Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.
David Brophy, principal conductor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra talks to us about the latest Mooney Tunes concert; we hear about the song that will represent Ireland at this year’s Eurovision, and Brenda Donohue reports from a special auction at a cattle mart in Dungarvan!
The eighth concert in our hugely successful series of concerts entitled MOONEY TUNES will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the evening of Sunday, March 24th.
Tickets will go on sale TODAY, from 3pm. And they are priced very reasonably, as always, between €14.50 and €39.50. They will be on sale through Ticketmaster, and there will be a booking fee added on.
HOWEVER, if you DON'T want to pay a booking fee, you can go down to the box office at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this afternoon, and buy your tickets directly from there. Our reporter Katriona McFadden will be at the theatre with non-other than Mooney Tunes and X Factor star Mary Byrne! Plus if you are at the theatre this afternoon [Monday, February 25th 2013] between 3 and 4.30, you could play Mooney's Monday Quiz with Katriona for your chance to win a pair of free tickets to the concert AND a two-night stay with dinner at the Maldron Hotel across the road!
ALSO, if you are going in a group of six or more, you can avoid a booking fee by ringing the group bookings line at the theatre. That number is 01 677-7999.
Alternatively, if you don't live in Dublin, if you can't get to the theatre, do get onto Ticketmaster as soon as possible after the tickets go on sale. The number to dial is 0818 719 377, or click here for more details.
We anticipate a huge demand for these tickets, so we'd advise getting your ticket sooner rather than later. Previous Mooney Tunes concerts have usually sold out within a couple of days. For more information, visit www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
Mary Byrne will be performing at Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Saturday, May 4th. Tickets start at €27.90, and you can find more information about her concert by visiting www.olympia.ie/whats-on/mary-byrne.
If somebody told you they were going to name a calf after you, you might not be entirely flattered by it. But that is not the case for our RTÉ 2fm colleague Ryan Tubridy, who was delighted to learn that dairy farmers Nick and Elaine Flavin, from just outside Youghal in Co Cork, were planning to do just that.
Farmers in the East Cork/ West Waterford area were asked to donate a calf to the Youghal Cancer Support Centre, and today all the animals donated are being auctioned off as part of a charity mart to raise funds for the Centre.
The auction began at 10.30am this morning, so we asked Brenda to don her finest wellies and head on down to the Mart to find out how the bidding was going. She also met up with one woman, Joan, who is recovering from cancer...
To follow the exploits of Tubridy (the calf or the broadcaster) on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/tubridy2fm.
Katriona McFadden invites three listeners who are queuing for their Mooney Tunes 8 tickets to play Mooney's Monday Quiz, where the prizes include tickets to the concert on Sunday March 24th, and a two-night stay at the fabulous Maldron Hotel on Cardiff Lane, across the road, on March 23rd and 24th, with dinner included on one of the nights!
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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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 www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Presenter: Derek Mooney