Mooney Tuesday 22 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

Carmona Services

Carmona Services

Teresa O'Hare spoke to Derek on the programme a few weeks back about her son Ryan, Ryan is 33 and has an intellectual disability, Ryan works in a local garden centre making pots which are sold in the garden centre.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Derek was joined by Mary Dillon in County Wexford, Greg Folley from Dublin and Antoinette Cotter from County Cork

Wedding Cakes

Wedding Cakes

Former world finalist Olympian & Celebrity masterchef Champion 2013 David Gillick has decided to bake a cake for his wedding, producer Pat O'Mahony spoke went out to the streets of Dublin to ask people if they remember their wedding cake. Chef Louise Lennox dropped into studio to lend her advice on the bake off.

Giant Hogweed

We got an e-mail into the programme last week from a listener who wants us to help spread awareness of the dangers associated with a plant that can terrible burns if you come in contact with it.

David Gillic said he was out running in Kildare when he briefly made contact a plant that was unknown to him. He subsequently erupted into painful blisters, and found out that it was caused by Giant Hogweed, and invasive plant species that excretes a phototoxic sap…

David says: "I was personally shocked to learn of the existence of this type of plant as part of our national flora. Although not indigenous, it seems here to stay and I believe I'm more than qualified to state it poses a serious public health risk. Contact with the eyes can lead to blindness! Children too could be easily drawn to this plant as it resembles many other benign members of its own family closely.

I have added a few photos of the offending plant and of the results of my run in with what I feel is a plant sent straight from the gardens of Hell!

Please spread the word. It's a horrible plant.

Dave Gillic

Well Dave, thank you for your e-mail, and to explain more about Giant Hogweed, we are joined in studio today by Dr. Joe Caffrey, Senior Research Officer with the Invasive Species Section of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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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