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    Mooney, Friday August 8th 2014


    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    We are live at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show at the RDS, where Ireland attempt to reclaim the Aga Khan Trophy from Great Britain. We find out about some remarkable new software that can actually decode and analyse birdsong. And we talk to Gerry Fleming, from the Met Éireann, and RTÉ presenter John Creedon, whose new TV show looks at unusual recent weather patterns, and where our weather is likely to go next...


    Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show - Aga Khan

    Did you know that the Dublin Horse Show has been held since 1864? And that Switzerland were the winners of the very first Aga Khan Trophy, back in 1926?

    The 2014 Dublin Horse Show began on Wednesday, and will continue until Sunday, August 10th. The Aga Khan Trophy is the highlight of the week, and we'll have live coverage of the Trophy throughout the programme this afternoon, with RTÉ's Brendan McArdle...

    The teams competing for the Aga Khan are:

    1 Germany
    2 Ireland
    3 Britain
    4 Netherlands
    5 USA
    6 Ukraine
    7 France
    8 Sweden

    The Irish team taking part are:

    Darragh Kenny (Imothep)
    Bertram Allen (Molly Malone V)
    Cian O’Connor (Quidam’s Cherie)
    Dermott Lennon (Loughview Lou Lou)

    The Aga Khan Trophy is the 8th and final leg of the Nations Cup series. Ireland currently sit 8th of the 10 teams in Europe's Division 1. Britain are defending champions. Ireland finished joint 3rd last year. Ireland last won in 2012, and have won the Aga Khan Trophy twenty times.

    For more information about the Dublin Horse Show, visit To learn more about the history of the Aga Khan, click here.


    Creedon's Weather: Four Seasons In One Day

    'Creedon's Weather: Four Seasons In One Day ' is a new three-part series which begins this Sunday on RTÉ 1 at 18:30. The series looks at the recent extremes of hot and cold and wet weather we have been having in recent years. To explain more, we are joined from RTÉ's Cork studio today by presenter John Creedon, and in studio in Donnybrook by Ger Fleming, Head of Weather Forecasting Division at Met Éireann.

    Creedon’s Weather: Four Seasons In One Day

    Creedon’s Weather: Four Seasons In One Day is a new three-part series which begins this Sunday on RTÉ 1 at 18:30.

    The series looks at the recent extremes of hot and cold and wet weather we have been having in recent years, to find out what is going on... For more information about ther series, visit

    To explain more, we are joined from RTÉ's Cork studio today by presenter John Creedon, and in studio in Donnybrook by Ger Fleming, Head of Weather Forecasting Division at Met Éireann.

    The John Creedon Show airs weeknights at 8pm on RTÉ Radio 1.


    Decoding Birdsong

    Regular listeners to the show will know that every May, Mooney Goes Wild dedicates a one-off programme to our feathered friends and their magnificent dawn chorus.

    A large part of our effort in the annual Dawn Chorus special is spent trying to identify the birds involved, an exercise that always involves numerous pairs of finely tuned ears and extensive ornithological knowledge. 

    Soon, however, we may have computer technology to help us because scientists have developed a highly advanced bird song decoder, which, they claim, can automatically identify the call of a vast variety of birds.

    Dr. Dan Stowell

    To tell us more, Dr. Dan Stowell, Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, joins us from the BBC Western House studio in London...

    At present, this is just a prototype, but could be developed into a commonly available app, and so could be used in conservation with a mic placed in fields to tell when threatened birds arrive.

    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

    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 and the Law

    Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.

    It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.

    It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.

    It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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