Derek talks to the Bewleys master toaster who’s been made honorary consul of Nicaragua. The Genealogy Roadshow sets out again to unravel the mysteries in our family histories. And Brenda Donohue reports from Majella O’Donnell’s Mooney house party!
Last night, Derek dreamt that he was requested to sign a resignation letter from Pope Benedict. If any of us were to resign, we would have to submit a letter of resignation to HR - but what does His Holiness have to do? To answer that, Derek is joined on the line by Father Michael Collins, curate at St. Mary's on Haddington Road in Dublin, and author of Vatican - Secrets and Treasures of the Holy City.
On September 3rd of last year, Majella O'Donnell was on the show. She told us about how she knew straight away, that one day she would marry Daniel. On their second meeting, she told him this and he didn’t run for the hills. Instead they did got married and settled in the hills of Donegal.
As everyone was chatting, Brenda asked her to take part in a House Party for one listener. And plenty of you thought it would be great to have her singing in your front room, but it was two nuns, Sister Anne and Sister Mary who won out in the end...
The nuns live in a housing estate in Blanchardstown and last week it was buzzing, as Majella O'Donnell kept her word and delivered a house party. Brenda Donohue reports back from one very special night...
There were all ages in the house, with lots of platters of food. The nuns are presentation sisters living in the community. Sr. Mary works in the local primary school and Sr. Anne works with a teenage group called Rainbows and with the prison service. They share a 10 year anniversary with Majella, as they explained to Brenda...
What’s your favourite coffee? Is it a Cappuccino, a Frappuccino, an Americano, an Espresso or a Latte. Do you like it iced, sprinkled with cinnamon powder, flavoured with peppermint or chocolate or decaffeinated?
And what size of cups do you prefer? Tall, Grande, Trenta? A visit to any speciality coffee these days really can be a bewildering experience, as Frasier Crane discovered!
Coffee is the world’s second most popular beverage, after tea and it really is big business. Paul O’Toole is Ireland’s leading coffee expert. He’s buying director for Bewley’s and he’s just been appointed Honorary Consul of Nicaragua in Ireland. He joins Derek in studio today to explain exactly what that entails...
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney