Mooney, Thursday October 3rd 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!

***To visit The Mooney Show website, click here!***


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On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue

We hear from the air hostess who says her life improved when she had her ears pinned back, we find out about a very unusual plant which grows both tomatoes AND potatoes, and we’ll have some music from onboard the RTÉ Big Music Week train!

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.

For your chance to win today's prize, answer the following competition question:

Thursday, October 4th:

True or false: Rooster, British Queens, and Kerr’s pink are all varieties of potatoes?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

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text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

Each text entry cost €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02.Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and close at 4.20pm today, (30/09/13) Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The lucky cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day!


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Ear Pinning

He’s currently the most expensive soccer player in the history of the game - Real Madrid recently paid Tottenham Hotspur a whopping €100 million for Gareth Bale.

But last year, the Welshman took himself off for the summer break, not to a 7-star hotel in Dubai or a private yacht in Ibiza to party – instead he checked himself in to fix something that had been bothering him for years: his sticky-out ears.

When he arrived back at White Hart Lane, Spurs fans were quick to notice. They joked that his pinned-back ears were helping him to run faster as he began a phenomenal season, scoring 31 goals for club and country.

It might be a leap too far to suggest that his ear operation gave him the confidence to up his game so dramatically but certainly his last season at Spurs was his best ever.

Bale’s operation has piqued a lot of people’s curiosity about ear-pinning - or 'otoplasty' as it’s more formally known - and joining us in studio to tell us more about the procedure is plastic surgeon, Dr Patricia Eadie...

And during the week, Brenda spoke to one of Dr. Eadie's adult patients, Jenny Hayes, who recently had just one of her ears pinned back. This is Jenny as a child before the operation...

 Jenny Hayes with her prominent ear, as a child

For more information on what the ear pinning procedure involves, click here, and for more information on Dr. Eadie, click here.

RTÉ Big Music Week: House Party on Big Music Train with Derek Ryan!

RTÉ Big Music Week: House Party on Big Music Train with Derek Ryan!

Well, RTÉ's fourth Big Music Week is well and truly underway, with the Big Music Week Train cutting a dash in every station it pulls into. Mooney has jumped on board the train, and on Monday, Brenda hosted a most unusual House Party!

Just a quick reminder, the house parties are when a well known artist or band perform in a listener front room, kitchen, bathroom... whatever.

We’ve had some of Ireland’s greatest entertainers, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Fleming, The Furey Brothers, Majella and Daniel O'Donnell, Crystal Swing, Jack L and the list goes on, all singing their hearts out in many a kitchen, all across the country.

Last Monday, we are took our House Party and put it on the Big Music Week Train along with Ireland’s hottest country music star.

A carriage load of Mooney listeners travelled from Carlow to Waterford and back again all in the delightful company of Derek Ryan, who sang for us all along the way.

Brenda and her fellow passengers all gathered at 2.15pm on the platform in Carlow train station and waited for the Big Music Week Train.

People travelled from all over the country, Kilkenny, Roscommon, Galway, Laois, Dublin and of course Carlow to be part of this most unique house party, and today, we enjoy just a flavour of the fun on board, beginning with some of the passengers as they waited on the platform for the Big Music Week Train! For more information on the Big Music Train, visit

TomTatoes And Plant Grafting

Have you ever heard of the TomTato plant? It grows cherry tomatoes on top and potatoes underground! It's a new plant that has been introduced to the market for the first time by a mail order seed and plant company in the UK called Thompson and Morgan.

Their new product development manager Michael Perry is in the BBC's Suffolk studio to tell us more about this plant that gives you chips and the ketchup to go with it! And in studio we have Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens here in Dublin.

For more information about the TomTato, click here.

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

Music Played on the Show

It's Friday

It's Friday

Derek Ryan, Accompanied By John Byrne Matt Curran


Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom Prison Blues

Derek Ryan, Accompanied By John Byrne Matt Curran


Wake Me Up

Wake Me Up

Derek Ryan, Accompanied By John Byrne Matt Curran


Take Me Home Country Roads

Take Me Home Country Roads

Derek Ryan, Accompanied By John Byrne Matt Curran




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