We find out why some people develop an emotional attachment to a particular item of clothing, learn how contactless payment cards will mean shorter queues at the shop counter, and we're looking for three players for our Monday quiz! If you enjoy general knowledge quizzes and would like to take part, then e-mail us now on email@example.com, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551.
Brenda was talking to Derek last week about people "bonding" with items of clothing. Developing emotional attachments to certain garments, even years after they have outlived their purpose!
Derek, as it happens, is wedded to a particular purple shirt of his ... It's taken up residence in his wardrobe, and it's something he just can't get rid of, even though he never wears it anymore!
Jules Falllon is a fashion consultant and former model, and she reckons this is a common phenomenon. She's also Director of First Option Models, and she joins Brenda in studio today to describe what it is that binds us to items of clothing that we don't wear, that take up space in cluttered wardrobes, and that are probably way out of date!
Fans of Mooney's NestWatch 2013 have been e-mailing us, observing and tracking the development of our Blue Tit nest, and the development of the seven chicks inside it.
The bluetit nest is located in a nest box at Derek's house.
But over the other side of the city, in the Phoenix Park, at Áras an Uachtaráin, we have also been tracking our Swallows nest. And the good news is that the swallows eggs have hatched.
Eric Dempsey joins us on the phone to tell us what to expect from here...
Click here to listen back to Eric Dempsey’s documentary about the Swallow: From Egg To Africa
Well, many of you may have received a new debit card from your bank recently with a letter explaining the advantages of contactless payments. But what are these so-called contactless debit cards, and just how safe are they?
Today, Brenda talks to Martin Emms from Newcastle University, who has spotted a flaw in the cards, and to Eric Cooney, Head of Sales with Sage Pay Ireland, who explains this new technology...
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 weekend break for two people sharing a deluxe room in the 4-star McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, County Mayo.
Your prize includes cocktails on arrival, breakfast served to your room on both mornings and a 4-course dinner on the evening of your choice in JGs Restaurant.
Your prize ALSO includes complimentary access to the Hotel’s Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre – AND a cruise on Lough Corrib!!
Runners-up will get a copy of Ireland’s Wild Orchids: A Field Guide by Brendan Sayers and Susan Sex, and EVERYONE who takes part in the quiz will get a Mooney PRIDE watch!
1: Which day of the year is celebrated as Independence Day in the USA?
2: How many musicians are there in a ‘sextet’?
3: True or false: there are no polar bears in the Antarctic?
4: Who supposedly remarked of the starving poor “Let them eat cake”?
5: What condition is ‘insulin’ commonly used to treat?
6: Whose catchphrase is “What’s Up Doc”?
7: In which sport might a player wear ‘Plus-Fours’?
8: What is the capital of Romania?
9: Which U.S. state is known as The Lone Star State?
10: What kind of leaves do koalas eat?
1: What does a meteorologist study?
2: What “S” was Thailand’s former name until 1939?
3: In which European country would you find ‘The Hague’?
4: What “p” is a group of lions?
5: Whose catchphrase is “Eat My Shorts”?
6: What “h” is a crab who shelters in the discarded shells of others?
7: Which war provided the setting for the TV series ‘MASH’?
8: Who topped the UK charts in 1978 with ‘Rivers of Babylon’?
9: True or false: a whale’s egg is the largest egg in the animal kingdom?
1: In which musical do the ‘Sharks’ oppose the ‘Jets’?
2: If an athlete talks about their “P.B.” – what are they talking about?
3: What is a ‘Kerry Blue’?
4: The island of Madeira belongs to which country?
5: Whose catchphrase is “To Infinity and Beyond”?
6: Which biblical leader was found as a baby in the rushes?
7: Barney Rubble is whose best friend?
8: Which U.S. President resigned as a result of the Watergate Affair?
9: Who created the fictional vampire ‘Dracula’?
11: How many seconds are there in two minutes?
12: What comes in varieties such as canine, incisor and molar?
13: What is the superhero identity of Peter Parker?
1: Which day of the year is celebrated as Independence Day in the USA? (July 4th)
2: How many musicians are there in a ‘sextet’? (six)
3: True or false: there are no polar bears in the Antarctic? (True – they’re in the Arctic)
4: Who supposedly remarked of the starving poor “Let them eat cake”? (Marie Antoinette)
5: What condition is ‘insulin’ commonly used to treat? (Diabetes)
6: Whose catchphrase is “What’s Up Doc”? (Bugs Bunny)
7: In which sport might a player wear ‘Plus-Fours’? (Golf)
8: What is the capital of Romania? (Bucharest)
9: Which U.S. state is known as The Lone Star State? (Texas)
10: What kind of leaves do koalas eat? (Eucalyptus leaves)
1: What does a meteorologist study? (Weather)
2: What "S" was Thailand’s former name until 1939? (Siam)
3: In which European country would you find 'The Hague'? (The Netherlands/Holland)
4: What "p" is a group of lions? (Pride)
5: Whose catchphrase is "Eat My Shorts"? (Bart Simpson)
6: What "h" is a crab who shelters in the discarded shells of others? (hermit)
7: Which war provided the setting for the TV series MASH? (Korean War)
8: Who topped the UK charts in 1978 with Rivers of Babylon? (Boney M)
9: True or false: a whale’s egg is the largest egg in the animal kingdom? (False! Whales don’t lay eggs)
1: In which musical do the 'Sharks' oppose the 'Jets'? (West Side Story)
2: If an athlete talks about their "P.B." – what are they talking about? (Personal Best)
3: What is a 'Kerry Blue'? (a dog/terrier)
4: The island of Madeira belongs to which country? (Portugal)
5: Whose catchphrase is "To Infinity and Beyond"? (Buzz Lightyear)
6: Which biblical leader was found as a baby in the rushes? (Moses)
7: Barney Rubble is whose best friend? (Fred Flintstone’s)
8: Which U.S. President resigned as a result of the Watergate Affair? (Richard Nixon)
9: Who created the fictional vampire Dracula? (Bram Stoker)
10: How many seconds are there in two minutes? (120)
11: What comes in varieties such as canine, incisor and molar? (teeth)
12: What is the superhero identity of Peter Parker? (Spiderman)
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