Mooney - Monday, May 27th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

200,000 YouTube hits later, Derek has the latest news on the cat who has adopted the ducklings on the farm in Clara. Katriona meets the 'Scoodoos' – ancient tree spirits who are currently visiting Ireland. Conor Faughnan from the AA has the latest motoring news. And Colin Stafford-Johnson lets us in on Tthe Secret Life Of The Shannon...

BioBlitz 2013

Over the course of 24 hours, from 5pm last Friday until 5pm last Saturday, a biological survey took place in four locations across Ireland: Wicklow Mountains National Park, Burren National Park, Lough Key Forest Park and Colebrooke Estate in Fermanagh.  The television coverage was fronted by Sinéad Kennedy, Derek Mooney and Colin Stafford-Johnson (pictured above).  A huge thank-you to the 180 scientists and recorders who worked to identify so many species, and congratulations to the winners, who were Colebrooke Estate!

You can find out more about the BioBlitz by visiting

Click here to view the first programme from Friday night, and click here to view the results show, that aired last night.

Duckling Adoption Update

Last Thursday, we were the first to bring you the extraordinary story of Ronan and Emma Lally’s ‘White Cat’.

She had adopted three ducklings on the Lally’s farm in Clara in Co Offaly – and was actually breast feeding them.

If you don’t believe us have a look! 

This first one that Katriona shot last Thursday night (which, by the way, has now got over 205,000 views on YouTube!! And counting!!)

AND a more up-to-date video that was filmed by the Lally’s friend Maura Cunningham over the weekend that shows Day Six in the life of these little ducklings.

Well we’re all just dying to know how this relationship is progressing and Ronan Lally is on the phone now from his home in Clara, Co Offaly, as is vet Andrew Byrne, and Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland joins us in studio.


The Secret Life Of The Shannon

The Secret Life Of The Shannon

Last night’s The Secret Life of the Shannon was the first of two new programmes on RTÉ One about the River Shannon, beautifully filmed by Emmy-award winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson, who is with us in studio today!

To watch the first episode back again on the RTÉ Player, click here.

The second and final episode will be broadcast next Sunday, June 2nd, on RTÉ One at 6.30pm.

Motoring Stories

Motoring Stories

The recent row between the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and TD Mick Wallace was around the issue of penalty points. We’re not going to talk about the rights and wrongs of that argument here but the latest figures we have for the numbers of drivers who are getting penalty points shows a decrease. So good news then? Drivers are getting the message and they’re changing their behaviour? Maybe that’s not quite the case though...

Conor Faughnan, Director of Policy with AA Ireland is in studio to explain...


Our reporter Katriona McFadden is in studio with Derek, and with her is a 'creature' made out of twigs – a 'Scoodoo'!  It's a 'tree spirit', and is apparently communicating with Derek right now!

Every Scoodoo is different; the one in studio is quite small, but when Katriona travelled to Mayo she saw several big Scoodoos – some the size of people - and they are showing up in all manner of places. There was one on the Charlestown roundabout for example, they have shown up on the side of the N17, they’ve come to Dublin.

Ciaran Burke and his Finnish wife Hannah run The Garden School in Ballaghdereen, and they are responsible for bringing them to life. They’re making them and putting them in strange places to get people talking – and they just found out they’ll be exhibiting at BLOOM in Phoenix Park this year! So Katriona went to Mayo to meet them... For more information about scoodoos, visit

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



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