Mooney, Tuesday March 11th 2014



It's day one of Cheltenham, and Derek is joined by horse racing reporter, Michael Fortune, to study the form ahead of today's big race, the Champion hurdle. Brenda Donohue gets her dancing shoes on and discovers social jiving, the new dance craze arising from the growing popularity of modern country music. And ornithologist Eric Dempsey talks about what YOU can do to help your local birdlife flourish this spring!

Racing From Cheltenham

Racing From Cheltenham

We'll be keeping an eye on all today's racing action from Cheltenham, in the company of RTÉ Racing's Michael Fortune and Barry Orr from Betfair. Tony Hehir will provide commentary on the 15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1), and the 1600 OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2). For more information on RTÉ's coverage of the Cheltenham Festival, visit

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 11th 2014

True or false: Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy are both famous jockeys?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

ROI: 1515 71 72 00

NI: 0901 293 3501

text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.

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, (06/03/14). 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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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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RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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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 are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean International 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!

All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! The closing date is Friday, March 21st 2014 at 14:00.

The prize includes:

  • Return flights for two persons from Dublin to Orlando.
  • One pre-night three-star hotel stay in Orlando.
  • Seven-night Caribbean Cruise, sailing on Royal Caribbean International in a standard or oceanview stateroom (subject to availability).
  • All meals included (except speciality dining) evening entertainment, Casino Royale Movie Theatre access, use of the swimming pool and fitness centre.

For more information on how to enter the competition, click here.


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.

Gay Byrne Dates Moved

Listeners of a certain vintage will recognise that music – it is of course the theme tune that accompanied Gay Byrne’s radio programme which ran on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1972 to 1999 – first as the Gay Byrne Hour and subsequently as The Gay Byrne Show.

He is – without a doubt – a legend amongst broadcasters – and still has a jazz programme on RTÉ lyric fm on Sundays (Sunday With Gay Byrne).

Uncle Gaybo!

Gay was due to play the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney tomorrow Wednesday 12th and The Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Thursday 13th.

Both dates are sold-out but – we’re very sorry to hear that Gaybo is ill with a ferocious cold and because of that he will not be able to perform on those dates.

The good news is that organisers  have managed to move both shows to new dates and Gay Byrne will now appear at the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney on Wednesday, April 23rd, and the Ramor Theatre, Virginia on Thursday, April 24th.

So if you know anyone who has tickets for these events please let them know so they can make arrangements – and from all of us here on Mooney, we wish Gaybo the very best for a speedy recovery!

Springtime For The Birds

Springtime For The Birds

Spring has sprung! The daffodils are out. The evenings are getting longer. Met Eireann say we’re going to have this mild, dry weather for the next few days with – shock horror – even a little sunshine! So what does this mean for our birds? Ornithologist Eric Dempsey, from the Birds of Ireland News Service (BINS) is studio with us to explain...


- Clean out existing nestboxes NOW!
- If you are erecting a new nestbox, make sure it is facing North or North East.  Birds won’t occupy a South-facing nestbox as it’s too warm for them.
- Reduce the number of feeders in your garden.  You don’t have to remove them altogether.
- If you have a problem with birds attacking windows or mirrors, it’s because it’s mating season. Young males are defending their territories and are fighting their reflections, thinking they are rival males. Try to cover up the reflection for the next few weeks.

Spring Migrant Workshop

Eric will be hosting a Spring Migrant workshop next month. It's on April 12th from 9.30am-5.00pm in Sycamore Hill near Newcastle in Wicklow.  It will start with an indoor workshop on how migrants get here, how they deal with the weather etc. Then there is lunch and then there is a field trip to the Wicklow Coast to look for migrants like Wheat Ears, Swallows, Sand Martins and Warblers. Full details on Cost is €75 To book a place e-mail Eric at:


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.

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.


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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