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    Tuesday, March 19th 2013


    On Mooney today...

    Duncan Stewart talks to us about waste and how we throw away three billion euro worth of food every year. We check out a metabolism tester to find out how many calories we can consume without putting on weight. And Derek is also joined by Eilish O’Carroll, aka Mrs Brown’s best friend Winnie!


    Metabolism Testing

    How many calories do you need in a day? Guidelines vary from 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day for a woman and from 2,000 to 2,500 for a man.

    But Sean Kinane says that figure varies wildly from person to person. And what we really should be looking at is our "Resting Metabolic Rate" – that this is a truer indication of how many calories each individual is allowed to consume. And it can be measured by just blowing in a tube!

    Derek takes this metabolic test today to find out about his resting metabolic rate, and Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden goes out to ask people "how many calories do you think you are allowed in a day and how do you burn them off?"

    Sean Kinane, founder of, specialises in 'Metabolic Testing'; he joins Derek in studio with the results of his metabolic test, and to explain how it all works...




    Eilish O’Carroll

    Derek is joined from our Cork studios today by comic actor and playwright Eilish O’Carroll. Eilish is the sister of comedian Brendan O’Carroll, and nearest in age to him in their very large family!

    Eilish O'Carroll as Winne McCoogan

    You will know her best for her role in Mrs. Brown’s Boys as the hapless Winnie McGoogan, who has been a long-time friend of Agnes Brown!

    Eilish O'Carroll

    Eilish will soon be travelling to Rhyl, in Wales, for a short three-and-a-half-week tour called For The Love Of Mrs Brown. The cast will record the Christmas Special in May, in July they are back on tour and there will be a movie in September. In the mean time, Eilish will appear at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August with her autobiographical one-woman show: Live Love Laugh.


    Duncan Stewart & Food Waste

    Do you see the planet as a giant supermarket? Architect and environmentalist Duncan Stewart thinks we do and that we are all guilty of treating food as a disposable commodity.  His recent series Eco Eye made for some uncomfortable viewing - Duncan explained that one in 5 Irish children go to school hungry.  But when you couple this with the fact that we waste the equivalent of three billion euro a year of food, the mind boggles…

    We waste food at every stage of the food chain, as Duncan Stewart found out when he spoke to Tristram Stuart, author of Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal.  Duncan joins Derek in studio today to chat about the huge problem of food waste - and what we can all do to help solve it...

    Duncan mentions a website whereby a business can contact a charity as soon as food they are going to throw out becomes available, and you can find out more about this on


    Bedtime Bickering

    Brenda Donohue goes out and about to find out about our most annoying bedroom habits!

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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