Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
We discover what makes a person middle-aged and when they might reach 'middle-age'. Jim Wilson tells us what the Fuel Your School judges are looking for in the competition entries. Derek finds out what it's like to be at the controls of the world's largest passenger aircraft and Brenda takes a trip in a child friendly ambulance!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date is TODAY, Wednesday, September 11th 2013, and the cut-off for entries is midnight tonight. 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.
With Dublin’s first ever FlightFest just days away, on Sunday September 15th 2013, Derek heads to London for an exclusive look inside and flight in the British Airways A380 simulator. The A380 will be just one of 30 aircraft to fill the skies over Dublin in what is being billed as a once-in-a-lifetime, international fly past.
FlightFest is expected to be one of the largest National events of 'The Gathering Ireland 2013' and it is expected that thousands of people from Dublin, all over Ireland and abroad, will line the banks of the River Liffey from Dublin Port up to the Customs House, in the centre of our capital city, to experience this unique FlightFest.
Click here for more: www.flightfest.ie.
And to get a sense of what Derek experienced in the simulator cockpit, have a look at the video and photos below!
All would-be pilots this way, please!
Boeing 747 tail in the hangar. Notice the cut out section on front panel of hangar. This adjustment had to be made to accommodate the A380 tail.
The aircraft hangar
Derek inside the A380 simulator
Exterior of the A380 simulator
Chief First Officers Ilkka Tahvanainen and Peter Nye
Chief First Officer Peter Nye shows the escape rope on the A380 simulator
Exterior Of A380 simulator
View of the runway from inside the simulator
The newly constructed ground run-up enclosure at Heathrow, purpose-built for the A380
It used to be that 41 was considered the age at which we reach "middle age" - but not any more. So Ryan Tubridy, as he approaches his 41st year, can relax. But Simon Cowell on the other hand, at 53, is middle-aged.
But what exactly does it mean to be middle aged – maybe it means you enjoy afternoon naps? If you bring a flask of tea to work, are you middle-aged? What if you groan when you bend down?
Mooney reporter Brenda Donohue has been out and about asking people what they think is middle aged, and today Derek is joined in studio by Tony Fahey, Professor of Social Policy at UCD (pictured).
Last week saw the launch of the world's first ambulance especially kitted out for children. Painted outside like a giant bumble bee, it comes complete with everything a child could need to distract them on an often-frightening journey to hospital.
The BUMBLEance is the brainchild of Tony and Mary Heffernan, from the Saoirse Foundation. Many people will immediately know Tony and Mary’s story, as they have been on The Late Late Show, telling us about their two children Saoirse and Liam, who both have had Battens disease.
Sadly, Saoirse passed away in January 2011, and Tony and Marian founded the Saoirse Foundation in March 2010, in memory of their daughter. Today our reporter Brenda Donohue is with Tony, inside the BUMBLEance, getting the full run down...
To learn more about the BUMBLEance service, you watch the below video:
During her interview, Brenda talks about young patient Aisling Quaid, who travelled via the BUMBLEance...
Aisling Quaid in the BUMBLEance
Aisling outside the BUMBLEance
Interior of the BUMBLEance
If people wish to donate they can do so at the following link: www.bumbleance.com/donate.
Also, they are collecting old mobile phones: 30,000 phones donated will allow them to keep BUMBLEance on the road for 12 months, and 40,000 phones donated will buy a new BUMBLEance.
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