Derek and Brenda pay a special visit to one of Ireland's naval vessels, the LE Emer. After 35 years in service, the ship is being decommissioned this week. The Captain and crew of the LE Emer tell us about their working days on the ship, the operations they’ve been involved in and the moments which they’ll treasure...
It was a very proud moment for Derek, Brenda and Mooney, when we were welcomed onboard the LÉ Emer last Friday, one week before she’s decommissioned.
The LÉ Emer, named after the wife of Cuchculainn, is currently one of eight ships in the Naval Fleet. She was launched from the Verolme dockyard in Cork in 1977 and entered service the following year.
In 1979 she chalked up a notable first when she travelled to the Lebanon to resupply Irish Troops serving with the United Nations – the first such deployment by an Irish Naval Ship.
But it was in 1984 that she probably first came to the attention of most Irish people, when she intercepted a trawler called the Marita Ann carrying arms to the IRA.
From intercepting gun runners, to monitoring fishing activity in Irish waters to supporting the Irish Army, the LÉ Emer has been fulfilling it’s important role for 35 years now.
First of all, Derek met up with the Captain of the ship, Alan O’Regan...
LÉ Emer & Samuel Beckett Bridge
Marine Engineering Officer Lt. Dan Manning
The pantry onboard the LÉ Emer
Lt Commander Alan O'Regan & Lt Commander Patricia Butler
Brenda beds down for the night!
Lt Commander Patricia Butler, Brenda Donohue, Marine Engineering Officer Dan Manning, Exectuive Officer Lt Alan Flynn & Lt Commander Alan O'Regan
Dan Manning, Conor O'Brien & Alan O'Regan
Plaque presented to Derek & Brenda
For more information about the LÉ Emer, click here.
The proud and selfless service of the Irish Defence Forces was honoured just last week by An Post with four new 60c stamps, designed by Zinc Design Consultants and depicting the four branches of the force: Army, Navy, Air Corps and Reserve Defence Force.
The stamps, a First Day Cover and a Prestige Booklet containing additional background information and extra stamps are available at the GPO, main post offices, and online at www.irishstamps.ie.
And to mark this, we have a special competition! An Post is floating our boat with a special Mooney Giveaway of a special twin-pack:
A Defence Forces Prestige Booklet containing four of each of the stamps together with additional photographs and information
A collector’s First Day Cover envelope which features all four stamps and the date of issue franking mark – We have ten of those special packs to give away all courtesy of irishstamps.ie
And you can view or purchase those new stamps and booklets at irishstamps.ie.
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!
We have our ten winners, and we will be revealing who they are after 4pm today!
The question that we asked was:
In Irish mythology, who was Cú Chulainn married to?
For more information about the new stamp set to honour the Irish Defence Forces, click here.
Philatelist Michael Kelly came in to show Derek the latest issue from An Post celebrating 60 years of overseas service by the Irish Defence Forces. The four-stamp set depicts the four branches of the forces – the Army, Naval Service, Air Corps and Reserve Defence Force.
Michael also told us about STAMPA. Stampa is a stamp exhibition which has been held in Ireland since 1972. Every year features expert philatelists, valuers, exhibitors and award-winning displays at this prestigious event. Each year members of Stampa receive a limited edition set of specially overprinted souvenir sheets and booklets which are collectors' items.
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