We find out why you’re more likely to be hit by bird droppings if your car is silver, and we go in search of Ireland’s oldest pillow and investigate what lurks within what we sleep on!
In advance of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest (May 14th – 18th, Malmö, Sweden), indulge your Eurovision fever with Derek and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra!
Mooney's Eurovision Melodies will take place in the Main Auditorium at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 8pm, and joining the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be Eurovision legends Niamh Kavanagh, Paul Harrington and more...
A nostalgic celebration of the heady days of Ireland’s past success in Eurovision and in anticipation of future glory, the programme will include What’s Another Year?, In Your Eyes, Volare, Rock’n’Roll Kids ... and there may be a few surprises!
Prices range from €13.50 to €39.50, and there is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. To book, click here or call the NCH Box Office on 01 417-0000.
Next month, a new three-part series examines the changing geology of the island of Ireland.
16,000 years ago, Ireland was a land covered in ice, uninhabitable to both humans and animals. So how did Ireland go from being a frozen country to the green and pleasant land of today? In this new series, Derek Mooney pieces together the clues to uncover the Secrets Of The Irish Landscape...
Click here to view the series trailer:
This television series will begin on RTÉ One on Sunday, May 5th 2013, at 6.30pm.
Here on Mooney, we often get requests for help and we’re happy to assist when we can. One such e-mail came into the show from Mary Turner Kilgarriff, from Galway:
Good day Derek and Brenda,
I have made an observation, albeit an amateur one, perhaps you could comment?
We have a silver car, an Audi A6, a '04. When I get it washed, hardly an hour passes and some low flying bird will have emptied his bird bowels on the car. Irksome indeed.
On my now daily walk through Galway university campus, I have taken notice of the numbers of silver cars with adherance of bird droppings versus other colours of cars.
So how can this be? Is it something in the air!! Am I going bonkers? Maybe you and your wild life experts can help.
Well, Brenda is with Mary on the campus of NUI Galway, along with our ornithologist in Cork, Jim Wilson, to investigate...
David Woolfson was in the Mooney studio back in December 2011 telling us about his PILLOW! It’s a very special pillow, and he says he wouldn’t sleep with any other pillow!
David is the founder of SleepAngel pillows, an Irish company who make special pillows that are a barrier to viruses, moulds, bacteria and allergens. And at the time David ‘grossed’ us all out with tales of the nasty things that live inside our old pillows.
He’s back today because we are conducting an experiment to find ‘Ireland’s Dirtiest Pillow’. We want you, our Mooney listeners, to pick out your oldest, lumpiest, most-stained and disgusting pillow. Then send us in a photo of you holding the pillow, along with a brief history of the pillow!
We’re then going to pick 25 lucky listeners, and SleepAngel are going to send a DPD courier to take away your dirty pillow and replace it with a brand new SleepAngel pillow worth €69!
And that’s not all. Have you ever wondered what is living inside your pillow? Your pillow will be sent to the Airmid Laboratories in Trinity College to SEE what sort of nasty residents your pillow has – and you’ll get a full report back! And for the owner of the absolute dirtiest pillow, we've a fabulous break to Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore!
Bruce Mitchell, Consultant Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at the Blackrock Clinic is also here. Bruce is involved with Airmid in Trinity College and will be looking through the 25 dirtiest pillows!
Ireland's Dirtiest Pillows Competition!
We want you to send us in a photo of yourself holding your ‘minging-ist’ pillow.
It must be at least 2 years old.
Strip off your pillowcases and choose your lumpiest, your bumpiest, and your most-stained pillow.
E-mail the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will pick out 25 listeners and DPD will send a courier to your home to pick up your old pillow, and replace it with a brand new SleepAngel pillow worth €69.
Your old pillow will be air-sealed and sent to the Airmid Laboratories in the Trinity Enterprise Campus.
We will be broadcasting LIVE from the Airmid labs on May 3rd and we’ll be looking into your pillows, to see all the microscopic nasties that the naked eye can’t see.
When they are all checked we will finally declare 'Ireland’s Dirtiest Pillow'!
And, to reward the winner for having slept on something so rotten for so long, SleepAngel will give you enough SleepAngel pillows for your entire house AS WELL AS an overnight stay for two in the luxurious Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, complete with breakfast and dinner!
So get your pillow photos into us BEFORE 5PM THIS FRIDAY. And don’t forget to give us a brief history of how old the pillow is, who slept on it over the years… that sort of thing!
The e-mail address is: email@example.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