Mooney, Monday July 22nd 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.

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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 Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

Mary Kingston finds out about the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, which has become so popular on our beaches this summer, we speak to the ambassador of the EU's newest member state, Croatia, and we're looking for three listeners to take part in Mooney's Monday Quiz!

If you like general knowledge, and feel like taking a break, and if you want to take part in our quiz today, then tweet us (@MooneyShow) or e-mail, telling us a bit about yourself! Or send us a text from 3pm - 4pm today, on 51551.

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock and you need to be over 18 to claim the prize. Under-18s can play on your behalf.


Mooney's Monday Quiz

It’s Monday afternoon, it’s Mooney, so it must be time for Mooney’s Monday Quiz!!!

And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today...

Our prize today is a break for two adults and two children in Limerick's newest 4-star riverside venue - the Limerick Strand Hotel.

You'll be treated to two nights bed and breakfast, and one evening meal, for two adults and two children. You'll also have free entry to the newly reopened King John’s Castle and entry to the Hunt Museum!

The prize is in association with Hotel Solutions.

Well, if that sounds like something you’d like to win... we’re looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today. You can register your interest in taking part by texting your name to 51551, e-mailing, or tweeting us @MooneyShow.

The quiz will take place after half four today, and you must be over 18 to claim the prize, although under-18s can play on your behalf.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the craze of this summer - but what exactly is supping? Mary Kingston went along to Dublin's surf dock to find out more!

Mary Kingston (in the centre) tries supping with Colin Harris (left) and Dan Kealy (right)

 Mary Kingston with Colin Harris


Dan Kealy, Mary Kingston and Colin Harris

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Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

Celebrity MasterChef Ireland

What is it like to be named "the most desirable man in the world"? There aren't too many Irish men going around with such a tagline, but today we talk to the man who recently held title!

Last night he became the latest casualty of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, where he ran into some trouble trying to organise panna cotta desserts for 18 guests.

Kamal Ibrahim isn’t coming into studio to us today – but he joins us on the line from a hotel just steps away from the Niagara Falls in Canada, to tell us all about his experience of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, and being crowned Mr. World in 2010!

To find out more, read this RTÉ Ten interview with Kamal 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.

The application process for Series 3 of Masterchef closes today, July 22nd, at 5.30pm. If you would like to find out more, visit

Her Excellency Jasna Ognjanovac, Croatian Ambassador To Ireland

Her Excellency Jasna Ognjanovac, Croatian Ambassador To Ireland

On June 30th, just over three weeks ago, the European Union comprised 27 members. The following day, July 1st, that number increased by one, to 28!

And the country which was added on that date, becoming the latest member of the EU family, is somewhere that has become increasingly popular with Irish holidaymakers in recent years.

It's the stunning land of Croatia, which lies to the south of Hungary, to the West of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy.

The Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre

If you haven't visited Croatia, then put it on your list of places!  Shay is joined in studio today by the Croatian ambassador to Ireland, Jasna Ognjanovac.

 Jasna Ognjanovac, Croatian Ambassador To Ireland 

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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