Mooney Friday 5 April 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.


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

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!



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

Secrets of the Irish Landscape

There’s a new series coming up on RTE 1 shortly that uncovers secrets etched into the Irish Landscape and takes a closer look at our mostunique Irish flora and fauna ecosystem. It is part of RTE’s Wild Life themes we will be seeing in the month of May …

The series – called “Secrets of the Irish Landscape” - will feature the wise insights of our own Richard Collins and Eanna Ni Lamhna.

The cinema has been booked for 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 1. The screen holds about 277 people. But we will be giving away 250 tickets.

There will be a questions and answers session afterwards with some of the contributors from the series

Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

Washed up Ragworm.

Washed up Ragworm.

The recent storms have washed up a range of sea creatures on the beach at Malahide. Richard Collins & his two grandsons went down to examine some of the King Ragworms, alive, amongst the debris. The king ragworm is by far the largest creepy-crawley to be found in Ireland; one of the specimens we found was about a third of a metre long. Multi-legged, it looks like a giant millipede, wriggling slowly and burrowing into the sand to escape.

Spring Alive

Spring Alive

Derek is joined by Richard Collins, Eanna Ni Lamhna & Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland.

Secrets of the Irish Landscape.

Secrets of the Irish Landscape.

Colm Crowley, producer of new documentary "Secrets of the Irish Landscape" drops into studio to tell Derek about the new series and how it the idea came up to make the three part documentary. NOTE: Tickets are now SOLD OUT.

De-extincion Programme

De-extincion Programme

One of the Stephen Spielberg's film 1993 Drastic Park was box office hit one of the most important scenes was when David Attenborough went to see the dinosaurs. New research has shown that Science might allow extinct animals and plants to be reborn through de-extincion programme, Prof Michael Archer discuses with Derek how this might be possible.

The world of the Swallow.

The world of the Swallow.

Derek & Panel discuss when people should start looking for swallows among the countryside.

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



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