Mooney, Thursday October 10th 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!

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

Marty Morrissey with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.  Brenda Donohue samples the atmosphere at the Grand Prix Darts in Dublin, we’ve music from The Willoughby Brothers, and we reveal which primary school in Leinster has won a year’s supply of electricity!

World Grand Prix Darts Championships

The partypoker.com World Grand Prix Darts Championships are currently taking place in Citywest Hotel in Dublin all this week. Thirty-two top darts players are competing for the €350,000 prize fund and all the big names are there - from ten-times World Champion Phil Taylor to Michael van Gerwen to Gary Anderson!

Our reporter Brenda Donohue has never been to a major darts competition, and last night she went along to have her first experience of the legendary atmosphere at these matches.

The Irish were represented by Connie Finnan from Limerick. He lost but Brenda spoke to his sisters, wife and daughters afterwards...

Tickets for the partypoker.com World Grand Prix are still available every day from 5pm at the box office in Citywest Hotel, Thursday €25, Friday €35, Saturday €35, Sunday €40.

Bamboo Bikes

Chris Froome of Great Britain won the 2013 Tour de France on his carbon fibre bike. But is it possible that he could have won the great cycling race on a bicycle made of bamboo?

Sitting in a BBC studio in Oxford is a man who, along with his colleague and the help of some students, has engineered a bike made from bamboo! Dr James Broughton is from the  Joining Technology Research Centre, at Brookes University, and he joins Marty and Brenda to explain how bamboo bikes could revolutionise the cycling industry...

The Bamboo Bike is available to order from a shop in London called Blue Door bicycles (www.bluedoorbicycles.com).

We also spoke to Liam Murray, founder of Woodelo Wooden Bikes, about his bike-making business in Thurles, Co. Tipperary!

Fuel Your School - LEINSTER Winner!

If you’ve been listening to Mooney this week you’ll know that we’ve been announcing the winners of our Fuel Your School competition in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.

We had literally hundreds of entries to the competition to find Ireland’s greenest school – with the coveted prize of having their fuel bills covered for a whole year.

On Monday, Terry Flanagan revealed the Connaught winner was Mullaghroe National School in Gorteen Co. Sligo. On Tuesday Richard Collins reported from Letterkenny that the winner there was Ballyraine National School in County Donegal. Yesterday Éanna Ní Lamhna announced our Munster winners from Ardfert Central National School in County Kerry.

And today, we're joined by Jim Wilson, in our Cork studio, to tell us who has won the prize in Leinster...

And congratulations to Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál NS in Carlow!

The Willoughby Brothers

It is not very often that we have six very handsome men in studio at the same time! But today, Marty and Brenda are joined by Richie, Des, Sammy, Robbie, Johnny and Jerome Willoughby. The brothers – from Coolboy in County Wicklow - are not just easy on the eye! They are also extremely talented singers, and they're in with us today for a tune and a chat!

For more information about The Willoughby Brothers, visit www.thewilloughbybrothers.com

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

Caledonia

Caledonia

The Willoughby Brothers

4:02

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