Brenda Donohue goes on the road with an Irish stripper and discovers it’s not all glitz and glamour but a lot of hard work; we hear about the sea food chowder dish which will be entered into the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition on behalf of Mooney - and we're looking for three listeners who want to play Mooney's Monday Quiz to win a great break away! If you enjoy general knowledge quizzes and would like to take part, then e-mail us now on email@example.com, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.
The movie The Full Monty is set in Sheffield in 1997; it’s about six unemployed men, four of them steelworkers, who decide to put on a strip show, inspired by the Chippendales, to earn some much needed cash and in the process rediscover their zest for life.
Despite being a comedy the film touches on some’s serious topics such as unemployment, fathers rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, suicide and obesity.
Now twenty six years later, there is a stage version of it, written by Simon Beaufoy who also wrote the movie. A few weeks ago, Brenda travelled to Sheffield for the opening of the play in the Lyceum Theatre.
The Full Monty travels to Dublin and opens tonight in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre but Brenda has been on the road with a real Irish stripper!
Anthony Brady runs Elite kissagrams, and his Volkswagon van is the office! From divorces to baby showers, hen parties to live shows, Anthony's on the road, stripping for ladies across Ireland!
Brenda went to visit him to find out more...
The Full Monty runs in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from tonight until next Saturday, April 13th, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
As we all know, Ireland is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Amongst other things, we are a fantastic destination for music lovers, for golfers, for surfers, for international anglers. But over the last three decades, Ireland has also sold itself as a great stopover and holiday destination for FOODIES!
In fact, for a country without a major culinary tradition, recent generations have become obsessed with food! Celebrity chefs, food programs all over the place, Bord Bia promoting the extremely high quality of Irish food.
And then, there is the abundance of food Festivals!
Well, one of the newest food festivals in the country is about to kick of, once again. It's the third annual "All Ireland Chowder Cook-off” and it takes place in Kinsale in exactly two weeks time.
Our producer, Olan McGowan, covered the inaugural event, just two years ago, for this very radio show. But this year, he's going several steps further. Not only covering the event, but competing!
He joins Derek in studio today to chat about trying to make the perfect chowder...
Olan's Chowder Recipe
Serves 12 (500ml bowls)
1 kg smoked fish, small pieces. (Cod, haddock, coley)
500 g non-smoked fish, small chunks (salmon)
500 g mixed seafood (squid, mussels, clams, prawns)
One small tin of anchovies, finely chopped
200 g of pancetta
Two large onions, diced
10 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Three large carrots, diced
Six sticks of celery, diced
Two very thin leeks, sliced into thin circles
2 rooster potatoes, diced
Seven radishes, sliced very thinly
1 kg cherry tomatoes
Parsley, roughly chopped
Dill, roughly chopped
Chives, cut with scissors into 5-10 mm pieces
One tablespoon dried, mixed herbs
Full fat, Kerrygold butter
500ml of dry white wine (Chardonnay, dry reisling)
5L of fish stock
Freshly ground salt and pepper
Pinch of smoked paprika
Salt & pepper
1. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes. Put them in a large roasting tin. Drizzle a little olive oil over them, season with salt and pepper. Roast at 175° for 60-70 min.
2. In a large copper pot, melt one large knob of butter with some olive oil. Do not over-heat. When melted, Sauté the garlic, onions, pancetta and mixed dried herbs for 5 min.. Add the anchovies, fry for another 2 min.
3. Add all of the chopped vegetables: carrots, celery, leeks, radishes, potatoes. Stir everything, cover the pot, and saute at a low temperature for a further 5 min. During this time, add the dill and stir well.
4. While the vegetables are cooking, take the roasted cherry tomatoes and blend them in a blender to a smooth paste.
5. Add 500 mls of white wine to the vegetable mixture, turn up the heat, and allow to reduce by half.
6. When the wine has reduced, add the fish stock and blended cherry tomato paste. Stir well, and bring to the boil.
7. When the mixture boils, all of the seafood and the remaining herbs, the parsley and chives. Stir well. Add a pinch of smoked paprika, just to deepen the colour. Ground pepper to taste.
8. Serve hot, and sprinkle a little parsley on top.
Acton's Hotel in Kinsale are sponsoring the Mooney chowder entry, and The Blue Haven Food Company (www.bluehavenfoodco.com) are supplying the ingredients. To find out more about the The Third All-Ireland Chowder Cook-off & Kinsale Street Food Gathering click here!
If you tuned into Dragons' Den, in association with Bank of Ireland, last night, you might have thought you were watching The Voice! What a catchy rap! Brother and sister Eamon and Jodie Flood, aka JE Syllable, went into the Den last night, and Eamon is with us today, to explain what exactly it is that they wanted the Dragons to invest in...
Three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win wonderful Full Monty break!
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