We have a look through some of the weird and wonderful news stories on the wires, with Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. From JFK to the Queen of England – Ellen Mahon lifts the lid on diplomatic dining since the foundation of the state. We touch base with Chad Ligon from Augusta, Georgia, he's the Bellyflop and Belching champion of the Redneck Olympics! And it's Monday, so we're looking for three players to take part in Mooney's Monday Quiz! The prize today is a fantastic two-night weekend break to Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, in Wicklow, on the weekend of July 6th/7th, with entry into nearby Russborough House's Hints of History Gathering BBQ Festival, which also takes place that weekend! If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.
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 Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort on Blessington Lake in County Wicklow (www.tulfarrishotel.com).
Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow
Your prize includes breakfast on both mornings and a three-course dinner on an evening of your choice in the LimeTree Restaurant.
One of the bedrooms at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow
The Tulfarris Golf Course
And you MUST be available to avail of the hotel stay on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of July as your prize ALSO includes free passes to the ‘Hints of History Gathering Barbecue Festival’ happening that weekend at nearby Russborough House (www.russboroughhouse.ie).
Russborough House in Wicklow
The maze at Russborough House
There will be history talks, Outdoor Opera, a Medieval Battle, Craftwork demonstrations, Kids treasure hunts – and a Barbeque! To find out more about the Festival, click here.
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.
If you enjoy general knowledge, and you'd like to take part, then e-mail email@example.com, tweet @MooneyShow, or from 3pm call 1850 715 900 or text 51551 with your name, location and contact number.
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.
It's always fun to pick that old cliché out of the box, the one that goes "truth is stranger than fiction", and to take a few stories from around the world that underline the veracity of that claim!
Today, we are doing exactly that in the company of comedians Chris Kent and Gearóid Farrelly. Chris and Gearóid have done a little digging, and come up with some stories which are absolutely true, and at the same time utterly bizarre!
Here are some of their favourites:
Wrestler - My life sucks because I'm too hot:
Chicken Burger Proposal
91 year old weight lifter
This week we will welcome the children of the 44th President of the United States back to the land of their ancestors. It is something we like to do - welcome back presidents of the United States and their children, as you can tell by the reception we gave this month 50 years ago to another Irish American president!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy arrived in Ireland to a rapturous reception only five months before he tragically died at the tender age of 46 in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.
And today we are going to look he had for dinner! To tell us more, Neil is joined by Elaine Mahon, who is an expert on Irish Diplomatic Dining since the inception of the state...
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