Mooney, Wednesday November 6th 2013

This year's Dawn Chorus programme took place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and was a roaring success!  All India Radio producer Monika Gulati sent us a pic of herself sporting our Dawn Chorus beanie!!

May Events

Well whilst our Dawn Chorus programme may have finished for another year, throughout May, events are still taking place around the country to celebrate the beautiful birdsong that our feathered friends provide.  For more information on these events, and on the annual Burren In Bloom festival that takes place from May 18th - 20th, visit our events listings page!  And if you have an event you'd like to let our listeners know about, e-mail

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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.



Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment

On Mooney today...

We speak to the fashion designer who makes garments for the grave, and vet Andrew Byrne will be in studio with advice for pet lovers!

Mooney's Honeymooners, with the Sunday World!

Mooney has teamed up with the Sunday World ( to give one very special couple a second honeymoon! We are looking for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!

Grab a copy of next Sunday's Sunday World, on November 10th, when the competition will be launched, and you'll be able to find out how you can enter!

Mooney Tunes 9 - Ticket Update!

On Monday, December 16th, Mooney Tunes 9 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin!

The ninth concert in our hugely popular series of Mooney Tunes will be a variety Christmas concert with various singers and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Listeners requests will be read out and their songs will be played. There will be love songs, songs you will sing along to, beautiful classical music and lots of Christmassy tunes to get you in the festive mood a week before Christmas!

The Mooney Tunes concerts have been extremely successful, and tickets often sell-out within hours of going on sale. So when do ticket sales begin for Mooney Tunes 9?

The benefit of buying the tickets in person at the theatre box office is that there is no service charge to pay. Tickets are priced from €14.50 and go up to €20, €28, €34 and €39.50, depending on where you are sitting.

Tickets are also on sale online from, Ticketmaster outlets and from the Ticketmaster phonelines:

0818 719 377 - Republic of Ireland Customers
0844 847 2455 - Northern Ireland Customers
00 353 1 456 9569 - International Customers

Tickets bought from online or on the phone are subject to a 12.5% service charge so, for example, that would make the €14.50 ticket, the cheapest ticket, €16.60. If you buy your tickets in person from a Ticketmaster outlet there will be a €2.50 flat fee service charge, and there is no service charge whatsoever if you buy them in person at the box office here at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

But whichever way you choose to get your tickets for Mooney Tunes 9, we suggest that you do it as soon as possible after 3pm, when they go on sale! It's the perfect pre-Christmas concert - but tickets will go early, so get yours as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! For more information about the concert, visit


Vet Andrew Byrne

Mooney vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, joins us in studio today to chat about puppies with rabies, and answers listener queries on mad cats and incontinent dogs.  The incontinence pads for dogs that Derek talked about are called Mikki pads.

Grave Garments

Pia Interlandi is a designer whose range of clothing Garments For The Grave are, you guessed it, to be worn posthumously.

Pia with one of her garments on a (live) model

Mooney researcher Michele Browne goes out and about to ask people what clothes they want to be buried in, and Katriona McFadden, Mooney reporter, meets David Fanagan, a funeral director with Fanagans, to find out how bodies are prepared for funerals.

The idea for Pia's range of clothing came about after the death of her grandfather. Pia is from Australia originally, but today she joins Derek from the BBC studios in Tunbridge Wells...

To find out more about the clothing range, visit

Elvis And Ireland

According to author Ivor Casey, "after Elvis, the world shifted course". Ivor feels that the reach of "The King" went far beyond merely influencing the evolution of music.

'Elvis And Ireland' by Ivor Casey

He has written a book looking at this influence from an Irish perspective. It is called Elvis And Ireland and is full of fascinating details - like the fact that the 'banana' song from the movie King Creole failed to pass the censor here in Ireland!

Derek with Ivor Casey in studio today

Ivor Casey, author of Elvis And Ireland, joins Derek in studio to tell us more! Elvis And Ireland is published by Appello Press, and the RRP is €14. The ISBN is 978-0-9573752-0-8.

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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