Mooney, Monday October 14th 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!

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On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey

Chef Donal Skehan tells us about his gastronomic tour of Italy, Marty dons a blindfold and finds out how important a white cane is to people with visual impairments, and we’re looking for three players for our Monday quiz...

Mooney’s Monday Quiz

It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

Well, “Mooney’s Monday Quiz” of course!!!

And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

It’s a three-night midweek break in the beautiful Parknasilla Resort and Spa in Sneem in County Kerry.

Your prize includes breakfast on three mornings, an a-la-carte dinner on two evenings of your choice, two half-hour spa treatments – AND a round of golf for two adults!

So, if sounds like something you’d like to win...

... we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan is 27 years old; he is a cook, has written three cookbooks that have been translated into German and Swedish, he's presented two fourteen-part, primetime Irish television cookery programs that have been sold to the UK, France and Brazil and he has just finished a series for Fox network! He's only just back from Italy, meeting a variety of "nonnas" (Italian grandmothers) to try to get their signature dishes, but today he comes into studio to tell Marty about trying to juggle the new books and magazines and TV series!

For more on Donal Skehan, including details of his HomeCooked Tour, visit

Grainne Walsh, Female Microbrewer!

You know what they say: life can be funny sometimes. It can take you in a different direction, both personally and professionally, than what you had planned. Well that’s what happened to Grainne Walsh from Waterford. She started her career working in the IT industry but now is one of only two female micro-brewers in the country.

Metalman Brewing is the brainchild of herself and her partner Tim, real beer enthusiasts, who were frustrated by the lack of availability and choice of authentic tasty Irish beer. This morning, Brenda, very willingly, paid a visit to Metalman Brewing Company, where she met up with Grainne Walsh…

NCBI White Cane Challenge

NCBI White Cane Challenge

The presenter of Mooney gets to speak to lots of interesting people and from time to time he actually gets to leave the studio. That was the case last week when Marty was invited to the Headquarters of the NCBI – the National Council for the Blind of Ireland.

Sight loss affects everyone in different ways. While some people have enough vision to get around independently, others use a mobility aid, such as a white cane, or long cane as it is called in Ireland.

The NCBI asked Marty if he would like to go along and find out, first-hand, what it’s like to cross a busy road, using only a white cane. He thought that would be a bit of a challenge and it would give him an insight into how people with a visual impairment cope with ordinary everyday tasks which sighted people take for granted.

His two guides for the day were Fionnuala Murphy, NCBI Communications Manager, and Ann Smith, Mobility Instructor, and today, we hear how he got on...

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



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