Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
We have music from on high as the Steeple Sessions help celebrate 150 years of Unitarianism in Dublin. Gardener Dermot O'Neill answers all of your horticulural queries, and we discover why 170 artists are out and about in Wexford, painting the great outdoors!
For the generation of Romanians who grew up under Nicolae Ceausescu, the voice of our next guest may well have brought them hours of solace during that bleak and terrible era.
Irina Margareta Nistor was an employee at the State Censorship Committee when in 1986 until the Communist regime collapsed, she began a second and illicit job dubbing more than 5,000 mainly Hollywood movies. They were banned and had to be smuggled into the country. She’s voiced everyone from Jesus to Bruce Lee to Baloo from The Jungle Book, and she has the most recognised voice in Romania!
And she joins us on the line today from Bucharest to tell us about the most amazing career...
If you click on the above video, you'll hear Don McLean’s much loved song Vincent (Starry Starry Night). It evokes beautiful images of artists out in the elements painting the landscape:
"Paint your palette blue and grey,
look out on a summer’s day,
... shadows on the hill..."
and the beautiful lyrics:
"colours changing hue, morning field of Amber grain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand"
Why are artists from all over the world gathering outside in scenic areas in Co Wexford to paint the landscape? Mary Kingston headed off to Carne Beach in Co Wexford to meet some landscape painters....
Mary Kingston with Finnish artist Antti Rautiola
Art in the Open, Ireland’s International Plein Air Painting Festival, is the largest painting event in the country, and one of the more interesting events are the Paint-Outs.
Mary Kingston with Wexford artist Karen Scannell
Mary met Karen Scannell from Co. Wexford, Valerie Craig from Pennsylvania, Leon Holmes from Australia, Antti Rautiola from Finland, and Adam, Andrew and Brandon, holiday makers from Carne Caravan Park.
The Art in the Open Festival began on Monday (July 29th), and runs until next Tuesday (August 6th). The best of the Plein Air paintings will be on exhibition and for sale in the Greenacres Gallery in the heart of Wexford town from next Monday until Saturday week. (Saturday, August 17th).
Paint Outs take place today at Hook Head, in Enniscorthy on Saturday, August 3rd, and in Wexford Town on Sunday, August 4th. For more information about Art In The Open, visit www.artintheopen.org, and for more information about getting started in plein air painting, visit www.pleineire.com.
Lots of old traditions are being lost throughout the country, but one is making a comeback in the West.
Singing Circles are becoming more popular. A Singing Circle is a monthly session of traditional, unaccompanied singing and storytelling away from the pressure of competition, but with one rule: Silence for the singer and respect for the song.
Unlike other events, when people are asked to sing and refuse for one reason or another, at a Singing Circle, people are there because they want to sing.
Terry Flanagan spent a night in a very packed Durkin’s pub in Ballinacarrow, Co. Sligo where about 100 people were gathered for the Singing Circle...
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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