Mooney, Tuesday September 24th 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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On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

Singing in the shower – we still want to hear *your* favourite morning ablution tunes. We learn of one woman's search after retirement for classes to cure her of her strange addiction – to maths. We talk to Ireland’s best tennis player on the unglamorous life of trying to break into the big time. And we have live music from Track Dogs!

Mooney's Singers In The Shower

Last week, to celebrate RTÉ’s Big Music Week, we launched our competition to find Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower! To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower.

Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to Please do not send recordings of original compositions. The closing date is Wednesday, September 25th 2013. THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RTÉ.IE. AND THE COMPETITIONS TERMS APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION. Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these competition terms and conditions, and terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie, and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney, on Thursday, October 3rd 2013. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie and the recordings shall be deemed "content" for the purposes of application of the terms of clause 9 of such terms and conditions.

And for one lucky winner, we have one, very special prize: a Yamaha Clavinova CLP4440 Electric Piano!

Niall Walton, from Walton's Music, with the Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano that will be won by Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower!

Pat Costello's Passion For Maths!

Many students returning for the new term will be dreading school for one reason more than any other: maths homework!

We'll be chatting all things mathematical today, because we heard something rather unusual recently about a former colleague.

Pat Costello retired from RTÉ a few years ago, and decided not to talk up golf but maths instead, and she has become so fascinated with the subject she desperately trawled far and wide for courses to give her a fix of her new found vice!

Pat joins us in studio today to tell us how she became passionate about sums...

James McGee, Tennis Player

James McGee, Tennis Player

Around June, Wimbledon fever takes over, when we all get excited about the price of strawberries, and rain breaks, and the thriller of the five-set on the grass courts.  And we head down to the local tennis club in the hope of getting a court for an hour or two - but how much do you ever think about tennis during the rest of the year?

Well for one Irish man, it's fair to say that tennis is all he ever thinks about - he's James McGee, and he's Ireland's number one tennis player! He's just back from playing in Turkey, and he joins Brenda in studio today...

RTÉ Big Music Week, featuring Derek Ryan!

RTÉ's fourth Big Music Week kicks off next Monday, September 30th, and there are really lots of exciting musical happenings planned. Mooney will be jumping on board the train and Brenda will be hosting a most unusual House Party!

The Mooney house parties feature well-known artists or bands, who usually perform in a listener's front room, kitchen, bathroom etc... We’ve had some of Ireland’s greatest entertainers - Brian Kennedy, Tommy Fleming, The Fury Brothers, Majella and Daniel O'Donnell, Crystal Swing, Jack L etc... - all singing their hearts out in kitchens across the country.

Now we are taking our House Party and putting it on the Big Music Week Train along with Ireland’s hottest country music star!

Next Monday, September 30th, at 2.30 pm at Carlow train station, we want to fill a carriage of Mooney listeners and travel to Waterford and back again all in the delightful company of Derek Ryan, who will sing for us all along the way.

So if you are fancy a very unusual and fun afternoon all you have to do is e-mail Mooney - - and tell us why you want come on board with Derek (not our Derek!).

Do you have a special anniversary or birthday celebration coming up? Would you like to surprise a loved one? What about a class reunion?

Maybe you just need a little lift as we head into the cold dark and dreary winter - or plain and simple, you are just a die hard, fanatical Derek Ryan fan. Whatever your reason is, we have a carriage awaiting you, your family and friends!

So e-mail and tell us why you would like to be on board the Big Music Week Train with Derek Ryan.

Track Dogs

If you were a fan of Irish bands in the nineties, you might remember singer-songwriter Garrett Wall. Garrett has since joined up with fellow Irish man Dave Mooney on vocals, electric & double bass' Sheffield’s Howard Brown on trumpet, piano, percussion, and Robbie K. Jones (who is originally from Ohio) on cajón and banjo.

And having just arrived back in Ireland from gigging in Madrid, they've hot-footed it straight into studio for a chat with Brenda and to play a tune or two!

Track Dogs will be playing a number of gigs around Ireland over the next week or so:

Tonight: Crane Lane, Cork
Tomorrow: Sober Lane, Cork
Thursday, September 26th: Backstage Theatre, Longford
Friday, September 27th: Number 1, Mullingar
Saturday, September 28th: Monroe's, Galway
Sunday, September 29th: Mullarkeys Bar, Foyle's Hotel, Clifden
Tuesday, October 1st: Ruby Sessions, Dublin

Track Dogs will be participating in RTÉ’s Big Music Week this year; they will be recording Rainbox in Limerick, for inclusion on RTÉ’s Big Music Week playlist, on Wednesday October 2nd, and then they will be performing on the Big Music Train travelling from Limerick to Galway later that day.

For more information about Track Dogs, visit, and for more information about Big Music Week, visit

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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