You can hear all about what it takes to stage a Eurovision act, in a behind-the-scenes report with Ryan Dolan's make-up and body artists and backing vocalists, as he prepares for his big moment in tonight's semi-final. And Derek talks to Linda Martin who has returned to the stage in Malmö, twenty-one years after winning the contest there!
TONIGHT, Ryan Dolan will sing his heart out for Ireland with the irresistably catchy Only Love Survives. Today, Derek presents the second of our live Mooney programmes from Malmö, in Sweden...
Linda Martin performs live at the Moriskan Euro Fan Cafe in Malmö
Mooney researcher Michele Browne and producer Fergus Sweeney busy at work
Ryan chills out with family and friends (Ciaran Corrigan, Josephine Dolan, Ryan Dolan, and Gabriel Dolan) ahead of Semi-Final 1
David Sheehan, Cathal Sheehan, Derek Mooney and Paul G. Sheridan in the delegation hotel
Marty Whelan (commentator) with Head of Delegation Michael Kealy
Linda meets some fans from Madrid
Eurovision Fan Voting at Press Centre shows Ireland in fifth place to qualify from Semi-Final 1
Press centre voting board ad of 15:00 local time, May 14th 2013
Linda Martin and behind her a very TALL man!
Paul G talks to Martin and Darron, Eurovision fans from New York. Dig the outfits!
Martin Phillips from Wales (Skewen) & husband Darron Copeland (New York)
Derek Mooney at Eurovision
Derek Mooney at Eurovision
Derek Mooney at Eurovision
Paul G Sheridan is our resident Eurovision EuroGuru, and ahead of tonight's Semi Final, he took part in a Eurovision Q&A with Taragh Loughrey-Grant of RTÉ Ten - click the link below to find out he got on!!
Are you getting excited? It's only a few hours to go until we see Ryan Dolan take to the stage in Malmö, Sweden, to represent Ireland at the 58th Eurovision Song Contest. Ryan composed his song Only Love Survives with Wez Devine.
Ryan will perform in thirteenth position this evening - will 13 turn out to be lucky for our young singer from Strabane this evening? The running order of performances tonight is below:
You can watch the first Semi-Final tonight at 8pm on RTÉ Two; it will be introduced by Petra Mede, with television commentary by Marty Whelan. For more details about this evening's broadcast, then visit http://www.rte.ie/tv/eurovision/index.html.
Sixteen acts will perform during tonight's show. A combination of call and text votes from you at home and jury scores will determine which 10 acts will go forward to this year's Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday May 18th 2013. And if you'd like to vote in tonight's Semi Final, then click here for all the voting details. Remember, viewers in the Republic of Ireland are not permitted to vote for Ireland's entry. Please do not attempt to do so, as your vote won't count but you will be charged for your vote.
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney