Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday October 8th 2017

Philip McCabe, RIP (20/10/18)

Everyone on Mooney Goes Wild is devastated to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Philip McCabe.  Philip did more for our understanding of the honey bee than a life time of learning could ever have taught us.  Kind, thoughtful and generous, he was a true gentleman, and his knowledge, quick wit, and wonderful ability to entertain us with his storytelling meant that he was a pleasure to be around.  He will be very much missed.  Our deepest sympathies to his wife Mary and family, and all who had the pleasure to know or meet him.

In January 2017, Derek made a documentary called The Beeman, which profiled Philip McCabe, his fascinating life and work.  To find out more and to listen to the documentary, click here.



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On Mooney Goes Wild tonight: The Wildlife Of The Wooden Bridge

On Mooney Goes Wild tonight: The Wildlife Of The Wooden Bridge

We want to take you for a walk, on a Dublin saunter, to a place that Derek has been coming to for the past few months: the Wooden Bridge that links North Bull Island in Dublin Bay to the mainland.  The Bull Island, as it's known informally, is a nature lover’s paradise - a magnificent sandbank about 5km long and 800m wide, which has not only national, but worldwide significance for its incredible birds, mammals, flora and insect life.

North Bull Island is a specially protected area and, almost forty years ago, it was designated by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve.  Not only that, but it’s the only one of its kind in the Europe, possibly in the world, because it lies within the heart of a capital city.

On this very special walk, we discover the exceptionally rich wildlife along our way, in the company of some old friends!  If you were to walk along the Wooden Bridge, you can see the exact measurement markings clearly engraved on the wood beneath your feet - and at every one of those, we meet one of our Mooney Goes Wild regulars; Richard Collins, Terry Flanagan, Eanna ni Lamhna and Niall Hatch are those providing us with an even greater understanding and appreciation of this rare treasure which lies right on our very doorstep...

At the finish line: the Realt na Mara (Star Of The Sea) Statue - from left to right: Derek Mooney, Eanna ni Lamhna, Terry Flanagan, RIchard Collins and Niall Hatch

More Pictures From The Wooden Bridge

Left: Niamh ni Cholmain, Community Liason Officer with Dublin City Council - Dublin Bay is a UNESCO Biosphere; right: Niamh with Sea Scouts

Left: some of the litter that can unfortunately be seen in the vicinity; right: sign reminding walkers to keep dogs on leads

To see more pictures from this Wooden Bridge programme recording, please visit our Flickr Album from the day!

Useful Links

Dublin Bay Biosphere

Dublin City Parks

BirdWatch Ireland

Wildlife Of The North Bull Island

Birds Of The Bull Island


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 read the Heritage Bill 2016, as passed by Dáil Éireann on July 5th 2018, click here.  To read the Heritage Act 2018, click here.

To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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.


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



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