The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...
We hear the story of Annie, one of the most enduring musicals of all time. We’ve tips to help fussy eaters with the foods they dislike, and three listeners play Mooney's Tuesday Quiz!
Win A Fuel Stove With Waterford Stanley & National Heat Month
All this week, Monday to Thursday, Mooney is teaming up with Waterford Stanley, the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves, to celebrate National Heat Month in October. National Heat Month runs across nineteen Stanley Centres nationwide promoting home-heating efficiency and reductions on stoves.
And to celebrate National Heat Month in October, Waterford Stanley is giving you the chance to win a fabulous Stanley Cara Insert Solid Fuel Stove in Matt Black worth over €1,000 and €250 towards installation.
Waterford Stanley are the Irish manufacturer of expertly crafted, fuel-efficient, cast iron stoves. Stanley Stoves are up to three times more energy efficient than open fires while maintaining the warmth and visual benefits.
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Tuesday, October 1st:
True or false: Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx?
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Eat It, "Weird Al" Yankovich’s parody of Michael Jackson’s classic song Beat It, will strike a chord with parents up and down the country. Dinnertime would hardly be the same without the fussy eater refusing to eat his greens, turning his nose up at the seafood looking up at him, wretching at the thought of where that liver has come from!
It’s not just kids that are fussy eaters. Marty Morrissey still can’t eat cheese. Brenda Donohue can’t touch yoghurt.
So if there’s a foodstuff that you can’t stomach, well, we're happy to say help is at hand! Louise Lennox is a chef, and she joins us in studio today! Louise will be giving us tips to stick with the food we don't like, as for the next 21 days, Marty and Brenda will be eating the foods they dislike. And in three weeks time, Louise will return to studio to find out how they got on!
It’s a hard knock life indeed! That was from the 1982 film Annie, a classic tale with a popularity that has endured down through generations. It tells the story of the spirited 10-year-old girl who goes on to win the hearts of pretty much everybody she meets...
And today, we want to know if there is a little orphan Annie somewhere near you!
Festival Productions will be staging their production of Annie this winter at the National Concert Hall. The production is in full swing, and all is looking rosy, except for one little problem...
They are short an Annie! Now Festival Productions are not in the complete state of panic you might imagine... they have one very talented young lady to play the lead role, but the thing is, they need two Annie’s to alternate matinees with evening concerts.
So in their wisdom, the have come to Mooney for some help!
So do you know a little girl that could be our missing Annie? We are looking for someone who is between 10 and 12 years of age and who is bursting with talent, energy and star appeal.
To tell us more we are joined in studio by Tony Finnegan, who is both director and "Daddy Warbucks" in the upcoming production, as well as the very lovely and talented Zena Donnelly, who will be playing one of the Annie’s...
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 (www.npws.ie) 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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie