Mooney, Tuesday January 28th 2014

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...

We speak to Devon Harris, a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team whose exploits at the Winter Olympics in 1988 were made famous in the film Cool Runnings. Motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan talks about clocking cars, and reporter Brenda Donohue finds out about a Jack Russell dog in Wicklow whose developed a very close friendship with a cat!

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!

Calling Thunder & Lightning!

Calling Thunder & Lightning!

Yesterday, on Mooney's Monday Quiz, one of our contestants was called Ger Thunder! And we thought, what an unusual and wonderful surname! So we would like to gather together as many people who have the surname Thunder, and as many with the surname Lightning, as we can! If your surname is either Thunder or Lightning, get in touch with us:

Wicklow Cat Suckles On Dog

Tom and Jerry never got on this well!

Yesterday, listener Wanda Bourne sent us in this thirty-second video that just has to be seen to be believed. When you watch it, you'll rub your eyes and say "am I correct in what I’m looking at?!"

You see, what was on Wanda's video was her ten-year-old terrier dog Millie, and one of her four-year-old cats, called Indi (after Indiana Jones). Now Indi was contentedly suckling Millie. Indi the cat was having a right good old suckle on Millie – yes, a cat was receiving milk from a dog!

Is this possible? Is it a freak of nature? Is it commonplace? Are Millie and Indi a one-off? Well to answer some of these questions and to find out a little bit more, Brenda showed the video to our very Andrew Byrne, who was in studio yesterday, and she got his take on it...

Brenda visited Wanda in her home in Goldenfort, in Co. Wicklow, to see this most unusual phenomenon with her own eyes...

Wanda with Millie the dog and her cats

Brenda with Wanda, Millie the dog, and the cats

Millie and Indi

Wanda since sent us in a further two videos:

Millie feeding Indi:

And she also told us of the close relationship that both her dog and cats have with her fish!

Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish

Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish

Wanda's cat and goldfish

Garth Brooks Fans Queue For Tickets

Next Thursday, tickets go on sale for tickets to see Garth Brooks on tour. Well for one group of committed fans, the chance of missing out on those tickets is unthinkable, and they've been queueing outside Stuarts Music Shop in Dungannon since Saturday! We talk to owner Raymond Stuart, and one of those fans, Roisin...

Motoring Matters With Michael Sheridan

"Car clocking" is when you change the genuine odometer reading of the car in order to make the car seem like it has driven a shorter distance than it actually has. It may surprise you to learn, that as the law stands right now it is not an offence to clock a car.

In fact, there are even "mileage correction services" which - as one company declares on its website - is a service that "becomes necessary when the mileage on the electronic display differs from the value which you believe to be correct".

However, it is an offense if you go to a car dealership and somebody sells you a car and doesn’t tell you it is clocked. But the actual clocking of the car in itself is ok!

So it is good news for the consumer that a upcoming amendment to the law will for the first time make it an offence to tamper with an odometer.

Motoring Correspondent Michael Sheridan, from RTÉ Online, is in studio to talk about the practice of "clocking" a car...

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

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Stevie Wonder


Friends In Low Places

Friends In Low Places

Garth Brooks


The Dance

The Dance

Garth Brooks




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Presenter: Derek Mooney


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