Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Derek, Brenda and our audience in Navan are entertained by The Irish House Party: Declan Quinn on flutes and whistles, Gerry Nolan on guitar, Eugene Quinn on banjo, Aedin Martin on harp, and Gary Grant on bodhrán.
The Irish House Party will be performing at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin throughout February, and they will be touring in the UK in April. Details of all their dates can be found on their website: www.theirishhouseparty.com.
Meath's most famous daughter, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, has been a journalist, a TV host, a Celebrity Bainisteoir, and a judge in The All Ireland Talent Show. These days, she’s an EU Commissioner, no less, in the TG4 series Crisis Eile.
The feisty and fabulous Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh plays Commissioner Maeve Kelly Clarke, and she joins Derek in Navan today! Crisis Eile is on Wednesdays at 10.30pm on TG4 - for more information about the series, visit http://www.wildfirefilms.net/mysitecaddy/site3/projectcrisiseile.htm
Brian Dunphy, son of Sean Dunphy, lives just down the road from our Navan crowd in Ashbourne! Brian has inherited his father's stunning good looks. But not only that, he has inherited the musical genes as well.
Brian is a seriously talented singer. He started his career as lead singer in Riverdance on Broadway in New York City and went on to tour the world as one of the Three Irish Tenors. He was lead vocalist in Radio City Music Hall and sang the American National Anthem at Madison Square Gardens, and he's now with the Irish folk band The High Kings! He joins Derek for a chat and a tune in Meath today...
A few months ago we got an email into the progamme from Mairead Murphy, who lives in Dunboyne. Mairead introduced us to a really fun competition called "table topics", and the game has given us loads of laughs since then.
The idea is that people are given a random subject for discussion. And they have to talk fluently for exactly 90 seconds, without interruption, without hesitation, and without repetition...
Now, with heroes like Tommy Tiernan and Dylan Moran, Navan people are well-known for their gift of the gab. So today, we'll hear some "world-class blather" from our local contestants, and Mairead Murphy has kindly come in act as a judge for today's competition.
Derek is joined in the Solstice Arts Centre by a man who is very active in the local community. We first came across Paddy Pryle on Mooney last April when he came into studio to tell us about a project he was involved in called Navan2Navan. Forty people from Navan, Co Meath were fundraising for a most unusual trip Navan in Ontario, Canada.
Well for organising Navan2Navan, plus over 20 different local community activities, Brenda names Paddy today as recipient of Mooney's Magic Moments, and gives Paddy two return tickets courtesy of Air Canada.
Air Canada operates direct flights from Dublin to Toronto starting on May 19th, with great onward connections across Canada and into the USA. Full details are available from local travel agents or on www.aircanada.com.
It has also teamed up with Aer Lingus to make flying between Ireland and Canada more convenient year-round, with excellent connections available from Dublin, Cork, Belfast & Shannon via London Heathrow en-route to Canada.
Congratulations to Paddy!
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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