Mooney, Monday August 4th 2014


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 they will take place later this year.  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 we're one of the final nominees!!  And another programme from the Mooney team, called A Very Merry Mooney Tunes, has been shortlisted in the Radio - Music Show category! Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or Finalists, and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

On Bank Holiday Monday, August 5th, RTÉ Radio 1 listeners will be in for a real treat, as the 10th in the hugely successful series of Mooney Tunes concerts will be broadcast.

Join Derek Mooney, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, leader Bronagh Cahill and conductor Gearoid Grant, and array of Irish and international talent, for a musical spectacular that includes performances from the Celtic Tenors, superstar jazz vocalist Clare Teal, Finbar Furey, sopranos Mairead Buick and Celine Byrne, Jerry Fish, and the Omagh Community Youth Choir.

Celtic Tenors

Clare Teal

Finbar Furey

Mairead Buick

Celine Byrne

Jerry Fish

Omagh Community Youth Choir

Mooney Tunes 10 was recorded on Friday, June 13th 2014, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and will be broadcast from 3pm until 4:30pm on Monday, August 5th, 2014.

Singles Night Out!

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, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

Search For A Child Star Finalists

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 ( 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

Music Played on the Show


Title: Prelude To Carmen

Composer: Bizet

Performer(s): Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 2:17


Title: The Last Great Love Song

Composer: Not Available

Performer(s): Finbar Furey + Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:25


Title: Un Bel Dì From Madame Butterfly

Composer: Puccini

Performer(s): Mairead Buicke & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 5:04


Title: Wind Beneath My Wings


Performer(s): Clare Teal & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:43


Title: O Mio Babbino Caro

Composer: Puccini, Giacomo

Performer(s): Celine Byrne & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:10


Title: The Flower Duet

Composer: Delibes, Leo

Performer(s): Celine Byrne, Mairead Buicke & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:50


Title: We Shall Overcome

Composer: Horton/hamilton/carawan/seeger

Performer(s): Clare Teal, The Celtic Tenors & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:22


Title: Song Of Bernadette

Composer: Elliot / Warnes / Cohen

Performer(s): Jerry Fish & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:14


Title: O Sole Mio

Composer: Di Capura/Capurro

Performer(s): The Celtic Tenors & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 4:10


Title: Intermezzo From Cavalleria Rusticana

Composer: Mascagni

Performer(s): Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:20


Title: Better

Composer: Baxter/semple

Performer(s): The Celtic Tenors, Omagh Community Youth Choir & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:59


Title: The Way We Were

Composer: A Bergman/m Bergman/m Hamlisch

Performer(s): Clare Teal & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:28


Title: You’Ll Never Walk Alone

Composer: No Details

Performer(s): Celine Byrne, Mairead Buicke & Rté Concert Orchestra

Duration: 3:51



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