The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Mary and Dervla from Crystal Swing join Derek for a chat, we hear how our special seafood dish fared at the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, we chat to the man who looked for €200,000 from the Dragons!
In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!
Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...
A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory, the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!
Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.
Secrets Of The Irish Landscape
Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.
16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...
Click here to view the series trailer:
Crystal Swing: How Great Thou Art
He Drinks Tequila was the song that propelled Crystal Swing to national and international fame in January 2010.
Mary Murray-Burke and daughter Dervla are with us this afternoon, having left Derek at home in Middleton, and they're in today to chat about their new single, How Great Thou Art.
Their version of this beautiful hymn is a firm favourite on the band's tours - and such has been the response that they’ve just recorded the song with Dervla on the lead vocal, and it's released today! They intend to give all the proceeds from the downloads for the song to Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. It’s only available by downloading it (it’s not in the shops) and you can find out more by visiting www.crystalswing.com.
Once again a record was broken in the Den last night, in association with Bank Of Ireland, when one man from Mayo went up in front of the Dragons and was asking for €200,000 for his bakery business - that’s a lot of bread!
Simon Stenson joins Derek in studio with a selection of his bread - spelt bread, treacle bread, gluten-free breads, treacle and mixed spice breads, corn breads, traditional brown breads, carrot cakes, chocolate cakes and cupcakes to mention a few!!
Simon runs The Cherry Blossom Bakery with his wife Siobhan, and he tells Derek about his experience facing the Dragons...
If you were listening over the last couple of weeks, you know that our producer Olan McGowan entered the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition on behalf of Mooney, with his very own recipe!
The competition took place in Kinsale, in Cork, yesterday, and he joins Derek in studio today to chat about how he got on...
Acton's Hotel in Kinsale are sponsored the Mooney chowder entry, and The Blue Haven Food Company (http://www.bluehavenfoodco.com/) are supplying the ingredients. To find out more about the The Third All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off & Kinsale Street Food Gathering click here!
Olan's Chowder Recipe
Serves 12 (500ml bowls)
1 kg smoked fish, small pieces (cod, haddock, coley) 500 g non-smoked fish, small chunks (salmon) 500 g mixed seafood (squid, mussels, clams, prawns) One small tin of anchovies, finely chopped 200 g of pancetta Two large onions, diced 10 cloves of garlic, finely chopped Three large carrots, diced Six sticks of celery, diced Two very thin leeks, sliced into thin circles 2 rooster potatoes, diced Seven radishes, sliced very thinly 1 kg cherry tomatoes Parsley, roughly chopped Dill, roughly chopped Chives, cut with scissors into 5-10 mm pieces One tablespoon dried, mixed herbs Full fat, Kerrygold butter 500ml of dry white wine (Chardonnay, dry reisling) 5L of fish stock Freshly ground salt and pepper Olive oil Pinch of smoked paprika Salt & pepper
1. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Put them in a large roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 175° for 60-70 min.
2. In a large copper pot, melt one large knob of butter with some olive oil. Do not over-heat. When melted, Sauté the garlic, onions, pancetta and mixed dried herbs for 5 min.. Add the anchovies, fry for another 2 min.
3. Add all of the chopped vegetables: carrots, celery, leeks, radishes, potatoes. Stir everything, cover the pot, and saute at a low temperature for a further 5 min. During this time, add the dill and stir well.
4. While the vegetables are cooking, take the roasted cherry tomatoes and blend them in a blender to a smooth paste.
5. Add 500 mls of white wine to the vegetable mixture, turn up the heat, and allow to reduce by half.
6. When the wine has reduced, add the fish stock and blended cherry tomato paste. Stir well, and bring to the boil.
7. When the mixture boils, all of the seafood and the remaining herbs, the parsley and chives. Stir well. Add a pinch of smoked paprika, just to deepen the colour. Ground pepper to taste.
8. Serve hot, and sprinkle a little parsley on top.
On tomorrow’s show we’re going to be giving you full details of an exciting concert that is coming up in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th.
It’s called 'Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies' and it is Eurovision-tastic!
Niamh Kavanagh will be there, and Abbaesque will there, amongst others. It is going to be a fantastic night!
Our reporter Katriona McFadden will be at the box office of the National Concert Hall TOMORROW – and she’ll be joined by Eurovision legend Paul Harrington as well as some Eurovision fans.
Tickets are currently on sale from the NCH box office, or nch.ie, BUT if you buy your ticket between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow night (ie. on Tuesday, 25/04/13 from 00:00 to 23:59), then you could pick up more than just tickets!
Because one lucky person will win two return flights to Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines (who, by the way, have 26 flights a week from Dublin to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen), two nights accommodation in a top Stockholm hotel and two tickets to the new Abba Museum – which is opening next month.
So a totally Eurovision-tastic prize!!
And all you have to do to win it is show up at the National Concert Hall tomorrow or visit www.nch.ie and buy a ticket for Mooney's Eurovision Melodies!!
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.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
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