Mooney Monday 10 February 2014


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.

***STOP PRESS*** Dawn Chorus Picks Up Another Award!

We're thrilled to let you know that on Friday, October 7th, the Dawn Chorus won the Innovation Award at the PPI Radio Awards in Kilkenny!

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Mooney presented by Brenda Donohue

Brenda meets the savvy women behind Ireland's brightest wedding website,

Our Mooney's Monday quiz will have a special theme of LOVE!

And, we look back at Sunday's massive open audition for Ireland's latest boy/girl pop band. - Wedding Website - Wedding Website

Well, ‘tis the season as they say – to plan a wedding!

Hotels up and down the country are hosting wedding fairs at the minute - and they’re trying to entice brides-and-grooms-to-be with the quirkiest, most elegant or best-value deals around. Most summer brides will buy their wedding dress around now… and the start of the New Year sees engaged couples ramp up their efforts to tick everything off the list before the Big Day.

Naoise McNally is the Managing Editor of, a wedding website that has gone from being a hobby into a full-time business, employing eight people.

The website is updated 3 or 4 times a day. It’s like a really professional blog. They feature photoshoots of ‘quirky’ weddings from Ireland and around the world which can offer lots of fashion/venue/design tips for brides.

The second part of the website is their 21 ‘advertising partners’ – they are all listed on the right-hand side of the webpage. They are people like photographers, hairdressers, boutiques, planners, florists, accessory shops etc. OneFabDay won’t just partner up with anybody, the partner must fit the ‘ethos’ of OneFabDay. The partner pays an annual fee to be listed and they can ‘pitch’ to be featured in ‘free’ feature articles on the website. All the editorial content of OneFabDay is original.  Check out

Also there was mention during the programme of interfaith marriages and second marriages and if you would like more information on ceremonies which are not traditional Church ceremonies, there are 14 One Spirit Interfaith Ministers in Ireland. Many people want more than a civil ceremony but don't want to go down the traditional Religious route.  For more information see



The Nolans

The Nolans

Long before the Spice Girls, B*Witched and the Sugarbabes, The Nolan Sisters were the biggest girl group in Britain and Ireland.

The 6 sisters, with roots in Dublin, were one of the first pop acts from Ireland to achieve international success. In fact there was a time, in the Late 70’s and Early 80’s when the Nolan sisters were regular guests on show like Top of The Pos, The Two Ronnies and Morecombe and Wise.

The Nolans may have come across as 6 squeaky clean, wholesome Catholic girls but that was far from the truth.

There was a darker side to their story which involved sexual abuse, commercial exploitation and personal tragedy.

Producer/Director David Blake Knox has made a documentary on The Nolans which airs tonight on RTE1 at 9.35.


Barry Wilson - The YouTube Drummer

Barry Wilson - The YouTube Drummer

We were in County Cork last Thursday, broadcasting from the lovely town of Cobh. And one of our guests was Jim Wilson, who is well known to the Mooney Goes Wild audience.

Anyway, after the show, Jim went into his "proud daddy" mode, telling us all about his son, Barry. Barry, a drummer put up a video on YouTube which has now received nearly a million hits. The video features Barry playing along to a song called Levels by Avicii. 

Barry is in our Cork Studio and will demonstrate some of his techniques for us.

To see the YouTube video go to



YouTube Hit

YouTube Hit

We got an email from a listener, Paul Quinn from Co Clare, whose youtube videos have been causing somewhat of a stir lately. His latest one features an acoustic cover of our National Anthem.

His Facebook page contains more information:


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

Music Played on the Show

I'M In The Mood For Dancing

I'M In The Mood For Dancing

The Nolans




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