Shay Byrne with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
His new show, The Dark Side, has been described as his most terrifying yet. We’re promised witchcraft, voodoo, Ouija boards and séances; volunteers will become possessed by demons and audience members will receive messages from "the other side"! Keith Barry joins Shay in studio to chat about The Dark Side!
The Dark Side continues at Dublin's Olympia Theatre until July 27th - for more information, visit http://olympia.ie/whats-on/keith-barry-the-dark-side/.
To follow Keith Barry on Twitter, and view his videos, click here.
Reports surfaced last year that the four members of ABBA, all of whom are fit and well, were offered a figure around €1 billion to reform and do a world tour.
As we all know, the band have resolutely stuck to their guns, saying they will never reform. And they each have their own reasons for that.
But the absence of ABBA gives a great opportunity to the many ABBA tribute bands around the world, including our own ABBA-ESQUE (pictured).
In fact, the tribute band phenomenon started with BJORN AGAIN, an Australian group formed back in 1988 to capitalise on the band's split. And recently, it was reported that this band, the king and queen of tribute bands, have racked up, over the last 25 years, career earnings of up to €50 million.
They are HUGE! And not only are they huge, but the whole market for tribute bands has become huge in the intervening years.
Shay is joined on the line today by Ed Faulkner, a former tribute band singer himself, and founder of a festival that's been described as a "Glastonbury for Tribute Acts", called "TRIB-FEST" (www.tribfest.co.uk).
And he's also joined in studio by Derek Power, who is Bono in U2 tribute band The Joshua Tree (www.thejoshuatree.ie), and by Mooney producer Olan McGowan!
To find out more about some of Ireland's tribute bands, visit www.tributebands.ie.
Shay is joined in studio today by Waterford pharmacist Paul Kenny, who'll be answering your questions on how best to use medicines, what's on the market, using generic medicines etc... If you have a question that you would like to put to Paul, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @MooneyShow or text us on 51551.
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