Mooney Goes Wild

    Sunday, 10pm-11pm, RTÉ Radio 1

    Tuesday, April 30th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    As the new king of Holland is inaugurated, Derek asks whether anyone cares anymore about European royals? A U.S. state has banned the use of words like fisherMEN in favour of "fishers" - political correctness gone mad? And we find out how the pillows we love the most are harbouring untold, unwelcome visitors!

    DAWN CHORUS 2013

    Join the Mooney Goes Wild team on Sunday, May 5th 2013, from 00:00 - 06:00, for the Annual Dawn Chorus from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve in Cobh, Co. Cork.

    The documentaries that will be broadcast during Dawn Chorus are:

    00:00 - 01:00 Carl Linnaeus

    01:00 - 02:00 The American Alligator

    02:00 - 03:00 The Black-tailed Godwit

    03:00 - 04:00 Rainforests of Costa Rica

    For more information about the Dawn Chorus, click here.

    Unusual Bird Nest Sites!

    We will be launching Nestwatch 2013 very shortly, and many of you have contacted us to tell us about the strange places that you have found birds nesting! So we want to find out about the most unusual nest sites in the country! Please send in your photos by e-mail to, and we'll put them up on the website! This is not a competition, and there aren't any prizes, but we will credit your photos!


    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...

    Secrets Of The Irish Landscape starts on Sunday, May 5th at 18:30 on RTÉ One.

    Click here to view the series trailer: 



    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...
    actress                                         actor
    airline stewardess                         flight attendant
    airman, airwoman                         pilot, aviator, flier, flight crew
    alderman                                     council member/person
    anchorman, anchorwoman             anchor

    brethren                                      laity
    bridesmaid                                   bride's attendant

    brotherhood                                 fellowship, camaraderie
    brotherly love                               charity, goodwill

    career woman                              career professional
    chambermaid                               housekeeper
    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
    fatherhood                                  parenthood
    forefathers                                  ancestors, forebears

    foreman, forewoman, forelady      supervisor, boss
    founding father                           founder

    gamesmanship                            game playing
    gentlemen's agreement               unwritten agreement
    girl Friday                                   aide, assistant
    goddess                                     god
    governess                                  child caretaker, child care worker

    handyman                                 fixer, maintenance person
    headmaster                               principal
    heiress                                      heir
    henchman                                 partner in crime
    heroine                                     hero
    hostess                                     host
    housewife                                  homemaker

    jack-of-all-trades                       handyperson
    johnny-come-lately                    newcomer
    johnny-on-the-spot                   prompt person, right-on-time

    king-size                                  huge, very large
    layman                                    layperson
    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-sized                                large
    man-to-man                             head-to-head, face-to-face
    manageress                             manager
    man-eater                                flesh eater
    manhandle                               rough up, move roughly
    manhole                                  utility access hole, maintenance hole
    man-hours                               workhours
    mankind                                  humankind, humanity
    manlike                                   humanlike
    manmade                                handmade, hand built, manufactured
    manpower                               workers, workforce, staff
    man of the house                     husband, father
    marksman                               sharpshooter
    masseuse                                massage therapist
    master                                    expert
    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
    motherhood                            parenthood

    no-man's-land                        uninhabited land, neutral zone
    odd-man-out                          person not included
    old wives' tale                         superstition

    penmanship                           handwriting
    prodigal son                           returning child

    seamstress                            tailor, sewer, mender, needleworker
    seductress                             seducer
    snowman                              snow person

    temptress                              tempter, enticer
    Uncle Sam                             U.S., United States
    yes-man                               avid follower, supporter


    New Dutch King Inaugurated

    Today, Prince Willem-Alexander was sworn in as Dutch King, after the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix. We talk to Dutch Mooney listener Kirk de Klein, and also Joe Little, Managing Editor of Majesty Magazine in London...


    An Droichead

    Derek talks about the piece of music composed by Liam O'Flynn to mark the inauguration of Mary McAleese as President of Ireland in 1997, then we hear 'An Droichead', performed by Liam O'Flynn with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra


    Toothbrushes Donated To SVP

    Brenda meets Patricia Carey, Director of Services with SVP Dublin, to handover €5000 worth of toothbrushes from listener Gavin Dunne, from SIG Development

    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 ( 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

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