Mooney, Thursday July 25th 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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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.

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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