework' is a line that traditionally used to be trotted out by 'bold' students who needed a quick excuse to pacify an angry teacher. But have you ever heard the line "The Dog Ate My Wedding Ring"?!
Well that is exactly what happened to Lois Matykowski from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Five years ago her wedding ring went missing and, after searching for it, she gave up on ever finding it.
That is until her pet pooch, Tucker, ate an icepop recently, stick and all - and then promptly vomited it all up.
When Lois went to clean up the vomit (never a pleasant job!) what did she see gleaming at her in the middle of all the 'unpleasantness', only her wedding ring?!
She was delighted to have it back - and her vet told her that it was probably the wooden stick of the icepop that finally dislodged the wedding ring from the dog’s stomach.
Well, she can’t be alone in this...
Have YOU ever found your wedding ring after many years? Perhaps in an unusual place? Have you ever found anything you shouldn’t have?! Have you something you really should return to someone? Or do you believe in ‘Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers’?!
World War I, or 'The Great War' began this month one hundred years ago. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated a year ago last week, triggering a series of events that would change history.
It's thought that there were 16 million military and civilian deaths during World War One, including nearly 50,000 Irishmen – ranking it as one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.
And the centenary this year has seen all manner of coverage on television and radio in recent months.
RTÉ Radio One has been doing its bit to explore Ireland's involvement in World War One – and if you're interested in that sort of thing, you might like to attend the 'World War One Roadshow' at Trinity College on Saturday week, July 12th, where RTÉ Radio One have partnered with Trinity and the National College of Ireland to bring you a free day of events.
Someone who is very interested in World War One is our very own Dr. Richard Collins. You know him best for his observations on science and wildlife on Mooney Goes Wild, but Richard is also a bit of a history buff and is just back from a trip to Northern France where he visited many sites associated with World War One.
He joins us in studio this afternoon with his recollections of his recent visit...
WW1 Road Show
Ireland's part in the Great War will be explored through a series of events at a World War 1 Road Show at Trinity College Dublin on Saturday, July 12th.
Members of the public are invited to bring along letters, medals, photographs and items related to World War 1 to be catalogued and digitised by a team experts from the National Library of Ireland.
The day will also feature a series of talks, theatre performances and music as well as a special World War One themed recording of RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Miscellany programme.
There will also be WW1 cooking demonstrations, story telling for families, guided tours, poetry readings and the 'Last Cricket Match of Peace'. The day will conclude with the final Bugle call of the 'Last Post'.
RTÉ Radio One is delighted to partner with the National Library of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin for this day of free events.
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
PRESS RELEASE: THE JOURNEY’S ON US!
IARNRÓD ÉIREANN TO OFFER FREE TRIPS FOR COMMUNITY, VOLUNTARY & CHARITY GROUPS IN 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 www.irishrail.ie/journeys . Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed email@example.com 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 www.irishrail.ie/journeys.
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!
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