Mooney, Tuesday August 5th 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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh has the first of her reports from behind the scenes at St. James, the largest state-funded university hospital in Dublin. We have music from Rua, an all-ginger string quartet, ahead of this year’s 5th Irish Redhead Convention. And we're looking for contestants for our weekly quiz, so if you fancy your chances text us at 51551 or e-mail!

Redhead Convention & Rua Quartet

Redhead Convention & Rua Quartet

Hundreds of them will be gathering from all over Ireland to Crosshaven in Cork on August 22nd. They'll also be gathering in Crosshaven from further afield - from the USA, Germany, they will even be coming from New Zealand. The Irish Redhead Convention, with its carrot tossing games and red beard competitions – enough to make the reddest hair curl - is coming to town!

To tell us, we are joined in the RTÉ Cork studio by Event Organiser Joleen Cronin, and by Niamh Damery, one quarter of the redhead string quartet Rua!

Rua perform Rondo In G by Mozart.

The Redhead Convention takes place from August 22-24. To find out more visit To find out more about Rua, visit their Facebook page.

Behind The Scenes At St. James' Hospital

Behind The Scenes At St. James' Hospital

In the first of three reports from St. James' Hospital in Dublin, Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh takes a look around the X-ray department... St. James is the largest academic hospital in Dublin, and one of the oldest - when it opened in 1727, those on the board of the hospital included Arthur Guinness and Dean Swift..

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Exhibition

Listeners to the programme may be familiar with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is now in its 49th year, and over the last half century it has grown and grown. Last year there were over 43,000 entries from 96 countries, and from those entries 100 winners were chosen across a number of categories.

Hannes Lochner (South Africa) – Curiosity and the Cat

What listeners may not be familiar with is that an exhibition of these winning photographs travels the world so that members of the public can view them, and for the first time ever, the exhibition has come to Ireland.

From now until the end of August, the exhibition is on public view in the chq building here in Dublin and Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan met up with Eamonn Kennedy, organizer of the exhibition, on a recent visit...

Eamonn Kennedy

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is organised by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London and BBC Worldwide.The 100 award-winning images are beautifully displayed with each image accompanied by its photographer’s story and technical details. 

The exhibition is open until Sunday, August 31st in The chq Building, in Dublin. The exhibition is open seven days a week; opening times, ticket price details and further information is available by visiting

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It's Mooney, it's Tuesday, so it is time for our Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today...

It's a two-night weekend break for two adults to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo, with breakfast on both mornings, and an evening dinner as well!

The McWilliam Park is a great base to explore nearby Cong, The National Museum of Ireland – or you might like to stay put and visit their Leisure Centre, Swimming Pool or 'Chique' beauty studio.

For more information about the McWilliam Park Hotel, including all their great current offers, visit

So if that sounds like something you'd like to win, we are looking for three contestants to take part in our Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today.

You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

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


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Music Played on the Show

Rondo In G

Rondo In G



Love - Irish Eurovision Entry 2005

Love - Irish Eurovision Entry 2005

Donna And Joe


Take Me To Church

Take Me To Church



Hung Up

Hung Up



Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

Edith Piaf


Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus

Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus

Serge Gainsbourg/ Jane Birkin


Joe Le Taxi

Joe Le Taxi

Vanessa Paradis




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