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 that ... 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.
***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!
We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!
Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh and Stephen Faloon mix with high society as they visit the thoroughly English experience that is Glyndebourne Opera Festival, we meet the rock band whose members have an average age of 11, and we're looking for three players for our Monday Quiz!
Who could forget that wonderful sequance in Pretty Woman when the Julia Roberts character Vivian is brought to the opera by Richard Gere's Edward. The pair enjoy Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata - and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has had just her first taste of that opera.
The gardens of Glyndebourne
Bláthnaid talking to Vicky Kington, Media Manager at Glyndebourne
Bláthnaid has just been over to East Sussex to experience the music, the mood and the picnics, and the dressing up that make the Glyndebourne operatic experience so special!
A portrait of opera singer Audrey Mildmay, the co-founder of the Glyndebourne Festival
Bláthnaid talking to Laura from the Glyndebourne Press Office
The Glyndebourne's touring production of La Traviata will come to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this December for three nights only: Wednesday, December 3rd, Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th. Tickets range from €35 to €125. For more information, click here.
From opera to rock'n'roll ... from a bunch of crazy young whippersnappers! And when we say young, we mean young - *very* young!
Shay is joined in studio by the appropriately named Age, a band from Ratoath in Co Meath whose average age is only 12 and a half. They are singer Jaime Orr (13), guitarist Luke McDonagh (13), bass player Dante Macari (11) and drummer Jarlath Byrne (9). They join us for a chat, and to perform a couple of songs, Ambush and My Generation.
It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Monday Quiz! And we have a great prize up for grabs today...
It's a two-night weekend break in the 4-star County Arms Hotel in Birr, County Offaly, in a family room for a family of up to two adults and two children. The prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of our winner's choice.
Also included is complimentary access to the hotel's Springs Leisure Club, with its swimming pool, childrens pool and gym AND a family pass to visit Birr Castle Gardens, where Mooney Goes Wild was broadcast from last Friday.
1: If you leave Ireland with 'L.A.X.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? 2: In which musical do the Pink Ladies and T Birds appear? 3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'They're Grrrreat!'? 4: Americans call them 'faucets', what do we call them? 5: What 'A' is a mountain range running down the west coast of South America? 6: What is the fastest land mammal on earth? 7: All children except one, grow up is the first line of which book? 8: Dermatology is concerned with the study of what part of the body? 9: Who is Kate Hudson's famous actress mother? 10: In which allegorical novel do pigs Napoleon and Snowball take over power on their farm?
1: If you leave Ireland with 'S.F.O.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? 2: What was Superman's real name? 3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'Snap, Crackle and Pop'? 4: The Australian geological feature 'Uluru' is also known as what? 5: Americans call it 'cotton candy', what do we call it? 6: What 'N' is the centre of an atom? 7: Marley was dead, to begin with is the first line of which book? 8: According to the Bible, what was Jesus trade?
1: If you leave Ireland with 'J.F.K.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? 2: What 'K' was the planet where Superman was born? 3: Which fizzy drink's slogan was 'The Totally Tropical Taste'? 4: What is the Earth’s biggest ocean? 5: Americans might give their babies a 'pacifier' – what do we call it? 6: What 'S' is a scientist who studies earthquakes? 7: "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home" is the first line of what book? 8: This saint is the patron saint of animals, ecologists and Italy – who is he? 9: Who, according to their theme tune, were 'the modern Stone-age family'? 10: What is the name of Mickey Mouse's dog?
1: If you leave Ireland with 'L.A.X.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? Los Angeles 2: In which musical do the Pink Ladies and T Birds appear? Grease 3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'They're Grrrreat!'? Frosties 4: Americans call them 'faucets', what do we call them? Taps 5: What 'A' is a mountain range running down the west coast of South America? Andes 6: What is the fastest land mammal on earth? Cheetah 7: All children except one, grow up is the first line of which book? Peter Pan 8: Dermatology is concerned with the study of what part of the body? Skin 9: Who is Kate Hudson's famous actress mother? Goldie Hawn 10: In which allegorical novel do pigs Napoleon and Snowball take over power on their farm? Animal Farm
1: If you leave Ireland with 'S.F.O.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? San Francisco 2: What was Superman's real name? Clark Kent 3: Which breakfast cereal's slogan was 'Snap, Crackle and Pop'? Rice Krispies 4: The Australian geological feature 'Uluru' is also known as what? Ayres Rock 5: Americans call it 'cotton candy', what do we call it? Candyfloss 6: What 'N' is the centre of an atom? Nucleus 7: Marley was dead, to begin with is the first line of which book? A Christmas Carol 8: According to the Bible, what was Jesus' trade? Carpenter
1: If you leave Ireland with 'J.F.K.' on your luggage, to which American city are you heading? New York 2: What 'K' was the planet where Superman was born? Krypton 3: Which fizzy drink's slogan was 'The Totally Tropical Taste'? Lilt 4: What is the Earth’s biggest ocean? Pacific 5: Americans might give their babies a 'pacifier' – what do we call it? Dummy / soother / dody 6: What 'S' is a scientist who studies earthquakes? Seismologist 7: "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home" is the first line of what book? The Wind In The Willows 8: This saint is the patron saint of animals, ecologists and Italy – who is he? St. Francis of Assisi 9: Who, according to their theme tune, were 'the modern Stone-age family'? The Flintstones 10: What is the name of Mickey Mouse's dog? Pluto
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