We've got a year's supply of electricity to give away to four primary schools - the details of how to enter this fabulous competition will be revealed just after 3pm. Plus song-writer Gerry Fleming tells us about his success with The Hit...
Today, we are delighted to be launching our FUEL YOUR SCHOOL competition, in association with Electric Ireland and Greenstar.
It does what it says on the tin: if your school wins the prize you will receive free electricity, to the value of €5000 for one year.
It’s open to primary schools in the Republic of Ireland, and there will be FOUR winning schools.
And to enter all you have to do is tell us, in not more than 400 words, what you have done to improve your environment, either in the school or in their locality.
You can also send an accompanying photo, not more than 1 MB in size, to illustrate your entry.
And you have from right now until next Wednesday, September 11th to get your entries in. We will only accept one entry per school.
Full details and terms and conditions can be found by clicking here.
The judges are well-known names to listeners of Mooney Goes Wild:
Eanna ni Lamhna is our Munster judge
Richard Collins will be judging Ulster (Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan)
Terry Flanagan is our Connaught Judge
AND... Jim Wilson is a Corkman, so we have made him our LEINSTER judge in the interests of fairness! He joins us today from our Cork studio to explain what he'll be looking for in choosing a winning school...
Jim's latest book is called The Birds Of Ireland: A Field Guide, and is co-written with Mark Carmody. It's published by The Collins Press, the RRP is €14.99, and the ISBN is 9781848891791. More information is available by clicking here.
Whilst Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue is out today at Holy Cross Primary School in Dundrum, Dublin, to talk to the school's Principal Ultan Mac Mathúna, and Green Schools Co-Ordinator Karen Cinnamon, to find out what schools are currently doing to improve their local environment...
Up for grabs each day this week is a fantastic prize for you and a friend to the opening night of 'New Jersey Nights' at the Gaiety theatre next February.
The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time featuring the nostalgic hits - Sherry, Rag Dolls, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so many more. Tickets are on sale now, but each day this week a lucky winner and guest will be treated to VIP box tickets to the opening night on February 24th, an overnight stay at the 4-star Clarion Hotel with bed and breakfast plus there’s also €500 of Mooney's Money too!
Just answer this question:
True or false: New Jersey is a state in the USA?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
ROI: 1515 71 72 00
NI: 0901 293 3501
text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.
Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.
Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm on Monday, September 2nd 2013. Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of Mooney each day.
This morning, our friends over at Danmarks Radio, the Danish public broadcaster, have just announced the venue for Eurovision 2014.
Next May, the B&W (Burmeister & Wain) Hallerne at the Refshaleøen, Copenhagen, will host the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, under the slogan for 2014 – 'Join Us'.
It's Denmark’s third time hosting Eurovision, and they do so next year courtesy of a very charming, 20-year-old, singer-songwriter called Emmelie de Forest, who performed Only Teardrops (pictured).
Our very own EuroGuru, Paul G. Sheridan, is in studio with Derek today, and he reckons the city authorities will have their work cut out for them to get everything ready...
Last Friday night, with the backing of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Finbar Furey thrilled those at Dublin’s O2 Arena and viewers of RTÉ’s The Hit with his version of Gerry Fleming’s song, The Last Great Love Song.
And after weeks of intense competition, Clonsilla's newest best-known songwriter swooped the €20,000 prize-money for his number one song in the Irish charts.
So what is it like to go from nowhere to number one in the space of a week? Gerry Fleming, who is the man who wrote The Last Great Love Song, is in studio with Derek to explain...
This is Gerry performing his own work:
And here is Finbar performing The Last Great Love Song:
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney