Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
This September 15th Irish people will get a chance to see this enormous aircraft up close when it flies right through Dublin’s city centre as part of a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime fly past. 30 aircraft including Boeing 737s and the 1940s B-17 Flying Fortress will fly from Dublin Port up the River Liffey as far as the Customs House over a two hour period. Peter Kearney is Director of Operations at the Irish Aviation Authority and he’s been involved in organizing this event.
More details on www.flightfest.ie
You can watch Don Conroy drawing a cat on our Radio One YouTube channel. Email Mooney@rte.ie with your drawing to be in with a chance to win a prize.
Competition closes next Monday, 20th of August.
The competition prize is a copy of the Secrets of the Irish Landscape.
Radio documentary 'Tel Aviv Comes Out' which was aired last weekend is about how the Israeli City is now marketing itself as a gay destination. The Gay Pride Festival in Tel Aviv this year attracted 100,000 people – but there are still those who think that is a “pinkwash” by the authorities, a P.R. exercise to make this Holy Land seem more liberal. Tim Samuels made the documentary & is the Presenter of ‘Men’s Hour’ on BBC Five Liv. Tim spoke to Derek earlier in the programme.
You can listen to the BBC Documentary here.
Rory Cowan, son of Mrs Brown in the famous hit show Mrs Browns Boys. Rory is also a huge fan of Tel Aviv speaks to Derek about filming in the sit 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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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
Presenter: Derek Mooney