Gerald Keane joins Derek in the studio, the Mooney team will bring you the action from Cheltenham as it happens, and Brenda discovers what it is about our other half that keeps us awake at night!
It’s been a great week for the Irish so far at Cheltenham – seven winners in the opening two days. Day one belonged to the punters, but yesterday the bookies made a comeback. So who’s on the money on Day Three?
RTÉ’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:
13:30 Jewson Novices' Chase
14:05 Pertemps Final
14:40 Ryanair Chase
15:20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle (Grade 1)
16:00 Byrne Group Plate (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)
16:40 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase
17:15 Glenfarclas Handicap Chase (Cross Country)
For more information about all the racing at Cheltenham, visit http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2013/0314/376655-live-cheltenham-festival-day-3/.
Well, have you bought your leprechaun hat yet? Your lucky shamrock? And your "Kiss Me, I’m Irish" T-shirt? While we Irish aren’t as fond of the 'paddywhackery' as our foreign cousins, there is something kind of nice about wearing green and celebrating our Irishness for one day of the year.
And we’ll be joined in the celebrations this weekend by an influx of tourists. Fáilte Ireland say we will have at least 120,000 overseas visitors coming especially for St. Patrick's Day – but probably more, considering it is the year of The Gathering.
And the Emerald Isle is going to seem a lot more 'emerald' this weekend as various buildings and monuments are to be 'greened'.
The Office of Public Works are greening 27 OPW buildings & heritage sites including Leinster House, Dublin Castle, The Four Courts, Aras an Uachtarain, The Rock of Cashel, Ross Castle in Kerry, Trim Castle in Meath, Cahir Castle in Tipperary – and loads more. They’re switching them on tomorrow for 4 days.
The Temple Bar Company Ltd are switching on 2000 greenbulbs tomorrow in Temple Bar and they’re going to have an outdoor trad concert tomorrow night.
The ‘green carpet’ is being rolled out for 70 journalists who are coming from abroad to cover St Patricks Day and between them they have a reach of 112million viewers, listeners and readers. They’ll all march in the Peoples Parade on St Patricks Day, along with 8000 others.
Then, internationally, Tourism Ireland have a ‘Global Greening’ initiative where buildings and landmarks all over the world go green. This is the fourth year of it. Old favourites are the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building, Table Mountain – but new this year are: the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the 'Welcome To Las Vegas' sign, the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, HMS Belfast in London, Bayern Munich’s homeground [the Allianz Arena] and the Citadel in Amman in Jordan.
And for the first time ever Dublin Airport is going green. Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden has been finding out more from Ciara Carroll, External Communications with Dublin Airport Authority.
She told Katriona how the DAA are installing two huge screens into the arrivals hall of T1 and T2 of Dublin Airport. You can have a welcome message displayed on these screens for an arriving passenger by emailing the message in advance to Ciara.Carroll@daa.ie along with the flight details of the arriving passenger - send your e-mails at least 24 hours in advance. This messaging facility will be in place for the next nine months!
We’ve been enjoying our ‘Table Topics’ game here on Mooney over the past number of weeks and months. It’s a sort of ‘occasional’ feature on the show where we ask contestants to speak on a given topic for ninety seconds.
And there’s always a nice prize up for grabs for the winner. Today the winner has their choice of a pair of Robbie Williams & Olly Murs tickets for the Aviva Stadium on June 14th OR a pair of Neil Young tickets for the RDS Arena on June 15th OR a pair of tickets for Boyzone: The Anniversary Tour in the O2 on November 28th!
It’s very important, we’ve found, to have a good ‘Table Topics Judge’. Someone with a ‘Kean’ ear; who commands respect, someone with the gift of the gab themselves… so to judge you, it's celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean!
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