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 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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