Mary Kingston finds out about the sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, which has become so popular on our beaches this summer, we speak to the ambassador of the EU's newest member state, Croatia, and we're looking for three listeners to take part in Mooney's Monday Quiz!
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It’s Monday afternoon, it’s Mooney, so it must be time for Mooney’s Monday Quiz!!!
And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today...
Our prize today is a break for two adults and two children in Limerick's newest 4-star riverside venue - the Limerick Strand Hotel.
You'll be treated to two nights bed and breakfast, and one evening meal, for two adults and two children. You'll also have free entry to the newly reopened King John’s Castle and entry to the Hunt Museum!
The prize is in association with Hotel Solutions.
Well, if that sounds like something you’d like to win... we’re looking for three contestants to take part in Mooney’s Monday Quiz today. You can register your interest in taking part by texting your name to 51551, e-mailing email@example.com, or tweeting us @MooneyShow.
The quiz will take place after half four today, and you must be over 18 to claim the prize, although under-18s can play on your behalf.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the craze of this summer - but what exactly is supping? Mary Kingston went along to Dublin's surf dock to find out more!
Mary Kingston (in the centre) tries supping with Colin Harris (left) and Dan Kealy (right)
Mary Kingston with Colin Harris
Dan Kealy, Mary Kingston and Colin Harris
What is it like to be named "the most desirable man in the world"? There aren't too many Irish men going around with such a tagline, but today we talk to the man who recently held title!
Last night he became the latest casualty of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, where he ran into some trouble trying to organise panna cotta desserts for 18 guests.
Kamal Ibrahim isn’t coming into studio to us today – but he joins us on the line from a hotel just steps away from the Niagara Falls in Canada, to tell us all about his experience of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland, and being crowned Mr. World in 2010!
Celebrity MasterChef Ireland continues next Sunday on RTÉ One at 21:30 - to visit the website for the series, click here.
The application process for Series 3 of Masterchef closes today, July 22nd, at 5.30pm. If you would like to find out more, visit www.rte.ie/lifestyle/food/masterchef/apply/.
On June 30th, just over three weeks ago, the European Union comprised 27 members. The following day, July 1st, that number increased by one, to 28!
And the country which was added on that date, becoming the latest member of the EU family, is somewhere that has become increasingly popular with Irish holidaymakers in recent years.
It's the stunning land of Croatia, which lies to the south of Hungary, to the West of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy.
The Old City of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre
If you haven't visited Croatia, then put it on your list of places! Shay is joined in studio today by the Croatian ambassador to Ireland, Jasna Ognjanovac.
Jasna Ognjanovac, Croatian Ambassador To Ireland
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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