Mooney, Thursday August 22nd 2013

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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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.

Events & Listings

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!

Nature LIVE

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, RTÉ's Wild Island season goes international as Derek Mooney hosts one of the most ambitious LIVE natural history programmes ever undertaken. Broadcasting live from six countries across Europe, Nature LIVE will showcase some of the continents most extraordinary wildlife, from Polar Bears in the Norwegian Arctic to Flamingoes in southern Spain to Basking Sharks off the west of Ireland. This one-hour special will be anchored by RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey, with wildlife film-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson on the Blasket Islands.

Viewers can take part by sharing their own pictures and videos of nature and wildlife using #naturelive from wherever they live in Europe.

JOIN US

We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to natureliveaudience@rte.ie

Location: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 

Time: 16.30 - 18.00      

*Gates close at 16.45!

Please note that this is an unseated event and outdoors so you will need to wear appropriate clothing for the Irish weather. We need the following information: The number of tickets you are applying for. Your name, surname, age contact phone number and address. The names, surnames and ages of your guests.

*Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for Children under 12yrs. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian

Tickets are limited so first come first served!

Mooney

Mooney

Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

On Mooney today...

We find out why Cobh is becoming a popular stop for the world's leading Cruise ships, and Brenda meets some Limerick residents on a rare day out - including a woman who has done time in prison for carrying drugs.

Young Singer Sean Carey

Young Singer Sean Carey

If you heard the programme yesterday, you'll know that the ever-affable The X Factor judge Louis Walsh was in studio with us, and we offered you the chance to audition for him.

During the show, we received the following text from Sean in Balbriggan:

Hi Derek, listening to the show and I am very surprised. I thought Louis was always very pro-pop and anti-real music, but he is actually very down to earth, and my Lord he knows what he is talking about. I myself am a working singer-songwriter of 15, and I was in the boyband auditions a few weeks ago...

Sean sang on a pretty ropey line, and we didn’t really get to appreciate his talents. So today, we've invited Sean into studio!

Sean Carey performing live in studio today.

And if you'd like to see more of Sean, you can see the music video for his song Telephone Goodbye by clicking on this video! 

 

Cobh's Cruise Ships

Cobh's Cruise Ships

This month is set to be the busiest month in twenty years for cruise ships stopping in Cork – and it’s keeping the locals very happy because it’s estimated that the cruise trade is boosting the economy by about €2,000,000!

Cobh is the centre of activity for passengers arriving off these luxury vessels – and we asked Jim Wilson to go along to check out the scene down there...

Bad Language

A question for you: is a swear word every now and again acceptable? Are we cursing and blaspheming too much? And is Ireland the worst offender, globally?

Here’s an extract from the travel guide 'Lonely Planet Ireland' – it says:

"The Irish speak English quickly and strong accents can often be indecipherable. Don’t take offence at indiscriminate bad language: many Irish unconsciously pepper their speech with curse words, which are intended only to be emphatic."

Well, why do we curse more? Is it our politicians who are leading us astray? Are we being influenced by some of our top movie stars? Maybe it’s the television? Or could it be our musicians?

Niamh Greene is a novelist and columnist with The Herald who wrote recently about bad language - and she joins us in studio today...

Singer-Songwriter Sean Carey

If you heard the programme yesterday, you'll know that the ever-affable The X Factor judge Louis Walsh was in studio with us, and we offered you the chance to audition for him. Amongst those who called in was Seán, from Balbriggan; the line quality wasn't great though, so today, we've invited Sean into studio!

Cruise Ships Visiting Cobh

Jim Wilson reports on the huge numbers of cruise ships visiting Cobh this summer, and the effect that this is having on the local economy...

Can Bad Language Ever Be Acceptable?

A question for you: is a swear word every now and again acceptable? Are we cursing and blaspheming too much? And is Ireland the worst offender, globally? Here's an extract from the travel guide 'Lonely Planet Ireland' - it says: "The Irish speak English quickly and strong accents can often be indecipherable. Don't take offence at indiscriminate bad language: many Irish unconsciously pepper their speech with curse words, which are intended only to be emphatic." Well, why do we curse more? Is it our politicians who are leading us astray? Are we being influenced by some of our top movie stars? Maybe it's the television? Or could it be our musicians? Niamh Greene is a novelist and columnist with The Herald who wrote recently about bad language - and she joins us in studio today...

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.

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

Music Played on the Show

Everything To Me

Everything To Me

Shane Filan

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