Mooney, Wednesday October 16th 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.


We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to

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...

On Mooney today, with Marty Morrissey...

Marty's special guest is Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé, as he brings down the curtain on his inter-county career. Brenda Donohue catches up with a bunch of Swiss students - the latest winners of our Journey's On Us initiative. And we introduce you to rising star Hannah Roddy - the young girl from Ratoath with the BIG voice!

The Journey's On Us: Swiss Students

The Journey's On Us: Swiss Students

Mooney has hooked up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey's On Us" initiative. This is where 100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return rail journey to anywhere in the country. We particularly like this initiative as it allows voluntary, sports and charity groups to have a fun day out and not one that will break the bank.

ALL the winners been chosen and throughout the summer, many groups have been availing of their prize and travelling the Irish Rail Network, having a fun day out.

Recently, our reporter Brenda Donohue met a group of students from Switzerland who won a return trip from Dublin to Belfast... They were led by Palmerstown woman Denise Kelly, and Brenda met Denise and the students at 8am in Connolly Station, before they boarded the train for Belfast...

Study On Living Near Airports

Study On Living Near Airports

You might think that living near the airport has its advantages - for instance, you’re always only a short taxi fare away from a spontaneous weekend break! However, a new study claims that living in the vicinity of an airport can have negative effects, and can even lead to greater risk of heart disease and stroke.

Audrey Donohue joins Marty in studio today to explain more...

Singer Hannah Roddy, Aged 11

Singer Hannah Roddy, Aged 11

On Saturday night, Marty was at a Strictly Come Dancing fundraising event in Croke Park, trying to raise a few bob for St Maur’s GAA Club. And, after the interval, a singer took to the stage who was simply AMAZING!!

Her name is Hannah Roddy, she's from Ratoath in County Meath, and when she was only nine, she sang Imelda May’s Johnny Got A Boom Boom on The Late Late Toy Show!

Fast forward two years, and today Hannah Roddy and her mum Maebh Roddy, join Marty and Brenda in studio today!

And if you'd like to hear more of Hannah, she will be singing at a fashion show in Trim Castle tomorrow for the charity 'Aoibheann's Pink Tie', which a Dad set up after his little girl died of cancer. She will also appear at the Liberty Hall concert on Saturday night and then her panto at Christmas.

Tomás Ó Sé

Tomás Ó Sé

"The raiding Ó Sé" - Tomás Ó Sé, of course - is one of the greatest defenders that Gaelic Football has produced. He has five All-Ireland winning medals to show for a fifteen-year career in the green and gold of Kerry! Tomás Ó Sé decided to hang up his boots earlier this month, and he’s in our Cork studio today for a chat...

Gaelic For Mothers

Gaelic For Mothers

Staying with Marty's favourite topic, Gaelic Games, have you heard of the G4M? It sounds a bit like the 'G8', but it’s an altogether different sort of summit!

G4M stands for Gaelic For Mothers, and this Saturday 1,000 GAA-mad Mums will convene on the Naomh Mearnóg Club in Portmarnock for their annual 'national blitz'.

The Mums represent 83 clubs from 20 different counties and it is one of the highlights of the Ladies Football Calendar.

Grandmother Sally Geraghty, from Oranmore in Co. Galway, will be playing on Saturday and she is on the line today to tell us more about it...

For more information about Gaelic4Mothers & Others (or G4M+0 as it's sometimes called), then click here to read a booklet all about the initiative!

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.


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

Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom Prison Blues

Johnny Cash


Johnny Got A Boom Boom

Johnny Got A Boom Boom

Hannah Roddy


I Have Nothing

I Have Nothing

Hannah Roddy


River Deep Mountain High

River Deep Mountain High

Hannah Roddy




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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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