Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Don Conroy drops into studio to give his decision on the winner of the Owl painting competition.
You probably know this already but ABBA is an acronym made up of the first letters of the names of each of the four band members. Agnetha , Björn , Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid. You probably also know that S.O.S. is another acronym. Apparently, standing for "Save Our Souls" Olan Mc Gowan joined Derek in studio to fill us in on the history of acronyms.
Most of us sit down to our evening meal or eat out in our favourite restaurant, we probably don't pay much attention to the knife we use. Professor Charles Spence has done research which shows that the cutlery we use can affect our dining experience. Our reporter Katriona Mc Fadden went to Sheridan's cheese mongers in South Ann Street to do a tasting test with cheese served on a knife and cheese served with cocktail sticks.
President John F Kennedy with part of his speech in the Dail on June 28th 1963, this US President John F Kennedy speech features in an exhibition currently running in The Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen's Green which focuses on the story of the Irish in America. Called ‘Your Huddled Masses,’ the exhibition, a guide to 300-years of emigration across the Atlantic, takes its title from the 1883 sonnet The New Colossus by American poet Emma Lazarus, who wrote: "Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore." Anne Jove from Connecticut - who’s currently working in the museum - is descended from some of those featured. Anne spoke to Derek on today’s show.
Courtesy of Myles Dungan, (www.mylesdungan.com).
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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