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!
MOONEY'S EUROVISION MELODIES
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.
Politically Gender-Correct Words
Last week, the state legislature of Washington, in the USA, passed a law stating that the word "fisherman" should no longer appear on official documents. It should be replaced by the word "fisher". Similarly, a "freshman" no longer exists, according to this new law. Instead, we have gender-neutral "first-year students".
"Penmanship" is also gone. It's been replaced by "handwriting". And the list goes on.
Producer Olan McGowan has been taking a look at this, and he joins Derek in studio today with some of his favourites...
The definitive list of politically correct phrases!
Instead of this... Use this...
airline stewardess flight attendant
airman, airwoman pilot, aviator, flier, flight crew
alderman council member/person
anchorman, anchorwoman anchor
bridesmaid bride's attendant
brotherhood fellowship, camaraderie
brotherly love charity, goodwill
career woman career professional
clergy men, clergy women clergy, clerics, ministers, pastors
comedienne comedian, entertainer
common man average person, commoner
con man swindler, crook
congressman member of congress, congress person
cowboy, cowgirl cowhand
craftsman artisan, craftsperson
doorman doorkeeper, door attendant
drum majorette drum major
Dutchman Dutch person
elder statesman senior statesperson
Englishman Englander, Briton
fall guy scapegoat
forefathers ancestors, forebears
foreman, forewoman, forelady supervisor, boss
founding father founder
gamesmanship game playing
gentlemen's agreement unwritten agreement
girl Friday aide, assistant
governess child caretaker, child care worker
handyman fixer, maintenance person
henchman partner in crime
johnny-on-the-spot prompt person, right-on-time
king-size huge, very large
lumberjack logger, forester
maid-of-honor honored attendant
maiden name family name, birth name
man about town bon vivant, mover and shaker
man of the year newsmaker of the year
man on the street average person, ordinary citizen
man (verb: to man) operate, staff
man's best friend dog
man-to-man head-to-head, face-to-face
man-eater flesh eater
manhandle rough up, move roughly
manhole utility access hole, maintenance hole
mankind humankind, humanity
manmade handmade, hand built, manufactured
manpower workers, workforce, staff
man of the house husband, father
masseuse massage therapist
master key passkey
master plan main plan, primary plan
masterful skillful, expert
masterpiece great work of art
master's degree graduate degree
middleman go-between, intermediary
midshipman sailor, cadet
Mother Earth earth, world, planet earth
mother lode main vein
Mother Nature nature
mother tongue first language, native language
no-man's-land uninhabited land, neutral zone
odd-man-out person not included
old wives' tale superstition
prodigal son returning child
seamstress tailor, sewer, mender, needleworker
snowman snow person
temptress tempter, enticer
Uncle Sam U.S., United States
yes-man avid follower, supporter
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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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