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    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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    Mooney, Tuesday July 23rd 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Derek is back, and he's joined in studio by Duncan Stewart, who has advice on what we need to do to reduce our water footprint. Mary Kingston reports on an unusual sight on Irish roads – a hotel on wheels – coming to a town near you soon. And as Paris hoteliers try to shake off their snobbish reputation, we explore the desires, demands and foibles of our foreign visitors!

    Salzburg & The Sound Of Music

    Yesterday, Derek spoke about his recent holiday to Salzburg, and visiting the locations used in the filming of the movie The Sound Of Music...

    Perfect meadow in Salzburg

    The altar where Captain Von Trapp and Maria got married

    The pavilion where Rolf and Lizel courted

    The Sound Of Music tour is big business in Salzburg - 300,000 people take the tour each year

    Derek with the Sound Of Music tour guide

    The Sound Of Music Tour Bus

    The Sound Of Music Pavilion

    A perfect meadow in Salzburg

    The Sound Of Music tour

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    Congratulations On The New Royal Prince!

     

    It’s all over the newspapers. You can’t switch on the radio or TV without hearing about it. We're talking about the baby, of course! The new Royal baby. Baby George – well, that’s what most people seem to think he’ll be called.

    We were watching the news this morning, and saw the Band of the Scots Guards outside Buckingham Palace playing Congratulations. Yes, Phil Coulter’s big hit which you normally only hear at weddings!

    Perhaps not the greatest performance, but that won’t matter to Phil Coulter, presumably he’ll get the royalties!  Today, Derek is joined on the line by Phil Coulter who he tells us what he makes of the performance!

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    Rotel

    What do you get if you mix Rolling plus Hotel? Rolling + Hotel = Rotel, the hotel on wheels!

    Over the next few weeks, keep a look out for a huge red truck with thirty little windows touring the entire coastline of Ireland, and give a big wave to our German visitors from us.

    Mary Kingston hooked up with 27 Germans in a truck, including Andrea, Anya and Agnes, to find out what kind of a holiday they were having!

    The coaches are custom-modified Mercedes 0404’s and can be designed for the off road tours of the south American deserts or the windy dusty roads of Nepal.

    The rotel 'rooms' are three feet high, and you’ll fit if you are no taller than 6 feet. There’s a camp kitchen.  According to our visitors, the Rotel experience is more about sightseeing and walking rather than art shows and museums.

    If you have a good command of German, you can visit the Rotel website - http://www.rotel.de/start.html - if not, then this Gizmag article about the Rotel experience may be of interest: http://www.gizmag.com/rotel-hotel-on-wheels/14625/.

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    Stereotypes and The Xenophobes Guides!

    There’s an old adage that heaven is where the cooks are French, the police are British, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and everything is organized by the Swiss.

    And hell is where the cooks are British, the police are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is organized by the Italians!

    National stereotypes have been the subject of many jokes for centuries. Even today when the international community promotes diversity and encourages tolerance, we are often still labelled according to perceptions of our nationality.

    Whilst a common stereotype of the French is a man in a beret and stripy shirt with a string of onions round his neck – Parisiennes in particular have a reputation for snobbishness.

    In an attempt to shake that off, a new Guide has been produced by the Chamber of Coommerce in Paris for hoteliers, restauranteurs and shopkeepers.

    Dubliner Siobhan Silke of France 24 in Paris to explain more...

    Stefan Zeidenitz is co-author of the Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans and also edited the German edition of ten other Xenophobe titles. The guides take an analytical but affectionate look at different nations, their character and quirks. He’s also a consultant on national mentality differences and intercultural communication, and he joins us with his thoughts on national stereotypes, as does Michael Vaughan, who is President of the Irish Hotels Federation...

    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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