Mooney, Monday September 1st 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.

Follow Us On Social Media:


Twitter: @naturerte

E-mail Us:

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.


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

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, with Shay Byrne...

On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne...

Our first report from South Africa going in search of the Big 5, the evolution of our lovely Irish blue eyes, and keeping abreast of the perfectly fitting bra...

Bra Fitting

Bra Fitting

What are they? Well, unless you’re Madonna, Lady Gaga or Eva Herzigova they’re usually concealed. You can 'cross your heart' with them. They can be minimising or maximising, and they are a staple part of most womens' wardrobes. They are humble bras!

Women are constantly told that many of them are wearing the wrong size bra, and that an ill-fitting bra can do more harm than good.

Well with that in mind, one Cork woman has developed a new invention that allows women to accurately measure their own bra size in the privacy of their own homes, if they so wish.

Wendy Moore is the owner of La Femme Lingerie Experts in Douglas in Cork, and the inventor of the Maureen Personal Bra Fitter.

Wendy's Maureen measuring tape "makes everything more straightforward and we have found accuracy rates of between 90-97%". It is available on for €13. Brenda asked one of our Mooney listeners, Ann-Marie English, to road test Maureen for us!

For more information about the Maureen, visit

If you have questions for Wendy about your bras, you can text them to 51551 or e-mail, as she joins us live in studio this afternoon!

The bra brands that Wendy recommends are Ulla Lingerie and Anita Lingerie.

In Search Of The Big Five

In Search Of The Big Five

All this week, Derek is out in South Africa, where he and the team are preparing very special programmes. And our regular Mooney Goes Wild panellist Richard Collins has spent the last few days on a game reserve where he is going in search of the Big Five.

The big five are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and the rhinoceros. The originally term the big five game was coined by big-game hunters and refers to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. You can see them on the South African rand banknotes...

Dr. Richard Collins on Safari in Thornybush Game Reserve reserve

It's not called 'Thornybush' for nothing!

African Ground Hornbill


Safari guide, Ryno, at the wheel and on look out, tracker Orlando, in the Thornybush Game Reserve

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes

According to the papers over the last week, in Britain and Ireland, blue eye colour is the most common. Why is this? Do we find blue eye colour more attractive than other people in the world, or has it been determined by the environment we live in down through the ages? To explain more, we are joined in studio today by Professor Dan Bradley, Professor of Population Genetics in Trinity College Dublin...

Mooney's Monday Quiz

It's Mooney, it's Monday, so it must be time for our Mooney's Monday 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 luxurious 4-star Maritime Hotel overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork – on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on a night of your choice in the hotel’s Ocean Restaurant.

While there you’ll also have complimentary access to the hotel’s Maritime Club and the 'You Time' Spa Rooms.

T&C Apply, Not Valid for Bank Holiday Weekends and special occasions.

For more information about The Maritime Hotel in Bantry, 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.

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.


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

Something's Jumpin' In Your Shirt

Something's Jumpin' In Your Shirt

Malcolm Mclaren


Underneath Your Clothes

Underneath Your Clothes



Johannesburg - Main Track

Johannesburg - Main Track

No Details


Hung Up

Hung Up





Katy Perry


What's Love Got To Do With It?

What's Love Got To Do With It?

Tina Turner


Wrecking Ball

Wrecking Ball

Miley Cyrus


Private Dancer

Private Dancer

Tina Turner


Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)



Steamy Windows

Steamy Windows

Tina Turner




Contact the Show

RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external websites

Presenter: Derek Mooney


Ways to Listen

Radio Player