Mooney Friday 18 July 2014


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Caring For Wild Animals

Please note that many species of mammals, birds, invertebrates etc... are protected under law and that, even with the best of intentions, only someone holding a relevant licence from the National Parks & Wildlife Service should attempt the care of these animals.  For full details, please click here to read the NPWS Checklist of protected & rare species in Ireland.  If you are concerned about a wild animal, please contact your local wildlife ranger - click here for details.

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Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Mooney Goes Wild

We hear about the small bird that builds a nest up to a ton in weight and several metres in length, We find out about the Rare species of Moss which has reappeared in Clara Bog, Co Offaly and singer Honor Heffernan tells us why she's concerned about the effect that urban development is having on birdlife in south Dublin.

Sociable Weavers

Derek & panel chat about Sociable Weavers, check out their nest.


Rare Moss fin in Clara bog

Our Mooney Goes Wild panel look at a rare moss previously thought to have been extinct in Ireland which has been found on a Clara bog in County Offaly.

Report on Deers

Terry Flanagan investigates the death of a fawn deer in the Phoenix Park.




Tree Cutting

Tree Cutting

Derek bumped into Honor Heffernan and felt upset over trees being cut in her area. So, our own Éanna Ni Lamhna went to Dun Laoighaire to visit Honor and tell her the laws of the land on this matter.

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.


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



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