Monday, May 20th 2013

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

The morning after the night before – Ryan Dolan tells Derek about his Eurovision disappointment. Brenda Donohue reports back from the auditions for Louis Walsh’s new boyband. We find out how our Blue Tits are getting on, and we've got a new NestWatch, following Swallows! Plus: your chance to win a phenomenal trip to New York, Cancún in Mexico and Caribbean cruise!!

Win a holiday to New York, Cuncún in Mexico AND a Caribbean Cruise with Mooney's Money this week!

If you play Mooney's Money from Monday to Thursday this week, you'll automatically be in with a chance to win an AMAZING holiday to New York, Cancún, and the Caribbean!! Just answer a simple general knowledge question, and not only could you win €1000, you could also be in with a chance of winning this incredible prize! Each of our daily winners, from Monday to Thursday, will play the Big 4-0 Competition on Thursday, with a chance of winning this 3-in-1 holiday! Click here to find out how to enter today!


7-night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas. Depending on dates that are booked it can be either option.

- Port Canaveral, Florida; CocoCay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Port Canaveral, Florida

- Port Canaveral, Florida; Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Port Canaveral, Florida

- All inclusive board. Drinks excluded

- The winner will be told that there are dates available in Sept-Nov (subject to availability) and

- When the winner is selected, American Holidays will liaise with winner to get them the package as close to the dates that they wish to travel as possible.

- You must be able to travel in these months and on the agreed dates.

Five night stay in Mexico at 5* Secrets The Vine Cancun.

- All Inclusive board basis

4 night stay in Deluxe one bedroom Suite at the Hotel Beacon NYC

- Room Only

Flights – international and transfer flights included

- Flights for 2 people from Dublin to Orlando

- Internal flights for 2 people from Orlando to Cancun, Mexico

- 2 Internal flights from Cancun to Newark

- 2 flights from Newark to Dublin with United Airlines

- Hotel – airport transfers only included in Mexico

Terms and Conditions

- Prize is for 2 persons over 21 years of age only

- The prize is subject to availability and no cash alternative can be offered

- Travel is applicable for only certain dates in September, American Holidays will advise exact travel dates once winner has been announced

No other dates will be offered, so winner must be available to travel on these dates or prize will be forfeited.

- Prize is applicable for only the hotels and Cruise ship as mentioned

- Holiday insurance is not included

- Transfers are not included

- Prize is non-transferable

- No changes will be permitted

- It is the prize winners responsibility to ensure all passport & visa (if required) are valid for travel

- American Holidays holds the rights to the prize

Nestwatch 2013

In our Blue Tit nest box, in Derek's garden, we now have six eggs!  Niall Hatch, Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, is in studio to talk us through the latest developments...

Click here to view all the activity in the nest box!

And... we're also now streaming NestWatch 2013 from the most exclusive address in the country: Áras an Uachtaráin.  Click here to view all the activity in our Swallow nest!

Louis Walsh Auditions

Louis Walsh Auditions

Last week, Louis Walsh came into studio to tell us about his plans to form a new boyband - one that would rival One Direction.

His search for five young talented men began yesterday in Dublin's Button Factory, where hundreds of hopefuls queued, getting in their last minute practice on their guitars, fixing their hair and sussing out the competition.

Our Brenda Donohue is the queen of anything showbiz! Not only was she there for us, but she also helped Louis out with the judging!  She's in Derek today to tell us what she heard...

Ryan Dolan

Ryan Dolan

Ryan Dolan’s valiant attempt at winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo on Saturday night. But far from winning, it was Ireland's fate to come last – 26th out of 26 – gaining only 5 points.  Ryan joins Derek in studio today to chat about his whole Eurovision experience, and we also talk to Stuart O'Connor, Ryan's mentor, and the man who produced his performance on Saturday night...

To visit Ryan's website, visit


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.

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.


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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