Tuesday, March 5th 2013

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!

Nature LIVE

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, RTÉ's Wild Island season goes international as Derek Mooney hosts one of the most ambitious LIVE natural history programmes ever undertaken. Broadcasting live from six countries across Europe, Nature LIVE will showcase some of the continents most extraordinary wildlife, from Polar Bears in the Norwegian Arctic to Flamingoes in southern Spain to Basking Sharks off the west of Ireland. This one-hour special will be anchored by RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey, with wildlife film-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson on the Blasket Islands.

Viewers can take part by sharing their own pictures and videos of nature and wildlife using #naturelive from wherever they live in Europe.

JOIN US

We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to natureliveaudience@rte.ie

Location: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 

Time: 16.30 - 18.00      

*Gates close at 16.45!

Please note that this is an unseated event and outdoors so you will need to wear appropriate clothing for the Irish weather. We need the following information: The number of tickets you are applying for. Your name, surname, age contact phone number and address. The names, surnames and ages of your guests.

*Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for Children under 12yrs. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian

Tickets are limited so first come first served!

On Mooney today

It might be the happiest, most romantic time of your life, but why do so many couples choose the wrong destination for their honeymoon? We take a look back to one of the outstanding highlights from past Mooney Tunes concerts. And, we discover one man's solution to keeping fit in the office: the treadmill workstation!

The Perfect Honeymoon

The Perfect Honeymoon

Travel expert Fionn Davenport is in studio with some advice on planning for what he describes as "the best holiday you as a couple can imagine, on the budget you have to spend"!

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes

Mooney Tunes 8 takes place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on Sunday, March 24th. Ahead of the concert, we look back to one of the highlights of our most recent Mooney Tunes concerts, when Eimear Quinn performed 'In Paradisum'.

The eighth concert in our hugely successful series of concerts entitled MOONEY TUNES will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the evening of Sunday, March 24th.

Tickets are currently on sale, and they are priced very reasonably, as always, between €14.50 and €39.50. They will be on sale through Ticketmaster, and there will be a booking fee added on.

HOWEVER, if you DON'T want to pay a booking fee, you can go down to the box office at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this afternoon, and buy your tickets directly from there.

ALSO, if you are going in a group of six or more, you can avoid a booking fee by ringing the group bookings line at the theatre. That number is 01 677-7999.

Alternatively, if you don't live in Dublin, or if you can't get to the theatre, do get onto Ticketmaster as soon as possible to make sure you don't miss out. The number to dial is 0818 719 377, or click here for more details.

We anticipate a huge demand for these tickets, so we advise getting your tickets sooner rather than later. Previous Mooney Tunes concerts have usually sold out within a couple of days. For more information, visit http://www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/mooney-tunes-no-8.html.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

Three players attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the 4-star Cashel House in Connemara.

Situated in the heart of Connemara on the West coast of Ireland, Cashel House Hotel is set in 50 acres of award winning gardens containing flowering shrubs and woodland walks. The location is an ideal base from which to enjoy walking, beaches, sea and lake fishing, golf, horse riding, Kylemore Gardens and trips of Aran and Inish Boffin islands.

To find out more, and to book mid-week escapes & weekend breaks, log onto www.irelands-blue-book.ie/cashel-house.

Runners-up will get a copy of Ireland's Wildlife Year by Eric Dempsey, and EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a Family Pass (for 2 adults & up to 4 children) to the Irish National Stud & Gardens, and a pair of admission tickets to the Curragh Races for the opening day of their 2013 season on Sun 24th March AND a special "PRIDE" Mooney Watch!

The Questions:

Player 1

1: What 'E' is the process by which a liquid is turned into a gas?

2: Which Greek God was famous for his pipe music?

3: The three main female characters in the TV show Friends were Rachel, Phoebe and ____ who?

4: What do the emu, the ostrich and the kiwi all have in common?

5: In the Bible, what was the name of the criminal who the crowd asked to be released instead of Jesus?

6: How many points are awarded for scoring a try in rugby union?

7: Tallinn is the capital of which European country?

8: The two main colours of the flag of Spain are red and ____?

11: What “P” were ancient Egyptian tombs?

Player 2

1: On which river is the city of Kilkenny built?

2: According to the song, how many men did the Grand Old Duke of York march up and down the hill?

3: Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon united which European country upon their marriage?

4: In Greek mythology, which creature was half horse, half man?

5: What do fish breathe through?

6: ‘Riga’ is the capital of which European country?

7: In what year did Mary Robinson become President of Ireland?

8: What “M” is a black lace veil traditionally worn by Spanish women?

9: Who plays ‘Mr Bean’ on the TV and in the movies?

10: In what country would you find Casablanca?

Player 3

1: In what year did Pope John Paul the Second visit Ireland?

2: In which Irish county would you find the Blue Stack mountains?

3: This Greek Goddess of Victory shares her name with a famous brand of sportwear…

4: ‘Vilnius’ is the capital of which European country?

5: In Gaelic football and hurling, how many points is a goal worth?

6: Where is your Achilles tendon?

7: True or false: the sun is a star?

8: From which crop do we get flour?

9: What letter represents 50 in Roman numerals?

The Answers:

Player 1

1: What “E” is the process by which a liquid is turned into a gas? (evaporation)

2: Which Greek God was famous for his pipe music? (Pan)

3: The three main female characters in the TV show ‘Friends’ were Rachel, Phoebe and ______ who? (Monica)

4: What do the emu, the ostrich and the kiwi all have in common? (they can’t fly)

5: In the Bible, what was the name of the criminal who the crowd asked to be released instead of Jesus? (Barabas)

6: How many points are awarded for scoring a try in rugby union? (5)

7: ‘Tallinn’ is the capital of which European country? (Estonia)

8: The two main colours of the flag of Spain are red and ____? (yellow)

9: What “P” were ancient Egyptian tombs? (pyramids)

Player 2

1: On which river is the city of Kilkenny built? (Nore)

2: According to the song, how many men did the Grand Old Duke of York march up and down the hill? (10,000)

3: Isabella of Castille and Ferdinand of Aragon united which European country upon their marriage? (Spain)

4: In Greek mythology, which creature was half horse, half man? (Centaur)

5: What do fish breathe through? (Gills)

6: ‘Riga’ is the capital of which European country? (Latvia)

7: In what year did Mary Robinson become President of Ireland? (1990)

8: What “M” is a black lace veil traditionally worn by Spanish women? (Mantilla)

9: Who plays ‘Mr Bean’ on the TV and in the movies? (Rowan Atkinson)

10: In what country would you find Casablanca? (Morocco)

Player 3

1: In what year did Pope John Paul the Second visit Ireland? (1979)

2: In which Irish county would you find the Blue Stack mountains? (Donegal)

3: This Greek Goddess of Victory shares her name with a famous brand of sportwear… (Nike)

4: ‘Vilnius’ is the capital of which European country? (Lithuania)

5: In Gaelic football and hurling, how many points is a goal worth? (3)

6: Where is your Achilles tendon? (The Achilles tendon is what attaches your calf muscles to your heel. Take Calf or heel)

7: True or false: the sun is a star? (True)

8: From which crop do we get flour? (Wheat)

9: What letter represents 50 in Roman numerals? (L)

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.

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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

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