Mooney, Thursday July 25th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Aviation expert Gerry Byrne explains how airlines can spend millions of euro on an aircraft and still make money, we hear about some of the tropical diseases which are carried into Ireland, and we learn how city life is stressing out our cats!

Music In Film

Music In Film

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be taking part in the Galway Arts Festival, when they present A Night At The Proms, on Saturday Night!  Today David Brophy, who is the conductor of the RTÉ Orchestra, joins Derek in studio to tell us about some of the highlights we might expect!

A Night At The Big Top is on Saturday, July 27th at 18:30 - for more details, click here!

Stolen Dogs

Stolen Dogs

There seems to be an upsurge in the theft of dogs in recent months… In one particular case two much loved lurcher dogs, Jodie and Erin which were stolen from a boarding kennel in Kildare in May.

Their owners were heartbroken, but with a very impressive campaign using celebrities, social networks and a lot of hard work, both dogs were successfully retrieved – separately – six weeks later.

But not all of us would have the time or the know how to get our dogs back… one veterinarian from Bray Vet has for some time now been trying to raise public awareness of the risk to pets – and he says it's not just pedigree dogs that are targets! He wants us to start treating or dogs like expensive cameras – and not to leave them unattended on the front lawn!!!

Pete Wedderburn is here to tell us more…

What do you do if you have a lost dog, or if you think your dog has been stolen?

1. First, phone your local dog warden. Dogs wardens are employed by local authorities to help to deal with lost/ roaming dogs, so there is a good chance that the details of your dog may be on record. An astonishing number of owners of missing dogs never take this initial, important step, so do this before doing anything else.

2. Second visit one or more of these websites, and follow the instructions:

a) The comprehensive and recently updated "What to do if you have lost your pet" page on the Dublin SPCA website. This page includes many other "lost and found" links for Ireland.

b) The excellent Lor’s Lost Dog Page on Facebook

c) The useful ISPCA Lost and Found section

d) The long established "What to do if you lose your dog" page on

If you'd like to read Pete's blog, the link is

Tropical Parasites

If you are heading to the Tropics this summer, one of the most important items you must get is a travel iron, and some appropriate footwear - not because you look sharp, but for reasons far more serious!  Mary Kingston went to find out about the need for ironing in the tropics, in the company of Dr. Graham Fry, from the Tropical Medical Bureau; she also spoke to Anthony Hannon, who had a rather nasty encounter with a bug he christened Arnie!

Anthony and Arnie

Measuring Arnie

Arnie in Anthony's arm


Arnie in Anthony's arm

Giving birth to Arnie!

Arnie beside a €1 coin

To find out more about the Tropical Medical Bureau, click here, and to find out more about Tissue Myiasis, click here to read the TMB factsheet!

How Do Airlines Make Money?

How Do Airlines Make Money?

Earlier this month, British Airways took delivery of a brand new Airbus A380 superjumbo plane. The huge double-decker – the world's largest passenger plane – will make its first commercial long-haul flight with BA to Los Angeles on September 24th.

The delivery of the £270 million superjumbo followed that of two Boeing Dreamliner aircraft as part of a £10 billion British Airway's plan to upgrade its long-haul fleet.

Which got us wondering: how on earth, with huge outlays like that (and that’s only the cost of their planes), do airlines make money? How many tickets does a flight need to sell to break even? When you buy a plane ticket how much of it is profit?

To find out, Derek is joined in studio today by aviation journalist, Gerry Byrne.

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.


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