Mooney, Wednesday February 19th 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 that ... 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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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We hear about the woman who was buried in a coffin with her favourite brand of coffee emblazoned on the side – is such advertising in bad taste? And comedian Conal Gallen joins us for a chat and some laughs!

Meeting The Pope

Derek is a bit peeved that singer Nicole Scherzinger got to meet the Pope this week, as he explains why to Brenda...

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!

Advertising On Coffins

We've spoken before on the show about coffins. Some people want to be buried in opulent mahogany caskets with plush lining, some want a cardboard box, some want biodegradable coffins and some want to simply be wrapped in a cloth before being lowered into the ground.

But one of the most unusual coffins we've ever seen was featured in the newspapers on Monday. The wooden coffin is burgundy and features the white logo of 'Costa Coffee' on the side.

The words 'one shot, extra hot skinny latte' are written on the side of the coffin, the drink of choice of the deceased woman, Karen Lloyd from Swindon in the UK

Well it got us thinking... is this bad taste? Are there some places that should be sacred and advertising-free? Where are the most 'unusual' places you have come across advertising?! You can text your views to 51551, tweet @MooneyShow or e-mail mooney@rte.ie.

For more on this, we're joined in studio by Michael Cullen, who is the Editor of Marketing Magazine, and by Jonathan Stafford, who is the Managing Director of Staffords Funeral Directors, and is a third-generation undertaker.

The company who made the Costa coffin are called Colourful Coffins, and they are based in England. Here are some more examples of their work:

 

Conal Gallen's Bit On The Side

We're going to lighten the mood and have some fun with a good, old fashioned gag man! The last time Conal Gallen was on the show, two years ago, he took part in our attempt to set a world record for the most jokes in a minute.

Conal Gallen

Conal Gallen told 17 jokes, which was only two less than the official Guinness world record which was set by Liverpudlian, Sean Styles. Well Conal's one man show A Bit On The Side is in the Olympia on Saturday, March 1st, so we've invited him in today to brighten the mood in studio!

For more information on A Bit On The Side, visit www.olympia.ie/whats-on/a-bit-on-the-side-starring-conal-gallen.

How To Become A Child Star!

Here on Mooney, we are trawling the country for talented children who are confident performers – to find Ireland’s next child star. The competition is open to boys AND girls – as long as you're 10 years old or under. To enter all you have to do is record a piece that's no more than three minutes long, tell us where you're from and how old you are - and entries must come in to us via parents or guardians.

You can record it on your iPhone, smart phone, computer, or in a studio – whichever is available to you.

Then e-mail your entry to mooney@rte.ie, putting "SEARCH FOR A CHILD STAR" in the subject field.

Remember, the competition is open to children 10 years old or under. Tell us where you're from and give us a phone number so that we can get in touch with you! Make sure you have the consent of your parent or guardian.

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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