Mooney, Wednesday September 25th 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.


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

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!

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh tells us why she’d like to play the role of Maureen Haughey in an upcoming film, vet Andrew Byrne talks about feral cats and whether they can be tamed, and we’re in the shower again with some of Ireland’s best singers!

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!

Maureen Haughey & Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

Maureen Haughey & Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

Over its 51-year history, The Late Late Show has given us some iconic moments, and one of the most memorable was when then Sunday Independent columnist Terry Keane talked about her infamous affair with former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey. One woman who was at the heart of the fallout from these hugely scandalous revelations was Maureen Haughey, Charlie’s long-suffering wife.

It's been announced that a forthcoming drama will explore the Haughey dynasty, and TV presenter and actress Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has an interest in playing the part of Maureen Haughey, as she explains when she joins Derek in studio today...

Vet Andrew Byrne

Vet Andrew Byrne

A new trendy café has opened in a chic Paris district, called Cafe des Chats. It's home to a dozen rescue cats, who live there 24/7, curled up on the armchairs and weaving in between the tables brushing under the feet of diners.

The cats are there for purr therapy! The aim is to give Parisians who are unable to keep pets in cramped city-centre apartments some cat time, which café manager Margaux Gandelon says has real health benefits.

Now this might not be your cup of tea - but the café has queues snaking along the pavement and hundreds of potential customers had to be turned away.

Mooney vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, joins Derek studio today to chat about the Cafe des Chats, feral cats, itchy ears and Lyme disease!

For more information about the Cafe des Chats, 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.

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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