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    Mooney Thursday 27 June 2013

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    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...

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    50 Year Old Wedding 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

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    The Outing at Lisdoonvarna

    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

    http://www.theouting.ie

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    Handkerchief Tree

    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

     

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    Eccentric Opera

    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: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

    UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

    Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

    BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

    Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

    The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

    (a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
    (b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

    The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

    BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

    BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    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

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