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    Mooney, Thursday September 5th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Jonathan Irwin from the Jack and Jill Foundation talks to us about his treatment for cancer, and three listeners attempt to beat the clock, and each other, to win a fabulous break in Dublin's chic The Beacon Hotel, in Mooney's Thursday Quiz!

    Fuel Your School!

    FUEL YOUR SCHOOL with Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and GreenStar!

    It’s September which means It’s Back to School and to kick off the new school year, Mooney, in association with Electric Ireland and Greenstar, are giving Primary Schools across Ireland the chance to FUEL YOUR SCHOOL and win a whole year’s supply of energy*.

    Every primary school in Ireland will have the chance to win free electricity to the value of €5,000 for one year.

    The competition is inspired by a new report, which highlights how initiatives across RTÉ, in waste management, energy and water conservation have resulted in environmental related savings of €700,000, prevented 3694 tonnes of waste going to landfill, and elevated recycling rates of 74% for 2012.

    The report was published by RTÉ, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency and Greenstar; click here to read the full report.

    How to enter:

    Derek wants your principal, or a school representative, to tell him in not more than 400 words and one accompanying photograph, not more than 1MB, what they have done to improve their environment, either in the school or in their locality.

    Simply e-mail your entry to fuelyourschool@rte.ie. The closing date is Wednesday, September 11th 2013. All entries should include school name, and address, with a contact number for the designated person. Please remember to clearly state your province at the top of your entry.

    There will be four winning schools, one from each province which will be selected by an expert Mooney Goes Wild judging panel.

    THE JUDGES' DECISIONS ARE FINAL, AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.

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    The Jack And Jill Foundation

    Jonathan Irwin arrived to the Radio Centre today on two crutches. He is technically supposed to be on sick leave following treatment for cancer, but, he says himself, he always has to keep busy!

    Yesterday, the organisation he founded - The Jack & Jill Foundation - opened their first charity shop in Newbridge, County Kildare – and, no doubt, there will be THOUSANDS of people listening today whose little babies he has helped.

    Jonathan is the founder and CEO of Jack & Jill Foundation, and he is in studio with Derek today to chat about the work of that charity...

    The Jack & Jill Charity Shop is on Charlotte Street in Newbridge (two doors down from Mothercare), and to join in with their text campaign, the charity are asking people to donate €4 by texting "wecare" to 50300, to fund home nursing care for sick children in Kildare and beyond.

    During the interview, Derek also referred to Jonathan's visual and oral similarity to legendary director Alfred Hitchcock!

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    Mooney's Thursday Quiz

    It’s Thursday, it’s MOONEY, so what does that mean?

    Well, "Mooney’s THURSDAY Quiz" of course!!

    And we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…

    It’s a two-night 'Dine Out' weekend stay in The Beacon Hotel in Sandyford.

    It’s based on two people sharing a deluxe queen room and includes breakfast on both mornings, a 3-course a la carte dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel’s 'My Thai' restaurant, free parking and a late check-out.

    At The Beacon you are minutes away from the Dundrum Town Centre, you’re just off the M50 and the LUAS can take you right into Dublin City Centre.

    AND ... The Beacon Hotel has a very special offer for all our listeners!

    They would like to offer all listeners a special Dine Out stay out price of €65.00 per person sharing Bed and Full Irish Breakfast.

    This includes:

    - Overnight in style in our delux queen room
    - 3 course à la carte dinner at My Thai
    - Free parking
    - Late checkout until 2pm checkout.

    You need to use the PROMO CODE to be quoted in order to book DOSO Package: "Derek Money Show DOSO". And the website for The Beacon Hotel is www.thebeacon.com.

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    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

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    • 16:25
      Title: Hallelujah
      Composer: L.Cohen
      Performer(s): Jeff Buckley
      Performer(s): Jeff Buckley
      Album: Grace (recordno: 475928), Columbia, 475928
      Duration: 6:47

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