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    Mooney, Monday September 16th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Crystal Swing tell us why Midleton will come to a standstill later this month, and we find out how bookshops can sell books for a fiver!

    RTÉ Big Music Week - Train Competition

    RTÉ’s Big Music Week starts on Monday, September 30th, and this year we have a train! The train will travel across the country and will be packed with musicians, comedians and entertainers.

    Members of the public will be invited on to the train at different stages and will be entertained at station session and events when the train stops.

    So to celebrate, we have a one-day only competition!

    Watch this video closely (as often as you like!) and tell us in which carriages (1, 2 or 3) you will find each of the following radio personalities:

    a) Derek Mooney
    b) Joe Duffy
    c) Ryan Tubridy 

    If you think you know the answer, then e-mail mooney@rte.ie with your answers, plus your name, address and a contact number.  The competition will close at 4pm today, Monday, September 16th.

    And for one lucky winner, we'll have a pair of tickets to Mooney Tunes 9 in December plus an overnight stay at the Morgan Hotel in Dublin!

    The RTÉ Big Music Week till take place from Monday, September 30th 2013 until to Sunday, October 6th 2013 - this will be the 4th annual Music Week.

    RTÉ will broadcast content across the week on radio, TV, online and mobile - for more, check out www.rte.ie/bigmusicweek.

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    Crystal Swing

    Rock'n'Roll was never meant to be this much fun!  Ireland's favourite musical trio, Crystal Swing, are back recording, with a new single (a cover of the classic Happy Days) as well as having performed a string of concerts around Ireland and further afield!

    As old friends of the programme, we're delighted that Derek Burke, his sister Dervla and mother Mary - aka Crystal Swing - are back in studio this afternoon to perform Happy Days, and to have a chat with Derek!

    To watch the music video for Happy Days, click here: 

    For more on Crystal Swing, visit www.crystalswing.com.

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    €5 Bookstores

    Since the recession has started, more and more people have gone back to reading books. Libraries have noticed an increase in membership, but a number of small Discount Bookstores have also sprung up around the country, selling books at a fraction of the cover price.

    How can these shops manage to sell books at less than half the normal price? Our reporter, Terry Flanagan, headed into Merrion Row where he met up with Paddy West of the Dublin Discount Bookstore...

    Paddy West of the Dublin Discount Bookstore

    The Dublin Discount Bookstore

    The Dublin Discount Bookstore

    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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