Brenda visits the Gaiety Theatre in search of paranormal activity, we hear how young golfers in Zambia are progressing at the sport with a little help from Ireland and we’re looking for three players for Mooney's Tuesday Quiz! If you'd like to take part, and be in with a chance of winning a fabulous two-night break to Rosleague Manor in Connemara (with thanks to Ireland's Blue Book), then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.
There were a lot of nervous (and shivering) racegoers around Prestbury Park in Cheltenham early this morning as snow flakes fell on the hallowed turf.
But after a 10.30 inspection, a loud cheer echoed across the Cotswolds as racing was given the go-ahead and the racecourse opened it’s gates to an expected crowd of 50,000 people.
The 2013 National Hunt Festival is underway – a little late, the first race was put back from 1.30 to 2.05.
RTE’s Michael Fortune joins Derek to set the scene from Cheltenham, and we also hear from Barry Orr, Public Relations Manager with Betfair. Tony O’Hehir provides the commentary.
The races that are due to take place today are:
1405: William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle
1440: Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase (Grade 1)
1520: Jlt Specialty Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
1600: Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)
1640: Olbg Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2)
1715: Rewards4racing Novices' Handicap Chase (Listed)
1745: *Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country) *tbc
For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.
Last night, The Woman In Black opened in the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It’s based on Susan Hill’s bestselling novel and has been made into a major movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. It tells the story of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family.
And for many years there have been rumors about of ghostly sightings in the Gaiety. So we thought what better timing to check out these spooky stories than when this eerie play is on. Brenda went along to the Gaiety to see if she could find out more about this theatrical phantasm.
She speaks to two members of the front of house staff who have seen ghosts, Lilly and Fabiana, chatting to them in front of a portrait of Margaret Burke Sheridan, a beautiful opera singer...
Brenda also met up with a group called Soul Seachers, who investigate paranormal experiences. The group includes a friend of Mooney, Brian Dunphy, and Deborah Reynolds is the medium. Brenda met them in the Dress Circle, with all their cameras, scanners and CCTV.
The Woman In Black runs in the Gaiety Theatre for the next two weeks. For more information about the production, visit www.gaietytheatre.ie.
It’s Tuesday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?
Well, “Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz” of course!!!
And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…
Ireland’s ‘Blue Book’ has offered us a two night weekend break for two people sharing one room in one of their luxury properties: Rosleague Manor in Connemara.
It’s a regency hotel on the shores on Ballinakill Bay and set on 30 acres of private woodland.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s restaurant.
Runners-up in today's quiz will get a hardback copy of ‘Wild Food’ by Biddy White Lennon & Evan Doyle which teaches you how to forage for and cook wild food.
And EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a special “PRIDE” Mooney Watch
Well if any of those prizes sound like something you would like to win…..
…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.
To enter just text your name to 51551, email email@example.com or call 1850 715 900.
The quiz will take place just after 4pm today.
You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.
Sinéad Hyland, Marketing Co-Ordinator with the Irish National Stud, joins Derek in studio to reveal the winning name of our young filly as Helen Of Troika, as chosen by listener John Masterson from Dublin 8.
Derek was in Sweden at the weekend for the Melodifestivalen 2013 (Swedish national song contest) and while he was there he paid a visit to the Långholmen Hotel in Stockholm. The Långholmen Hotel is an old jail which has been converted into luxury hotel where guest can spend the night one of the original cells now complete with all the mod cons tourists expect. For more information about the hotel, visit www.langholmen.com.
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