Mary and Dervla from Crystal Swing join Derek for a chat, we hear how our special seafood dish fared at the All Ireland Chowder Cook-Off, we chat to the man who looked for €200,000 from the Dragons!
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:
He Drinks Tequila was the song that propelled Crystal Swing to national and international fame in January 2010.
Mary Murray-Burke and daughter Dervla are with us this afternoon, having left Derek at home in Middleton, and they're in today to chat about their new single, How Great Thou Art.
Their version of this beautiful hymn is a firm favourite on the band's tours - and such has been the response that they’ve just recorded the song with Dervla on the lead vocal, and it's released today! They intend to give all the proceeds from the downloads for the song to Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. It’s only available by downloading it (it’s not in the shops) and you can find out more by visiting www.crystalswing.com.
Once again a record was broken in the Den last night, in association with Bank Of Ireland, when one man from Mayo went up in front of the Dragons and was asking for €200,000 for his bakery business - that’s a lot of bread!
Simon Stenson joins Derek in studio with a selection of his bread - spelt bread, treacle bread, gluten-free breads, treacle and mixed spice breads, corn breads, traditional brown breads, carrot cakes, chocolate cakes and cupcakes to mention a few!!
Simon runs The Cherry Blossom Bakery with his wife Siobhan, and he tells Derek about his experience facing the Dragons...
If you were listening over the last couple of weeks, you know that our producer Olan McGowan entered the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off competition on behalf of Mooney, with his very own recipe!
The competition took place in Kinsale, in Cork, yesterday, and he joins Derek in studio today to chat about how he got on...
Acton's Hotel in Kinsale are sponsored the Mooney chowder entry, and The Blue Haven Food Company (http://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!
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.
On tomorrow’s show we’re going to be giving you full details of an exciting concert that is coming up in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on Thursday, May 9th.
It’s called 'Mooney’s Eurovision Melodies' and it is Eurovision-tastic!
Niamh Kavanagh will be there, and Abbaesque will there, amongst others. It is going to be a fantastic night!
Our reporter Katriona McFadden will be at the box office of the National Concert Hall TOMORROW – and she’ll be joined by Eurovision legend Paul Harrington as well as some Eurovision fans.
Tickets are currently on sale from the NCH box office, or nch.ie, BUT if you buy your ticket between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow night (ie. on Tuesday, 25/04/13 from 00:00 to 23:59), then you could pick up more than just tickets!
Because one lucky person will win two return flights to Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines (who, by the way, have 26 flights a week from Dublin to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen), two nights accommodation in a top Stockholm hotel and two tickets to the new Abba Museum – which is opening next month.
So a totally Eurovision-tastic prize!!
And all you have to do to win it is show up at the National Concert Hall tomorrow or visit www.nch.ie and buy a ticket for Mooney's Eurovision Melodies!!
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