We find out why Cobh is becoming a popular stop for the world's leading Cruise ships, and Brenda meets some Limerick residents on a rare day out - including a woman who has done time in prison for carrying drugs.
If you heard the programme yesterday, you'll know that the ever-affable The X Factor judge Louis Walsh was in studio with us, and we offered you the chance to audition for him.
During the show, we received the following text from Sean in Balbriggan:
Hi Derek, listening to the show and I am very surprised. I thought Louis was always very pro-pop and anti-real music, but he is actually very down to earth, and my Lord he knows what he is talking about. I myself am a working singer-songwriter of 15, and I was in the boyband auditions a few weeks ago...
Sean sang on a pretty ropey line, and we didn’t really get to appreciate his talents. So today, we've invited Sean into studio!
Sean Carey performing live in studio today.
And if you'd like to see more of Sean, you can see the music video for his song Telephone Goodbye by clicking on this video!
This month is set to be the busiest month in twenty years for cruise ships stopping in Cork – and it’s keeping the locals very happy because it’s estimated that the cruise trade is boosting the economy by about €2,000,000!
Cobh is the centre of activity for passengers arriving off these luxury vessels – and we asked Jim Wilson to go along to check out the scene down there...
A question for you: is a swear word every now and again acceptable? Are we cursing and blaspheming too much? And is Ireland the worst offender, globally?
Here’s an extract from the travel guide 'Lonely Planet Ireland' – it says:
"The Irish speak English quickly and strong accents can often be indecipherable. Don’t take offence at indiscriminate bad language: many Irish unconsciously pepper their speech with curse words, which are intended only to be emphatic."
Well, why do we curse more? Is it our politicians who are leading us astray? Are we being influenced by some of our top movie stars? Maybe it’s the television? Or could it be our musicians?
Niamh Greene is a novelist and columnist with The Herald who wrote recently about bad language - and she joins us in studio today...
Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
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