Mooney, Tuesday December 3rd 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...

On Mooney today...

Brian Kennedy pays tribute to Joni Mitchell, Jim Clarken tells us about Oxfam's 12 Days Of Giving campaign, Fergus Sweeney chats about how Glasgow is preparing to host the Commonwealth Games next year, and Eanna ni Lamhna takes a walking tour of Edinburgh in the company of Blue Guide Maggie McLeod!

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 looked for Ireland's favourite couple - and that couple could win a dream trip to San Francisco, worth a whopping €10,000!!!

The winning couple will be revealed in the Sunday World on December 22nd, and on Mooney on Christmas Day. Good luck to everybody who entered!

Mooney Tunes 9

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.

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

Brian Kennedy, Joni Mitchell & Dreams!

The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell celebrated her 70th birthday last month, and to mark that milestone, our very own Brian Kennedy has released an album of her songs, as a tribute to this musical genius.

A Love Letter To Joni contains ten of his favourite Joni Mitchell songs, and Brian joins Derek in studio today to chat about putting the album together, performing with Joni - and his love of dream analysis!

For more information on Brian and his new album, visit

Oxfam’s 12 Days Of Giving Campaign

Oxfam’s 12 Days Of Giving Campaign

According to the papers today, a global survey has found Ireland to be the most generous nation in Europe, and the fifth most giving in the world. The World Giving Index 2013 measured altruism in terms of direct donations to charity, volunteering personal time and helping strangers.

It is timely news as we are joined in studio today by Jim Clarken, CEO of Oxfam, who tells us about Oxfam’s Twelve Days of Giving Campaign...

If you would like to donate, phone 1850 30 40 55 (ROI) or 0800 0 30 40 55 (N.I.) or visit for more information on the 12 Days Of Giving campaign.


Glasgow's Preparations For The Commonwealth Games

Derek saw a report on TV some months ago about how a temporary athletics track was being constructed at Hampden Park for next year's Commonwealth Games. It was quite a unique building project, and he mentioned to our colleague Fergus Sweeney that he might like to find out more about it during our visit to Scotland.

At the time, Fergus dismissed it as "nothing special" - but he's in studio today to eat humble pie...

Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 

Athlete's Village for Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

Edinburgh Walkabout

Edinburgh Walkabout

Mooney had a *fantastic stay* in Glasgow, courtesy of and Aer Lingus Regional. It was a very sad time to be there of course, as news broke of the nine people who lost their lives in Glasgow's Clutha Bar following a police helicopter crash.

But Glasgow is a lovely city, and Derek really enjoyed walking around it and talking to some of the people there.

We didn’t JUST stay in Glasgow though. We travelled to Birnam in Perthshire to learn about beavers, Derek travelled to Paisley outside Glasgow to learn about Highland Cattle (and you can hear all about Highland Cattle during a special show on December 27th), Katriona travelled to Leith to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – AND we went to the capital of Scotland: Edinburgh!

Eanna ni Lamhna and her husband Johnny took a walking tour of Edinburgh and their 'Blue Badge' guide was the lovely Maggie McLeod...

For more informaton about Maggie's tours, visit


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



Brian Kennedy


Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi

Joni Mitchell


Little Green

Little Green

Brian Kennedy




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