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25th December 2004
Mooney Goes Wild Christmas Special from Lapland.

18th December 2004
Mooney Goes Wild Christmas Gift Ideas

11th December 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week...we talk to Catherine Rountree the editor of a new environmental newspaper -The Local Planet, Ireland's national newspaper for sustainable living. Marine Biologist Tom Doyle joins us from our Cork Studio to talk about Jellyfish and Turtles and where the streets have wild names - Terry Flanagan reports on Dublin streets that have associations with flora and fauna e.g.: Blackhorse Avenue; Bull Alley; Crowe Street : Fishamble; lamb Alley; Lemon Street; Pig Lane; Red Cow Lane: Swifts Alley; Wood Street; Pigeon House Road; Ivy Terrace.

4th December 2004
The woman who thought she heard a Curlew up the side of a mountain! Terry Flanagan announced the result of our Bird Logo competition..and the winner is the Dipper (Cinclus cinclus hibernicus). There will be a Mooney Goes Wild special about the Dipper on Saturday January 1st 2005. Waterford based naturalist Michael O' Meara discussed the collective names for Birds. more information from: www.waterfordwildlife.com A non profit-making effort to increase awareness of Waterford's almost forgotten heritage of Wildlife and its biodiversity.


27th November 2004

20th November 2004
Mooney Goes Wild's Bee keeper, Philip McCabe was in studio to give listeners a progress report on APIMONDIA 2005. Next May the world conference of Bee Keepers will take place in Dublin. Over 5,000 delegates will swarm to Dublin to chat about bees. Philip also told the panel of his plans to get into the Guinness Book of Records by getting naked and smearing himself in honey and allowing 500,000 bees to cover his body.

Speaking of Swarms, the panel discussed the swarms of Pink Locusts that swept through Cairo, recalling the plague of biblical Egypt. In the Old Testament, locusts were the eighth of 10 plagues which God brought on the Egyptians before Pharaoh, their ruler, relented and let the enslaved children of Israel go free. Apparently the flying insects arrived from neighbouring Libya after devouring the countryside in central and western Africa in past months. Locusts also were spotted in Crete and Lebanon.

13th November 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week RTÉ's marine correspondent Tom MacSweeney gave an update on the tragic seal cull on Beginish Island off the coast of Co. Kerry. Tom told the panel about early post-mortem results and the call for the establishment of a marine conservation centre by leader of the Green Party Trevor Sargent TD.

Zoologist, Rowan Byrne based in Dominica spoke about the need to control the harvesting of Turtle eggs. Over 2million Olive Ridley Turtle eggs are harvested in Costa Rica each year. Paddy O Sullivan, conservation ranger with the National Parks and Wildlife Service spoke to Richard Collins about Pine Martens and Anthony Dunne of the Zoology Dept. in UCC is currently doing his thesis on the effects of domestic cat predation on wildlife in urban and rural parts of Cork. He is looking for volunteers to collect the prey items of their pet cat. IF you are a Cat owner in Cork and would like to take part please contact Anthony at ucc_cycling@yahoo.co.uk

6th November 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week RTE's Marine Correspondent Tom MacSweeney, described the horrific scenes of mutilated Grey seals that were discovered on the uninhabited island of Beginish (part of the Blanket Islands) off the coast of Kerry. The regional manager with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Paddy O'Sullivan came on air to assure listeners that a full investigation would be carried out and where possible prosecutions would follow. An archive clip from a documentary made by Terry Flanagan about Grey Seals on the Blankets (first broadcast in 2001) also featured.

Derek and the team spoke to Jon Baldur Thorbjornsson Director of ISAFOLD Travel in Reykjavik www.isafoldtravel.is about the volcanic eruption beneath the Grimsvotn glacial lake in the western part of the Vatnajokull glacier in central Iceland. Vatnajokull is the biggest glacier in Europe.

Terry Flanagans' report was about the launch of BirdWatch Ireland's garden bird survey. more information from www.birdwatchireland.ie or www.enfo.ie


30th October 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild today Professor Richard Dawkins talked to Derek, Eanna and Richard about the discovery of skeletal remains of 'little humans' on the remote Indonesian Island of Florers.

Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and has taught zoology at the universities of California and Oxford. He is the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. His books about evolution and science include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, and most recently, Unweaving the Rainbow.

Reporter, Terry Flanagan's task this week was to find a new emblem for the Mooney Goes Wild Programme. Next May 2005, Mooney Goes Wild will clebrate it's tenth birthday and we have decided to do a revamp on the web site. Up to now the Natterjack Toad has been the programmes emblem but we want the listeners to decide the new emblem. All suggestions welcome to wild@rte.ie . Vet, Nichola Neuymann gave some very useful advice to pet owners on how to keep their pets calm on Halloween.

23rd October 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week... the Cormorant fishermen on the Lijiang River in China. These fishermen tie strictures around the cormorants necks and let them off to catch fish. The strictures prevent the cormorant from eating the fish so the fishermen can take the catch. The fifth annual Irish Conker (Horse Chestnut) championships takes place at 1pm on Freshford Green in Co. Kilkenny this Sunday 24th October. we Brenda Cooper, one of the organisers and Eanna tells us all we need to know about the Horse Chestnut. Terry Flanagans' report is about Comedienne June Rodgers pair of Love Birds.

16th October 2004
Vet Andrew Byrne joined the Mooney team in studio to discuss a recent conference he attended in Rhodes, Greece. Vets from 70 countries world wide attended the 29th annual World Small Animal Congress. There were over 600 lecturers delivered on the scientific programme. The congress is held annual and is in a European venue about once every three years. (At this years congress Ireland won the bid to host the 2008 World Small Animal Veterinary Congress which be held at the RDS.)

On Mooney Goes Wild, the panel spoke to Dr. Ellen Berkjaas , Head of Small Animal Medicine Dept of Oslo VetSchool - a Veterinary eye specialist dealing with pets mainly but also expert in eye diseases of fish . Ellen is also Vice President of FECAVA ( federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations) Ellen has been doing some research on Crocodile eyes to try to identify why it is that crocodiles do not get cataracts whereas humans, pets and farmed fish do.

Zoologist Ben Phelan from Enniskerry in Co Wicklow has recently returned from two and half year research posting on Bird Island, South Gerogia. Ben told the listeners about his work for the British Antarctic Survey on the Wandering Albatross the largest of the Albatrosses. www.antarctica.ac.uk

9th October 2004
Naturalist, musician, wildlife filmmaker and broadcaster Eamon De Buitlear was a guest panellist on today's programme. Eamons' autobiography A life in the Wild has just been published and told Derek and the team about his fondest memories. To mark the end of REPAK National Recycling Week - Richard brought Derek and Eanna to see what recyclables he was taking to the Bring Centre and Terry Flanagan had a report from a bring centre to see what householders were dropping off and Ben Wheelan, educational and environmental manager with Sustainable Ireland gave some tips on how to save energy in the home. The 30 Winners Wild and Wonderful by Eanna Ni Lamhna and the Collins Complete Irish Wildlife Photoguide edited by Paul Sterry and introduction by Derek Mooney, were announced.

2nd October 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week, Angie, the Sumatran Tiger in Dublin Zoo. Angie has bad Teeth and last weekend, Dental surgeon Peter Kertesz had the onerous task of performing six root canals.

Richard Collins was present for the entire procedure and his report makes for fascinating Radio. A friend of Derek's asked him why it is that every person 'swallows' on average fifty spiders in a lifetime -can this be true? and just why do we humans fear the dark and the creatures of the night.Terry Flanagan reports on the annual rutting season of Fallow Deer in the Phoenis Park.


25th September 2004
This weeks Mooney Goes Wild was a special from the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. Jersey is the most southerly of the Channel Islands and thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream enjoys some of the warmest temperatures in the British Isles. The island itself is only 9 x 5 miles and has some 87,000 inhabitants. The programme features an interview with Dr Leagh Durrel, wife and partner of the late Gerald Durrel, founder of the Jersey Wildlife Trust for Conservation. The main focus of attention is the world famous Jersey Zoo.

18th September 2004
On Mooney Goes Wild this week Richard Collins paid a visit to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin to see the 'Sculpture in Context' exhibition. Richard spoke to Dr Matthew Jebb, acting Director of the Gardens about the recently refurbished Glasshouses and the art works that are on display around the grounds. Terry Flanagan's seasonal report was about wild mushrooms and ornithologist Eris Dempsey spoke about the effect Hurricanes have on migrating birds and how Television satellites can interfere with pigeons internal navigation system.

11th September 2004
The age old question of which came first the chicken or the egg is also under the microscope...but given that all birds were once dinosaurs and all Dinosaurs where once fish.....this question becomes very complicated indeed unless of course you are a creationist in which case the answer is pretty straight forward...

New Irish definitive stamps celebrating Ireland's wild flowers have been published by An Post this week. We speak to the internationally-famous botanical artist Susan Sex about the intricacies involved with illustrating the collection and we have a phone-in competition for a One Thousand Euro holiday voucher given to us by An Post.

Vet Andrew Byrne, talks about the recent Rabies issue in France as an excellent example of the interface between wildlife pets and humans. As an island we feel safe from introduction of new diseases entities but the France incident involves an illegal import from across a sea border ( morocco) not a land border.

4th September 2004
On this week's show Dr Ken Wheelan of the Marine Institute talks to the panel about how fish communicate with each other under-water (Herring actually fart as a means of communication). Eanna Ni Lamhan tells us why Flies land on peoples heads and Tom Cavanagh of The Irish Business against Litter Campaign exposes Ireland's cleanest and dirtiest cities and towns.


28th August 2004
Programme produced and presented by Dick Warner contained information on our bird competition, a review of the Burren Beo CD ROM, a report on the national harbour seal survey and information on grasshoppers, crickets and caterpillars. There was also information on moths, on the new BirdWatch Ireland wall chart of garden birds and the pros and cons of pet Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs.

21st August 2004
This programme was produced and presented by Dick Warner and contained items on lizards and newts, a review of a walking guide book to the Antrim coast, details of a web-site that tracks migrating birds internationally, news of the breeding success of Great Indian Hornbills in Dublin Zoo, advice on feeding wild hedgehogs and information on the life expectancy of domestic cats.

14th August 2004
Programme produced and presented by Dick Warner contained items on the conservation and exploitation of wild salmon, the 100th anniversary of the Irish School of Forestry at Avondale, whale watching, earwigs, flying ants, badgers, an immature robin, lizards, pet terrapins and whether a wild fox could or should be treated for fleas.

7th August 2004
Why seabird nesting success has been affected by a lack of food. The life cycle of the lesser sandeel. Butterfly census in Wicklow's Knocksink Wood and what to do if your dog eats all the letters as they come through the letter box.


31st July 2004
This programme was produced and presented by Dick Warner and contained material on plants that repel cats, long eared owls, ferrets and polecats, how to avoid mosquito bites and what do if your goat has footrot.

24th July 2004
This programme, produced and presented by Dick Warner, contained a report from Rockabill Island on how rare tern species are usung nest boxes made by pupils in a Balbriggan school. Also material on jellyfish, dragonflies and swans. more The pet care section had questions about nervous cats.

17th July 2004
This programme was produced and presented by Dick Warner. The main content was alien species of plants, animals and birds that have become established in Ireland. There was also a story on sea-gulls attacking humans and a hen who was confused about her sexuality.

10th July 2004
The main subject on the programme was the LINNET Project, a government initiative aimed at encouraging farmers to plant crops for wildlife. The question of whether pigs can swim was also re-visited.

3rd July 2004
The story of the wild cat on the prowl in Co.Monaghan; The Tern Colony on Our Lady's Island in Co. Wexford and The Duck's nest on the roof of a building in the East Point Industrial Park.


26th June 2004

19th June 2004
Bat Walk Special.
For more information on bats contact Bat Conservation Ireland on their BATLINE: 046-9242882. Visit their website on: www.batconservationireland.org, or email to batline@eircom.net or click on the Mooney Goes Wild link to Factsheet on Bats.

12th June 2004

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22nd May 2004

15th May 2004

8th May 2004

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6th March 2004


28th February 2004
In the special edition of Mooney Goes Wild, Derek and team travel to Iceland, but donīt let the name deceive you - Iceland can be very warm in summer when the sun shines virtually round the clock, while January temperatures are around 0°c. Iceland is an island of 103.000 km2 (39,756 sq.miles), with an average height of 500 m above sea level. Volcanic rock, geothermal springs and glaciers all feature but nothing can beat the explosive sounds of the Geysers and the madness of the Mooney team as they boil and egg in a hot spring.

21st February 2004

14th February 2004

7th February 2004


31st January 2004

24th January 2004

17th January 2004
Eanna Ni Lamhna talks to Damien O' Reilly in Ballinteer about Hibernating Tortoise Shell butterflies in his living room curtains... Richard Collins visits Lea Borza in Malahide to see her Tumblar Pigeons... Studio discussion about the interdepndence of man and animals... animal senses and Global warming and extinction... vet Andrew Byrne treats a Guide dog with Diahorea...

10th January 2004
Reporter Terry Falnagan 'live' at the ESAT BT Young Scientists Exhibition RDS... Jervis Good winner of the Young Scientist in 1979 talks about Earwigs... Vet Nichola Neumann examines 'BABY' the six month old black pussy cat who has a broken pelvis.

3rd January 2004
Bird Watch Ireland south Dublin branch BIRD RACE... Dr Ken Whelan of the Marine Institute on spawning Salmon... Vet Andrew Byrne on abandoned puppies at Christmas.

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