Derek chats to Wexford singer Jordan Ryan about the latest chapter in his The X Factor odyssey, Jim Wilson speaks to the Cobh women who eat, sleep and dress the Victorian way, and ... the birds are back in town! We bring you highlights of the weekend’s Dawn Chorus!
Last night was the last in the current series of Dragons' Den who, in association with Bank of Ireland, have had a nationwide competition to get the best the country has to offer in junior entrepreneurs. They ranged in age from 12 to 18 years old but last night, it was 13-year-old CEO Shane Curran who blew the Dragons away.
Shane approached the Dragons to let them know all about his company, Libramatic, which is a fully automated smartphone and web-based library system - and he's in studio today, with his Mum, Paula, to tell us all about it!
To watch the programme back again, click here to see it on the RTÉ Player!
You might remember back in February when Louis Walsh was in studio with us we asked if you could hold a tune, to get in touch with us and sing for him.
Jordan Ryan from Wexford was one who did exactly that and when we last spoke to him he had just got through his first The X Factor audition over in Glasgow. Since then he’s had his second audition, and he's in studio today to tell us how he got on!
Click here to see Jordan on YouTube!
Derek with Jordan Ryan
Over the course of the first six hours of Sunday morning (May 5th), we were treated to the beautiful sound of Ireland's birds, from Cuskinny Marsh in Cobh to the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. Here are just some of the highlights...
Our men in Cuskinny Marsh: Terry Flanagan, Jim Wilson & Derek Mooney!
Click here to see our guide to the Dawn Chorus.
Jim Wilson meets the Victorian ladies of the Cobh Heritage Centre!
The Victorian ladies from Cobh Animation Group; the picture was taken in Cobh Heritage Centre
Jim Wilson with Claire, a Victorian lady
Afternoon tea with the Victorian ladies
Jim Wilson poses with Victorian ladies
Jim interviews Claire, a Victorian lady; Terry Flanagan records the moment for radio
Click here for the schedule of the 60 cruise liner visits to 2013 - www.portofcork.ie/index.cfm/page/cruiseschedule2010.
The PAX column shows the passenger capacity of each cruise liner - Independence of the Sea holds over 4300 and many over 3000.
Click here for information about Cobh Heritage Centr
It’s Monday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean? Well, "Mooney’s Monday Quiz" of course!!
And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…
It’s a two-night break for two people sharing one room in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry.
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.
And you must be able to avail of the prize on July 3rd and 4th as your prize ALSO includes two tickets to Kenny Rogers in the INEC on July 4th.
Well, if that sounds like something you would like to win…..
…we are looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today.
To enter just text your name to 51551, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1850 715 900.
The quiz will take place just after 4 o’clock today. You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18’s can play on your behalf.
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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