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    Wednesday, May 8th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Brenda Donohue continues her investigation into how long it takes a woman to control her partner's wardrobe, and we find out about the Bratacha Festival of Flags and Emblems which will take place in Dun Laoghaire this weekend!

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    Would You Like To Take Part In Our Flag Quiz Today?

    We are looking for two people to take part in a very special quiz today. It’s not our usual Mooney Quiz with general knowledge and music.

    It’s quite a specialised quiz. It’s all about… the flags of the world! But it’s not TOO hard, don’t let the theme put you off!

    If you know your Star Spangled Banner from your Union Jack you should be able to answer the questions!

    And we have a great prize up for grabs…

    The winner of today’s competition will get to enjoy the Bratacha Festival in Dun Laoghaire in style this weekend…

    The prize is a 2-night weekend break in the luxury 4-star Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in nearby Killiney.

    Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice in either PJ’s Restaurant or The Dungeon Bistro – located in the original dungeons of the castle.

    The hotel will organise a driver to take the winner on the seven-minute trip into Dun Laoghaire to enjoy the Bratacha Festival and then back again in the evening.

    Also included in the prize is a pair of tickets for the Fighting Irish concert in Dun Laoghaire’s Pavillion Theatre on Friday evening… It features the music and songs of Irish wars and battles and is narrated by our very own Myles Dungan.

    If that sounds like something you’d like to win, why you don’t you enter our Flags of the World Quiz?

    You can enter by texting your name to 51551, e-mailing mooney@rte.ie or calling 1850 715 900.

    You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under-18s can play on your behalf. The quiz will take place after 4 o’clock.

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    Dressing Your Man

    Today we return to a topic started yesterday, when we began to discuss women and their tendency to change their partner’s clothes.

    Brenda brought to our attention a survey that was carried out by Marks and Spencer and Oxfam.

    It found that, when a woman begins a new relationship, she has a tolerance limit of SIX AND A HALF MONTHS, before she starts to demand changes in her man's wardrobe.

    And in case of resistance, the action taken to change their partner's style can be ruthless. Just under half of women admitted to throwing away their partner's offending items without him knowing, and one in seven took it one stage further, by putting them in the wrong wash on purpose.

    Brenda brings us more findings from the survey, and find out what the good denizens of Dundrum made of it all!

    So what do you think..?

    Is it a load of rubbish? Are men being portrayed unfairly?

    Has your husband something in his wardrobe you want to get rid of or have you sabotaged it already...

    Let us know - call 1850 715 900 or e-mail mooney@rte.ie!

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    Bratacha, the Festival of Flags and Emblems

    The story of you as an individual can be told in many ways - a memoir, a photo album, your paper trail from birth...

    Or, it can be told in a vast array of flags that can identify you - those of your country or your county, of your football club or trade union or school…

    Over the next few days in Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin, there is going to be an extravaganza of all things flag-related, culminating in a sea of colour descending on Saturday from the People’s Park through the town and down along the seafront!

    The festival is the brainchild of Michael Merrigan, General Secretary of the Irish Genealogical Society, and he has come in today to tell us more...

    Bratacha, the Festival of Flags and Emblems, will take place in Dún Laoghaire THIS WEEKEND, from May 9th -11th 2013.

    For more information visit: www.bratacha.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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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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

     

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