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    Mooney Tunes returns!        

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th instalment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September, 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTE Concert Orchestra.

    A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on December 7, 2015, at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new Mooney Show, Saturday evenings, 6 PM until 7 PM, from Saturday, September 5 on RTÉ Radio 1

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!

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    Mooney, Friday October 11th 2013

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    On Mooney Goes Wild, with Marty Morrissey

    Eel populations across Europe have plummeted, and there is great concern for the survival of this iconic species. On Mooney Goes Wild, we hear how the ESB is helping on the Shannon, as part of its environmental sustainability drive.

    The venomous "false widow spider" is cropping up around the UK. We ask, "what are the chances this spider could come to Ireland?"

    And, the story of King Bruno, a remarkable chimpanzee from Sierra Leone, as documented by Irish BAFTA -winning filmmaker, Paul Glynn.

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    False Widow Spiders

    If you've seen the movie Arachnophobia, you'll know that there’s never any lack of people ready to queue up to give the poor old spider a bad press. But earlier this week the BBC reported that an amateur soccer player named Steve Harris has been sidelined indefinitely due to a bite from a false widow spider.

    The Daily Mail added more grist to the mill describing how a healthy 31-year-old man collapsed after being bitten several times by this venomous arachnid – and if media reports in the UK are to be believed, the False Widow is on the march with an increase in the number of sightings - and more reports of people being bitten.

    Not to be confused with the Black Widow Spider – its even more dangerous cousin – the False Widow has been resident in Ireland since 1997.

    Arachnologist Myles Nolan is one of Ireland's leading spider experts - and he’s with Marty, Richard and Eanna in the studio today...

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    Eels & ESB Sustainability Report

    The ESB, or Electricity Supply Board, is Ireland's largest energy provider, generating energy from a variety of sources, and distributing it through ESB networks. But if we told you that the ESB had a division called "ESB Fisheries Conservation", would you be surprised?

    We certainly were! ESB Fisheries Conservation actually employs several full-time staff around the country. And amongst their projects is something called the "Shannon Eel Management Programme". The aim of the programme is to help with the recovery of EU eel stocks, in line with a 2007 EU regulation.

    And yesterday, our reporter, Katriona McFadden, drove down to Birdhill, County Tipperary, to meet Tom O’Brien , the ESB's fisheries supervisor.

    The eel management programme is one of a number of projects the ESB is undertaking in the whole area of conservation. And recently, the ESB released the results of its 2012 Sustainability Report.

    Sitting in studio with Marty, Richard and Eanna today to take us through the findings of the is Colm de Burca, ESB Safety and Sustainability Manager...

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    Kildanogue Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lots of people in organisations throughout the country work to improve conditions for our flora and fauna.

    One such group are based deep in County Tipperary and for the last number of years they have struggled to collect funding to create a wildlife sanctuary.

    Well, their efforts have paid off!

    The Kildanogue Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Reserve is now open and recently our reporter Terry Flanagan headed down to the Premier County where he met up with Dr Douglas Butler...

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    King Bruno, Chimpanzee

    Since 2006 there has been a lot of debate among the citizens of Freetown in Sierra Leone as to whether a large and intelligent chimpanzee called Bruno has been spotted in the nearby hills.

    Opinion varies wildly amongst locals as to what exactly became of the well known chimp. Some say he has been killed by the CIA. Others, that he was abducted for his sperm. There are many theories, but nothing concrete.

    As a baby chimp, Bruno was orphaned by hunters. This is not an unusual story for the dwindling population of chimpanzees in Sierra Leone, where chimps have been sold for bush meat and their orphaned children sold as pets.

    Bruno was lucky. In 1989 he was bought for 30 dollars, raised by humans and very much cherished – so much so that his owner built a chimpanzee sanctuary. But then, one day, tragedy struck. A large group of chimpanzees – led by Bruno - escaped from a sanctuary. In the process, a man was maimed and another man was killed.

    Bruno he has never been found since.

    Now when an Irish filmmaker from Dublin was visiting Freetown in 2006 he became fascinated with the story of Bruno. He returned to Sierra Leone several times to seek out those who think they spotted the chimpanzee, and he has even published a children’s book telling his story.

    The filmmaker in question, Paul Glynn, joins us from the BBC Studios in London to tell us more about the legendary chimp...

    For more information, visit www.kingbruno.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.

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    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

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