Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
We hear scientific evidence that women are better at expressing emotions than men, and we’re looking for three players for Mooney's Monday Quiz - if you are interested in taking part then e-mail email@example.com!
It's Monday, the first day of the week - not everybody's favourite day! A day when we all need to relax, take it easy after the weekend - a day when we welcome ANYTHING that will bring a smile to our faces.
And so, for those of you who need a little Monday evening cheerfulness, why not sit back this evening, turn on RTÉ Two television at 9:30pm, and enjoy a little fun with some legends of Irish music!
Reality Bites: A Eurovision Affair follows six of the biggest names in Eurovision Song contest history, as they toured Ireland together over two weeks in October, 2012. Those names include Johnny Logan, Dana, Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington, Charlie McGettigan the lady who performed the 1992 Eurovision classic, Linda Martin. Linda joins Derek today to chat about performing in the final in Malmö, ahead of this year's Eurovision in Malmö!
Reality Bites: A Eurovision Affair is on RTÉ Two this evening at 21:30 - for more information about the programme, visit www.rte.ie/tv/realitybites/thisweek.
If you were sitting in on Friday night chances are you watched The Late Late Show or Graham Norton - or maybe you watched the movie Lions For Lambs with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep on RTÉ One… Friday night is considered ‘peak’ viewing time and TV stations usually compete for viewers by offering their strongest ‘ratings pullers’.
However, if you flew north and switched on the Norwegian national broadcaster, NRK, on Friday night, you would have seen a picture of a burning fire – because they chose to devote 12 hours of Friday night’s programming entirely to ‘wood’!!
And they say this concept of ‘slow TV’ is proving to be more than just a ‘slow burner’ – it’s ‘hot stuff’ in Norway – and a ‘roaring’ success!
Lisa-May Spissay was NRK’s Project Leader of Friday night’s broadcast and she joins Derek is on the line today from Bergen to chat about the concept of 'slow TV'...
If you fancy yourself as a budding Diarmuid Gavin, take note, because the producers of RTÉ’s Super Garden are looking for garden designers to come forward to take part in this year’s series!
The programme gives contestants five weeks to create a garden with a wow factor and the winner will be given the opportunity to exhibit in Bloom 2013. Colin Cowman, Series Producer of Vision Independent Productions (who make the show), joins Derek in studio today to tell us exactly what they are looking for...
Amateur gardeners, student designers and start up landscapers who feel they have what it takes to become Super Garden champion 2013 should apply promptly. Applicants should provide full contact details, and explain why they love garden design, while giving a brief outline of their dream garden design.
To apply, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be received by Thursday, February 21st 2013.
Three players attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a two-night weekend break for two people sharing one deluxe room in the luxurious 5-star Druids Glen Resort in County Wicklow.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in Druid’s Brasserie.
While there you might like to visit the two championship golf courses, the bijou Spa – or this Sunday afternoon, February 24th, you could visit their special ‘Bridal Shopping Village’ - open for one day only - packed full of pop-up bridal shops and wedding experts! For more information about the Bridal Shopping Village at Druids Glen, then click here.
Runners-up will get a hardback copy of Bird Habitats In Ireland by Richard Nairn and John O’Halloran. And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch!
You’ve heard the expression Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus. Basically it means that men and women are very different – we think differently, we have different perspectives on life, our priorities are different etc... In fact we are so unlike that we come from different planets.
Take for instance, emotions. It’s long been thought that women are far better than men at reading emotions. And it seems there may be some truth in this belief because psychiatrists in Scotland have used brain scans to show it to be true…
Our researcher Michele Browne spoke to some shoppers in Dublin to see if they agreed that men were not so good at reading emotions, and Derek also talks to Professor Stephen Lawrie, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, to explain why men and women deal with emotional issues so differently...
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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