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!
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.
We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Racing From Cheltenham
There were a lot of nervous (and shivering) racegoers around Prestbury Park in Cheltenham early this morning as snow flakes fell on the hallowed turf.
But after a 10.30 inspection, a loud cheer echoed across the Cotswolds as racing was given the go-ahead and the racecourse opened it’s gates to an expected crowd of 50,000 people.
The 2013 National Hunt Festival is underway – a little late, the first race was put back from 1.30 to 2.05.
RTE’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair. Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.
The races that are due to take place today are:
1405: William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle
1440: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1)
1520: Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
1600: Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
1640: Olbg Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)
1715: Rewards4racing Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
1745: *Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) *tbc
For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.
The Gaiety Ghost
Last night, The Woman In Black opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It’s based on Susan Hill’s bestselling novel and has been made into a major movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. It tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family.
And for many years there have been rumors about of ghostly sightings in the Gaiety. So we thought what better timing to check out these spooky stories than when this eerie play is on. Brenda went along to the Gaiety to see if she could find out more about this theatrical phantasm.
She speaks to two members of the front of house staff who have seen ghosts, Lilly and Fabiana, chatting to them in front of a portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan, a beautiful opera singer...
Brenda also met up with a group called Soul Seachers, who investigate paranormal experiences. The group includes a friend of Mooney, Brian Dunphy, and Deborah Reynolds is the medium. Brenda met them in the Dress Circle, with all their cameras, scanners and CCTV.
The Woman In Black runs in the Gaiety Theatre for the next two weeks. For more information about the production, visit www.gaietytheatre.ie.
Mooney's Tuesday Quiz
It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?
Well, “Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz” of course!!!
And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…
Ireland’s ‘Blue Book’ has offered us a two night weekend break for two people sharing one room in one of their luxury properties: Rosleague Manor in Connemara.
It’s a regency hotel on the shores on Ballinakill Bay and set on 30 acres of private woodland.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s restaurant.
Runners-up in today's quiz will get a hardback copy of ‘Wild Food’ by Biddy White Lennon & Evan Doyle which teaches you how to forage for and cook wild food.
And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch
Well if any of those prizes sound like something you would like to win…..
…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.
To enter just text your name to 51551, email email@example.com or call 1850 715 900.
The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.
You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.
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.
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