Mooney, Tuesday March 4th 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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On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne

We hear how one nursing home in Cavan employed innovative design techniques to make the place less institutional and more homely, architect Dermot Bannon tells us about other buildings designed with a user-friendly focus, and we hear about the Rolls Royce which in it’s early days, only travelled the roads at night...

Eurovision Green Room Party

Eurovision Green Room Party

Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.

If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.

  • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
  • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
  • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
  • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

D'Mammy Competition

March is the month for mothers. That's why we here on Mooney want to make this coming Mother's Day extra special for yours. Mooney, the Sunday World and American are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean cruise for your mammy and a friend!

Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter! Get your copy of the Sunday World this Sunday, Sunday 9th, to find out to enter D'Mammy competition!

Mooney's Money

We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

Tuesday, March 4th 2014
True or false: Ireland play Italy in the Six Nations this weekend?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
ROI: 1515 71 72 00
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text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
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Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (04/03/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.
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Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.
Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth cert or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).
1 x Mooney's Money prize winners will win a €1,000 cash prize. (All cash prizes issued to the winner by euro cheque, made payable to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery).

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Employees of RTÉ, Phonovation, Xiam Interactive and their associated partners, companies or suppliers and their immediate family members are not eligible to win/enter.
RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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User-Friendly Buildings

It's the end of the day. Maybe you’ve been working, maybe out shopping – but you can’t wait to turn the key of your own door and 'go home'. But, what if 'your' home is a shared home, a nursing home perhaps? Can you still feel like it’s yours? And can design help?

Today we ask "what makes a house a home?"

Yesterday afternoon, Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden travelled to Cavan Town to visit the dementia unit of the award-winning Esker Lodge nursing home.  Management there have made a huge design effort to make the home more 'homely' and less like an 'institution' of old.  Managing Director Vicky McDwyer met Katriona to talk her throught the simple yet innovative ideas they put in place to improve the lives of its residents.

And we're also joined live in studio by TV Architect Dermot Bannon with his thoughts on the project...

Room To Improve

Room To Improve is back on air next September, and the programme-makers are still looking for applicants. In total, six projects are filmed, and to date, four projects have been selected, so there two slots left. In order to complete the builds on the last two projects in time for transmission, the projects that will be picked will need to be NON planning projects.  And in order to have a substantial enough project to fill an hour of television, they are looking for applicants who have budgets in the €80,000+ bracket. 

They are happy to consider projects from all over the country. To apply call or e-mail COCO television ASAP: 01 497-0817 or

Dermot's Top Tips For Home Renovation!

1) Light: this is the most important thing you can introduce and control in your home. Bedrooms should face East to get the morning light. Rooms that you use in the daytime should face south to get the most light all day long, and the same with patios outside in the garden. Utility rooms, service rooms and storage spaces with small windows (to conserve energy) should all face the North of the house.

2) Function: make sure you have no wasted space. Allow the most generous spaces for rooms your use the majority of time and double up the rooms you barely use.

3) Views: make use of a view, no matter how small. It might even be a church spire down the road - "these are  the things which give a house its' soul"

4) Space: lots of Irish homes have small segregated rooms, but people now prefer large family space. It needs to handle birthday parties and feel cosy when you in front of TV - to do this, Dermot recommends:

- keep your palette of materials really simple. Natural materials like stone and timber should last a lifetime.

- place living and relaxing spaces to the en or outside the open plan spaces.

- zones: use fireplaces, sotves or shelving in the middle of the room like a mini-partition to break up large spaces

- storage: so you don’t have clutter in the open spaces

Classic Car Show

If you have an interest in music (and mayhem), The Late Late Show was the place to be at the weekend. But if you’re into motors, then it’s likely you may have found yourself at the Classic Car Show at the RDS. Michael Lawless went along for Mooney to take a look...

The 1951 Jaguar XK120 owned by Paddy Daly which won Best In Show over the weekend

Rolls Royce Moon Car

1919 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost - which was on display at the Classic Car Show in the RDS over the weekend. This was the car the IRA owned, and only travelled at night.

1972 Ford Granada Ghia owned by Cormac Daly

Ford Granada Ghia

 Michael Lawless' VW Classics: 1970 Beetle and 1971 Microbus

Mooney's Monday Quiz - The Tiebreak

Yesterday we had a bit of a cliffhanger. We ran out of time at the end of the show just as two of our quiz contestants, Katie and Peter, were about to head into a tiebreaker!

The prize is a two-night weekend break to the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris in County Mayo. So today, we play the tiebreak with Katie and Peter to find out who will be heading off for that fabulous break!

Your prize is based on two people sharing one room and includes cocktails on arrival, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel's 'John Gray's restaurant'.

For more information about the hotel, visit

Buggy Exercise

New mothers are getting the fitness bug thanks to an exercise craze that involves babies and buggies. Fitness instructor Ageta Taluc, originally from Poland, has started a Fit'n'Buggy class in Malahide Castle Park, and Herbert Park in Dublin. We sent Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue along to find out more...

For more information about Ageta's Fit Mum prenatal and postnatal classes, visit

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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