Paul G reveals who will represent the UK at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Dermot O’Neill answers your gardening queries, and Brenda Donohue tests a new vajazzling kit...
Well, we always love a bargain on Mooney and when Brenda came across a Vajazzle Kit on sale for €1.49 in Dealz she felt she had to bring it to your attention.
In order to do this she has enlisted the help of Natalie Geraghty, currently starring in Tallafornia on TV3 to road test the product...
30 years ago, Margaret Thatcher in power, the yuppie generation reigned supreme, and music was all about the power ballad. Arguably the biggest and best of these came in 1983, with Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse Of The Heart... (grab your hairbrush!)
30 years on, it has been announced that Bonnie Tyler will sally forth to represent the UK at Eurovision 2013 in Sweden, with the song Believe In Me.
Derek is joined in studio today by our very own EuroGuru, Mr. Paul G Sheridan, to give us his verdict on the song and the selection of Bonnie to sing it. What do you think? E-mail us on email@example.com or tweet us @MooneyShow, call us on 1850 715 900 or text 51551!
The Largest Cotoneaster In Ireland?
One of our listeners from County Cork contacted the programme with some beautiful pictures of her unusually large Cotoneaster plant.
The high roads and byroads of Donegal have been well documented on this programme by our intrepid reporter Katriona McFadden. So, when Alice Leggett’s email arrived, Mooney researcher Michele Browne insisted on going down to find out whether the largest cotoneaster in Ireland was in her own parish of origin – Ballinhassig!
For some expert advice, she brought David O’Regan - who’s Head Gardener at Fota - with her.
The Imperial Gardens Of The Forbidden City, Beijing
The 1987 film The Last Emperor tells the story of the life of Pu-yee, the last Emperor of China, and the beautiful, evocative music of that movie takes you right inside the walls of the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex.
It conjures images of the building’s sloping roofs with their Imperial Yellow and ornamental dragons, the opulence and grandeur of the structures as you enter Tian'anmen - the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Construction of the City began in 1406, it took 14 years to build and over one MILLION men were involved in its construction. Over the period of five centuries, it was the residence of 24 successive emperors until 1912 when Ching Emperor Pu-yee was forced to abdicate the throne.
If you were to visit the City, and go through the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility, you will find the Imperial Garden built during the Ming dynasty.
Dermot O'Neill has visited the Imperial Garden on a couple of occasions, and is in studio today with advice as to how you can bring a touch of the Yin and Yang of this garden into your home…
Dermot's TV show Dermot's Secret Garden continues this evening with the fourth episode of the series, when June Rodgers makes an appearance. It's on RTÉ One at 7pm, and you can find out more information about the show by visiting www.rte.ie/tv/dermotssecretgarden/thisweek.
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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