Mooney, Thursday August 14th 2014

Dawn Chorus 2018

This year's Dawn Chorus programme will take place on Sunday, May 6th 2018, and will be broadcast from across Europe and beyond between midnight and 7am!  For more information, click here.

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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.

Events & Listings

Click here for a full list of events taking place around the country, and movies currently on release, which might be of interest to wildlife lovers!

Nature LIVE

On Sunday May 6th, 2018, RTÉ's Wild Island season goes international as Derek Mooney hosts one of the most ambitious LIVE natural history programmes ever undertaken. Broadcasting live from six countries across Europe, Nature LIVE will showcase some of the continents most extraordinary wildlife, from Polar Bears in the Norwegian Arctic to Flamingoes in southern Spain to Basking Sharks off the west of Ireland. This one-hour special will be anchored by RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey, with wildlife film-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson on the Blasket Islands.

Viewers can take part by sharing their own pictures and videos of nature and wildlife using #naturelive from wherever they live in Europe.

JOIN US

We have a limited number of audience tickets for this live event. Apply for tickets by email to natureliveaudience@rte.ie

Location: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin

Date: Sunday 6th May 2018 

Time: 16.30 - 18.00      

*Gates close at 16.45!

Please note that this is an unseated event and outdoors so you will need to wear appropriate clothing for the Irish weather. We need the following information: The number of tickets you are applying for. Your name, surname, age contact phone number and address. The names, surnames and ages of your guests.

*Unfortunately we cannot accommodate for Children under 12yrs. All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian

Tickets are limited so first come first served!

On Mooney today...

Elizabeth Arnett from Irish Water will be in studio to answer your questions about the water charges, and we've another mystery guest in Mooney's shower!

Mooney's Singers In The Shower

The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.

TileStyle is a one stop shop, offering a vast selection of high quality Bathrooms, Tiles, Stone, Wood Flooring and Paint. TileStyle is open 7 days a week and is conveniently located just off the M50 at Exit 10. Their highly trained team is available to offer any advice or assistance you might need. Meet them here or drop into the stunning showroom. To find out more visit www.tilestyle.ie

To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to mooney@rte.ie. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions. 

The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie. 

Our mystery guest singer in the shower today is soprano Celine Byrne! Celine will being doing a charity gig on September 5th in the Four Seasons. It is for the ISPCC, and is sold out.

On Sunday, September 21st at the NCH, Dr. Veronica Dunne will be awarded the National Concert Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. It will be presented in tribute to her own extraordinary career, and in recognition of her incredible dedication and commitment to Irish singers. Celine will be singing at this.

And Celine will also present the Celine Byrne Christmas Gala with the Symphony Orchestra. For more information about this, and all Celine's forthcoming performances, visit www.celinebyrne.com/events/christmas-gala-with-rte-nso.

Saving Water

Saving Water

Is the death of the rubber duckie nigh? Will the rubber duckie become a relic of a bygone era? Are we all going to stop using our baths once these water charges come in?  Will baths be seen as 'quaint' and 'retro' in 10 years time?

And let’s not stop at baths.  Are we going to stop showering altogether?

Today we're talking Water Charges. To take us through it all, Derek is joined in studio by Elizabeth Arnett, Head of Communications and Corporate Services with Irish Water...

To find out more about how metering will work, click here.

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 mooney@rte.ie, 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.

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.

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

Cry Me A River

Cry Me A River

Michael Buble

3:40

Siar Go Conamara

Siar Go Conamara

Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh

0:03

Die Fledermaus - 'The Laughing Song'

Die Fledermaus - 'The Laughing Song'

Niamh Murray

0:05

Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Can't Take My Eyes Off You

Red Hurley

3:22

Something's Gotta Hold Of Me

Something's Gotta Hold Of Me

Clara Rose Monahan

0:06

Singing In The Rain

Singing In The Rain

Unknown

0:45

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Celine Byrne

3:44

Happy

Happy

Jenny O'Connor

3:40

The Dance

The Dance

Paul O'Donnell

3:51

I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You

Kayleigh Cullinan

4:43

Rubber Duckie

Rubber Duckie

Ernie

0:39

Funeral March

Funeral March

Van Cliburn

4:24

Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue

Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue

Patricia Sharkey

2:43

Summertime

Summertime

Alan Howard

4:47

The Boston Burglar

The Boston Burglar

Majella Peelo

0:35

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