Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Euro song winner, Ryan Dolan, reflects on his victory last Friday and looks forward to the Eurovision song contest in Sweden next May. Mooney Tunes 8 is on sale now... stay tuned for details of ticket sales. And if you feel you have a voice to rival Adele or Justin Bieber, Louis Walsh will be in studio to hear your telephone auditions! If you'd like to sing for Louis, then e-mail email@example.com, or - from 3pm - call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 and tell us a bit about yourself. Please note that under-16s will need parental permission before going on air.
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 went on sale yesterday, and already hundreds of tickets have sold! 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, and buy your tickets directly from there.
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/mooney-tunes-no-8.
Derek is joined by Ryan Dolan, who will represent Ireland at Eurovision 2013 with Only Love Survives, and his mentor Stuart O'Connor. To view Ryan's video, click here:
If you feel you have a voice to rival Adele or Justin Bieber, Louis Walsh will be in studio to hear your telephone auditions! If you'd like to sing for Louis, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or - from 3pm - call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 and tell us a bit about yourself. Please note that under-16s will need parental permission before going on air.
Stuart O'Connor, Ryan Dolan, Derek and Louis Walsh in studio today!
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