Mooney Monday 8 July 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!

Mooney with Shay Byrne

On today's programme we'll be looking in on our kestrels who are about to make their bid for freedom. Is there life beyond earth or is it all pie in the sky? - We’ll be asking Cambridge University astronomer Dr Robin Catchpole is there anybody out there? And Brenda looks into summer jobs, a right of passage or a right pain.


Shay Byrne (pictured above) presenting Mooney this week.


Summer Jobs

With such good weather over the past weekend and with some parts of the country hitting 29 degrees, but we ask some particularly teenagers are slogging it out with their first summer jobs. Brenda was on the streets of Dublin speaking to people who have been through summer jobs, and Daragh Doyle, Community Manager with drops into studio to discuss it more with Shay.


Life in space?

The question has been asked if life exsists in space, in some shape or form - are we alone? Dr Robin Catchpole & Leo Enright join Shay in studio for this discussion.



Dr Robin Catchpole is given a lecture tonight in Dublin

The lecture will take place in Trinity College Dublin on July 8th, at 8pm.

For tickets and DVDs of the lecture, please visit or call (01) 890 11 11. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.

Kestrel Watch.




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.


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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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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