Monday, June 17th 2013

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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!

On Mooney today, with Neil Delamere...

On Mooney today, with Neil Delamere...

We have a look through some of the weird and wonderful news stories on the wires, with Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. From JFK to the Queen of England – Ellen Mahon lifts the lid on diplomatic dining since the foundation of the state. We touch base with Chad Ligon from Augusta, Georgia, he's the Bellyflop and Belching champion of the Redneck Olympics!  And it's Monday, so we're looking for three players to take part in Mooney's Monday Quiz!  The prize today is a fantastic two-night weekend break to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, in Wicklow, on the weekend of July 6th/7th, with entry into nearby Russborough House's Hints of History Gathering BBQ Festival, which also takes place that weekend! If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.

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 Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort on Blessington Lake in County Wicklow (

Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and a three-course dinner on an evening of your choice in the LimeTree Restaurant.

One of the bedrooms at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

The Tulfarris Golf Course

And you MUST be available to avail of the hotel stay on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of July as your prize ALSO includes free passes to the ‘Hints of History Gathering Barbecue Festival’ happening that weekend at nearby Russborough House (

Russborough House in Wicklow

The maze at Russborough House

There will be history talks, Outdoor Opera, a Medieval Battle, Craftwork demonstrations, Kids treasure hunts – and a Barbeque! To find out more about the Festival, click here.

Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win...

...we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today.

You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf. 

Weird News Stories, with Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly

It's always fun to pick that old cliché out of the box, the one that goes "truth is stranger than fiction", and to take a few stories from around the world that underline the veracity of that claim!

Today, we are doing exactly that in the company of comedians Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. Chris and Gearóid have done a little digging, and come up with some stories which are absolutely true, and at the same time utterly bizarre!

Here are some of their favourites:

Wrestler - My life sucks because I'm too hot:

Eyeball licking

Unicorn passport

999 - Prostitute

Chicken Burger Proposal

91 year old weight lifter

Diplomatic Dining

This week we will welcome the children of the 44th President of the United States back to the land of their ancestors. It is something we like to do - welcome back presidents of the United States and their children, as you can tell by the reception we gave this month 50 years ago to another Irish American president!

John Fitzgerald Kennedy arrived in Ireland to a rapturous reception only five months before he tragically died at the tender age of 46 in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

And today we are going to look he had for dinner! To tell us more, Neil is joined by Elaine Mahon, who is an expert on Irish Diplomatic Dining since the inception of the state...

Redneck Olympics

Chad Ligon tells Neil about taking part in the Bellyflop and Burping contests in this year’s Redneck Olympics in Augusta, Georgia!

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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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