Mooney, Tuesday April 1st 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 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.

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On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

We meet the entrepreneur who’s going from strength to strength since his appearance on Dragon's Den. Find out how unsuspecting wedding guests can end up marrying couples when the solemniser drops out. And Derek asks whatever happened to going Dutch at dinner when it comes to picking up the tab in post-feminist Ireland?

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.

Not Going Dutch

Not Going Dutch

Going Dutch, paying your way, 50/50 - we have been discussing splitting bills on the show for the past few days. Derek mentioned a story that a friend of his told him - he had gone on four dinner dates with a woman and she NEVER offered to pay, she just either went to the toilet or starting texting on her phone when the bill was put down on the table.

Derek asked whether this this ok? Was it normal? Who is expected to pay on a first date?

Brenda Donohue has been delving a little deeper into this and hearing some people's experiences but we have had plenty of reaction ourselves to this dating dilemma.

Would you assume your date would pay for the bill if he or she had asked you on the date? Or would you always insist on going halves? Let us know - e-mail mooney@rte.ie, text 51551 (whilst the show is on air), or tweet us @MooneyShow.

Brenda went to the Brassiere 66 restaurant on South Great George's St in Dublin, to meet diners and find out who's paying for the date, and to have a chat with Elaine Nolan, Manager of Brassiere 66...

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, April 1st 2014

True or false: úll is the Irish word for apple?

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

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Pride Watches

Pride Watches

Dragon's Den is back on our screens again, helping to give entrepreneurs a hand-up with their new ideas. And it is precisely two years since we met Dragon's Den competitor Jason O'Reilly. When two mentors decided to invest in his business, the emotion all got too much for him.

Now Jason’s company is a familiar name to listeners of Mooney. Each week on Mooney’s Monday Quiz we give away a "Mooney PRIDE watch", thanks to Jason whose company is 'Pride Watches', based in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Jason's pitch to the Dragons

Jason joins us in studio today with an update on how his watch business has developed since we first met him - including a very special deal with the soccer game Subbuteo...

And Jason mentioned that all watches are half-price until the end of the week if you mention that you are a Mooney listener!

Solemnising Humanist Marriages

Solemnising Humanist Marriages

The Wedding March is one of the most popular entrance songs for couples getting married, especially in churches. But would you hear it at a humanist wedding? Our Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan may be able to tell us because he’s going to a non-religious service on Friday. Terry is a guest but he could well end up officiating at the service...

His niece is getting married in a hotel on Friday in a humanist service. A couple of weeks ago Terry's niece asked if he would stand in for the solemniser - if he doesn't turn up.

Terry is in studio today and says he’s honoured to be asked. He doesn’t yet know what he’d have to do. And he doesn’t know if it would be legal.

To help answer some of those questions, we're also joined in studio by Brian Whiteside, Director of Ceremonies with the Humanist Association of Ireland...

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

Music Played on the Show

Take Me To Church

Take Me To Church

Hozier

4:17

Son Of A Preacher Man

Son Of A Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield

2:38

Modern Love

Modern Love

David Bowie

4:09

The Wolf Is Getting Married

The Wolf Is Getting Married

Sinéad O'Connor

4:34

Chapel Of Love

Chapel Of Love

The Dixie Cups

2:58

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