Meet The Team behind "Mooney Goes Wild"!


Derek Mooney, Presenter of Mooney Goes Wild

One of Ireland's best-known and most highly decorated broadcasters, Derek Mooney has been leading the development of wildlife radio broadcasting here for more than two decades. His achievements in the natural history field include Habitats, The Nature Line, Nature Trails and Mooney Goes Wild On 1, all for RTÉ Radio 1, BioBlitz Live and Wildtrack on RTÉ TV and Nature Detectives and Nature's Great Invaders for the BBC.

Derek has also presented and produced RTÉ's most popular phone-in show Liveline, as well as a host of other daily magazine programmes for RTÉ Radio including the hugely successful Mooney show

In February 2015 Derek started his new role as Executive Producer for Nature programming on RTÉ. Since then, in addition to producing and presenting both Mooney Goes Wild and the annual International Dawn Chorus. Derek also conceived, developed and presented acclaimed RTÉ and EBU co-productions Nature Live, Back from the Brink and Back from the Brink 2.


Mooney Goes Wild celebrated twenty-five years on air in May 2020, making it the longest-running wildlife magazine radio programme in the world. The show has won many national and international awards of which the entire team is immensely proud, including The 2000 Prix Europa, the ESB Millennium Environment Award and the World Animal Health Week Award. In 2016 the team’s International Dawn Chorus programme won both the European Broadcasting Union’s coveted Rose d’Or award for Radio Event of the Year and the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Award for Innovation.

In 2013 Derek’s RTÉ TV series Secrets Of The Irish Landscape won a Gold World Medal at the New York Festivals Awards, a Rockie Award at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada and a special Jury Prize at the Houston Film Festival.


Over the years Mooney Goes Wild, in conjunction with the RTÉ Guide, has produced several posters and CDs of celebrating Ireland's fauna. The programme has also produced special inserts about Ireland’s birds with the Sunday World newspaper, in collaboration with BirdWatch Ireland.


Dr. Richard Collins, Panellist & Ornithologist

Richard Collins, born in Limerick in 1944, holds a BE in Electrical Engineering, a BA in Philosophy and English and a PhD in Zoology. He was Honorary Secretary of the Irish Wildbird Conservancy (now BirdWatch Ireland) from 1977 to 1982 and is a BTO bird ringing permit holder. A weekly columnist on environmental topics with the Irish Examiner since 2002, he teaches at the Adult Education Department, University College Dublin, where he is known for his quirky and colourful lecturing style.

A former board member of Dublin Zoo and a former Governor of Fota Wildlife Park, he joined RTÉ’s Mooney Goes Wild team in 1995.

Specialist interests include Mute Swan biology, oiled seabird rehabilitation and philosophy of Nature. Ornithological papers published in Waterbirds, Ringing & Migration, Biology & Environment, Wildfowl and Irish Birds. Engineering papers in the Proceedings of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (London), Networks 1995 (Budapest) and Technical Journal (Dublin).


Eanna ni Lamhna, Panellist & Entomologist

Eanna holds degrees in Botany and Ecology from UCD as well as the H. Dip. Ed. She started her working life in An Foras Forbartha where she was in charge of the Irish Biological Records Centre doing the initial work on mapping the distribution of Irish plants and animals in the 1970’s and 80’s. She has worked as a lecturer in DIT for the past 20 years teaching the principles of sustainable development to both post graduate and undergraduate students. She is a former president of An Taisce and is currently president of the Tree Council of Ireland. She is the author of several books on wildlife, the most recent being Wild Dublin (O Brien Press), and Wild Things at School (Heritage Council). Her distinctive Co. Louth accent makes hers one of the most recognisable voices on radio.


Terry Flanagan, Mooney Goes Wild Reporter

A trained biologist, Terry was the senior Science teacher in Moyle Park College and has been teaching there for for over four decades. (Retired Sept 2021) He was responsible for the setting up of Senior and Junior Science clubs in the College encouraging many students to follow a Science career. He has contributed enormously to wildlife organisations over many years. He is a past Secretary of the Institute of Biology (professional biologists in Ireland). Terry is presently the Science and Wildlife reporter on Mooney Goes Wild.


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Niall Hatch

Niall is currently Head of Communications and Development with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest wildlife conservation charity. A qualified solicitor, he is a graduate of University College Dublin and Cornell University, New York. A passionate birdwatcher since early childhood, he has travelled widely across six continents, both in search of birds and to assist with conservation and nature education projects and works closely with the BirdLife International partnership. Niall is the editor both of BirdWatch Ireland's membership magazine, Wings, and of its children’s magazine, Bird Detectives, and he appears regularly on radio and television to speak about birds and environmental topics. Though birds are his first love, Niall is also particularly fond of butterflies, mustelids (i.e., members of the weasel family) and squirrels.

In addition to his work on Mooney Goes Wild and the International Dawn Chorus, Niall has also served as scientific consultant on the RTÉ and EBU co-productions Nature Live, Back from the Brink and Back from the Brink 2 and the BBC Radio 4 series Nature’s Great Invaders.