Mooney, Tuesday August 19th 2014
Dawn Chorus 2018
This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am! For more information, click here.
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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!
Mooney's Singers In The Shower & Brian Kennedy
The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.
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To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).
Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to email@example.com. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.
Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions.
The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie.
Who is our mystery singer in Derek's shower today? It's Brian Kennedy! He joins us in the shower, and the studio for a tune and a chat. Brian will be performing at The Sugar Club in Dublin on Thursday, November 6th. For more details, visit www.briankennedy.co.uk.
The Journey's On Us
For the past two years, Mooney has teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey’s On Us" giveaway. As part of "The Journeys On Us" initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.
It’s a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.
Today is the day that this year’s winners are announced and Brenda met one of the winning groups, Crosscare...
Brenda with the staff of Crosscare
For more information, visit www.irishrail.ie.
100 VOLUNTARY GROUPS TO RECEIVE A FREE GROUP TRAVEL TRIP WITH IARNRÓD ÉIREANN
Iarnród Éireann has announced the winners of 100 group trips as part of its community initiative, The Journey’s On Us. Over 600 organisations from right across the community, voluntary and sporting sectors applied.
The winners are from diverse backgrounds, spread geographically across the country including: Youth Groups, Special Needs Groups, Girl Guides and Scouts, School Trips, GAA Clubs, Community Groups and Choirs amongst many others.
Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said: “We have been overwhelmed again this year by the level of interest in the Journey’s on us from voluntary organisations across the country; we hope that the winners will enjoy their trip. It’s our way of saying thank you for all the great work you do in the community”
Under the initiative, 100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return group travel journey from Iarnród Éireann, across any of the company’s services. The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.
The winners are:
St. Nicholas’s Boxing Club, Carrick-on-Suir
Suir Haven Cancer Support Group
Sapfield Family Resource Centre, Thurles
South Tipperary Autism Support Group
Voluntary First Responders Group, Cobh
Cobh Animation Team
The Wolfe Stage School, Cork
Irish Guide Dogs
Kilworth 54th Scout Group, Cork
Youghal Men’s Shed Peer Project
Foroige Youth Club, Mallow
Kilshannig Ladies Football Club
Women for Women, Mallow
66th Aghada Sea Scouts, Midleton
1st Clare Shannon Scout Group
Tulla Scouts, 12th Clare
Scarriff Foroige Youth Club
Obair, Newmarket on Fergus Summer Camp
Comhchoiste Gaeltacht Uibh Rathaigh, Killarney
Killarney Adult Literacy and Basic Eduction Centre
KDYS Cahersiveen Youth Club
The Saoirse Foundation
Killarney Legion GAA
Comhlact tithe agus Forbairt an sSulain Tearanta
ADAPT Kerry Women’s Refuge
Kerry Diocese Youth Services
Irish Red Cross, Limerick
Limerick Scout County
Richmond RFC, Limerick
Ballygunner Scout Hall, Waterford
Shy Project, Waterford/Tipperary Youth Services
Company Club Deise, Ferrybank, Waterford
North Suburbs Community Youth Project, Waterford
De La Salle Scout Group, Waterford
Leinster (ex Dublin)
East Wicklow Youth Service
Extern East Coast, Bray
Wicklow Triple A Alliance, Greystones
Athlone Community Radio
Developmental Coordination Disorder Ireland, Mullingar
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Athy
Athy Community Men’s Shed
Kildare Intercultural Action (KIA)
St. Conleth’s Community Games Varity Team, Newbridge
8th Allenwood Kildare Scout Group
Curragh PRIDE Family Resource Centre
Eist Cancer Support Centre, Carlow
Youth Work Ireland, Louth
Foscadh Housing Association, Drogheda
Gorey Youth Needs Group
Wexford Artists’ Community Theatre
36th Ramsgrange Scout Group, Wexford
Thomastown Scout Group
Lisdowney Choral Group, Kilkenny
Millennium After School Service, Kilkenny
Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre, Kilkenny
Meath Scouts Group
Laytown Family Resource House
McDonnell School of Irish Dancing, Portarlington
Banríon Gaels Camogie Club, Portarlington
Laois Offaly Families for Autism
Moneygall Development Assocation
Offaly Traveller Movement
Acquired Brain Injury, Tullamore
Kilclonfert/Kilmurry Youth Club, Tullamore
Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Longford
Grattan Ladies GFC, Longford
Coolmine Therapeutic Centre
Knocklyon Foroige Club
St. Michael’s NS, Ballyfermot
Crosscare, Amiens St.
St. Michael’s Parish Youth Project
St. Brigid’s GAA
Naionra Chaitlin Maude
Cherry Orchard Boxing Club
The Children’s Project
Inspire Ireland Foundation
Saturn Cubs 5th Port Dollymount Sea Scouts
Irish Association of Suicidology
Gateway Mental Health Project
Music Matter Inclusive Community Choir
Larkhill Karate Club
Snowflakes Autism Support
8th Oranmore Scouts
Ability West, Ballinasloe
Trouble Clefs Choir, Ballinasloe
Irishtown Foroige Club, Claremorris
Galway Community Circus
St. Nicholas Ladybirds, Galway
Down Syndrome Ireland Galway Branch
Roscommon Gaels GAA Club
The Quad Youth Centre, Roscommon
Sligo Community Youth Choir
Leave No Trace Ireland, Westport
Widows Group, Charlestown
Snugboro Scouts, Castlebar
North Connacht Youth Services, Carrick-on-Shannon
Mooney's Tuesday Quiz
It's Mooney, it's Tuesday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! And we have a great prize up for grabs today...
It's a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the Galway Bay Hotel, on the promenade in Salthill with views of Galway Bay and the Clare Hills.
The prize includes breakfast on both mornings, and a four-course dinner on an evening of your choice in their award-winning Lobster Pot restaurant.
The prize ALSO includes a voucher for a Wild Atlantic Way Tour along the West Coast AND a free Wine and Cheese Tasting!
Runners-up today will get a copy of a book we have talked about on Mooney Goes Wild, called Insects Of Ireland: An Illustrated Introduction To Ireland's Common Insect Groups by Stephen McCormack and Eugenie Regan – and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch.
For more information about, and images of, the Galway Bay Hotel, visit www.galwaybayhotel.net.
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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