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    Mooney Tunes Returns!     

    Mooney Tunes, the phenomenally successful Concert Series featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney, and the combined input of his many radio fans, will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in December, 2015.

    This will be the 12th installment of Mooney Tunes, which began in September 2009. In the intervening period, over the 11 concerts to date, as many as 18,000 people have been entertained, over 170 pieces of music have been featured, all performed by around 50 top-class performers and soloists, backed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

    ‘A VERY MERRY MOONEY TUNES’ will take place on Monday, December 7th 2015, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.  And for this show, we are encouraging fans to send us their musical suggestions along the theme of, "movies, musicals and magical memories!"

    We have never been short of magical stories from our audience, accompanying their suggestions for pieces to include in the Mooney Tunes programs. Whether it's a song that reminds you of a loved one, a particular soundtrack from your youth, a theme that evokes a particularly strong memory, let us know. And tell us your story!

    For further information, tune into the all-new The Mooney Show, every Saturday evening from 6pm until 7pm, from Saturday, September 12th on RTÉ Radio 1.

    And keep watching this space for updates and more details!


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    Mooney, Friday December 6th 2013


    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    Find out how you can help Birdwatch Ireland in their annual Garden Bird Survey, tracking the health and well-being of our best loved native birds. We speak to the Kerry woman who has spent six months following Orangutans in the tropical peat swamps of Borneo. And reporter Terry Flanagan gets to the bottom of why rooks and other birds are swallowing and regurgitating small stones!


    BirdWatch Ireland Survey


    The results of last winter's Garden Bird Survey have just been published and Niall Hatch, Development Officer with Birdwatch Ireland is in studio now with the results!

    The Garden Bird Survey for Winter 2014 begins this week, and if you would like to take part in the survey, you can find full details by visiting To take part in the survey by submitting your results online, click here, or to download the survey form to print out and send back, click here.

    We’ve spoken on air in the past about the Bird Atlas project, and the massive book that is the culmination of all those years of hard work has finally just been published. It’s a truly landmark publication and will form the basis for bird conservation policy and legislation both in Ireland and in Britain for the next 20 years. It runs to 720 pages, weighs 3.9kg and gives details of the distribution, abundance and population changes for all the birds that occur here.

    You can find more information about the book itself at


    Orangutans Of Borneo

    The mysterious red ape, the Orangutan, has much in common with another Great Ape - Man. The Orangutan is said to be a very 'wise' animal. The island of Borneo is one of the last outposts for the Orangutan – and Kerrywoman Marina Mulligan has just returned from there.

    She is a Zoology graduate from University College Cork and, for the last six months, she has worked in Borneo as an 'Orangutan Intern'! She joins us today from the Radio Kerry studios in Tralee...

    For more information about the Outcrop project, visit


    The Rook That Eats Stones

    This week, Terry Flanagan went to meet a listener in Co. Meath who has crows coming to her garden every year (October - November) and EATING the stones on her driveway. She wanted to know why birds do this...

    The stone-eating rook

    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.


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