Oliver Callan tells us about his new Radio 1 series, Brenda Donohue reports from Heuston Station as passengers on their homeward commute are entertained by Glória, Dublin's Gay and Lesbian Choir, and we’re looking for players for our table topics game!
You may remember that back in February, Louis Walsh was in studio with us, and we asked those of you who could hold a tune to sing for Louis, and he would critique you!
Amongst those performing for Louis was 18-year-old Jordan Ryan, from Wexford. Ryan is studying vocals in DIT, and he gave us a great rendition of LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know It...
His performance went down very well with Louis, and Jordan told us that he was going to try his hand at The X Factor. Well this morning, Jordan was one of thousands queueing up in Glasgow to try impress the judges ... he tells us how he got on!
Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!
The impressionist and satirist Oliver Callan has been a firm favourite in our Mooney Tunes series of concerts...
A 'chameleon' from Monaghan, he has been both men and women, presidents and presenters, celebrities and sportspeople.
He’s been a star of television and radio for many years now, and his new radio series, Callan's Kicks, will begin this Friday on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6.30pm. Oliver joins Derek in studio today, to tell us who we may expect to hear from in the new series...
Back today by popular demand is our TABLE TOPICS Competition! We are looking for listeners with the gift of the gab to get in touch to take part...
The competition is all about being able to speak about a topic, which Derek will give you, for 90 seconds.
And we have a great prize for today’s winner: a pair of tickets to see Sting "Live at the Marquee" in Cork, on July 1st this year...
Our judge today is well used to listening to people with the gift of the gab: Rory Cowan, from Mrs Brown’s Boys, has today been given the crucial task of deciding which of you talks with the most fun, the most eloquence and the most coherence!!
A few weeks ago, Brenda and Derek travelled to Cork Railway Station to launch The Journeys On Us initiative. We had great fun there, and just to remind you what it is … Mooney has teamed up with Iarnród Éireann to provide 100 groups with free return rail travel, for up to 50 people per group.
It’s a brilliant initiative and what we found last year is it provides a fantastic day out for community, voluntary and charity groups.
The closing date for entries is this Friday, May 3rd at 6pm, and last Monday, Brenda was at Heuston Station with one of the groups who applied, Glória, Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir. They entertained commuters who passed through the station on their journey...
So are you involved in a group such as a sports club, charity, such as local community groups, voluntary body or charity - or do you know someone who is? Would free group travel help your organisation achieve its goal?
If you would like to apply, then just complete the application form available from all Iarnród Éireann stations, online at www.irishrail.ie/journeys or by clicking here. Entry forms can be filled out online, e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, May 3rd, at 17.00hrs.
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