Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

    Monday-Friday, 3 - 4.30pm

    Mooney, Friday July 4th 2014

    Listen

    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    Derek and the gang hear how the Ebola virus is wiping out chimp and gorilla populations in Africa. We find out how coming into contact with the Giant Hogweed plant could seriously damage your health. And we learn how a listener thwarted an attempted kidnapping of swans on the Royal Canal!

    Listen

    Ebola In Africa Wiping Out Chimps, & Animal Testing

    At an emergency meeting in Ghana this week, the World Health Organisation called for better collaboration in the fight against the world's deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus. So far, 759 people have been infected with the virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - 467 of whom have died. Ebola is a terrifying virus, for which there is no known cure – and it doesn't just threaten humans. It's also having a devastating impact on chimp and gorilla populations.

    Despite the fact that a vaccine against the disease exists for animals, it has already wiped out one third of the gorillas in the world as well as thousands of chimpanzees.

    Dr. Peter Walsh

    Dr. Peter Walsh, from the University of Cambridge, is a specialist in Primate Quantitative Ecology. He is so passionate about the need to vaccinate apes in the wild that he established an NGO called Apes Inc to promote it. He says we are losing the fight for wild gorilla and chimpanzee survival; that the situation is not hopeless, but traditional conservation strategies are failing.

    He is also concerned about the decision in the USA to retire all but fifty chimpanzees in research laboratories and believes it will be hugely detrimental to ape conservation.

    He joins us on the line from Cambridge this afternoon to explain more...

    For more information about Peter's work, visit www.apesinc.org.

    Dr. Jane Goodall

    And we are delighted to be joined on the phone by Dame Jane Goodall, the acclaimed British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, she is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, which aims to improve global understandin, treatment and preservation of great apes...

    For more information about the work of Dr. Goodall, visit www.janegoodall.org.

    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

    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 tojourneys@irishrail.ie 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 mooney@rte.ie, 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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    To follow us on Twitter, use the handle @MooneyShow.

    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

     

    If you require a CD copy of this programme please e-mail tapes@rte.ie or click here for RTÉ Archives sales form. Transfer fees and terms and conditions apply.

    Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild

    Latest Show

    How to download the Mooney App

    Mooney/ Mooney Goes Wild on Twitter

    Presenter: Derek Mooney

    Schedule Open Schedule