Thursday, May 23rd 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.

JOIN US

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

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!

On Mooney today...

We hear about the three ducklings in Clara, Co. Offaly, who are being breastfed by a cat and one of Ireland’s favourite comedians, Katherine Lynch, tells us about life as Bernie Walsh, Liz Hurley and Sheila Sheik!

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!

PRIZE DETAILS:

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 Cancún.

- 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

Ducklings Suckle On Clara Cat!

Families come in all shapes and sizes.

Sometimes Mum and Dad look after the children.

Sometimes it’s only Mum or only Dad.

Sometimes it’s a grandparent or aunt or uncle.

But, usually, they are all the same SPECIES!

We got a fascinating e-mail into Mooney, telling us of a most peculiar story: baby ducks who have been adopted by their arch-enemy... the cat!

Yes, you heard right! Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more…

Ronan and Emma Lally live on a small farm in Clara, Co. Offaly, and they e-mailed us to tell us that they "keep some hens. We got some duck eggs from a local lady and put them under a broody hen. Three of the ducklings survived. But then they disappeared and Ronan blamed the cat".

True enough 'The White Cat', as they call her, was spotted a while later with a duckling in her mouth. But she wasn’t eating it - she was bringing the ducklings in to cuddle up with her newly-born kittens!

Now, if that wasn’t mad enough, Ronan and Emma spotted the ducklings breastfeeding from the cat – so they told their family who said "you have to contact Mooney!"

The White Cat with her kittens and adopted ducklings!

The White Cat with her kittens and adopted ducklings!

The White Cat with her kittens and adopted ducklings!

The White Cat with her kittens and adopted ducklings!

The White Cat with her kittens and adopted ducklings!  

 

Katherine Lynch

Katherine Lynch

Singin’ Bernie Walsh and Liz Hurley are just two of the many hilarious characters created by one of Ireland’s favourite comediennes, Katherine Lynch.

She has had 32 sold-out nights at Vicar Street, and seven years of hit shows on RTÉ under her belt.

However the last time she was on our progamme, we were in the Riverbank Theatre in Newbridge, in Kildare - and Katherine showed us a very different side to her when she sang On Raglan Road for us...

And today we have a treat in store for you, with a song she wrote herself and featuring the very talented Sharon Shannon. Katherine joins Derek in studio to chat about her acting and comedic performances, her passion for singing - and her link to Patrick Kavanagh!

The album Settling Dust is out now on Crashed Music: www.crashedmusic.com.  For more on Katherine, visit katherinelynch.tv.

The Swallow: From Egg To Africa

This documentary, presented by Eric Dempsey and produced by Derek Mooney, was first broadcast on November 10th 2004.

Mooney's Thursday Quiz

Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win two nights B&B at the Ballyliffin Hotel in Ballyliffin, County Donegal!

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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

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We Are Family

We Are Family

Sister Sledge

3:17

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