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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 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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