Noel Cunningham is in studio to adjudicate on the Mooney Table Topics competition. We look for the largest cotoneaster in Ireland. And Richie Kavanagh will be in studio with his new Horseburger song!
What do potholes, bucking asses and Elvis Presley all have in common? They have all appeared in novelty songs by the man responsible for the massive hit Aon Focal Eile: Richie Kavanagh!
Now he is back with a new song, to be played for the first time on national radio on Mooney today...
To find out more about Richie, visit www.richiekavanagh.ie.
Richie Kavanagh & Derek Mooney following today's interview!
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.
Mooney Tunes 8 takes place next Sunday, March 24, at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm. And what a show we have lined up for you!
Classical music has always been a staple of Mooney Tunes programmes, but this time round, we have excelled ourselves!
We will be joined by one of Ireland's premier sopranos, Claudia Boyle, and top British tenor Lawrence Thackeray. And they will be doing some of the best loved duets from the operatic repertoire.
And if you have never heard an orchestra in full flight with a 60 piece choir, you are in for a real treat on Sunday night. Two of Verdi's most famous choruses will form part of our program, performed by over sixty male and female voices, with the full backing of the RTE concert orchestra.
Mary Byrne will be with us once again. Oliver Callan will be on hand to keep you rolling in the aisles of laughter. We have a very special Elvis Presley tribute lined up, as well. And a few surprises along the way!
Now, some good news!
The Gibson Hotel, over at the Point Village, has offered us an overnight stay on Sunday night, with breakfast the following morning, for two people attending the Mooney Tunes concert.
The Gibson hotel is walking distance from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. It's on the LUAS line, so it has brilliant access to the city centre as well. AND, they have included dinner for two on Sunday evening as well!
So how about that? Have a nice early evening meal. Stroll across to the theatre. Have a relaxing drink. Enjoy the show. And stroll back along the river for a relaxing night at the Gibson hotel!
Here's what you have to do to win this prize:
First of all, the competition is open to ANYBODY who has already bought tickets for Mooney Tunes, this Sunday. And to anybody who buys tickets up to midnight tonight.
Just write to us at our e-mail address, email@example.com . And tell us why you deserve this prize. It's that simple. You have until midnight tonight! We will read all the entries first thing tomorrow morning and announce the winner at the beginning of tomorrow's show.
But this part is very important. You must include your booking reference, or ticket number, on your entry. Okay? Don't forget that. It is very important.
And if you want to enter, and are buying tickets this evening, you can do so by logging onto www.ticketmaster.ie.
You can also call 0818-719377. That's the the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre dedicated line at TICKETMASTER. Or you can buy tickets in person, from the theatre box office, without a booking fee. Tickets start at €14.50, and go up to €39.50.
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 90 seconds. And there’s always a nice prize up for grabs for the winner.
Previous judges have included author Cathy Kelly, and celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean. Today our judge is the suave and sophisticated broadcaster and royal watcher Noel Cunningham!
How to take part:
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