Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Did you know you can claim back taxes and fees for missed air flights?
From Vegas to Finglas: The Rat Pack join Brenda Donohue at the Erin’s Isle GAA club in Dublin 11.
Benson and Hedges, Chablis and Chardonnay – we examine the strange names we give our children.
As you may know, Derek is always interested in saving a few bob. Since he declared a couple of weeks ago that he doesn’t believe in giving wedding presents, he has been called "cheap", "mean", "tight" and "a disgrace!" (although he prefers the adjectives "thrifty", "prudent", "frugal" and "careful!")
So, when he heard about a website that can give you back money that is owed to you - well, that was just music to his ears! The website is airtaxrefund.com - they’re an Irish company - and they can help you claim back the taxes, fees and charges on flights you missed, or chose to not travel on - and all for a flat fee of five euro! It sounds a bit too good to be true, so we invite Brian Whelan, Chief Executive of Airtaxrefund.com, into studio to explain more about how it works...
Last Monday night, you could have mistaken Erin’s Isle GAA club in Finglas for Ceaser's Palace in Las Vegas, when The Rat Pact turned up and entertained one and all there!
Frank, Sammy and Dean - The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas are currently performing in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, but they hot-footed to Finglas to sing for the volunteers and older members of the Monday Musicial and Bingo Evening.
It may not have been black tie but our Brenda got out the glam rags for night... The Rat Pack are Stephen Triffitt (Frank Sinatra), Mark Adams (Dean?Martin) & George?Long (Sammy?Davis Jr).
You can catch the Rat Pack in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre until this Saturday, February 3rd. For more information, click here.
Click here to see a video of the Rat Pack performing in Finglas!
What can be more fun than picking a name for your new baby? You scan through the baby name books, discuss what your friends have called their new babies and of course consider the pressure from the grandparents to have the child called after themselves.
You draw up your lists and begin crossing off names, how does it sound with the surname, is it too fussy? Is it too common? Oh what fun! Well, it certainly was for the Lillian and Robert Chambers from Blackrock, who have four children: Ravinol, Athos, Tamar & Lloyd. They certainly raised a few eyebrows with their name choices. Brenda went to visit the family...
Well, you don't have to be a regular reader to know that there is a tabloid newspaper called The Sun. And every day, Page 3 of this paper centres around a picture of what we in the business call a "glamour model".
Now, people have mixed feelings about the whole "Page 3" phenomenon. And that's understandable. But what can't be denied is that "Page 3" is a real institution at this stage.
However, many people in their unseemly haste to bypass Page 3 miss out on the news titbits provided on a daily basis by these very attractive young ladies. If you didn't know, there is a little dialogue box accompanying the picture of the Page 3 model everyday. And that little box is entitled "News in Briefs". For example, yesterday's offering was from 22-year-old redhead Lucy: "Page 3 Idol 2012 winner, Lucy, was thrilled by the launch of this year's contest. She said "girls might think it's a long shot, but you never know unless you try. As political theorist, Thomas Paine, said "the harder the conflict, the more glorious triumph".
So there you go. For those of you who might dismiss these girls, it's nice to learn they are so familiar with the works of a man like Thomas Paine, that well-known 18th-century political activist, author, and one of the inspirations behind the American Revolution.We set producer Olan McGowan the torturous task of unearthing more pearls of wisdom from these pulchritudinous poppets - he joins Derek in studio with more examples of News In Briefs!
Yesterday, Mooney reporter went to Francis St CBS yesterday to see the work of the Chess 4 All organisation. They have been around for a couple of years, they have seven instructors nationwide who are in seven schools each - so 49 schools are benefitting – and the chess is free! And they can do this thanks to an anonymous benefactor who has given them a lump sum, with the express instruction that they target disadvantaged or Deis schools to instill the children there with a love of chess, because his thinking is that chess can keep kids off the streets. And in fact in America they have a slogan "push pawns, not drugs"!
Chess 4 All got in contact with us because they are holding a huge junior tournament on March 23rd at Leopardstown Racecourse in Dublin. Last year 160 students competed, and this year it’s open to 500 students. 250 places are gone already but they are looking for students aged 7-12 of all abilities to come along. You get free lunch, a free chess board and, in some cases, free transport.
Chess 4 All are in schools – and yesterday they held a fun event in Francis St CBS where two older experienced chess teachers Michael Crowe and Eamon Keogh took on 42 boys in a game of chess... For more information about Chess 4 All, visit www.chessforall.net.
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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