Comedian Alan Shortt joins Marty for a chat, we speak to the former RTÉ journalist who now lives in one of Brazil's many poor and dangerous suburbs, and we reveal which school in Munster has won a year's supply of electricity!
Most of us are familiar with Alan Shortt’s satirical sketch show Bull Island, broadcast on RTÉ in the late 1990s. But what you may not know about this actor, comedian, presenter and now public speaking coach, is that he has had a tough few years. He joins Marty in studio today to talk us through the ups and downs of showbiz - tells us about his new passion in life...
Alan's company is called Media Skills Ireland.
Alex Hijmans is a Dutch journalist, who lived in Ireland, wrote and spoke as Gaelige, and has now made his home in Brazil! Now he's briefly back in Ireland to launch his new book, which tells the story of his newly adopted homeland in a hundred photographs and a hundred short essays... in Irish.
Brasil will of course host the 2014 World Cup next year, and Rio de Janeiro will stage the Olympic Games in 2016. The country is emerging as a new superpower, with the sixth biggest economy in the world. From the football to the samba to the beauty of the Pantanal and Amazon, this huge country is rich in variety, all beautifully portrayed in Splancanna Ó Shaol Eile.
For more information about Splancanna Ó Shaol Eile, by Alex Hijmans, click here.
Alex will be lecturing at the IMRAM Irish Language Literature Festival on Wednesday, October 16th at 6pm. The venue is Cois Tealaigh: 46, Kildare St, Dublin.
It's Wednesday, and it's Day Three of our Fuel Your School competition finals, in association with Electric Ireland and Green Star. On Monday, Terry Flanagan revealed the Connaught winner. Yesterday, it was Ulster, and Richard Collins reported back from Letterkenny, in County Donegal.
Today, it's time to reveal which school has the best green credentials in Munster. And who better to make that judgement then Ireland's best loved botanist, President of the Tree Council of Ireland, and regular Friday panellist on Mooney Goes Wild: the one and only Eanna ni Lamhna.
And the winner is: Ardfert Central National School, just north of Tralee, in County Kerry! The principal of the school is Betty Stack, and today Eanna went to meet Betty and the pupils of Ardfert...
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