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    ***Dawn Chorus 2016***

    On Sunday, May 1st 2016, Europe will wake to the sound of bird song, due to a collaboration between RTÉ and EBU Members.  Thanks to EBU members NRK in Norway, the BBC, Radio Moscow and National Public Radio in the Netherlands, Derek and his team at RTÉ will be representing the full splendour of the Dawn Chorus live across the continent, featuring some of Europe’s finest performers in full voice.  Experts will be on hand to explain to listeners what is happening, in real time, and to shed some light on the hidden lives of these amazing birds.  The Dawn Chorus will take place on Sunday, May 1st 2016, from 00:00 - 06:00 (Irish time).  Click here to read more about this exciting and ground-breaking broadcast!

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    Monday, June 10th 2013

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    On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

    We find out why some people develop an emotional attachment to a particular item of clothing, learn how contactless payment cards will mean shorter queues at the shop counter, and we're looking for three players for our Monday quiz! If you enjoy general knowledge quizzes and would like to take part, then e-mail us now on mooney@rte.ie, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.

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    Clothes For Life!

    Brenda was talking to Derek last week about people "bonding" with items of clothing. Developing emotional attachments to certain garments, even years after they have outlived their purpose!

    Derek, as it happens, is wedded to a particular purple shirt of his ... It's taken up residence in his wardrobe, and it's something he just can't get rid of, even though he never wears it anymore!

    Jules Falllon is a fashion consultant and former model, and she reckons this is a common phenomenon. She's also Director of First Option Models, and she joins Brenda in studio today to describe what it is that binds us to items of clothing that we don't wear, that take up space in cluttered wardrobes, and that are probably way out of date!

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    Swallow Chicks

    Fans of Mooney's NestWatch 2013 have been e-mailing us, observing and tracking the development of our Blue Tit nest, and the development of the seven chicks inside it.

    The bluetit nest is located in a nest box at Derek's house.

    But over the other side of the city, in the Phoenix Park, at Áras an Uachtaráin, we have also been tracking our Swallows nest. And the good news is that the swallows eggs have hatched.

    Eric Dempsey joins us on the phone to tell us what to expect from here...

     

     

     

     

     

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    Click here to listen back to Eric Dempsey’s documentary about the Swallow: From Egg To Africa

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    Contactless Cards

    Well, many of you may have received a new debit card from your bank recently with a letter explaining the advantages of contactless payments. But what are these so-called contactless debit cards, and just how safe are they?

    Today, Brenda talks to Martin Emms from Newcastle University, who has spotted a flaw in the cards, and to Eric Cooney, Head of Sales with Sage Pay Ireland, who explains this new technology...

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    Mooney's Monday Quiz

    It’s Monday, it’s Mooney - so what does that mean?

    Well, “Mooney’s Monday Quiz” of course!!!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

    It’s a two-night weekend break for two people sharing a deluxe room in the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, County Mayo.

    Your prize includes cocktails on arrival, breakfast served to your room on both mornings and a 4-course dinner on the evening of your choice in JGs Restaurant.

    Your prize ALSO includes complimentary access to the Hotel’s Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre – AND a cruise on Lough Corrib!!

    Runners-up will get a copy of Ireland’s Wild Orchids: A Field Guide by Brendan Sayers and Susan Sex, and EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch!

    The Questions

    Player 1:

    1: Which day of the year is celebrated as Independence Day in the USA?

    2: How many musicians are there in a ‘sextet’?

    3: True or false: there are no polar bears in the Antarctic?

    4: Who supposedly remarked of the starving poor “Let them eat cake”?

    5: What condition is ‘insulin’ commonly used to treat?

    6: Whose catchphrase is “What’s Up Doc”?

    7: In which sport might a player wear ‘Plus-Fours’?

    8: What is the capital of Romania?

    9: Which U.S. state is known as The Lone Star State?

    10: What kind of leaves do koalas eat?

    Player 2:

    1: What does a meteorologist study?

    2: What “S” was Thailand’s former name until 1939?

    3: In which European country would you find ‘The Hague’?

    4: What “p” is a group of lions?

    5: Whose catchphrase is “Eat My Shorts”?

    6: What “h” is a crab who shelters in the discarded shells of others?

    7: Which war provided the setting for the TV series ‘MASH’?

    8: Who topped the UK charts in 1978 with ‘Rivers of Babylon’?

    9: True or false: a whale’s egg is the largest egg in the animal kingdom?

    Player 3:

    1: In which musical do the ‘Sharks’ oppose the ‘Jets’?

    2: If an athlete talks about their “P.B.” – what are they talking about?

    3: What is a ‘Kerry Blue’?

    4: The island of Madeira belongs to which country?

    5: Whose catchphrase is “To Infinity and Beyond”?

    6: Which biblical leader was found as a baby in the rushes?

    7: Barney Rubble is whose best friend?

    8: Which U.S. President resigned as a result of the Watergate Affair?

    9: Who created the fictional vampire ‘Dracula’?

    11: How many seconds are there in two minutes?

    12: What comes in varieties such as canine, incisor and molar?

    13: What is the superhero identity of Peter Parker?

    The Answers:

    Player 1:

    1: Which day of the year is celebrated as Independence Day in the USA? (July 4th)

    2: How many musicians are there in a ‘sextet’? (six)

    3: True or false: there are no polar bears in the Antarctic? (True – they’re in the Arctic)

    4: Who supposedly remarked of the starving poor “Let them eat cake”? (Marie Antoinette)

    5: What condition is ‘insulin’ commonly used to treat? (Diabetes)

    6: Whose catchphrase is “What’s Up Doc”? (Bugs Bunny)

    7: In which sport might a player wear ‘Plus-Fours’? (Golf)

    8: What is the capital of Romania? (Bucharest)

    9: Which U.S. state is known as The Lone Star State? (Texas)

    10: What kind of leaves do koalas eat? (Eucalyptus leaves)

    Player 2:

    1: What does a meteorologist study? (Weather)

    2: What "S" was Thailand’s former name until 1939? (Siam)

    3: In which European country would you find 'The Hague'? (The Netherlands/Holland)

    4: What "p" is a group of lions? (Pride)

    5: Whose catchphrase is "Eat My Shorts"? (Bart Simpson)

    6: What "h" is a crab who shelters in the discarded shells of others? (hermit)

    7: Which war provided the setting for the TV series MASH? (Korean War)

    8: Who topped the UK charts in 1978 with Rivers of Babylon? (Boney M)

    9: True or false: a whale’s egg is the largest egg in the animal kingdom? (False! Whales don’t lay eggs)

    Player 3:

    1: In which musical do the 'Sharks' oppose the 'Jets'? (West Side Story)

    2: If an athlete talks about their "P.B." – what are they talking about? (Personal Best)

    3: What is a 'Kerry Blue'? (a dog/terrier)

    4: The island of Madeira belongs to which country? (Portugal)

    5: Whose catchphrase is "To Infinity and Beyond"? (Buzz Lightyear)

    6: Which biblical leader was found as a baby in the rushes? (Moses)

    7: Barney Rubble is whose best friend? (Fred Flintstone’s)

    8: Which U.S. President resigned as a result of the Watergate Affair? (Richard Nixon)

    9: Who created the fictional vampire Dracula? (Bram Stoker)

    10: How many seconds are there in two minutes? (120)

    11: What comes in varieties such as canine, incisor and molar? (teeth)

    12: What is the superhero identity of Peter Parker? (Spiderman)

    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 (www.npws.ie) 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.

    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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