Mooney, Tuesday May 13th 2014

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

On Mooney today, with Brenda Donohue...

We hear about the healing power of plants that grow in the wild, we look ahead to the World Cup in Brazil and find out if El Niño might be a factor, Katriona McFadden meets a man who counts raindrops, and we speak to one young Nathan Carter fan about the very special gig he'll be playing at her house this evening...

El Niño To Hit World Cup In Brazil?

If you click the box above, you'll be able to hear the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, We Are One (Ole Ola), which was written and co-produced by Pitbull and features Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte.

It’s funny, but up to now you would hardly know that there is a World Cup just around the corner. Is it because Ireland isn't playing? That might all change now that the Premier League is over.  

The kinds of stories we have been reading about the World Cup are really not to do with football at all - we have been hearing about construction delays, and about whether airports and stadiums will be built on time, and stories of over-spending and corruption, and stories of the safety of visiting tourists...

But there has been precious little of the usual hype in the build up to the World Cup - until yesterday, when we read that meteorologists at the University of Reading have been looking at weather patterns to see if they might impact on England's players.

To find out more, we are joined by Dr Peter Inness, meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology in the University of Reading, and by John Brennan, Sports News Editor with the Sunday World, about his experiences of stifling heat at World Cup football matches...

The Healing Power Of Plants

The Healing Power Of Plants

Every Friday on Mooney Goes Wild we talk about the wonders of nature and the natural world. And nature can be a big help when it comes to our health. Go to any health food shop and you will see natural remedies for all sorts of ailments from headaches to coughs. And many modern medicines are derived from plants. Did you know that aspirin, for example, comes from willow bark?!

TG4 has been running a fascinating series over the last number of weeks, entitled Garraí Glas or 'green gardens/ fields' as Bearla. There are three episodes left. It's on every Tuesday at 8.00pm (so it's on tonight), and it's repeated every Sunday 9.00pm.

And if you’ve been watching you’ll have learned that bogbean helps with the winter blues, coffee can be made with dandelion roots, nettle roots will cleanse the blood and carrageen can be used as a face-mask.

It's fascinating viewing, and the presenter of Garraí Glas, is Síle Nic Chonaonaigh, joins us from our Galway studio this afternoon to tell us more about it... To find out more about the series, and about some of the information contained in the programmes so far, visit And if you have any natural remedies or herblore that you’d like to share with us please text them into 51551 whilst the show is on air, tweet @MooneyShow, or e-mail!

The Men Who Count Raindrops

Thankfully there haven’t been many raindrops falling on our heads in recent days but that doesn’t stop us talking about the weather! Hasn’t it been nice? Will the warm weather stay? Will the summer be good? And we look to Met Eireann and its forecasters for guidance.

But did you know that they rely, in part, on a team of volunteers throughout the country?!

A team of 'Weather Observers' record weather measurements and send them to Met Éireann in Glasnevin to help them with their job. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden went to meet one of them, Martin Sweeney, at his home in Straide in Co. Mayo...

Nathan Carter House Party

Nathan Carter House Party

Cast your mind back to January 30th when the Garth Brooks tickets went on sale, and all the Garth fever and mania that ensued. Brenda was up in Dungannon at 7am, outside Stewarts music shop with fans, and we broadcast the show from Derry.

With the day that was in it, we were discussing the popularity of country music and who should call the show but Ireland's hottest county music star Nathan Carter and he offered to do a House Party for a Mooney listener.

Needless to say we were inundated with people wanting Nathan and his band to put on a show in their front room! Well we have a winner, and tonight’s the night of the Mooney House Party with Nathan Carter!

Ballymahon, Co Longford is the place to be and thanks to her e-mail to us, 11-year-old Brona Cox is going to have her wish come true when she gets to meet Nathan! Brenda chats to Brona ahead of the House Party tonight!

National Dawn Chorus Day

National Dawn Chorus Day will take part on Sunday, May 18th 2014.  If you are part of a group who will be taking part in a Dawn Chorus event in your local area, and want to register your event with us, please send full details - name, contact number, what will be happening and where, to, with the subject line 'Dawn Chorus 2014'. And who knows, we may contact you during our Dawn Chorus broadcast!

Where will you be on National Dawn Chorus Day?

For more information on the various events that BirdWatch Ireland will be hosting as part of Dawn Chorus Day, click here.

Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow!

Return Of The Genealogy Roadshow!

The Genealogy Roadshow is back for a brand new series! RTÉ’s The Genealogy Roadshow is now an international hit series. PBS in America has already broadcast a US version of the show shot in Detroit, San Francisco, Nashville and Austin, Texas. Season 2 of the US show is on the way. The original Irish programme is returning to screens on May 11th with a brand new series full of amazing stories. Once again the people of Ireland are the stars of the show. The series is be presented again by Derek Mooney. It began last night on RTÉ One (click here to watch it back on the RTÉ Player), and the second episode of the three-part series will air next Sunday at 7pm on RTÉ One.

The Roadshow's crack historical and genealogical team help people trace their family’s roots and discover surprising stories from the past. People from all four provinces got to know the truth about tragic events, infamous ancestors and famous cousins.

Thousands of people contacted the show with questions. Some wanted to know if they were related to someone famous. Others wanted to solve mysteries going back generations. Others had heart-breaking adoption stories and tales of families ravaged by war.

The Genealogy team set out to help these people fill in the blanks. The mission was to answer the questions, solve the riddles and uncover the truth. Some people get the news they want but not every tale has a happy ending. In this series, there are tears of pride and joy, as well as fantastic surprises.

The Genealogy Roadshow also sheds light on the people history has forgotten. The team look at local and national events and ask who didn’t get the credit they deserve? They also take a look at people and events you think you know, but tell the stories you haven’t heard before.

This year the show has added technology to the bag of tricks. Historians and witnesses from around the world are able to beam in directly to the roadshow to give expert testimony and corroborate evidence.

Some of the stories involve Irish people in far flung places:

Irish immigrants starting a new life in Argentina were part of an international crisis as thousands were scammed out of their life savings and left stranded in a strange land;

An innocent Irish girl was gunned down in a Canadian frontier town, caught up in a local blood feud;

A Wexford man was spared a terrible fate at Custer’s Last Stand, only to be forgotten by history, until now;

A Longford woman went to America and became a notorious criminal in the era of Al Capone.

Some of the stories are closer to home:

After years of listening to his father’s stories, a Dundalk man finds out once and for all if he is related to St. Oliver Plunkett;

A Cork man discovers that his relatives were saved from the gallows by none other than Daniel O’Connell in a famous trial;

The tale of an Orangeman’s wife who kept her Catholic identity a secret, even from her family, for her whole life;

And there’s even some myth-busting in this series as the team delve into the mystery of 'The Lost Village of Audleystown' to see if there’s any evidence to back up the story of a village full of families who were forcibly migrated to the USA by a wicked land owner who levelled their homes.

This original Irish programme is back on your screens from this Sunday, May 11th at 7pm, on RTÉ One.


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

Music Played on the Show

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

B.J. Thomas (Vocal)




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