Mooney Goes Wild

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    ***Dawn Chorus 2016***

    On Sunday, May 1st 2016, Europe will wake to the sound of bird song, due to a collaboration between RTÉ and EBU Members.  Thanks to EBU members NRK in Norway, the BBC, Radio Moscow and National Public Radio in the Netherlands, Derek and his team at RTÉ will be representing the full splendour of the Dawn Chorus live across the continent, featuring some of Europe’s finest performers in full voice.  Experts will be on hand to explain to listeners what is happening, in real time, and to shed some light on the hidden lives of these amazing birds.  The Dawn Chorus will take place on Sunday, May 1st 2016, from 00:00 - 06:00 (Irish time).  Click here to read more about this exciting and ground-breaking broadcast!

    Please watch our video and share on social media!

    Mooney, Monday August 18th 2014


    On Mooney today...

    Rory Cowan steps into Derek's shower, we find out why Derek ended up in the back of a PSNI vehicle, and Conor Horgan from Irish Business Against Litter tells us about their latest survey...


    Mooney's Singers In The Shower & Rory Cowan

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

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    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 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. 

    Who is our mystery singer in Derek's shower today? It's Rory Cowan, from Mrs. Browne's Boys!


    Derek Rides With The PSNI

    On Saturday, Derek ended up in the back of a PSNI Land Rover Tangi in Belfast. Why? Take a listen!

    A PSNI Land Rover Tangi vehicle


    Litter In Ireland

    The results of the Irish Business Against Litter survey came out today, and urban Ireland – Dublin included - isn't doing well.  This is interesting because we were only talking about this last week with Paul Harrington, when he told us he thought Dublin was a mess...

    The Irish Business Against Litter survey says that while Ireland's towns continue to get cleaner, our main cities remain littered. In fact, North Inner City Dublin and Farranree in Cork are both exposed as litter black-spots.

    To tell us more, we are joined in studio by Conor Horgan, spokesperson for Irish Business Against Litter...

    To read the full report, click here.

    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

    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.

    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 ( 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.


    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

    • Title: Cry Me A River
      Composer: Hamilton
      Performer(s): Michael Buble
      Performer(s): Michael Buble
      Album: Cry Me A River - Radio Edit(promo), Reprise, PROMO
      Duration: 3:40
    • Title: Siar Go Conamara
      Composer: Padraic O Conghaile
      Performer(s): Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh
      Performer(s): Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh
      Duration: 0:03
    • Title: Die Fledermaus - 'The Laughing Song'
      Composer: Johann Strauss Ii
      Performer(s): Niamh Murray
      Performer(s): Niamh Murray
      Duration: 0:05
    • Title: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
      Performer(s): Red Hurley
      Performer(s): Red Hurley
      Duration: 3:22
    • Title: Something's Gotta Hold Of Me
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Clara Rose Monahan
      Performer(s): Clara Rose Monahan
      Duration: 0:06
    • Title: Singing In The Rain
      Composer: Freed
      Performer(s): Unknown
      Performer(s): Unknown
      Duration: 0:45
    • Title: Stand By Your Man
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Rory Cowan
      Performer(s): Rory Cowan
      Duration: 2:52
    • Title: Isn't She Lovely
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Kate O'Callaghan
      Performer(s): Kate O'Callaghan
      Duration: 3:32
    • Title: The Rare Auld Times
      Composer: Pete St John
      Performer(s): Harry Skelly
      Performer(s): Harry Skelly
      Duration: 0:54
    • Title: I Have Nothing
      Composer: Foster/Thompson
      Performer(s): Cassie O'Donnell
      Performer(s): Cassie O'Donnell
      Duration: 4:47
    • Title: You're Sixteen
      Composer: Sherman/Sherman
      Performer(s): Rory Cowan
      Performer(s): Rory Cowan
      Album: 101 Rock N Roll Hits, Emi, VTDCDX913
      Duration: 1:54
    • Title: Stand By Your Man
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Brenda Donohue
      Performer(s): Brenda Donohue
      Duration: 2:52
    • Title: Delerium Tremens
      Performer(s): Christy Moore
      Performer(s): Christy Moore
      Duration: 3:19

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