Mooney, Thursday July 31st 2014

On Mooney today, with Olan McGowan...

On Mooney today, with Olan McGowan...

Rachel Doyle, the first Irish president of the International Garden Centre Association will be in studio - as will Michael Sheridan, with all the latest motoring news. And Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh sees the capital from a different angle as she cruises across Dublin Bay...

Motoring News, With Michael Sheridan

Motoring News, With Michael Sheridan

Olan is joined in studio this afternoon by RTÉ motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan, to discuss some of the latest developments in the motoring world, including the new N plates for drivers who pass their driving test that come into effect tomorrow, new NCT changes, penalty points being increased for some offences, driverless cars, cyclist-friendly trucks and 'Geo-fencing'!

Annual Congress Of The International Garden Centres Association

Annual Congress Of The International Garden Centres Association

The weather is warm and overcast, in Dublin anyway - perfect weather for doing a spot of gardening!  But if your garden is looking a little 'drier' and 'crispier' than usual, help is at hand...

Rachel Doyle joins Olan in studio this afternoon. Rachel is the Managing Director of the Arboretum Garden Centre in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow and is also the President of the International Garden Centres Association, the first Irish President in fact!

She’s a busy lady as she’s also the woman responsible for bringing their Congress to Ireland in two weeks time when 230 Garden Centre Owners from 21 different countries will descend on Ireland.

She joins Olan to chat about the Annual Congress, tell us about productive plants that help us become better workers - and to answer your gardening questions!

If you have gardening questions for Rachel, you can text them to 51551 or e-mail

The product that Rachel mentions to help keep potted plants moist is called Swell Gel (

The Arboretum in Carlow

The Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven, in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow, is a family run business on a ten-acre site, employing 76 staff. For further information, including directions to get there, please visit

PRESS RELEASE: Productive Plants - Desk plants proven to increase employee productivity and reduce stress

We all know that plants have many great benefits, including being good for the environment, creating clean air, healing properties etc. but a study* has revealed that our green friends can in fact have more of an impact on our daily lives than we first thought! Plants have now been proven to be a contributing factor to increased employee productivity – the study shows that those who have plants on or around their desks respond positively and it is reflected in their work productivity.

According to a study by Helen Russell**, not only do plants have the ability to improve the air quality indoors, they can also reduce stress which, in turn increases productivity. This study showed that those in an environment surrounded by plants suffered from a lower level of stress than those in an area without. It was also discovered that those in an area with plants, recovered quicker from stressful scenarios and situations than those without, meaning they could get back to work more efficiently.

Focus and attention span were other aspects investigated in a Journal of Environmental Horticulture*** study. It was found that indoor plants aided employees to complete their work more efficiently and with more focus and that productivity increased by 12%.

* The NASA 'Clean Air Study'

**Helen Russell, Surrey University

*** Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Washington State University Study

Here are just some plants recommended as office or desk plants:

Spider Plant

This one is perfect for counter tops or high shelves due to its low maintenance nature and fondness of shade – it will even survive in your windowless cubicle!


Proven to be one of the top plants for purifying the air and getting rid of excess carbon dioxide, the philodendron only needs to be watered about twice a week and therefore is the perfect office companion.

Peace Lily

This is a great indoor plant – not only is it aesthetically pleasing, it is also a great source of clean air. A study carried out by NASA showed that this peaceful plant improves air quality in its surrounding environment.


These pretty perennials hail from the Mexican deserts and are used to warm, indoor climates. Not only are they attractive to look at, they are both disease and pest resistant and require little watering – in fact, the most common cause of death for Yucca’s is by over-watering.

Cactus Plants

Cacti are a well established member of the team when it comes to office plants! These prickly plants are often seen on window sills and desks in workplaces due to their near self-sufficient nature. Just water them occasionally and make sure no one pricks themselves on their spikes.

The Annual Congress of the International Garden Centres Association is an annual Congress held for one week between August and October, each year in a different host country. This comprises of a business meeting, which elects officals and administers the affairs of the Association, a concentrated business study tour and an excellent social programme. For further information, click here.

Dublin Bay Cruises

This morning, our reporter Bláthnaid ni Chofaigh went cruising around Dublin - literally! Dublin Bay Cruises sail once a day from Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Dublin City Centre, seven days a week. Bláthnaid hopped on board to find out more about the cruises...

For more information about the cruises, visit

View from onboard the Dublin Bay Cruise vessel

View from onboard the Dublin Bay Cruise vessel

Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney onboard the Dublin Bay Cruise vessel

Dr Liam Lysaght's Wild Ireland Tour

The Tour de France has just finished, an epic race, which dates back 101 years. Last year, 2013, was the centenary. But on Friday, another epic cycle will get underway here in Ireland. The journey will take the entire month of August, and it will cover 3200 km, all around the coast of Ireland.

But it will feature just one cyclist, who happens to be a very good friend of Mooney Goes Wild!

That cyclist is Dr. Liam Lysaght, director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre in Waterford. He sets off tomorrow, August 1st, from the National Biodiversity Data Centre, and over the course of the month, will cycle through fourteen of Ireland's counties. He joins us this afternoon from RTÉ's Waterford studio...

To find out more about Dr Liam Lysaght's biking tour of Ireland's wildlife, visit

Singles Night Out!

Singles Night Out!

We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

Search For A Child Star Finalists

Search For A Child Star Finalists

Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.

The finalists, in no particular order, are:

- Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
- Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
- Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
- Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
- Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind

The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.


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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