Mooney Goes Wild

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    Mooney, Tuesday August 19th 2014


    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!


    Mooney's Singers In The Shower & Brian Kennedy

    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

    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 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



    The Ice Bucket Challenge

    Have you heard all about the ice bucket challenge that's sweeping the world? Brenda explains what it's all about...

    The Journey's On Us

    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...

    Brenda with the staff of Crosscare

    For more information, visit


    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, 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
    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!

    Runners-up today will get a copy of a book we have talked about on Mooney Goes Wild, called Insects Of Ireland: An Illustrated Introduction To Ireland's Common Insect Groups by Stephen McCormack and Eugenie Regan – and everyone who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch.

    For more information about, and images of, the Galway Bay Hotel, visit

    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: Singing In The Rain
      Composer: Freed
      Performer(s): Unknown
      Performer(s): Unknown
      Duration: 0:45
    • Title: Runaway
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Duration: 3:55
    • Title: Fascinating Rhythm
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Kelly Mccauley
      Performer(s): Kelly Mccauley
      Duration: 3:41
    • Title: Portrait Of My Love
      Composer: N/A
      Performer(s): Nicholas Mccullough
      Performer(s): Nicholas Mccullough
      Duration: 2:57
    • Title: Summertime
      Composer: Gershwin, George/Gershwin, Ira
      Performer(s): Colette O'Toole
      Performer(s): Colette O'Toole
      Duration: 4:42
    • Title: Hung Up
      Composer: Madonna/Price/Anderson/Ulvaeus
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Performer(s): Madonna
      Album: Single (recordno: Pro15608), Warner Bros, PRO15608
      Duration: 3:18
    • Title: Starman
      Performer(s): David Bowie
      Performer(s): David Bowie
      Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (40th Anniversary Edition)
      Duration: 4:28
    • Title: Never Forget
      Performer(s): Take That
      Performer(s): Take That
      Album: Take That: Greatest Hits
      Duration: 5:43
    • Title: The House Of The Rising Sun
      Performer(s): The Animals
      Performer(s): The Animals
      Album: 101 Power Ballads
      Duration: 4:40
    • Title: Back For Good
      Performer(s): Take That
      Performer(s): Take That
      Album: Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection
      Duration: 4:13
    • Title: Bad Moon Rising
      Performer(s): Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Performer(s): Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Album: Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival, 724359360621
      Duration: 2:30
    • 15:52
      Title: A Million Love Songs
      Performer(s): Take That
      Performer(s): Take That
      Album: Take That: Greatest Hits
      Duration: 4:06
    • Title: Take Me To Church
      Composer: No Details
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Performer(s): Brian Kennedy
      Duration: 4:17
    • Title: Don't Stop
      Performer(s): 5 Seconds Of Summer
      Performer(s): 5 Seconds Of Summer
      Album: 5 Seconds of Summer (Bonus Track Version)
      Duration: 3:05

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