The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Christmas, in August - Brenda Donohue visits one of Dublin's best known stores as their Christmas decorations go on sale. Irish cabaret star Noel V. Ginnity pops into Derek's shower. We meet the West End's leading man from Wicklow Town, Rob Vickers, and we ask: can you reach the high note on Bring Him Home?
Summer's not even over, the kids are still off school, we're weeks away from Halloween, but it'll be beginning to look like Christmas from tomorrow, as Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick are opening their Christmas shops.
That's tomorrow, Friday AUGUST 22nd!
This morning, Mooney reporter Brenda went along to their store in Grafton Street for a preview of the latest Christmas trends, where she met Edel Woods, Christmas buyer for Brown Thomas...
That was of course the fantastic Colm Wilkinson singing one of our favourite songs, Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Misérables.
And Derek had the great pleasure recently of hearing another amazing rendition of the song while attending the famous Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham in Dublin.
The singer's name was Rob Vickers, a Wicklow man newly-returned from London's West End, where he played the role of Jean Val Jean in Les Mis, and we're delighted that Rob is in studio with us today, alongside our guest shower singer, and star of Irish cabaret Noel V. Ginnity, and Stuart O'Connor, from Spotlight Productions, who is the producer of the Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock.
Now you didn't think we brought Rob Vickers in here just to sing and chat, did you? No. We want him to be a judge too!
Judge what though? This is where you, the loyal listener comes in.
The prize is one night's accommodation for four people (two rooms) in Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel (www.fitzpatrickcastle.com). But that’s not all! All four people will have a four-course dinner in the hotel. And that's not all! You'll then be taken to Dublin's Irish Cabaret at Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham, where you’ll enjoy the night in the company of Noel V, Rob and all the other performers.
It’s a fabulous night out and don’t forget it’s for 4 people!
The challenge: we want you to sing Bring Him Home, live on air this afternoon. You don’t need to sing the whole song, just the last verse or so with that really big high note at the end.
To help, here are the lyrics:
You can take You can give Let him be Let him live If I die Let me die Let him live Bring him home Bring him home Bring him home
We had four *outstanding* singers perform Bring Him Home on Mooney today, Stephen Harland, Sean Keaney, Conor Sweeney and Kevin Fagan, and we applaude them all. But there could only be one prize winner, and he is Kevin Fagan - congratulations!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Irish cabaret star Noel V. Ginnity!
Noel V. Ginnity
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 email@example.com, 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