We find out how and why to vote for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in an online poll of the world's best orchestras, meet the country’s latest hurling heart-throb, Clare’s Shane O’Donnell, hear about Pavarotti's posthumous BRIT award, announce the first winner of our Fuel Your School competition, and find out all about the black swans of Bray!
Now anyone who has heard the RTÉ Concert Orchestra doesn’t need convincing as to how good they are! We’ve seen and heard them in action at our series of Mooney Tunes concerts and have they always brought the house down!
But we were pleasantly surprised today to hear the rest of the world appears to have gotten word about our fab Orchestra!
A poll to find the World’s Favourite Orchestra on www.bachtrack.com has the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in 7th place. Yes, the Orchestra is storming up the charts, no less – last week they were at number 26.
So if you want to help push them a little closer to the top spot visit www.bachtrack.com - the poll closes on Monday!
Just nine days ago, on the grounds of Croke Park for the All-Ireland Hurling final replay. Shane O’Donnell had just nine touches of the ball in the whole game - and he scored 3 goals and 1 point – of an overall score of 3 goals and 3 points - in the opening 19 minutes!
We're delighted that the Justin Bieber of Irish hurling is sitting in studio with us today!
The above video is for the song Miss Sarajevo, by a band called Passengers. Essentially, it's U2 and Brian Eno, with a guest vocal performance from Luciano Pavarotti.
It was a massive hit all over Europe and it’s actually cited by Bono as his favourite U2 song of all time. Would Luciano Pavarotti have felt the same? Was it his favourite recording of all time? Well, in a recording career that spanned four decades, that's probably doubtful.
Pavarotti recorded with some of the greatest orchestras, the greatest sopranos and the greatest opera companies of the 20th century. And recently, it was announced that he was to receive a posthumous Classical Brit Award for his extraordinary achievements.
Mooney producer Olan McGowan is in studio to take a look back at his career...
The first of our winners in the Fuel Your School competition, in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star, represent Connaught. The winning school is Mullaghroe National School, near Gorteen, in Co. Sligo. The school was nominated by one of the pupils, 11-year-old Muirne O Donnell, who wrote the original letter to Mooney. The school only has 37 pupils, and two teachers; almost all of the students come from within two miles of the school.
This morning, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan, who was the Connaught judge, went to Mullaghroe National School to meet Muirne, headteacher Kevin Gallagher, and all the pupils in the school to handover the cheque of €5000 for their energy costs for the next year...
The pupils of Mullaghroe National School
Headteacher Kevin Gallagher and Muirne O Donnell with the cheque for the school
Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan and Muirne O Donnell with the cheque for the school
And tomorrow, we'll be announcing the ULSTER winner of our Fuel Your School competition!
We love receiving your wildlife photos here on Mooney Goes Wild. And it goes in cycles. Last month we were getting lots of caterpillar pictures. This month we’re getting lots of 'spider' pictures.
But, a very unusual photograph caught our eyes on Wednesday.
When we opened the attachment we saw some swans. Nothing very unusual in that, you might say – but these were black swans! Two of them, in a pair!
This is a fairly rare occurrence, and the photographer who took the snaps, Ray Beggan of WingedEncounters.com, joins us on the phone today to tell is about them...
To see more of Ray's pics, visit his website: www.wingedencounters.com.
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney