Physiotherapist Jenny Brannigan has advice on how to prepare for the upcoming Dublin Marathon, three listeners take part in Mooney's Tuesday Quiz, we find out why Irish teenagers are sounding more and more like their American cousins, and we'll reveal the latest winner of our Fuel Your Schools competition!
For all those runners preparing for the Dublin Marathon – and there are 11,000 of you out there - D day is fast approaching! You have now less than 3 weeks to go to your October 28th deadline... So we have decided to enlist some expert help today to help you out in your final preparations!
Jenny Branigan is a physio from Total Physio, and she joins us in studio to tell us more...
If you have your own queries you would like to put to Jenny, text us your queries on 51551 or e-mail email@example.com.
It’s Tuesday, it’s Mooney, so what does that mean?
Well, "Mooney’s Tuesday Quiz" of course!!!
And, we have a terrific prize up for grabs today…
It’s a two-night weekend break for two people sharing a lakeside room in the beautiful Lusty Beg Island resort on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.
Your prize also includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on an evening of your choice.
‘Lusty Beg’ is quite unique. A small passenger ferry takes you and your car on the one minute crossing onto the island which has a selection of accommodation… cabins, chalets and a ‘private gate lodge’ for a romantic getaway!
And, while there, you can avail of the facilities of the Hotel’s newly opened Island Spa, walk around its 75 acres of nature trails, go kayaking, clay-pigeon shooting, off-road driving – the options are endless..
It’s a great prize…!
if you are a fan of Little Britain, you will of course be familiar with the schoolgirl character Vicky Pollard! Actor Matt Lucas takes his cues by parodying phrases current in Britain today, including Vicky’s famous catch-phrases that includes “yeah but no but yeah” and “shut up!” and “oh My God, I soo don’t believe you said that”!
And before you think that the young people of Ireland are immune from influence, remember Jedward being accused of having faux-American accents by Simon Cowell!
Is there a trend among many younger people in Ireland to sound more American? If so, will we all sound American before long?
For more, we are joined in studio today by Professor Jeffrey Kallen, Head of Linguistics and Phonetics in Trinity College Dublin...
If you were listening yesterday, you would have heard the good news about a very special school up in Sligo, the Mullaghroe national school, near Gorteen.
And that tiny school, with just 37 pupils, was the Connaught winner of our "Fuel Your School" competition, in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star.
Today, we turn to the province of Ulster! And we are joined by our regular Friday panellist, Richard Collins.
This morning, Richard was all the way up in County Donegal, accompanied by a very proud Donegal woman, our reporter, Katrina McFadden.
But Richard has raced back to Dublin, to join Marty in studio, and to announce the ULSTER winner of our Fuel Your School competition as...
Ballyraine National School, in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal! Richard went there this morning to meet up with the school's principal, David Oliver...
Richard Collins hands over a cheque of €5000 worth of energy, courtesy of Electric Ireland and Greenstar, to Ballyraine National School in Letterkenny
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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