Mooney, Friday March 14th 2014

On Mooney Goes Wild today...

On Mooney Goes Wild today...

It's the final day of Cheltenham, and our tipsters are on hand to cover the biggest race of the week, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Environmentalist and filmmaker Dick Warner tells us about his new TV series, celebrating the beauty of Ireland's oldest national Park, Killarney National Park, in County Kerry. We find out about sightings of mammals in Lullymore, in Co. Kildare - and we find out why today is National Pi Day!

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 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1), and the 1600 Cga Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup. For more information on RTÉ's coverage of the Cheltenham Festival, visit

Dick Warner & The Park

As we enter Saint Patrick’s weekend bracing ourselves for lots of garish green and all things kitsch, we want to draw your attention to an oasis of pure Irish beauty in the midst of all the pageantry...

The Park is a new four-part documentary series that will be starting on Sunday night on TV3. The series looks at a true gem in the Irish landscape - something we can all take pride in, as Irish people: Killarney National Park.

The narrator of the series is environmentalist, writer, and broadcaster Dick Warner, who joins us in studio today to tell us more about it...

The Park begins this Sunday, March 16th, at 8pm on TV3. For more information about the series, click here.

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.


National Pi Day

National Pi Day

Today is Pi Day, celebrated throughout the world on March 14th every year to highlight the mathematical symbol that is Pi.

Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, but it’s more important than that. Every circle ever drawn, regardless of its size will always produce the magic number Pi when you divide its circumference by its diameter.

Pi is 3.141592653.

Mooney Goes Wild reporter and science teacher Terry Flanagan is in studio to explain more...

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.

New Mammals In Lullymore

We had an e-mail recently from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, who are based in Lullymore Co. Kildare, to inform us of sightings of two new mammals in the area.

Although both these mammals are resident in other parts of the country, they had not been spotted in that area of Co. Kildare for many years and for both to be recorded at the same time certainly caused a stir at the Centre.

What could be the cause of their appearance and what would be the chance of them colonizing the area? We sent our reporter, Terry Flanagan, off to the bog where he met up with the Education Officer of the IPCC, Nuala Madigan...


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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