Katriona reports on one of Ireland's most unusual tree - the handkerchief,dove or ghost tree Derek hears how the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is spreading the love even further and Brenda reports on last minute preparations for an Irish-Italian opera and a 50 year old cake...
Listener Siobhan Kelly from Co Clare has the top tear of her late parents wedding cake from 50 years ago. She chats with Derek and Dorris Mac Namara from O Connors Cakes in Ennis to see if the cake is still edible
We all Know about the long running Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival that runs every year since the 1920s in the small Co. Clare village where men and women from all over the world come, not only to "Take the waters", but find love and romance.
This year the Match Making Festival is spreading its wings and becoming even more inclusive. For the 1st year ever the 1st weekend of of festival is dedicated to The Outing. Over 3 days from 30th August to 1st September the Lisdoonvarna Match Making festival opens up to both gay and lesbian community in search of Love
We got an email at the start of the week telling us of a tree-planting ceremony happening in Sligo this week.
But what piqued our interest was the description of the actual TREE. Have you ever heard of a tree like THIS before...
The Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree is one that requires patience. It's not for the gardener that is looking for instant gratification. Maybe that's why it is the tree of choice for gardeners from Belfast City Council to plant in a public park in Sligo, as part of a peace-building project - working slowly and steadily to make Sligo and border counties a better place to live. The species, Davidia involucrata, was discovered in 1869 but took until 1906 to germinate, grow and flower in Europe.
A deciduous tree, it has large, almost heart
shaped dark green leaves and quite dramatic blooms. Two white leaves of
different lengths hang down gracefully around a central ball of small, yellow
true flowers. From a distance, it looks like a flock of flying birds or
handkerchiefs fluttering in the breeze. This is where it gets its name
Brenda went to the 1st and final rehearsal for a concert which is an extravaganza of romantic passionate love called IAMO - ITALIAN LOVE STORY.
Its a free concert in the ballroom in Farmleigh House and it's an all white night out, in keeping with the warmth of Italian hearts and sunshine, both cast and the audiance will be in white...
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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