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    Mooney, Wednesday September 25th 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh tells us why she’d like to play the role of Maureen Haughey in an upcoming film, vet Andrew Byrne talks about feral cats and whether they can be tamed, and we’re in the shower again with some of Ireland’s best singers!

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    Mooney's Singers In The Shower

    Last week, to celebrate RTÉ’s Big Music Week, we launched our competition to find Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower! To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower.

    Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to mooney@rte.ie. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. The closing date is Wednesday, September 25th 2013. THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR RTÉ.IE. AND THE COMPETITIONS TERMS APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION. Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these competition terms and conditions, and rte.ie terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie, and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

    The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney, on Thursday, October 3rd 2013. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie and the recordings shall be deemed "content" for the purposes of application of the terms of clause 9 of such terms and conditions.

    And for one lucky winner, we have one, very special prize: a Yamaha Clavinova CLP4440 Electric Piano!

    Niall Walton, from Walton's Music, with the Yamaha Clavinova Electric Piano that will be won by Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower!

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    Maureen Haughey & Bláthnaid ní Chofaigh

    Over its 51-year history, The Late Late Show has given us some iconic moments, and one of the most memorable was when then Sunday Independent columnist Terry Keane talked about her infamous affair with former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey. One woman who was at the heart of the fallout from these hugely scandalous revelations was Maureen Haughey, Charlie’s long-suffering wife.

    It's been announced that a forthcoming drama will explore the Haughey dynasty, and TV presenter and actress Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has an interest in playing the part of Maureen Haughey, as she explains when she joins Derek in studio today...

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    Vet Andrew Byrne

    A new trendy café has opened in a chic Paris district, called Cafe des Chats. It's home to a dozen rescue cats, who live there 24/7, curled up on the armchairs and weaving in between the tables brushing under the feet of diners.

    The cats are there for purr therapy! The aim is to give Parisians who are unable to keep pets in cramped city-centre apartments some cat time, which café manager Margaux Gandelon says has real health benefits.

    Now this might not be your cup of tea - but the café has queues snaking along the pavement and hundreds of potential customers had to be turned away.

    Mooney vet Andrew Byrne, from BrayVet, joins Derek studio today to chat about the Cafe des Chats, feral cats, itchy ears and Lyme disease!

    For more information about the Cafe des Chats, visit www.lecafedeschats.fr/nos-chats.

    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.

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

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    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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