Mooney, Wednesday December 18th 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!

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We speak to the Boston academic who's devised the world's toughest tongue twister, consultant neurologist Dr. Martin Rutledge will have advice on how to treat headaches, and we’ve an update on our Word of The Year...

Mooney's Merry Messages!

Mooney's Merry Messages!

Christmas is a special time when, if we’re lucky, we get to spend precious moments with the friends and family we love.

For many that means making the long trip home – or jetting off to foreign parts to be with our nearest and dearest. But for others, being together is simply not an option.

Whatever YOUR situation, here on Mooney we want to help make your Christmas the best ever. On Monday, Brenda will be out in Dublin Airport waving off the travellers and welcoming back those returning home.

And if YOU can’t be with the one you love, we want you to send us in your Christmas message to them, along with a request for a piece of music that means something special to you at this time of year.

You can send a text to 51551 whilst the programme is on air (3-4.30pm, Monday - Friday) or you can e-mail or tweet us anytime: or @MooneyShow. Tell us your story, send us your message and we’ll do the rest on Mooney’s Merry Messages – this coming Monday from 3pm.

Mooney Word Of The Year

Mooney Word Of The Year

Almost exactly one month ago, Mooney producer Olan McGowan was in studio to talk about the "word of the year".

The people at Oxford English dictionary had announced their word of the year as the word "selfie". And over the last week or so, that particular word has been all over the press again because of Barak Obama, and his attempt at a "selfie" at Nelson Mandela's funeral.

We have our own Mooney "Word Of The Year" competition running at the moment. We have received a few suggestions already, and we are going to announce the winner on our first day back in 2014, which will be Thursday, January 2nd.

And Olan is back in studio today to take just through a few of the words that have come in already...

One of the suggestions that came in was 'shelfie' - ie someone who is likely to be left on the shelf! So here's Derek 'shelfie selfie'!



Hangovers From Hell

Have you ever woken up with no way to hold your head that didn’t hurt? Well, chances are some of you WILL in the next few days.

'Tis the season, as they say, to be 'merry'!

Off-licences and supermarkets will be busy in the next seven days as people stock up on beer, spirits and wine for Christmas Day.

Lots of workers are having Christmas parties, and groups of friends will attempt the 'Twelve Pubs of Christmas' where you have one drink in each of twelve bars. And at the end of it all, there will be lots of sore heads!

Depending on who you ask there are lots of hangover remedies: a greasy fry, a bottle of Coke or Lucozade - and of course there's 'the hair of the dog that bit you'.

But for a more scientific approach, we are joined in studio today by headache expert Dr Martin Ruttledge, Consultant Neurologist in Beaumont, The Mater and The Hermitage Clinic in Lucan.

If you have questions for Martin about headaches or migraines you can text them to 51551 or e-mail

Dr. Martin's tip is to moderate your alcohol in take, and if you do over-do it, drink plenty of fluids and eat. Unless it is terrible, there is no need for pain medication.

Tongue Twisters

We have talked about tongue twisters on this programme before and you sent in lots of them! You sent me in "Can I cook a proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot?" and "The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick"...


A flea and a fly in a flue Said the fly "Oh what should we do" Said the flea" Let us fly Said the fly "Let us flee" So they flew through a flaw in the flue

Well we have a new one for you today!

It is "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod". It was written by Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Principal Research Scientist from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute Of Technology in the USA.

Earlier today, Mooney researcher Michele Browne went out and tried to get the good people of Dublin to say a few tongue twisters, and we chat to Stefanie live from MIT to find out why a serious academic is spending time writing tongue twisters!

Mammy Taxi

Mammy Taxi

Well, part of a parent's job, the dropping off and collecting of your little loved ones from all their various activities. Whether it's football training, ballet classes, band practice, birthday parties, piano lessons, swimming lessons, Chinese classes, taekwondo and the list goes on and on.

Denise Lyons could be called a panto Mum - four of her five girls are in shows this Christmas. Lisa (15), Ali (12), Clara and (7) are all in Annie in the National Concert Hall, from December 27th until January 3rd. That’s a lot of driving and collecting between the show itself, rehearsals, costume fittings etc...!

Yesterday evening Brenda met one such mum, Denise Lyons, who will spend most of her Christmas on the road as a mammy taxi...


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.

UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service ( to report such activity.

BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

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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Music Played on the Show

Wordy Rappinghood

Wordy Rappinghood

Tom Tom Club


Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

Kris Kristofferson


Joe Le Taxi

Joe Le Taxi

Vanessa Paradis


You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

Lisa, Ali And Clara Lyons


You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

Hard Knock Life




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