Mooney, Tuesday January 14th 2014

***MOONEY GOES WILD WINS ROSE D'OR AWARD!!***

The prestigious annual Rose D'Or Awards (now in their 55th year) honour the very best of international radio, TV and online entertainment programmes, and the awards ceremony took place last night (Tuesday, September 13th 2016).  Over 400 programmes from more than 130 broadcasters and production companies in 33 different countries were submitted for this year’s Rose d’Or awards.  For the first time, a new competition category, 'Radio Event Of The Year' was created.  We entered European Dawn Chorus in this category, and we're absolutely delighted to let you know drumroll... WE WON!!! We're absolutely thrilled to pieces, and a massive thanks to all our EBU and BirdLife International partners, we couldn't have done it without you!  Click here to read more about the 2016 Rose D'Or awards (in which legendary funnyman John Cleese picked up the Lifetime Achievement award), and click here to relive - and re-listen to - all the beautiful Dawn Chorus birdsong from right across Europe.

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On Mooney today...

A Date with Doris: we listen to some of the songs and hear about the life of one of Hollywood’s most talented leading ladies, Doris Day. Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes tells us how to protect your personal information, and Brenda Donohue meets the family who came off the housing list after their house was renovated by volunteers...

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

Caring For Garden Birds This Winter

To find out how to care for and attract garden birds, read Jim Wilson's Guide To Garden Birds - CLICK HERE!

A Date With Doris

Whether you are 10 years of age, 30 years of age, 60 or 70 years of age, that movie seems to have eternal appeal. It's probably Doris Day's most celebrated role, playing the part of Calamity Jane in 1953, opposite Howard Keel.

It also features some of Doris Day's greatest musical moments, including The Windy City, The Black Hills Of Dakota and Secret Love.

Well, Aileen Donohue wasn't even born when Calamity Jane first hit the screens. But she was brought up to love and appreciate the enormous talents of Doris Day. In fact, she is such a fan, she's put together a show called A Date With Doris, which is about to go on tour around Ireland, and she joins Derek in studio today to tell us all about it!

A Date With Doris begins on February 13th at Cork Opera House, and continues to tour around the country - for more details about the production, visit www.aileendonohoe.com/see-a-date-with-doris.

Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes

Data Commissioner Billy Hawkes

The writer Gertrude Stein said "everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense". In this age of technology we are bombarded with all kinds of information. And as if we don’t have enough to contend with, people go looking for more.

Yesterday we spoke about the hacking scandal in the UK, where we learnt that the Queen - who’s said to be worth 44 billion pounds sterling – went around the palace marking a line on bowls of nuts to discourage palace staff from eating them!

And of course there are the sinister revelations of Edward Snowden. The former National Security Agency contractor has revealed surveillance like we have never known it before. He exposed a massive, secret U.S. national-security state, and contends information that people gave internet giants such as Facebook, Google and Apple ended up in the hands of the NSA.

The man responsible for safeguarding the data and the privacy of not just Irish or Europeans citizens, but of nearly a billion internet users around the world is Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes. He joins Derek in studio today to tell us about your rights relating to any information that is out there about you...

For more information, click here to visit the website of the Data Protection Commissioner.

Mooney's Tuesday Quiz

It's Mooney, it’s Tuesday ... so it must be time for our Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz! And, we have a seriously GREAT prize up for grabs today...

The Flynn Hotel Group January Room Sale starts on January 17th and for just seven days you can pick up a fantastic deal in any of the four Flynn Hotels on a wide selection of dates from now to June 2014.

Rooms at The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, The Imperial, Cork, The Park Dungarvan and the Old Ground in Ennis will be on sale from just €69 per night for two people sharing including full Irish Breakfast and late check in or check out. The sale is on for a limited time only so log on to www.flynnhotels.com from January 17th to bag yourself a bargain get away!

So to banish the January Blues, we're one listener the chance to win a two night, weekend break away with breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening for two people in any of the four Flynn hotels. You win, you choose!

The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis

You can choose from The Newpark in Kilkenny, The Imperial in Cork, The Park in Dungarvan or the Old Ground in Ennis.

So if that sounds like something you’d like to win...

... we are looking for three contestants to take part in our Quiz today.

To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail mooney@rte.ie

The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today.

You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.

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 (www.npws.ie) 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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