Mooney, Monday July 15th 2013


The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

How to deal with kids who are literally tearing their hair out – psychologist David Carey is in to talk about this and other stress-related conditions. Comedien Gary Cooke chats about his early exit from Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, and life après match. And Shay talks to the cast of SHOUT!, a coming-of-age tale of five women in Swinging Sixties' London, set around the hit songs of Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw and Lulu!

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland: Gary Cooke

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland: Gary Cooke

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland got off to a sizzling hot start on RTÉ One yesterday evening, although it might have been a little too hot to handle for our next guest... He's a Cooke by name, but according to according to Dylan McGrath and Nick Munier not, alas, a cook by nature ... Gary Cooke joins Shay in studio today to tell us about his experience of taking part in Celebrity MasterChef Ireland!

To find out more, read this RTÉ Ten interview with Gary on his departure, or if you missed the programme last night, you can watch it back on the RTÉ Player by clicking here.

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland continues next Sunday on RTÉ One at 21:30 - to visit the website for the series, click here.

Shout! The MOD Musical

Shout! The MOD Musical

The sixties saw a decade of radical change in the world, but this new approach was often in conflict with post-war sensibilities, and many places, particularly London, were in a state of moral flux.

With the help of music from the likes of Petula Clark, Lulu and Dusty Springfield, this is the story that’s told through the lives of five very different women in a musical currently on in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre.

Cast members Sharon Clancy (Yellow Girl), Stella Bass (Blue Girl), Laura Bella Griffin (Green Girl), Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh (Red Girl) and Laura Kelly (Orange Girl) join Shay in studio today to perform some music from the show, and to tell us what we can expect if we go to see Shout! The Mod Musical!

From left to right: Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh, Laura Bella Griffin, Sharon Clancy, Laura Kelly and Stella Bass

Shout! The Mod Musical is currently running at Dublin's Tivoli Theatre, and has an age-guide of over 15s.  For more information about the show, visit

From left to right: Kelly Marie Ní Cheallaigh, Laura Bella Griffin, Sharon Clancy, Shay Byrne, Laura Kelly and Stella Bass



As parents, we all worry about our children when they start behaving unusually or in an unexpected way. We recently came across something quite upsetting: the story of a daughter who began to pull her own hair out. To talk more about this condition, trichotillomania, and other symptoms of stress, Shay is joined in studio by Dr. David Carey, Consultant Psychologist at the Owen Connolly Counselling Centre in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

David's tips for helping anxious children:

• Routines and Structure
• Help Children Identify Feelings
• Provide Opportunities for Communicating About Feelings
• Provide Soothing and Comforting Strategies
• Respect Your Child's Fears
• Model Brave Behaviour
• Encourage Brave Behaviour
• Teach Relaxation Skills
• Encourage "Feeling Good" Activities
• Storytelling
• Teach Problem-Solving Strategies
• Challenge Unhelpful Thoughts

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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