Derek is back ...
Brenda Donohue reports from Kilkenny, where she attended Ireland’s first ever Children’s Gospel Music Workshop.
Better news from our nest cameras, as the good weather has brought an abundance of food to the five bluetit chicks.
And, following reports that a young couple were robbed of €10,000 when trying to buy a car, Michael Sheridan gives Derek the pros and cons of buying and selling second-hand cars privately.
Last week, Derek visited Barcelona, where he came across this giant sculpture of a domestic cat, called The Cat of Botero, by the Colombian sculptor and painter Fernando Botero.
Cats are responsible for the deaths of billions of birds and small mammals worldwide each year.
Giant bronze sculpture of domestic cat in Barcelona
Note the giant Cat BELL to warn the birds!!!
The Cat of Botero is a sculpture of the colombian artist Fernando Botero. The cat was bought by the Barcelona local government in 1987. It's actual location is the "Rambla del Raval" a street in one of the dodgiest quarters of Barcelona: El Raval.
For more information about the cat, click here.
Our Blue Tit nestlings are getting big and strong now - ornithologist Jim Wilson joins Derek from our Cork studio today with the latest from our nestbox!
One of the Blue Tit nestlings looks up
Our young nestlings are getting more adventurous
The female Blue Tit directly feeding her nestlings
The mother Blue Tit and her five remaining nestlings
Jim took this stunning photo of a young Blue Tit in his garden, and wants to remind everyone to leave alone any young nestlings they might come across that have left the nest, as the parents may still be feeding
Photo by Jim Wilson
And across town, in Áras an Uachtaráin, our two young Swallows look as though they might fly the nestbox soon...
Whilst in Barcelona, Derek ended up joining in on a stag party. And last Saturday, the ladies of Team Mooney all joined our reporter Katriona McFadden to help her celebrate her hen. It's a rite of passage for anyone who is getting married, but there's a huge divergence in how we celebrate that final big hurrah with all the girls or guys. Brenda Donohue has been out and about to find out just how varied the celebration of a hen or stag night can be!
If you saw last night’s Crimecall on RTÉ One, you will have seen the frightening story of a young couple held at knifepoint and robbed of €10,000 as they waited in a car park to pay for a car they found online.
Is this a common phenomenon? And what precautions can we take when buying or selling cars privately?
Derek is joined in studio today to discuss all this by Michael Sheridan, RTÉ’s motoring correspondent.
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney