A Mooney listener gets to fulfil her lifelong dream to travel in convoy on the back of a Harley Davidson, and we speak to the researchers who claim that one in every ten people in the world are interested in a Manchester United match!
Yesterday, as we all know, was Mother's Day... and we hope all Mums got lots of flowers, chocolate, books, lunches etc honouring all that is good and great with our mothers!
However, Brenda surprised a mum, Helen Hemp from Monkstown, and she had a most unusual but exciting Mothers Day.
She met up with Michael Sheridan, Tony Toner and the Dublin Harley Davidson club - 15 bikers with their Harleys - and they all congregated in Monkstown to surprise Helen...
Mooney listener Helen Hemp is from Monkstown in Dublin. Helen, a mother of 3, recently turned 60, and as a surprise for her birthday and for Mother's Day, her daughter Jess contacted us to see if we could help Helen fulfill a life-long dream. She had always wanted to ride in a convey of Harley Davidson bikes, so with the help of Michael Sheridan (Motoring Correspondent with www.rte.ie), and Tony Toner (Training Director with The Institute of Advanced Motorists of Ireland Limited), Brenda went to Monkstown to help make Helen's dream come true...
Brenda and Jess surprise Helen
Jess, Helen and Brenda
Brenda, Helen and the Bikers
Helen fulfills her dream...
She has been up, she has been down, but she never says die ... not even when she had a close shave with mafia. She has sung with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Patsy Cline, and is arguably Ireland’s first lady of Country. Sandy Kelly joins Marty in studio today to chat about a remarkable career - one that continues with her Patsy Cline - 50th Anniversary show. The dates for the show are as follows:
- Friday, March 15th: Theatre Royal, Waterford
- Saturday, March 16th: Set Theatre, Kilkenny
- Sunday, March 17th: The Theatre@The Helix, DCU, Dublin
- Monday, March 18th: Cork Opera House
Busby Babes they always made me cry
Thinkin' 'bout the teams of years gone by
Charlton, Edwards, Law and Georgie Best
We're United - you can keep the rest.
Come On You Reds - The Manchester United Football Squad & Status Quo (1994)
It's long been accepted that the 1958 Munich air disaster - even though it nearly caused the club to fold - actually spurred a substantial increase in support for Manchester United.
People across the UK and Ireland, across Europe, even people without any particular interest in soccer, felt some kind of bond with the club. And over the last half-century, that bond seems to have gone from strength to strength.
Recently, Manchester United claimed that any their matches could be of interest to one in ten of the world’s population. The club commissioned a report into the extent of their support, worldwide. And guess what figure they came up with?
659 million supporters! That's over twice the population of the United States, and nearly 150 times the population of the Irish Republic!
Marty is joined on the phone now by Richard Brinkman, from a company called Kantar (the organisation that conducted the research for Manchester United), to explain how exactly they came up with this figure...
Mooney Tunes 8 will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March 24th, and one of the highlights will be a spectacular performance of Verdi's 'Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves', from Nabucco.
Last night on Dragons' Den (in association with Bank of Ireland), Mick McKeever sought funding for his Warmer Wedge - but then refused €100,000 and the offers of two Dragons. He joins Marty in studio today to explain why...
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