Katrina McFadden discovers a Persian cat whose teeth are brushed with chicken flavoured toothpaste, and who is pushed around in her own pram! Officially, Ireland's most pampered pet! As the first ever book banned in the Irish Republic gets set for a reprint, Pat O'Mahony looks at the history of cultural censorship in Ireland. And, brussels sprouts sandwiches, chicken tikka lasagne... Are there are no limits to the absurdity of fusion foods? Robert Doggett, from the Trocodero Restaurant, and Sophie Morris, from Kooky Dough, give us their views!
Last week we read that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had declared he wanted to marry his cat, Choupette. Choupette has two personal maids in her Parisian mansion and is a very mollycoddled moggie indeed.
Well we wondered how pampered are Ireland’s pets? Could we out-do Paris?
And so we decided to launch a competition to find “Ireland’s Most Pampered Pet”!
We asked you to send us a photo of your pet along with the story of how you spoil them.
And, boy, there is some serious pampering going on!
But there can only be one winner, so we join Katriona McFadden in our Galway studio, to find out who that is!
Winner: Penny the cat; owner: Edna Ridge, Galway
Penny/ Edna Ridge
And we also have five runners-up!
Hanzi/ owner: Oonagh O'Brien
Bella & Millie/ owner: Klarissa Horgan
Truffles & Pia/ owner: Muriel Haire
Lord Fluffy Follett/ owner: Geraldine Buggy
Barney/ owner: Janet Taylor
And we would like to pay an honourable mention to the following!
Sam/ owner: Siobhan McCarthy
Coco Chanel/ owner: Suzanne Winters
Kaspar/ owner: Stella Ring
We had lots of great entries, and narrowed them all down to a "top six". That is to say, a winner, and 5 runners-up.
But nobody goes away empty-handed!
Each of the five runners-up will receive a gorgeous hamper of products from Whiskas and Pedigree Chum.
The hampers will include a terrific selection of care products and treats for your pet.
Petcare products such as DentaStix and Dreamies, from the leading petcare brands.
And, of course, some lovely munchies, courtesy of Pedigree and Whiskas, Ireland's leading pet foods.
Legend has it that many women crave the most ridiculous combinations of foods when they are pregnant. Curry soup with Italian olives, banana ice cream and pickles, whatever you can think of, a pregnant woman somewhere has probably already eaten it!
However, it seems that strange mixtures are becoming more popular with the public in general, with the likes of chicken tikka lasagne (currently on sale in Iceland). And the latest concoction from Tayto is cheese and onion flavour chocolate!
If you have tasted these combinations, by all means text us on 51551 and let us know what you thought!
For the food purists, these kinds of combinations constitute crimes against good food which, presumably, should be punished by the complete removal of taste buds!
To discuss this, we are joined in studio by two food enthusiasts: Sophie Morris, co-founder of Kooky Dough, and author of Sophie Kooks – Quick and Easy Feelgood Food and Image Magazine Young Businesswoman of the Year 2012!
And we are also joined by Robert Doggett, co-owner and Maitre D’ of the Trocodero Restaurant on Saint Andrew Street in Dublin.
The fusion food that Sophie and Robert taste in studio are:
Tayto Milk Chocolate Bar
Chicken Tikka Lasagne
The first novel to be officially banned in Ireland after independence was republished last week.
Liam O’Flaherty’s The House Of Gold was banned by the Irish Censorship of Publications Board the year after its release in 1929, as it was believed to be indecent and obscene.
The new publication of The House Of Gold through Nuascéalta Teo publishers marks the first time the book has been freely available in Ireland in more than 83 years.
Ireland has a long history of proscribing stuff, and today, Neil is joined in studio by TV and radio producer and director, Pat O’Mahony, who’s been casting his not-easily-offended eye over some of Ireland's censorship moments...
Our reporter, Brenda Donohue, was in Kilkenny over the weekend, where she attended Ireland’s first ever Children’s Gospel Workshop!
220 pupils from 7-12 from Cork, Kilkenny, Dunamaggin, attended the workshop, which was given by Ja Ronn Thompson. Ja Ronn lectures on gospel music in San Francisco State University.
Brenda spoke to Ja Ronn, some of the children involved, and Teresa Comerford, the event manger of Kilkenny Gospel Choir Festival...
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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