The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today...
Brenda talks to some of the lucky winners of Iarnród Éireann's "The Journey's On Us" free group travel initiative. Tune in to play along with Mooney's Tuesday Quiz. And get in touch with the show if you'd like to try your hand at singing in the shower - and to guess what wet warbler is in the Mooney shower today!
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 Exit10. 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 email@example.com. 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 Brian Kennedy! He joins us in the shower, and the studio for a tune and a chat. Brian will be performing at The Sugar Club in Dublin on Thursday, November 6th. For more details, visit www.briankennedy.co.uk.
For the past two years, Mooney has teamed up with Irish Rail for their "The Journey’s On Us" giveaway. As part of "The Journeys On Us" initiative, Iarnród Éireann will provide 100 groups with free return rail for up to 50 people per group.
It’s a brilliant initiative and what we found over the last two years is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.
Today is the day that this year’s winners are announced and Brenda met one of the winning groups, Crosscare...
100 VOLUNTARY GROUPS TO RECEIVE A FREE GROUP TRAVEL TRIP WITH IARNRÓD ÉIREANN
Iarnród Éireann has announced the winners of 100 group trips as part of its community initiative, The Journey’s On Us. Over 600 organisations from right across the community, voluntary and sporting sectors applied.
The winners are from diverse backgrounds, spread geographically across the country including: Youth Groups, Special Needs Groups, Girl Guides and Scouts, School Trips, GAA Clubs, Community Groups and Choirs amongst many others.
Iarnród Éireann Chief Executive David Franks said: “We have been overwhelmed again this year by the level of interest in the Journey’s on us from voluntary organisations across the country; we hope that the winners will enjoy their trip. It’s our way of saying thank you for all the great work you do in the community”
Under the initiative, 100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return group travel journey from Iarnród Éireann, across any of the company’s services. The travel facilities will be ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel.
The winners are:
St. Nicholas’s Boxing Club, Carrick-on-Suir Suir Haven Cancer Support Group Sapfield Family Resource Centre, Thurles South Tipperary Autism Support Group Voluntary First Responders Group, Cobh Cobh Animation Team The Wolfe Stage School, Cork Irish Guide Dogs Kilworth 54th Scout Group, Cork Youghal Men’s Shed Peer Project Foroige Youth Club, Mallow Kilshannig Ladies Football Club Women for Women, Mallow 66th Aghada Sea Scouts, Midleton 1st Clare Shannon Scout Group Tulla Scouts, 12th Clare Scarriff Foroige Youth Club Obair, Newmarket on Fergus Summer Camp Comhchoiste Gaeltacht Uibh Rathaigh, Killarney Killarney Adult Literacy and Basic Eduction Centre KDYS Cahersiveen Youth Club The Saoirse Foundation Killarney Legion GAA Comhlact tithe agus Forbairt an sSulain Tearanta ADAPT Kerry Women’s Refuge Kerry Diocese Youth Services Deafhear.ie, Limerick Irish Red Cross, Limerick Limerick Scout County Richmond RFC, Limerick Ballygunner Scout Hall, Waterford Shy Project, Waterford/Tipperary Youth Services Company Club Deise, Ferrybank, Waterford North Suburbs Community Youth Project, Waterford De La Salle Scout Group, Waterford
Leinster (ex Dublin)
East Wicklow Youth Service Extern East Coast, Bray Wicklow Triple A Alliance, Greystones Athlone Community Radio Developmental Coordination Disorder Ireland, Mullingar Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Athy Athy Community Men’s Shed Kildare Intercultural Action (KIA) St. Conleth’s Community Games Varity Team, Newbridge 8th Allenwood Kildare Scout Group Curragh PRIDE Family Resource Centre Eist Cancer Support Centre, Carlow Youth Work Ireland, Louth Foscadh Housing Association, Drogheda Gorey Youth Needs Group Wexford Artists’ Community Theatre 36th Ramsgrange Scout Group, Wexford Thomastown Scout Group Lisdowney Choral Group, Kilkenny Millennium After School Service, Kilkenny Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre, Kilkenny Meath Scouts Group Laytown Family Resource House McDonnell School of Irish Dancing, Portarlington Banríon Gaels Camogie Club, Portarlington Laois Offaly Families for Autism Moneygall Development Assocation Offaly Traveller Movement Acquired Brain Injury, Tullamore Kilclonfert/Kilmurry Youth Club, Tullamore Lus na Greine Family Resource Centre, Longford Grattan Ladies GFC, Longford
Coolmine Therapeutic Centre Knocklyon Foroige Club St. Michael’s NS, Ballyfermot Crosscare, Amiens St. St. Michael’s Parish Youth Project St. Brigid’s GAA NASCADH CDP Naionra Chaitlin Maude Cherry Orchard Boxing Club The Children’s Project Inspire Ireland Foundation Saturn Cubs 5th Port Dollymount Sea Scouts Irish Association of Suicidology Gateway Mental Health Project Music Matter Inclusive Community Choir Larkhill Karate Club Snowflakes Autism Support
8th Oranmore Scouts Ability West, Ballinasloe Trouble Clefs Choir, Ballinasloe Coderdojo, Ballinasloe Irishtown Foroige Club, Claremorris Galway Community Circus St. Nicholas Ladybirds, Galway Cope Galway DCD Galway Down Syndrome Ireland Galway Branch Roscommon Gaels GAA Club The Quad Youth Centre, Roscommon Sligo Community Youth Choir Leave No Trace Ireland, Westport Widows Group, Charlestown Snugboro Scouts, Castlebar North Connacht Youth Services, Carrick-on-Shannon
Mooney's Tuesday Quiz
It's Mooney, it's Tuesday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! And we have a great prize up for grabs today...
It's a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one room in the Galway Bay Hotel, on the promenade in Salthill with views of Galway Bay and the Clare Hills.
The prize includes breakfast on both mornings, and a four-course dinner on an evening of your choice in their award-winning Lobster Pot restaurant.
The prize ALSO includes a voucher for a Wild Atlantic Way Tour along the West Coast AND a free Wine and Cheese Tasting!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (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.
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