Thursday, March 7th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Paul G reveals who will represent the UK at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Dermot O’Neill answers your gardening queries, and Brenda Donohue tests a new vajazzling kit...

A Vajazzling Deal?

Well, we always love a bargain on Mooney and when Brenda came across a Vajazzle Kit on sale for €1.49 in Dealz she felt she had to bring it to your attention.

In order to do this she has enlisted the help of Natalie Geraghty, currently starring in Tallafornia on TV3 to road test the product...

Bonnie Tyler To Represent UK At Eurovision

Bonnie Tyler To Represent UK At Eurovision

30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher in power, the yuppie generation reigned supreme, and music was all about the power ballad.  Arguably the biggest and best of these came in 1983, with Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart... (grab your hairbrush!) 

30 years on, it has been announced that Bonnie Tyler will sally forth to represent the UK at Eurovision 2013 in Sweden, with the song Believe In Me

Derek is joined in studio today by our very own EuroGuru, Mr. Paul G Sheridan, to give us his verdict on the song and the selection of Bonnie to sing it.  What do you think? E-mail us on or tweet us @MooneyShow, call us on 1850 715 900 or text 51551!

Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

The Largest Cotoneaster In Ireland?

One of our listeners from County Cork contacted the programme with some beautiful pictures of her unusually large Cotoneaster plant.

The high roads and byroads of Donegal have been well documented on this programme by our intrepid reporter Katriona McFadden. So, when Alice Leggett’s email arrived, Mooney researcher Michele Browne insisted on going down to find out whether the largest cotoneaster in Ireland was in her own parish of origin – Ballinhassig!

For some expert advice, she brought David O’Regan - who’s Head Gardener at Fota - with her.

The Imperial Gardens Of The Forbidden City, Beijing

The 1987 film The Last Emperor tells the story of the life of Pu-yee, the last Emperor of China, and the beautiful, evocative music of that movie takes you right inside the walls of the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex.

It conjures images of the building’s sloping roofs with their Imperial Yellow and ornamental dragons, the opulence and grandeur of the structures as you enter Tian'anmen - the Gate of Heavenly Peace.

Construction of the City began in 1406, it took 14 years to build and over one MILLION men were involved in its construction. Over the period of five centuries, it was the residence of 24 successive emperors until 1912 when Ching Emperor Pu-yee was forced to abdicate the throne.

If you were to visit the City, and go through the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility, you will find the Imperial Garden built during the Ming dynasty.

Dermot O'Neill has visited the Imperial Garden on a couple of occasions, and is in studio today with advice as to how you can bring a touch of the Yin and Yang of this garden into your home…

Don't Forget!

Dermot's TV show Dermot's Secret Garden continues this evening with the fourth episode of the series, when June Rodgers makes an appearance.  It's on RTÉ One at 7pm, and you can find out more information about the show by visiting

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.


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