Mooney Thursday 24 October 2013

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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!

Mooney Tunes

On 16th of December Mooney Tunes will take place once again in the Bord Gais Energy Theathre - tickets will go on sale on the 4th of November, stayed tuned for more information.

Angelo Merjan

You might have seen the news headlines over the past few days, with the blonde "Roma" child in Tallagh. We wondered what do you know about the Roma Community? Last night Derek spotted an impressive young Roma Man Angelo Merjan. Well intrigued Derek went to North County Dublin and met Angelo while he was on a break from his farm work.

Wexford Opera Festival

Last month we launched a competition for A night at The Opera, Wexford Festival Opera gave us two tickets for the Black-Tie opening night of the festival which was last night and the winners were Catherine Daly her daughter Ailish from Tralee. Katriona was there last night with them as their chaperone.

23 October - 3 November 2013



Leonardo Di Caprio lookalike

Imagine living a life where everywhere you go you're mistaken for Leonardio Di Caprio, well Ben Cornish is one such person. Have a look at his pictures, he joins Derek live in studio.




Making Moments Matter

Derek & producer Fergus Sweeney were in Rush today, and dropped into the local Tesco store. Derek noticed one of the staff members doing something interesting, so he asks Customer Service Assistant Maureen Mc Getlrick & Personal Manager Sandra Smith about their new initiative "Making Moments Matter".

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


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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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