Christmas, in August - Brenda Donohue visits one of Dublin's best known stores as their Christmas decorations go on sale. Irish cabaret star Noel V. Ginnity pops into Derek's shower. We meet the West End's leading man from Wicklow Town, Rob Vickers, and we ask: can you reach the high note on Bring Him Home?
Summer's not even over, the kids are still off school, we're weeks away from Halloween, but it'll be beginning to look like Christmas from tomorrow, as Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, Cork and Limerick are opening their Christmas shops.
That's tomorrow, Friday AUGUST 22nd!
This morning, Mooney reporter Brenda went along to their store in Grafton Street for a preview of the latest Christmas trends, where she met Edel Woods, Christmas buyer for Brown Thomas...
Brenda with Edel Woods
That was of course the fantastic Colm Wilkinson singing one of our favourite songs, Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Misérables.
And Derek had the great pleasure recently of hearing another amazing rendition of the song while attending the famous Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham in Dublin.
The singer's name was Rob Vickers, a Wicklow man newly-returned from London's West End, where he played the role of Jean Val Jean in Les Mis, and we're delighted that Rob is in studio with us today, alongside our guest shower singer, and star of Irish cabaret Noel V. Ginnity, and Stuart O'Connor, from Spotlight Productions, who is the producer of the Cabaret in Taylors Three Rock.
Now you didn't think we brought Rob Vickers in here just to sing and chat, did you? No. We want him to be a judge too!
Judge what though? This is where you, the loyal listener comes in.
The prize is one night's accommodation for four people (two rooms) in Fitzpatrick’s Killiney Castle Hotel (www.fitzpatrickcastle.com). But that’s not all! All four people will have a four-course dinner in the hotel. And that's not all! You'll then be taken to Dublin's Irish Cabaret at Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham, where you’ll enjoy the night in the company of Noel V, Rob and all the other performers.
It’s a fabulous night out and don’t forget it’s for 4 people!
The challenge: we want you to sing Bring Him Home, live on air this afternoon. You don’t need to sing the whole song, just the last verse or so with that really big high note at the end.
To help, here are the lyrics:
You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live
If I die
Let me die
Let him live
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home
We had four *outstanding* singers perform Bring Him Home on Mooney today, Stephen Harland, Sean Keaney, Conor Sweeney and Kevin Fagan, and we applaude them all. But there could only be one prize winner, and he is Kevin Fagan - congratulations!
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 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 Irish cabaret star Nowl V. Ginnity!
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!
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 and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person 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. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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